Best Metal Songs
The Top Ten
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.
#3 Iron Man
I'm glad to see that it right fully displaced Master of puppets to claim the first place.V 315 Comments
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.
While I think that this song is overrated, I don't think it's that bad! But again, I LOVE IT!V 320 Comments
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".
Epic...Enough SaidV 175 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
Master of puppets is good, but one is slightly better because of the intro and that beautifUl riff after the chorus.V 91 Comments
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!
You just can't get more metal than this...V 81 Comments
If you don't listen to this song then you're missing out on a lot its one of the first songs that got me into metal and I can't stop listening to it most days.
You guys are all wrong. The best song is the one which started it all. And that is what Paranoid is. It really sucks that bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, Slipknot and even Linkin Park (who I don't see how, can be classified as Metal) are ranked ahead of Black Sabbath-the band who were the godfathers of Metal
Another guy who judging music after influence, not the music itself... Paranoid is a mediocre song, and not even metal. - somekindofaguy
This song is amazing, I learned to sing it by heart! And it's the first song I beat on Guitar Hero 3 on Expert, I really love this song!
This is more than a song, for it is simply an extravagant piece of fine literature, instantly having the human listener enjoy the tune.V 30 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!
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!
goodV 30 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
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...
EPic broV 56 Comments
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
Dio! You finally made the top 10. You always had that potential and we all know that it should have happened a lot sooner than it did. WE MISS YOU DIO! REST IN PIECE YA LEGEND! AmenV 28 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.
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!
One of the best Riffs ever, you recognize the song without 10 seconds passed by - waldoV 33 Comments
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.
Best Metal Protest song of all times - waldoV 22 Comments
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
Why? Slayer! that's whyV 41 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 only 20th century song to be listed in the top ten. Really proud of SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
It's pretty good...V 104 Comments
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 3V 10 Comments
*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
Great song, metal classic.
Slayer is the founder of the style in its purity.
Still I thing the "South of heaven" is the right song which should be the legacy of Slayer for the next generations.
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.
I thought this was my best buddy jamming...V 33 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!
One of the best song of mine. I love intro and outro solos.
Really intro and outro of this song is mind blowing...
Come on it should be higher...V 90 Comments
Greatest Metal Song from one of the best bands ever!
The best intro with the greatest vocalist ever. Bruce Dickinson is an artist who paints with words.
This list is ridiculous. Metallica have three songs in the top ten? Yeah, one is to be expected, two is acceptable, but three? That's pushing it. And what the hell is x Japan? Iron Maiden are the kings of metal, and this song deserves to be higher on this list.
I love Metallica and Megadeth and Black Sabbath but Maiden is the king. If you like metal and you don't have any maiden songs you aren't a metal fan. Maiden is easily the best metal band of all time and the fact that Metallica has more songs than them on this is unreal.
This song was so metal...V 22 Comments
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
Best metal song ever!V 22 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.
higherV 12 Comments
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