Best Metal Songs

The Top Ten
1 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

This is not just the ultimate thrash song, but the ultimate metal song in general. Supremely technical, brutally heavy, yet also melodic, this is a band at the peak of their creativity and careers. I don’t think any song will ever top this.

In many ways it's the archetypal metal song. It's heavier and faster than the classic Priest, Maiden, and Sabbath stuff, but it's not as heavy and fast as the subgenres that would develop later. It is in that sweet spot, which characterizes much of thrash as a whole.

This is a song that features multiple headbangable riffs, a slow, melodic section, a powerful hook, insightful lyrics about a real issue, and a shredding, yet memorable solo. Despite being relatively extreme for its time, it had enough mass appeal to generate a buzz.

It is Metallica's signature song, and I would argue that it's also metal's signature song. If one metal song had to be selected to represent metal to aliens and sent into space, this would be it.

I admit that I prefer Megadeth over Metallica for thrash metal, but I think this song individually beats stuff like Holy Wars and Hangar 18.

One can never get tired of listening to this.
Those riffs, emotional bridge, 2 insane breakdowns and lyrics. Hits you always as if you are listening to it for the first time.

Oh phew. After listing to brokencyde, I feel like I got my brain cells back!

Right from the start with the first riff, it's like a punch to the face. The build up is to the the main riff is pure headbanging joy. Hetfield and Hammett keep unleashing riff after riff at amazing speed and punchy sound.
Together with Burton's bass and Ulrich's drums it forms an impenetrable wall of thrash metal that keeps hitting you like a slap to the face.
The lyrics are one of the best ever on a metal songs. Hetfield's angry vocals shouting 'Pain monopoly.. Ritual misery! ' all the while hitting percussive downpicks on every riff is stuff of legend.
Suddenly out of the blue comes a calm and beautiful bridge with a clean riff and a serene dual harmony followed by Hetfield's soulful solo. Hetfield has an amazing haunting blues-rock lead playing which I love.
Then in comes Hammett with his absolutely insane solo with a ear-piercing pinch harmonic. Hammett ends on the highest note on the guitar and next riff played is probably heaviest you can hear without ...more

2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This song defined the word epic. The riffs are all fantastic, the rave up at the end is awesome, and the lyrics are some of the most philosophical you will ever here. Overall, a masterpiece.

Though my first Maiden song was Fear of The Dark and it's my personal metal number one as a riff, HBTN is simply bigger, more advanced and better song overall. This song has clearly everything not so brutal death, but still metal song needs - spooky opening, dark lyrics, great riff, perfectly done pass between silent part and 'go loud' part, shouted speech-like part of lyrics. And it's like one third of a song. The rest is as good as opening, which isn't quite simple. Every second of that masterpiece is both beautiful and entertaining, but this cannot be expressed in words, simply go listen to that if you didn't, don't thank me.

The best metal song ever. Not only because it is flawless. It is that its mixture of different speed riffs and amazing melodies along with the awesome lyrics makes it impossible for any other metal song to get above it; only to approach it. It is the perfection which I use to rate other songs.

I'll put it at number one on the Best Metal Song List. Why not? Sure, I can think of a couple more that would have valid rights to the top spot as well, but this song has every element a brilliant Metal song should have. The song is epic in every way. The songwriting, the musicianship, the production are all top notch and raised the bar for all Metal that followed. Hard to single out any one performance, but Bruce Dickinson's vocals on this track are unparalleled by any singer, any genre on any planet!...O.K., O.K., maybe a little over the top there, but seriously, the vox in this song are insane! (This song is also my All-Time Favorite Song regardless of genre)

3 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

I have yet to hear a better song. The build-up from slow, pain and sorrow, to fast, heavy, rage in unbeatable. The amount of vocal meaning and the way the song is sung is just mesmerizing. Slow at first, with great guitar, building up with more and more bass and drums, then a point where the lyrics and singing style show a breaking point, from a plea, to letting all the rage out in a headbanging fashion. Then it ends out with a classic guitar solo. The flow and structure of the song is mesmerizing. Everything metallica stands for in one song ; grim lyrics, powerful vocals, amazing riffs, beat and flow gets better and better, and finally the guitar solo to finish off this masterpiece. Best metallica song, and best metal song overall.

"One" basically encapsulates every notable subgenre of metal. The more melodic parts in the opening are based on more ballad based metal songs on the softer side. The chorus with its distortion sounds a lot like sludge metal. The bridge of "Darkness! Imprisoning me! " is almost a precursor of alternative, nu, and even rap metal, and the machine-gun riff is very reminiscent of groove metal. The final two minute solo is pure thrash and speed metal goodness. And with its various parts and musical sections, the song has a strucure reminiscent of progressive metal.

"One" is not just a legendary metal song. It's the entire genre encapsulated in seven in a half minutes.

In my opinion, the best metal song to ever exist and one of the best songs of all time. It was beautifully constructed by starting very slow and melodic and then suddenly explodes into all out heavy perfection and features one of the best guitar solos of all time. Here is my opinion of the best metal songs of all time:

1. One by Metallica

2. Hollowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden

3. Fade to Black by Metallica

4. Master of Puppets by Metallica

5. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due by Megadeath

6. Painkiller by Judas Priest

7. The Trooper by Iron Maiden

8. Holy Diver by Dio

9. Chop Suey! by System of a Down

10. The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden

It even opens the gates for non-metal fans in the beginning.
Melodic and (in my opinion) liberating intro.
When the vocals kick in, you feel something haunting yet unclear.
Distortion parts start to remind us how this soldier's life started to become tragedic.
At the end of first bridge it mellows a bit down as he is calming down his hatred and anger to remind his past journeys.
every time the man thinks about his past, the fear kicks back in to the mind.
The bridge harmonic riffs represent the anxiety and liberal feelings that one will feel in the battle field.(in my opinion)
The machine gun riffs and double bass represents the war he fought and the war in his mind that he is dealing currently.
The solo represents how the time flies in full speed.
In the climax of the song he reminisces everything and understands the true meaning of life, that someone would in the last moments.
The song doesn't end in a slow fashion just like how the life is supposed to ...more

4 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

I have to be completely honest. Being on this website for 10ish threads, I can see how Megadeth and Metallica bias this place is. Now, my favorite Megadeth. So, I don't take offense to it. I just feel it's very hard for a band other than those two to make it in these lists. Nevertheless, I vote holy wars because it is my all time favorite song. I think it's highly underrated by people too closed minded in their favorite bands music to really think. Either way, those people have no effect on me enjoying this song. So, like I said before, I am voting for this.

Of course guys, this song is pretty awesome. But let be honest, it is not their best song. And I can't understand why here are so many Metallica songs! I listened to very many of there songs and it is annoying me just by the 30th time when I listen to it (yes I hear very much music). There are too many other great bands out there. At least one Black Sabath song should be under the top 10 (my suggestion is war pigs, it is my favorite).
So I don't want to talk much more, the last thing that I want to say is that MEGADETH is for me the greatest Metal Band in the history!

Thrash Metal as its best! No doubt this got to be number one. Friedman and Mustaine did such a good job on this one. I play guitar for 18 years now and this album contains some of the hardest things I have ever tried to handle on guitar. The difficulty of the songs got nothing to do with my vote for this album though. It is about the music everything is just perfect exept Dave's singing, if you just look on the singing in my opinion Master of Puppets deserves number 1 but I am voting for this album cause it got everything nearly perfect.

What after chop suey, again who's X-japan, this song should be #1, still can't play this song, awesome lyrics backed with the most influencing guitar works, this song is far more better than master of puppets, again this song should be #1.. MEGADETH rules...

And just when I was scrolling my mouse I found Forever winter by Antim GRahan, never thought they will be on the list it's a great song and yes I am from Nepal, people please check out Ma sano prakash by Atomic Bush, you will love it, you won't regret it..

5 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

Priest just define the term heavy metal,
I'm also a big fan of Metallica but they wouldn't be half the band they are without the influence of judas priest. Can also remember seeing iron maiden supporting them, think it was the British Steel tour, has to go down as one of my favourite gigs of all time

When this song came out in 1990 the first thought I had was Priest came to rip the metal crown from Metallica's head. The song and album was so good the band broke up. How could they top this album? I wonder if that's the reason Rob left? They really nailed it.

This is what heavy metal is supposed to sound like. The riff and the solo are insanely good, the drumming is excellent and don't even get me started on Rob Halford...just a masterpiece! CAN'T STOP THE PAINKILLER!

Wow, is this a sad list. Judas Priest is one of my all time favorite metal bands, and while this is not my favorite metal song, it is my favorite on the list, next to Master of Puppets and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

6 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

First off, Master of Puppets got me into music in general. It's the first song I tried to learn on guitar. I worship this song. But... we are talking about IRON MAN. Without it, there would be no metal. The riff heard around the world. I have seen some truely atorious things on this sight, but with this I draw the line. Iron Man deserves nothing less than Number 1. Number 6 is an outrage. The songs "rated" above it are all phenomenal, and deserve a spot on this list, but selling short Iron Man is about as metal as voting Lil Wayne as the greatest metal artist ever. It's just WRONG.

Even if I'm not a big fan of black sabbath I would say I'm a bigger fan of S.O.A. D iron man is not only a great song but it's a song from black sabbath one of the best metal bands ever so they deserve to have a song in top 10 also I saw chop suey that why I commneted System of a Down... I agree a really great song but come on not even a metal one an nu metal or hard rock one.. And no solo no nothing great song but it doesn't deserve the top 10

Black Sabbath is the father of all metal. This Should be way higher along with many other great songs by them.N.I. B, Symptom of the Universe, Paranoid, Supernaut, and even their new stuff is pretty good. If you haven't listened to their new 13 album I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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.

7 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath Cover Art

Thrash metal before Metallica, punk before the Sex Pistols, this songs influence is immeasurable. Who cares if they ripped off Zeppelin on this track, they did it better than Communication Breakdown ever could.

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 was almost an afterthought originally for sabbath, but thanks to care with its guitar riffs, memorable vocals, and cultural impact, this song basically created metal. Would consider MoP a distant second though, and that song is AMAZING. Great job sabbath.

The first time I heard this song was on rockband, and I love it! Black Sabbath is the original metal band! This was basically one of the first metal songs! Every metal band today has learned something from Sabbath. That's why this song is the best!

8 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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!

"Into the valley of Death, rode the six hundred. Cannons to right of them, cannons to left of them, volley'd and thunder'd.. THE TROOPER! " - just unforgettable introduction by Bruce at Rock In Rio 2001
Anyway this is classic. In my opinion it has the best guitar riff ever written and the intro played live by Madien is just eargasmic.

It's classic Iron Maiden, so grab their fans attention and tell them to stop endlessly going on about Hallowed Be Thy Name as though it's the only great track they've written. Look where Rime of the Ancient Mariner is.

Great song... No band can be compared with Maiden.. Trooper is the trademark of Iron Maiden.

UP THE IRONS... It should definitely be in top ten..

9 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

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!

Oh my god wow I don't know why this song is part of this list this was when they started to sell out it's good but not good enough for this list I don't understand why Over the Montain or Children of the Grave is not part of this list and surtinly Stairway to Heaven would be part of this if Led Zeppelin was nt having the problem they're having.

This song is just awesome!
Superb intro, pre-chorus? Check.
Great vocals? Check.
Good lyrics? Check.
Guitar solo? ' awesome.
This should at least be in the top five! Come on, guys!

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

10 Angel of Death - Slayer Angel of Death - Slayer Cover Art

All of the songs in top ten are great. But I think that Angel of Death has to be in the top ten. Beacuase Angel of Death is according to me and many others the best thrash metal song out there. It's to bad to see this song being behind Metallica. Metallica is according to me one of the worst metal bands. Yeah kill em all was good and so was Master of Puppets but the other albums are nothing compared to albums released by bands like Pantera, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Slayer, Motörhead, Exodus and many more. It is time for people to understand that Metallica is not that amazing and to see that Slayer is the best thrash band and that they have released maybe the best thrash album ever with one of the best metal songs ever amd that song is Angel of Death.

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

In order to be one of the top 10 best metal songs of all time, everything in the song has to be good: the riffs, the solo, the rhythm etc, one chorus or breakdown is not enough. In this song the solo is way below mediocre, just a typical note sequence

I'm genuinely surprised this isn't in at least the top 5. Just by listening to this song you can tell it's extremely advanced and certain to go down in history. It somehow gets better every time you listen to it, maybe that's just black magic?

The Contenders
11 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio Cover Art

Dio is the greatest metal voice of all time. I'd throw in there too The Last in Line. In fact I like The Last in Line better than Holy Diver.

How in the hell is this not number one? This song is amazing, one of the best in history, Dio is a Rock/Metal Legend, in my opinion. His voice is just amazing that you can hear it for hours and not get tired of it, it's such a unique voice that you can hear it anywhere and know who's Singing. I honestly think this should be higher on the list.
R.I.P. Dio. We miss and Love you.

A great song with such a simple, yet complex riff. It uses five power chords and it is written in the key of Cm. Ronnie James Dio's first solo album was a masterpiece. Somehow, this song worked its way to the top of an album crowded with great songs.

Its hard to pick anything over Cowboys From Hell but this song is the metal GOAT. The best music puts a palpable feeling in your gut, if you can't feel it keep trying...THE VISION NEVER DIES

12 War Pigs - Black Sabbath War Pigs - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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.

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).

These reviews are really awesome. But you guys don't need to bother explaining why War Pigs is the best metal song of all time. My top 5: War Pigs, Holy Wars, Painkiller, Hallowed, Black Sabbath. Stargazer and Master could very well be there too.

Think about when this was written. 1969. When the world thought love and peace would save all. Then came Black Sabbath to tell us all that it is not all daisys and rainbows out there and politicians of all kinds are evil. By far the greatest metal song of all time. It seriously changed the sound of music.

13 Chop Suey! - System of a Down Chop Suey! - System of a Down Cover Art

In an interview, Daron Malakian explained, "The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die. Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line, ' 'I cry when angels deserve to die'. The lyric passages 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit' and 'why have you forsaken me? ' are a reference to Jesus' death on the cross, as, according to the Gospels, it was one of the seven things Jesus said while dying. "

Do I even need to explain why Chop Suey! Is one of the best metal songs ever? Okay, it may not be the best, but this song IS PURE AWESOMENESS and everyone knows it! The intro, the lyrics, the scream part, Serj's voice, Shavo and Daron being badasses once again and John rocking the hell out. System of a Doen is honestly a FANTASTIC band and this song deserves to be in the top 10! There are other System of a Down songs that should really be here too.

The best metal song hands down, this is the only band that has several amazing songs, other bands only got like one. They are very underrated, and super unique, they like to combine other genres into their music. Chop suey has a staggering 640 million views while Metallica best song is only at 140, Serj and Daron make the most powerful songs and love their people, and their voices are amazing with serj screaming and slow melody and Daron nice soothing high pitches voice. And Shavo is CRAZY. This dude is flipping his fingers all over his bass and it’s amazing, finishing the best noises into any song. And finally, John is the best drummer alive there’s no question he makes the best transitions to beats in music it’s unbelievable

We all know that there isn't a better song then Chop Suey!.
First:the voice. Serj Tankian has a paradisiacal voice, he could sing at a death metal concert and at a opera with the same powerful voice. Second:the instrumental parts. Guitar, bass and drums blend beautifully. Third:the words. This is the most touching lyric that I've ever heard.

14 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera Cowboys from Hell - Pantera Cover Art

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

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

As a fan of all metal bands I will say that while this list is good this needs to be higher. Solidly in the top 3

Pantera has to be in Sandman spot...Greatest 90's metal band there was..Mouth of War might even be better?

15 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

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!

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

There were more heavier pop rock songs in that era. If Knack did it, then it is power pop. If Ozzy did it, then it is metal. WHY?

16 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

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.

I don't know about you guys but I LOVE this song. It is an amazing song. It has the famous riffs, the brutal drumming, the badass vocals, the speed and the awesome solos. Raining Blood has it all. Slayer has created a masterpiece with this one!

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

SERIOSLY this is in the greatest thrash/speed album of all time. Do you really want new bands like slipknot and that who haven't even been around that long. Raining blood and master of puppets come on guys

17 The Four Horsemen - Metallica The Four Horsemen - Metallica Cover Art

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

This song isn't underrated. Go to any Metallica show over the last 35-years and they bash you over the head with it. I'm desensitised to how common it is. They can't even play it properly anymore - but that goes for a lot of their stuff.

Defiantly one of the best Metallica songs, my personal favorite would be battery. Can't believe this is not higher up

The best Metallica song of all time for me. Maybe my ears just got very tired of listening to Master of Puppets.

18 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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 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.

Of course Metallica fans own Iron Maiden albums. Metallica always encouraged open-mindedness. And yes, Iron Maiden are the greatest metal band of all time - until Metallica trounced them. The stats don't lie.

What a song. I am horrified that this isn't in the top 10. It really is one of the best songs out there.
How somebody could make a piece of music sound like that is beyond me.

19 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

Best Metallica song ever. Listen to the intro...the words (I know they aren't on here) the vocals, James Hetfield is Brilliant. Kirk Hammett rocks the guitar...Lars Ulrich beats the hell out of the drums... And Robert Trujillo has got thunder fingers. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009! This band has been ROCKING since 1981 when the band was officially formed that October.

Bro you sound like you just looked up some information about Metallica, just so you could post it in your comment. You do know that Robert Trujillo isn't on here?

Everything in this song is PERFECT, there's no match to it! This is by far, the best song in the world, there is no comparison.. MOP is good because it has a classic riff, but fade to black has a "perfect" solo in addition to other things that MOP has. The beginning, the mid and the end of solo, how it practically fades to black is unbelievable masterpiece

This is by far the best Metallica song. Master of puppets is good, but the deepness of this song makes it a true masterpiece. While it might not have the length of some other Metallica songs, it definitely has the greatest lyrics and solo of them all.

The last three minutes of this song is just about as good as music gets. The ending guitar solo and the riff which accompanies it are are, in my opinion, respectively one of the greatest guitar solos and one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time.

20 Ace of Spades - Motorhead Ace of Spades - Motorhead Cover Art

'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.

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

Yet another fan claiming they're favourite band brought thrash screaming to life. There should be a top ten list for bands who claim they invented thrash and leave Metallica as a travelling Carnivale.

This song is the definition of metal and people still voted for the mainstream Metallica just because they have the word "Metal" in their band name. I mean come on guys... Come on...

21 Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cover Art

Haha and this is supposed to be a list of the best metal songs of all time! If you're true metal fans then you should be ashamed of the fact that one of the best songs of one of the best metal bands of all time is placed a paltry 19th.
If you have any self-respect and respect for the immense contribution from these legends to metal, you would bring it up to at least top 10.

12? This masterpiece has to be at least top 5, or above master of puppets. Fantastic riffs, amazing solo, deep and excellent lyrics, nearly perfect vocals, chilling intro, anything else? This songs very emotional, has deep meaning if you try to understand it, touches me and gets me eveytime. This song is masterpiece and soon will become a legend. Dimebag darell for the win, RIP legend!

By far one of my favorite Pantera songs, and arguably the best metal song of the 90's. It is very technical and melodically sung to create a very somber, yet energetic song. A true musical masterpiece only rivaled by best classical composers.

It was a VERY tough choice between this and "Fade to Black", but in the end I chose this because, while "Fade to Black" is a better ballad, "Cemetery Gates" is a better overall song.

22 Seek & Destroy - Metallica Seek & Destroy - Metallica Cover Art

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

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

One of the best guitar solos of all time, still gives me chills.

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

23 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Cover Art

The song that started it all. Everything about it is iconic, from the thunder and rain of the beginning to the terrifying riff to the Hendrix-style rave up at the end, this is metal. That riff uses what is known as the tritone or “Diabolus In Musica”, a sound that evokes fear and dread in the listener. I wish I was alive in 1970 to be able to hear this on the radio. It was a mission statement, that music was just beginning to be truly understood. Music has never been the same since.

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.

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!

I donot understand weather it is a joke or what that this song is given such a low position. It should be in the top 3 columns.

24 Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art

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.

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.

Perhaps we Metallica fans can put up tracks from the album Risk, and if the folk who run this thread decide to put them up, then perhaps you'd be eating those Metallica sell out words.

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!

25 Stricken - Disturbed Stricken - Disturbed Cover Art

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!

The guitar solo is absolutely amazing and everything else too.

"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.

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