Greatest Metallica Riffs


The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets

This song, fade to black, Through the never, sad but true, and Enter sandman are my favorite Metallica Songs. They are my favorite band. I love Metallica!

Ok, I agree this is the best, but where's Orion! It deserves to be in this list, it's an epic riff by Cliff Burton

I can listen to this over a thousand times and still not get bored of it.

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2 Fade to Black

Disposable Heroes by far has the best bass riffs ever, but Fade To Black has completely angelic riffs. I cannot stop listening to this song for those acoustic riffs.

The music really speaks to me, when I hear fade to black it strikes a chord deep inside of my soul, almost as if the song was written about me, as though "Metallica" wrote the song for me..

Although Master and Blackened are really fast and heavy, I'd have to say this one wins it for me. It's just so amazing!

This Ballad is one of the best, but I still think the best is One. Howewver, the bass, the guitars and the drum are very good for this song.

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3 One One

My favourite by miles! But I am a romantic.

4 For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls

This is by far one of the most epic Metallica riffs. The riff as a really evil and heavy sound to it. and you can't beat the bass solo at the begginning.

This is the best riff ever, despite I don't think that this is my favourite song... Forever FTBT!

5 Battery

this song kicks ass they shred the guitar with some kick ass solo's this songs should at least be #2

6 Blackened

unstoppable is the only word that comes to my mind when I listen to this riff

The main riff in Blackened is my favorite riff of all time... by anyone!

7 Ride the Lightning Ride the Lightning

Oh come on! This has one of Metallica's most epic intros as well as one of their best solos!

Amazing intro, amazing solo, amazing lyrics... amazing song. Before vote for master of puppets or enter sandman, listen all this amazing kick ass songs.

8 Damage, Inc. Damage, Inc.
9 Seek & Destroy

Riff before solo is Awesome! Sometimes I regret that Dave Mustaine has been kicked out of Metallica...

10 Frantic Frantic

The Newcomers

? Enter Sandman Enter Sandman

Personally I think this riff is a bit overrated

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? Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam

The Contenders

11 ...And Justice for All ...And Justice for All

This song has several riffs, all of them are great. Yeah the intro riff is nice, but I think the variation of the main riff that plays immediately after the solo is the best, and it's one of my favorite guitar riffs ever, just because of how heavy it sounds.

One of the best riffs ever... Simply beautiful

12 Sad But True Sad But True

Metallica had never used drop D tuning before, but they knocked it out of the park in one swing with the riff in this song.

This song has the best riff definitely. I mean, this is not the best song of Metallica, and others of the first stuff are better, but the heavy riff of SBT is absolutely fantstic and amazing, with an aggressive solo by Kirk Hammett!

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13 Fight Fire With Fire Fight Fire With Fire

The verse riff defines what thrash metal is: crushingly hard, blindingly fast and definitely unstoppable.

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14 Harvester of Sorrow Harvester of Sorrow

Aggression, power, unstoppable, invincible, incredible. 5 words that describe how I feel when I hear this song. The clean riff in the intro and the heavy version of that riff may be simple but very very very powerful and pure heavy metal! Probably my favorite 'Tallica song.

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15 Don't Tread On Me Don't Tread On Me
16 To Live Is to Die To Live Is to Die

Cliff all the way rip hetfield is a god because the way his guitar is on this one I mean just listen to it

Some kind of monster in top 10, sorry I'm just laughing.
Seriously, to live is to die riffs are the last cliff's riffs so that just can be number 1 haha

17 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

This iconic metallica song should be at least number 3!

18 Creeping Death Creeping Death

The main riff, and the Die riff are the best that James and Kirk have come up with. - Intelligenza

19 The Call of Ktulu
20 The Small Hours
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1. Wherever I May Roam
2. Enter Sandman
3. Fade to Black
1. One
2. Battery
3. Enter Sandman
1. Master of Puppets
2. Ride the Lightning
3. Damage, Inc.



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