Best Megadeth Songs

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 Best Megadeth Songs

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

1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
2. Symphony of Destruction
3. Hangar 18
4. Peace Sells
5. Rust In Peace... Polaris
6. Take No Prisoners
7. Washington Is Next
8. Good Mourning / Black Friday
9. Dawn Patrol
10. United Abomination
The reason for my top ten list is: holy wars is a really the best thrash metal song in the world, it has the coolest guitar riff and Nick Menza's most famous drum beat, no other thrash metal song can beat it, Metallica is overall better than Megadeth (what I think), but Metallica hasn't got a single song that can match Holy Wars, and this song is the one that made megadeth really famous! Symphony Of Destruction is also great, because Dave Mustaine's amazing vocal, and how the riff and drum beat fit the song. Hangar 18 has better riff and guitar solo than holy wars (maybe), the polly rhythm drum beat is also good.
Peace Sells: this song gave me Goosebumps, every time I listen to it, I felt like I just watched a horror movie. ...more

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.

This song is great, I'm glad this is the 1st song I listened to by them.

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

This song is amazing first time I heard it blew me away. Every-time I hear that main riff for some reason the sound actually reminds me of a tornado or a cyclone or something spinning around and around, genius guitar work there.

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

Yet another garbage song from this garbage band..I need to stop expecting anything good from any of their albums, but I had to ruin my day today by deciding to penetrate their garbage in my ears, in hopes that at least something even remotely good sticks out. I made a terrible mistake and will suffer from this hangover for at least a week.
Worst Experience!

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.

This is there best song to me. People talk about guitar riffs and solos and stuff like that, but this is the best cohesive piece of music I think that Megadeth has.

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!

1) In My Darkest Hour
2) Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
3) Peace Sells
4) Hangar 18
5) Wake Up Dead
6) Tornado of Souls
7) Set The World Afire
8) Sweating Bullets
9) Rust In Peace... Polaris
10) Five Magics

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.

Love this song the best song I ever heard by megadeath. This should be number 1 in the category. All megadeath lovers vote this for number 1. We get more than a 100 votes we get this at number one

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

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 opener blew me away. The power of the riffs and the solos are killer. The band playing is so tight. 3.5 minutes of metal wonder.

9 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.

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

From the eerie intro all the way to the last notes, this song rocks and is without a doubt the best song to sing along to. The lyrics are such a blast and trying to imitate Dave's voice is such a fun experience and the entire song is just 5 minutes of awesome.

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

Ridiculously hard and in my opinion, I still Megadeth at their best. Good mourning is Ann amazing instrumental and Black Friday makes it even better by making it fast and super aggressive.

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

This song has such a great start to it with the guitar and then Dave's vocals kick in and the second part has that classic Megadeth thrash metal feels.The two halfs are completely different. But perfectly fit together and the two titles really make sense. I can't see any flaws with this song
Dave vocals are amazing
The guitars are as good as ever
The drums are spot on
Over all this song stand out to me and really speak to me and that's why it's my favourite song by Megadeth

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!

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

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

Mustaine's lyrics are always awesome, the guitar sound is great too, this song has something special that makes it different to the other songs of cryptic writings, I like it and the first time I heard it, I knew it would be one of Megadeth's favorite songs. I also think this album is better compared to the new era, this is far better than Super Collider, Endgame, The System Has Failed, United Abominations, For me it has a better music technique and sound, I'll say I would place it in the top 5 best Megadeth albums.

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.

Best song on the best album out of Megadeth.
Awesome lyrics, awesome riffs, and Mustaine's voice sounds great in this one.

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

Best harmony ever

14 Angry Again - Rude Awakening

Most underrated megadeth song and one of best solos of all time

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.

15 Five Magics - Rust in Peace

This song has it all. Complex riffs, Awesome trippy verses and lyrics, Amazing guitar solos and a Very Very catchy choruses to sing along.

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!

16 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.

I refer to the first three songs of Peace Sells as "the triumvirate". It is the best opening to a metal album (while the actual best album would be Master of Puppets, or The Number of the Beast).

Wake Up Dead -> The Conjuring -> Peace Sells. And the centerpiece of that triumvirate is, well, in the center: The Conjuring.

17 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.

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.

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

Ok sweeting bullets is the most corny metal song ever. He talks in the song and the lyrics are childish. Megadeth is dead

18 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!

Great song, very original, awesome guitars and very cool lyrics!

19 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!

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!

My favorite megadeth song, amazing lyrics and riff

Starts off with a smoking riff and just a great story about Mustaines wild ways and struggles.

21 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?

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.

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

Their best song, it is brutally fast and is one of the hardest (heaviest) riffing songs ever made. The song just is pure badass

23 She-Wolf - Cryptic Writings

One of the best megadeth songs I should know I know every song of megadeth

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

Great song, great ending solo, heavy as hell... I'm surprised it's not in the top 10...

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

24 Take No Prisoners - Rust in Peace

This is one of their heaviest song, some of the best vocals, great lyrics about war and some of the best riffs I've ever heard, easily my favorite Megadeth track

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

25 Rattlehead - Set the World Afire

The album is called killing is my business not set the world afire

It's pure thrash, it's fast and full of great riffs and solos

Essence of speed metal

Best song ever!

26 Dystopia - Dystopia

This song is so progressive but it still sounds like real thrash metal

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 has the most epic outro I've ever heard!

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.

27 The Scorpion - The System Has Failed

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

great song! Megadeth made a good job in this one

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

Definitely not their heaviest of songs, but it is a masterpiece. This is easily Dave's greatest vocal delivery. Lyrics are killer and the song as a whole just gives you the chills; shivering from not only the mood of the song, but just the professionalism, in general.

28 Head Crusher - Endgame

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

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

29 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.

30 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...

Exciting song this one, it's hard to just select one as the best song. Washington is Next should definitely be in the top ten!

31 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.

This is one of the best! Should be top 10!

32 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 should be way higher on the list, the main riff hits like a damn train, quite literally lol

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.

33 Foreclosure of a Dream - Countdown to Extinction

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

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

34 A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) - United Abominations
35 Death from Within - Dystopia
36 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

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

37 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!

This song is very creative and I love the sound

38 Crush 'Em - Risk

Crush em is great.

39 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

Amazing song - definitely one of their best

40 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!

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!

Absolutely their best song. Lyrics, Riffs, Solo is all so unbelievably awesome. I like most of the top 10 songs too. But this one is giving me some feelings I cannot explain. Who hasn't listen to this song shouldn't vote here, cause he would have missed their best song.

42 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 Guitar Hero version is better than the album version. The album version sucks, just listen to the single.

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 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.

No clue how this is so low. Breathtaking riff, overall great song.

45 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.

How could this be...

46 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

Reminds me a little bit Slayer. Great Song!

47 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.

Are you kidding me..45? This is the most true song of all time. Mustaine spoke the truth.

48 Devil's Island - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

Awesome song with some killer riffing at the start followed up by a powerful chorus, wouldn't say this is their best (that is reserved for Hangar 18) however this is up there.

Love this song! Amazing, fast vocals, guitar, base, excellent drumming, and a mind-blowing solo. Why is this rated so low?

What? This great song is No.64? This must be a joke.

Why so low? This should be at least at the top 15

49 The Hardest Part of Letting Go... Sealed with a Kiss - Endgame

Idgaf what anybody else thinks, this is their most correctly organized and most structurally stable composition. Not to mention, its just straight up badass!

This song has a lot of instrumentals in a great combination.

Wonderful song. Magical.

Mustaine at his best

Greate song awesome vocals by Dave mustane love this song

50 Lying In State - Dystopia

Totally

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