Top 10 Metal Songs That Best Represent Their Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood - Slayer (Thrash)

My initial idea was to put in the top 10 only one song per subgenre but I know that if I put only one of these 3 thrash songs, the other 2 will be added immediately by other people so I added them myself.
I also tried to put the most popular subgenres first. - Metal_Treasure

To Be Honest This Song Describes Metal In General Id Pick This Song To Describe All Of Metal - christangrant

Gonna vote for this but I guess Angel of Death represents thrash more. - anonymonstrum

2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)

I know that this isn't officially a sub genre and I know that Iron Maiden songs are labelled traditional metal/heavy metal. But I think Iron Maiden songs are way faster than traditional metal because traditional metal is mid-tempo. - Metal_Treasure

3 Master of Puppets - Metallica (Thrash)
4 Holy Wars ... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (Thrash)

So I don't actually like this song much. The main riff of holy wars is pretty great but the transition to the punishment due section is awful and then the song goes to it. Also Dave mustaine had a really bad vocal performance and bad lyrics.

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5 Octavarium - Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)
6 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath (Traditional Metal)

Traditional metal (mid-tempo, melodic, clean vox). - Metal_Treasure

7 Lack of Comprehension - Death (Death Metal) V 1 Comment
8 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth (Heavy Metal)

I think "Epic Thrash" would be the best way to describe this masterpiece but there's no such subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

9 Only Ash Remains - Necrophagist (Technical Death Metal)
10 I Am the Black Wizards - Emperor (Black Metal)

The Contenders

11 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth (Melodic Death Metal)

I think probably a carcass, at the gates, early in flames, or dark tranquility song might better represent the genre but this song is still amazing.

12 Mouth for War - Pantera (Groove Metal)
13 Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2 - Helloween (Power Metal)
14 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple (Traditional Metal)
15 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian (Symphonic Metal)

One of the most impressive, crafted and epic metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

16 War Pigs - Black Sabbath (Traditional Metal)
17 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Heavy Metal) V 1 Comment
18 A Fine Day to Die - Bathory (Black Metal)
19 Nemesis - Arch Enemy (Melodic Death Metal)
20 Freezing Moon - Mayhem (Black Metal)
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Top Remixes

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)
2. Octavarium - Dream Theater (Progressive Metal)
3. Raining Blood - Slayer (Thrash)
1. Raining Blood - Slayer (Thrash)
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica (Thrash)
3. Holy Wars ... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (Thrash)



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