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

It tells a story, and has a kickass instrumental in the background. This is what all heavy metal songs should aspire to be.

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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!

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...

Perfect song

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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

If you think that this song is garbage, you're not even worth to be called a person! It's PURE AWESOMENESS, IT BLOWS YOU AWAY AND MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG AND EXCITED!

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4 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

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. - Slashhead

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.

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5 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

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

A fantastic speed metal song...dave out did himself on this one at the time

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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!

Cul song

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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

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8 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"

So much better then master of puppets

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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.

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

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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

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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

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

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12 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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 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

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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

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

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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!

Deserves to be in the top 5

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16 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

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17 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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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

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19 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.

20 Walk - Pantera

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

My all time favorite driving fast song!

It is awesome and you feel the music very nice.

This sums up metal in 5 minutes

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21 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

22 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..

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23 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Best megadeth song. Ever.

24 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

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.

25 Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne
26 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

This is one of the BEST SONG EVER!

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

Best song of the Iron Maiden, I dunno why it's not in first ten!


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27 Counterfeit God - Black Label Society
28 The Number of the Beast - 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.

How can this be at 111? This world really deserves to finally die...

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29 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...

30 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

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

31 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

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

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

32 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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33 Bück Dich - Rammstein
34 Hell Patrol - Judas Priest
35 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.

36 Push It - Static X

This song is pure adrenaline.

37 Call of Ktulu - Metallica
38 Stargazer - Rainbow

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

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39 Hells Bells - AC/DC

The Young brothers doing' serious, musically excellent stuff! My favorite AC/DC track.

Best ac/dc song even satan himself likes this song


This isn't heavy metal this is hard rock. Shouldn't be on here therefore!

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40 Voodoo - Black Sabbath

Heavy metal at its core

41 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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42 Du Hast - Rammstein

Rammstein is awesome, especially their videos.

43 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!

Perhaps the most melodious song ever made

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44 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

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

45 Trial by Fire - Testament
46 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath
47 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest


48 Dragula - Rob Zombie

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

49 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

Amazing song

50 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. One - Metallica
3. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
1. Angel of Death - Slayer
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