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 Fight Fire with Fire Cover Art

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.

I was looking for nothing else matters because, let's face it, that's the heaviest riff of all time. Gotta be at least a million bpm. Super heavy distortion. But, since I couldn't find it, I'm just going with what was number 1 on the list.

Too many mainstream fans voting it seems. Fight Fire With Fire is one of the fastest, heaviest, and most Slayer like Metallica songs, and Sad But True is number one? Oh, dear.

2 Sad But True Sad But True Cover Art

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.

That slow, throat-punching riff along with that brutal snare drum just hits so hard.

3 The Thing that Should Not Be The Thing that Should Not Be Cover Art

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!

Even jason states that it is their heaviest song out there

4 Harvester of Sorrow Harvester of Sorrow Cover Art

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

That riff hits like a nuclear powered jackhammer

The angriest and heaviest of Metallica songs.

Most aggressive James Hetfield vocals

5 Dyers Eve Dyers Eve Cover Art

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 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.

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

Metallica's fastest for sure but in heaviness about 3rd for me.

6 Damage, Inc. Damage, Inc. Cover Art

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!

Songs great... Pretty heavy lyrics and head-banging

7 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/

8 Blackened Blackened Cover Art

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.

This should definitely be considered the heaviest Metallica song

This should be number 1. The intro riff is number 1. Hands down.

9 2 x 4 2 x 4 Cover Art
10 Battery Battery Cover Art

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.

Thrash metal of the purest form. The fact that this is below 2x4 is insanity!

This one is just as heavy as Fight Fire With Fire, so how could 2x4 be heavier than this?

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

The Contenders
11 Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes Cover Art

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.

12 Devil's Dance Devil's Dance Cover Art

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

13 St. Anger St. Anger Cover Art

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

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

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

14 Metal Militia Metal Militia Cover Art

These vocals!

15 Whiplash Whiplash Cover Art

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

Classic Kill 'Em All sound.

Dick rash

16 Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art

Top 10, definitely. The intensity, the darkness, and the brutality of the down picking in this song with evil distortion on top makes this almost as heavy as Fight Fire with Fire. ESPECIALLY the bridge riff with a die chant over the top.

The heaviest Metallica song, so intense, and with Cliff chanting "DIE!" over that breakdown, yeah.

Especially with Jason chanting "Die! ".

17 Trapped Under Ice Trapped Under Ice Cover Art

Both the instrumental and lyrics composition are amazingly heavy.

Those three solos...heavy as hell

18 One One Cover Art

The ending is the most brutal thing Metallica has done.

The second half of the song is so orgasmic

I nut on the second part

The ending is so fast.

19 Bad Seed Bad Seed Cover Art

This song is in no way "heavy"

20 The Unnamed Feeling The Unnamed Feeling Cover Art

Song about beating depression. Very heavy

Heaviest Metallica song, so much chugging and pulling strings, and C tuning.

Heavier than sad but true

21 All Nightmare Long All Nightmare Long Cover Art

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

22 Human Human Cover Art

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.

23 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cover Art
24 ...And Justice for All ...And Justice for All Cover Art

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

25 Master of Puppets Master of Puppets Cover Art

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

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