Best Megadeth Songs


One of the Original 4 Thrash metal bands and a very influential group. Dave Mustaine is God and creator of Speed/Thrash 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

Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Rust in Peace
Awesome song. Powerful lyrics. Solid beat, great change of tempo mid song. This is megadeth at there best.
Its megadeths best song
Mustaines solo is totally amazing
The intro is also really good
Megadeth brings a solid line of excellent songs in their albums but this is one of the definitive highlights.
Great song with constant change of tempo and great lyrics as well makes this easily top 10 megadeth song.
[Newest]This is the best Megadeth song ever written, and it's not even much of a contest. The fact that Dave Mustaine has a solo that's as intense as it is towards the end of the song, AND he's the lead vocalist for the band, makes me think he's one of the greatest guitar players metal will ever see. Everything you love about Megadeth is wrapped into this song
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2Hangar 18 - Rust in Peace
Beautiful piece...
A must listen to any and every metal head.
I'm shocked why it is not on the top
Hanger 18 has some the of the best solos in history. It shows just how amazing dave mustaine is as a conposer and guitarist. simply the best.
Finally something that is in nearly in its proper place on this website. Hangar 18 - Megadeth's most uber song with a slightly slow tempo that builds up into a load of insanity, with solos all over the place. Mustaine's last solo in this song remains my most favourite Mustaine solo to this day.
[Newest]Megadeth's most intense song. A tour de force.

3Peace Sells - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
"What Do You Mean I hate Megadeth,
I listen to it everyday. "

Classic thrash metal album
This is the song that got me into liking Megadeth! I like Holy Wars and Hangar 18 too, and I also really like A Tout le Monde, but I think this has to be one of my favorites, and I kinda feel like this should be my vote since it is the song that got me into Megadeth in the first place.
Vice City Rocks thanks to Dave Mustaine
[Newest]Peace Sells! Poland's classic solos are matched by nobody, this anthem is amazing! The bass intro is legendary!

4Tornado of Souls - Rust in Peace
Solo is amazing man...! I listen it at least 5 times a day
Clever riffage and awesome solos. The track that made me realize I actually really like Megadeth. Before I foolishly thought they were just a lesser Metallica. Sorry about that Dave!
the best megadeth song, the best megadeth album. my favourite songs, good lyrics, good riffs. zibule-babule, zibule-babule. ROCK ON! zibule babule
[Newest]It changed my life

5Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction
Easy to play and easy to be in 2nd place, just like a Pied piper
The solo is magic!

marty firedman's genius comes out in this song!
One Of The Most Popular Metal Song Of The World
Great Lyrics... Great Guitars From Mastaine
[Newest]Awesome Riff and Solo

6In My Darkest Hour - So Far, So Good... So What?
This one should be top 10. The lyrics are so powerful, and has one of the most haunting guitar parts that I've heard.
So Far, So Good... So What? Is considered sort of a disappointment. I really don't know why. Mary Jane and the cover of Anarchy in the U. K aren't very good but the rest is fantastic and with great songs like Set the world afire, hook in the mouth, Into the Lungs of Hell, and of course this classic In My Darkest Hour. Amazing song!


For me this is the best song of this band... is hard choose one because this band is Awesome but this is the best for me
[Newest]Replace this with devils island

7A Tout Le Monde - Youthenasia
The most earnest, honest Megadeth song to date. No military, no politics, just honest feelings and genuine concern for the world while still being more heavy than any other band as Megadeth does
A Tout Le Monde! A tous mes amis! The most meaningful megadeth song!
This is one of the only Megadeth songs that I can actually listen to if I'm not in the mood for their heavy stuff (even though that rocks just as hard). I thought 'Time: The Beginning' is a very underrated song.
[Newest]I love this song it is powerful an meaningful

8Sweating Bullets - Countdown to Extinction
Love the way the singing doesn't go with the guitar playing at all. Also think the lyrics are kinda funny. In my top five no doubt.
I've just started listening to megadeth and I loved sweating bullets and holy wars.


Number 10 what is wrong with voters. This song is a megadeath masterpiece an awesome song. The best megadeth tune ever.
[Newest]Hello me.. It's me again. You can subdue but never tame me

9Wake up Dead - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
One of the greatest thrash songs by this band... No other guitarist could dream of playing these solos


I think people are not really listening; otherwise this song would have been high up in the list. For those who voted Holy Wars, and only listened to Tornado and things like that: give this song a try. Give the whole album a try really. Let go of the preconceived notions about how you want this band to sound like or how you want metal to sound like for that matter. And listen. You will be surprised.
2 of the best megadeth riffs are on this song. The 3 solos are perfect. This should be on top 3.
[Newest]Lyrics at the beginning and end but all solos in the middle... It's a perfect fantasy

10Trust - Cryptic Writings
EVERYTHING about this single exudes Dave's gift for music making. The drumbeat, intro, riffs and vocals are all top-class, and recorded with the greatest Megadeth lineup ever. Instant classic.
my favorite song :D



Awesome drumbeats dude! The way the song is played blows my mind man!
[Newest]Cryptic writings is one of my favorite megadeth album and its underrated no bad songs no bad lyrics just a very underrated album this song is the best intro song to any megadeth albums except holy wars

The Contenders

11Good Mourning / Black Friday - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
This song represent all the megadeth feelings back in 1986. Two songs in one. The complex of the first song, and the brutallity and the speed of the second, make this song one of the most powerful and amazing songs in Megadeth's large career. It should be on the top 10
Such a complex song. Beautiful intro followed by increasingly aggresive riffs. An awesome hardcore thrash song! The intro always gives me chills and I love the ending Shouts of BLACK FRIDAY!
One of the most beautifully written songs by the band. In the beginning, it starts out with a bit of a sad tone, but eventually it conjures up (no pun intended) and becomes one of the most legendary songs in thrash history. Easily Megadeth's greatest song. Also, a song from The System Has Failed passing this masterpiece?
[Newest]I like this song so much

12The Scorpion - The System has Failed
the vocals on this song is amazing. One of the all time greatest songs ever


great song! Megadeth made a good job in this one


In awe of the lyrics and the vocals, the guitar work is truly amazing as well.
[Newest]This song is actually really good, and I suggest it to all megadeth fans out there! It should be more we'll known.

13Rust In Peace... Polaris - Rust In Peace
Great song! Who doesn't like this? Possibly their best song! Holy wars is still good though...

I wish Metallica was more like this...

And anthrax too...
Not in the top ten; are you kidding us? Or, are you deaf and can't listen to the lyrics, or the starting killer drum intro?
Best song on the best album out of Megadeth.
Awesome lyrics, awesome riffs, and Mustaine's voice sounds great in this one.
[Newest]Best song in the world

14Countdown To Extinction - Countdown To Extinction
How can this song be so low on the list?
I know it has a bit radio-friendly sound to it, but it still kicks ass!
It is the perfect shot at man's urge to feel 'powerful' by killing innocent animals ruthlessly (Point blank, you're so courageous! ) and Dave has shown why he is "The" Dave Mustaine.
He said this in an iterview in The Warchest:
"Countdown to Extinction is more or less about how we kill off all our animals, the hunters are only going to be able to kill off one last animal, that's man! "
This song definitely deserves to be in the top 10.


It's a tough call between this and Addicted to Chaos but I'm have to go with this. The last chorus kicks serious ass.
This song should be in the top ten list

15Five Magics - Rust In Peace
Its unbelievable the way they can mix power and melody at the same time. It brings many different feelings at the same time. I think it should be on the top ten, this song is epic
Best Megadeth Song, one of the best heavy metal songs ever. Makes me remember the Metallica songs. The solo is incredible, the drums equally. Megadeth is great! m/
Probably one of the best songs to ever be heard by mankind, I thoruoghly believe that the song originated from Mt Olympus, until one day when dave mustaine step down from the heavens, took on a human form and presented five magics as a gift to the human race.
[Newest]Best song and that's all!

16Angry Again - Rude Awakening
Jack Slater ranks this #1!
I wasnt a real big fan of Megadeth until this album, and Angry Again is what sold me into them, so this is definitely Top Ten, great riff, great vocals, great theme.
Great song. Nice pace, Awesome chorus.
[Newest]Great chorus should be top 10

17She-Wolf - Cryptic Writings
1st song that I heard of megadeth.. and this song made me become mad for them..! m/
ultimate song... superb lyrics..!


Great song, great ending solo, heavy as hell... IĀ'm surprised itĀ's not in the top 10...
Why is every1 so dull minded this should definitely be in the top 10

One look in her lusting eyes
Savage fear in you will rise
Teeth of terror sinking in
The bite of the she-wolf
[Newest]Awesome RIFF & SOLO Deserve to be in top 10

18Skin O' My Teeth - Countdown to Extinction
Not Top Ten? Come on! Mind you, My Megadeth top ten has about 40 songs in it! Awesome band.
Actually I could have voted for any of about 5 songs on this album. This and Peace Sells.
But Who's Counting?
Oh, you are.
Sick opener to a classic heavy metal album. This song set the tone for this whole album and the riffs are amazing! It's the first megadeth song I learned on guitar and it's an absolute classic and is quite underrated. Should be top ten!
Starts off with a smoking riff and just a great story about Mustaines wild ways and struggles.
[Newest]Listen it. You will understand me

19Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
How is this song not even in the top 100? Easily the best track on the first album. Raw, fast-paced, and one of the best Megadeth riffs. Maybe not number 1, but definitely in my top 10.
How about a little respect for the title track to the album that started it all for THE greatest band in the history of speed metal? Awesome riff and solos, fun vocals... It's my theme song!
This is sad this song should be in the top ten because its awesome and heavy
[Newest]Great song! It has great vocals and guitar

20Set the World Afire - So Far, So Good... So What?
Its one of Megadeth's ultimate thrash songs! Needs to be at least 3 or even 2 in the top 10
Intro reminds me of fallout 3 and megadeth is unreal so this song is definitely one of the good ones, but hell all of megadeths songs are greats
This song is very creative and I love the sound

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