Best Metal Songs

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The Top Ten

Master 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!
X Japan? Laugh out loud
In order to make a masterpiece like master of puppets you need a combination perfect factors, which only exists in METALLICA. Great rhythm guitar of hetfield, perfect solo by hammett, wonderful bass performance of burton and finally the overwhelming drums play of ulrich. So suck it kiddos we are the best.
This song is the "anthem" of all metal songs. No other band but Metallica can go from the most badass riffs on electric guitar to the most melancholic ones in the same song. Maybe Metallica are not the fathers of metal but they sure perfected it.
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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
This song is so good I stopped listening to hip hop and all that other crap and became a total metalhead (this being this first metal song I ever heard)
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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
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due is the best song
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4Chop Suey - System of a Down
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.
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.
This is the only 20th century song to be listed in the top ten. Really proud of SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
Best metal song ever and the best modern innovative band in the world. System of a down needs to be on the top list of metal band.
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5One - 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.


Art of Life - Good, but at 30 minutes, it's over indulgent.
Chop Suey - If a band like Judas Priest did this, it would be considered average. It's nothing special at all.
Holy Wars - Great, but I prefer Hangar 18.
Hallowed - Deserves to be #2
Master of Puppets - Good, but overrated.
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6Art of Life - X Japan
To start off, I really like the way this list is going, I'm glad to see Master of Puppets, Hallowed, Painkiller, Holy Wars on the list... Angel of Death by Slayer and Caught in a Mosh by Anthrax would be great too... Maybe some Motorhead in there... But X Japan is the all time best... X Japan goes heavier than "Art of Life" on songs like "Blue Blood", "Orgasim", "Stab in the Back", "X", "I'll Kill You", "Miscast", "Standing Sex"... But "Art of Life" is epic! It's not even my favorite (I really like Silent Jealousy and Kurenai) But It deserves to be at the number one spot... Its 30 minutes of blistering riffs, epic vocals and brutal drums... Without any bull----.
This song is a true masterpiece. 30 minutes of pure awesoness. The lyrics are strong and amazing, but everything else is perfection. Moreover, there are many parts which make this song absolutely great.
Come on Guys! This Song is Awesome! It has Brutal Drums pounding throughout the song. It has has soaring vocals reminiscent of Queensryche, And There is even a part when the orchestra is exchanging with the guitars, I've never heard that before. This Song is COMPLEX, IMAGINATIVE, AND POWERFUL! If this is too soft for your taste, then listen to "Stab me in the back", "silent jealousy", "I'll Kill You", and "kurenai", then you'll see these guys can rival up with the likes of Metallica or many other bands. PEACE
X for life that are one of the best metal bands of all times!
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7The 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!
My first favorite song b them!
It really is legendary!
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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?


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!
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...
Nearly six minutes of pure heavy metal essention...
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9Fade 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...

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10Painkiller - 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"!


HELL YES! Love the solo and the lyrics, great song in general!
This song is what real metal is! HELL YEA
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The Contenders

11Iron 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!
M/ how come not on the top? :O
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12Angel 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.
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13Forever Winter - Antim Grahan
Antim grahan is the metal band of Nepal. Even I am not from Nepal I appreciated them and their songs. Forever winter sounds sounds somewhere ile cradle of filth's song and music is so fantastic. People should listen this song before giving vote to others
Forever winter
Great black metal song
By Antim Grahan
I am Nepali and proud to BE fan of this
Hey you all American and European White ass
Actually Antim Grahan is Nepali word In English
Its means Lunar Eclipse got it
Great song ever I really have to appreciate it what a song so good screaming and fantastic music I just listened it and now I am going to listen their others song. Very good song
Awesome song great great one! ♥♥♥
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14Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
Words can't describe how good this song is. Though I'm surprised Afterlife isn't on here
Great effin song deserves top ten status. Lets all vote them in guys
I kept searching for an Avenged Sevenfold song and I'm very surprised to see it so low on the list! Should be much higher than 11!
Avenged Sevenfold doesn't deserve to be on a metal list, let alone higher than any Slayer song. come on guys. Lets be real. Avenged musically is metalcore, but as a band they are just posers.
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15Paranoid - 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
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!
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16Walk - Pantera
When someone mentions the metal genre, the first band that pops into my head is Pantera. There isn't a band out there in my opinion that's more metal than that, and had more of an effect on a dying genre during the 90's
This should be way higher, its got a better riff and better lyrics than half the top 10 songs on this list.
PPantera rocks... Phil and dimebag and vinnie they all rock the best THRASH metal ever this is not heavy this is to good to be heavy Pantera is the best bend on the earth by my opinion... Phils Vocals.. Dimebags riffs, and solos Bass absolutely perfect playing best bassist ever with Flea Vinne on drums playing drums fcking hardcore... No nothing else to say... Perfect
This song and angel of death should be 1 and 2
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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.


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.
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18Tears Don't Fall - Bullet For My Valentine
Bullet for my valentine is amazing and should be way up there. Listen to this song and their new songs like alone and your betrayal and you'll see what I'm talking about woo BULLET!
Bullet for my valentine is one of the best metal bands ever, this song definitely deserves higher place in in the list.
Bullet For My Valentine... bang on
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19Crazy 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.
Is my favorite metal song, I'm doing the live version in my school talent show and can't wait to perform such and awesome song written by awesome people and played by awesome peopl
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20Holy 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
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21Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
A song that can catch every ear in the world. Perfect vocal, perfect solo, perfect drumming, perfect everything.
it's awesome that such a great solo has been written by a band as young as the avenged sevenfold! Let's vote for them! Go on so guys!
The greatest solo ever to be played, the greatest, most beautiful and well written lyrics to ever be sung, added with a fantastic orchestral part, you can't beat it. I'll tell you one thing, it's better than Master of Puppets. For sure!
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22Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
All Together... Run for cover!!!
This song is better than walk in my opinion. Well in fact, it's better than any other song in the top ten
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.
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23The 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.
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 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.
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24Raining 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).
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.
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
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25War 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 is the best song ever written and it's not up for debate. Coming from someone who doesn't even consider themselves a true Sabbath fan.
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26Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
I listened to most of the bands a lot. Some of the songs shouldn't be in the top 100 that's for sure. Also, the songs chosen from some bands make me cry... Why would you place any of the Bullet for my valentine songs of the 2nd and 3rd album in the top 500 metal songs? A Top ten song for me would be Hand of Blood.

A lot of Bands are way underrepresented, just because they are not Angloamerican I guess... Where are In Flames, Rammstein, As I lay Dying, Enter Shikari, Bring me the Horizon, Apocalyptica, Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, Parkway Drive, Trivium?
Best LIVE song EVER, they have everything of you want for a song.
Metallica is so overrated, Maiden deserves 10 song in the top 25.
This song should be in the top 10. The solo is just epic and the intro is so amazing. This song is one of the best song by iron maiden, and probably the best metal's song that is ever written.
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27Before I Forget - Slipknot
listen this song & make a metal mood
Ok its not the best... Metallica megadeth and iron maiden are above slipknot (even if I like slipknot more) they are greater metal all time one.. Slipknot are more new but they have made their own genre.. Even if its called metal... The screams corey does and the bridged to clean vocals are great... Especially in this song... This sogn would deserve the top 10 list.. Even if its new it has the metal taste in it... Believe in slipknot they will be the best metal one day... For me the list would go like this: 1. Master of Puppets (Metallica) 2. Hallowed be thy name (Iron Maiden) 3. Symphony of destruction (Megadeth) 4. Before I Forget (Slipknot) 5. Paranoid (Black Sabbath) 6. Beast and the Harlot (Avenged sevenfold) (another good metal) 7. Chop Suey (S.O.A. D) 8. Back in Black (AC/DC) 9. Tears don't fall (Bullet For My Valentine) 10. Painkiller (Judas Priest)
This one of the best metal songs because this makes people want to listen to metal! Like me this song made me star loving metal!
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28Stricken - Disturbed
This song is AWESOME! but it only starts to get good about... 1 second into it! This is the song that got me into metal!
"You walk on like woman in suffering, won't even bother now to tell me why.. "
"Into the abyss will I run"... Disturbed RULES!


This song deserves to be higher up in this list
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29The 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
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30Wait and Bleed - Slipknot
This was literally THE song that got me into metal a few months ago, no more sad months listening to Linkin Park... If it weren't for SlipKnoT and Wait And Bleed I would never have been into metal... Everythings perfect... The vocals, the drums, bass and guitar, the tempo, I just love the whole song it's so aggressive and just great for letting out your hate!
I will wait and bleed for this to be #1 were it should be


Its very deserved to be in top ten, oh God every part of this song is brilliant, totally genius. The vocal can't be explained.. Too great
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31Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
I didn't think anyone new this song but it is awesome the creepiest riff ever. Every day is the BLACK Sabbath day and keep it UNholy!
It was the best song of the First Metal album ever, for the is the best ever, or at least should be on top 10
This is the greatest metal song ever. I'm glad there weren't a lot of Megadeth songs
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32Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
Really? If it wasn't for Motorhead most of the so called "Top Ten" metal songs would never have existed. Motorhead is the reason that thrash metal was culminated. If you don't believe me watch 'Lemmy-The Movie' and see for yourself
wow this is unbelivable... this is top 5 material and something like art of life shouldn't even be on this list
It's a classic!
This song rocks, more than "Chop Suey - System of a Down"
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34Back In Black - AC/DC

That's sadly truth in part I am 23 and my favorite band ever is AD/DC! They Rock All the and they showed the path to many others.
How in the world is this song so low? I'm 15 and AC/DC is my favourite band and some of the bands above this can't even be classified as metal. Back in Black should be in the top ten. This song is one of the best known songs of all time. Even people in my school recognise the intro.
What is wrong with you people? Never heard ACDC? Highway to Hell, Back in Black, T.N.T... This song hat to be at the top ten at least.
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35Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
What the hell is this song doing on 36?.. Great lyrics and guitar from mustaine way better than chop suey... You call yourselves metal heads and you put chop suey on top 10?.. Bitches
I heard this song and I started to listen Megadeth's songs. This song is awesome! And you can play the riff easily.
NUMBER 51! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! This is one of the best metal songs ever, for me it is top 10 material and if you people can't see it you are no real metal heads.
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36Psychosocial - Slipknot
Psychosocial always makes me feel better when I'm angry or/and sad. Another song with a message well said.
This is the song that introduced me to my favorite band ever made, Slipknot. This is one of the many songs that I wanted the radio station to play over and over again. Sure, before I forget may be a little better then this already epic song, but contrary to the top 10 METAL list this wins out.
Best song they ever did, a lot of people say Before I forget is better but this just does better.
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37Angels Eternally Burn - Antim Grahan
What! It should be on top 5. It is the best metal song I have heard and the piano's sound strikes my mind. Very good screaming with good lyrics. Just listen once! Proper heavy metal! This song rocks, more than "Chop Suey - System of a Down"

38Ride the Lightning - Metallica
WHAT NUMBER 41 Your ALL Crazy Just Listen to it


Ride the lightning number 41 I get goosebumps whenever I listen to it's solo
Listen to it first. And then look at this list and you will feel the same as me. And I feel like what the heck!
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39For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
I expected this in the top 10, this is better than Chop Suey, if you really care about cliff talent vote this up
But it don, t seems like someones care
I love so many songs on this list it was hard to vote I like every song by System of a Down and every song by matalica they are epic as(bleep! ) and deserve higher positions one the list
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40Seek & Destroy - Metallica
This song should Seek and destroy it's way to the top five!
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41300 - Antim Grahan
Antim Grahan is just fabulous. I am from denmark. And have never heard of such good song ever. This is the best piece of music ever created. The guitarist seems awesome. I will listen more from these guys

42Laid to Rest - Lamb of God
I'll admit, there's better songs than this on the list, but come on! Lamb of God slays balls on this song! Oh and for the love of metal, Bullet For My Valentine are NOT THRASH! Grow some balls and listen to proper metal
Not my favorite lamb song but they deserve higher spot
Greta song from à Greta band
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43The Poet and the Pendulum - Nightwish
It not only represents a heavy metal song but also a song full of meaning and emotions. It has different phases and the lyrics goes beyond words. Amazing song. Amazing band.
The most epic song I've ever heard,
Unfairly unknown.
The whole song has a lot of different feelings.
It should have much more votes.
a 14 mins masterpiece. the song flows like a poem
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44Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
Such an EPIC song! How on earth can this not be in the top 5! Synsyster Gates is no doubt the very best!
My second favorite song on their nightmare album. Of course being first, "Save Me".
Will be top 5, soon enough. Just outta this world.
Brilliant song. From vocals, to guitar, to drums, to lyrics and the end product, the music. Just incredible
A7X FoREVer.
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45The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
Total kick ass song. And it has a great meaning behind it. I think the only reason this is not in the top ten is nobody has listened to it because its so long.


This is BY FAR the best METAL song I've ever heard!


the best son in the world a 100% dream theater
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46B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down
Great song, explosive intro and riffs. In my opinion, it is the best System of a Down song. It definitely deserves to be in the top ten.
System of a Down's best song in my opinion. Don't know how it's only 47th but Chop Suey! Is 4th? Don't get me wrong, Chop Suey is a great song, but B.Y.O.B. is so much better


Best System of a Down song by far. I have no idea why it's only 47. Should be in top 20 AT THE VERY LEAST.
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48Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
This song is just one of those songs that does everything right, and it has so many epic moments that it is impossible for me not to rate it as the best song ever. Why is this at number 37? (Also, why is Master of Puppets number one? No matter how many times I listen to it it never seems to grow on me, and just sounds like another generic thrash metal song).
The Lead of this song defines true Metal if this is not on the top 10 spots this site is seriously screwed
Couldn't get the tune out of my head.
The guitar is awesome, Best metal song ever.
This should without any doubt be in top10.
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49Creeping Death - Metallica
I know that metal is the best music and there a lot of unbelievable metal songs and bands, but Creeping Death #54 really, really, I mean come on even the worst Metallica song is better than any System of a Down song considering their singer sucks, and who was the other band in the top 10 list, Japan X who the hell are they, I've been a hardcore metal fan for almost thirty years and I've never heard of them. Put some real metal songs and bands on the top of this list, and where the hell is Testament and Savatage at, it's safe to say that this list is totally bogus.
Com-on people how is this song not in the top 25 I mean 92 honestly best song by Metallica by FAR so can someone tell me why this is not in the top 25. To love this song you have to understand the meaning I get that but still listen to the guitar its not the heaviest song I've ever herd but I'm only thirteen and I'm telling you that this songs amazing and not many thirteen year olds listen to metal in canada so take my advice
It should be in top 20. The lyrics is so cool and the solo by KH is awesome. James riff and kirk's solo combination is the best. All hail MetallicA
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51Battery - Metallica
This song beats down all of the above!
? Battery, ride the lightning, for whom the bell tolls, the four horsemen are so low.. Black Sabbath and slayer fans are jelous of Metallica as they are more popular than black Sabbath and slayer... I like black Sabbath and slayer also but Metallica is best and my favourite...
Great song of album master of puppets... Its my favourite song I like its starting very much and this song deserve number 1 position... With some Metallica songs like the day that never comes, one... Metallica forever...
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52Peace Sells - Megadeth
Peace Sells should at the very least be in the top 20, it's easily one of the best and most recognizable metal songs of all time, not to mention an absolute classic. It's up there with Holy Wars, Hangar 18 and Symphony of Destruction, if not better than those 3.
Come on the opening bass line was used for the MTV news cast for like 10 years. Face it Metallica isn't nearly as good as megadeth a should die in a hole. And not to mention that album they did with Lou Reed. Barf.
Every time I hear this song I smile and get loads of energy same with holy wars hope to see this in the top five!
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53Redneck - Lamb of God
I'm surprised this song isn't higher on the list... Watch the Video to it.
These guys are amazing. Musically and personally. They're some of the coolest dudes I ever met and they're actually thankful for their fans unlike most bands that are just in it for the money.


CHRIS ADLER in his best:):) WOAH WHAT A DOUBLE BASS:):) m/... video also is real kickass... on the whole "LOG" RULE
Best music video, fast drums, crazy guitar fingerings, best song ever
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54Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
A great song which really which sends a message that women can also be great metal vocalists, its a shame they couldn't produce more songs like this.
I don't hear all kinds of metal...So I've a poor knowlege about uploaded songs...But I swear you its a beautiful rock song...
Not sure this song belongs in this company - but its cool
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56The Unforgiven - Metallica
What is it? This soul touching song in first 50!
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57Duality - Slipknot
SONG (blind by korn is sweet as well)
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58Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
How is this not in the top 10 would be my number 1 definitely. two awesome guitar riffs simple but awesome bass line sick as drum beat and passionate vocals, just plain awesome
57!? This should easily be in the top ten - it's a great song by a great band.
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59Waking the Demon - Bullet for My Valentine
a nice song from a talented thrash metal band.
2 of these guys are stupid. This is not thrash. Ass
It's way better than all of the above
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60Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
This song has arguably the most recognizable riff of any song in history...


Even better than this are the songs "Highway Star" and "Burn". Very Underrated band
Just listen " fire in the sky "
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61Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
How is this song so low it has the greatest guitar solo of all time. It is beautiful and yet powerful. A huanting tale of a man who worshiped things that shouldn't be touched. Randy Roads is a guitar god thtis should be top 10 for sure.
How is this so low? 1st solo is a masterpiece, and so is the whole song. Randy is a god, Ozzy put a lot of work into it, and it turned out to be the greatest song of all time in my opinion.
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62Beyond The Realms Of Death - Judas Priest
There is so much Metallica on this list - I think I'm gonna be sick. Sure I like them, but it seems to me that they're considered as the gods of metal even though they have about 4 actual metal albums and the rest are just either sellout country crap or a weird mix of ridiculously disorted guitar sounds and a clutter of kitchen utensils. I just don't get it. There aren't a lot of Sabbath songs on this list, and what about Judas Priest. They've been making beautiful heavy metal for 40 years straight and you people can only scoff up a handful o their songs. I think that hallowed be thy name is better than master of puppets any day. AND WHERE'S ALL THE MOTORHEAD!?!? Not many people will read this because it's so far down on the list, but if you do, don't think for a minute that Metallica is the best metal band because they're American and have the word metal in their name. Think for yourself - there's better stuff out there.
Best song from judas priest
I have seen it on graspop
And was amazed by the impact it made on me even
After all those years
Very Well constructed song, especially the screaming
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63Mouth for War - Pantera
This song is the reason I LOVE metal! So cocky, and it explodes at the end. Deserves a higher spot!
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64Breaking the Silence - Queensrÿche Listen to sample

65Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson
Come on people... can't you remember the 90's and early 2000?! When Marilyn Manson was the first name in Metal, how can everybody forget him?!
This song should be in the top ten! So powerful cover! One of the best songs ever!
Marilyn Manson is one the best metal band m/ Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) is a masterpiece
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66Hangar 18 - Megadeth
Most awesome Solos ever! Great Riff and solid vocals by One of the Best Metal Bands with unbelievable Technical skill
THIS IS THE BEST SONG EVER BEATS ALL OF THE Other stuff except for run to the hills and the number of the beast but it still beats that


Megadeth should have more songs on this list, they're awesome. This song is really good, with 12 solos, all of them killer, a lot of techinque, strong vocals, good lyrics, awesome song.
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67Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
This song rocks! I love the guitar solo. Clean... Hard... Rock!
One of the best songs of all time. Should be at least on the top 15
Slash the awesome guitarist
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68Schism - Tool
This song is pure genius, though this song isn't a very difficult song it is a very complex and difficult to learn song because of the length, arrangements, and frequent time signature changes.
IT is a song so brilliantly put together by musical geniuses.
The bass adds so much to the song, one of the greatest bass licks of all time.
The guitar adds a strange but great feel to the song with long drawn out notes.
The Drums really show of the drummers skill and have a very unique style and sound.
Overall its a grandmaster piece!
I saw this list and i couldn't believe there was no Tool. Maynard is awesome in everything he does. The man is a genious.
Tool is amazing one of the best rock bands of the 90's opiate was epic
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69Blind - Korn
This song defines my generation and has the most recognizing KoRn riff


Listen about 40 secs into the song and its hell cool


Amazing song, always been my favorite KoRn song
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70P.L.U.C.K. - System Of A Down
"Revolution the only solution"


Very good screaming. Good lyrics. It's a pretty old song(1998). Just listen once. Proper heavy metal!


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71War Ensemble - Slayer
This is Slayers best song regarding speed and drumming.
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72Infected - Antim Grahan

73Freak On a Leash - Korn
The song is one of the first songs I heard by KoRn, but its also what got me into metal. I was 5 when I heard this for the first time and have been into metal since.
This song got me into metal so for me at least it is the greatest Metal song.


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75Thunderstruck - AC/DC
It might not be the most famous song but the guitaring
is amazing in it, hear it!
You cannot honestly say that Metallica have 3 of the top 10 best ever metal songs and Pantera have two. I don't like ACDC much but i can appreciate how much this song has influenced and that it deserves a place in the top 5.
Thunderstruck number 71? Surely it's some kind of conspiracy. It should be absolutely minimum top 15.
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76Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
You are victim of faulty voting. Rank 100? Inconceivable vocal and riffs. Listen it and vote fastly. Come on
The Unleashed in the East version kicks ass! Goosebumps every time. Raw. Power.
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77The Final - Dir En Grey
Vinushka is the number 1 metal song but either way Dir en grey deserve the top space so this gets my vote.
Great song but I don't count this as metal though vinushka is metal agitated screams is metal dead tree is metal vinushka deserves number 1
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78Through the Fire and the Flames - Dragonforce
This a very good song, it totally deserves to be on this list. Very well executed, nice solo as well
Everything about this song says fast and POWERFUL. Angelic guitar solos and astoundingly executed vocals. Like Appollo's battle cry. Definitely deserves a higher ranking than 58. At least somewhere in the top 25.
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79Lack of Comprehension - Death
I can't believe no one else has added a death song that is sickening
Posers in everywhere where are you chuck
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80Mortal Share - Insomnium
Great song. Nice intro transition.
Should be in top 5
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81Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
This song not only talks about the themes of domestic abuse, but the dark side of humanity. How we are a species that cannot control anger, violence, and sadism. How humans are always torturing each other but still having hope in humanity. Now I'm sure that's not what they intended the song to be but that doesn't mean I should express my feelings. We're all free to share our opinions and develop new and fantastic ideas that can help us evolve and create a better future. Furthermore, amazing song. Five stars.
oh come on guys, for god sakes, this should be #1, not down, and what the so unique in metallica to be always #1, ya they r cool but not the best.
What kind of metal list puts this so low?
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82The Night - Disturbed
The song that makes me remember how the world is supposed to be. The world is naturally dark.
Disturbed is GoD and this song prooves it.
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83Darkside of Aquarius - Bruce Dickinson Listen to sample

84Dead Skin Mask - Slayer Listen to sample

85Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine Listen to sample

86Electric Eye - Judas Priest
WTF! This is the best Judas Priest song an should be in the top ten
This is one of their best songs and they are one of the best metal bands... Why is this 70th.
YOU people are crazy. Get a good taste in music people!
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87Domination - Pantera
Super heavy riff, great vocals, super fast drums, perfectly layered instruments, solo is down right insane, what else could you ask for? IT'S DOMINATION.
This song is awesome. It has to be in first 20!
Best song ever. That is all
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88Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
This song is awesome! Guns N' Roses rocks, they may not be an all round metal band, but this is definitely A metal song, because it makes you feel like your trapped in the Jungle, and you can't get out!
If you replace Axl Rose With Chris Cornell - this song would be a winner
Ooh, I want to hear you scream...
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89Y'all Want a Single - Korn Listen to sample

90Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Listen to all of the instruments, vocals, guitar, solos and riffs, bass and drums. This is a true masterpiece that should be in the top 5.
This is top 5
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91Burnt Ice - Megadeth Listen to sample

92Dig - Mudvayne
This whole album is just perfect; and this song should be way higher on the list. It doesn't matter what sort of mood I'm in, this song remains one of my all - time favourites.
Amazing Songwriting, perfect for headbanging. annoyed though that AC/DC r on the list, they're good but its rock.


Sad to see this so low on here. This came out when metal was getting off the ground. Lots of talent in the band to boot
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93Bonded by Blood - Exodus Listen to sample

94Hallowed Be Thy Name - Cradle of Filth
Man!... It deserves top 10... This is not fair...
Much better than iron maiden
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95Points of Authority - Linkin Park Listen to sample

96Kissing the Shadow - Children of Bodom
come on guys its best song ever atlist at top 5


This song is just pure awesomeness. Those melodic parts that Janne plays,. And the solo
I am a Metallica fan and I love master of puppets but this song is one of the greatest melodic metal of all times it should be in top 10 f"k all of you who think that cob sucks cob is one of the best melodic metal band of all time
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97In Waves - Trivium
This band and this song is very good. I dunno why this band don't have much vote. You must listen this one, and I'm sure you will love this man...
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98Orion - Metallica
Classic Metallica: great progressive build with an epic riff.
What¿¿ this song should be in the top 10..
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99Jambi - Tool
Opening riff gets you hooked. Excellence behind the drum set with Danny Carey. Kiernan's haunting vocals and Chancelor's unique bass lines really kick a$$. Breakdown about half way through gets any metal head moving...leading into a framptonesque solo by Adam Jones. This song has to be ranked higher.

100Helter Skelter - The Beatles
A song from the dawn of metal and a good song in general. Better than a lot of songs on this list.


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