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

Hands down the best guitar riff of Megadeth and the legendary vocals are on point my man.

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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.

The only song I can stand from this garbage band. Gonna regret the rest of my life, for having gone through their whole abominations. - Vip3r

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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

Best Megadeth solo without a doubt. Enough said.

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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

Old thrash metal rules

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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

Not only best song from Megadeth but also either this or Number of the Beast is best classic metal song in my opinion.

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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

Best song by megadeth other than Holy Wars
very melodic and heart touching

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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.

Vomit-inducing - Vip3r

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8 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.

This song fits in a much possible in a short song, a headbanging riff, a great bass line right at the beginning, and an amazing beginning song to a great album.

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9 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?

IT’S BLACK FRIDAY!
PAINT THE DEVIL ON THE WALL!

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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.

The most annoying song ever..I'm not even talking about that Frog's vocals. - Vip3r

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The Contenders

11 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!

Am I the only one who thinks the drum in the beginning plays the same melody as the guitar in Peace Sells? - Alkadikce

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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.

This band suck and so does this overrated album - Vip3r

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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 Ashes in Your Mouth - Countdown to Extinction

This is honestly one of the most original songs I've ever heard, Sod cannot compare to this song. This song has every reason that makes megadeth amazing.

This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs, I love the flow to it and the duet is incredible. Should be way higher

One of the all time greatest riffs in heavy metal. Awesome song... Great lyrics, definitely one of Megadeths top 10 songs ever. Just brutal!

Easy #1 for me - NightmareCinema

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15 The Conjuring - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

This is a hard core tune in topic and musicianship. Despite Mustaines feelings about not wanting to play this song live anymore, its one of the greatest thrash metal songs ever and deserves to be played just for the amazing guitar, bass and drums.

Incredible song, I'm surprised its not ranked higher. In my opinion this is the best song on the Peace Sells album. MEGADETH!

EPIC beginning, beautiful riffs. This song should be top 5! If you listened this song live in 1988 Essen, Germany, its by far the best concert performance Megadeth has had. That's how I fell in love with this song! Highly recommended to all Megadeth fans! DAVE MUSTAIN IS GOD.

One of the best riffs ever in the middle of the song. POWERFUL

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16 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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17 Dystopia - Dystopia

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

This entire album is just amazing
I don't like much megadeth, but this album is in my top 10 metal albums of all time
And this song defines the album
Kiko destroyed that solos

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.

Great solo at the begging! 🎵🎶

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18 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!

My favorite megadeth song, amazing lyrics and riff

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

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19 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.

Love this song. Everything everyone else said.

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20 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!

Best heaver Megadeth song you know

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21 Last Rites/Loved to Deth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

Damn it, 98 place? It's got awesome intro, with greater vocals and riffs

Pure old school metal at its finest. A magical piano touch in the intro to Killing is My Business level metal. In my top 10 for sure.

Best song from their debut album

I LOVED YOU TILL DETTHHH!

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22 Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

How is this song not even in the top 100? Easily the best track on the first album. Raw, fast-paced, and one of the best Megadeth riffs. Maybe not number 1, but definitely in my top 10.

How about a little respect for the title track to the album that started it all for THE greatest band in the history of speed metal? Awesome riff and solos, fun vocals... It's my theme song!

This is sad this song should be in the top ten because its awesome and heavy

It was referred in zombieland
"He is in the ass kicking business and
*Business is good*"

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23 Mechanix - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

I'm grateful to Metallica to kick out MUSTAINE during their early days or we wouldn't have had songs like Holy wars..., in my darkest hour and MECHANIX.
Forget it, we wouldn't have had MEGADETH itself. MUSTAINE is GODLIKE.
LONG LIVE MUSTAINE. LONG LIVE MEGADETH. Hey guys go and vote for MEGADETH in the "Greatest Rock Band of all time" post. They are placed at a pathetic #44.

You still kind of would have had Mechanix, you've heard Metallica's the Four Horsemen, right? - Songsta41

This is how the Four Horsemen should've been. Mechanix is much better because its faster and the little riff at the beginning that wasn't in The Four Horsemen.

25th is no place for this awesome sing! So crazy not only this sing is awesome, it's sexy!

This should be in the top tens in my opinion. Way better then Metallica's version by far.

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24 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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25 Take No Prisoners - Rust in Peace

take no prisoners has everything you need for a metal song. heavy distortion, awesome singing, great solo at the end and not much repeated guitar riffs.

This song is an amazing song from one of their best albums it has a badass bass fill and awesome solos. It migration not be as good as Holt wars but this song deserves a higher ranking

I love the opening riffs in this song. It is incredible how dave mustaine can do this so fluently

This song should be in number 2 after five magics in number 1..

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26 Washington is Next! - United Abominations

What?.. Why so low?.. Among megadeth's best!... No doubt!
Kickass song!... Broderick solo!... Awesome lyrics!

I'd say their best song since Holy Wars... its that good

SEXY song... everything is amazing... the lyrics, the solo, the riff...

I love that melody

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27 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.

My favorite megadeth song!

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28 The Threat is Real - Dystopia

Really good songs coming from this new album, they're going in the right direction with their more aggressive sound.

One of the best songs from megadeth in my opinion, especially the intro guitar riff is really good

1 of the best songs I've ever heard.

29 Death from Within - Dystopia
30 Of Mice and Men - The System Has Failed

Where the hell is this song??? This is one of my favorite Megadeth song. Top 10 for sure!!

Great song. I love the poem and book too, so the chorus is familiar. Simple lyrics but deep meaning, I think this song should be higher

Not their best album, but this song is an unbelievable combination of power and melody.

Somewhere between #12 and #17

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31 Train of Consequences - Youthanasia

Do Megadeth listeners rate this? This is right up there in the top 10. Am I missing something here. Obviously not Dave's greatest song but great song technically as always. Is it too radio friendly?

Maybe the most underrated metal album of all time. 7 or 8 great songs on this album, but this one, with its
Unique guitar inro stands out from the rest. Great, great song, and badly missed in the live set.

THIS IS EPIC AS HELL! I DON'T UNDERSTAND how people could even rate this bad. It's an epic track on a powerful album. Every single guitar riff is awesome, and the lyrics are epic.

This song is a masterpiece!

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32 Poisonous Shadows - Dystopia

Best song from Dystopia and one of their best songs in decades

How is this so low? definitely the best song from Dystopia. Great intro, wonderful chorus and one of the best solos from the new album (after Dystopia).

Very good song from the new album very melodic deffenatly worth a listen or two

Why is this so low? This is their most brilliant song in a very long time. Personal list -
1. Holy Wars
2. Peace Sells
3. Symphony of Destruction
4. Sweating Bullets
5. Poisonous Shadows
6. Killing is my business
7. Foreclosure of a Dream
8. Endgame
9. Hangar 18
10. Dystopia

33 A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) - United Abominations
34 Foreclosure of a Dream - Countdown to Extinction

This song is amazing! How can this not be even in the top 60?!? - Kluuz

What the hell is it doing down here?... Their 2nd best song of the album COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION no doubt

What is this song doing here at the back? Should be top 10! -and stuff like take no prisoners is better?

Holy Wars is definitely #1. But this deserves to be top 10 at the very least

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35 Hook in Mouth - So Far...So Good...So What...

Needs to be in top ten what people
F, is for fighting
R is for red, Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed
E, we elect them
E, we eject them, In the land of the free and the home of the brave
D, for your dying
O, your overture
M, will cover your grave with manure
This spells out FREEDOM, it means nothing to me
As long as there's P.M.R. C
Best lyrics ever

My and Mustaine's favourite Megadeth song. Easily the best of their third album and in my opinion their best overall. Ellefson's bass combined with Mustaine's semi-aggressive voice really makes for a great combination. 10/10

Amazing bass guitar, but brutal to play! Vocals are also amazing with the sort of dry breath. I found that this song should have been in the top ten but I don't think it's there. Thanks

This is the best Megadeth song, no doubt. Perfect song.

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36 Set the World Afire - So Far, So Good... So What?

Its one of Megadeth's ultimate thrash songs! Needs to be at least 3 or even 2 in the top 10

Intro reminds me of fallout 3 and megadeth is unreal so this song is definitely one of the good ones, but hell all of megadeths songs are greats

I always thought this was the perfect song for Megadeth to open with and I saw them open with this once...in Pittsburgh (Greensburg) at the beginning of the Rust anniversary tour. Great song in every way!

Best in so far so good so what

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37 Crush 'Em

Crush em is great.

38 Into the Lungs of Hell - So Far, So Good... So What?

Needs to be higher, I mean come on. The guitar is just so good in this song

The guitar is awesome and one of the best solos I've ever heard

Awesome song with tons of cool guitar!

39 Sudden Death - TH1RT3EN

This is actually a lot better than half of the songs in the top 10. Epic riffs and mind-blowing solos and shredding. It's easily one of their best songs, up there with classics like Peace Sells, Holy Wars, and Wake Up Dead.

THis is probably going to be the best song on the new album. Can't wait to buy it!

Probably the best song out of their more recent albums. It wouldn't sound out of place on Rust In Peace.

The guitaring is out of this world.

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40 Sweating Bullets

Great tune! Should be so much higher!

Should be way way way higher!

41 My Last Words - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

I LOVE THIS SONG! It's not my absolute favorie, but Megadeth's my favorite band and I can't really choose just one. I couldn't believe it was this low on the list though so I HAD to vote for it! Come on, People! ITS A SONG ABOUT RUSSIAN ROULETTE! How can it be in 28th?!?!

How is this not in the top 10?!? This song is near perfection. And the last like 2 minutes of this song is like 26 orgasms at once. YOU! NEXT VICTIM! YOUR TURN TO DIE!

Completely overshadowed by the more popular songs on the album. The intro is amazing, the main riff absolutely insane, guitar solo is damn good, and the chanting at the end is just epic. Also, Dave Ellefsons bass Playing on this song is ridiculously good!

30? what!

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42 Architecture of Aggression - Countdown to Extinction

this song is one of the most beautiful songs of megadeth but it's horribly underrated! up megadeth for life!

Such an underrated song on Countdown To Extinction. One of the heaviest songs on that album too.

How come this being so low..

ALMOST HAS A MOP/AND JUSTICE TYPE OF FEEL TO THE FIRST FEW RIFFS I LIKE IT!

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43 1,320' - Megadeth

Deserves at least top 15, best song by far on endgame, killer drums, killer riffs and of course killer solo. Love the entire song, especially the druns

Don't understand why this is so low. top 20 at least.

44 Captive Honour - Countdown to Extinction

Great build up and arrangement, interesting and on of better songs at the golden era.

Top 10 work. The spoken intro of the song is brilliant!

Awesome megadeth song! Extremely underrated.

My least favorite of CtE

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45 Looking Down the Cross - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good

55! Seriously, guys!. It may not be their best songs, but it definitely belongs in top 10 or at least top 15. The lyrics are different from most Megadeth songs, and it still kicks ass. The lyrics and music go together so well, definitely a masterpiece.

This is my favorite Megadeth song, the fact that it is number 41 (as I'm writing this) proves how good Megadeth truly is.

Best megadeth song completely underrated and should be in the top ten

Been a Megadeth fan for over 30 years now and this still remains my favourite song. Not just Megadeth song, but favourite song ever produced.
Yes there are many riff heavy, guitar fantastic and technically superior Megadeth tunes, but lyrically this for me is the pinnacle of brilliance.
The story crafted by Dave is absolutely superlative and the way the song builds to a hearty climax is phenomenal to say the least.
I love my riffs, but I love a great story. Something that takes you away to another time and puts you in the thick of the action. I can never ever truly express my admiration for Mr Mustaine's creative expression and how it affects me emotionally.
Needless to say, this is the work of pure genius.

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46 Lying In State - Dystopia

Totally - AdamDestructorJr.

47 Addicted to Chaos - Youthanasia

Can't believe this is so low in the chart, definitely in my personal top 10. Can train like a beast to this too, always gets me pumped up, especially when it gets to the part "remember when you said one day you'll walk alone"

I've been a diehard Megadeth fan for the majority of my life and I love every song mentioned prior to this one but Addicted to Chaos ranked 34 really, really there is definitely something wrong with this picture considering it should be at least in the top 3.

The riff is amazing. The lyrics and vocals are outstanding, a personal favorite of mine and should be recognized more.

This song should be in top 10

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48 Head Crusher - Endgame

off their new album end game
it is a brilliant song easily top 5 - big__wazza

Fast, brutal lyrics, great combination of notes. What's more, "head crusher" is a violent song, which reminds the name of the band, "Megadeth".

It's only on 18th?! Okay, it may not be the best but it deserves far more recognition than this, it's such an underrated song

Easily top 15, that beginning riff was murder. Quick, merciless, beautiful

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49 Kill the King - Rude Awakening

Kill the king! The king is dead, long live the king! I AM THE KING!

Why this song is on 38... I mean come on!

This song intruduced me to Megadeth and it's pretty good. I don't know why it's so down in the list

How DARE This song be so low!

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50 Youthanasia - Youthanasia

Just #47? Who would believe?... It's just... sadnest in my heart you know... so i... I vote for You-thana-siaaa! :DDD

great song! they sound so much different in this album...

This is pathetic. This song should be in top 10 without a doubt.

...just feeling it, lovin�'it!

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