Best Megadeth Songs

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

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1Holy 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.

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.

1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
2. Symphony of Destruction
3. Hangar 18
4. Peace Sells
5. Rust In Peace... Polaris
6. Take No Prisoners
7. Washington Is Next
8. Good Mourning / Black Friday
9. Dawn Patrol
10. United Abomination
The reason for my top ten list is: holy wars is a really the best thrash metal song in the world, it has the coolest guitar riff and Nick Menza's most famous drum beat, no other thrash metal song can beat it, Metallica is overall better than Megadeth (what I think), but Metallica hasn't got a single song that can match Holy Wars, and this song is the one that made megadeth really famous! Symphony Of Destruction is also great, because Dave Mustaine's amazing vocal, and how the riff and drum beat fit the song. Hangar 18 has better riff and guitar solo than holy wars (maybe), the polly rhythm drum beat is also good.
Peace Sells: this song gave me Goosebumps, every time I listen to it, I felt like I just watched a horror movie. ...more

The best song

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2Hangar 18 - Rust in Peace

GUITAR WORK LIKE NO OTHER!
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.

One of the most badass songs of all time. - BeatlesFan1964

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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

I love this song

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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

Two Words... Bone Chilling

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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

Song that made me love them

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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! - Chris113

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

Hands down there best song next holy wars you people are morons if you think otherwise

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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.

Great great great song love it

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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. - Slashhead

Number 10 what is wrong with voters. This song is a megadeath masterpiece an awesome song. The best megadeth tune ever.

The only part of this song I really like is the drum/guitar solo... I've always found Psychotron to be hideously underrated though

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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 - picklesdoodily

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.

MEGADETH, The beginning and the End, The Alpha and Omega, This is where true Metal Began! Amen.

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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.

Awesome drumbeats dude! The way the song is played blows my mind man!

Mustaine's lyrics are always awesome, the guitar sound is great too, this song has something special that makes it different to the other songs of cryptic writings, I like it and the first time I heard it, I knew it would be one of Megadeth's favorite songs. I also think this album is better compared to the new era, this is far better than Super Collider, Endgame, The System Has Failed, United Abominations, For me it has a better music technique and sound, I'll say I would place it in the top 5 best Megadeth albums. - Wolf92xd

If AC/DC's War Machine and Metallica's Enter Sandman combined, this is the song.

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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?

Sounds like The Unforgiven

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12The Scorpion - The System has Failed

the vocals on this song is amazing. One of the all time greatest songs ever - wolphert

great song! Megadeth made a good job in this one - rock2metal

In awe of the lyrics and the vocals, the guitar work is truly amazing as well.

I love this song, its one of those songs that could probably kick the crap out of a couple of their earlier albums, on its own

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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.

A spectacular song; beautifully aggressive.

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14Countdown To Extinction - Countdown To Extinction

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

Amazing song! Best song on that album

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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/

Great song, it never leave my top 10 Megadeth song list. Hearing them play it a few years back on tour when they played Rust in its entirety was a heavy metal high point for me. This along with Ashes in your Mouth are the two most under rated Megadeth songs!

Best song and that's all!

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16Angry Again - Rude Awakening

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.

At first Megadeth was just a classic metal band with only a couple of songs like symphony of destruction or hangar 18 but after listening to this song it opened my eyes to a whole new classic rock
Megadeth are the kings of classic rock not slayer not anthrax not pantera and not Metallica. Megadeth

Angry again, and again and again again!

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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..! - vishnulphb

My favourite line "'one look in her lusting eyes, savage fear in you will rise, teeth of terror sinking in, bite of the she wolf"

Lyrical perfection

I really don't know what a master piece like this is 16th on the list... it would be on the top 5

As good as any other Megadeth classic! Mind blowing tune, rhythm, melody, solo, tempo... I keep going back to it after decades.

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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!

My favorite megadeth song, amazing lyrics and riff

Listen it. You will understand me

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19Lucretia - Rust in Peace

A very good song from their best album.
It has the same mystical/fantasy style as Five Magics from the same album.
The last two minutes of the song (i.E. the second half), purely instrumental, is very well constructed, as well as the intro.

What why so low? The instrumental part of this song is amazing, that damn solo by Marty Friedman with Mustaine! This song must be high lik

I call Marty's solo on this song the best Megadeth solo there is. It just fits so well with a great groove to it. It reminds me of oldschool video games soundtracks for some reason. Definitely one of my favourite Megadeth songs. Very underrated.

Definitely one of their best songs ever. Love the solo too!

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20Killing 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

So well paced and a good overall song worthy of beating out anything from countdown.

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