Best Metal Songs

The Top TenXW

1Master of Puppets - Metallica

Damn straight -- gotta love looking up this list and find the number 1 song to be what I'm listening to right now

This is one song that will be written off as best in every place!
amazing solo, classic riffs, super sexy bass, hard core drumming!
whoever created this song is a genius!

Master of Puppets is easily the best song on this list. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Hallowed Be Thy Name, in fact I had quite a bit of trouble choosing between the two. However, I went with the former because Master of Puppets is simply genius. The vocals and the guitar blend like salt and pepper, and the solo is wonderful as well. This song will leave an impact on you. I promise.

Best song I've ever heard out of any genre. It still blows me away every time I listen to it. It is amazing. MASTER! MASTER!

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2Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

This is not only the best metal song but in my opinion, the overall best song ever. This tune never gets old and rocks just as hard as the first time you hear it. Every time maiden puts out another live album this song just gets better and better especially with the addition of Janick Gers on 3rd guitar.

I guess almost every existing metal band covered this song already, and there must be a reason for that.
And the reason is simple, best song on this planet.
That intro alone is Epic! Everything in this song fits together.
Every instrument has his special moment here.

This is #1 in metal. To show how overrated Metallica is just look at the top ten, 3 songs. Master of Puppets deserves to 10 but not 3.
#1 Hallowed
#2 Painkiller
#3 Iron Man

>Master of Puppets

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3Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Best metal song ever. Nothing comes close. This is coming from a huge Metallica fan. Trapped Under Ice should be a distant second.

One of Megadeth's masterpiece. This should definitely be in the top 3. Dave Mustaine did a great job. Never heard of "X Japan".

just listen to it... you don't have to do anything else, just listen... and then you will know why holy wars should be #1

Man...just incredible, for me it is the best

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4One - Metallica

There's just no contest. It's Metallica all over, a classic metal band simply themselves, but this is by far their best song.

Did anyone ever listen to the lyrics? Yes, it has VERY much meaning. It's about a soldier who just wants to pull the plug on the life support machines. He's been through hell and back in war in the video-- no arms or legs. It made me really think after watching it. It's touching, too. Just watch the video.

No list containing best metal songs ever is complete without this great song in top 5. - Slashhead

Lyrics, check. Guitars, check. Thrash style, check. Manic drums, check. Shredding solo, check check check!

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5The Trooper - Iron Maiden

This song is TOO good not to be in the top ten. Although my favorite Maiden song is Infinite Dreams, I say that The Trooper should be in the top ten because of how legendary, and just how recognizable, it is. And come on, is there anything better than The Trooper live? No one forgets the moment Bruce runs on stage in the red jacket waving the Union Jack!

WAY BETTER THAN ENTER SANDMAN. This is a heavy metal anthem and one of Maiden's greatest songs for their greatest album

eddie is beast in this picture bro. this is definitely my fav maiden album and song, and fav song ever. maiden will live forever!

Great song the trooper first song I heard from iron maiden

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6Iron Man - Black Sabbath

How is this not number one? I mean, Metallica rocks hard and all, but on the other hand it's IRON MAN BY BLACK SABBATH. Without this song, there would BE no metal. It should at least be top 3. Seeing it at number 19 makes it hard to take this poll seriously.

This is Black sabbath! Why aren't they number one? Guns N' Roses isn't even metal but they are on here!

Black sabbath is the best band in the world, Iron man is their number one project (maybe except of paranoid as well)! Hello to all B. S. fans from Azerbaijan!

I think the lads from Metallica know this song is more important than sandman/one

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7Paranoid - Black Sabbath

If you don't listen to this song then you're missing out on a lot its one of the first songs that got me into metal and I can't stop listening to it most days.

You guys are all wrong. The best song is the one which started it all. And that is what Paranoid is. It really sucks that bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, Slipknot and even Linkin Park (who I don't see how, can be classified as Metal) are ranked ahead of Black Sabbath-the band who were the godfathers of Metal

I don't think that you even know anything about genres and their classification... Linkin Park is by far one of the best metal bands of the era... I guess you haven't listened to their Hybrid Theory album and if that's not enough then listen to their latest album Hunting Party... and then you will admit that War, Rebellion, Mark The Graves, etc. Are some of the finest Metal songs of the Rock and Metal genre...

This song is amazing, I learned to sing it by heart! And it's the first song I beat on Guitar Hero 3 on Expert, I really love this song!

Sorry, but it could be argued that Germany's Scorpions were the first ever metal band back in 67-68.

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8Enter Sandman - Metallica

Finally on top ten! I just love this song! One of the best! And why there's no Pantera on the Top Ten? - MetalGod

MAN... ENTER SANDMAN... Has become my one of the best song for last 3 years... But I love arieals by SYSTEM OF DOWN... I'm just waiting for ENTER SANDMAN 3 TO RELEASE...

This is my favorate song of all time and I think it should be at least on the top 5. I m a great fan of Metallica and I even love master of puppets. But personally this is my opinion. I Mean this song has everything. The Intro, the solo, the lyrics, the drums. IT Is PERFECT!

Get it off the list

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9Painkiller - Judas Priest

This is one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. A masterpiece in the heavy metal genre! You don't live if this song doesn't give you shivers.

I think is the best song of metal ever, it should be at least in a better place than "Art of Life"! - rock2metal

HELL YES! Love the solo and the lyrics, great song in general!

Must be in the top 5

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10Chop Suey - System of a Down

An energetic, heavy song that will leave you wanting more. Tool is a pretty good band but this song was worth a Grammy. System of a Down is the only modern metal group that can rock hard and be poetic at the same time.

LONG LIVE SYSTEM OF A DOWN! Best 20th century band. This song has everything. Melodic voice. Heavy guitar playing and John Dolmayan with his crazy drum playing just stands out.

This is the only 20th century song to be listed in the top ten. Really proud of SYSTEM OF A DOWN.

This song gets me so hyper

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The Newcomers

?Midnight Mover - Accept
?White Walls - Between the Buried and Me

The Contenders

11Angel of Death - Slayer

I'd say Angel of Death and Master of Puppets are tied for my number one. But this song needs to be in the top 2. Come on...

I'm not a big fan of Slayer but this is by far the best metal song(along with Holy Wars, Walk, Master Of Puppets ^^ Caught In A Mosh) this song has so much energy and aggression. And that breakdown... It just kills. This is the definition of metal song. Also someone please tell me how the hell is a Slipknot ^^ an Avenged Sevenfold song ahead of this.

Creepy because this song it's just too original... No one ever made a guitar riff like that.

I love all the death metal and technical stuff etc. But when it comes down to it - this song is without a doubt the greatest metal songs ever written.

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12War Pigs - Black Sabbath

There's way more to a metal song, than how heavy it is - and that's what most people ("metal-heads") tend to forget, or choose to ignore. War Pigs is the best metal song (in my opinion), purely because of how powerful it is. I'm no Vietnam War buff, but I think everyone knows that America made a huge mistake of invading Vietnam, and War Pigs takes advantage of this. It makes America look evil and stupid, which was, of course, bound to be embarrassing to America, hence why the name of the album was then changed to "Paranoid". The song was powerful enough to force the band to change the name of the album, which is just the start of why this is the best metal song.

Best Black Sabbath's song and for all who didn't know, they wanted to call 'War Pigs' to their album Paranoid but they weren't allowed. This is probably the most influential song of heavy metal and for sure one of the greatest, if not the best.

This song got me into metal, used to listen to it heaps! Still do. Now I listen to Metallica, pantera, rage against the machine and more. But my two faves are Black Sabbath and System of a down. Yeah boi!

Why is this not in the top ten

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13Fade To Black - Metallica

Best song ever should be higher than master of puppets. I love the slow beginning and then when it increases in tempo and volume and then just ultimately finishes it all off.

Guitar riffs, solos, drum rolls, vocals, this song's got something to teach man...! Awesome, no words, out of this world!

One of the best song of mine. I love intro and outro solos.
Really intro and outro of this song is mind blowing...

Why is this not number 1? This is the absolute best that Metallica can give.

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14Holy Diver - Dio

Long live the legend Dio who threw songs like this will never truely die. Rip Dio

RIP Legend, lock up the wolfs, all fools sailed away, should be on list too

I would put this at about third

I do love me some Dio.

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15Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Not that you only put ozzy in 25th place, you also put my favourite song and what me what metal really was. Hes the prince of darkness and you're the Freak of metal. I'm ten years old and I respect metal. DIE!

I genuinely can't believe this isn't in the top 10, the riffs and solo are spectacular, the lyrics are deep yet uplifting. It's a celebration of descent into madness. It's a great song that gets everybody up and headbanging. This song is adored even by people that don't like metal, it transcends the genre. This is a true defining song of metal, it deserves to be way higher.

I love rock and this is one of my very favorite songs, how is it number 36 when crap like x japan and dir en grey are in the top 20. Ozzy is one of the greatest metal artists of all time and this is his best song with the killer solo by rhoads, this ranking is unreasonable! - cyclone1248

Is he still alive!?!?!?! This song goes great with any comedy movie advertisement.

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16Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

All Together... Run for cover!!!

Best Pantera song but overall best metal song of 90's. I respect Metallica but Enter Sandman isn't my favorite but add this and take away Sandman and you have a great top ten.

This is a good song but I think "walk" and "mouth for war" are better - maverick88

This song is better than walk in my opinion. Well in fact, it's better than any other song in the top ten

Pantera's song 14? Are u kidding me?

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17Cemetery Gates - Pantera

This is one of my all time favourite songs. Everything about this just blends into a perfectly made song and the solo near the end is mind blowing. I listen to this at least twice a day

Some parts of the song are a bit slow, but this has THE BEST guitar riff in the history of metal- if you disagree, you don't know what a guitar riff is. - the_dude_abides

Great song great guitarist I love this song when I first heard it it gives the right feelings and dimebag one of the best time of all guitarists.

By far one of my favorite Pantera songs, and arguably the best metal song of the 90's. It is very technical and melodically sung to create a very somber, yet energetic song. A true musical masterpiece only rivaled by best classical composers.

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18The Four Horsemen - Metallica

68th?!?!? Really? This is an amazing song that is deserving of at the very least a spot in the top ten. Easily the best song off of Kill em All and my personal favorite from Metallica. PEOPLE VOTE THIS SONG UP, IT DESERVES TO BE HEARD!

One of the best songs ever written... Deserves a place in the top 20s
Metallicas number one song (my opinion)

One of Metallicas most underrated songs but this song rock. From the intro and then the thrushing along the speed with which the guitars are played is so awesome it just draws you in and makes you visualise what they are talking about. This is an example of fine art. Metallica forever

I love this song! AMAZING!

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19The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Greatest Metal Song from one of the best bands ever!
The best intro with the greatest vocalist ever. Bruce Dickinson is an artist who paints with words.

This list is ridiculous. Metallica have three songs in the top ten? Yeah, one is to be expected, two is acceptable, but three? That's pushing it. And what the hell is x Japan? Iron Maiden are the kings of metal, and this song deserves to be higher on this list.

What a song. I am horrified that this isn't in the top 10. It really is one of the best songs out there.
How somebody could make a piece of music sound like that is beyond me.

This one in the top 10 please...

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20Raining Blood - Slayer

*facedesk* Slayer at 76. Wake up all you Slayer fans. This is below Linkin Park, A7X and all those poser metal bands (Deftones and SOAD are good though).

After I'm done listening to it, the only negative thought I have is "darn... If only they added a little more to that song to make it longer..." But I guess that would take away from the beauty if the song if it were longer

Sorry, but this is one of the best songs in history. And I don't be only metal, but also if you include classic rock like floyd, zeppelin, Beatles. Even Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. If you listen to it 10 times, you will not forget this song for your lifetime. Tis is not musik, this is a world.

20?! This should be in the top ten.

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1. The Four Horsemen - Metallica
2. Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
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2. Holy Diver - Dio
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