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

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

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 Hangar 18 - Rust in Peace Cover Art

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 gives something very special... something that makes me wanna have that guitar power... from the great beginning to the great ending solo; this thrash marvel is audio gold
this song has a great feeling, metal feeling
Dave is one of the greatest musicians ever, too great he is Christian!

3 Tornado of Souls - Rust in Peace Tornado of Souls - Rust in Peace Cover Art

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? Peace Sells - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? Cover Art

"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

It's not just the fact that the song is catchy that makes it good, but the reoccurring theme of politics, non-conformity and going against the system per se. It's such a good "f*** you" song towards the U.S government. A lot like Amerikhastan. Thank you Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for introducing me to this amazing band.

5 Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction Symphony of Destruction - Countdown to Extinction Cover Art

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

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!

This song is just a masterpiece. The lyrics are strong, the riffs are catchy, and the solos are unique. Not to mention the part where Mustaine says "you just laughed" as he makes a laughing noise with his guitar... Classic Megadeth

7 A Tout Le Monde - Youthanasia A Tout Le Monde - Youthanasia Cover Art

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? Wake Up Dead - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Cover Art

it has like more then 7 riffs without the variations and also 4 sweet solos and you just can't stop banging your head (as if up from the dead
Intense metal is all that you need)

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.

9 Sweating Bullets - Countdown to Extinction Sweating Bullets - Countdown to Extinction Cover Art

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?

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

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.

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?

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 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.

15 Angry Again - Rude Awakening Angry Again - Rude Awakening Cover Art

Jack Slater ranks this #1!

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

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.

16 Five Magics - Rust in Peace Five Magics - Rust in Peace Cover Art

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!

17 Lucretia - Rust in Peace Lucretia - Rust in Peace Cover Art

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 Ashes in Your Mouth - Countdown to Extinction Cover Art

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 Skin O'My Teeth - Countdown to Extinction Cover Art

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 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

22 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.

23 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

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..!

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

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

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

25 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

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