Best Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Damn straight -- gotta love looking up this list and find the number 1 song to be what I'm listening to right now

This is one song that will be written off as best in every place!
amazing solo, classic riffs, super sexy bass, hard core drumming!
whoever created this song is a genius!

X Japan? Laugh out loud
In order to make a masterpiece like master of puppets you need a combination perfect factors, which only exists in Metallica. Great rhythm guitar of hetfield, perfect solo by hammett, wonderful bass performance of burton and finally the overwhelming drums play of ulrich. So suck it kiddos we are the best.

METALLICA...!

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2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

This is not only the best metal song but in my opinion, the overall best song ever. This tune never gets old and rocks just as hard as the first time you hear it. Every time maiden puts out another live album this song just gets better and better especially with the addition of Janick Gers on 3rd guitar.

Yes they could, the best song ever is purely opinion and it is different for everyone, unless your saying since they don't know about the future music or they haven't heard all the songs in the world - germshep24

I guess almost every existing metal band covered this song already, and there must be a reason for that.
And the reason is simple, best song on this planet.
That intro alone is Epic! Everything in this song fits together.
Every instrument has his special moment here.

This is #1 in metal. To show how overrated Metallica is just look at the top ten, 3 songs. Master of Puppets deserves to 10 but not 3.
#1 Hallowed
#2 Painkiller
#3 Iron Man

Hallowed Be Thy Name is far superior to Master of Puppets.
1. The notes sung on Master are essentially the same five or so notes. Hallowed pulls all the shots by going to low and high notes.
2. Hallowed is more alluring with its hooks and solos than Master
3. Master keeps the same riff for two-thirds of the song. Hallowed shifts in and out of different riffs
4. Hallowed features some of Bruce's highest notes ever. - CaptDeadeye

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3 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Best metal song ever. Nothing comes close. This is coming from a huge Metallica fan. Trapped Under Ice should be a distant second.

Trapped Under Ice, indeed a very underrated Metallica song like Escape and Frayed Ends is Sanity - lilrocketman

just listen to it... you don't have to do anything else, just listen... and then you will know why holy wars should be #1

One of Megadeth's masterpiece. This should definitely be in the top 3. Dave Mustaine did a great job. Never heard of "X Japan".

Just a tad bit thrashier and better than Master of Puppets. Still Love Master though,

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4 One - Metallica

There's just no contest. It's Metallica all over, a classic metal band simply themselves, but this is by far their best song.

Did anyone ever listen to the lyrics? Yes, it has VERY much meaning. It's about a soldier who just wants to pull the plug on the life support machines. He's been through hell and back in war in the video-- no arms or legs. It made me really think after watching it. It's touching, too. Just watch the video.

No list containing best metal songs ever is complete without this great song in top 5. - Slashhead

The best metal song ever in my opinion. - Userguy44

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5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

This is one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. A masterpiece in the heavy metal genre! You don't live if this song doesn't give you shivers.

I think is the best song of metal ever, it should be at least in a better place than "Art of Life"! - rock2metal

HELL YES! Love the solo and the lyrics, great song in general!

Don't get me wrong, Painkiller is awesome, but it's simply inferior to Victim of Changes and The Sentinel. - CaptDeadeye

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6 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

If you don't listen to this song then you're missing out on a lot its one of the first songs that got me into metal and I can't stop listening to it most days.

You guys are all wrong. The best song is the one which started it all. And that is what Paranoid is. It really sucks that bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, Slipknot and even Linkin Park (who I don't see how, can be classified as Metal) are ranked ahead of Black Sabbath-the band who were the godfathers of Metal

Another guy who judging music after influence, not the music itself... Paranoid is a mediocre song, and not even metal.

This song is amazing, I learned to sing it by heart! And it's the first song I beat on Guitar Hero 3 on Expert, I really love this song!

This song helped started metal. Why is it not higher? - CaptDeadeye

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7 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

This song is TOO good not to be in the top ten. Although my favorite Maiden song is Infinite Dreams, I say that The Trooper should be in the top ten because of how legendary, and just how recognizable, it is. And come on, is there anything better than The Trooper live? No one forgets the moment Bruce runs on stage in the red jacket waving the Union Jack!

WAY BETTER THAN ENTER SANDMAN. This is a heavy metal anthem and one of Maiden's greatest songs for their greatest album

eddie is beast in this picture bro. this is definitely my fav maiden album and song, and fav song ever. maiden will live forever!

Paranoid above this? Seriously? - Metal_Treasure

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8 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

How is this not number one? I mean, Metallica rocks hard and all, but on the other hand it's IRON MAN BY Black Sabbath. Without this song, there would BE no metal. It should at least be top 3. Seeing it at number 19 makes it hard to take this poll seriously.

This is Black sabbath! Why aren't they number one? Guns N' Roses isn't even metal but they are on here!

Black sabbath is the best band in the world, Iron man is their number one project (maybe except of paranoid as well)! Hello to all B. S. fans from Azerbaijan!

Black Sabbath's masterpiece

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9 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Finally on top ten! I just love this song! One of the best! And why there's no Pantera on the Top Ten? - MetalGod

This is my favorate song of all time and I think it should be at least on the top 5. I m a great fan of Metallica and I even love master of puppets. But personally this is my opinion. I Mean this song has everything. The Intro, the solo, the lyrics, the drums. IT Is PERFECT!

MAN... ENTER SANDMAN... Has become my one of the best song for last 3 years... But I love arieals by SYSTEM OF DOWN... I'm just waiting for ENTER SANDMAN 3 TO RELEASE...

The best

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10 Holy Diver - Dio

Long live the legend Dio who threw songs like this will never truely die. Rip Dio

RIP Legend, lock up the wolfs, all fools sailed away, should be on list too

I have no idea what Dio is going on about lyrically in this classic, but as the great Henry Rollins said: Dio's voice makes you want to put on a cape and fly like Superman. And he's right.

HOLY DIVER! YOU ARE DOWN TOO FAR ON THE LIST, YOU SEE! OH, WHAT'S BECOMING OF ME?!?!?! - CaptDeadeye

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The Newcomers

? Hessian Peel - Opeth
? The Coma Machine - Between the Buried and Me

The Contenders

11 Angel of Death - Slayer

I'd say Angel of Death and Master of Puppets are tied for my number one. But this song needs to be in the top 2. Come on...

Guys, there isn't even ONE song by either Slayer or Pantera in the top 10. That's ridiculous. However, there are THREE songs by Black Sabbath, who in all honesty don't hold a candle to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but they are considered the "best" for no other reason than "they were the first bro". Also, a System of a Down song is above EVERYTHING that Slayer or Pantera ever made. That is the saddest thing that I have ever seen on a top ten list.

Black Sabbath doesn't hold a candle to them; They wave the whole damn fireplace over them - SoldierOfFortune

Creepy because this song it's just too original... No one ever made a guitar riff like that.

Come ON! 11th? One of the best songs? Where's Raining Blood? - buster

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12 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

There's way more to a metal song, than how heavy it is - and that's what most people ("metal-heads") tend to forget, or choose to ignore. War Pigs is the best metal song (in my opinion), purely because of how powerful it is. I'm no Vietnam War buff, but I think everyone knows that America made a huge mistake of invading Vietnam, and War Pigs takes advantage of this. It makes America look evil and stupid, which was, of course, bound to be embarrassing to America, hence why the name of the album was then changed to "Paranoid". The song was powerful enough to force the band to change the name of the album, which is just the start of why this is the best metal song.

Best Black Sabbath's song and for all who didn't know, they wanted to call 'War Pigs' to their album Paranoid but they weren't allowed. This is probably the most influential song of heavy metal and for sure one of the greatest, if not the best.

Top 5 metal songs are War Pigs (Sabbath), Holy Wars (Megadeth), Hallowed Be Thy Name (Maiden), In My Darkest Hour (Megadeth again), and The Four Horsemen (Metallica) in my opinion of course.
A few songs that I would consider including are right on the border between hard rock and heavy metal, such as Ain't Talking' 'Bout Love (Van Halen), Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin), and In My Time Of Dying (also Zeppelin).

It is not an opinion that War Pigs is the greatest metal song of all time. It is a fact.

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13 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

An energetic, heavy song that will leave you wanting more. Tool is a pretty good band but this song was worth a Grammy. System of a Down is the only modern metal group that can rock hard and be poetic at the same time.

LONG LIVE SYSTEM OF A DOWN! Best 20th century band. This song has everything. Melodic voice. Heavy guitar playing and John Dolmayan with his crazy drum playing just stands out.

This is the only 20th century song to be listed in the top ten. Really proud of SYSTEM OF A DOWN.

Come on master of puppets on top? Even a wasp in this room is less annoying than that song.

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14 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

All Together... Run for cover!!!

This song is better than walk in my opinion. Well in fact, it's better than any other song in the top ten

Best Pantera song but overall best metal song of 90's. I respect Metallica but Enter Sandman isn't my favorite but add this and take away Sandman and you have a great top ten.

This is a good song but I think "walk" and "mouth for war" are better - maverick88

I'm not a Pantera fan but this kicks ass! - Userguy44

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15 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

This is one of my all time favourite songs. Everything about this just blends into a perfectly made song and the solo near the end is mind blowing. I listen to this at least twice a day

Some parts of the song are a bit slow, but this has THE BEST guitar riff in the history of metal- if you disagree, you don't know what a guitar riff is. - the_dude_abides

Great song great guitarist I love this song when I first heard it it gives the right feelings and dimebag one of the best time of all guitarists.

Melodic and meaningful, truly a perfect power ballad.

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16 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

68th?!?!? Really? This is an amazing song that is deserving of at the very least a spot in the top ten. Easily the best song off of Kill em All and my personal favorite from Metallica. PEOPLE VOTE THIS SONG UP, IT DESERVES TO BE HEARD!

One of Metallicas most underrated songs but this song rock. From the intro and then the thrushing along the speed with which the guitars are played is so awesome it just draws you in and makes you visualise what they are talking about. This is an example of fine art. Metallica forever

For a band that was so young and with so few thrash examples to draw from at the time, This one belongs

Incredible song that you never get tired of hearing

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17 Raining Blood - Slayer

*facedesk* Slayer at 76. Wake up all you Slayer fans. This is below Linkin Park, A7X and all those poser metal bands (Deftones and SOAD are good though).

Sorry, but this is one of the best songs in history. And I don't be only metal, but also if you include classic rock like floyd, zeppelin, Beatles. Even Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. If you listen to it 10 times, you will not forget this song for your lifetime. Tis is not musik, this is a world.

After I'm done listening to it, the only negative thought I have is "darn... If only they added a little more to that song to make it longer..." But I guess that would take away from the beauty if the song if it were longer

Raining Blood at 17th?!?! They need to be top 5 or at least top 2! Slayer is the best! - buster

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18 Fade to Black - Metallica

Best song ever should be higher than master of puppets. I love the slow beginning and then when it increases in tempo and volume and then just ultimately finishes it all off.

Guitar riffs, solos, drum rolls, vocals, this song's got something to teach man...! Awesome, no words, out of this world!

One of the best song of mine. I love intro and outro solos.
Really intro and outro of this song is mind blowing...

I love this song, but its too somber. I mean, I get it, but that doesn't mean it should be top! - buster

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19 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

AH.
Not that you only put ozzy in 25th place, you also put my favourite song and what me what metal really was. Hes the prince of darkness and you're the Freak of metal. I'm ten years old and I respect metal. DIE!

I genuinely can't believe this isn't in the top 10, the riffs and solo are spectacular, the lyrics are deep yet uplifting. It's a celebration of descent into madness. It's a great song that gets everybody up and headbanging. This song is adored even by people that don't like metal, it transcends the genre. This is a true defining song of metal, it deserves to be way higher.

I love rock and this is one of my very favorite songs, how is it number 36 when crap like x Japan and dir en grey are in the top 20. Ozzy is one of the greatest metal artists of all time and this is his best song with the killer solo by rhoads, this ranking is unreasonable! - cyclone1248

Why are the comments on this so edgy?

What makes the comments so edge, they look like normal boring comments to me - germshep24

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20 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Really? If it wasn't for Motorhead most of the so called "Top Ten" metal songs would never have existed. Motorhead is the reason that thrash metal was culminated. If you don't believe me watch 'Lemmy-The Movie' and see for yourself

wow this is unbelivable... this is top 5 material and something like art of life shouldn't even be on this list

'We Are The Road Crew' is the better song, but to claim they had anything to do with the birth of thrash is absurd. Maiden claimed they invented speed metal, but they didn't. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth invented thrash due to acts like Danzig, Diamond Head, Dead Kennedy's and Budgie. Neither Metallica or Megadeth have any hint of Motörhead in them. The proof is in the pudding. 'Ace of Spades' is brutal though.

Ace of spades is the OG speed metal hit, and if not for it, these other songs wouldn’t even exist.

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21 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

What a song pure classic metal... I love that riff and I think these some songs from kill me all made metal Black Sabbath just started metal but Metallica made metal and inspired many metal bands... Ohh and maiden also they gave a different touch which no one followed there style and songs are unique but pure awesome... No one writes like them but they are 2nd after Metallica

This song should Seek and destroy it's way to the top five!

As metal as it gets with the original members of Metallica. The classic of classic metal.

Pure genius

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22 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

I didn't think anyone new this song but it is awesome the creepiest riff ever. Every day is the Black Sabbath day and keep it UNholy!

This is where it all started. Oddly enough, it didn't get better than it did on this particular track. I LOVE that riff, and the fast bit at the end serves as an epic conclusion to one of the greatest songs ever.

It was the best song of the First Metal album ever, for the is the best ever, or at least should be on top 10

The song that started it all. It HAS to be #1 on that merit alone. - DANB8

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23 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Greatest Metal Song from one of the best bands ever!
The best intro with the greatest vocalist ever. Bruce Dickinson is an artist who paints with words.

This list is ridiculous. Metallica have three songs in the top ten? Yeah, one is to be expected, two is acceptable, but three? That's pushing it. And what the hell is x Japan? Iron Maiden are the kings of metal, and this song deserves to be higher on this list.

I love Metallica and Megadeth and Black Sabbath but Maiden is the king. If you like metal and you don't have any maiden songs you aren't a metal fan. Maiden is easily the best metal band of all time and the fact that Metallica has more songs than them on this is unreal.

This is the song that started it all! - Algoma

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24 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

A song that can catch every ear in the world. Perfect vocal, perfect solo, perfect drumming, perfect everything.

it's awesome that such a great solo has been written by a band as young as the avenged sevenfold! Let's vote for them! Go on so guys!

The greatest solo ever to be played, the greatest, most beautiful and well written lyrics to ever be sung, added with a fantastic orchestral part, you can't beat it. I'll tell you one thing, it's better than Master of Puppets. For sure!

This song should be in the top 10, syns guitar solo in this song is phenomenal, live and on record, vocal progression is phenomenal, the orchestra plays well with the heaviness of the song and its just overall a phenomenal song and is better than some songs in the top 10 on this list

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25 Peace Sells - Megadeth

Peace Sells should at the very least be in the top 20, it's easily one of the best and most recognizable metal songs of all time, not to mention an absolute classic. It's up there with Holy Wars, Hangar 18 and Symphony of Destruction, if not better than those 3.

Every time I hear this song I smile and get loads of energy same with holy wars hope to see this in the top five!

Come on the opening bass line was used for the MTV news cast for like 10 years. Face it Metallica isn't nearly as good as megadeth a should die in a hole. And not to mention that album they did with Lou Reed. Barf.

People have opinions. Some prefer Metallica, some prefer Megadeth, some like both, some hate both. - Metarock

One of their best. - Metarock

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26 Stricken - Disturbed

This song is AWESOME! but it only starts to get good about... 1 second into it! This is the song that got me into metal!

"You walk on like woman in suffering, won't even bother now to tell me why.. "

This is probably their best song, Disturbed is one of the only modern metal bands that isn't a poser, however, they are not like screamo or anything. They should make a genre just called Disturbed.

Disturbed is not good😡

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27 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer

Yes, Slayer at the end of their mighty progressive thrash era. Now they just smash you over the head all the time. Bring back the atmospherics...

I myself prefer Skeletons of Society. I think it's the best there is.

Best slayer song of all time

Epic

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28 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

A song from the dawn of metal and a good song in general. Better than a lot of songs on this list. - A7XfoREVer

This is NOT a metal song The Beatles have never made one and this one isn't metal this is an example of why the Beatles are overrated - christangrant

Exactly they are overrated by both your guys definition, they have made very little contribution to metal and yet are being praised for a song of theirs for being metal, they are the band that brought us pop rock music, them being praised for anything else means they are overrated - germshep24

Name a song heavier in 1968? There is none, because it is the first. If people argue that it's not a metal song, then what was heavier before Helter Skelter? NOTHING! - westofohio

I agree that it was the heaviest track and that it pioneered heavy metal, but having it in the top 30 metal songs is completely exagerating. It's pre-metal, but it's far from being THE BEST METAL SONG EVER.

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29 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

Such an EPIC song! How on earth can this not be in the top 5! Synsyster Gates is no doubt the very best!

My second favorite song on their nightmare album. Of course being first, "Save Me".

This is one of the most BADASS songs that I have ever heard. It should be in the top 10, although I'll admit Metallica should have first place.

Top 5 of their best. it's my nightmare that they are not at least 3
"oh it's your ****n' nightmare ha ha ha ha..."

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30 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

A great song which really which sends a message that women can also be great metal vocalists, its a shame they couldn't produce more songs like this.

I don't hear all kinds of metal...So I've a poor knowlege about uploaded songs...But I swear you its a beautiful rock song...

Not sure this song belongs in this company - but its cool

Not metal. - XxembermasterxX

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31 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

How is this song so low it has the greatest guitar solo of all time. It is beautiful and yet powerful. A huanting tale of a man who worshiped things that shouldn't be touched. Randy Roads is a guitar god thtis should be top 10 for sure.

Haunting synth, creepy guitar solo, disillusioned vocals...
No matter, what Death Metal produces - musically, it remains one of the most evil songs ever created.

How is this so low? 1st solo is a masterpiece, and so is the whole song. Randy is a god, Ozzy put a lot of work into it, and it turned out to be the greatest song of all time in my opinion.

A real masterpiece.

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32 A Dangerous Meeting - Mercyful Fate

Ah, a classic from Beelzebub's most loyal disciple.

The King would not be proud of the 777 song cap. Lol.

One of the best ever

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33 Stargazer - Rainbow

This song deserves way more recognition than it gets. Dio gives one of his greatest vocal performances ever, especially towards the end of the song. So much emotion, you can practically feel the rage with each word coming from your speakers. Ritchie Blackmore also came up with an excellent riff for this one, the drum solo at the beginning rocks, and the synthy sound effects build an intense atmosphere. You can feel the desperation of the people building a stone tower to fulfill one man's dream.

The birth of symphonic metal. Simply epic, R.I.P. dio

The most epic 8 minutes my ears ever heard. Iron Maiden (my top band) can't match this greatness.

There is literally no metal song that can match this! R.I.P Ronnie.

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34 Before I Forget - Slipknot

listen this song & make a metal mood

Actually, Corey Taylor is in his mid-forties now and was with Stone Sour a long time before Slipknot. I respect the fact that people acknowledge the greats, so the fans of the greats purchased Before I Forget from Subliminal Verses and being the intelligent track about evolution it is, they won a Grammy for it.

This one of the best metal songs because this makes people want to listen to metal! Like me this song made me star loving metal!

Same man best metal song and it be the number 1 heaviest song of slipknot this before I forget changed my life

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35 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Classic song and classic album - the evolution of Dio culminated on this one I guess, epic riffs, vocals and lyrics

56? This song is legend, inspiring so many other metal musics. Epic riffs, solo, vocals, drum, lyrics, etc. And what can I say is this list is broken...

This song should be n. 1 cause it's really different than others

Should be top 10. This is an insult to metal fans.

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36 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden fans are too busy on page 1 trying to dethrone the Masters and didn't bother to work for it. Classic Iron Maiden.

What. The. Heck. You're telling me that run to the hills is 71. That is just garbage. Maiden is the best metal band and the fact that Slipknot's garbage is ahead of it is malarkey.

It was a number 1 hit on charts around the globe. Iron Maiden paradoxically sold out by writing their best album. Gold.

Dude :|
This Song Deserves To Be At Least in Top 5
I Can't Stop listen To This
Amazing Song

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37 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

I listened to most of the bands a lot. Some of the songs shouldn't be in the top 100 that's for sure. Also, the songs chosen from some bands make me cry... Why would you place any of the Bullet for my valentine songs of the 2nd and 3rd album in the top 500 metal songs? A Top ten song for me would be Hand of Blood.

A lot of Bands are way underrepresented, just because they are not Angloamerican I guess... Where are In Flames, Rammstein, As I lay Dying, Enter Shikari, Bring me the Horizon, Apocalyptica, Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, Parkway Drive, Trivium?

Best LIVE song EVER, they have everything of you want for a song.
Metallica is so overrated, Maiden deserves 10 song in the top 25.

This song should be in the top 10. The solo is just epic and the intro is so amazing. This song is one of the best song by iron maiden, and probably the best metal's song that is ever written.

Oh... The chills...

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38 Walk - Pantera

This should be way higher, its got a better riff and better lyrics than half the top 10 songs on this list.

When someone mentions the metal genre, the first band that pops into my head is Pantera. There isn't a band out there in my opinion that's more metal than that, and had more of an effect on a dying genre during the 90's

Sad people are sad. Why the hell is this song below "Tears don't fall"-Bullet For My Valentine? People have screwed up taste in metal music. Walk by Pantera is a masterpiece and yet it is at 17. I have lost faith in this world.

What Walk - Pantera is so low on this list. This song should at least beat Enter Sandman, I mean it isn’t even a metal song and this is a metal list. I agree with Master Of Puppets being first but I cannot accept this classic lower than enter sandman.

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39 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater

Total kick ass song. And it has a great meaning behind it. I think the only reason this is not in the top ten is nobody has listened to it because its so long. - fireinside96

It is indeed one of Dream Theater's best songs, because it is literally progressive metal, rather than the progressive rock of the late 60's that makes me a bit ambivalent about them. Hey, each to their own. Now where's Ride The Lightning...

This is BY FAR the best METAL song I've ever heard! - moose4life19

I'm so glad that it isn't octavarium has the best song of Dream Theater on this list - germshep24

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40 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

There is so much Metallica on this list - I think I'm gonna be sick. Sure I like them, but it seems to me that they're considered as the gods of metal even though they have about 4 actual metal albums and the rest are just either sellout country crap or a weird mix of ridiculously disorted guitar sounds and a clutter of kitchen utensils. I just don't get it. There aren't a lot of Sabbath songs on this list, and what about Judas Priest. They've been making beautiful heavy metal for 40 years straight and you people can only scoff up a handful o their songs. I think that hallowed be thy name is better than master of puppets any day. AND WHERE'S ALL THE MOTORHEAD!?!? Not many people will read this because it's so far down on the list, but if you do, don't think for a minute that Metallica is the best metal band because they're American and have the word metal in their name. Think for yourself - there's better stuff out there.

Best song from judas priest
I have seen it on graspop
And was amazed by the impact it made on me even
After all those years

Pretty condescending rant. You do realise that heavy metal is global right? You do realise that Metallica are regarded as the greatest metal band of all time right? So it only makes sense that they dominate the popularity polls. If they make you sick, don't listen to them. PS: buy Rob Halford's thrash albums.

Best metal ballad of all time and best metal solo of all time

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41 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

WHAT NUMBER 41 Your ALL Crazy Just Listen to it
- Lilbob93

Listen to it first. And then look at this list and you will feel the same as me. And I feel like what the heck!

Ride the lightning number 41 I get goosebumps whenever I listen to it's solo

Best one by far. Such a riffs storm will never be matched..

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42 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

I have the 'Alive In Athens' dvd, and though they've kind of disowned the dvd, Jon is stark bonkers on this thrash version of Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. He's a big Maiden fan.

Something about Iced Earth makes me proud of Metal. They should be all over this list.

Yeah, it's a thrash epic.

An excellent song. - Metal_Treasure

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43 Toxicity - System of a Down

Eating seeds is a past time activity.

Damn this song should be in top 10

This song is by far one of the best metal songs!

Top 10 material for sure

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44 Freak on a Leash - Korn

The song is one of the first songs I heard by KoRn, but its also what got me into metal. I was 5 when I heard this for the first time and have been into metal since.

This song got me into metal so for me at least it is the greatest Metal song. - 6Broken6Mirror6

Fair enough. I like them, I just dick around and throw some curveballs. I like Issues. Very heavy.

Nu-metal

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45 Mouth for War - Pantera

Tremendous opener to a tremendous album. The riffs held within are staggering, and Terry Date was the business. Pantera nailed this album.

This shouldn't be #44. Really? Where are all the Metalheads? Not here... - n0juliet

This is Metal

This song is the reason I LOVE metal! So cocky, and it explodes at the end. Deserves a higher spot!

46 Floods - Pantera

The solo. That solo. And the outro too. The song's not bad either...

Seriously though, it's the perfect metal song, it's heavy when it needs to be, it's melodic, it's got good lyrics, and it's got that solo.

Come to think of it, I wasn't travelling too well myself when I saw them. Too much black tooth grin.

One of the best songs from one of Pantera's less inspired albums.

Yes, the thunderstorm and all that is good. I just don't know they mean anything. I saw them live an Anselmo was off his face. Dunno.

47 Lack of Comprehension - Death

While not my all time favorite metal song (Holy Wars the Punishment by Megadeth is), I voted for it because Death deserves to have either this or Crystal Mountain in the top 10.

I can't believe no one else has added a death song that is sickening

Boring, barely metal songs rated higher than this masterpiece? Okay...

LACK OF COMPREHENSION!

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48 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed

This song not only talks about the themes of domestic abuse, but the dark side of humanity. How we are a species that cannot control anger, violence, and sadism. How humans are always torturing each other but still having hope in humanity. Now I'm sure that's not what they intended the song to be but that doesn't mean I should express my feelings. We're all free to share our opinions and develop new and fantastic ideas that can help us evolve and create a better future. Furthermore, amazing song. Five stars.

oh come on guys, for god sakes, this should be #1, not down, and what the so unique in metallica to be always #1, ya they r cool but not the best.

If Metallica absolutely sucks then you have inadvertently deemed Disturbed and every other metal band as worse, because Metallica have already been deemed the greatest metal band of all time - 35-years ago.

Isn't this hard rock? - XxembermasterxX

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49 Duality - Slipknot

The first song I heard this song I smashed a vase, rolled around in the glass, poured hot sauce into the wounds, picked up a hammer and started breaking random things in my house, set my house on fire, and then burrowed to the center of the Earth and destroyed it because this song made me feel like I had so much power. - Duality

I
LOVE
THIS
SONG (blind by korn is sweet as well)

A lot of Slipknot's lyrics are about duality itself. It used to irritate me but they have almost perfected it now.

Don't have an interest in Slipknot but I like this song - frankmartin

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50 Laid to Rest - Lamb of God

I'll admit, there's better songs than this on the list, but come on! Lamb of God slays balls on this song! Oh and for the love of metal, Bullet For My Valentine are NOT THRASH! Grow some balls and listen to proper metal

Not my favorite lamb song but they deserve higher spot

Either Laid or Walk With Me in Hell should be here. Sad it's down in 50'th place... Should be at least 15

41? Come on log fans... And what a7x is doing in this list on top?

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