Greatest Heavy Metal Songs Since 1980

This list contains songs which have defined this genre over the years... everyone is welcome to add any other song of their choice...

The Top Ten

1 The Judas Kiss - Metallica

The best piece of metal music... Givs you the "gt outta my way" attitude

2 Fade to Black - Metallica

My favourite song of all time! Amazing intro leads into an amazing riff with perfect vocals and story behind it. The ending and outro has the best solo in metal history in my opinion! - dragon13304

Nirvana is in no way metal, but metallica is! Fade to black perfection, enough said.

3 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
5 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
6 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
7 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
8 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

Greatest metal riff after Smoke On The Water, and the lyrics are for Nobel award. Great heavy metal attitude.

9 Master of Puppets - Metallica

The Judas' Kiss 2nd? Hahaaahahaa

What the... Wow...
SWEET CHILD O' MINE IS NOT METAL!
The softest rock track on Appetite, and people are calling it metal...

10 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

THIS SONG HAS THE AWESOME AND THE AWESOME RHYTHM OF A GREAT BAND. THIS SONG IS AWESOME.
WHENEVER HEAR THIS SONG MY BLOOD STARTS TO RAGE.
THE WAY THIS SONG STARTS IS AWESOME BUT AS IT CARRIES ON AND ENDS IS SIMPLY MESMERISING.

The Newcomers

? The Unforgiven - Metallica

A masterpiece it should have been number 1

Finally this songs some where my favorite metal song sadly underrated :(

? Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

I honestly can't believe that people put on this list bands like Nirvana or Guns and Roses, can anyone then when these 2 bands became metal?! People, Black Sabbath is and always will be THE best metal band ever! And this song will always be a metal anthem. From Ronnie's incredible singing to Iommi's LEGENDERY guitar riff, this is by far the best metal song ever!

12 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden
13 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

The intro and all the solos from this song are absolutely amazing!

14 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
15 Psychosocial - Slipknot
16 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Theses) - Marilyn Manson

I know it's a cover but it put him on the map as a metal artist

17 Megalovania - Toby Fox
18 One - Metallica
19 Raining Blood - Slayer
20 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
21 Panama - Van Halen
22 Unchained - Van Halen
23 Everybody Wants Some!! - Van Halen
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