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

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 Stabwound - 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 Tears of a Mandrake - Edguy

The Contenders

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

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

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

One of the best intro screams ever. - Metal_Treasure

47 Defenders of the Crown - Edguy
48 Battlefield - Blind Guardian
49 Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian
50 Revenge - Paragon
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