Best Songs From Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction

Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released on July 14, 1992 through Combat Records.

The Top Ten

1 Symphony of Destruction

BEST SONG! this is the best on the album, I love how it is so heavy! an epic song! - dragon13304

Awesome riff, vocals, Marty's solo - perfect song, nothing more to say.

So simplistic but het so complex. - me3p0

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2 Ashes in Your Mouth

This album, like most Megadeth records, starts with high quality material and it remains consistent until you get to this song, where it peaks. This song should be in everyone's top 10 Megadeth songs. The intro, the riffs, the solos, the harmonies, the bass lines, the drum outro, the lyrics... Everything is top notch. It lacks the popularity of Symphony or Sweating Bullets, but I don't know why. Maybe it's too good for some people?

Well, I must say that this song is great... but then all the songs are great. It's impossible to select a single one.

Very good solos and vocals, might be one of Dave's best. The overall message of the song is great too.


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3 Sweating Bullets

My favourite Megadeth song of all time!

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4 Skin O'My Teeth

"No escaping pain, you belong to me, clinging on to life, by the skin o' my teeth"

Just amazing and Dave Mustaine's vocals sound so awesome on this one

The thrashiest song on the album. And Symphony is overrated.

5 Countdown to Extinction

Much better than Symphony and Bullets! Just an amazing song about the extinction of animals. Great massage!

Symphony is my favorite, but this is my second favorite. Much better song than those above it on this list.

Countdown To Extinction is the best in my opinion and This was My Life is the second best.

One of the best megadeth songs countdown to extinction!

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6 Foreclosure of a Dream

This song is fantastic! I haven't listened to this album in ages. I really need to come back to it. - IronSabbathPriest

Very underrated great riff and lyrics

7 Psychotron

All the best songs are the lowest rated. Only song I don't like very much from the album is symphony of destruction. Ridiculously overrated.

Yes! This song is awesome! They should play this live more often.

8 Architecture of Aggression

Not my favourite but I'm voting to put it above Psychotron. - IronSabbathPriest

It is my number 1 of this album, killer riffs!

Mhh, number 10? Can't believe Psychotron is higher... This has a very powerful riff all through the song!

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9 Captive Honour

Great song, and the voice-over was hilarious! Especially, "Boy, your soul better belong to Jesus, because your ass belongs to me! " Then the lyrics go on about being sodomized in prison. The riffs are also quite fun too.

An awesome song. So so underrated. Listen to it, you won't regret it, and listen to architecture of agression.

10 This Was My Life

I absolutely love this bloody song, the guitar is always doing something special not just powerchords, brilliance.

The Contenders

11 High Speed Dirt

This song is a fun listen! Epic lyrics about skydiving accompany kicking riffs. Especially Marty Friedman's clean solo!

This one it's better than the other songs of the disc but it so unknowed and in my opinion it's THE MOST OVERRATED METAL SONG OF HISTORY

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12 Crown of Worms

love this song, it's top 5 on the album for me - Derrick_Fox

1. Captive Honour
2. Crown of Worms (was listed last so had to vote for it) - FinLode

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2. Ashes in Your Mouth
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2. Foreclosure of a Dream
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