Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs


The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

This is probably my favorite metal riff although this isn't my most favorite metal song. - Metal_Treasure

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2 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

Back then, I didn't like this song that much. But the riff interested me to listen this song. And as time passed I started to love this riff. - zxm


3 Master of Puppets - Metallica

This song is just unreal.

4 Raining Blood - Slayer

It's a given in my book,

Top 3 at least

5 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
6 Painkiller - Judas Priest
7 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

That's the 2nd most copied riff in metal history after Raining Blood by Slayer. It deserves much more than #23 - Metal_Treasure

8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

If this riff is considered as one of the top 5 guitar riffs of all time then, it generally should be first or second on the list. - zxm

9 Mouth for War - Pantera
10 Alison Hell - Annihilator

The Contenders

11 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

YES. SO GLAD THIS IS UP SO HIGH. SUCH a underrated band, let alone this song! I 2as looking to download the classical piece of the same name when I saw this song. The Art caught my eye so I gave it a shot and BOY was I amazed. Instantly fell in love with this band, same with my brother. This song deserves the top spot.

Godly riff, how could you not love it? - ThatOneDrummer

One of my all time favorite riffs. - Metal_Treasure

12 Walk - Pantera
13 Blackwater Park - Opeth
14 Holy Diver - Dio
15 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
16 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
17 The Thing that Should Not Be - Metallica
18 Dawn of the Angry - Morbid Angel
19 Between the Hammer & the Anvil - Judas Priest
20 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden
21 As I Am - Dream Theater
22 Dead Skin Mask - Slayer
23 Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare -all) - Type O Negative
24 Devil's Daughter - Ozzy Osbourne
25 Black Angel, White Angel - Danzig
26 Breaking All the Rules - Ozzy Osbourne
27 Schizos - Annihilator

Several fast and technical riffs - never counted them but this is a riff fest.

28 A Light In the Black - Rainbow
29 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
30 Peace Sells - Megadeth
31 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
32 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
33 Master Exploder - Tenacious D
34 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth
35 Bulls On Parade - Rage Against the Machine
36 Helpless - Diamond Head
37 Reckoning Day - Megadeth
38 Supernaut - Black Sabbath
39 Drag the Waters - Pantera
40 Disciple - Slayer
41 Imperiled Eyes - Annihilator
42 Ultra Motion - Annihilator
43 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
44 Masked Jackal - Coroner
45 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth

This one is just awesome. - Metal_Treasure

46 Crimson King - Demons and Wizards
47 All for One - Primal Fear
48 Strike - Primal Fear
49 Diabolus - Primal Fear
50 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

The riff that got me into death metal. - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
2. Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
3. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
1. Devil's Daughter - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Dawn of the Angry - Morbid Angel
3. Between the Hammer & the Anvil - Judas Priest
1. Thunder Kiss '65 - White Zombie
2. The Thing that Should Not Be - Metallica
3. Blackwater Park - Opeth

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