Top 10 Metal Songs Concerning Social Problems and Raising Social Awareness

Some possible lyrical themes: politics, war, injustice, poverty, drugs, social order, world leaders, deaths of innocent people, violence, corruption, religion, youth problems, children, elderly people, people with disabilities, discrimination, and many similar subject matters.
The Top Ten
1 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

This is an anti-drugs song. Drugs are the Masters and drug addicts are the Puppets.
"The Master Of Puppets is pulling your strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams."
"Come crawling faster, obey your Master".
This song tells you that doing drugs isn't good, it makes you dependent.

2 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

It's an anti-war song. Chills from start to finish. You just have to watch the video and hear the song.

3 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

"Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don't understand

Fools like me, who cross the sea
And come to foreign lands
Ask the sheep, for their beliefs
Do you kill on God's command? "

4 Alison Hell - Annihilator Alison Hell - Annihilator Cover Art

About parents ignoring the problems of their children.

5 Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art

It questions the social order and talks about the need of social change.

"What do you mean I don't believe in God? Talk to him every day
What do you mean I don't support your system? I go to court when I have to
What do you mean I can't get to work on time? Got nothing better to do
What do you mean I don't pay my bills? Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

If there's a new way I'll be the first in line".

Megadeth, one of my favorite thrash metal bands. I started my metal world with Megadeth.

When I listen to them - I know I'm alive.

But who's buying?

6 Masked Jackal - Coroner Masked Jackal - Coroner Cover Art

About some politicians and leaders, who are 'masked jackals'.

"Darling of the T.V. screen
Manipulator of the purse strings
Master of the spoken word
Jackal with connections
Worshiped by the masses
Leader with ulterior motives".

7 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel Black Prophecies - Dark Angel Cover Art

This song was released in 1986 when the Cold War was still a huge potential risk. Among many other things, the song describes the outcomes of a possible WW III. This song is a warning - people have to be careful and learn from the past.

"Third war
Final scar
Soon the obliteration will be total
Nuclear fire
The earth has expired
The worldly lands became a massive funeral pyre
Ruinous blaze
The landscape is razed
Due to the nuclear winter's frost, life is denied

Now the people today understand and take heed... "

8 Basta Ya (Enough) - UDO
9 99 Ways to Die - Megadeth 99 Ways to Die - Megadeth Cover Art
10 Anthem - Iced Earth Anthem - Iced Earth Cover Art

"In your eyes I see you're desperate and in hunger
Reclaim your future, your paths uncertain
See this child it's raised in hate and in anger
His eyes wide open, his rage so focused
The single mother she is strained and she suffers
She slaves away, her life in turmoil
The homeless man had it all and now has nothing
His spirit broken plagued from injustice"

The Contenders
11 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

This song has so many layers that covers most of the lyrical thems I listed in the list description.

12 One Child - Savatage One Child - Savatage Cover Art
13 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica Cover Art

It's about people with mental disorders (sanitarium is a mental institution). This song reminds me of the book/movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (the movie stars Jack Nicholson as a mental patient).

14 To Hell and Back - Sabaton To Hell and Back - Sabaton Cover Art

In 2014, a Swedish metal band wrote this song about Audie Murphy and his post-traumatic stress disorder. Audie Murphy was a WWII hero from Kingston, Texas.

15 Chance - Savatage Chance - Savatage Cover Art

It's based on a true story - about a Japanese diplomat in the USSR who saved many Jews during WW2 by issuing exit visas. He put his life at risk, but did the right thing. Musically, amazing song.

16 Dark Days - Parkway Drive Dark Days - Parkway Drive Cover Art
17 Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards Cover Art

It's about the Crusades.
"So we will slaughter in the name of Christ".

18 Child In Time - Deep Purple Child In Time - Deep Purple Cover Art
19 People = S**T - Slipknot People = S**T - Slipknot Cover Art
20 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Cover Art

White man came across the sea
He brought us pain and misery
He killed our tribes killed our creed
He took our game for his own need

We fought him hard we fought him well
Out on the plains we gave him hell
But many came too much for Cree
Oh will we ever be set free?

21 Chemical Warfare - Slayer Chemical Warfare - Slayer Cover Art
22 Aces High - Iron Maiden Aces High - Iron Maiden Cover Art
23 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine Cover Art
24 Doesn't Matter Anyway - Savatage Doesn't Matter Anyway - Savatage Cover Art

I do love this anti-war song.

25 Angel of Death - Thin Lizzy Angel of Death - Thin Lizzy Cover Art
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