Top 10 Best Heavy Metal Songs of All Time

Mainly heavy and thrash metal songs from 80s and 90s... these songs defined original metal...
The Top Ten
1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This is the perfect heavy metal song. It has everything: Steve Harris' galloping bass, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith in that perfect, uncanny sync, scorching guitar solos (one from each of the boys), Nicko McBrain pounding the living daylights out of those drums as he was born to do... and Bruce Dickinson, belting it out like nobody else in the business. And the song doesn't repeat to fade like so many others - that final, sudden, decisive machine-gun rat-tat-tat-tat of an ending leaves the heart pounding.

Yeah, yeah, yeah - Hallowed Be Thy Name!

HBTN is exceptionnaly inspired music, not just a sequence of catchy riffs. One of a few songs that actually plants vivid pictures in your brain and makes you see the whole story it tells. There is also an exceptional feeling of progression in the song: it starts with an atmosphere of gloom and despair and builds progressively to a climax expressing brilliant hope and vibrant power. Anytime I listen to this song I have to push the replay button, for it is never enough to hear it only once.

The first time I heard this I was walking home from high school and I had to actually stop in my tracks when bruce started singing. This is my favorite song by so much.

Notice how none of the master of puppets voters argue with hallowed's first place position. So many Metallica fans don't even like or know any other metal music, so they just blindly vote for Metallica on a list like this. We maiden fans are learned and educated in the field of heavy metal, and know that this is its greatest song

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

This song will indeed become your puppet master, because for some reason my head is banging and my foot is tapping uncontrollably. Their is a big reason why; I don't want to make a 20 paragraph review on this page, because instead of wasting your time reading it, plug in your headphones and prepare for awesomeness.

I agree with the visitor, usually heavy metal means traditional heavy metal (or classical metal, whatever you say). If heavy metal and metal would be same then what's the point of two lists "Best Metal Songs'' and "Best Heavy Metal Songs"?

Just simply the PERFECT song!

Everything that needs to make a song truly special and unique is here in Master Of Puppets, the greatest song ever composed by and band... ever!

Easily best thrash song ever made... Easily the best heavy metal album ever made... This should have only 1 msong by maiden and that's hallowed, then war pigs by sabbath those would be 9 and 10 rest all metallica dominate!

3 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath Cover Art

Paranoid and Sabbath were the founding fathers of Metal, without Black Sabbath, great bands that succeeded them wouldn't have existed as we know them today. That deserves respect.

Paranoid is one of my favorites heavy metal songs & it will be
One of the most representative heavy metal songs
God bless heavy metal forever!

Next to Black Sabbath (the song) this track Nearly singlehandedly birthed the genre of heavy metal... And low the gods of metal were raised to there fitful place

Simply one of the best songs (and albums) ever written in the whole history of rock

4 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Just listened to "...Justice" after a pretty long break. It's just insanely good. When it first came out I was about 14 and the empty sound of it really freaked me out. It's only looking back now that you can really appreciate where the sound and the anger and the lyrical content came from after losing Cliff. The whole album is about loss, and the ultimate expression of this is "one" - the story of a man who has lost everything. Metallica at their lowest and very best.

Yes Master of Puppets is an amazing heavy metal song, but its too overrated. One is truly an amazing song. All the solos in it are amazing, the vocals are outstanding, the bass is calm yet fun to play, and the drumming is amazing. The drums on the breakdown feel like machine gun fire pumping into you. Metallica at their best

This is such a tough list I hate not voting for iroon maiden but this song has it all Lyrics of war slow ballad like beggining creepy soft solos heavy chorus Really heavy break down The Extreme heavy as it gets machine gun chorus, And a Guitar solo To truly end all Solos This song is what stairway to heaven did to hard rock.

No doubt master of puppets is amazing but One is Extreme. You'll find some list on the internet for the best song of metallica but they don't contain MAP, while one is on the every single list. One has the greatest Guitar solo ever.

5 War Pigs - Black Sabbath War Pigs - Black Sabbath Cover Art

What can I say... War Pigs is one of Sabbath's ultimate songs. Ozzy's voice has a nice droning and emotional quality, the riffs are great and unforgettable and has some of Bill Ward's best drumming ever.

Black Sabbath invented "Heavy Metal"

War Pigs is a timeless classic that no one can ever touch. Lets not forget Into the Void. Now that is the greatest metal song of all times!

This song just amazes me. I cannot believe that humans are even capable of creating such a masterpiece.

The first true heavy metal song in my opinion. It is amazing that this was played in 1970, coming out of nowhere.

6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

The combo of Randy Rhoads' guitar riff And solo: all that needs to be said about how awesome this song is. Ozzy kills it as well on a chorus that will never get old

One of the most famous metal songs of all-time from the prince of darkness

This song definitely shouldn't be below Painkiller

Such a classic and everyone knows this song.. Even if you aren't a metalhead

7 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

This sounds as good today as when I first bought the album. Fantastic metal at the time when Metallica released the Black album.
Dave isn't a great singer but this rocks!

Best song ever made, this compared to Master of puppets it's 1000x better. Stop with your Metallica whining, it's not the best band anymore, it's only about the money.

Love the riffs and the vocals are very good for dave mustaine. This song defines the thrash metal genre. Just listen and be amazed.

Even Hitler agrees that megadeth is better than metallica,
But then people blindly vote for that metallica. What has
The world come to.

8 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

This is a kickarse song by one of the greatest metal bands since the dawn of time. I'm sick to death of people talking up Metallica's songs. I'm a diehard fan of theirs but they're sellouts and only have a handful of good albums. They just don't compare to bands like Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

This song is great because of the speed of the drumming and the guitar solo is just AMAZING! Rob Halfords singing is brilliant

Much better than any other song in this ranking! This is the Painkiller - the best metal song ever!

This song is the essence of hevy/speed metal! Fast, brutal and unstoppable, this song make people loose their minds!

9 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art

People vote for Metallica because it's the only metal they know, people vote for Black Sabbath because they know all about metal.

There is no doubt this is the best heavy metal song... Master of puppets is also very good but not better than Iron Man

This song started heavy metal.. slow, heavy and an absolute classic

One of my favorite songs to play on my guitar

10 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This song takes me to a different level every time I listen to it. The rolling barrel rhythm, killer soloing, vocal harmonies...and top it off with the intense lyrics on that last verse - pure genius! This has got to be single greatest metal song ever created.

Another classic Heavy Metal song of Iron Maiden from their fourth album Piece Of Mind. This one should be in the top 5 along with Hallowed Be Thy Name

Just listen to the entry. It totally gets you hooked. It is so good there is not much explaining I'll do to show its greatness.

Maybe not as heavy as master of puppets, but the riff is fast paced and will get your head banging

The Contenders
11 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Cover Art

What else do you want? You have everything that makes a gender and many generations shiver : an epic intro, some transcending lyrics, 2 different yet amazing solos and divine vocals. Even though I am not objective when I say it should be first, every metal-loving person on earth should listen to it in order to fully understand metal.

No.25? What the hell? How is that down here? This is an amazing song. They mite not be one of the best bands ever but this song is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best metal songs. Just listen to it once and you'll love it!

Introduced me to maiden so its gets my vote but all th above are effing awesome...

This song is silence and beatiful, a masterpiece from Iron maiden

12 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Not only helped to create heavy metal but the subgenre of doom metal with this song. Also comical they used to play this song in jazz and blues clubs in late 60's Birmingham.

This song right here is the definition of heavy metal. It also has one of the heaviest solos I've heard. A song don't need to be all fast to be heavy. This is prove of that.

The best heavy metal song ever.

Created metal

13 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera Cowboys From Hell - Pantera Cover Art

This was thrash metal taken to a much higher level. Its got speedy solos, crushing riffs, and dimebag's smashing solid-state guitar tone!

This defines fast metal and is a blow on the face to those who say metal is not worth listening... Just love it

Dimebag darrell the guitar god. I don't say that pantera is number 1 metal band but I can claim that he is the best metal guitarist of the world.RIP DIMEBAG

It's a way better song than hallowed be thy name. Deserves more attention.

14 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio Cover Art

They all have clouded judgement because they all have been down too long in the midnight sea.

Epic song, I consider Dio to be the greatest and most underrated singer of metal

Hallowed be thy name 100% deserve number one spot but this HAS to come top 3

Dio > Ozzy when it comes to skill there's no debate

15 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - iron Maiden Rime of the Ancient Mariner - 	iron Maiden Cover Art

I love this song, great riffs great everything, I always can't wait after the slow put as that is where the fun begins.

This should be at number one. THE best heavy metal song of all time. Masterpiece by the best band in the world.

My fave maiden song and one of metals finest.

Best maiden song. Should be top 5

16 Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath Cover Art

This is a joke right, if this isn't in the top 10 then there really is no point to this list.

Stupidly underrated.

17 Ace of Spades - Motorhead Ace of Spades - Motorhead Cover Art

Really? This is a song that everyone knows, way more than master of puppets.

Speed Metal=Heavy metal? Master of puppets is a Thrash Metal Song.

Most amazing song I've ever heard hands down.

Yea, this song kinda sums it all up

18 Walk - Pantera Walk - Pantera Cover Art

You see moshpits within 10 seconds of the intro when this song is played live, that's how you define heavy metal through a single song. Listen to the song and come back headbanging for the saviours of metal in the new era!

This is by far my favorite. No dought that it's bad. It should at least be in the top ten because crazy train is a horrid, horrid song

Ultimate getting pumped song before stepping onto the ice to thrash people!

When you are about to play a sport, you put this on

19 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

How the hell is this only 39?! Raining blood is one of the very best songs of all time and should at least be in the top 5, maybe even number 1. EPIC song.

Really great song...lot of thrash and heavy stuff in there, definitely a thrash metal classic

Only one of and at one time the fastest thrash metal song of all time. Jeff lives

This song is so amazing! Nothing can beat this song

20 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

Great song. This is one of the songs that you should put on and listen to before a football, baseball, hockey, or basketball game to get you pumped up. The intro is spectacular. Deserves higher on this list

"My friend introduced me to Metallica with this song. It's great for writing action themed books, especially when an armored collum is moving through a town at high speed.

Take a look to the sky just before you die - it's the last time you will!

Even sabaton made a cover of it.

21 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth Cover Art

Just amazing...has everything

Best megadeth song. Ever.

Number 1.Best song ever

22 Psychosocial - Slipknot Psychosocial - Slipknot Cover Art

This song introduced me too heavy metal!

Best Heavy Metal song of Slipknot in 2008!

It's the best song of all time

Belongs in top 10

23 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Great song, should be higher up but if it was up to one or two individuals, I would say the whole top ten would be Maiden!

I love this song so much! Why is this not in the top 10?

Best song of the Iron Maiden, I dunno why it's not in first ten!

I always hated this song.

24 Stargazer - Rainbow Stargazer - Rainbow Cover Art

This is hands down the greatest heavy metal song ever. Epic drum fills, powerful and timeless vocals, a goosebumps solo. Dio, Powell and Blackmore were unstoppable beasts. Long live rock n roll 🤘🤘

How is this masterpiece of a song at 25? Fantasy themed lyrics, Ronnie Dio's angelic voice and great guitar work from metal god Ritchie Blackmore makes this song one of the best there is

This is top five... You all are lame asses not putting this higher.

This is hands down the best heavy metal song of all time. At least top 5.

25 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian Cover Art

Incorporated Arabian elements, yet still powerful. Smooth, delighted, and power!

In addition, various versions available. All very nicely done!

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