Best Heavy Metal Songs

Mainly heavy and thrash metal songs from 80s and 90s..these songs defined original metal..

The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

When you know that your time is close at hand may be then you begin to understand that life down here is just a strange illusion and that MAIDEN kicks ass!

HBTN is exceptionnaly inspired music, not just a sequence of catchy riffs. One of a few songs that actually plants vivid pictures in your brain and makes you see the whole story it tells. There is also an exceptional feeling of progression in the song: it starts with an atmosphere of gloom and despair and builds progressively to a climax expressing brilliant hope and vibrant power. Anytime I listen to this song I have to push the replay button, for it is never enough to hear it only once.

Amazing guitar in this song, love Master of Puppets too but this is better

The first time I heard this I was walking home from high school and I had to actually stop in my tracks when bruce started singing. This is my favorite song by so much.

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

Just simply the PERFECT song!

Everything that needs to make a song truly special and unique is here in Master Of Puppets, the greatest song ever composed by and band... ever!

Awesome song, title song of arguably the best thrash metal album ever made. METALLICA RULE!

"Metallica rules" but you don't even know they play thrash metal... WOW - TonyIommiGod

Makes me bang my head all the time I listen to this song. This songs always push me forward to pick up my guitar and play it along...

This song will indeed become your puppet master, because for some reason my head is banging and my foot is tapping uncontrollably. Their is a big reason why; I don't want to make a 20 paragraph review on this page, because instead of wasting your time reading it, plug in your headphones and prepare for awesomeness.

3 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

By changing the tempo, created one of the first heavy metal songs.

The best heavy metal song in my opinion

Paranoid and Sabbath were the founding fathers of Metal, without Black Sabbath, great bands that succeeded them wouldn't have existed as we know them today. That deserves respect.

Simply one of the best songs (and albums) ever written in the whole history of rock

4 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Yes Master of Puppets is an amazing heavy metal song, but its too overrated. One is truly an amazing song. All the solos in it are amazing, the vocals are outstanding, the bass is calm yet fun to play, and the drumming is amazing. The drums on the breakdown feel like machine gun fire pumping into you. Metallica at their best

This is such a tough list I hate not voting for iroon maiden but this song has it all Lyrics of war slow ballad like beggining creepy soft solos heavy chorus Really heavy break down The Extreme heavy as it gets machine gun chorus, And a Guitar solo To truly end all Solos This song is what stairway to heaven did to hard rock.

No doubt master of puppets is amazing but One is Extreme. You'll find some list on the internet for the best song of metallica but they don't contain MAP, while one is on the every single list. One has the greatest Guitar solo ever.

Just listened to "...Justice" after a pretty long break. It's just insanely good. When it first came out I was about 14 and the empty sound of it really freaked me out. It's only looking back now that you can really appreciate where the sound and the anger and the lyrical content came from after losing Cliff. The whole album is about loss, and the ultimate expression of this is "one" - the story of a man who has lost everything. Metallica at their lowest and very best.

5 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

What can I say... War Pigs is one of Sabbath's ultimate songs. Ozzy's voice has a nice droning and emotional quality, the riffs are great and unforgettable and has some of Bill Ward's best drumming ever.

This song just amazes me. I cannot believe that humans are even capable of creating such a masterpiece.

Black Sabbath invented "Heavy Metal"

War Pigs is a timeless classic that no one can ever touch. Lets not forget Into the Void. Now that is the greatest metal song of all times!

The first true heavy metal song in my opinion. It is amazing that this was played in 1970, coming out of nowhere.

6 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

Absolute defining thrash metal song..

Absolutely right but this is a HEAVY METAL list and you are ruining it

Love the riffs and the vocals are very good for dave mustaine. This song defines the thrash metal genre. Just listen and be amazed.

Holy Wars is the best song behind Master of puppets, just hear the intro, and all the song is amazing, the voice is a little bit bad, but the sounds of the instruments are amazing, the dificulty is incredible, to me is the second song of the list

Even Hitler agrees that megadeth is better than metallica,
But then people blindly vote for that metallica. What has
The world come to.

7 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

One of the most famous metal songs of all-time from the prince of darkness

This is my kids song before they go out to feel amped(9yrs old-20yrs old)

The combo of Randy Rhoads' guitar riff And solo: all that needs to be said about how awesome this song is. Ozzy kills it as well on a chorus that will never get old

This song definitely shouldn't be below Painkiller

8 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

This song is great because of the speed of the drumming and the guitar solo is just AMAZING! Rob Halfords singing is brilliant

This is a kickarse song by one of the greatest metal bands since the dawn of time. I'm sick to death of people talking up Metallica's songs. I'm a diehard fan of theirs but they're sellouts and only have a handful of good albums. They just don't compare to bands like Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

I love metallica and but this song is way better than most of theirs - Idiot244

Much better than any other song in this ranking! This is the Painkiller - the best metal song ever!

Yeah this song is "Faster than a Bullet"

9 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

People vote for Metallica because its the only metal they know, people vote for Black Sabbath because they know all about metal.

This song started heavy metal.. slow, heavy and an absolute classic

There is no doubt this is the best heavy metal song... Master of puppets is also very good but not better than Iron Man

They invented Metal

10 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Another classic Heavy Metal song of Iron Maiden from their fourth album Piece Of Mind. This one should be in the top 5 along with Hallowed Be Thy Name

Just listen to the entry. It totally gets you hooked. It is so good there is not much explaining I'll do to show its greatness.

This song is incredible, definitely one of the best by Maiden aside from Still Life!

This song takes me to a different level every time I listen to it. The rolling barrel rhythm, killer soloing, vocal harmonies...and top it off with the intense lyrics on that last verse - pure genius! This has got to be single greatest metal song ever created.

The Contenders

11 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Cover Art

In a nutshell, Epic Lyrics, Gruesome Solo, Superb Presentation. This is pure maiden experience. You should kill yourself if you love Iron Maiden and haven't heard this. Deserves more, than it gets. Best of '91.

No.25? What the hell? How is that down here? This is an amazing song. They mite not be one of the best bands ever but this song is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best metal songs. Just listen to it once and you'll love it!

This song is silence and beatiful, a masterpiece from Iron maiden

What else do you want? You have everything that makes a gender and many generations shiver : an epic intro, some transcending lyrics, 2 different yet amazing solos and divine vocals. Even though I am not objective when I say it should be first, every metal-loving person on earth should listen to it in order to fully understand metal.

12 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This song right here is the definition of heavy metal. It also has one of the heaviest solos I've heard. A song don't need to be all fast to be heavy. This is prove of that.

Not only helped to create heavy metal but the subgenre of doom metal with this song. Also comical they used to play this song in jazz and blues clubs in late 60's Birmingham.

The best heavy metal song ever.

Created metal

13 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

you can't beat dimebag darrell! amazing solos and rhytym riffs!

This is the perfect answer to those who say heavy metal is slow...

This was thrash metal taken to a much higher level. Its got speedy solos, crushing riffs, and dimebag's smashing solid-state guitar tone!

Dimebag darrell the guitar god. I don't say that pantera is number 1 metal band but I can claim that he is the best metal guitarist of the world.RIP DIMEBAG

14 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio Cover Art

Epic song, I consider Dio to be the greatest and most underrated singer of metal

This is a top 3! Not 43

28 come on! Should be in top ten dio RIP

They all have clouded judgement because they all have been down too long in the midnight sea.

15 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden Rime of the Ancient Mariner - 	iron Maiden Cover Art

I love this song, great riffs great everything, I always can't wait after the slow put as that is where the fun begins.

Maiden rules

This should be at number one. THE best heavy metal song of all time. Masterpiece by the best band in the world.

My fave maiden song and one of metals finest.

16 Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath Cover Art

Stupidly underrated.

This is a joke right, if this isn't in the top 10 then there really is no point to this list.

17 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Amazing song, I'm not someone who knows too much about what I actually hear as in this was a great solo or whatever but I love motorhead and consider this their best song and probably 1 of the top 10 ever metal songs

Most amazing song I've ever heard hands down.

Really? This is a song that everyone knows, way more than master of puppets.

Yea, this song kinda sums it all up

18 Walk - Pantera Walk - Pantera Cover Art

Ultimate getting pumped song before stepping onto the ice to thrash people!

When you are about to play a sport, you put this on

My all time favorite driving fast song!

It is awesome and you feel the music very nice.

19 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

How the hell is this only 39?! Raining blood is one of the very best songs of all time and should at least be in the top 5, maybe even number 1. EPIC song.

Really great song...lot of thrash and heavy stuff in there, definitely a thrash metal classic

Only one of and at one time the fastest thrash metal song of all time. Jeff lives

This song is so amazing! Nothing can beat this song

20 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth Cover Art

Best megadeth song. Ever.

Number 1.Best song ever

Just amazing...has everything

Best song E.V.E.R

21 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

Great song. This is one of the songs that you should put on and listen to before a football, baseball, hockey, or basketball game to get you pumped up. The intro is spectacular. Deserves higher on this list

Take a look to the sky just before you die - it's the last time you will!

Even sabaton made a cover of it.

"My friend introduced me to Metallica with this song. It's great for writing action themed books, especially when an armored collum is moving through a town at high speed.

22 Psychosocial - Slipknot Psychosocial - Slipknot Cover Art

This song introduced me too heavy metal!

Best Heavy Metal song of Slipknot in 2008!

It's the best song of all time

Belongs in top 10

23 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Great song, should be higher up but if it was up to one or two individuals, I would say the whole top ten would be Maiden!

I love this song so much! Why is this not in the top 10?

This is one of the BEST SONG EVER!

I always hated this song.

24 Stargazer - Rainbow Stargazer - Rainbow Cover Art

This is hands down the best heavy metal song of all time. At least top 5.

How is this masterpiece of a song at 25? Fantasy themed lyrics, Ronnie Dio's angelic voice and great guitar work from metal god Ritchie Blackmore makes this song one of the best there is

This is top five... You all are lame asses not putting this higher.

How is this at 37?! You people need some help.

25 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian Cover Art

Incorporated Arabian elements, yet still powerful. Smooth, delighted, and power!

In addition, various versions available. All very nicely done!

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