Best Metallica Songs Before the Black Album

The Top Ten

1 One

I don't understand why master of puppets gets more votes than this song on every list. It IS the best Metallica song, period!

I'm tired of seeing Master of Puppets in first place on every Metallica list. One is the real deal.

I love this song.

Every guitar player who quit after 2 years' nation anthem - SoldierOfFortune

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2 Master of Puppets

Great guitar riffs and pretty good drumming from Lars. Love the solo. Second Half of the song is amazing

Cliff's last album, and the last time we had the "classic" metallica sound, and don't give me that Justice and Black stuff, they were good, but THIS was GREAT

Great intro,riff and solos.James voice was still young and hadent changed yet.

3 Fade to Black

One of the best Metal songs of all time. - ParasN2000

4 For Whom the Bell Tolls
5 The Thing That Should Not Be

Immortal! - Glauberson

6 Seek & Destroy

One of the best ever.

Searchin seek and destroy

7 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
8 Ride the Lightning

The intro is from another universe

"Where's Ride the Lightning?! Where's Ride the Lightning?! Why isn't it on the list? WHY?! Who didn't vote for Ride the Lightning? Tell me right now! "
-Kirk Hammett.

9 Creeping Death
10 The Call of Ktulu

The Newcomers

? The Four Horsemen
? ...And Justice for All

The Contenders

11 Battery
12 For Whom the Bell Tolls

It’s already on the list at 4th place - BossDj0

13 Hit the Lights
14 Harvester of Sorrow
15 Blackened

One of Metallicas best riffs

16 Escape

I didn't think this would be above Ride The Lightning, Battery,...And Justice For All, Hit the Lights, Orion, The Four Horsemen, Whiplash, or Am I Evil.

17 Orion
18 Am I Evil

Who put this here? Garage inc. Was made AFTER the black album

This was recorded during the Kill em All days...

Yes, Garage Days revisited & Creeping Death maxi single, that had the cover artwork of Alvin Petty... Pretty 😎.

19 Trapped Under Ice
20 Whiplash
21 Crash Course In Brain Surgery

I do love this song, but it was after the black album

22 Disposable Heroes
23 No Remorse
24 Phantom Lord

The best song, the best riffs, most energetic song from "Kill 'em All"

25 To Live is to Die
26 Damage Inc
27 Fight Fire With Fire
28 Dyers Eve
29 The Shortest Straw
30 Leper Messiah
31 Metal Militia
32 Jump In the Fire
33 Eye of the Beholder
34 The Frayed Ends of Sanity
35 Motor Breath
36 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
37 The Prince - Metallica

From the One 7" single.

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200 votes
39 listings
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Master of Puppets
2. One
3. Seek & Destroy
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. One
3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
1. One
2. The Call of Ktulu
3. Fade to Black

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