Best Traditional Heavy Metal Songs


The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

A lot of Iron Maiden songs deserve to be in this list. But Hallowed be thy name for the win!

Yeah, I'm a Metallica fanboy, but this song rightly deserves to be #1. It builds and builds and builds...epic track from Iron Maiden's greatest album.

I can spend my whole life with this guys music - the best band on earth. I love maiden - thanks for giving such a great music - Karthik Blore

2 Painkiller - Judas Priest
3 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
4 Stargazer - Rainbow

The way Blackmore uses the phyrigian dominant scale is crazy. He uses it to bring us back to the time of an Egyptian slave. Then, Dio's vocals bring us into the world of a man who worked his whole live for nothing when the man he was working for fails in his quest.

Epic. Dio and Blackmore killing it.

5 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
6 Holy Diver - Dio

Favorite is Hallowed be thy name but this comes really close and deserve top 3

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7 Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
8 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

This classic is longer than the poem that inspired it. Epic Maiden.

9 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
10 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The first metal song the world ever heard

The Newcomers

? Closer - Nine Inch Nails

The Contenders

11 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
12 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
13 Wasted Years - Iron Maiden

Yeah, love this one. It's not fantasy-themed, just a great, catchy track about no regrets and appreciating the moment.

14 Aces High - Iron Maiden
15 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
16 Battle Hymn - Manowar
17 Metal Heart - Accept
18 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
19 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden

Great vocal line, great guitars and bass. The drums are ok, but I could imagine rhythm and sound of drums if it was played by original and inventive Clive Burr R.I.P.

20 Ram It Down - Judas Priest
21 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
22 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath
23 Angel Witch - Angel Witch
24 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
25 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Of course it's traditional. It's 30-years old and thrash is 35-years old, which means thrash is more traditional than most forms of metal. Pfft!

It's Not Traditional Heavy Metal, it's thrash metal - Metal_Treasure


26 Primal Concrete Sledge - Pantera

Because never has the title of a song been so fitting. Dimebag killing it.

27 Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio

Orgasmic song - TonyIommiGod

28 Metal Gods - Judas Priest
29 Hell Patrol - Judas Priest
30 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
31 Am I Evil? - Diamond Head
32 Silent Jealousy - X-Japan
33 Back in Black - AC/DC

It's hard rock. Great hard rock, but hard rock nonetheless.

34 Cemetary Gates - Pantera
35 A Touch of Evil - Judas Priest
36 Gates of Babylon
37 July - Katatonia

This track is so heavy, so moving, and I never tire of it. Spine-tingling stuff from the excellent album The Great Cold Distance.

38 Ghost In the Machine - Like Thieves

Emotive and crushing from some of the best, though least known, going round. YouTube it.

39 Shadow Moses - Bring Me the Horizon

One of the most venomous and emotive metal tracks I've ever heard. Not even Korn could replicate this fury and these breakdowns. Traditional? Probably not.

40 Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath

Let's keep it traditional then, and keep the die-hards happy with some Sweet Leaf.

41 Children of the Damned - Iron Maiden


42 Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden

Man, Iron Maiden were the business on their first 5 classics, and this classic is just one of many.


43 Green Manalishi - Judas Priest

I think it's a cover, but they own it.

44 22 Acacia Avenue - Iron Maiden

My favourite track from NotB.

45 The Prisoner - Iron Maiden

Because of the killer opening and middle solos. Beast!

46 Purgatory - Iron Maiden
47 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden
48 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
49 Damage Inc. - Metallica

Because it's ferocious, technical, and brutalises every song on here - plus I'm sick of propping up Maiden fans.

50 Passenger - Deftones

Because the only reason to own Deftone's album White Pony is to have Maynard James Keenan whispering you into a false sense of security, then bring the house down with the best chorus he's ever written. Venomous!

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Top Remixes

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Stargazer - Rainbow
3. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden


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