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.

Master of Metal!

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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.

You can totally say it's the best song ever. I don't think it is but there's a little thing called opinions - Alpha117

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

The story, the sound, the vocals, its all great. There's not many songs as amazing as this, and is definitely my all time favourite, no matter how many times I listen to it

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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.

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

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

This song is #1 ever. The whole Rust in Peace album is a masterpiece.

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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

Just awesome

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5Painkiller - 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!

When this song came out in 1990 the first thought I had was Priest came to rip the metal crown from Metallica's head. The song and album was so good the band broke up. How could they top this album? I wonder if that's the reason Rob left? They really nailed it.

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6The 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 is the best of ALL metal if it's up to me!

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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!

I don't think there's a person I know that doesn't know Paranoid!

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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

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...

Greatest riff ever!

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9Iron 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!

The definition of metal

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10War 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.

Impossible to choose one but I think this has to be in the top five if not first.

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The Newcomers

?Inside Out - Anthrax
?Mind Control - Slayer

The Contenders

11Holy Diver - Dio

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

Its hard to pick anything over Cowboys From Hell but this song is the metal GOAT. The best music puts a palpable feeling in your gut, if you can't feel it keep trying...THE VISION NEVER DIES

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.

It's a classic and unforgettable

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12Chop 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.

The fact its from a band formed after the 80's and its this high up on the list tells you how good it is

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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...

Greatest and most powerful song in metal history. Should be no. 01!

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14Angel 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.

Guys, there isn't even ONE song by either Slayer or Pantera in the top 10. That's ridiculous. However, there are THREE songs by Black Sabbath, who in all honesty don't hold a candle to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but they are considered the "best" for no other reason than "they were the first bro". Also, a System of a Down song is above EVERYTHING that Slayer or Pantera ever made. That is the saddest thing that I have ever seen on a top ten list.

Slayer has always been the kings of metal.

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15Cowboys 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.

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

The opening riff will get anyone in the zone

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16Cemetery 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.

This is a fantastic song

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17Raining 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

Hands down, amazing song. So loud and vicious. Nice song. - FlaMeThrOwer9

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18The 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.

The Beginning

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19The 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

For a band that was so young and with so few thrash examples to draw from at the time, This one belongs

Better than Master of Puppets by far.

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20Ace 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

'We Are The Road Crew' is the better song, but to claim they had anything to do with the birth of thrash is absurd. Maiden claimed they invented speed metal, but they didn't. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth invented thrash due to acts like Danzig, Diamond Head, Dead Kennedy's and Budgie. Neither Metallica or Megadeth have any hint of Motörhead in them. The proof is in the pudding. 'Ace of Spades' is brutal though.

Personally not a huge fan of Motorhead but this song needs to be in the top ten - Jonerman

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