Top 10 German Metal Songs of the 21st Century

German metal scene has always been among the strongest ones, dating back to the 70s with some of the first bands that experimented with metal - Lucifer's Friend and Scorpions.

German metal scene was also very good in the 80s and 90s - Kreator, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Sodom, Edguy, and many more.

In the 21st Century German bands are pretty good as well - some old bands are still great and some new ones got the attention of the metalheads. I made this list because the newer songs remain less known than the songs of the 20th century.

Traditionally, power metal is the strongest German subgenre but they are also good at extreme metal - mostly thrash metal and death metal.

The Top Ten

1 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

"Wheel of Time" is one of the most epic and powerful songs that Blind Guardian have ever produced, and considering the rest of their discography, that's saying a lot.

While all symphonic metal bands tend to be good in general, Blind Guardian nailed the symphonic metal subgenre. They also raised the bar and fully defined symphonic metal.
Symphonic elements aren't something new in Blind Guardian discography - they gradually started to include them in 1992, with the song Theatre Of Pain (bonus track version) - it was symphonic metal before Nightwish and all other new bands in the subgenre that emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s. - Metal_Treasure

2 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

I will never be able to choose between this one and Wheel Of Time. And I hesitated a lot (which one to put at #1). - Metal_Treasure

3 Mana - Equilibrium

One of the best instrumentals out there. - Metal_Treasure

4 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy
5 Septuagint - Obscura
6 Epitaph - Necrophagist
7 The Scarecrow - Avantasia
8 Enemy of God - Kreator

Kreator are a great band. And this song is very good, too. But I didn't put it very high because even though technically it's a 21st century song, it sounds pretty much like an 80s song (thrash hasn't changed much over time). I put higher songs that represent some newer developments. - Metal_Treasure

9 Strike - Primal Fear
10 Stabwound - Necrophagist

The Contenders

11 Tears of a Mandrake - Edguy
12 New Age Messiah - Edguy
13 Diluvium - Obscura

From their stellar 2018 album. - Metal_Treasure

14 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
15 Riding the Eagle - Primal Fear
16 Violent Revolution - Kreator
17 Blut Im Auge - Equilibrium
18 Shades of Death - Accept
19 The Throne - Blind Guardian
20 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian
21 Impaler - Paragon
22 All for One - Primal Fear
23 Phantom Antichrist - Kreator
24 Sacrifice - Edguy
25 Tanelorn (Into the Void) - Blind Guardian
26 The Eternal Wayfarer - Edguy
27 King for a Day - Primal Fear
28 Akroasis - Obscura
29 Let the Storm Descend Upon You - Avantasia
30 Ride Into Obsession - Blind Guardian
31 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian
32 Only Ash Remains - Necrophagist
33 Demons and Angels - Primal Fear
34 Universe Momentum - Obscura
35 Diabolus - Primal Fear
36 Weltseele - Obscura
37 Orbital Elements - Obscura

One of the most beautiful metal instrumentals of this century. - Metal_Treasure

38 Des Sàˆngers Fluch - Equilibrium
39 Ruf in Den Wind - Equilibrium
40 Save Us Now - Edguy
41 Der Sturm - Equilibrium
42 Velocity - Obscura
43 Vortex Omnivium - Obscura
44 The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian
45 Road to Asylum - Primal Fear
46 The Man (That I Don't Know) - Primal Fear
47 We Walk Without Fear - Primal Fear
48 Mysteria - Edguy

One of the best intro screams ever. - Metal_Treasure

49 Defenders of the Crown - Edguy
50 Battlefield - Blind Guardian
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