Greatest Judas Priest Songs

The Top Ten
1 Painkiller Painkiller Cover Art

One of judas priests greatest songs It's got the best guitar solo and best drum Performance I think the painkiller album is also the best
Here's Probably what my top 10 looks like
1. Touch of evil
2. The sentinel
3. Painkiller
4. Ram it down
5. All guns blazing
6. Metal meltdown
7. Freewheel burnin
8. Blood red skies
9. Night crawler
10. Victim of changes

Love this song. Brilliant drum solo from Scott Travis to kick it all off, with Rob Halford's vocal range, Ian Hill's bass and Glenn Tipton and KK Downing teaming up together as guitarists to make the song aggressive makes it a inch-perfect song. I think this is one of the last great heavy metal classics, Painkiller.

Best song hands down for Judas Priest. If your looking to get into this band then this is the song to start with. It's got everything a good metal song should have. This song isn't just one of Judas Priest most epic songs. Its one of the most epic metal songs of all time.

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

2 Beyond the Realms of Death Beyond the Realms of Death Cover Art

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.

Always been my favorite. Profound lyrics anyone can relate to, its tempo changes along with the subject matter, and the solo is the best. It conveys so much feeling, emotion, and depth. It takes one from sadness to anger then leaves you inspired. Brilliant.

Maybe this is not song, which I like most, but it became a basis for all power ballads by Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth etc. This is first real power ballad and that is the reason, why my vote come to it

This song made me become a Judas Priest Lover... This is also the first song I've ever heard from Judas Priest... Fade to Black and this song are so Similar...

3 Breaking the Law Breaking the Law Cover Art

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!

Even though this song is rather simple (I can play it and I've only been playing for a few months) it's still a classic that deserves a high spot. By the way, hell bent for leather should be way higher than 12.

Judas priest man, tough decision. One thing I can say for sure, WATCH THE VIDEO. Just watch it... holding hostages with guitars... This song just rocks man.

I am 1,000,000% sure this is the greatest Judas Priest song. Just listen to the solo and the opening and the amazing vocals.

4 Electric Eye Electric Eye Cover Art

This song is about how governments spy on their citizens, putting an end to privacy and freedom. The moral of the story: We need censorship and mass surveillance to "keep the country clean".

This is what heavy metal should be - awesome song with some fantastic riffs and lots of energy. It's the song that got me into Priest. In fact the whole Screaming for Vengeance album is brilliant (and so is Defenders of the Faith).

The Hellion Intro 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.

JP has its full electric metal sound polished on this one with a great driving beat. Great riff and a nice bridge towards the end to close it out. I usually listen to Bloodstone & Riding on the Wind after this one - which has another great bridge in it.

5 Victim of Changes Victim of Changes Cover Art

The live version is better than the version on Sad Wings Of Destiny (also my favorite 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)

This is not even the number 1 song of Judas, but also of the rock world. The song demonstrate pleasing vocal, emotion as well as the top guitar solo. This song couraged the listing as well. My view that this song encompasses all the things that a hard rock metal rock listener want from band.

This song is a stand out in Priest's catalogue. One of my favorites. Picking one song is tough they have do many great songs. They are icons of metal. And continue to put out quality tunes.

Absolutely LOVE this song (although PainKiller is my ultimate #1), great intro and lyrics by Halford make this song incredible, along with the drumming. My Top 5:

1. PainKiller
2. Electric Eye
3. Victim of Changes
4. You've Got Another Thing Comin
5. Living After Midnight

6 You've Got Another Thing Comin' You've Got Another Thing Comin' Cover Art

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.

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'!

This song got me into judas priest...
First heard it on Grand Theft Auto vice city...
Definitely it deserves to be in top 5

7 The Sentinel The Sentinel Cover Art

I wonder why this song isn't on 1. This Song is just epic. IT's heavy, the lyrics are awesome, and it sounds perfectly. This is how a HM Song has to be. AWESOME! Not even more or less. Judas Priest is in my opninion one of the best bands in the world. And this is the best song of the band.

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! "

What to say about this true masterpiece of a song! It has it all, great riffery, amazing solos, great story about a real bad ass soldier gone awol to avenge his war fallen friends.Halford nails the lyrics! good drumming and good bass. This is what a very high standard of heavy metal song sounds like! Should be number 1

Love this song it truly is a priest masterpiece, the fact that it's not mainstream priest makes it even better! Great lyrics, killer riffery, fantastic solos and good Base and drums. Priest at their very best! Should be number 1

8 Living After Midnight Living After Midnight Cover Art

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.

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

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

Another catchy Priest song who Everybody Knows!

9 Screaming for Vengeance Screaming for Vengeance Cover Art

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.

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

10 Hell Bent for Leather Hell Bent for Leather Cover Art

I do think most of their 70s albums had their best songs. This list should be filled with their 70s output, other than painkiller.

One of the greatest solo ever.

Just a great tune,has everything,attitude melody etc.

kick ass motorcycle song hell bent hell bent for leather!

The Contenders
11 Turbo Lover Turbo Lover Cover Art

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!

Everything's great, the pacing, the instruments, the vocals, the mix between the two, the progression, and the enjoyment. While different from most Judas Priest songs, it is still a timeless classic to remember.

Why is this song 12th?! It's their 2nd best song.
My top 10:
1) Painkiller
2) Turbo Lover
3) Electric Eye
4) Breaking The Law
5) Beyond The Realms Of Death
6) Victim Of Changes
7) Sinner
8) You've Got Another Thing Comin'
9) The Sentinel
10) A Touch Of Evil

Love the slow build up the rhythm, great song. This song need's to be at least on the podium of priest songs., just as I need to listen to this in a fast car, again and again.

12 Blood Red Skies Blood Red Skies Cover Art

Blood Red Skies, Victim of Changes, Dreamer Deceiver, The Sentinel, A Touch of Evil are in my opinion in top line of Judas Priest. Particullary speaking about Blood Red Skies, this song may prove Rob Halford as the most complete heavy metal vocalist ever. Lyric voice, metal voice, medium tones, very very high tones (perhaps it was missing only the baritonal tones from the first part of Dreamer Deceiver and all would have been 100% complete). Like a very well rounded fighter :)... no weaknesses.

I didn't use to know the song untill some days ago. Such epicness is matchless with any other rock or metal song I've ever heard. I invite you to read lyrics while listening to it: you'll be brought there, and become that future legend by dying. It's fantastic. Really, maybe almost unknown, but their best in my opinion and not only mine - 'bet a lot will underwrite it.

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

13 A Touch of Evil A Touch of Evil Cover Art

The best Priest song. Every part RIPS, particularly Halford, beginning with menacingly disarming vocals, and later escalating to what I think are his absolute best screaming soars of passionate triumph in any Priest song to date. The ending passages will never fail in making the hairs rise from my neck each listen-through.


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.

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..

My favorite Judas Priest song ever, should be in the top 5 at least. Halford really reach the heaven on this one.

14 Dreamer Deceiver Dreamer Deceiver Cover Art

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.

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.

This is just plain awesome! Judas Priest just couldn't get any awesomer! Especially the part where Halford goes crazy high and the solo that follows it!

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

15 Night Crawler Night Crawler Cover Art

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

And now what?
This is an excellent song, feel the electric guitar grinding the hell into pieces, awesome vocals corresponding the drums... and of course I won't say a thing just try qnd you see.

I hate working out, but this song keeps me running on the treadmill. I am literally headbanging while running! The guitar and vocals just fit so perfectly together, giving an energenic and emotional vibe at the same time.

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.

16 Freewheel Burning Freewheel Burning Cover Art

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

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

17 Judas Rising Judas Rising Cover Art

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.

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.

It's a pity this song is 15th. It is easily one of Priest's most anthemic songs, with an iconic intro, relentless verses, and a perfect build-up to what is by far, Priest's most definitive chorus. The greatness of Judas Priest's sonic abilities culminated into one out-of-this-world track. Easily my favourite. Give it a listen. It will be yours too.

This is the great song from legendary band... & I must tell you that I listen to this song 5 times a day... This song make me insane... I just forgrt my self during this song... One of the most heaviest song I ever listen... I love judas priest... Hail to then for this song

18 Exciter Exciter Cover Art

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.

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

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

Amazing and great to sing along to! One of the first songs I heard of JP and been a fan ever since!

19 Hellrider Hellrider Cover Art

Judas Priest came back to the metal scene swinging with this song. All the others needed to know that Judas Priest always will be the kings of metal. Amazing song, the guitar riff I too is immaculate, Halford's vocals are terrifying and the drums are incredible.

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.

After all the songs from painkiller this is their best song! Amazing riff, powerful, fast, simply amazing song, it deserves a better position!

20 One Shot at Glory One Shot at Glory Cover Art

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

I discovered JP with this song, it's the definition of awesomeness.

Seriously? This is not top 5 seriously?

Such a awesome song

21 Metal Gods Metal Gods Cover Art

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! )

This song has been played at every priest show I saw, and the crowd totally was into it! singing every chorus.

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

I'm shocked! This Masterpiece at #34!?! Easily top 10, if not top 5!

22 Sinner Sinner Cover Art

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.

Way way too far down on this list

23 The Green Manalishi The Green Manalishi Cover Art

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

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

Very underrated, all Judas Priest fans recognize this one!

Can't believe this isn't in the top ten! Love the live version on UITE.

24 Heading Out to the Highway Heading Out to the Highway Cover Art

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.

Well finally its in the top 20

Hot rocking' is better

25 Dissident Aggressor Dissident Aggressor Cover Art

This is why I love early metal! Great Chords, Drum-Work is brilliant and the guitars screaming through the song! Awesome!

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.

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