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 The Four Horsemen
10 Creeping Death

This song is absolutely killer, no pun intended

Needs to be higher on the list - Conabone

The Contenders

11 ...And Justice for All
12 The Call of Ktulu
13 For Whom the Bell Tolls

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

14 Battery
15 Hit the Lights
16 Harvester of Sorrow
17 Blackened

One of Metallicas best riffs

18 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.

19 Orion
20 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 😎.

21 Trapped Under Ice
22 To Live is to Die
23 Whiplash
24 Crash Course In Brain Surgery

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

25 Disposable Heroes
26 No Remorse
27 Phantom Lord

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

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

From the One 7" single.

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List Stats

200 votes
39 listings
4 years, 229 days old

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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