Best Speed Metal Songs

Speed metal is different from thrash and other fast metal subgenres (so NO thrash, death, black metal, etc.). Speed metal is very close to Power metal but speed metal songs are faster, heavier and more technical than your typical power metal songs. Speed metal songs are really fast songs with CLEAN MELODIC vocals, usually combined with fast, technical and/or extended instrumental sections (mostly guitar solos).

The Top Ten
1 Majesty - Blind Guardian

The intro for this song is amazingly misleading too. You get an electronic carousel tune that sounds pleasing, and then, BAM! Amazingly fast guitars and Hansi's aggressive and amazing voice.

Fast, heavy and long - can't get any better! Long live Blind Guardian!

2 Ride the Sky - Helloween

"Send me a sign, want to leave it all behind
I'll be leaving the hands of doom
Rearrange the master plan, take the future in my hands
To be free and not trapped anymore"

There are just a few things that gets better than this...

3 Fast as a Shark - Accept

The german bands has much faster/heavier enlgish songs than the american bands!

One of the songs that defined speed metal.

4 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

A subgenre defining song (mid 70s speed metal). This song is awesome but underrated. The solo is very fast and technical, and the instrumental part is about 4 min long. This song can compete with some newer speed metal bands.

Very Underrated song... probably because the stargazer is before this in the "Rising" and many people noticed only the Stargazer... and that guitar solo is in the top 10!

In my opinion the first speed metal song ever.

5 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

I will never be able to choose between this song and Majesty - both are great songs by a great band.

6 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Speed metal started here. Highway Star (1972) wasn't their first speed metal song but it was the real speed metal masterpiece and metal template. The overall excellence of this song makes it a metal definition - Robb Reiner of speed metal band Anvil called it 'early speed metal'.

This song just doesn't have weak spots: awesome memorable riff, breathtaking long & technical solo, Bach-like chord sequences, Gillan's great vocals, and hell yeah - that galloping style (later used by speed metal bands and also Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, etc).
Before Highway Star they wrote Fireball (1971), Speed King (1970) and some other songs - I appreciate their innovative significance to the metal invention but I prefer Highway Star. To a high degree metal in general was invented in the form of speed metal. No wonder metal is currently the fastest genre.

Such a cool song.

7 Shot to Hell - Laaz Rockit

This should be in the top 5, at least top 10.

8 Riding the Eagle - Primal Fear

Love this drummer - his double bass is insane (Randy Black).
The instrumental section is amazing - a really fast, technical and melodic solo. How fast? - imagine your plane is taking off! Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt - great job! (twin lead guitars)

The solo is also brilliantly paired with the drum beats for a maximum effect. And before the solo you can hear one of the most beautiful drum fills.

9 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

It's simply good

Just the best

10 Painkiller - Judas Priest
The Contenders
11 Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray
12 Burnnn - Pantera

Don't be surprised - Pantera played different styles in the 80s and this song is actually very good, believe it or not.

13 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
14 Judas - Helloween

Thanks to whoever added this song. Awesome speed metal. Walls of Jericho is such a great album.

15 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen

This is one of the Top 3 guitar shredding masterpeices of all time!
Solo and riff - killers.
It's not instrumental - it has great vocals and lyrics.
Vox: Joe Lynn Turner.

Only listen to that solo... Oh god

16 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

The first speed metal song in music history, 1970.
Honestly, I think that Hard Lovin' Man is an awesome song - pure speed metal.

17 Dyers Eve - Metallica
18 Head Crusher - Megadeth
19 Disposable Heroes - Metallica
20 Thundersteel - Riot

Definitely should be here.

21 Kill the King - Rainbow

A song of 1978 - I guess this song was insanely fast for the 70s standards, esp. Blackmore's 1 minute long solo. This is a genre defining song.
This song was/is one of the most influential metal songs. There aren't many metal songs with so many cover versions - these are some of the bands that did covers:
Heathen, Metallica, Candlemass, Jorn, Primal Fear, Adrenaline Mob, Liege Lord, Grave Digger

22 Heavy Metal Maniac - Exciter
23 Most Dangerous Game - Laaz Rockit

This might be your next favorite speed metal song!
A deep track by an underrated band but it's highly recommended. The song sample plays only the slow intro but after it the song is really fast - amazing speed metal from the 80s. Insanely good vocals and great instrumental section - as fast as it should be.

24 Get Fisted - Skull Fist

Awesome instrumental part, almost 2 minutes long. Cool riff.
A new band, formed in 2006 but getting lots of positive reviews.

25 This Day We Fight! - Megadeth
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