Best Metal Songs
The Top Ten
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
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.
#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.364 Comments
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".
The Bohemian Rhapsody of metal - only a genius, with issues, could write this masterpiece! The best metal song ever.205 Comments
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
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.
One of the most kick ass songs ever composed. - Not_A_Weeaboo
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!90 Comments
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!
One of the best songs ever
WAY BETTER THAN ENTER SANDMAN. This is a heavy metal anthem and one of Maiden's greatest songs for their greatest album
BEST SONG EVER! This song is a BILLION time better than lame Master of Puppets! This is the greatest metal song hands down! -Avery40 Comments
I saw black sabbath.I just click not knowing the song because I'm a true Sabbath Fan
How did this non metal song got so high on this list? - Userguy44
He'll yes - Unnamed Google User Remade
Nothing needs to be said. Best band ever and they started it all.43 Comments
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.
Thanos: I am inevitable.
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!38 Comments
Finally on top ten! I just love this song! One of the best! And why there's no Pantera on the Top Ten? - MetalGod
Yuck, This is Crap.
The song that got me into metal. To me, it will always be one of my favorites.
Love this song.68 Comments
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
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...
Best metal song ever53 Comments
Long live the legend Dio who threw songs like this will never truely die. Rip Dio
How is this not higher it is so cool
This song is god
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. - CaptDeadeye42 Comments
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
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
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).
Riffs are nearly unplayable?!?
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 - maverick8814 Comments
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).
We need this to be #1 - buster
Timeless Classic! Cannot top! Definitive Thrash Metal!54 Comments
The only good part of this song is the guitar, kinda generic overall to be honest - RogerWaters
This is a great song. - buster
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!
Why are the comments on this so edgy?
What makes the comments so edge, they look like normal boring comments to me - germshep2428 Comments
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!
Should be number 1
The guy who said "Fade to black isn't metal" is a complete idiot!101 Comments
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!
Incredible song that you never get tired of hearing
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 forever11 Comments
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
The perfect power ballad. The perfect song overall.
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_abides40 Comments
Listen to the YEAHHH!,!,! Part
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.
This is the song that started it all! - Algoma24 Comments
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 that15 Comments
Overplayed and overrated. - MetalMan
Best from kill 'em all.
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.7 Comments
This is where it all started for me. - mcflurry
Lyrically the best on this list.
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!7 Comments
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
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!
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 list45 Comments
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.16 Comments
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 time3 Comments
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.3 Comments
This song should be at least top 10
The most complete metal song ever recorded!
A journey of emotions
Nothing needs to be said13 Comments
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.
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.
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".14 Comments
Enter sandman in top 10? this at 34? GTFOH!
WHAT NUMBER 41 Your ALL Crazy Just Listen to it
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 solo10 Comments
Not metal at all... - BlueTelegraph
Good song, but not metal. - shadomatrix
Not metal. - XxembermasterxX
Not even close to metal. Heavy riffs don't make a song metal. - Userguy4416 Comments
One of the best metal songs in my opinion
Helter Skelter ahead of this? Of course The Beatles are an amazing band, but this track... Is one of the best metal tracks ever.
A real masterpiece.
Amazing song.6 Comments
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
Very easy to head bang to, I love that song.
It's the best metal song I have heard
I believe this should be in the top 10, not number 36. - Sh4rp1e
Psychosocial always makes me feel better when I'm angry or/and sad. Another song with a message well said.15 Comments
It's on the fence of being metal, but that's enough for me - VeritusEro
First steps to the metal genre!
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.
How is a non-metal song so high on this list? - Userguy4411 Comments
listen this song & make a metal mood
Same man best metal song and it be the number 1 heaviest song of slipknot this before I forget changed my life
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!13 Comments
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?
Better than Run To The Hills. - Userguy44
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.
Oh... The chills...24 Comments
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.4 Comments
A Change Of Seasons is better. I do love this song though heavy as hell - benreidy100
A Change Of Seasons is better - benreidy100
I'm so glad that it isn't octavarium has the best song of Dream Theater on this list - germshep24
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. - fireinside9619 Comments
Should be in the top 10 at least
Only #39? No way, punk!
This is the ultimate metal anthem, it should be way higher
This should be way higher, its got a better riff and better lyrics than half the top 10 songs on this list.37 Comments
An excellent song. - Metal_Treasure
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.2 Comments
Debatable... I'd say it's Alternative Rock. - BlueTelegraph
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!2 Comments
I like Korn... but I wouldn't call them metal. - BlueTelegraph
Great song. The greatest song by 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.
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!
One word : outro
Best Pantera song ever. - Userguy44
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.2 Comments
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
Best metal ballad of all time and best metal solo of all time
I love this song9 Comments
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.
Isn't this hard rock? - XxembermasterxX
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.6 Comments
The most underrated band - deathmetachuck
Excellente metal song of an excellent metal band
LACK OF COMPREHENSION!
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 10.8 Comments
How the hell is this a metal song? - Userguy44
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!
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2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
2. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
3. A Dangerous Meeting - Mercyful Fate
2. Holy Diver - Dio
3. Seek & Destroy - Metallica
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