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!

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.

Best song off of the best Metallica album.

Best ballad ever. Period.

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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.

The best song ever.

It must be nr 1

This song just gets to me every time I hear

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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

Should be number one. Truly 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.

This song is revolutionary and should be placed higher than 6. QR is a great band and plays some of the best prog metal out there!

1. A Tout Le Monde
2. Silent Lucidty
3. Fade to Black

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7 The Unforgiven - Metallica

Even better then nothing else matters should be much higher

The best description of internal conflicts

Love this song!

The Best ballad, wonderful song. Even if u don't like Metallica.

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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

My top 10:
1. One - Metallica
2. Cemetary Gates - Pantera
3. Take These Chains - Judas Priest
4. Fade to Black - Metallica
5. Labirynt Fauna - Hunter (worth checking, the best polish metal band)
6. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
7. Unforgiven - Metallica
8. Hollow - Pantera
9. So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
10. A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth

Just missed the top10 and definitelly deserve attention:
11. In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth
12. Prisoner of Your Eyes - Judas Priest
13. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica
14. Trust - Megadeth
15. Dear God - Avenged Sevenfold
16. Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
17. A Tale That Wasn't Right - Helloween

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9 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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10 Collapse - Vektor

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

The Contenders

11 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

My favourite thrash metal ballad and one of my favourite guitar solos ever Alex Skolnick is a guitar god - mememachine

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12 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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13 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

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.

Its DIO and Blackmore..need I say more?

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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

I keep listening to this song over & over & over & over & over & over. Just can't get enough.

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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

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18 Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall


Awesome metal balad - blackphoenix

Great and glorious balad. - blackphoenix

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20 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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Top Remixes (15)

1. The Outlaw Torn - Metallica
2. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
3. In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth
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

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