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

Greatest heavy metal anthem ever!
The power of Bruce Dickinson's vocal range and vibrato, the lyrics, the riffs, the fast guitar solo and, of course, the one and only Steve Harris bass power.
Such a powerful and meaningful song of the british 70's Heavy Metal wave.

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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

The best heavy metal song in my opinion

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

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

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4 One - Metallica

The song speaks for its own complete quality

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

Best metal song and story to

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 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.

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

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

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7 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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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

My favourite metal song

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

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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

This song is awesome! hell yeah

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

The best heavy metal song ever.

13 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

This song should be in top 5

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!

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14 Holy Diver - Dio

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.

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15 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden

Best maiden song. Should be top 5

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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16 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.

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17 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!


My all time favorite driving fast song!

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18 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Yea, this song kinda sums it all up

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

Lemmy is god. RIP

My most favorite song.

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19 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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20 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Just amazing...has everything

Number 1.Best song ever

Best megadeth song. Ever.

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21 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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22 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!

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

This is one of the BEST SONG EVER!

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23 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

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

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

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26 Stargazer - Rainbow

top 3

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

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27 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Best Heavy Metal song of Slipknot in 2008!

Belongs in top 10


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28 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...

29 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.

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30 Warzone - Armored Saint

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

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31 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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33 Du Hast - Rammstein

Rammstein is awesome, especially their videos.

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34 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

Simply great song from a great band

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.

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35 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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36 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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37 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest


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38 Dragula - Rob Zombie

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

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40 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

Very technical and hard to match in skill. It's definitely metal, but heavy metal is such a board genre. This should be included, for sure, in the top 10. Classics are great. But you're missing a lot of these list these days. Take "The Ivory Gates of Dreams" -- there is a lot that needs to be here. You cannot deny this up coming band. It's okay for you to not like them. But you should try a listen to this song...seriously.

Mind blowing


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41 Before I Forget - Slipknot

Best ever I can't listen to them all day, I even go to bed listen to their music! Best song ever!

Absolute Heavy on Ears. Truely a best Metal music

Slipknot is the best band in the world

Yeah, Slipknot is awesome!

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42 When It’s Love - Van Halen
43 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

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

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44 Angel of Death - Slayer

I agree with the post below... I have been a Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth and Anthrax fan for decades. For some reason I never really listened to Slayer until about 8 yrs ago when cast down was the only song on my playlist. I started to listen to pandora radio (pantera radio) and they played a ton of Slayer... Angel of Death is by far the best opening heavy song of all time! I've seen Slayer twice now in concert in less than a year and they are great... It's no wonder they are seeing a huge resurgence. This song should be at the top!

Very good very heavy metal band I think they are heavier than mettalica and Angel Of Death should be at the top!

The lyrics... So Dark!
The guitar... So Insane!
Simply the Best...

What is Angel of Death doing at 17? It should be lower. Blank Space is the heaviest damn metal song ever, no competition

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47 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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48 Thunderstuck - AC/DC

Best riff ever! - really master tune! Angus young forever!


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49 Alison Hell - Annihilator

Honestly, this song should be in the top 10. This masterpiece is a must for every metalhead. - Metal_Treasure

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50 Under and Over It - Five Finger Death Punch

In my opinion five finger death punch is so underrated since everyone is following along other people’s opinions. If there is an example of it, it would definitely be under and over it

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