Best Megadeth Songs

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One of the Original 4 Thrash metal bands and a very influential group. Dave Mustaine is God and creator of Speed/Thrash Metal.

The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Rust in Peace

Awesome song. Powerful lyrics. Solid beat, great change of tempo mid song. This is megadeth at there best.

Megadeth brings a solid line of excellent songs in their albums but this is one of the definitive highlights.
Great song with constant change of tempo and great lyrics as well makes this easily top 10 megadeth song.

Its megadeths best song
Mustaines solo is totally amazing
The intro is also really good

The Solo Of This Song Is Gonna Kill You All. Masterpiece

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2 Hangar 18 - Rust in Peace

GUITAR WORK LIKE NO OTHER!
Beautiful piece...
A must listen to any and every metal head.
I'm shocked why it is not on the top

Hanger 18 has some the of the best solos in history. It shows just how amazing dave mustaine is as a conposer and guitarist. simply the best.

Finally something that is in nearly in its proper place on this website. Hangar 18 - Megadeth's most uber song with a slightly slow tempo that builds up into a load of insanity, with solos all over the place. Mustaine's last solo in this song remains my most favourite Mustaine solo to this day.

In start of this track you can feel that you are flying, and it has a lot of energy, it's my favorite song 🤘

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3 Tornado of Souls - Rust in Peace

Solo is amazing man...! I listen it at least 5 times a day

Clever riffage and awesome solos. The track that made me realize I actually really like Megadeth. Before I foolishly thought they were just a lesser Metallica. Sorry about that Dave!

the best megadeth song, the best megadeth album. my favourite songs, good lyrics, good riffs. zibule-babule, zibule-babule. ROCK ON! zibule babule

The best thrash metal song I've ever heard. Love the guitar work and how he pronounces "Tornado".

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4 Peace Sells - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

"What Do You Mean I hate Megadeth,
I listen to it everyday. "

Classic thrash metal album

This is the song that got me into liking Megadeth! I like Holy Wars and Hangar 18 too, and I also really like A Tout le Monde, but I think this has to be one of my favorites, and I kinda feel like this should be my vote since it is the song that got me into Megadeth in the first place.

Vice City Rocks thanks to Dave Mustaine

The intro bassline=piece of art

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5 Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction

Easy to play and easy to be in 2nd place, just like a Pied piper

The solo is magic!

marty firedman's genius comes out in this song!

One Of The Most Popular Metal Song Of The World
Great Lyrics... Great Guitars From Mastaine

It's a great song, but just because it's popular doesn't mean it's a good song. - sweetbeef

I’d put this at number 3, with the top five being
1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
2. Peace Sells
3. Symphony of Destruction...duh
4. Five Magics
5. Hangar 18 - PapaDragon69

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6 In My Darkest Hour - So Far, So Good... So What?

This one should be top 10. The lyrics are so powerful, and has one of the most haunting guitar parts that I've heard.

For me this is the best song of this band... is hard choose one because this band is Awesome but this is the best for me

So Far, So Good... So What? Is considered sort of a disappointment. I really don't know why. Mary Jane and the cover of Anarchy in the U. K aren't very good but the rest is fantastic and with great songs like Set the world afire, hook in the mouth, Into the Lungs of Hell, and of course this classic In My Darkest Hour. Amazing song! - Chris113

This one deserves to be number one. - CostcoHotDogs

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7 A Tout Le Monde - Youthanasia

The most earnest, honest Megadeth song to date. No military, no politics, just honest feelings and genuine concern for the world while still being more heavy than any other band as Megadeth does

A Tout Le Monde! A tous mes amis! The most meaningful megadeth song!

This is one of the only Megadeth songs that I can actually listen to if I'm not in the mood for their heavy stuff (even though that rocks just as hard). I thought 'Time: The Beginning' is a very underrated song.

Learning to play this on guitar, I've never had so much fun. - AdamDestructorJr.

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8 Trust - Cryptic Writings

EVERYTHING about this single exudes Dave's gift for music making. The drumbeat, intro, riffs and vocals are all top-class, and recorded with the greatest Megadeth lineup ever. Instant classic.

my favorite song :D

sweet - MiQi

Awesome drumbeats dude! The way the song is played blows my mind man!

Along with "In my Darkest Hour", this song has helped me many times overcome depression. That intro is epic and I like the riff as well. Surely one of the best songs I have ever heard!

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9 Wake up Dead - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

One of the greatest thrash songs by this band... No other guitarist could dream of playing these solos - picklesdoodily

I think people are not really listening; otherwise this song would have been high up in the list. For those who voted Holy Wars, and only listened to Tornado and things like that: give this song a try. Give the whole album a try really. Let go of the preconceived notions about how you want this band to sound like or how you want metal to sound like for that matter. And listen. You will be surprised.

2 of the best megadeth riffs are on this song. The 3 solos are perfect. This should be on top 3.

One of their best songs indeed!

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10 Sweating Bullets - Countdown to Extinction

Love the way the singing doesn't go with the guitar playing at all. Also think the lyrics are kinda funny. In my top five no doubt.

I've just started listening to megadeth and I loved sweating bullets and holy wars. - Slashhead

Number 10 what is wrong with voters. This song is a megadeath masterpiece an awesome song. The best megadeth tune ever.

CHROMATIC BULLEST!

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The Newcomers

? No More Mr. Nice Guy - Hidden Treasures
? Dread & the Fugitive Mind - Rude Awakening

Insane, godly and seriously one song that deserves to be higher! The drumming is flawless, vocals are maddening and of course the chorus is one of megadeth's best. Putting this song here is an insult to megadeth who consider this song to be one of their best! Vote for it or else the metal gods won't be pleased.

This song should've been in the top 5. I am quite surprised. This song has a very unique intro and good guitar works and has an amazing solo.

I think is the best solo of megadeth after tornado of souls! So nice lyrics and I hear it about 10 times per day!

Extremly good, should be higher!

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The Contenders

11 Good Mourning / Black Friday - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

This song represent all the megadeth feelings back in 1986. Two songs in one. The complex of the first song, and the brutallity and the speed of the second, make this song one of the most powerful and amazing songs in Megadeth's large career. It should be on the top 10

Such a complex song. Beautiful intro followed by increasingly aggresive riffs. An awesome hardcore thrash song! The intro always gives me chills and I love the ending Shouts of BLACK FRIDAY!

One of the most beautifully written songs by the band. In the beginning, it starts out with a bit of a sad tone, but eventually it conjures up (no pun intended) and becomes one of the most legendary songs in thrash history. Easily Megadeth's greatest song. Also, a song from The System Has Failed passing this masterpiece?

THIS SONG IS THE BEST YOU FOOLS

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12 Rust In Peace... Polaris - Rust In Peace

Great song! Who doesn't like this? Possibly their best song! Holy wars is still good though...

I wish Metallica was more like this...

And anthrax too...

Not in the top ten; are you kidding us? Or, are you deaf and can't listen to the lyrics, or the starting killer drum intro?

The masterful drums and blend of lead and rhythm guitar, combined with excellent song writing and structure, are what drive this song and make it one of, if not the best Megadeth song. I would've picked Holy Wars, but that song already gets plenty of recognition, so I decided to go with one of the underdogs.

One of the best from Rust in Peace for sure.

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13 Countdown To Extinction - Countdown To Extinction

It's a tough call between this and Addicted to Chaos but I'm have to go with this. The last chorus kicks serious ass.

Guitar-work in this one is simply amazing + the chorus is the best one of out all the Megadeth songs

This song should be in the top ten list

Should be top 10

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14 The Scorpion - The System Has Failed

the vocals on this song is amazing. One of the all time greatest songs ever - wolphert

great song! Megadeth made a good job in this one - rock2metal

In awe of the lyrics and the vocals, the guitar work is truly amazing as well.

Awesome song by megadeth! the vocals are great and the riff is amazing! - blackphoenix

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15 Five Magics - Rust In Peace

Its unbelievable the way they can mix power and melody at the same time. It brings many different feelings at the same time. I think it should be on the top ten, this song is epic

Best Megadeth Song, one of the best heavy metal songs ever. Makes me remember the Metallica songs. The solo is incredible, the drums equally. Megadeth is great! m/

Great song, it never leave my top 10 Megadeth song list. Hearing them play it a few years back on tour when they played Rust in its entirety was a heavy metal high point for me. This along with Ashes in your Mouth are the two most under rated Megadeth songs!

GIVE ME, ALCHEMY!
GIVE ME, WIZARDRY!
GIVE ME, SORCERY!
THERMATOLOGY!
ELECTRICITY!
MAGIC IF YOU PLEASE!
MASTER ALL OF THESE!
BRING HIM TO HIS KNEES! - PapaDragon69

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16 Lucretia - Rust in Peace

A very good song from their best album.
It has the same mystical/fantasy style as Five Magics from the same album.
The last two minutes of the song (i.E. the second half), purely instrumental, is very well constructed, as well as the intro.

What why so low? The instrumental part of this song is amazing, that damn solo by Marty Friedman with Mustaine! This song must be high lik

I call Marty's solo on this song the best Megadeth solo there is. It just fits so well with a great groove to it. It reminds me of oldschool video games soundtracks for some reason. Definitely one of my favourite Megadeth songs. Very underrated.

Inspired my username, also on of the best of its album - Lucretia

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17 She-Wolf - Cryptic Writings

1st song that I heard of megadeth.. and this song made me become mad for them..! m/
ultimate song... superb lyrics..! - vishnulphb

I really don't know what a master piece like this is 16th on the list... it would be on the top 5

My favourite line "'one look in her lusting eyes, savage fear in you will rise, teeth of terror sinking in, bite of the she wolf"

Lyrical perfection

As good as any other Megadeth classic! Mind blowing tune, rhythm, melody, solo, tempo... I keep going back to it after decades.

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18 Dystopia - Dystopia

This song deserves to be within the top 10. Deep lyrics, cool riff, three awesome solos, even the drumming is top notch. AND it won the band a Grammy.

This song has the most epic outro I've ever heard!

This must be in the Top 10 man!

One of their best modern songs to date - Lucretia

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19 Angry Again - Rude Awakening

Jack Slater ranks this #1!

I wasnt a real big fan of Megadeth until this album, and Angry Again is what sold me into them, so this is definitely Top Ten, great riff, great vocals, great theme.

Great song. Nice pace, Awesome chorus.

Angry again, and again and again again!

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20 Skin O'My Teeth - Countdown to Extinction

Not Top Ten? Come on! Mind you, My Megadeth top ten has about 40 songs in it! Awesome band.
Actually I could have voted for any of about 5 songs on this album. This and Peace Sells.
But Who's Counting?
Oh, you are.

Sick opener to a classic heavy metal album. This song set the tone for this whole album and the riffs are amazing! It's the first megadeth song I learned on guitar and it's an absolute classic and is quite underrated. Should be top ten!

The third best of its album maybe, great guitar part and drumming - Lucretia

A1 song,great lyrics, amazing, riffs and very good vocals from Dave

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1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Rust in Peace
2. Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction
3. Hangar 18 - Rust in Peace
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1. Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction
2. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Rust in Peace
3. The Scorpion - The System Has Failed
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1. Five Magics - Rust In Peace
2. Tornado of Souls - Rust in Peace
3. Hook in Mouth - So Far...So Good...So What...
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