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 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica

A masterpiece it should have been number 1

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3 The Judas Kiss - Metallica The Judas Kiss - Metallica
4 Fade to Black - Metallica 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.

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

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

The Contenders

11 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

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12 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold 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.

13 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath 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!

14 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Iron Maiden
15 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica

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

16 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
17 Psychosocial - Slipknot Psychosocial - Slipknot
18 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

19 Megalovania - Toby Fox
20 One - Metallica One - Metallica
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