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.

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. - FacUtGaudeam

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

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.

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".

This song should definitely be on the list. This is one of Megadeth's greatest songs. I'd say this song is even better than some of the ones in the top ten. - EndOfSilence402

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

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

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

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.

I saw black sabbath.I just click not knowing the song because I'm a true Sabbath Fan

Nothing needs to be said. Best band ever and they started it all.

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.

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

GREATEST of All Time!
Such an huge respect to The Trooper!
Almigthy Maiden!

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

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!

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. - VisionsOfSight

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

Sandman is one of the most recognizable riffs that Metallica has made.

The song that got me into metal. To me, it will always be one of my favorites.

Good, but too high on the list. There are much better metal songs below this. - Userguy44

10 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...

This underrated song is my favorite metal song and should be in the Top 3! - buster

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 - Alkadikce

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

The Newcomers

? Nightwing - Black Sabbath
? Hard Life to Love - Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11 Holy Diver - Dio

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

This song is amazing and a bonafide metal classic, but in my opinion, Stargazer by Rainbow is a much better track with Dio at the helm. - CaptDeadeye

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.

12 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 song that got me into metal music, I want a new album

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

13 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.

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. - gameofIceandFire

I love the way they fill the gaps between lyrics with solo guitar and drum

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.

14 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

This is probably my favourite metal songs. I'm not much of a metal fan, but this song is great. - TheHabsFan

The only good part of this song is the guitar, kinda generic overall to be honest - RogerWaters

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 am 10 years old, I play guitar, Rhandy is my idol. R.I.P. We saluted you.

15 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

16 Raining Blood - Slayer

This underrated song should be in the Top 3 with Angel of Death! - buster

*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.

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

17 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

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. - Adrian_4

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.

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

19 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

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

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

20 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.

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.

21 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.

This is the greatest song of all time by the real fathers of heavy metal. Lemmy's vocals are simply on another level from others. This song just further states that

22 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!

Overplayed and overrated. - MetalMan

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

23 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Come on guys this is BLACK SABBATH not Mariah Carey or some other poppy singer - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

This is the song that shocked the whole metal community at the time. - 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.

24 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

What do you mean Megadeth is way more talented than Metallica and didn't sell out long live Deth

"didn't sell out"
Wanderlust and Breadline are the eternal epitomes of the thrash genre - Alkadikce

25 Stricken - Disturbed

The guitar solo is absolutely amazing and everything else too.

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.

26 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

I had to scroll *this* far down to find a real metal band? Let's be honest, Metallica, Ozzy, Sabbath, Dio, that's not metal. That's rock. Put those bands where they belong and make way for a *metal* band.

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!

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

One of the bests of Slayer.

28 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.

29 Stargazer - Rainbow

What?!?!?! Holy Diver is an amazing song, but Stargazer is leaps and bounds ahead of anything Dio sang before or since. - CaptDeadeye

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.

30 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

Sad to see such a great song so low. I find master of puppets to be overrated. don't get me wrong I love Metallica and it's a pretty good song but definitely not the best.

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

This is my absolute FAVOURITE song wish it was higher its also a bit underrated
but I'm not going to get angry personally I love it so be like me and don't bother getting angry.

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

31 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

One of Metallica's most technical songs. I witnessed a cover band try and play it and they all got rushed away by ambulance.

32 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.

Oh boy, how is this a metal song? - Metal_Treasure

Good song, but not metal. - shadomatrix

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...

33 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Helter Skelter ahead of this? Of course The Beatles are an amazing band, but this track... Is one of the best metal tracks ever.

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.

34 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater

A Change Of Seasons is better. I do love this song though heavy as hell - benreidy100

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

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

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...

35 A Dangerous Meeting - Mercyful Fate

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

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

One of the best ever

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36 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Psychosocial always makes me feel better when I'm angry or/and sad. Another song with a message well said.

This is the song that introduced me to my favorite band ever made, Slipknot. This is one of the many songs that I wanted the radio station to play over and over again. Sure, before I forget may be a little better then this already epic song, but contrary to the top 10 METAL list this wins out.

Yeah, the latest 3 Slipknot albums are really good. Pretty poor album/song review admittedly, but they are really good.

Best song they ever did, a lot of people say Before I forget is better but this just does better.

37 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

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.

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

38 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!

Ok its not the best... Metallica megadeth and iron maiden are above slipknot (even if I like slipknot more) they are greater metal all time one.. Slipknot are more new but they have made their own genre.. Even if its called metal... The screams corey does and the bridged to clean vocals are great... Especially in this song... This sogn would deserve the top 10 list.. Even if its new it has the metal taste in it... Believe in slipknot they will be the best metal one day... For me the list would go like this: 1. Master of Puppets (Metallica) 2. Hallowed be thy name (Iron Maiden) 3. Symphony of destruction (Megadeth) 4. Before I Forget (Slipknot) 5. Paranoid (Black Sabbath) 6. Beast and the Harlot (Avenged sevenfold) (another good metal) 7. Chop Suey (S.O.A. D) 8. Back in Black (AC/DC) 9. Tears don't fall (Bullet For My Valentine) 10. Painkiller (Judas Priest)

39 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

In my opinion, this is the greatest song ever composed. From Bruce Dickinson's powerful operatic vocals to the orgasm inducing guitar riff, I believe that nothing will ever come close to this absolute work of art

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.

40 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.

Greatest medal song ever.

41 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

This is the ultimate metal anthem, it should be way higher
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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.

42 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!

Debatable... I'd say it's Alternative Rock. - BlueTelegraph

43 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

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.

You think this song is metal? LOL - Metal_Treasure

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.

One word : outro

47 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.

Very Well constructed song, especially the screaming

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.

As the individual at the top points out, let's get down with the sickness. It is well put, but I'd go one further and state that the message is intentional. Metal with brains rules!

49 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...

Don't apologise. I vote for 50 great songs if time permits, and I just did this one. Classic Death.

50 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

I like AC/DC, but they aren't metal and Thunderstruck is average.

You cannot honestly say that Metallica have 3 of the top 10 best ever metal songs and Pantera have two. I don't like ACDC much but i can appreciate how much this song has influenced and that it deserves a place in the top 5.

It might not be the most famous song but the guitaring
is amazing in it, hear it!

How the hell is this a metal song? - Userguy44

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