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

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 - roanhaggar

This deserved to be number 1. I can't stop listening because of how awesome this song is. Great riffs, solos and Bruce's voice is so good here, however every instrument sounds good here. Iron Maiden rocks! - Userguy44

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2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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!

Fast parts, slow parts, melodic parts, acoustic parts, amazing lead parts, amazing rhythm parts, great vocals, great lyrics, great drums, great bass. What more could you ask for?

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

Best song ever made! Just appreciate this masterpiece!
The lyrics
Best song ever made (up there with shyne on you crazy diamonds, whole lotta lovable and free bird)

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3 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Song that defines heavy metal by a band which created heavy metal

THIS IS NOT HEAVY METAL still great song though - ass23

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.

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4 One - Metallica

Best metal song and story to

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

Goose bumps - always!

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.

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5 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

The ultimate protest song, wrapped in dark metal blues.

This is a seminal Heavy Metal song & one of the best Metal songs ever. If there was never Black Sabbath half of the bands on here wouldn't exists b/c Sabbath was the original Metal band...

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.

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6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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

One of the best songs in rock history!

Crazy train just make my day awesome!

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7 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

Absolute defining thrash metal song..

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

Incredible heavy metal instrumentation, this is what heavy metal is all about.

Just bad ass.

It's trash metal but a great song. - Userguy44

This is by far the best ever, it isn't first just because Megadeth is not mediatised enough!

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8 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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

Best one along War Pigs and Hallowed be Thy name

How isn't this higher?! - Userguy44

My favourite metal song

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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.

They invented 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

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10 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

It is the best song of all it should be on rank 6th

Iron Maiden are awesome! - Userguy44

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.

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The Contenders

11 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

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.

Maiden rules. - Userguy44

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

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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.

Doom metal. - Userguy44

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.

Created metal

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13 Holy Diver - Dio

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

Hallowed be thy name 100% deserve number one spot but this HAS to come top 3 - TonyIommiGod

This is a top 3! Not 43

28 come on! Should be in top ten dio RIP

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14 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

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15 Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath

Stupidly underrated.

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

16 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden

Second best Iron Maiden song in my opinion. - Userguy44

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

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

Maiden rules

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17 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

Over 15 minutes of pure power metal at it's best!

Ahh yes. I remember listening to this a couple of years ago.. I was amazed. Lenghtiness can be a bad thing, but in this case it just adds to the elements of TRUE HEAVY METAL.

18 Raining Blood - Slayer

Should really be #1! because SLAYER! - buster

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

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19 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

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

Lemmy is god. RIP

My most favorite song.

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

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20 Walk - Pantera

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


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

This sums up metal in 5 minutes

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21 Cemetary Gates - Pantera

I don't know what to say I just like this song, when I hear the opening guitar section it reminds me of the Canals in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Dimebag's plays the guitar like a virtuoso.

The vocals and riffs are too powerful to be this low on the list. Should be at least ten. M/

This song should be in the top ten, It's one of Pantera's best.

It's amazing song ever. Why it's in 36

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22 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Number 1.Best song ever

Best megadeth song. Ever.

23 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

"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.

I love the opening top 10

Even sabaton made a cover of it.

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

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24 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

This song is the DEFINITION of heavy metal. Yes, I love Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax (true dark heavy metal bands) as well as 80's classics like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and even 70's bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) and Led Zeppelin. But this song simply captures THE SPIRIT of heavy metal. A MASTERPIECE!

If you want a real list of Heavy, you must put this song to first place. This is only song you can freely say "it's the best" I think. It's a classic song at all.
Then, you can place War pigs or children of the grave. And then, its time for vote Motorhead Priest Iron maiden Metallica Megadeth n others..

Dio was thé Best heavy métal singer and heaven and hello is thé Best offre thé Best songe offre aller time

25 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

I always hated this song.

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!

This is one of the BEST SONG EVER!

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

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26 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

The first ever heavy metal ballad and still one of the best ones

27 Warzone - Armored Saint

�� this one got handicapped. From #59 to 189. The demo version is great also.

28 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

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

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

29 One Shot at Glory - Judas Priest
30 Only - Anthrax
31 Bück Dich - Rammstein
32 Stargazer - Rainbow

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

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

Jorney trough the epic dreams out of time and space

Probably the most epic song ever! Dio’s voice is just amazing and the solo is out of this world. Let’s not forget that this came out in 1976, way before most songs on this list... A true MASTERPIECE

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33 The Hellion / Electric Eye - Judas Priest

How is this all the way at 63? That just isn't right! This song is a classic!
And come on, really? Nickelback? Stone Sour? I like those bands but they aren't metal at all.

Everything you're looking for in a heavy metal song is in this one

Best Priest song ever.

This list is so worng...

34 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Best Heavy Metal song of Slipknot in 2008!

Belongs in top 10


35 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

This is Iron Maiden

I love master of puppets and hallowed be thy name and I was going to vote for them... But then I saw this sad thing... Just listen to the bass in this song guys... One of maiden's classics... Vote for it, out deserves to be in top ten...

One of the best and most important rock songs of all time, should be top 5 any day

Possibly Iron Maidens best song. Classic.

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36 Call of Ktulu - Metallica
37 Hell Patrol - Judas Priest
38 When the Wild Wind Blows - Iron Maiden
39 Du Hast - Rammstein

Rammstein is awesome, especially their videos.

40 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

This song is awesome. The first time I heard this song I instantly downloaded it and then used it to go to sleep. I usually use Iron Maiden The Trooper to go to sleep but this one is even better.

Hey iron maiden fans you gotta kill yourself. This song made me love iron maiden so much. This song's guitar solos r awesome and they take me higher. Please vote this up. Such an inspirational song

I seriously want an explanation why this song is so low on the chart!

Avenged sevenfold is by far my favorite but dance if death has got to be the coolest song ever made

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41 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

Tampa's favourites (after Death)

Underrated and powerful as all live savatage were. Missing a treat not adding this band to your metallica,maiden,sabbath and rainbow.

42 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

Kids should not be aloud to vote on this list period. Mustang is breathtaking

I love this Megadeth song

This is a great metal song to be in top 5

This song should at least be in the top ten. So many catchy riffs, a song where Dave Mustaine's vocals actually work, and so many mind blowing guitar solos to count. what people?

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43 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest


44 Dragula - Rob Zombie

Song is catchy with heavy, amping lyrics. Fills you with energy and animus in an instant.

45 Fade Away - Diecast
46 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

Should be top ten at least, in my opinion number one!

47 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne

This would be WAY higher. Boi if u don’t...

48 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath
49 When It’s Love - Van Halen
50 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
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