Best Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 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.

Okay, this is a really good metal song, in my opinion the 2nd best metal song, but you can't say it's the best song ever - Rocker00

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

Why a power metal song is better than a epic journey of heavy metal? Hallowed be thy name is an epic journey with a more than audible and complicated arrange, the tempo and the expressiveness have not match in the history of metal... that's why is one of the flag songs of the TRUE legend: Iron Maiden

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2 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.

Definitely the ICON of Metal Songs.

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3 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

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

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".

Masterpiece! Metal at its best... great lyrics... and mindblowing guitar riff... add dave mustaine voice and there you have it : best metal song of all time

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4 One - Metallica

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

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

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

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

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5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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

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

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

The drumming is awesome and Singer screams are best ever. Best Judas Priest song ever! - Disturbedpotato

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6 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

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

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

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

It needs to be on #2!

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7 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

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

Your comment is so Perfect. Nothing can beat Sabbath, and especially not Linkin Park - Disturbedpotato

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

You're kidding- Only 7? - SoldierOfFortune

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8 Enter Sandman - Metallica

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

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

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

Favorite song! Got to be number 1!

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9 Holy Diver - Dio

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

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.

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

This is the best metal so g from the best metal band. Metal will never die! Rock On Ronnie James Dio 🤘🏻🤘🏻

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10 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!

The best song ever

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The Newcomers

? Rise to Power - Crimson Shadows
? Scream Machine - Beyond Fear

The Contenders

11 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

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

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

This is the best song ever written and it's not up for debate. Coming from someone who doesn't even consider themselves a true Sabbath fan.

Love this song a great hit

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12 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...

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

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

This is one of the fastest metal songs I've ever heard

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13 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...

Best Song ever - Disturbedpotato

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14 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

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

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

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

BEST SONG IN THE WORLD
FULL OF EXCITEMENT

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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

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

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16 Raining Blood - Slayer

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

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

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

Chop Suey is better than this? Who're the voters? Hands down this is the best song - EVER.

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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

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.

One of my favorite songs should be in the top 5 to be honest.

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18 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.

Best song ever!

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19 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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

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

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

The rift alone merits a top 5 spot

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20 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

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

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

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

SO GOOD

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