Best Metal Ballads


The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Metallica

This song and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) are the best ballads of all time. And I think that Unforgiven and To Live is To Die deserves a higher place. These are my best ballads!

Best song off of the best Metallica album.

Despite it has a simple bass and rhythm guitar riffs, this song rocks. It has a really good melody, better than the Nothing Else Matters's one. I love the song One, but if you choose a ballad, Fade to Black is the top.

Listening to this at 5AM, live in Seattle 1989, tears were dropped.

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2 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

Not only does it have everything a good metal ballad needs (emotion, power, soul etc) it also stands as being perhaps the most influential ballad on this list. Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden, among many others cite This song as a primary influence and essential template when composing their own ballad-esque songs. Some overt examples of said influence can be found in Fade to Black by Metallica and Remember Tomorrow by Maiden (Which, along with Children of the Damned, is strangely absent from this list)

No contest... Beyond the Realms of Death is THE metal ballad. It's hard to get any more epic than it. The lyrics are beautiful and that first solo is one hell of a solo. - fidelcanojr

Not only the best, but also, hands down the most influential. The likes of fade to black and remember tomorrow among countless others may have never existed without this masterpiece.

Seeing this like is even deeper than listening to it on CD

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3 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

According to me, this song is in par (even higher) with Metallica's fade to black/sanitarium/one. And this should be way higher in the list, at least above Slipknot or Avenged Sevenfold (which isn't exactly metal)

Amazing solo, that guitar-vocal duet is really amazing. Love the way it picks up then falls repeatedly

Some of the most interesting melodies and harmonies.. and that voice!

Love this song. should be way higher than nothing else matters

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4 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Just a perfect song and my all time favourite ballad.

Although I like The Unforgiven and Fade to Black better, I would say Nothing Else Matters is the best metal ballad.

It must be nr 1

I think this song should be deserve more higher - Alcort

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5 A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth

Look up the lyrics. This song is just beautiful.

This needs to be #1, a simple melody that strikes through to the soul of everyone who hears it! The pain and the love expressed at the same time, a masterpiece!

Top ten, God please. - vishaljagannath

The version WITH Cristina is a masterpiece

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6 Silent Lucidity - Queensryche

This is a pure master piece the guitar solo is so beautiful and the vocal style of geoff tate is great and the lyrics are well written

This is a no brainer. Queensryche have an incredibly unique writing style and the musicians are all virtuosos at their respective instruments. This song is simply divine, and without a doubt deserves to be #1.

I enjoy the heck out of. I've been caught playing it over and over.

Why 6th? Go to 1st spot.

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7 The Unforgiven - Metallica

Even better then nothing else matters should be much higher

Unpopular opinion here: The Unforgiven > Fade to Black - Alkadikce

The best description of internal conflicts

Love this song!

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8 One - Metallica

What? This is the best ballad of all time? Who can disagree with that? Man this song is now a fundamental need for me, like water, oxygen or food.

So in the top ten best songs ever list it's ranked about 9th or something, which is higher than most other ballads that are on this list and on this list it's ranked 21st. This is a power ballad that shows you to the life of a sufferer from war, it's a masterpiece and easily one of the best ballads ever.

This was just a prog metal song, not really a ballad, but a great song

How is One down at 8th - lilrocketman

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9 Return to Serenity - Testament

Testament: the most diverse band ever... Chuck billy is by far one of the best singers there is, and Testament has Produced some of the greatest ballads, and instrumentals there is... Not to mention the greatest drummers and guitarists...

Best Metal ballad by far. Actually best ballad period. It's nice to throw this in with some of their older songs to shake it up.

I prefer "the ballad" but this one is great too

Perfecc song

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10 Collapse - Vektor

A masterpiece of modern thrash, one of the only unique bands today

The Contenders

11 Child In Time - Deep Purple

Not sure it strictly comes under the banner of metal, but nevertheless a wonderful song. Incredible vocals from the master, and not just the screams and a beautifully intricate cleverly constructed solo from the greatest rock/metal guitarist ever. Probably my favorite song ever let alone ballad!

One of the best!

The Best Song Ever! m/

@visitor who wasn't sure if "it strictly comes under the banner of metal".
Be sure it does. - Metal_Treasure

12 Snuff - Slipknot

This song sets the standard for modern metal ballads. At first it sounds kinda generic, but there are several things that set it apart. The most obvious thing is Corey's voice. Then is the lyrics. Then the intricate guitars. And what really ties it all together is the keyboard riff. It's such a delicate song because without all these elements exactly as they are it wouldn't be such a great song. props to Slipknot. they really stepped up on this one.

"bury all your secretes in my skin"... Is there anything more that needs to be said about this epic song which this line doesn't?

Enough with the "Slipknot is a machine and has no soul" remarks! Listen to this song and it will prove that you were wrong all along!

Beautiful song.

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13 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

Definitely the best - no matter what else comes the way!

This is so number 1 from every viewpoint - originality, vocals, melody, lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

Absolutely one of the best metal songs ever. Once everything else is gone, "the bard's song will remain."

Música muito bonita

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14 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

Rainbow is an underrated heavy metal band that everyone should check out especially if you like Dio and Deep Purple. I don't think this is the best metal ballad but I voted for it because Rainbow is a great band. Check out the first three albums they absolutely KICK ASS.

Ahh, this one is top 5!
Magical - it's like a music message from the center of the Universe. This melody is so beautiful and unique that is almost transcendental. And Dio earned the nickname Mr. Golden Voice for a reason. - Metal_Treasure

Its DIO and Blackmore..need I say more?

Great song!

15 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

I love this song so much! The first time I heard this I was in tears, because I didn't know that Disturbed could make such beautiful music. Simply a masterpiece!

The most powerful sound I have heard in many years.

This is the absolute best cover. It's so emotional and is better than the original in my opinion

, worst cover song ever. That guy just can't sing. They should have just left that song alone. Even worse, there are people who think that Disturbed did actually write that song themselve.

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16 Hollow - Pantera

This is my favorite song of pantera even than cementery gates, it has amazing guitar harmony and very deep from the soul lyrics, it has a gloomy & hollow mood mood then it turns to anger & regret abd gets heavier.
It is one of those few songs that gets even better every time I play it. It needs to be higher than it is now.

Should be much higher this song has excellent guitar playing

Underrated on this list

17 Scene Eight: the Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater

I think this is the best... Very touching

One of my favourite songs.

It is a work of art

18 Changes - Black Sabbath

I think this song need to be higher, even it doesn't sound as metal sound


19 Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall


Awesome metal balad - blackphoenix

Great and glorious balad. - blackphoenix

20 The Heart Collector - Nevermore
21 I Remember You - Skid Row

This song should be in the top ten

Should be in at least top 3

22 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold

1. Endless Rain - X Japan
2. Dear God - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Another Day - Dream Theater
4. Seize The Day - Avenged Sevenfold
5. Snuff - Slipknot
6. The Last Song - X Japan
7. So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
8. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
9. Say Anything - X-Japan
10. Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden

Where is:
Dear God? It's an incredibly good song, although I hate it.
A Little Piece of Heaven? Enough said
So Far Away? Jimmy's tribute song
Warmness on the soul? Great lyrics

Where is dear god, warmness on the sol and so far away?

they're a bunch of rip offs

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23 Floods - Pantera

One of the best ballad, Floods is at the same time powerful, strong, dark and contains this famous final riff.

This song left me out of words after the song ended. It's perhaps my favorite Pantera song. - Mumbizz01

This song has one of the best guitar solos ever

This is the best ballad ever

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24 Fiddler On the Green - Demons and Wizards

Even more beautiful when you know the poignant story behind the lyrics.

OK, here's the story: Hansi (singer & lyricist) witnessed two car accidents in one week and two kids were killed - a boy and a girl.
Interpretation of the story in the song: Death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it, the reaper also took the life of the girl, who his soulmate would have been in life. - Metal_Treasure

A song of incredibly moving beauty and power. The story that it illustrates is pefectly heartbeaking and adds a feeling of otherworldliness to the song. The build and release that it creates when the climax is reached is exquisite, I have seen this song leave those uninitiated in the metal genre baffled after their preconceptions are turned on their heads. It's execelent.

Sad, epic and beautiful! Hansi Kürsch is amazing as always. - Metal_Treasure

25 Voice of the Soul - Death

Beautiful instrumental from death metal gods death how this isn't higher blows my mind chuck schuldiner was a legend and there last album the sound of perseverance is a classic not just for death metal fans. The full album is basically a progressive death metal album and it kicks ass the only reason I can think of to why this isn't higher is because it is not a power ballad and is an instrumental DEFINITELY check this song out, you will be amazed

You don't need lyrics to touch emotions. This song proves the statement.

Chuck rules the world

26 Wind Of Change - Scorpions

Great song!

27 The Silent Man - Dream Theater
28 Harvest - Opeth

The song opens up with beautiful rhythm which continues throughout and has that signature opeth melody and variations. Its beautiful and and stands at par with all the top ten songs.

This should be WAY higher.

29 Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
30 The Conflagration - Stone Sour
31 My Last Sunrise - Demons and Wizards

One of the most emotive metal ballads and one of the greatest vocal performances in metal.

There's only one metal ballad that moves me so much - Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest. - Metal_Treasure

32 When All Is Lost - Symphony X

Some of the most meaningful lyrics I have ever seen and heard in a song. It easily rivals any other metal ballad out there. This song NEEDS to be mainstream!

The beginning is slow then a real drive! Love this song very much! This is my life symphony

What Went Wrong, Where have all the heroes Gone?!
This song is so meaningful & the lines are basically Incredible!

Such a beautiful song! Yeah represent SX!

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33 The Years of Decay - Overkill

Best one, it is similar to cemetery gates but somehow more touching in my opinion.

34 Dreaming (Tell me) - Yngwie

Classy, exquisite ballad. Great guitars and vox, too. - Metal_Treasure

35 This Love - Pantera
36 Paradise Lost - Symphony X

My god, this song is amazing

Simply the most emotional Song
And the best singer of our time.

37 Before the Dawn - Judas Priest

Why this song on 45th? This is the best slow song from judas priest until now...

One of the best, Rob at his best

Should be higher up

Still the best

38 Nymphetamine - Cradle Of Filth

Not many people know of this piece, but it is certainly worthy of this list.

Great song.

Should b waaay higher. This song is so beautiful.

39 Anthem - Iced Earth
40 Sinner - Theocracy

One of the best ballads by a new band (new - 21st centuty) - Metal_Treasure

41 Tides of Time - Epica

Just... Very powerful with Simone unleashing a touching voice. I would also check out White Waters and Deconstruct on this album for more ballads.

42 Catch the Rainbow - Rainbow
43 The Burning Red - Machine Head

If you know that song
It s awesome!
Strong lyrics talks about deep pain
And its sounds like very good!

44 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

This song should easily have made the top twenty...

How was this not Here

It's a great song, but not sure it classifies as ballad. On this album Mary-Jane is the most ballad(ish) song, however is still not a ballad. No real ballads on the So far, so good... so what! album. - abyx

45 Ghost of Freedom - Iced Earth

This ballad is amazing. Great vocals. - Metal_Treasure


46 Still Loving You - Scorpions

Still stirs up old memories of a former girlfriend

Just best song ever

I just can't believe there ar 35 Rock ballads better than this,come on get it right?


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47 The Temple of the King - Rainbow

The incredible tandem - Dio and Ritchie. - Metal_Treasure

48 Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest

Greatest ballad of all time. Captures pure emotion, and displays Robs vocal talent to their full potential. The dramatic guitar solo only hightens the greatness that this song is. Beautiful in every sense of the word.

49 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

Amazing song!

50 Darkness - Disturbed

The original Sound of Silence. Massively underrated and is a beautiful ending to their album Believe.

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Top Remixes (14)

1. Collapse - Vektor
2. Hollow - Pantera
3. The Heart Collector - Nevermore
1. Fade to Black - Metallica
2. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
3. Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
1. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
2. Fade to Black - Metallica
3. Changes - Black Sabbath

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