Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs

The Top Ten
1 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

And one of the heaviest songs ever was born.

Slayer is the best thrash band of all time

Best metal song ever made!

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


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

This should not eve be on the list. It should be presented as the GOD of metal riffs, I mean, look at the song, 10 riffs, it's just flawless. Dave is a genius.

Are we talking about the opening riff?

The opening riff of course.

... Of course this should be number one.

4 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Cover Art

Classic and Clean

5 Mouth for War - Pantera Mouth for War - Pantera Cover Art

I'm aware that groove metal is a derivative form of thrash but I think it's quite different from thrash. What I wanna say is that this song maybe shouldn't be on this list. However, this is my fave riff from Pantera.

While Pantera is groove, I think this song qualifies as thrash. So is Hostile. So I think this can be here.

6 Madhouse - Anthrax Madhouse - Anthrax Cover Art

Madhouse riff higher than Holy Wars, The Four Horsemen, Phantasmagoria, Black Prophecies, Funeral Hymn, Desperate Cry, Masked Jackal, Creeping Death? (to name a few)
No way, #5 is too high for this riff.

Scott Ian is awesome in this one.

7 Souls of Black - Testament Souls of Black - Testament Cover Art

Not only does it have a beautiful guitar riff, but the bass solo alone gets my vote m/ Rock on Brothers and Sisters!

This one speaks for itself. Testament always gets left off of the “greatest riff” lists, unfortunately.

8 Black Metal - Venom Black Metal - Venom Cover Art

Venom not thrash? I grew up on thrash (early 80s). Venom was part of my daily diet.

9 Children of a Worthless God - Exodus Children of a Worthless God - Exodus Cover Art

Truly an underrated track

10 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Seek & Destroy - Metallica Seek & Destroy - Metallica Cover Art
12 Elimination - Overkill Elimination - Overkill Cover Art

This is the first one I see that deserves a place on this list

13 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
14 South of Heaven - Slayer South of Heaven - Slayer Cover Art
15 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Cover Art
16 Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax Cover Art
17 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator Cover Art
18 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth Wake Up Dead - Megadeth Cover Art

Why is it so low on the list? Spider chord riff is amazing and the final riff is pure masterpiece literally impossible not to headbang to.

19 The Exorcist - Possessed
20 Creeping Death - Metallica Creeping Death - Metallica Cover Art

One of the best thrash metal songs ever written

I love the riff of this song. I mean the main riff.

21 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art
22 Funeral Hymn - Exodus Funeral Hymn - Exodus Cover Art

My favorite Exodus riff - maybe it was unnoticed because it was released in 2007 and thrash fans usually focus on their 80s stuff. Children of a Worthless God from the same album is also pretty cool.

I guess the 2008 Testament album experiences the same problem - I like a lot the intro riff of Henchman Ride (while the main riff is quite standard - you can hear similar riffs on many speed/power metal songs).

23 Masked Jackal - Coroner Masked Jackal - Coroner Cover Art
24 Human Insecticide - Annihilator Human Insecticide - Annihilator Cover Art
25 Angel of Death - Slayer Angel of Death - Slayer Cover Art

The slow riff obviously

Best song ever

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