Best Metallica Songs

The Top Ten
1 One One Cover Art

One is not just the best song of Metallica but one of the best songs in Rock music (that includes Metal). The (as usual) excellent guitar solos of Hetfield and Hammet and the drumming of Lars. The gloomy atmosphere perfectly captures the mood and the lyrics are deep and haunting, especially this:

"Landmine, has taken my sight, taken my speech, taken my hearing, taken my arms, taken my legs, taken my soul, left me with life in Hell!"

My 3 favourite songs of all time are One, Inside the Fire by Disturbed and Surfacing by Slipknot, but One is the ultimately best song that has ever been created in my opinion. The song is so good, I can almost feel the incapacitated soldiers pain that you hear from the first half and anger that you hear from the second half, such a good job they did with the lyrics. I love beautiful guitar play in the intro, the miserable sounding verses and choruses, the fast paced, angry singing (nearly screaming) and there are awesome solos in this song. Have listened to it many hundred times and will hear it again thousands of more.

With this being the first Metallica song that I ever listened to, One really served as a gateway to me becoming the metal fan I am today. But to be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I first listened to the intro. However, as soon as the tempo picked up, I became hooked.

I began listening to some of their other songs, like Enter Sandman, For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Fuel, and I began to fall in love the band (for a lack of a better term). Every time this song plays on the radio or comes up on my playlist, I feel nostalgia as I remember the first time I heard this song. This is how you craft a damn metal ballad, no less one covering such a deep topic as war. It's a masterpiece from beginning to end.

This single piece pretty much defines all of Metallica. It has the soft, echo-y guitar, the reverb-y drums, the great lyrics, the distorted guitar and, of course, that memorable solo at the end that rivals Eric Johnson's and Slash's solos. Also, fun to play on guitar!

2 Master of Puppets Master of Puppets Cover Art

Despite it being an 8 minute song, I could listen to this the whole way through all day. As a 13 year old kid, I seem to be the only one these days who doesn't listen to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Hard Rock and Metal 4 life!

Not even close. The verses and the chorus are so heavy and good. The interlude sounds like something that came out of a classical concert and can drive you to tears.

should EASILY be 1. One is good but not a masterpiece. plus, One has that ballad part, and while I respect your opinion, it just doesn't do it for me. then again, the ballad is what kind of gives it its beauty, but master of puppets should be 1.

No doubt this is the best Metallica song EVER! I can only reiterate how great the vocals, riffs, bass, drums, and all that awesomeness is! But for me the best part of the song is that the lyrics are about drugs. Ahem, let me rephrase that. The lyrics are about the NEGATIVE EFFECTS of drugs. Next time you listen to it, listen closely to the lyrics or look them up and you'll see that they are describing how drugs mess you up completely. Not often that you'll find a heavy metal song that isn't glamorizing drugs, but putting them down. Sweetness of a song.

3 Fade to Black Fade to Black Cover Art

It is hard to think of any other band creating a song that speaks on such a timeless social issue, that also has one of the best riffs that hits your soul every single time. Truly listening and understanding the lyrics to this song will open your mind to a new state of music you never thought possible. I always love listening to a song a few times before looking at the lyrics, and honestly I have never been more shocked to learn the true depth of a song than when I learned this one. Best Metallica riff, and best transitions. Should be #1.

The best song ever made in the world it is so cool and awesome and fascinatingly amazing and fantastic. It is a good song. Very nice.

In my opinion this is the best Metallica song, also their best ballad. Touching lyrics, soulful solos, everything is perfect.
My top 10:
1. Fade to black
2. Master of puppets
3. One
4. Nothing else matters
5. For whom the bell tolls
6. Welcome home (Sanitarium)
7. Creeping death
8. Seek & destroy
9. The unforgiven
10. Ride the lightning

An incredible masterpiece. More meaningful than One or Master and it has one of the most incredible guitar solos ever. This song is incredibly deep and should be number 1. I have never heard a song so wonderfully composed to be soft and pleasant but still heavy and epic. The way it fades away at the end, it stays true to the title. The musicianship with Kirk's shredding, Cliff's epic bass skills, James' Singing and Lars' Drums, this song could not possibly be better. It takes the best of all music and combines it into one amazing song. Greatest song ever, in my opinion and Metallica should get more credit for this song than they do.

4 For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Art

Back in the day before Covid-19 when I go to bars during the holiday season after I play some nice Christmas songs, I play this, it's the ultimate ass kicking song to REALLY get your holiday spirits pumping.
Its Joeysworld

The definition of heavy metal. The riffs are amazing and James is at his best on this one. Definitely my favourite metallica song

Epitome of heavy metal. Nothing forced. Speed sometimes lightens a metal song, makes it cartoonish, especially on bad mixing. The prehistoric production on this song was saved by the mid-tempo pounding of the groove.

Great instrumental at the beginning, exploding into lyrics that will make your soulless piece of meat you call a heart skip a beat every 7 seconds. If you don't want to ride the lightning, next time wear rubber boots.

5 Enter Sandman Enter Sandman Cover Art

To all the Enter Sandman haters out there, stop constantly hating on this masterpiece! One of their best songs, even though I sometimes get the riff and misheard lyric stuck in my head. Even though it may not be their number one best, it's certainly in my top 5! My top 10:

1: Fade To Black
2: One
3: Orion
4: Enter Sandman
5: Master of Puppets
6: Seek and Destroy
7: The Unforgiven
8: Call of Ktulu
9: For Whom the Bell Tolls
10: The Unforgiven


Overplayed, Yes. But that's not the song's fault, the fault lies with unimaginative DJ's. Forget all of that overplayed B.S., it's eaasily one of the top Rock songs of all times. If everyone can recognize it, and yes it's overplayed, yet you still like it a lot, it testifies to how great the song is to be able to overcome all of that baggage! Songs like this come along rarely! Don't minimize this song's greatness because it might not be your PERSONAL favorite, for whatever reason, but to deny this song's place in Rock history is just stupid! EASILY the best song ever from Mettalica, nothing comes close!

I find it funny that if you tell another Metallica fan this is your favorite song of theirs, they automatically assume you must be a casual who just doesn't truly know their true potential. I've listened to Metallica more than most artists, and I can in all honestly tell you this is my favorite, and there's nothing wrong with that, this song is a masterpiece and every bit deserves its popularity, unlike some (Nothing Else Matters, Hardwired, Seek and Destroy)

I don't particularly enjoy Metallica and I don't really like this song; Because I believe their whole song and music vision is pretty much a sell-out. I mean who calls a metal band Metallica? Listen to Venom and see why. Also quite a lot of their tunes have been plagiarised. Enter Sandman is a copy of 'Tapping Into The Emotional Void' by Excel and For Whom The Bells Toll is the outro of 'Fairies Wear Boots' by Black Sabbath.

6 Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art

The best song on Ride The Lightning and while I don't think it is their "greatest song," in a way, I think it might be their most astonishing musical achievement. It's a perfectly constructed song and nearly every aspect of it is perfect; every riff is incredible, James's vocals are the best in any song he's done, the guitar tone is full and crunchy but not compressed and limited at all, it just roars; the lyrics are fantastic; and the guitar solo is the best guitar solo Kirk Hammett ever did in my opinion. His solo in One doesn't even really compare I think, it's definitely flashy and fast as hell but it carries no emotional interest or powerful musical moments.

This is Metallica at their best. Anybody who thinks enter sandman is great just because its popular has no taste. 40 million views on youtube? So what. Mcdonalds sells billions of burgers but that doesn't make it the best restaurant in America, just the easiest...

Great referencing of a Biblical story as shown in the lyrics and interviews regarding Ride the Lighting. What makes the song really memorable is when it is played live, with its memorable improvisions and intense musicianship and energy the song releases.

Fun Fact: The song got its name from late bassist Cliff Burton (1962 - 1986) when watching the film "The Ten Commandments".

This is Metallica's best song of Ride The Lightning album in my opinion, far better compared to Enter Sandman and all the black album's songs, also one of early Metallica's best songs together with Master Of Puppets, Blackened. It has one of the best solos ever made in metal history and even though kirk sometimes over-using wah, is still perfect.

7 Nothing Else Matters Nothing Else Matters Cover Art

Not the normal tempo or style of a Metallica song, but I believe that makes the song all the more special. It perfectly exemplifies the depth of the band, proving they can deliver terrific riffs and loud lyrics and also sing softly with a slow melody. One of my personal favorites, and should be higher up on this list.

This song is the meaning of music, the Hearts art. Angels sing this work of art to the sinners in hell, one Single time, letting the sound of Silence Echo in their souls. Far from the heart. When this piece of sky hits the Eardrum the trust you seek is found for a concise moment.
A passing moment. This song is a lamentation, the funeral and the birth of the trust in Proximity. Longing. Music is beyond time. The sound Touches me and I never care, and I know. We are forever. I found a different view. A different way of looking at people, at Distance, at the world, at life, at the spirit. And that is when I realize that nothing else matters.
No nothing else matters

"True" Metallica fans may disagree but this is really one of the best songs of the band. Very touching lyrics, soulful solo. Best song from The Black Album.

James Hetfield is awesome in this song... And his solo is soul stirring... Great piece of music...

8 Ride the Lightning Ride the Lightning Cover Art

This should be in top 5 at least. It has the best intro ever, very heavy and moving riffs, amazing lyrics, most metal vocals you can ever hear from James, a very well written and executed guitar solo by Kirk, solid drumming by Lars, legendary bass by Cliff which you can hear throughout the song. Seriously this is Metallica at it's PEAK!

How is this not first and second? This is a hard but obvious choice. Either MOP and Ride the lightning. Probably their most famous songs, yet this one isn't(as I make this vote) in top 10 even, never mind top 2! I even grew up listening to this song probably more than just about any other song.

Wow. 11th? How on earth? There is not a thing wrong with this song. The opening is absolutely legendary. The riffs are solid the whole way through. Excellent solo. Terrifying lyrics which would horrify the toughest men on Earth. The name itself makes you want to jump on for a ride on the lightning. Not to mention the fact it appeared on one of their top 2 albums. This should be at least in the top 5 or even 3. I CAN FEEL THE FLAME!

The intro is like the pumping of a heart! It stays with you for years after you listen to this song. The consciousness it brings, the stinging in the brain, life burning out (literally) before one's eyes. Definitely top 5 all-time Metallica!

9 Battery Battery Cover Art

Probably the best opening track on a metal album. The acoustic guitar opens the song nicely just to forcefully kick you back in your seat with the overdriven guitar taking the place of that sweet acoustic bit. Then the song just gets better from there. The vocals are some of the best delivered by Hetfield and the guitar never gets boring or annoying. And just as this song is my favorite by Metallica, Battery has my favorite guitar solo of any Metallica song.

This IS Metallica, and to me sets the tone for Master of Puppets with much more power, brute force and heart-stopping power. It grabs you by the throat and pulls you in, it's deceptive intro turning into all-out killer thrash that reminds us Metallica can be just as brutal as Slayer, Kreator and other thrash greats.

The song "Battery" leads off THE best Metallica album of all time. It is what Metallica is all about. "Battery", "One", "Master of Puppets", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" now that's a top 5.

The song is pure thrash metal at it's best. This song starts off with a mellow intro then kicks into overdrive and doesn't relent until the end. Metallica outdid themselves with this there masterpiece among many masterpieces they have created!

10 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cover Art

How is it not in the top 3?! I love that it starts off really slow, then goes into a very badass guitar solo. I mean, it's a real shame that Creeping Death is over this, I hate that song and think it's super overrated.

This song has some of the angriest lyrics Metallica ever had. "Dream the same thing every night/I see our freedom in my sight/No locked doors, No windows barred/No things to make my brain seem scarred/Sleep my friend and you will see/That dream is my reality/They keep me locked up in this cage/Can't they see it's why my brain says Rage/Sanitarium, leave me be/Sanitarium, just leave me alone! " I won't say these lyrics are meaningful because the only people that ever called me crazy were for OTHER reasons. But James seems to be really angry in this song telling people to leave him "Alone! "

While the lyrics aren't too bad, the riffs and solos are just really good. The riff at 4:51 was the main reason this is one of my favorite Metallica songs, and the solos before and after the 4:51 riffs were epic. The ending was nice, and the intro was one of Metallica's best.

The best part about the song is that there isn't really any Metallica song quite like it, unlike Damage Inc. ...more

"Keep him tied, it makes him well
He's getting better, can't you tell? "

There's something so overwhelmingly chilling about that line. This song isn't as much about living with mental health issues as it is about how those with said health issues are seen by the outside world, particularly in the professional field. It paints a picture of apathy and indifference regarding those suffering mental health. An idea that they somehow know their own minds less well than those studying them. Doctors, psychiatrists. People who are supposed to provide a helping hand but often end up providing a numbing agent in the guise of a "cure".
Because when someone complies to norms, they're easier to deal with, and because when they can't comply the fault must doubtfully be theirs.
Because you're labeled as crazy. And what the heck do you know.

Perhaps I'm being to pretensions here but that's truly how I see this song. As an accusatory finger at the patronizing, out of sight, out ...more

Am I the only one who thinks that Metallica's best work is with their ballads? Fade To Black, One, The Unforgiven and most notably Welcome Home (Sanitarium) are amazing. The verse chord progression on this song is so beautiful and haunting at the same time, love the use of the 10/4 time signature. Lyrics are amazing too, this is real music about harsh realities faced by many in this unfortunate world we live in. Wish more metal bands made haunting ballads this great.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders
11 Seek & Destroy Seek & Destroy Cover Art

The Kill em All version is 6:56 but the Ride the Lightning version is 6:41. One thing I noticed was the solo was sped up a bit, and I think the experimentation was really, really good. The only other version of this song was on St Anger. This song is one of the best on Kill Em All, but upon further evaluation, the song will be on the Ride The Lightning what if album.

Seek and Destroy will make the transfer from KEA to RTL.

Final Decision.

Seek and destroy 15th? This list should look something like 1. Master, 2. Fade to black, 3. One, 4. SEEK AND DESTROY, 5. The unforgiven... I'm sorry but this riff is legendary, the solos are amazing and the vocals are raw and filled with anger, that's what thrash metal is all about, isn't it? This was one of their earliest songs, if this song had never existed, there would be no Metallica

Kill Em All is probably the most underrated Metallica album EVER. Not only is it the most underrated, it is also the best Metallica album. Hatfield's vocals are amazing and everyone plays with more energy. Seek and Destroy is probably the best song on the album, but the whole album is great!

Where is blackened in this list? It's, in my opinion, one of the best songs. The black album is way to commercial, not bad though but you can't compare it with the previous albums. It's far overrated and starts to get bored after 5 times listening.

12 The Unforgiven The Unforgiven Cover Art

This song has a great melody and tempo, mixed in with powerful vocals from Hetfield. This song requires a deeper understanding of the lyrics in order to fully get the effect of the song, like many other Metallica greats. Once you decipher the true meaning of the song, it truly becomes one of their bests, if not their best. I love this song, and if I never made the effort to learn the lyrics, I would not feel this way. Nothing better than a song with a deeper meaning under the surface.

This song just makes any day better.
It always makes me feel good, no matter if I'm angry.
I just blast this song and everything becomes better.
How many single hits in this album? Five?
How many other artists or "artists" if you can call some
Of them that way, ever done that accomplishment?
I don't think it's possible anymore.
Metallica are simply the best. I thank my best bud 10 thousand times to have introduced me to this band.
They're just... Speechless, stunning how mere man can compose such amazing work!
No more the time when artists were composing with their hearts and soul. Now it's just repetitive crap with auto-tune. You can just take the soundtrack of one of their songs and take the lyrics from another song and put them together, you won't know the difference.
I got a friend that keeps saying that all they do is scream & noise and that rock/metal is dead.
Then he says: "RAP is more popular because look at the views on YouTube. " SIGH!

His song touches your soul... Makes you stop.. Look back what you have done so far in your life and ask yourself, is this how you wanted your life to be be.. I listen to this song every day at least twice and has changed my life.. Love it... Should be the top song from Metallica. This song has a very deep message and killing melody which is something rare especially in nowadays music. Definitely one of Metallica's best songs and personally my favorite.

This song touches your soul... Makes you stop.. Look back what you have done so far in your life and ask yourself, is this how you wanted your life to be be.. I listen to this song every day at least twice and has changed my life.. Love it... Should be the top song from Metallica (A.K. A GOD)

13 ...And Justice for All ...And Justice for All Cover Art

This song is really underrated. It is EPIC it's GORGEOUS, it's pure insanity. The whole and justice for all album kick ass, but this song (side to side with frayed ends of sanity) just kill any other you might think it is the best Metallica song. It has a complex instrumental structure, a rising atmosphere that evolves you until the end, the concept and idea in the song are masterfully worked, the solos are great, and the breakdown after the solo is just orgasmic.

It sounds hollow, just like doris, it is a perfect example that thrash metal can be complex and elegant, and not just speedy rough crap.

I think that this is Metallica's greatest song ever made, I really do. Unfortunately the production is just terrible, so I always listen to the remixed/remastered version on YouTube by Ahdy Khairat; it has perfect production. Anyways, it's certainly among the most epic songs James has wrote; the main riff is so mean and the harmonies are incredible, with some of them sounding glorious and broad and others sounding tragic and dark. All the riffs are incredible, including the main riff based on Lar's drumbeat, as well as the jumper riff, the dark chorus riff, everything... it's just so epic.

Since Metallica is my favorite band, choosing my favorite song is like a father choosing his favorite child. All things considered, I decided on "... And Justice for All" because it incorporates everything I love about Metallica: brutal riffs (1:20, 2:00), a killer solo (5:05-5:55), complicated rhythms (syncopation, tempo changes, and yes... GREAT drumming) (:50-1:00, 6:10-6:22, 8:40, etc. ), epic-ness (it is a nearly 10 minute song), and a great message (the corruption of government and humanity's battle and hoplessness against it) And so with not too little grief, I cast my vote. God help me I love all their songs...

This really is Metallica's best song. The intro riff gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, the main riff is brutal and dramatic, James' vocals are growly and on the point, Kirk's solo is astonishingly amazing, and Lars best drum work is incorporated. Even in the fan remasters, the bass is excellent and I still can't forgive Lars for what he did to Jason. This song screams Metallica from start to finish and deserves to be number 1, without a doubt!

14 The Four Horsemen The Four Horsemen Cover Art

Their second best song ever I think, and off their first album. Simply epic. James's screamy vocals are pretty nuts, the AW YEAH YEAH is so cool, the guitar tone is raw and rips through the production, and Cliff's bass is perfectly produced so that it cuts through the rest of the production without being overpowering in volume, just as good bass production should be. The lyrics are sweet and the riffs are all epic and it's just so well constructed, and is a clear precursor to Metallica's later epics to come like the titles tracks for Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets and...And Justice For All.

Funny to watch guys that are thinking, they are really voting for a Metallica Song. This is Mustaines Song listen to the first album of Megadeth and you will hear this song. It is only faster played on Megadeth album because he doesn't want to let it sound like Metallicas song, all who voted here without even telling this is Dave's kick ass song should read more about the history of Metallica and should say Dave did a g good job at Metallica and say unfortunately he got kicked out or maybe fortunately...

Their new stuff is down right awful
My Top 10
1) The Four Horsemen
2) No Remorse
3) Motorbreath
4) Trapped Under Ice
5) Disposable Heroes
6) Leper Messiah
7) For Whom The Bell Tolls
8) Master Of Puppets
9) Hit The Lights
10) Whiplash

Kill Em All is their best hands down, their first 3 albums are the only thing worth listening to, I guess... And Justice For All is pretty good too.

The only thing I don't like about this song is how slow it was. The original song "The Mechanix" was a lot faster and had different lyrics. While The Four Horsemen had the better stuff Mechanix didn't feature, it wasn't as fast.

Solution: Go on YouTube, and speed up the song to 125%.

15 Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes Cover Art

Great picking pattern that is guaranteed to make you rock. Proof that James Hetfield did not work out in the gym but played songs like this. Try not to dislocate your shoulder or arm while you practice it. Do not attempt at home. 2 years and many dead arms later I can manage it for 1 verse. James Hetfield is a very talented alien.

Riff after epic riff complemented with one of Kirk's best solos ever, intense dark lyrics, brutal rhythm parts chugging away for 8+ minutes, a real test of stamina that keeps building and building. You get exhausted just listening to it! One of their best tracks, easily.

Disposable Heroes is amazing. The bass in this song is un-matched. No other song has nearly as good bass in it. Everything else just enhances it. The bass is amazing, and everything else just makes the song more powerful and hardcore. Brilliant song. I will never get tierd of it.

A legendary song, with legendary gallop riffs to boot. I'm convinced this is their best song off of Master of Puppets. I feel it is a much better song that the title track. This and battery are just pure thrash metal.

16 The Day that Never Comes The Day that Never Comes Cover Art

The first half of the song is one of my favorite ballad type beginnings to any song ever written but as the song progresses the intensity, anxiety, speed, and complexity of the band takes over thus making it one of the most memorable songs Metallica has written.

I think everyone can agree that in general, the best Metallica songs are either from the first 4 albums or the black album (even this list suggests the same). The fact that this one is not in any of them, and the fact that it is at least on par with their best songs on their entire discography, proves that this song deserves to be in at least top 10.

Being 16 year Old in 2012,90% of my peer group hears Justin Bieber, Lady gaga, katy perry and others. Thus I did not listen to Metallica untill recently when one of my friends made me listen This song! And my world opened to Metallica, therefore this still remains my favourite Metallica song. Others I loved too were, Fade to Black, Master of Puppets and One.

I remember reading in a "Guitar World" magazine in the Top 100 Metallica songs article and this song was 75th. I though something was seriously wrong with that. This was the song that got me first into Metallica in 2008 when it came out and I love listening to it. This is my all time favorite song by any band.

17 Sad but True Sad but True Cover Art

My favorite Metallica song. They have SO many great songs in there catalog but this one does it for me. The riff, the lyrics and the solo all make this song perfect m/

I think this is the ultimate heavy metal song... If you are new to the heavy metal genre this is a great song to start with. What I like about Metallica is that they are heavy metal but they still have rhythm.

Sad but True has looks deep inside us all. It materializes the strugle with the inner side of mankind, in a way that it seems two complete different people, revealing in the end to actually being two sides of the same coin...

Awesome Riff, it is DEFINITELY underrated. How is it not placed above The Unforgiven? It's a good song, but still, Sad But True is probably better, it has such a killer riff.

18 Orion Orion Cover Art

I used to skip over this song when I first listened to Master of Puppets, just because the intro was so long. I wish I could go back and slap myself, because I was missing out. Orion is an absolute masterpiece, probably the most well composed music Metallica have ever done. Awesome bass from Cliff, ridiculously heavy riffs and a beautiful winding bridge.

Why is this masterpiece, showcasing the entire band's talent, and being one of the signature songs of the late Cliff Burton not even in the top 15!?!? I understand that top 3 or even top 5 or 7 could be reaching due to the sheer number of great Metallica songs, but this definitely deserves more recognition than #16!

This is not only my favorite Metallica song. It may well be, in my opinion, the greatest rock/metal song EVER. It's definitely in my top 5 of all time. More than once over the last 25 plus years I've introduced friends to Metallica with this song and they can't help but admit that it totally kicks ass!

Not just one of the best instrumentals of all time but maybe the most soothing sound in the history of music, I used to babysit my youngest brother as a baby was hard to put to sleep at first until I (14 years old at the time) would just put this one...before the second bar would start he would ALWAYS be pasted out. #BabySitting101

19 Blackened Blackened Cover Art

That intro...that pace... those riffs... the meaningfull and cheeseless lyrics... and probably the best display of Urlich's drumming EVER (it's hard to believe that the guy that plays in this album is the same that played in the following). It's a pitty the bass is almost mute but you can search enhanced versions at youtube. It was a hard pick between this one and Orion and One. But there's something in this juggernaut that moves me in a unique way. Superb.

Huge fan of Ride The Lightning, big fan of Master Of Puppets, in my gorgeous opinion, Justice was their best album, progressing metal from thrash to a unique place in-between Thrash - Heavy Metal - Prog Neo-Classical Metal - nearly-Death but not quite.
Full of the right riffs (unlike Death Magnetic, full of the wrong riffs. )
The definition of 'Metal' is Justice For All...

As much as I love songs like suicide & redemption, fade to black, that was just your life, and a classic SPITE OUT THE BONE. This song is what made me love the gods of metal METALLICA, Blackened is just a master piece, and love em or hate em they are the real reason why metal became so popular as well of the likes of Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Judas Priest, and so many more this is an instant classic!

The rapid and extroadinary intro has to be one of Metallicas greatest. I think there are few songs which are in front on this list that I think aren't as good as blackened like nothing else matters and hard wired. The solo in this song is brilliant and I think that the whole song all around is a complete masterpiece it definitely should be higher up on this list

20 Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam Cover Art

This is the combination of great lyrics with great music. "Wherever I may roam" probably is the most universal lyrics Metallica ever produced, even people living 1000 years ago could connect with the message behind it. No matter what we think every one of us struggles for independence. These great lyrics (truly a masterpiece) come wrapped on a very stimulating and exiting music.

Definitely in 1 to 3 of Metallica, for those fans who have not listened this song-please sit and seriously listen this songs. This is what Metallica is. Song will take you in different world. James' Vocal is outstanding, listen to its riff man, kirk did it best. Lyrics is good too.

"The outro to Wherever I may roam exemplifies Kirk Hammett as a virtuoso rather than the teen icon he is presumed to be. This and the solo in Creeping Death are the paragons in his illustrious career. People who think Master or One is better simply lack taste! "

This song deserves to be in the top tens... One of the best songs I've ever heard... Metallica live forever... The lyrics make me think about myself in another aspect... Truly deserves to be in the top ten

21 Dyers Eve Dyers Eve Cover Art

I really don't know why all the megadeth and slayer fans think Metallica isn't thrash, sure they do have 3 slower albums but the rest are hardcore. And you only have to listen to this song to understand what I am saying. I have listened to this song 330 times on my ipod and the reason why is because of the hardcore riff, bone crunching lyrics and a skull cracking solo mixed in with a very fast tempo throughout the whole song... THRASH 4 LIFE!

People obviously don't know Metallica very well. This is their most underrated and amazing song ever. It's pure anger. Every time I listen to this song, I feel like going on a killing spree. I love every single song in the top ten, but this should for sure be up there at the one spot. I'm not sure why, but this song is too damn low.

One of the most awesome songs from '...And Justice For All'. The super fast drumming, the awesome vocal delivery... What's NOT to like about this song?
This should definitely be on my Top 10 Metallica songs. LONG LIVE METAL!

By far one of the most thrashing and complex songs they ever did, should be Top Ten and for some people #1! The whole band goes full tilt the whole song long, definitely a thrash classic.

22 Damage, Inc. Damage, Inc. Cover Art

The guitars, bass, and drums are all excellent on this track and on this album, My top 10
1. Damage Incorporated (Should be in the top 2 or 3)
2. Jump in the Fire
3. motor breath or four horseman/mechanix
4. no remorse
5. Frayed ends of sanity
6. shortest straw
7. Master Of Puppets
8. Ride the Lightning
9. For Whom the bell Tolls or Anesthesia (The Bass rips on these tracks)
10. Holier than Thou (Best song on the black album)

Tough to choose between Dyers Eve, Disposable Heroes, Fade To Black and this. The intro makes me think of Cliff rising to heaven wit angel wings, wearing his denim and Misfits shirt, smoking a cigarette and giving everyone the finger. Of course, he didn't die until after this song, but still.

This is absurd! How could this song be so low? Damage has the fastest instrumentals of all time. James says, "GO! " and it erupts into some of the best stuff ever created. I'm disappointed Metallica fans that so many of you have overlooked this gem.

Out of all the Metallica Songs played live this is the only song that they introduce as a nice and slow song. An epic surprise for anyone who hasn't heard it also one of Jason Newsted's favorites

23 The Call of Ktulu The Call of Ktulu Cover Art

Its actually Dave Mustaine's song. (if you listen to Hangar 18-Megadeth, you see riffs are alike. ) But Dave kicked out from Metalica, and that's why the never play it live. By the way songs name is The Call of Ktulu because Cliff loves "The Call of Cthulhu".

The best track to end the best album

This track is full of atmosphere, epic riffs, excellent bass work (which adds to the atmosphere) and complex drumming

This track really builds up to that epic ending.

Another song with better lyrics than the music industry of today, but this song has a virus which infects the electronics, causing them to self-destruct, even weapons blow themselves up.

Probably the best instrumental song in the heavy metal history of music. No doubts that should be played during every concert of them. Gold for the Call, silver goes to Orion.

24 Whiplash Whiplash Cover Art

Songs like this made them able to progress and build a following throughout the early years, then you get wee modern punks who think they know it all and call the early stuff crap.,

This is one of Metallica's heaviest and fastest songs, it definitely should be on top 10. Riffs are very good, yet simple and Dave's (yes, Dave's) solo is awesome

This song is a fast starter. At the very beginning I'm banging my head to it. Its bad ass to say the least.

Whiplash is definitely the fastest song ever! The hard riff turns into brilliant thrash metal, hammets solo couldn't be better, why isn't it in the top ten

25 Harvester of Sorrow Harvester of Sorrow Cover Art

In my opinion, the intro riff is one of the most driving, darkest, and melodic riffs ever written. It was stuck 3 days straight in my my head the first tie I listened to it. In my opinion, it belongs up with the legends like Fade to Black and Master of Puppets. Right now, it's tied with Master for "favorite heavy song, " while Fade to Black wins for best ballad.

Here are my favorite Metallica Songs

1) Fade to Black
2) Harvester of Sorrow/Master of Puppets
3) To Live is to Die
4) For Whom the Bell Tolls
5) Disposable Heroes
6) Nothing Else Matters
7) The Unforgiven
8) Blackened

This song is so menacing (in the beginning especially)! The guitar work is flawless like all others on this album (especially all of the riffs). My top ten best Metallica songs list would go like this:
1 Harvester Of Sorrow
2 For Whom The Bell Tolls
3 Creeping Death
4 Seek And Destroy
5 One
6 Master Of Puppets
7 Fade To Black
8 Blackened
9 Wherever I May Roam
10 The Frayed Ends Of Sanity/Dyers Eve

Honorable Mentions: The Unforgiven, Sad But True, Battery, Fight Fire With Fire,...And Justice For All

34? Really? This is literally one of the best Metallica songs there is. The beginning is awesome, vocals are amazing and the guitar is arguably one of the best, even if simple. I really do find it hard to believe that the day that never comes bested this. True Metallica fans wouldn't have this list remotely like it is... All nightmare long is better than The Day That Never Comes!

Great song. The lyrics are probably some of the best lyrics in Metallica's calatogue, and paired with the spine-crushing riffs, makes one of the best Metallica songs ever!

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