Best Traditional Heavy Metal Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden 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 Painkiller - Judas Priest
3 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden
4 Stargazer - Rainbow 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 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
6 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

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

7 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
8 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio V 1 Comment
9 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
10 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

The Newcomers

? Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC

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

The Contenders

11 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
12 Aces High - Iron Maiden Aces High - Iron Maiden
13 Rainbow in the Dark - Dio Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
14 Battle Hymn - Manowar Battle Hymn - Manowar
15 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
16 Metal Heart - Accept Metal Heart - Accept
17 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
18 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden 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.

19 Ram It Down - Judas Priest Ram It Down - Judas Priest
20 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
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1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Stargazer - Rainbow
3. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
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1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
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