Greatest Heavy Metal Songs Since 1980

This list contains songs which have defined this genre over the years... everyone is welcome to add any other song of their choice...

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1Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2The Unforgiven - Metallica

A masterpiece it should have been number 1

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3The Judas Kiss - Metallica
4Fade to Black - Metallica

My favourite song of all time! Amazing intro leads into an amazing riff with perfect vocals and story behind it. The ending and outro has the best solo in metal history in my opinion! - dragon13304

Nirvana is in no way metal, but metallica is! Fade to black perfection, enough said.

5The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
6Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
7Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
8Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
9Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
10Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

Greatest metal riff after Smoke On The Water, and the lyrics are for Nobel award. Great heavy metal attitude.

The Newcomers

?Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
?Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

I honestly can't believe that people put on this list bands like Nirvana or Guns and Roses, can anyone then when these 2 bands became metal?! People, Black Sabbath is and always will be THE best metal band ever! And this song will always be a metal anthem. From Ronnie's incredible singing to Iommi's LEGENDERY guitar riff, this is by far the best metal song ever!

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The Contenders

11Master of Puppets - Metallica

What the... Wow...
SWEET CHILD O' MINE IS NOT METAL!
The softest rock track on Appetite, and people are calling it metal...

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12Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

THIS SONG HAS THE AWESOME AND THE AWESOME RHYTHM OF A GREAT BAND. THIS SONG IS AWESOME.
WHENEVER HEAR THIS SONG MY BLOOD STARTS TO RAGE.
THE WAY THIS SONG STARTS IS AWESOME BUT AS IT CARRIES ON AND ENDS IS SIMPLY MESMERISING.

13The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden
14Ride the Lightning - Metallica

The intro and all the solos from this song are absolutely amazing!

15Psychosocial - Slipknot
16Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Theses) - Marilyn Manson

I know it's a cover but it put him on the map as a metal artist

17Megalovania - Toby Fox
18One - Metallica
19Raining Blood - Slayer
20Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
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