Greatest Judas Priest Songs


The Top Ten

1 Painkiller

This is a musical masterpiece. Rob Halford may have done if the best lyrics in any song. Nobody should forget the classics like Iron Maiden Black Sabbath Metallica Megadeth and so on

This song deserves to be in first place I had never heard a better 1st solo in my life.

The of fastest and heaviest song judas priest song

Most epic metal song ever. The first solo is one of the greatest I have ever heard! - Userguy44

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2 Beyond the Realms of Death

Beautiful beyond belief and far superior to Painkiller. - CaptDeadeye

Two awesome solos supporting strong lyrics makes it a masterpiece.

I personally find this track to be the band's Masterpiece. So much of Priest's work is overlooked by the fans, in favour of their more well known, more "metal" tracks. But this is Classic, and so very distinctly; Priest.

I was never into Metal for the Headbanging. I was in it for the great writing, and lucrative sound. The sound envelops you, and delves into your being. A trait born from the history of Psychedelic/Blue Rock; a Precursor to Heavy Metal.

The lyrics in this song are devastatingly good. And everything else is nearly as good.

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3 Breaking the Law

MASSIVE Judas fan and this is by far the best song to rock out to with friends as well as a strong vocal performance from Halford supported by a great rift combo of KK and Glenn

I really feel like playing this at maximum volume. Great song. So is Hell Bent For Leather. - Britgirl

This is one those short-metal-songs that get's the job done. Pure guitar & vocals sync. It should be 2nd.

You people have obviously not heard any other Judas Priest songs. With choices like Saints In Hell, Victim Of Changes, and Screaming For Vengeance to name a few, you vote for Breakin The Law? DANCE TO THE TUNE? I'm gonna be sick!

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4 Electric Eye

We need the Hellion to "keep the country clean"!

This song gives the listener a huge understanding of the metal in the song just the best metal song of priest and rob's voice unbelievable.

The Hellion Intro is just gives you those heavy metal vibes that shows you what Judas Priest is all about. After The Hellion, This kick-ass electric sound comes in and and you get the sudden urge to headbang! It defines Heavy Metal.

This song is the quintessential JP song. They play it at every concert, usually the first song along with the Hellion. Pure genius!

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5 Victim of Changes

The live version is better than the version on Sad Wings Of Destiny (also my fav JP album), but even that one is better than all their others. My List:

1. Victim Of Changes (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
2. Beyond The Realms Of Death (Stained Class)
3. Electric Eye (Screaming For Vengeance)
4. Painkiller (Painkiller)
5. You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Screaming For Vengeance)
6. Revolution (Angel Of Retribution)
7. Dreamer Deceiver (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
8. Breaking The Law (British Steel)
9. The Ripper (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
10. Screaming For Vengeance (Screaming For Vengeance)

2nd only to The Sentinel and I will fight any who disagree. - CaptDeadeye


Great drums, guitar rythmn, vocals, and length. One of Judas Priest finest works.

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6 You've Got Another Thing Comin'

All songs in the list are great, this is the first judas priest song that I heard, in the Grand Theft Auto vice city radio station and I love it

The whole Screaming for Vengeance album is great, but this one really stands out! It is Priest's best, most enduring metal anthem. If you disagree... You've got another think comin'!

I love this song but it's only second to 'Beyond the Realms of Death'. But 'You've Got Another Thing Comin' still needs to be in the top 5! It has a more mainstream sound but loses none of the grit and toughness associated with Priest and metal in general. Riff has gotta be the best specific part of the song for me, quickly chugging the song forward, but is also super catchy... EXCEPT for the bridge: "In this world we're livin' in we have our share of sorrow," Amazing vocals by Halford, he puts so much emotion in those two lines and at such a high pitch. Makes me sing along every time!

Downing and Tipton are perfection. Their guitars propel this song into my all-time number one spot. I never cease to be overwhelmed with emotion each time the opening chords shatter the silence. I love this song.

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7 The Sentinel

I really don't think my father knew what to say when he found his daughter in her little floral dress aged 10 and rocking out to this... Definitely proud.

Greatest Judas Priest song ever! - CaptDeadeye

This dying to meet you and ram it down are my top three priest songs.

This is my personal favorite, makes me raise my fist every single time, hearing the war cry of the metal god himself!, while I love the other songs, I have to admit from the rhythmn, to the guitar solos, lyrics and overall presence. I can only say "All Fear The Sentinel! "

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8 Living After Midnight

Just a great uplifting Rock n Roll anthem!

I love this song. It's a perfect song to listen to if you're out in the woods partying with buddies at 120 at night. I like this song so much, I consider it my theme song, since I like to stay up late at night anyway. Off the record I think it's an awesome song for powerful drug dealer's, like tony montana (yes I know, he's fictional) I think it's a good song for any human spirit.

Great rhythm, great guitars and super vocals - a famous masterpiece!

Live version in Seminole arena... Just amazing. I love Scott Travis he is a very fast drummer.

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9 Screaming for Vengeance

We know there are a lot of frontmen out there who can scream, but for Halford it's an art and this song, well the title speaks for itself! Awesome!

The album and song that my friend played for me that got me into Priest in 83. Still my favorite Priest album overall.

A heavy and speedy song. Excellent playing all round. - IronSabbathPriest

No one does this? Really? This song, the intro is the equivelent to painkiller!

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10 Hell Bent for Leather

kick ass motorcycle song hell bent hell bent for leather!


One of the greatest solo ever.

This below "Living After Midnight"?

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The Contenders

11 A Touch of Evil

One of the best songs ever made

This is a metal masterpiece... A touch of god JUDAS PRIEST are the best! This song is so underrated it must be at least in the top 3.. The guitar solos are incredible..

TOP 3 FOR SURE... METAL MASTERCLASS... Great composition by Judas Priest
One of the best song they have

Best song they have. Very energetic and full of power. Better than breaking the law for sure, that's such a dumb (musically) song, I think this is a bit more complex, as the hole painkiller album is, so I preffer it much more.

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12 Turbo Lover

Probably a little corny but this song is fun and I just like it. They have other great songs but this one is fun.

Ok. Turbo Lover is good but probably out of their top 20. Most of the hard core Priest fans would most likely agree. Casual fans like this one. They did some experimenting here after Defenders and then hit the nail on the head with Painkiller!

Good song Iguess

Love the mood of this song. Deep combination of machinery & atmospheric sounds. You literally dive into this song.

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13 Night Crawler

I heard this song when Beast in Black used it as their intro and it became my favourite song from Judas Priest.

First time listening I was very impressed with the chorus Riff! Great song overall! Gets my vote for sure!

I think this is not a song because judas priest legendary band. nightcrawler music, guitar, vocalist is so horror most of the horror film I watched but I cannot scared but nightcrawler I scared. I don, t know what kind of band they are make. One last thing judas priest is the metal of god. Judas priest is the essential for a music. judas priest is different from another band. iron maiden also making a horror band but it cannot be make like a judas priest because judas priest druming, guitar very original and different from other. In earth no body can touch to judas priest in band. You are metal god. I think born to known the world what is music. In whatever topic you make it is legendry. I think you are the end of a music and you are god of metal

I feel like you meant to say a lot of positive stuff, but I can't exactly tell, so I'm not going to vote your comment up or down - dubsinthetubs

I am giving this my vote because I feel it should be in the top ten. Some of the best metal riffing I've ever heard. It's ageless.

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14 Blood Red Skies

Definitely in the top 10 JP songs. It's a gem from the mediocre Ram it Down album.

Cause its on ram it down not many have heard this, but they played it on their epitaph tour and was one of the highlights of the night, anyone who calls themselves a priest fan has to know this song.

This song screams epicness. Literally, Halford's voice is so intense. Whenever I listen to this song, I feel I can do anything. For me personally this is number 1. It should at least be in the top 5 though

What the hell is this song doing so low down? This has to be one of the best song of JP. Such awesomeness, such an epic song. Hell yes m/

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15 Dreamer Deceiver

.it must be in top 10.this song...this song...oh I can't tell anything about it just listen and vote!

Not just a great song by a great metal band, but a brilliant song on every level. The vocal qualities Halford exhibits in this song, the sheer range, and the transition between a clear, beautiful voice and an artful sneer make this song a classic.

While Painkiller has the awesomest guitar solo ever recorded, this song has the best singing in any metal song ever. Rob Halford is incredible.

What a haunting song, this one is similar to Beyond The Realms of Death. Same atmosphere, similar tone, similar and both underrated guitar solo by Glenn Tipton.

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16 Freewheel Burning

I had memorized the lyrics to this song way back in high school. (from listening to it so much.- had written down the words to it on the inside cover of probably multiple text books) This one is "FAST AND FURIOUS" to say the least!

To me, this is THE quintessential JP song. If this one doesn't make you feel alive, nothing ever will. I got a speeding ticket last Sunday because of it, I'll say no more, lol

Come on! 15?! Get your stuff right people! Sure, painkiller, breaking the law, the sentinel, and all those are great too, don't get me wrong, but this is the first Judas Priest song that when I heard the first time, I was truly blown away by the guitars, the vocals, and everything. This song is exciting, has wonderful instrumental skills, and is undoubtedly one of the Judas Priest's very best songs! Vote up people!

First song on defenders of the faith if this song didn't exist I wouldn't has the best riffs and chorus There is a way that when I listen to this son it takes over me Oh and it has the best music video Nothing in the world could make this song better than it already is. Thank You - macrox16

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17 Judas Rising

This is absolutely the best JP song during post-Owens era.

Yeah, this song, Demonizer and Angel the top 3 songs on this album followed by Hellrider.

What's wrong with this list, putting Judas Rising here?! This song is the epitome of heavy metal. Brash, insanely fast, divine riffs... Everything about this song is pure genius. This is by far one of their best songs. It's just so damn heavy! Please, allow your ears the privilege of listening to this, and THEN vote. Cause this is DEFINITELY better than almost the entire top 10.

Oh my, Judas Rising rotting here?! The ultimate Judas Priest song with the most epic riffs, heaviest beats, most energetic vocals and the BEST chorus of all time is placed 16th?! This is the biggest insult to Judas Priest and their insane album 'Angel Of Retribution' that's one of the most legendary metal albums ever.
And Angel is 13th?! Another shocker! The Metal Gods are not pleased, enough said.

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18 Exciter

Judas Priest at their finest

If Black Sabbath's Symptom of the Universe wasn't the seed of thrash metal, than this certainly was. - joshapkin

Awesome song with great vocals, guitars, and killer, lightning fast drums. This song was also a huge influence on thrash metal, along with songs like overkill and symptom of the universe.

Such a masterpiece from Stained Class! Can't believe it's 20th. Deserves to be top 10 if not top 5 for sure

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19 Hellrider

This song MUST and SHOULD be within TOP 5 of the best Judas priest songs,mY favourite are
1)Electric eye
2)Hell rider
3)Halls of valhalla
4)Breaking the law

Second to only Painkiller. The best opening to any song I have ever heard. The riff paralyses me. Incredible heavy metal masterpiece from the fathers of twin guitar metal. It doesn't get any better than this so mystified why it is not in the Top 10?

Craziest solo; truly utilizes the full potential of the unstoppable duo; Glenn Tipton and KK Downing. They are THE best guitarists out there. Who says they're retired? Their titles certainly aren't.

This and Painkiller are the epitome of pure, raw and unstoppable Priest.

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20 Blood Stained

Are you crazy? This song is pure metal! I Love it!

My favourite song with Tim Owens. - IronSabbathPriest

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21 Metal Gods

Perfect title for who Priest are. Black Sabbath might be the Pioneers of Metal but Priest perfected it! (Don't get me wrong I love Sabbath too! )

What Judas Priest was named for. Just awesome.

This is Rob Halford's Auto Biography - SoldierOfFortune

Underrated. Second best Judas Priest song, only behind Freewheel Burning.

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22 All Guns Blazing

Seriously? This song is the best Priest song along with Painkiller. How come it is rotting here? This song along with Painkiller define heavy metal to me.

How is this song not on the top 10 list it's awesome it's got a great solo and the begin is great and when it gets all slow near the end is fantastic this is my 4th favorite song by JP it really is one of the best songs if you think about it

This songs is absolutely mad, fast and crazy. Should definitely be at least top 20 - BeeBlue

Wicked song, no doubt the heaviest song JP has, this epitomizes thrash, just a beat you down wicked beat that makes you want to break your own neck headbanging. Its

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23 One Shot at Glory

Such a awesome song

Lil' bit power metal

The vocals are top notch. Most underrated Priest song that I can think of - TermonatorT888

What!? No 23? No 1

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24 The Green Manalishi

This is actually my favourite priest song. I love The diamonds and rust cover as well and would rank it in my top 10.

Very underrated, all Judas Priest fans recognize this one!

Super Underrated, but it's a cover so maybe that's why it's so low - SoldierOfFortune

This is the ultimate priest song

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25 Dissident Aggressor

Such an underrated song. Halford's amazing performance, never more playful, such great contrasting. And KK's and Tipton's riffs are again simple yet incredibly catchy. Just give it a listen, people. Won't regret it

The origin of true heavy metal. Priest at its finest.

Heavier than anything to come for years. Truly awesome, especially with the impact of 17-year-old session drummer Simon Phillips.

Its really good, I just think the slayer version is better

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26 Heading Out to the Highway

Definitely a great Priest song. The live version is amazing! We know why Halford is one of the most respected frontmen in the biz!

This song is the best, especially when I’m leaving work or going on vacation.

Awesome power riffs by Glen Tipton and Rob Halford 's scorching vocals make this one of the all-time Priest classics!

One of their best songs with an amazing chorus it deserves it's place on the list.

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27 Some Heads are Gonna Roll

Has a massively heavy riff in the chorus and builds you up for it masterfully.

This is #1 for me!

No way #40? This song must be higher

Oh come on, this song should be up there! Not one of the most popular ones, but really, its one of the best in my opinion.

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28 Sinner

Just a classic Priest Beast tune can't help but think diamonds and rust though when speaking about the sinner. The Sinner is another beauty when played live just checkout unleashed in the east to hear what I'm talking about. - writeitdown1

Way way too far down on this list

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29 Death Row
30 Out in the Cold

How is this at 50?!?!? The beginning is so epic. Robs voice is so great on this track. The keyboards always give a chill down my spine. This song is comparable to Dio's Holy diver, same style and same amount of awesome!

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31 Metal Meltdown

That intro is sheer brilliance - V4noM

Awesome song, this should be in the top 10. - Metarock

this song is so brutal, especially when Rob sings'Here comes the MEtal Meltdown" awesommeuh

believe, you gonna like the intro; any great metaller would like it!
this song was the first I heard from them, and all the song is great! - rock2metal

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32 Stained Class

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33 Cathedral Spires Cathedral Spires

This song is very good - it's underrated just because Tim Ripper sang it. And Tim is overHated. He's a very good singer. - Metal_Treasure

Absolute epic masterpiece. With this song, Tim Owens has made his contribution to the band worthwhile.

It's a masterpiece! It should be at least in the top 30.

This should be in the top 10 at least - christangrant

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34 United

My favorite song of Judas Priest! From my favorite album! (british steel). Also this song needs in the top 10 in my opinion.

what a chorus and so corny - wolphert

It's my my favourite Judas Preist song, and one of my favourite all time songs.

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35 The Ripper

This needs to be higher. People need to start actually listening to JP songs and not just recycling "Breaking the Law" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming"... Songs that get so much air-time because of how poppy they are. This song makes you uncomfortable, and it's fantastic

They aren't poppy, they are just overplayed. They have good riffs but listening to them over and over again makes it a bit annoying, like Iron Man - SoldierOfFortune

Dude you have to be kidding. This song is amazing and it's no even on the list?

What in the world?!?! This is an absolutely top 10 with no doubt!

It's way better then "Breaking the Law" and "Painkiller" - hype

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36 Saints In Hell

This song is absolutely perfect! Stained class is the best album by Priest and this is the best song on the record!

Absolute top 10! Top 5 even for me!

Should be top ten! Love everything Judas, but this list has me baffled. If your knowledge of J.P. is strictly radio play (and I believe that's most of the people voting here) you are ruining this top ten for us true PRIEST fans!

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37 Nostradamus

This should at least be in the top 15.

The operatic vocals and the great instrumental parts make this song one of the best from Judas Priest.

An extremely underrated song from an extremely underrated album

Whenever I play a song from this album, everyone loves it! (no matter what they listen to)! - ShahryRKnoT

Best their song!

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38 Halls of Valhalla

This song shocked me when I heard it. This album is like Painkiller volume 2 - Sabbath

That scream! Hopefully with more hindsight this song (and album) will grow in acclaim.

Needs to be much higher than 75.. Definitely in the top 15.

Holy crap is this song underrated! - DoctorDigiorno

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39 (Take These) Chains

A good catchy song.

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40 Ram It Down

How is this song so low on the list? The album wasnt all that great, but this song is so amazing! The guitar is absolutely fantastic! The vocals are so great, and that solo is just so, I can't even describe it, oh my god! Drum machine or not, this song has to be one of my favorite priest songs of all time

Get this song to number 1! Greatest guitar duel in metal history!

Defniantly underrated song one of my favorite songs by judas priest and has a amazing solo plus great lyrics

Ram it the #&%^@ down! This song is great. It's really underrated too, just like "Riding on the Wind" and "One Shot at Glory". Yeah... There's nothing quite like Judas Priest :D

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41 Diamonds and Rust

Top 10 easily

One of the best Priest songs even it is a cover should be in the top ten.

Great it priest rocks...

No way, this is top 10 for sure!

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42 Angel

A powerful ballad for sure. Put this one on your playlist!

Why on earth is this song #30?

Just awesome... I agree whit the other comments, it should definitely be on the top 10 of the list.. You actually can feel the song inside you..

Awesome song! It draws you in and makes you believe there is your own angel saviour up there in the heavens!
One of my all time favourite son

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43 Between the Hammer & the Anvil

This song is so good and intance! The riffs, the guitar solos, the drums, everything is just perfect with this song! Should be higher! - RogerMcBaloney

Are you guys kidding? This is one of my favorite songs of all time, not just in Judas Priest discography. The vocals are amazing and the solo is hands down one of their best, one of the most epic songs of all time.

SHOCKED to see this song so low! It's such a powerful song; second only to Beyond the Realms of Death in my list of Priest songs.

This song gave me chills down my s🅱️Ine the first time I listened to it.

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44 Lightning Strike

One of the catchiest songs I've ever heard - Peppapigsucks

It's good but Traitors Gate probably better. Don't forget Necromancer too...
Priest knocked it out of the park with this album. In the top 5 for me with Screaming and Painkiller leading the way.

Hell of a song

This song is from their 2018 album and we are in january 2019 and it's already 49 I'm sorry for painkiller and breaking the law but in 50 years this judas priest's best song

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45 Better by You, Better Than Me

Love this song! - V4noM

Judas Priest actually had to go to court for supposed subliminal messages in the song.

It must be higher! judas priest 70s best

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46 Prisoner of Your Eyes

The best song in my opinion

So underrated but so beautiful and with an amazing solo!

Should be in top 20.

One of the absolute best 80's ballads ever!

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47 Genocide

Pure, raw original metal from Judas Priest, Genocide is undoubtedly one of their best.

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48 Firepower Firepower

Best song ever! - Peppapigsucks

Rob Halford's voice is ageless. He sounds just as good today as he did forty years ago.

The new album kicks ass, best Priest album of the century!

A kickass opener to one of the greatest albums of the 10s. A new lease of life for Priest.

49 Riding on the Wind

Definitely underrated it should be top 40 on the list I like the intro

Absolutely top ten. No need to argue


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