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

Darkest and fastest riff

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

Heaviest track

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!

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2 Sad But True


If you do not consider this heavy, you are insane, this is a headbanger, to me if it makes my headbang, it's heavy as balls.

Almost broke my neck listening to this. Mommy had to kiss my boo-boo, then I accidentally hit play and scared her away.

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.

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3 The Thing that Should Not Be

-Intense, long, heavy.

pure perfection by Metallica.

A seriously underrated song

Well Metallica did declare it's their heaviest song.

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.

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4 Harvester of Sorrow

Most heavy vocals and riffs.. - Userguy44

That riff hits like a nuclear powered jackhammer

The angriest and heaviest of Metallica songs.

This song right here is a nuclear bomb

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5 Dyers Eve

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!

great song - Spyrofan35

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.

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6 Blackened

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

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

It's awesome

This should definitely be considered the heaviest Metallica song

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7 Disposable Heroes

Heavy as balls.

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

8 Damage, Inc.

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

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!

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9 2 x 4
10 Battery

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

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

The intro could own whatever song mentioned before...

Most underrated heavy metal song ever

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

I nut on the second part

The second half of the song is so orgasmic

The ending is the most brutal thing Metallica has done.

13 Trapped Under Ice

Both the instrumental and lyrics composition are amazingly heavy.

Those three solos...heavy as hell

14 Metal Militia

These vocals!

15 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.

16 St. Anger

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

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

17 Dream No More

How is this in 17th place? In my top 5 heaviest for sure

18 ...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

19 Shortest Straw

Opening riff?

20 Whiplash

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

Classic Kill 'Em All sound. - Userguy44

Dick rash

21 Eye of the Beholder

This one should be in the top 10.

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

This song is too underrated.

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

22 Bad Seed

This song is in no way "heavy"

23 The Unnamed Feeling

Song about beating depression. Very heavy

Heavier than sad but true

24 Frantic
25 All Nightmare Long

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

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

This whole album should be on here

26 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.

27 Creeping Death

Especially with Jason chanting "Die! ".

28 The Struggle Within

Badass Rif!

29 Master of Puppets

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

30 King Nothing
31 For Whom the Bell Tolls
32 All Within My Hands
33 That Was Just Your Life
34 Spit Out the Bone

Totally crazy song with a riff that is definitely up there among the heavier.

35 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!

36 Hardwired
37 The Frayed Ends of Sanity
38 Carpe Diem Baby
39 The God that Failed

This is a real heavy song!

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

40 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

41 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!

42 The House Jack Built
43 Enter Sandman
44 The Four Horsemen
45 ManUNkind
46 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.

47 Don't Tread on Me
48 No Remorse

doom theme - peepsmith

49 Through the Never
50 Fuel
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Fight Fire with Fire
2. Trapped Under Ice
3. Metal Militia
1. Dream No More
2. Shortest Straw
3. Sad But True
1. Fight Fire with Fire
2. Blackened
3. ...And Justice for All

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