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

Great

V 126 Comments
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!

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

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...

When I first listened to this song the whole day I end up listening to this💙❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

V 100 Comments
3 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

Awesome song ever hear

V 17 Comments
4 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

Absolute defining thrash metal song..

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

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

Megadeth is way better than Metallica. Period.
How is this song behind Master of the Puppets.
Listen to this song.

V 17 Comments
5 One - Metallica

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

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. - Slashhead

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.

The best song ever

V 24 Comments
6 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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.

Yeah this song is "Faster than a Bullet"

The Definitive Summary of heavy metal.

V 17 Comments
7 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!

Really cool

V 6 Comments
8 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!

Cul song

V 12 Comments
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

I am iron man

V 5 Comments
10 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

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!

Awesome song

V 17 Comments

The Contenders

11 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

Dio > Ozzy when it comes to skill there's no debate

V 12 Comments
12 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

Just amazing...the slow start and then the way the song picks up pace...the solo...the vocals...just awesome

V 17 Comments
13 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.

I can't believe not in the top 5

Best song ever

V 4 Comments
14 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden

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.

My fave maiden song and one of metals finest. - IronSabbathPriest

Maiden rules

V 5 Comments
15 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!

Nothing like it when it came out.. nothing like it since..

V 7 Comments
16 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!

SLAYER!
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

V 7 Comments
17 Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath

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

18 Raining Blood - Slayer

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

V 8 Comments
19 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The best heavy metal song ever.

Created metal

20 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Best song and best album by Metallica... Metallica is really a great band all songs of Metallica are every where in these list... It is my favourite band I'm just waiting for there new album...

Ride the lightning is bad ass

Best Inicial riff and best solo by far

PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Best Heavy Metal Songs Since 1990 Saddest Heavy Metal Songs Best Heavy Metal Driving Songs Best Traditional Heavy Metal Songs Top 10 New Wave of British Heavy Metal Songs

List StatsUpdated 20 Sep 2017

7,000 votes
277 listings
7 years, 272 days old

Top Remixes (30)

1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. One - Metallica
3. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
MADK
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
cmparker
1. Angel of Death - Slayer
2. Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
3. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
mhsaleh

WRemix
View All 30

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P