Best Metallica Songs

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41The Frayed Ends of Sanity

This is the kick ass song. Great drums by Lars Ulrich. I love the voice of James in that song. Its really one of the best heavy metal songs.

It's not a good song not a bad song its one of those songs that you hear and your like oh hey I like this song! Then you go to listen to it on YouTube or on the album or something and your like ok enough of this lets listen to some kill em all or black album or some other song! It's like in the middle of my list of Metallica songs.

Absurdly good song. Should be above all of the black album and onward. And is one of the justice songs I like most.

This is easily one of the best Metallica songs

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42No Leaf Clover

Just listen to the vocals, and if you don't get chills down U.spine, you clearly aren't much of a Metallica fan.

Incredulous! This song should be WAY higher... At least in the top 20. This song is one of 'em that a metal fan should never overlook. Amazing lyrics with an outstanding afterglow on life. "When it comes to being the soothing light at the end of your tunnel... Was just a freight train coming your way! " The best oxymoron you can get in my opinion. Flat out fantastic song

Great Lyrics, Great Solo, Great Rhythm, great feeling, great feating with symphony and with the best of James's vocals. This is great man!

Definitely top 25

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43King Nothing

In my opinion, the best Metallica song out there. It isn't very popular because it supposedly is in Metallica's "Dark Ages". However, it is much like Enter Sandman, just... Better.

This should be top 5 for sure I love this song, one of their best, this or master of puppets is their best

I get that this isn't their best, and maybe it shouldn't even be in their top ten, but FORTY-SECOND? FUEL was voted higher that this, and that song isn't even all that great, while this one is awesome!

Please vote this song

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44Cyanide

VERY under-rated. One of the BEST from the new 'Death Magnetic' album.

This song is absolutely godly, breath taking riffs, brilliant chorus... Metallica at its very best!
Not to mention highly UNDERRATED

CYANIDE is the best piece of thrash metal anyone would ever listen to, but alas, many do not get such a luxury

I like this song. It's in between the 30-35 on my list.

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45Bleeding Me

My favorite off of Load! Why 44? Bleeding Me should be in my opinion the top 10's! This song is so awesome. I love singing to it. The solo is epic in this song! The S&M version is cool as well! Vote! - johnpaularguelles

Masterpiece! Great riffs, solos, lyrics, fantastic background guitar work. And just love how the song develops!

Best song to sing along with! Well at least try to anyway! S ^^ M version is pretty killa as well with the echoing vocals

Most underrated Metallica's Song. Simply the best Load one.

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46Metal Militia

I can't believe that trash metal like this is 83 and ordinary Metallica music like nothing else matter is in the first common its not real metalhead that vote here.

This cannot be true! By far one of the best tracks of the first album. Everyone, please help and get this track to the position it deserves! The opening of this track has been my favorite ringtone for years

One of my favorite, can't believe it's 93 it is better than that for sure!

I don't think this song is very good it's near the bottom of my list. But I like the fast stuff which makes it a song I would listen to if I was driving home at like 1:00 in the morning and needed to stay awake!

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47Jump In the Fire

What this song should be at least top 20, one of the best dave mustain works with metallica and one of my favorite trash metal songs of all time

One of the best songs off of kill 'em all. Maybe the best.

The more I listen to this song the more it grows on me!

Great tribute to Bon Scott

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48Of Wolf and Man

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Not even in the top 20? Who ever made this needs shooting, Sad But true should be higher up als

THE BEST SONG FROM BLACK ALBUM! Should say enough! Whenever I hear it I turn into a werewolf! Absolutely FANTASTIC song! Must be at least in TOP 10! Metallica fans, get it out of here! When the "refrain" start, I go WILD!

Extremely underrated song. It really should be higher than this, a lot higher. Obviously there are a lot of stand out tracks on the "Metallica" album but this is at least 3rd or 4th best behind "Enter Sandman, " "Nothing Else Matters" and "Sad But True" and maybe above "Wherever I May Roam" and the "Unforgiven"

Amazing but I don't know where to put it

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49I Disappear

Needs a mention is the top ten dudes. Far out man its heavy the last 43 seconds of the song is as equal to the last 2 1/2 min of the song One.

What a song and the ending is full on crazy. Metallica gives you heavy in this song.

It is so unique and under-rated because of its Napster back ground. But it a great Metallica song.

Catchy! I could listen to this all day. The video is one of the best I've ever seen too!

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50Eye of the Beholder

Very underrated but it has the grooviest and coolest sound of any Metallica song. the dark lyrics mixed with a heavy beat definitely make this one the best.

58...58?! This is one of their best songs. Their most popular? Not even close. But its a damn fine song and should at least crack the top 20. Anyone who votes the day that never comes over this needs to have their ears checked.

Great song but it and shortest straw for me get kind of forgotten due to all the other songs on justice being better and more memorable. Still better than anything they released after justice.

It's underrated. I love it!

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51Escape

Out for my own, out to get free, one with my mind, ages can't see

Escape is a very deep song. If you listen to the lyrics you will set it on at least top 20 just my oppinion. Rate if you want to I don't care

James hates this song. It was a dumbed down more mainstream song that they were forced to make. Only song from the first 4 albums that is worse than what they released afterwards.

Fun fact: More people get killed at church than rock concerts. Just so you know.

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52Phantom Lord

most musically advanced song on kill em' all

Definitely one of my favorite songs from Kill 'Em All, but why is it so low. 48th PLACE?! This deserves to be on the top 10. It should be 10: Battery 9: Sad But True 8: Hit The Lights 7: Creeping Death 6: The Unforgiven 5: Phantom Lord 4: Nothing Else Matters 3: For Whom The Bell Tolls 2: Fade To Black 1: Master of Puppets.

This songs shows the Real Metallica... Bring this up guys! 80s School Metallica.. The best ever!

I hate this song enough said.

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53The Shortest Straw

This song should be Top 3 easily. (With MoP and Battery)

The most underrated song in the most underrated album in the history of music that I can think of. "One" is the only well known song from "... And Justice For All", despite "The Shortest Straw" is WAY better from start to finish.

Most people don't seem to get the broken and ever changing pace of this song or it's riffs, but this has to be the most brilliant metal song of all times, considering how it breaks these most important rules of successful music and still works:

1) Uneven beat (both Tempo and Time signatures change multiple times)
2) Shaky harmonies (especially in the solo, which sounds awesome)
3) Short sections and alternating riffs (most of them refrain 3-4 times during the song)
4) Next to no traditional structural build up (except in the solo where the structure is pretty close to classic slow build up ascending towards the climax)

Trust me, once you understand the song, you will ...more

The best song off of their best album. Has everything that sums up how good Metallica got before they tried to appease everyone. So glad they returned to the style of "... And Justice For All" for "Death Magnetic"

Why do people continue to appreciate only the most-known Metallica songs? I mean, now a man makes himself be called Metallica Fan because he really likes Master of Puppets, or Enter Sandman. There are lots of better songs, and these are really underrated: The Shortest Straw (fantastic lyrics, great solo), Metal Militia, The Call of Ktulu (how can thus masterpiece be in a lower position than Whiskey in the Jar?! ), all the great AJFA stuff, My Friend of Misery (one of the three songs Jason wrote), Through The Never, The God That Failed..

It's the 5th song in the album, and the 5th best. The only songs better are One, Blackened, Dyers Eve, and The Frayed Ends of Sanity.

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54Suicide & Redemption

Really? 46? Come on folks this one's bleeding symphony! This song so efficiently represents the musical intellect Metallica has to offer. Beautifully constructed and love the way it builds up. All the instrumentals should be in the top 20 in my opinion.

10 minutes of thrash metal.. best of Metallica's riffs, and the solo is heavenly. for me it's in top 10s

2nd best instrumental by Metallica, after Orion. But why this is here. Please guys vote it.. Don't remember Solo's of James ^^ Kirk? Very disappointing

The number four instrumental in Metallica history in between the call of ktulu and to live is to die! The only major problem I have with this song is it's almost 10 minutes long!

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55The End of the Line

Its 52...? It my favourite song from death magnetic... Awesome drum, vocals and every thing... Just great Metallica song... All songs of Metallica are awesome... I agree with this list but this song should be in top 10...

Momentum of the metal which works much.

Compositional quality? Check. Riffs? Check. Creativity? Check. Result: Perfect song

I love the attitude the song gives me. - LightningBlade

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56That Was Just Your Life

Metallica openers always have a certain ferocity to it, and this one is no different. I love the relentless pace of this song, Lars' double bass beats, the killer riffs, Kirk's uber solo in the middle, and the relentless pace of this song.

Did I mention the blistering fast relentless pace of this song?

Most of the best songs from Metallica are the ones that they play FAST and MEAN. Try Fight Fire with Fire, Battery, Damage Inc., Dyer's Eve, etc.

This songs introduction is truely amazing, Just as this entire song is. This song is very under-rated though. Listen to it a few more times, you may just fall in love.

How can you not recongnise music? Went to to see them at Manchester, MEN. They opened the show with this song and it blew me away.

It starts off good and then it slowly gets worse. Around number 50 on my list.

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57My Friend of Misery

. . . man this song is so under-rated. . . start listening people. . . good song - metallicman0012

Agreed, very underrated Metallica song. Lyrically it is for certain their best song. Also has some great guitar riffs. The lyrics... Are just amazing

This song is too damn underrated... Tis is a 'jason newsted' masterpiece... True metallica fans will love tis song..!

Underrated. Great Lyrics, one of the best Bass intros ever. They should play it live more often!

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58Some Kind of Monster

Some kind of monster is the evilest of the evil that Metallica usually use, to be fair I can understand why its not higher but it really should be around at least 30 or better really though 50? Monster deserves better

I can't believe that this fabulous song is in 51th place, when it supposed to be in 1rst place.

I just can't believe this song is so down below in the list... the start is awsummm man, this was the first thing I ever played on guitar ON MY OWN without any reference to chords or tab... this song just sinks in me, whenever I feel angry or when someone betrays...
Also love the way, he sings in satans voice

This song is better than ANYTHING off of Load! Load sucks badly...

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59Moth Into Flame

This is probably one of the best Metallica songs since...And Justice For All, and almost as good as some of the 80s Metallica songs, but I have a feeling that this will be the best song from the album, meaning that the album will probably be worse than Death Magnetic was. - DarkenedBrutality

Awesome man! I love this song. A masterpiece of metallica, classical thrash. This must top many metallica songs and will do better in the near future. This album would be better than anyone would think.

When I first saw the name of this song I thought this song sounds terrible! But now that I've listened to it I think it's the best song on this album!

Would put it on 30 its gorgeous

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60The God That Failed

This song should be higher! It's great and written about James Hetfield's Mum! She gave us the best band ever! So higher please!

Awesome intro to the song! One of the best Metallica intros in my opinion. The whole song is so amazing! It should be in top 30

All the load reload and st anger and covers IN MY OPINION should be in the end they should rank the songs of the other albums first and then of these 3 albs and the covers and the other discs

My ex-girl ditched me!

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