Greatest Metal Songs of the 2000s


The Top Ten

1 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

I'm completely shocked this song isn't even in the top 10. In fact, it should be at number 1. Epic lyrics, godly solo, and great theme.
And, wait, Numb in metal songs list? Really insane.

A total masterpiece. I'm 54 and have seen all the greats.. Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Sabbath, and so on. Avenged Sevenfold is destined to go down in history with these bands

Obviously than this is the best metal song of the 2000s

Is heavy, catchy, the solo is a complete legacy for the world of music, what's more this song needs?

1 Afterlife
2 Duality
3 Chop Suey

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2 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

Definitely the best metal song I've ever heard. This should be #1 on the top ten list. This is my favorite song. It's the best.

Great song! Meaningful lyric

Simply the best metal song of 21th century

My favorite song of all time, this should be number 1

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3 Lateralus - Tool

I'm really surprised how low this is I mean how the hell can Linkin Park and Disturbed be above this? Its one of the most well written songs of all time and if you know anything about music you would agree that this is #1

This was rated as the #1 metal performance of the century for a very good reason. - MKBeast

Have to agree this should be higher. Tools greatest deserves better.

Title track is among their top 5 songs in my opinion,

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4 Numb - Linkin Park

Greatest nu metal band.

Best metal song of XXI century6

Nu metal is not real metal

Well how come slipknot is nu metal and they are classified as metal - Th3Zm0nst3r

Sorry not metal.. barely even Rock. Its alternative Rock

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5 Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine

This is one of bullets best songs, and it should be number one, even though Rise Against is a great band! I would have to say that my favorite 3 songs of 2000's are... 1. The Last Fight - Bullet for my Valentine 2. Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife 3. Rise Against - Behind Closed Doors.

I am a music composer...
If you're seeking for music and if it's metal... Than... This song is undoubtedly AWESOME!
This is my lifetime favorite song in my entire life...
I wanna rate it the " AWESOME"...
I'm in love with this song...

6 The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin

This Song introduced me to the Rock/Metal Genre

I would have picked Duality or Numb but this is truly nostalgic

Are you deaf? Don't you hear that this song is post-grunge and NOT metal?
Vocal style isn't metal. Guitar style isn't metal. Drumming isn't metal.
It's all grunge/punk style. - Metal_Treasure

This isn't really metal though

7 Blackwater Park - Opeth

How is that track is sow low it's the best song ever written!

I never get bored of this one. - IronSabbathPriest

Most of these bands are emos bands except testament, opeth, machine head, iron maiden and etc

Comment below me is dumb ��"

8 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed

Great album that showed what the second wave of nu metal had to offer.

Guys I have to say just 2 words DISTURBED RULES!

Should be number 1. Greatest metal song by farr

Oh wa-a-a-a!

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9 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

This one has to be the best by far! I consider it an epic win, and one of the best Iron Maiden songs

Just incredible... Go listen to some of the live versions in south america. Watch the one in chile

I als love The Day That Never Comes but Dance of Death deserves to be #1.

What...not number 1...are the real metalheads dead?

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10 Halo - Machine Head

No doubt the best metal song, from the best album and from the best band of the 2000s

How is this not higher? The riff is insane, great guitar solo and don't get me started on Rob flynns vocals in this song. A truly epic metal song.

I'm just going to assume that the people voting on this list aren't real metalheads and they obviesly haven't heard this masterpiece. That is the only explenation for this song not being number one

The Contenders

11 Duality - Slipknot

The comment below the comment under me is a chicken nuggets

To me, it's a joke Duality isn't even in the top 10. No other metal song has its amazing sound, drums, lyrics, guitar... just everything so perfect, makes you haedbang every second. Maybe it's not the best, but at least top 3.

Drives me insane... SlipKnoT always rocks... they are the one consolation in this stupid life.

hail the nine!

rip P. Gray

Duality is one of the best Vol 3 songs.Listen to it and it will get stuck in your head...And maggots,STAY SIC!

12 Psychosocial - Slipknot

This is one of the greatest metal songs I've heard in a long slipknot are gods of METAL

Totally the best I ever the cleanliness of the tone everything is perfect

Psychosocial is great but Slipknot has better songs than that too!

number 1

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13 Vicarious - Tool

I'd say Parabola is better

One of the first tool songs I ever heard. I was about 12 years old, at the time the music was a little too crazy and I just didn’t understand what was going on. But it was something that I had never heard before and Tool is now my favorite rock band. Love all of their albums and can’t wait until the new one comes out.

14 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
15 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

This song is really epic
Please listen to this song before voting any other song
I guaranty you that you wont regret...

Great song, should occupy a higher spot here

You should have known the price of evil...Guys A7X made one hell of a track!

16 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
17 Octavarium - Dream Theater

All hail Portnoy

18 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth
19 Stricken - Disturbed


One of the most awesomest, sickest, best solos you will hear! - dragon_force18

only word I can say "hellyeah"


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20 Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance

I am a music composer...
If you're seeking for music and if it's metal... Than... This song is undoubtedly AWESOME!
This is my lifetime favorite song in my entire life...
I wanna rate it the " AWESOME"...
I'm in love with this song...

My Chemical Romance is Greatest Metal Songs of the 2000's

Heard more "metal" from a children's playground

This song is a tree that needs to be cut down


21 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy
22 Re-Education - Rise Against

This means punk! Not bands like good charlotte and blink 182

They're Punk not metal. BUt this song is great

Where is Savior though

Epic song that combines politics and punk

23 Morphine Child - Savatage

I grew up with Savatage down here in Palm Harbor, Fl. They were a great band then, their sound still stands up today. Just an awesome band. Sad day when Chris Oliva was killed. His brother has had a great band after Savatage. Love you guys...

24 Dracula - Iced Earth
25 The Day that Never Comes - Metallica
26 Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray
27 Before I Forget

No doubt it's the best metal song of the 00s.
Come on, no band in the world has a sound as Slipknot has, they're just the best, capable to beat the older ones, just because they deserve it. And this, is their best song.

28 Blood and Thunder - Mastodon

This should be above My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park, since those bands are not metal

29 Damien - Iced Earth
30 Break - Three Days Grace
31 Universe Momentum - Obscura
32 Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God
33 All for One - Primal Fear
34 Sex Ed Rocks - I Set My Friends On Fire & Smosh
35 In the End - Linkin Park

Nu metal is not metal

Since when metal has been sounding like rap? - Metal_Treasure

Linkin Park makes quality music and how they dare to put one of the most legendary tracks of the 00s in the 31st place?

No one can beat linkin park. they are the god of rock music

36 Freak on a Leash - Korn

Dumbass this song came out in 1998 on the album and 1999 as a single get your facts straight!

Yeah exactly, who was the idiot who put this on the list? This is not 2000s!

This is not 2000's metal song but It's my favorite X)

Who ever made this list in an idiot. this song was release in 1998. - Th3Zm0nst3r

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37 B.Y.O.B.- System of a Down
38 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish
39 Schism - Tool
40 The Trend - Annihilator
41 Ghost of Perdition - Opeth
42 Vinushka - Dir En Grey
43 Lullaby (Death All Over) - Avatar
44 Headstrong - Trapt

Fantastic song...One of the greatest anthems of the 00s

This song should be in top 10

This should be in top is one of the greatest song of 2000s.

45 Hollywood Whore - Papa Roach

I'm sorry but the party's over

One of my favorite songs and should be in the top 5

I LOVE this song! Should be in the top ten for sure

46 Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine
47 I Won't See You Tonight - Avenged Sevenfold

A7x made a rlly stunning 9 min song that is fking emotional.

48 Awake - Godsmack

Rise Against is not metal. They are hardcore punk. Awake is one of GOdsmack's best songs ever so Godsmack deserves to be higher in the list especially in the top tens.

Definitely one of the greatest songs of 2000s

Should be replaced by I Stand Alone

49 Toxicity - System of a Down
50 Fossil - A Feed from Cloud Mountain - Between the Buried and Me
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Top Remixes (9)

1. The Day that Never Comes - Metallica
2. Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God
3. Pearls Before the Swine - Machine Head
1. Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
3. Chop Suey! - System of a Down
1. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
2. My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
3. The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

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