Best Metal Ballads

The Top Ten Best Metal Ballads

1 Fade to Black - Metallica

This song has so much meaning to it. The lyrics are deep, and the guitars & drums go so well with it. My favorite Metallica song, and my favorite song ever. One of Metallica's best songs, one of the best Metal Songs ever written, and one of the best songs overall. - Metallica_1981

Such a vulnerable song. The amount of passion in the finale solo really tugs on the heart

Similar to my comment on "Best Metal Songs", but the other way around: while "Cemetery Gates" is a better song overall, "Fade to Black" is by far a better ballad. - Adrian_4

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!

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.

This deserves to be number one from all the asspects. If not for a song as a whole, then for a mesmerizing solo that Tipton gave us.

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!

I love the riff. Only that is enough to make Cemetery Gates the number 1.

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

The best song ever.

5 A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth

I love this so much it will be played at my own funeral. DETH4LIFE

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

6 Snuff - Slipknot

Awesome and really beautiful, even if the meaning of it, is too hardcore and painful. - RW700

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!

7 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

This song was my gateway to metal! Should be in top ten god damn it!

8 Scene Eight: the Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater

This song is so moving... any haters that think Dream Theater is incapable of emotion have to listen to this song

I think this is the best... Very touching

One of my favourite songs.

It is a work of art

9 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!

10 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

The 1st time I hear this song I think that Pink Floyd had gone metal but no... A master piece of Metal-Progressive scene

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.

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

12 Collapse - Vektor

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

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

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

This is so great 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."

Beautiful from studio, but one of the best musical experiences of my life live. I've never heard so many people sing so well.

14 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/

15 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?

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 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Even better than the original, Draiman's voice combined with the instruments is simply beautiful.

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!

, 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.

The most powerful sound I have heard in many years.

18 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

My favorite ballad ever, by my favorite band ever!

This song has one of the best guitar solos ever

19 Changes - Black Sabbath

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

20 The Heart Collector - Nevermore
21 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?

"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost..."

22 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
23 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

24 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

25 Wind Of Change - Scorpions
26 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

I don't really like Death (to heavy for me), but I love this song

27 The Silent Man - Dream Theater
28 Paradise Lost - Symphony X

My god, this song is amazing

Best ballad in prog metal

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

29 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.

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 Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
33 Dreaming (Tell me) - Yngwie

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

34 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!

Best vocalist of this century... Amazing singer and song...
Russell Allen is the ultimate free agent in metal and hard rock.. Ripper retired I suppose...

35 This Love - Pantera
36 I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold

Best A7X ballard

Yes, and the most amazing part is that it doesn't lose its metal attribute at all. - MINATO8622

37 Sinner - Theocracy

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

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 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.

40 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!

41 Ghost of Freedom - Iced Earth

This ballad is amazing. Great vocals. - Metal_Treasure


42 The Temple of the King - Rainbow

The incredible tandem - Dio and Ritchie. - Metal_Treasure

43 I Remember You - Skid Row

This song should be in the top ten

Should be in at least top 3

44 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.

45 Glory to the Brave - Hammerfall


Awesome metal balad - blackphoenix

Great and glorious balad. - blackphoenix

46 Darkness - Disturbed

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

47 Teräksen Taakka (Burden of Steel) - Teräsbetoni

My fave ballad in another language (Finnish). I don't understand a single word but the vocals are amazing (Jarkko Ahola).
I think Jarkko Ahola is the best metal singer from Finland. He's so unnoticed and underrated. - Metal_Treasure

48 Still Loving You - Scorpions

Still stirs up old memories of a former girlfriend

Just best song ever

How is this only 54 what

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

49 Wasting Love - Iron Maiden

How is maiden not in the top 10? This is an amazing metal ballard!

Avenged Sevenfold (which is teenager garbage) is higher than this masterpiece.

This should be number 1 this is such a masterpiece

Awesome power ballad!

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