Best Heavy Metal Songs Since 1990

The Top Ten

1 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica

I had to add this.

Why is it not in here? You people have no taste. - RusekuCozan

the entire song is sweet. - schwanie

How is this so high? The sing is SO repetitive. You listen to it once and then it gets boring. The 6 songs below this are all better.

Come on could it really be anything else for number 1

2 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

Nothing like Enter Sandman (btw I like enter sandman to! ).
Fear of the Dark has a riff that doesn't sick as Enter Sandman.
Love Metallica & Iron Maiden! - joaocarvalho

I don, t like old heavy metal like Metallica, Judas, others... But this song is so strong as old heavy metal one but Enter Sandman is great one too! - nooreldeen

How can Metallica be number 1 this song is legendary and completely owns enter sandman UP THE IRONS FROM SCOTLAND

Can't believe it's in second place, that is truly a masterpiece and should be heard at least once by anybody.

3 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest

This is an all time classic and it should be on the top 3 cause it is still one of the best songs in all of heavy metal history and I think it deserves #1 position. And if you still have an objection then go and listen to it - amitcornelius1

This song is insane! Especially the intro! - fireinside96

The drum in the start is awesome, Overall a great song

Its not about since 1990, it's the all time best heavy metal song...

4 Walk - Pantera

WALK! Why is Chop Suey higher? That song is the biggest piece of trash in the last 20 years - 1029384756

This song should be 1 but enter sandman is a good song - GodsNameIsDime

Amazing band. I had trouble picking which song of their I liked the best.

I don't get how a song this good is doing third, I mean seriously.

5 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth (second best metal song ever, only behind "One")
2. Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold (best metal song of 21st century for me)
3. Guerrilla Radio - Rage Against The Machine (I'm not sure if it's a metal enough to count in for this list, but if it is, it's my 3rd)
4. Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold (second best from the best metal band of 21st century)
5. Domination - Pantera (my favourite Pantera song, one of the most energetic and heaviest metal song I liked)
6. Sudden Death - Megadeth (that guitarwork...)
7. Haunted - Disturbed (in my opinion second best metal band of 21st century and that is their best song for me)
8. Cemetary Gates - Pantera (one of my favorite metal ballads... really beautiful)
9. Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold (third best from a7x)
10. Enter Sandman - Metallica (the best song on self titled Metallica's record... badass riffs and vocals)

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That intro. That riff. That Spanish acoustic solo. That Mustaine Solo. That Outro.

It is criminal that Enter Sandman is above THE Megadeth song: Holy Wars.

How isn't this number 1?

6 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer
7 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

It should be number1

8 Chop Suey - System of a Down

Whoever made this list has good taste.
1. Chop Suey!
2. B. Y. O. B.
3. Toxicity - moose4life19

the most variety you could enjoy out of a single song... AMAZING - metaniac

9 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
10 Oblivion - Mastodon

The Contenders

11 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
12 Eeyore - Slipknot
13 God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath
14 Blackwater Park - Opeth
15 Lack of Comprehension - Death
16 Bleed - Meshuggah

This song was sent down to earth by satan after he heard some goat called justin beiber singing... Bebebebe... And he himself drummed!

17 Song of the Damned - Soilwork
18 Would? - Alice In Chains

Laynes voice is amazing and the bassline is one of the best I've heard!

19 Schism - Tool
20 4 Words (To Choke Upon) - Bullet for My Valentine
21 Wherever I May Roam - Metallica

Nice Guitar

22 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

It is not possible... It should be at no 2 after enter sandman. Metallica all songs should be in this list and black album is best album its all songs are perfect... Sad but TRUE, the unforgiven and many more...

Best metal balad ever!

23 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

I know this is 1990 but so is painkiller so this should count. just listen to the precison and awesome playing in this song - lezakattack

24 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
25 Vicarious - Tool
26 Blind - Korn
27 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian


28 Ironbound - Overkill
29 New Millennium Cyanide Christ - Meshuggah
30 Embedded - Job for a Cowboy
31 Toxicity - System of a Down

Chop Suey! is really amazing, but the lyrics are all screwed up, so I'll have to go with Toxicity. BEST DRUM BEAT EVER! - moose4life19

best song ever. EVER. best album aswell!

32 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

This is a masterpiece - Lem

33 Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult - Goatwhore
34 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

Amazing opening riff and solos.

35 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed

wtf why was this not on here I don't care if you like the song or not, its not my favorate song by them anyway but admit its got one of the most classic drum beats in history - Sabres18

Song is epic. simple as that.

36 Davidian - Machine Head
37 Walk with Me in Hell - Lamb of God

Awesome song!. It should be at least in the top 5. Vocals are just Sick! And the Riffs are just incredible.

38 All Nightmare Long - Metallica

One of the best Metallica songs 2 date! - imagesk8r6969

39 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy
40 The Last Fight - Bullet for My Valentine

The Last Fight is my favorite song ever =)
Great riff, awesome solo and powerful vocals.
This is a masterpiece and should be higher.

41 B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down
42 Before I Forget - Slipknot
43 Face Down Dead - Resurrection Zero
44 Cemetery Gates - Pantera


45 Rock And Roll Train - AC/DC
46 The Dagger - Roadrunner United
47 All for One - Primal Fear
48 May 17th - Slipknot
49 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

Since 1990, not before. Can you not read - sextysex

50 The Grudge - Tool

A great comment is written here. This song is very good, and Maynard's lyrics are amazing as always. Though this is not by far the best Tool song, it certainly has a very special thing about it, which makes you want to listen to it over and over. From a drummers view, this song isn't the best. I was very disappointed when I heard this as the opening song to Lateralus, as this song doesn't have very many original fills or beats. Though it grew on me over a period of time, and it's now one of my favorite songs to play. Plus the ending just sells this song. Amazing ending. One of my favorite endings to a Tool song ever.

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
3. Bleed - Meshuggah
1. Oblivion - Mastodon
2. Blackwater Park - Opeth
3. Song of the Damned - Soilwork

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