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

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


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.
[Newest]I will define Iron Maiden in one song and that is Hallowed be thy name. This is by far the best heavy metal song ever!

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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...
[Newest]A masterpiece from Metallica...

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.


[Newest]This is a masterpiece, people

4Paranoid - 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
[Newest]"State of the Art" Rock Song!

5Holy 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.


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
[Newest]This is one of the best trash metal song

6Painkiller - 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...
[Newest]Yeah this song is "Faster than a Bullet"

7Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
One of the best songs in rock history!
Crazy train just make my day awesome!
This song definitely shouldn't be below Painkiller

8The 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!
[Newest]Because Eddie is holding a Union Jack!

9Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Most amazing song I've ever heard hands down.
Speed Metal=Heavy metal? Master of puppets is a Thrash Metal Song.
I can't believe not in the top 5

10War 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.
[Newest]The first true heavy metal song in my opinion. It is amazing that this was played in 1970, coming out of nowhere.

The Contenders

11Cowboys 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!
[Newest]Pantera kicks everyone's ass

12Iron 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
[Newest]It's black Sabbath need I say more

13Fear 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
[Newest]By far 1 of the best rock songs ever

14Heaven 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!

15Angel 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!
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...
[Newest]Should be somewhere around 4... One of the best songs ever

16Raining 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

17Holy 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
[Newest]One of the best!

18The 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...

19Walk - Pantera
Ultimate getting pumped song before stepping onto the ice to thrash people!
It is awesome and you feel the music very nice.
Hell, that guitar riff is addicting.


20Ride 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

21Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath

22Stargazer - Rainbow
Epic song! Invented power and symphonic metal back in 1976! Blackmore-Dio-Powell-Carey-Bain at their musical peak! Truly belongs in top 10

23Cemetary 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.
The vocals and riffs are too powerful to be this low on the list. Should be at least ten. M/
[Newest]Worts song ever makes my ears die I want to kill my self now

24In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth
Best megadeth song. Ever.

25Hells 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

26Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne

27The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Best metal song Ever, what is wrong with this list?
Possibly Iron Maidens best song. Classic.
How can this be at 111? This world really deserves to finally die...

28Fade to Black - Metallica
The best song made by Metallica. Must be on top


29Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden
This is one of the BEST SONG EVER!

30Counterfiet God - Black Label Society

31Walk With Me in Hell - Lamb of God
They are the best
Log r best and Chris on drums is amazing

32Sign 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.

33Push It - Static X
This song is pure adrenaline.

34Hangar 18 - Megadeth
This is a great metal song to be in top 5

35Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
I love this song, great riffs great everything, I always can't wait after the slow put as that is where the fun begins.
My fave maiden song and one of metals finest.


36Alison Hell - Annihilator

37Voodoo - Black Sabbath
Heavy metal at its core

38Disciple - Slayer

39Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

40Seventh 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

41Trial by Fire - Testament

42Tears 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.
Not the best but deserves to be in the best
Best Metal song from this list

43Child In Time - Deep Purple
Ritchie Blackmore the Living Legend
Epic! Also one of the best vocal performances in metal (Ian Gillan).


44Sonne - Rammstein

45Dance 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.
Hey iron maiden fans you gotta kill yourself. This song made me love iron maiden so much. This song's guitar solos r awesome and they take me higher. Please vote this up. Such an inspirational song
I seriously want an explanation why this song is so low on the chart!

46Time What Is Time - Blind Guardian

47Phantom 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
Way too low on this list.

48Beast 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.

49Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
This is a song that deserves a higher ranking

50Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne

51Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

52Before 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!
Slipknot is the best band in the world
[Newest]Not too loud for my ears but... I like it and one of the best!

53Enter Sandman - Metallica
It's the first metal song I had listened and still one of the best...
The best lullaby I've ever heard ^^ Also one of Metallica's best!
Bitch please it deserves 1st place
[Newest]Deserves to be in top 10

54Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica

55In Your Face - Children of Bodom

56Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

57Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest

58Screaming for Vengeance - Stereoman

59Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
Why does everybody like crap like Avenged Sevenfold when they could listen to the last good thrash metal album ever produced?
The anthem of confusion ridden angst! Definitely top ten for the solo.

60Nemesis - Arch Enemy

61Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
This should be your opening song on your heavy metal playlist.
Best heavy metal song ever
Its not place 51

62Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

63Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

64Warzone - Armored Saint

65Sign of an Open Eye - Gorgoroth

66The Killchain - Bolt Thrower

67Highway Star - Deep Purple

68Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

69Hail 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?
Best metal of song of 2013. it has to be higher

70Nymphetamine 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.


71Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
"Dante's Inferno" is a song by the American heavy metal band Iced Earth. The song was originally released on the group's 1995 album Burnt Offerings, but was re-recorded in 2011, with the current line-up of the band. "Dante's Inferno" is also one of the longest songs the band has ever recorded, with the original clocking in at sixteen minutes and twenty-six seconds and the re-recorded version clocking in at seventeen minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The song is based on the Inferno -segment of Dante Alighieri's epic poem the Divine Comedy.[2] In it, Dante travels through the nine circles of Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. The circles are concentric, representing a gradual increase in wickedness, and culminating at the centre of the earth, where Satan is held in bondage. Each circle's sinners are punished in a fashion fitting their crimes: each sinner is afflicted for all of eternity by the chief sin they committed.
The first circle is Limbo, where reside the unbaptized and the virtuous pagans, who, though not sinful, did not accept Christ. Beyond the first circle, all of those condemned for active, deliberately willed sin are judged by the serpentine Minos, who sentences each soul to one of the lower eight circles. In the second circle are those overcome by lust. These souls are blown back and forth by the terrible winds of a violent storm, without hope of rest. The third circle is gluttony, where the gluttons, guarded by Cerberus, are forced to lie in a vile slush produced by ceaseless foul, icy rain. Those whose attitude toward material goods deviated from the appropriate mean are punished in the fourth circle, avarice. They include the avaricious or miserly, who hoarded possessions, and the prodigal, who squandered them. The two groups are guarded by a figure Dante names as Pluto. The two groups joust, using as weapons great weights which they push with their chests. In the fifth circle, anger, in the swamp-like water of the river Styx, the wrathful fight each other on the surface, and the sullen lie gurgling beneath the water, withdrawn "into a black sulkiness which can find no joy in God or man or the universe."

Gustave Doré's original painting of Lucifer from the Divine Comedy.
The lower parts of Hell are contained within the walls of the city of Dis, which is itself surrounded by the Stygian marsh. Punished within Dis are active (rather than passive) sins. The walls of Dis are guarded by fallen angels. Virgil is unable to convince them to let Dante and him enter, while Furies and Medusa threaten Dante. An angel sent from Heaven secures entry for the poets, opening the gate by touching it with a wand, and rebuking those who opposed Dante. In the sixth circle, the heretics are trapped in flaming tombs. The seventh circle houses the violent. Its entry is guarded by the Minotaur, and it is divided into three rings: the outer ring (which houses the violent against people and property), the middle ring (where lie the suicides) and the inner ring (the violent against God and the violent against nature). The last two circles of Hell punish sins that involve conscious fraud or treachery. In the ninth circle, the very centre of Hell, condemned for committing the ultimate sin (personal treachery against God), is Satan. Satan is described as a giant, terrifying beast with three faces, one red, one black, and one a pale yellow. Satan is waist deep in ice, weeping tears from his six eyes, and beating his six wings as if trying to escape, although the icy wind that emanates only further ensures his imprisonment (as well as that of the others in the ring). Each face has a mouth that chews on a prominent traitor, with Brutus and Cassius feet-first in the left and right mouths respectively. In the central, most vicious mouth is Judas Iscariot. Judas is being administered the most horrifying torture of the three traitors, his head gnawed by Satan's mouth, and his back being forever skinned by Satan's claws. Dante and Virgil finally escape Hell by climbing down Satan's ragged

72Night Crawler - Judas Priest

73Battle Hymn - Manowar
Eric Adams is the man.. Briliant song..
Hino the batalha...
The best of power heavy song

74Black Metal - Venom

75Thrash Till Death - Destruction

76Forever Winter - Antim Grahan
Grt song! Makes me go wild.
Frover winter bubbles wind

77Savage Heart - Pretty Maids
Beatiful metalsong from the national and international heavy band pretty maids
Its a beatiful lovesongs lyrich metal song

78The 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.

79Coming Undone - Korn

80Bed of Razors - Children of Bodom

81Locust - Machine Head

82Floods - Pantera

83Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Beautiful metal song

84Infinate Dreams - Iron Maiden

85Requiem - Avenged Sevenfold

86Eve of the Apocalypse - Malevolent Creation

87Lucretia - Megadeth

88Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy

89As I Slitter - Kataklysm

90The 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.

91Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

92Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath

93Now I'm Here - Queen

94Please Don't Leave Me - Pretty Maids
Its a beatiful metal song, clear singing voice & good rhythm

95Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
Potential to be the best

96Feuer Frei - Rammstein
Heard this when I was little and thought it said "Fewer fries"

97Metal Heart - Accept

98Melancholy - Iced Earth

99Awake - Godsmack

100Epitaph - Necrophagist

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