Heaviest Metallica Songs

Not necessarily the most epic or the 'best', but the heaviest Metallica songs that hit you like a ton of bricks and weigh you down like a lead anchor. Fast, slow, or moderately paced... Heaviness is all that matters.

The Top Ten

1 Fight Fire with Fire

Let's be honest here, this is their fastest and heaviest riff. It really tests your endurance on the guitar and your ability for fast and accurate picking. 'Sad but true' their heaviest song? I really love that song as well, but that is just ridiculous. come on guys!

Fight Fire With Fire is the heaviest Metallica song. It is Metallica's only Extreme Thrash song, and is super fast. The song is about "Nuclear annihilation, describing the world right before and during a nuclear apocalypse." That is a very metal topic. - Kytotoxic

Metallica considered to melodic thrash. But my friends, this song is extreme thrash! Vote this up, Sad But True isn't heavy as this!

Not only fast but a heavy guitar riff with a heavy bassline under it. The outro is insanely heavy. - Userguy44

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2 Sad But True

Always thought this song had the nastiest riff. Fast does not always equal heavy and Sad But True delivers with a slow but punishing riff. Easily the heaviest Metallica song to date.

Just listen 2 the guitar riff in this song and that alone screams heavy

This was the song someone said that was good for pulling teeth. It was the last thing that they heard before it happened.


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3 The Thing that Should Not Be

Easily the most heavy song on there list of songs. Listen to there Seattle performance, and you will see how heavy this epic song can get! Sad but true is heavy, but no where near as heavy as this and many other songs. I think it is just the most recognizable heavy song.

This is my favorite Metallica song and for good reason. This song has the best lyrics and meaning and it's obviously the heaviest.

This is by far the heaviest Metallica song out there. The riffs in Fight Fire with Fire are fast therefore making it more thrash than heavy. The Thing That Should Not Be is slower and has a lot more weight making it sound WAY heavier. Amazing song!

A seriously underrated song

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4 Harvester of Sorrow

By far the heaviest Metallica song. Sad but True comes close, but it doesn't quite pull it off

Most aggressive James Hetfield vocals

So heavy you need a crane to lift it

Most heavy vocals and riffs.. - Userguy44

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5 Dyers Eve

This song will make you want to slaughter something, and if you do, let the rage out in the pit, or go nuts on some rapist with a screwdriver.

The riff is crazier than any other song! Fight fire with fire is mental, but dyers eve has a riff that megadeth would do and even SLAYER!

This song blasts you from beginning to end. Reminiscent of Damage Inc.

great song - Spyrofan35

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6 Blackened

The bit where he says "opposition, expectation, cancellation etc" is the heaviest part. Almost slayer standard.

The riff somewhere in the middle of the song is really heavy. Also James' vocals. - Userguy44

This should definitely be considered the heaviest Metallica song

It's awesome

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7 Disposable Heroes

If you play any of these Metallica songs on guitar, this one would be at the top of the list. It's fast paced, heavy, and sends you "back to the front"!

Really hard, heavy, and intense. Also my favorite.

The most brutal song

Heavy as balls.

8 Damage, Inc.

This has to be Metallica's heaviest song. For Whom the Bell Tolls is the most intense, Dyers Eve is the most aggressive and fastest, but the most well-rounded in terms of heaviness (intense and aggressive) has to be Damage, Inc.

Why is sad but true on top? Like SERIOUSLY!?

Way heavier than Dyer's and Sad but True. Fight fire with fire is fast. I wouldn't call it heavy!

Heavy both in music and vocals. Should be at least in top 5. - Userguy44

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10 Battery

The main riff is of thrash perfection and the lyrics always get my blood boiling: "Pounding out aggression, Turns into obsession, Cannot kill the battery". This is when Metallica were in their prime.

Anger.. Heavy.. Unrelenting metal!

This is Metallica's heaviest song. this is the epitome of Thrash Metal!

The Contenders

11 Leper Messiah

Most underrated heavy metal song ever

The intro could own whatever song mentioned before...

This song is pretty damn heavy! Hard bangin’ drums, and the riff & intro is a killer. Topic is also pretty metal.. listen to it if you haven’t. Feel the thrill m/

12 One

The second half of the song is so orgasmic

The ending is the most brutal thing Metallica has done.

I nut on the second part

13 Devil's Dance

This is one of the few thrashers from ReLoad. Sad But True is the heaviest, but Devil's Dance is very heavy, too.

14 St. Anger

This crappy song is only the heaviest because of the atrocious drum beats by the equally atrocious Lars Ulrich

I have to say St. Anger is one of Metallica's heaviest. Although it's not their best, it definitely beats out most of the other albums. Its best competition is probably Master of Puppets

Not even the heaviest on St. Anger. Listen to My World. - Userguy44

15 ...And Justice for All

The riff during the verse is one of the heaviest metallica riffs there is. - Brobusky

This, blackened and whiplash are, in my opinion the heaviest metallica songs

16 Trapped Under Ice

Those three solos...heavy as hell

Both the instrumental and lyrics composition are amazingly heavy.

17 Whiplash

I think the whole top 5 should be stuffed with Kill 'em All songs. - Alkadikce

Classic Kill 'Em All sound. - Userguy44

Dick rash

18 Metal Militia

These vocals!

19 Bad Seed

This song is in no way "heavy"

20 The Unnamed Feeling

Song about beating depression. Very heavy

Heavier than sad but true

21 Frantic
22 All Nightmare Long

Should be top 10. Fight Fire with Fire is the clear number one, but this song is heavy and amazing, just like Fight Fire with Fire. - Metarock

Best song from Death Magnetic, heavy riff, fast solo, I love this!

This whole album should be on here

23 Human

The song projects a very grim, aggressive feeling, as if you are being weighed down. This is definitely at least one of the heaviest Metallica songs out there that I've heard.

24 Creeping Death

Especially with Jason chanting "Die! ".

25 The Struggle Within

Badass Rif!

26 Eye of the Beholder

Come on, this song is one of the heaviest metal songs!

This song is too underrated.

I'm in doubt between all AJFA songs, Creeping Death, Battery, Sad But True and Leper Messiah, but will go with this one

27 King Nothing
28 All Within My Hands
29 That Was Just Your Life
30 For Whom the Bell Tolls
31 Master of Puppets

Totally rad, heavy song. The song runs on nightmare fuel.

32 Wherever I May Roam

I would say this one is the second heaviest song of Metallica, I mean just listen to the drums and the bass here, not really fast, but just so heavy!

When I heard this song for the first time, I was blown away by the feel this song projected. This actually deserves to be in the top ten!

33 Spit Out the Bone
34 The Frayed Ends of Sanity
35 Carpe Diem Baby
36 The God that Failed

This is a real heavy song!

How is the 31st? It should be top 5 at least.

37 Ride the Lightning

Listen to it its heavier then like holier than though and stuff and shouldn't like master of puppets be higher up maybe. Its only like one of there best songs with an insane guitar solo and a heavy rift. and what the hell king nothing is higher than like battery. at least half the people voting here must be posers

38 Hit the Lights

Not the heaviest but I voted for this because it should be way higher on the list

Vote this one PLEASE! This is one of the most screamy Metallica songs ever and the solos make it even heavier!

39 The House Jack Built
40 Enter Sandman
41 The Four Horsemen
42 ManUNkind
43 Don't Tread on Me
44 Shortest Straw

Opening riff?

45 Through the Never
46 Fuel
47 Am I Savage? Am I Savage?

Yep. Starts out with some clean guitar, but it quickly amps up. It reaches its best part at the end with the harmonic riff and the slow but loud drums. Wonderful, Almost always slow in "For Whom The Bell Tolls" fashion.

48 Holier Than Thou

The heaviest and the most thrashiest song on black album

49 No Remorse
50 Mama Said

Litteraly the complete opposite of heavy.

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Fight Fire with Fire
2. Trapped Under Ice
3. Metal Militia
1. Fight Fire with Fire
2. Blackened
3. ...And Justice for All
1. Fight Fire with Fire
2. Sad But True
3. St. Anger

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