Best Metal Songs

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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.

SO GOOD

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22 Black Sabbath - Black 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.

It was the best song of the First Metal album ever, for the is the best ever, or at least should be on top 10

The best one!

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23 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!

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

Gets me in the ZONE man! Love this song

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24 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

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.

Shld be in top 10

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25 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!

Sorry, but Slipknot is a paltry imitation of the geniuses on this list. I wont use the word posers but--oops! I just did!

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26 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

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.

The soft little guitar riff after the intro is among my all time favorites

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27 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

The intro and the solo are among the best EVER

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28 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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!

A7X is the Best

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29 Stricken - Disturbed

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.

Awesome vocals By David Draiman and Dan's guitar solo is so good that it gives me eargasm - Disturbedpotato

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30 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

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

The first metal song ever? Are you on the same gear that The Beatles were on when the kings of pop wrote it?

The first metal song ever! by the way the Beatles are the king of rock n roll not pop:) go f urself - ahmedaser

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31 Back in Black - AC/DC

It's just not #1 because you hear it so much it's been done to death. But think about it. It's the most recognizable riff to more people than anything else. It's been covered by just about every rock band out there at one point or another. It's also been sampled by just about every artist whom does that sort of thing. And it mashes in with just about any rock song or rap song in 4/4 timing. It's #1 if you admit it or not out of your own personal feelings towards it... and its probably the most influential riff of all time next Deep Purples Smoke On the Water. What guitarist doesn't know how to play this? It's most likely in the top 5 first things a beginner is taught.

Listen guys, I am a die hard metal fan and hard rock fan - I listen to both genres like crazy and I am telling you this song is hard rock, not metal. - Metal_Treasure

The song is awesome but this song is more on Hard Rock, not metal

Oh it's hard rock - OnionLists

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32 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.

One of the bests of Slayer.

This is the best slayer song because it combines the fast riffs of RiB and the melodic vocals of SoH

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33 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.

Good old Megadeth

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34 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

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".

This is one of the most BADASS songs that I have ever heard. It should be in the top 10, although I'll admit Metallica should have first place.

My favorite song ever, Syn is amazing! - EliHbk

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35 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.

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...

Not sure this song belongs in this company - but its cool

People thinks this isn't metal. it is. why would pop music sound like metal - Th3Zm0nst3r

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36 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.

You think Metallica fans like Metallica because it has the word Metal contained within? You think there aren't twice as many Metallica fans outside of the US than inside it? Did your main man Rob Halford sell out by experimenting with thrash/groove metal? Sheesh!

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37 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!

This song and many other System of a Down songs are underrated a lot!
WHAT HAS THE WORLD COME TO?

38 A Dangerous Meeting - Mercyful Fate

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

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39 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.

Great song.Just too good. VOTE NOW!

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40 Duality - Slipknot

The first song I heard this song I smashed a vase, rolled around in the glass, poured hot sauce into the wounds, picked up a hammer and started breaking random things in my house, set my house on fire, and then burrowed to the center of the Earth and destroyed it because this song made me feel like I had so much power. - Duality

I
LOVE
THIS
SONG (blind by korn is sweet as well)

A lot of Slipknot's lyrics are about duality itself. It used to irritate me but they have almost perfected it now.

This is just beautiful.

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