Best Metallica Songs

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41 Hit the Lights

Really great version of thrash metal. For me it should in the top 10. The killer solos and the opening riff was superb. It compares to some of the best thrash metal songs of ALL TIME!

This song is just like sanitarium in a crazy version, it just makes you jump around, hit the air and scream with it

I was searching for this song in the top 2 somewhere..! This doesn't belong here..! Get it up! :D Hit the Lighits!

Good song! Underrated!

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42 King Nothing

In my opinion, the best Metallica song out there. It isn't very popular because it supposedly is in Metallica's "Dark Ages". However, it is much like Enter Sandman, just... Better.

This should be top 5 for sure I love this song, one of their best, this or master of puppets is their best

I get that this isn't their best, and maybe it shouldn't even be in their top ten, but FORTY-SECOND? FUEL was voted higher that this, and that song isn't even all that great, while this one is awesome!

This is one of the best songs by far, can't believe it's listed in the 40s right now

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43 Metal Militia

I can't believe that trash metal like this is 83 and ordinary Metallica music like nothing else matter is in the first common its not real metalhead that vote here.

This cannot be true! By far one of the best tracks of the first album. Everyone, please help and get this track to the position it deserves! The opening of this track has been my favorite ringtone for years

One of my favorite, can't believe it's 93 it is better than that for sure!

This song just keeps blowing me away, every single time.

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44 No Leaf Clover

Incredulous! This song should be WAY higher... At least in the top 20. This song is one of 'em that a metal fan should never overlook. Amazing lyrics with an outstanding afterglow on life. "When it comes to being the soothing light at the end of your tunnel... Was just a freight train coming your way! " The best oxymoron you can get in my opinion. Flat out fantastic song

Just listen to the vocals, and if you don't get chills down U.spine, you clearly aren't much of a Metallica fan.

Great Lyrics, Great Solo, Great Rhythm, great feeling, great feating with symphony and with the best of James's vocals. This is great man!

Right now, this is at #44 and I'm disappointed with Metallica fans but, hey, it's Metallica, whatevs! - EliHbk

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45 Cyanide

VERY under-rated. One of the BEST from the new 'Death Magnetic' album.

This song is absolutely godly, breath taking riffs, brilliant chorus... Metallica at its very best!
Not to mention highly UNDERRATED

CYANIDE is the best piece of thrash metal anyone would ever listen to, but alas, many do not get such a luxury

This song is like illegally underrated. Same as all nightmare long. I way way too underrated. The band itself deserves way better.

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46 Phantom Lord

most musically advanced song on kill em' all

Definitely one of my favorite songs from Kill 'Em All, but why is it so low. 48th PLACE?! This deserves to be on the top 10. It should be 10: Battery 9: Sad But True 8: Hit The Lights 7: Creeping Death 6: The Unforgiven 5: Phantom Lord 4: Nothing Else Matters 3: For Whom The Bell Tolls 2: Fade To Black 1: Master of Puppets.

This songs shows the Real Metallica... Bring this up guys! 80s School Metallica.. The best ever!

Too low, for me:
1. One (without competition, head and shoulders above the rest)
2. Fade to Black
3. Enter Sandman
4. Unforgiven
5. Master of Puppets
6. Phantom Lord
7. Creeping Death
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls
9. Seek and Destroy
10. Orion
11. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
12. Ride The Lightning
13. Wherever I May Roam
14. Battery
15. Jump in the Fire
16. Call of Cthulhu
17. Sad but True
18. The Four Horseman
19. Metal Millitia
20. Hit The Lights

Honourable mentions:
The Thing That Should Not Be
...And Justice For All
To Live Is to Die

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47 Jump in the Fire

What this song should be at least top 20, one of the best dave mustain works with metallica and one of my favorite trash metal songs of all time

One of the best songs off of kill 'em all. Maybe the best.

The more I listen to this song the more it grows on me!

One of the most thrash songs they have

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48 Bleeding Me

My favorite off of Load! Why 44? Bleeding Me should be in my opinion the top 10's! This song is so awesome. I love singing to it. The solo is epic in this song! The S&M version is cool as well! Vote! - johnpaularguelles

Masterpiece! Great riffs, solos, lyrics, fantastic background guitar work. And just love how the song develops!

Maybe not their best song, but this is definitely one of Kirk's better solos. It is an incredibly emotional piece.

I love all their songs, but after listening to this with headphones and the S&M version too.. This song is just too damn good. help me bump this up to what I believe should be just below Fixxxer.

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49 I Disappear

Needs a mention is the top ten dudes. Far out man its heavy the last 43 seconds of the song is as equal to the last 2 1/2 min of the song One.

What a song and the ending is full on crazy. Metallica gives you heavy in this song.

Catchy! I could listen to this all day. The video is one of the best I've ever seen too!

Ok it's a phenomenal song but it's nowhere near one. But I love this song!

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50 Escape

Escape is a very deep song. If you listen to the lyrics you will set it on at least top 20 just my oppinion. Rate if you want to I don't care

Out for my own, out to get free, one with my mind, ages can't see

James hates this song. It was a dumbed down more mainstream song that they were forced to make. Only song from the first 4 albums that is worse than what they released afterwards.

The lyrics actually go.
Out for my own out to be free, one with my mind they just can't see, no need to hear things that they say, life's for my own to live my own way!

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51 Eye of the Beholder

Very underrated but it has the grooviest and coolest sound of any Metallica song. the dark lyrics mixed with a heavy beat definitely make this one the best.

58...58?! This is one of their best songs. Their most popular? Not even close. But its a damn fine song and should at least crack the top 20. Anyone who votes the day that never comes over this needs to have their ears checked.

Incredibly underrated. This song perfectly captures the essence of Metallica. Good intro, awesome rhythm, overall kick ass song

Best metallica song but metallica isn't that good

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52 The Outlaw Torn

Just an epically-amazing song, and is by far their most underrated song. The build-up, the amazing main riff, the bass carrying the verses, the Bridge that you can't help but sing with, and two great solos. What else could you ask for?

The best song on load and by far one of Metallica's most underrated songs. Amazing lyrics.

Awesome guitar solo by Kirk, great slow building riff, atmospheric background sounds

By far my favorite; a distant second is Fade To Black. - CostcoHotDogs

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53 The Shortest Straw

This song should be Top 3 easily. (With MoP and Battery)

The most underrated song in the most underrated album in the history of music that I can think of. "One" is the only well known song from "... And Justice For All", despite "The Shortest Straw" is WAY better from start to finish.

Most people don't seem to get the broken and ever changing pace of this song or it's riffs, but this has to be the most brilliant metal song of all times, considering how it breaks these most important rules of successful music and still works:

1) Uneven beat (both Tempo and Time signatures change multiple times)
2) Shaky harmonies (especially in the solo, which sounds awesome)
3) Short sections and alternating riffs (most of them refrain 3-4 times during the song)
4) Next to no traditional structural build up (except in the solo where the structure is pretty close to classic slow build up ascending towards the climax)

Trust me, once you understand the song, you will ...more

Why do people continue to appreciate only the most-known Metallica songs? I mean, now a man makes himself be called Metallica Fan because he really likes Master of Puppets, or Enter Sandman. There are lots of better songs, and these are really underrated: The Shortest Straw (fantastic lyrics, great solo), Metal Militia, The Call of Ktulu (how can thus masterpiece be in a lower position than Whiskey in the Jar?! ), all the great AJFA stuff, My Friend of Misery (one of the three songs Jason wrote), Through The Never, The God That Failed..

The best song off of their best album. Has everything that sums up how good Metallica got before they tried to appease everyone. So glad they returned to the style of "... And Justice For All" for "Death Magnetic"

Superb song!

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54 Of Wolf and Man

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Not even in the top 20? Who ever made this needs shooting, Sad But true should be higher up als

THE BEST SONG FROM BLACK ALBUM! Should say enough! Whenever I hear it I turn into a werewolf! Absolutely FANTASTIC song! Must be at least in TOP 10! Metallica fans, get it out of here! When the "refrain" start, I go WILD!

Extremely underrated song. It really should be higher than this, a lot higher. Obviously there are a lot of stand out tracks on the "Metallica" album but this is at least 3rd or 4th best behind "Enter Sandman, " "Nothing Else Matters" and "Sad But True" and maybe above "Wherever I May Roam" and the "Unforgiven"

This is one of the most underrated song in the black album. Seriously, should be ranked higher

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55 My Friend of Misery

. . . man this song is so under-rated. . . start listening people. . . good song - metallicman0012

Agreed, very underrated Metallica song. Lyrically it is for certain their best song. Also has some great guitar riffs. The lyrics... Are just amazing

This song is too damn underrated... Tis is a 'jason newsted' masterpiece... True metallica fans will love tis song..!

This song is my favorite. It should be in the top 20

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56 The End of the Line

Its 52...? It my favourite song from death magnetic... Awesome drum, vocals and every thing... Just great Metallica song... All songs of Metallica are awesome... I agree with this list but this song should be in top 10...

Momentum of the metal which works much.

Compositional quality? Check. Riffs? Check. Creativity? Check. Result: Perfect song

I've listened to this song and I think it's ok. It's around the 60ish area on my list.

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57 Suicide & Redemption

Really? 46? Come on folks this one's bleeding symphony! This song so efficiently represents the musical intellect Metallica has to offer. Beautifully constructed and love the way it builds up. All the instrumentals should be in the top 20 in my opinion.

10 minutes of thrash metal.. best of Metallica's riffs, and the solo is heavenly. for me it's in top 10s

Guitar and guitar only... This keeps me fully charged... This is the best Metallica song for me... Sometimes I forget to breathe while hearing this rocking composition...!

The number four instrumental in Metallica history in between the call of ktulu and to live is to die! The only major problem I have with this song is it's almost 10 minutes long!

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58 Mercyful Fate

A very awesome and a very underrated cover song. This song is one of my favorite cover songs from the Garage Inc. Album. Should be at least in the top 30's. Despite it being 11 minutes long, this song is still pretty awesome! Please vote!

Metallica has an uncanny knack for making great covers. This medley is very impressive, most notable the "Evil" part.

This song is just so awesome, powerful guitar riffs and amazing drums clearly top 10

It's not a Metallica song it's a cover shouldn't be on this list.

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59 Moth Into Flame Moth Into Flame

This is probably one of the best Metallica songs since...And Justice For All, and almost as good as some of the 80s Metallica songs, but I have a feeling that this will be the best song from the album, meaning that the album will probably be worse than Death Magnetic was.

Gotta say, this is the best Metallica song in a while. It may not be the best of all, but it still deserves the top 10. This is the Metallica that everyone knows. The lyrics tell a tale of a greed a fame, as if it were a moth addicted to light. The drums and the guitar make the song epic. This song needs more attention because it's a good song

Awesome man! I love this song. A masterpiece of metallica, classical thrash. This must top many metallica songs and will do better in the near future. This album would be better than anyone would think.

This my favourite song by any artist at the moment

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60 Some Kind of Monster

Some kind of monster is the evilest of the evil that Metallica usually use, to be fair I can understand why its not higher but it really should be around at least 30 or better really though 50? Monster deserves better

I can't believe that this fabulous song is in 51th place, when it supposed to be in 1rst place.

What these
People don't know real music when they hear it

It's gets annoying very quickly. It's around the 30-40ish spot on my list.

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2. One
3. The Four Horsemen
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