Best Metal Songs

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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!

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.

One of the best metal song ever!

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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

An classic great band.

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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 is the first song I heard of MEGADETH EXTREMELY FAST put MASTER OF PUPPETS after this song in playlist and try to stand still

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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

This song is just BADASS.

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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!

This song kicks ASS.

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6Paranoid - 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!

Because the world of metal has changed between the 70's and 2016, and unfortunately for Black Sabbath, there are better songs than Paranoid. It is a classic, but that's evolution for you.

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7Iron 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 guess it's because Master Of Puppets is about addiction, the futility of war, and is from the greatest metal album of all time, whereas Iron Man is a 3-chord ode to, um, an Iron Man? Just a stab in the dark.

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8Painkiller - 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!

Best song lol

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9War 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.

As the individual at the top articulates, it is Black Sabbath at their most intelligent. Well put.

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10Enter 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!

This song should be on the tops 5.

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The Newcomers

?Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine
?Nailed to the Gun - Fight

Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford, moving with the flow, just like every other great progressive musician, and brings it Exodus-style.

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...

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

Angel of death is one of the greatest songs out there! Once you listen to it it gets better every time you listen to it!

Silent Scream owns any Slayer song they wrote.

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12Cemetery 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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13Chop 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.

As an older fan of metal, when I purchased Toxicity I immediately thought that it was the spiritual sequel to Slayer's Reign in Blood - but with politics instead of satanism. I prefer Reign in Blood for its legacy, but Toxicity is very good.

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14Holy Diver - Dio

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

I have no idea what Dio is going on about lyrically in this classic, but as the great Henry Rollins said: Dio's voice makes you want to put on a cape and fly like Superman. And he's right.

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

I would be totally fooled if I failed this one - sublime artistic genius of rock genre and not only

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15Fade 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...

Should be on the tops ten, A true classic.

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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

Deserves to be WAY higher than #15

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17Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

AH.
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

So am I 10 years old alright and this song stinks

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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 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

This song isn't underrated. Go to any Metallica show over the last 35-years and they bash you over the head with it. I'm desensitised to how common it is. They can't even play it properly anymore - but that goes for a lot of their stuff.

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.

I love Metallica and Megadeth and Black Sabbath but Maiden is the king. If you like metal and you don't have any maiden songs you aren't a metal fan. Maiden is easily the best metal band of all time and the fact that Metallica has more songs than them on this is unreal.

Why Number of the Beast ant on the tops 5?

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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).

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

If the only thing you've learned in life is that Slayer are better than Metallica, then I guess Slayer didn't teach you much. Metallica taught me plenty.

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