Top 10 Metal Songs That Best Represent Their Subgenres

The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood - Slayer (Thrash) Raining Blood - Slayer (Thrash) Cover Art

Ironically Slayer are frequently mistaken for a death metal band.

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

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

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.

The riff is breathtaking. - Metal_Treasure

Should be #1 : textbook thrash.
Agressive political lyrics with a very fast tempo.
Three fast solo.
But moreover, the most important thing to me is the complex dual riffage that defines the thrash sound : it's no surprise the Big Four of Thrash all had rhythm guitarists : riffing is the most important thing in thrash. This song has many diffenrent riffs all throughout, sometimes different riffs are played simultaneously, which shows great compositional complexity. The thrashiest thrash metal song in my opinion. - JoLeKosovo

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

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

7 Lack of Comprehension - Death (Death Metal) Lack of Comprehension - Death (Death Metal) Cover Art

An essential metal song. - Metal_Treasure

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

The Contenders

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

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) Mouth for War - Pantera (Groove Metal) Cover Art
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) Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian (Symphonic Metal) Cover Art

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

16 War Pigs - Black Sabbath (Traditional Metal) War Pigs - Black Sabbath (Traditional Metal) Cover Art
17 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Heavy Metal) Painkiller - Judas Priest (Heavy Metal) Cover Art

Everything in this song is great... and crazy - vox, drums and guitars. Truly a metal classic by an iconic metal band. - Metal_Treasure

18 A Fine Day to Die - Bathory (Black Metal) A Fine Day to Die - Bathory (Black Metal) Cover Art
19 Nemesis - Arch Enemy (Melodic Death Metal)
20 Freezing Moon - Mayhem (Black Metal) Freezing Moon - Mayhem (Black Metal) Cover Art
21 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (Progressive Power Metal) And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (Progressive Power Metal) Cover Art
22 Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II - Annihilator (Technical Thrash) Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II - Annihilator (Technical Thrash) Cover Art
23 Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War (Brutal Black Metal) Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War (Brutal Black Metal) Cover Art
24 Majesty - Blind Guardian (Speed Metal) Majesty - Blind Guardian (Speed Metal) Cover Art
25 Arc-Lite - Coroner (Technical Thrash Instrumental)
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