Best Heavy Metal Songs

Mainly heavy and thrash metal songs from 80s and 90s..these songs defined original metal..

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1Hallowed 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 - roanhaggar

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.

The best song in the world!

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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...

It's the best song

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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

The best song of heavy metal. They started all

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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

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. - Slashhead

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.

Great from beginning to end.

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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. - Larrythemighty

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

Megadeth are crap

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6War Pigs - Black Sabbath

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.

This song just amazes me. I cannot believe that humans are even capable of creating such a masterpiece.

Black Sabbath invented "Heavy Metal"

War Pigs is a timeless classic that no one can ever touch. Lets not forget Into the Void. Now that is the greatest metal song of all times!

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

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7Painkiller - 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.

Yeah this song is "Faster than a Bullet"

The greatest Heavy Metal song of all time.

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8Iron 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.

This song started heavy metal.. slow, heavy and an absolute classic

There is no doubt this is the best heavy metal song... Master of puppets is also very good but not better than Iron Man

It's black Sabbath need I say more

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9Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

The combo of Randy Rhoads' guitar riff And solo: all that needs to be said about how awesome this song is. Ozzy kills it as well on a chorus that will never get old

This song definitely shouldn't be below Painkiller

One of the best songs in rock history!

Very good guitar play

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10The 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!

Isn't best song, but must be best RIFF, musically

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?Hot Rails to Hell - Blue Öyster Cult

The Contenders

11Fear 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

Best song ever, the beginning is so epic

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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!

Pantera is best!

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14Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Most amazing song I've ever heard hands down.

Speed Metal=Heavy metal? Master of puppets is a Thrash Metal Song.

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15Holy Diver - Dio

Epic song, I consider Dio to be the greatest and most underrated singer of metal

28 come on! Should be in top ten dio RIP

Very powerful vocal and cool riff!

Miss this man

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16Rime 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.

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17Angel 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...

This is how I like my Slayer - Dark and insane!

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18Sign 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.

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. - IronSabbathPriest

What a great song

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20Raining 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.

Really great song...lot of thrash and heavy stuff in there, definitely a thrash metal classic

Kicks the ass of those bands who try to play fast

Slayer is kick ass

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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
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1. Angel of Death - Slayer
2. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
3. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. The Hellion / Electric Eye - Judas Priest
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