Best Heavy Metal Songs

Mainly heavy and thrash metal songs from 80s and 90s..these songs defined original metal.. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
When you know that your time is close at hand may be then you begin to understand that life down here is just a strange illusion and that MAIDEN kicks ass!
Amazing guitar in this song, love Master of Puppets too but this is better

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HBTN is exceptionnaly inspired music, not just a sequence of catchy riffs. One of a few songs that actually plants vivid pictures in your brain and makes you see the whole story it tells. There is also an exceptional feeling of progression in the song: it starts with an atmosphere of gloom and despair and builds progressively to a climax expressing brilliant hope and vibrant power. Anytime I listen to this song I have to push the replay button, for it is never enough to hear it only once.
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2Master of Puppets - Metallica
Just simply the PERFECT song!

Everything that needs to make a song truly special and unique is here in Master Of Puppets, the greatest song ever composed by and band... ever!
Awesome song, title song of arguably the best thrash metal album ever made. METALLICA RULE!
Makes me bang my head all the time I listen to this song. This songs always push me forward to pick up my guitar and play it along...
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3One - Metallica
Yes Master of Puppets is an amazing heavy metal song, but its too overrated. One is truly an amazing song. All the solos in it are amazing, the vocals are outstanding, the bass is calm yet fun to play, and the drumming is amazing. The drums on the breakdown feel like machine gun fire pumping into you. Metallica at their best
This is such a tough list I hate not voting for iroon maiden but this song has it all Lyrics of war slow ballad like beggining creepy soft solos heavy chorus Really heavy break down The Extreme heavy as it gets machine gun chorus, And a Guitar solo To truly end all Solos This song is what stairway to heaven did to hard rock.
No doubt master of puppets is amazing but One is Extreme. You'll find some list on the internet for the best song of metallica but they don't contain MAP, while one is on the every single list. One has the greatest Guitar solo ever.

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4Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
Absolute defining thrash metal song..
Love the riffs and the vocals are very good for dave mustaine. This song defines the thrash metal genre. Just listen and be amazed.

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Holy Wars is the best song behind Master of puppets, just hear the intro, and all the song is amazing, the voice is a little bit bad, but the sounds of the instruments are amazing, the dificulty is incredible, to me is the second song of the list
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5Painkiller - Judas Priest
This song is great because of the speed of the drumming and the guitar solo is just AMAZING! Rob Halfords singing is brilliant
This is a kickarse song by one of the greatest metal bands since the dawn of time. I'm sick to death of people talking up Metallica's songs. I'm a diehard fan of theirs but they're sellouts and only have a handful of good albums. They just don't compare to bands like Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Just go listen to Death's version of this song...
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6Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Paranoid and Sabbath were the founding fathers of Metal, without Black Sabbath, great bands that succeeded them wouldn't have existed as we know them today. That deserves respect.
The best heavy metal song in my opinion
Simply one of the best songs (and albums) ever written in the whole history of rock
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7The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Another classic Heavy Metal song of Iron Maiden from their fourth album Piece Of Mind. This one should be in the top 5 along with Hallowed Be Thy Name
Just listen to the entry. It totally gets you hooked. It is so good there is not much explaining I'll do to show its greatness.
This song is incredible, definitely one of the best by Maiden aside from Still Life!
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8War Pigs - Black Sabbath
1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
3. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
4. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
5. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
6. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
7. One - Metallica
8. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
9. Beyond The Realms Of Death - Judas Priest
10. Angel Of Death - Slayer
This song just amazes me. I cannot believe that humans are even capable of creating such a masterpiece.
What can I say... War Pigs is one of Sabbath's ultimate songs. Ozzy's voice has a nice droning and emotional quality, the riffs are great and unforgettable and has some of Bill Ward's best drumming ever.
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9Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
In a nutshell, Epic Lyrics, Gruesome Solo, Superb Presentation. This is pure maiden experience. You should kill yourself if you love Iron Maiden and haven't heard this. Deserves more, than it gets. Best of '91.
No.25? What the hell? How is that down here? This is an amazing song. They mite not be one of the best bands ever but this song is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best metal songs. Just listen to it once and you'll love it!
This song is silence and beatiful, a masterpiece from Iron maiden
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10Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
you can't beat dimebag darrell! amazing solos and rhytym riffs!
This is the perfect answer to those who say heavy metal is slow...
This was thrash metal taken to a much higher level. Its got speedy solos, crushing riffs, and dimebag's smashing solid-state guitar tone!
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The Contenders

11Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Speed Metal=Heavy metal? Master of puppets is a Thrash Metal Song.
Most amazing song I've ever heard hands down.
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12Angel of Death - Slayer
I agree with the post below... I have been a Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth and Anthrax fan for decades. For some reason I never really listened to Slayer until about 8 yrs ago when cast down was the only song on my playlist. I started to listen to pandora radio (pantera radio) and they played a ton of Slayer... Angel of Death is by far the best opening heavy song of all time! I've seen Slayer twice now in concert in less than a year and they are great... It's no wonder they are seeing a huge resurgence. This song should be at the top!
SLAYER!
Very good very heavy metal band I think they are heavier than mettalica and Angel Of Death should be at the top!
The lyrics... So Dark!
The guitar... So Insane!
Simply the Best...
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13Iron Man - Black Sabbath
People vote for Metallica because its the only metal they know, people vote for Black Sabbath because they know all about metal.
There is no doubt this is the best heavy metal song... Master of puppets is also very good but not better than Iron Man
This song started heavy metal.. slow, heavy and an absolute classic
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14Raining Blood - Slayer
How the hell is this only 39?! Raining blood is one of the very best songs of all time and should at least be in the top 5, maybe even number 1. EPIC song.
Slayer is kick ass
I hate the lyrics for angel of death.. its promoting racism and murder... raining blood and that sounds good though
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15Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
This song definitely shouldn't be below Painkiller
One of the best songs in rock history!
Crazy train just make my day awesome!
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16Ride the Lightning - Metallica
Best song and best album by Metallica... Metallica is really a great band all songs of Metallica are every where in these list... It is my favourite band I'm just waiting for there new album...
Ride the lightning is bad ass
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17The Hellion / Electric Eye - Judas Priest
How is this all the way at 63? That just isn't right! This song is a classic!
And come on, really? Nickelback? Stone Sour? I like those bands but they aren't metal at all.
This list is so worng...

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19Walk - Pantera
Ultimate getting pumped song before stepping onto the ice to thrash people!
This is by far my favorite. No dought that it's bad. It should at least be in the top ten because crazy train is a horrid, horrid song
It is awesome and you feel the music very nice.
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20Cemetary Gates - Pantera
I don't know what to say I just like this song, when I hear the opening guitar section it reminds me of the Canals in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Dimebag's plays the guitar like a virtuoso.
BEST HEAVY METAL SONG EVER!
The vocals and riffs are too powerful to be this low on the list. Should be at least ten. M/
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21Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
Very technical and hard to match in skill. It's definitely metal, but heavy metal is such a board genre. This should be included, for sure, in the top 10. Classics are great. But you're missing a lot of these list these days. Take "The Ivory Gates of Dreams" -- there is a lot that needs to be here. You cannot deny this up coming band. It's okay for you to not like them. But you should try a listen to this song...seriously.
THE BEST ALBUM foREVer! A7X ARE JUST PERFECT!
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22Counterfiet God - Black Label Society Listen to sample

23Before I Forget - Slipknot
Absolute Heavy on Ears. Truely a best Metal music
Best ever I can't listen to them all day, I even go to bed listen to their music! Best song ever!
Not too loud for my ears but... I like it and one of the best!
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24Push It - Static X
This song is pure adrenaline.
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25Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath
This is a joke right, if this isn't in the top 10 then there really is no point to this list.
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26Voodoo - Black Sabbath
Heavy metal at its core
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27In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth Listen to sample

28Holy Diver - Dio
Epic song, I consider Dio to be the greatest and most underrated singer of metal
This is a top 3! Not 43
Best heavy metal song ever
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29Hells Bells - AC/DC
The Young brothers doing' serious, musically excellent stuff! My favorite AC/DC track.
Amazing, let's all go to hell with AC/DC! >:D
It is the best

30Child In Time - Deep Purple
Ritchie Blackmore the Living Legend
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31Hangar 18 - Megadeth Listen to sample

32Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
This song is awesome. The first time I heard this song I instantly downloaded it and then used it to go to sleep. I usually use Iron Maiden The Trooper to go to sleep but this one is even better.
I seriously want an explanation why this song is so low on the chart!
I had THIS song as my ringtone for over an year...I love this song THAT much..i get goosebumps every single time when I listen to this song, follwoed by "Rime of the ancient mariner" and "Fear of the dark"
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33Trial by Fire - Testament Listen to sample

34Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica Listen to sample

35Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
Toptrack from iron maiden, the best voice, sound and rhythm of this song is from the middle of the song and to the end.
Good songs that varies from silent to high music sounds
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36Thunderstuck - AC/DC
Best riff ever! - really master tune! Angus young forever!
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37Tears Don't Fall - Bullet For My Valentine
Obviously can't be in the top 10 because it's not nearly as deserving as the kings of heavy metal such as Metallica, maiden, priest, etc.

But I'm just going to vote it up because people have to realize songs like this ARE heavy metal! Most elitists my trash on it because it's the new wave of "metalcore" with a lot more emotion put into it, as well as the fan base being mostly teenage girls.

This song bleeds pure emotion from start to finish, just like any song by maiden or priest. it's just the new generation. don't shun it.
Best Metal song from this list
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38Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest Listen to sample

39Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
This is a song that deserves a higher ranking
Awesome!
There more words that can discribe A7x 's music... But I'll still I'll say awesome music awesome awesome awesome drums awesomenesst vocals awesome solo you kno gates is wondrfull at it... Lot more compition but still shuldd b ranked higher
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40Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
There is no doubt this is the best heavy metal songthis is just awesome... I think everybody should listen the song... And just love it
One of avenged sevenfold's best!
This song is masterpiece...
Of course its better than the above list,
You should listen to THIS SONG!
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41Screaming for Vengeance - Stereoman

42Open the Gates - Gorgoroth

43Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
The anthem of confusion ridden angst! Definitely top ten for the solo.
Why does everybody like crap like Avenged Sevenfold when they could listen to the last good thrash metal album ever produced?
GREATEST SOLO IN HISTORY

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44Warzone - Armored Saint Listen to sample

45Sign of an Open Eye - Gorgoroth Listen to sample

46The Killchain - Bolt Thrower Listen to sample

47Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

48Enter Sandman - Metallica
The best lullaby I've ever heard ^^ Also one of Metallica's best!
Bitch please it deserves 1st place
It's the first metal song I had listened and still one of the best...
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49Poison - Alice Cooper Listen to sample

50Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Listen to sample

51Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
Best heavy metal song ever
Its not place 51
Haha, that's a joke! I am coming from the hard rockers. That's not a hardrocker. Its true heavy metal and better than the rest.
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52Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

53Black Metal - Venom Listen to sample

54Thrash Till Death - Destruction Listen to sample

55Night Crawler - Judas Priest Listen to sample

56Nymphetamine Fix - Cradle of Filth

The one of 2 songs I like from Cradle of filth. This song is like a fairy tale. The Girl sings really great and I love it.

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57Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
Awesome song. The best heavy metal starts when johnny christ starts to play.
Thunderstruck and metal had a child, and this is what came out. Need I say more?
Hheel to the kenngs
Heel to the wold
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58Now I'm Here - Queen Listen to sample

59Battle Hymn - Manowar
Eric Adams is the man.. Briliant song..
Hino the batalha...
The best of power heavy song
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60Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
One of the best metal tracks from one of the premier metal bands of all time. I would rank this masterpiece in the top 10 of maiden's best. Tempo changes and Classic Steve Harris laying it down makes this one of my all time favorites.
Such a fab song... You don't get the hang of it at once... But when you complete the song n listen to it once more.. You r blown by its sheer beauty n solos... Iron Maiden really kicks ass.. Up the Irons
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61Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Listen to sample

62Forever Winter - Antim Grahan
Grt song! Makes me go wild.
Frover winter bubbles wind

63Walk With Me in Hell - Lamb of God
They are the best
Log r best and Chris on drums is amazing
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64Eve of the Apocalypse - Malevolent Creation Listen to sample

65Lucretia - Megadeth Listen to sample

66Bed of Razors - Children of Bodom Listen to sample

67Locust - Machine Head Listen to sample

68Floods - Pantera Listen to sample

69Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
This song is the DEFINITION of heavy metal. Yes, I love Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax (true dark heavy metal bands) as well as 80's classics like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and even 70's bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) and Led Zeppelin. But this song simply captures THE SPIRIT of heavy metal. A MASTERPIECE!
Dio was thé Best heavy métal singer and heaven and hello is thé Best offre thé Best songe offre aller time
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70Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Beautiful metal song
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71Savage Heart - Pretty Maids
Beatiful metalsong from the national and international heavy band pretty maids
Its a beatiful lovesongs lyrich metal song
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72The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden
SPECTACULAR, I shall say no more.
You probably don't know but this is about 50* better than Hallowed By Thy Name. Just Listen, you will love it.
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73Infinate Dreams - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

74Coming Undone - Korn
I love this song
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75As I Slitter - Kataklysm

76The Sentinel - Judas Priest
This song is one of the greatest pieces of heavy metal ever written. While it may not be the best, it is still one of songs that expresses power and might in a way that only a heavy metal song can. It isn't a pioneer, but it stands tall among an age of giants, in a time where metal ruled the earth. It stands still as a powerful symbol of that time, and has everything that metal stands for. If this song isn't in the top ten of this list, then this list is wrong.
I love this song too much. that vocal and that classic riff represent the old school heavy metal.
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77Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates Listen to sample

78Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath

79Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
Potential to be the best
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80Requiem - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

81Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Listen to sample

82Feuer Frei - Rammstein Listen to sample

83Melancholy - Iced Earth
ICED EARTH 107? ONLY GREEK PEOPLE APPRECIATE TRUE METAL! #1 IN Greece!
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84Awake - Godsmack Listen to sample

85Nemesis - Arch Enemy Listen to sample

86Epitaph - Necrophagist Listen to sample

87Metal Church - Metal Church
I had never heard them before, but when I did, I thought it sounded super heavy! (and I like that)
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88Little Drops of Heaven - Pretty Maids
Toptrack from pretty maids has good sound and rhythm, should be placed upper at this list
Beatiful metal song.
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89Please Don't Leave Me - Pretty Maids
Its a beatiful metal song, clear singing voice & good rhythm
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90Screaming In the Night - Krokus
Best song by an extremely underrated band.
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91Seek & Destroy - Metallica
This the best song to motivate any war machine before going to the battlefield. No talks no bullshit. Save the officer's time to lift up the hell of the war boys' spirits (especially the malaysian troops against the sulu terrorists)
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92Blitzkrieg - Metallica
Yes, most of the band guys are jews and this would make the song easier. Same like seek & destroy, enough to kick the asses of the war dogs before charging at the enemies!
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93Crypts of Eternity - Slayer Listen to sample

94I Want Out - Helloween Listen to sample

95Heavy Metal - Judas Priest

96Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne Listen to sample

97Metal Heart - Accept Listen to sample

98Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom Listen to sample

99Are You Dead Yet? - Children of Bodom Listen to sample

100Cryin' Like a Bitch!! - Godsmack Listen to sample

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