Best Metal Ballads

The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

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.

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

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!

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.

2 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

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.

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 Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cover Art

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 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art

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 A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth Cover Art

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.

6 Snuff - Slipknot Snuff - Slipknot Cover Art

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.

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

"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 One - Metallica Cover Art

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 Scene Eight: the Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater Cover Art

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 The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

Even better then nothing else matters should be much higher

The Unforgiven > Fade to Black when it comes to atmosphere

The best description of internal conflicts

Love this song!

10 Silent Lucidity - Queensryche Silent Lucidity - Queensryche Cover Art

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.

Great song, one of the best ever

The Contenders

11 Return to Serenity - Testament Return to Serenity - Testament Cover Art

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

12 Collapse - Vektor Collapse - Vektor Cover Art

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.

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 Child In Time - Deep Purple Cover Art

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 Eyes - Rainbow Cover Art

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.

Its DIO and Blackmore..need I say more?

16 Hollow - Pantera Hollow - Pantera Cover Art

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 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed Cover Art

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!

The most powerful sound I have heard in many years.

The first song to give me goosebumps. Probably the best cover ever made.

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.

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 The Heart Collector - Nevermore Cover Art
21 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art
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.

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 K├╝rsch is amazing as always.

24 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth Cover Art

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.

25 Wind Of Change - Scorpions Wind Of Change - Scorpions Cover Art
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