Best Heavy Metal Songs

August 5, 2015 - 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]My first true love in heavy metal! Best song off one of the best albums from the best band for me!

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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]By far the most powerful metal sound, Metallica really deserves the #1 spot here. This song is the very definition of heavy metal at its finest!

3Paranoid - 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!

4One - 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]Great from beginning to end.

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]Great song. Love the guitar solo!

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

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

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

10Ace 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

The Contenders

11The 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]Isn't best song, but must be best RIFF, musically

12Cowboys 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

13Rime 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.


14Iron 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

15Sign 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.

16Angel 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

17Raining 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

18Heaven 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!

19Ride 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

20Holy 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]Very powerful vocal and cool riff!

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