Metallica Songs With the Best Lyrics

Metallica songs ranked by lyrics. The most beautiful, poetic, and inspirational.

The Top Ten

1 One

Darkness imprisoning me
All that I see
Absolute horror
I cannot live
I cannot die
Trapped in myself
Body my holding cell
No doubt this has the best lyrics for a metallica song.

Land mine
Has taken my sight
Taken my speech
Taken my arms
Taken my legs
Taken my soul
Left me with life in Hell

2 The Unforgiven

This song always cuts me to the core!

One of the best Metallica songs

The lyrics really are relatable to kids with very rough childhoods. The second verse is absolutely unbelievable. One of my favorite lines are, "You labeled me, I label you! " What makes it even better is that James wrote it when he was 13.

One of the best lyrics in all of music history! Epic!

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3 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

This song has a large backstory to it, about someone who is trapped in a mental hospital being abused. The lyrics are very powerful and meaningful.

James really captures the emotions of the song in his lyrics, not to mention the chilling lyrics in the heavy part


The lyrics are very sad to this song, but it definitely should be on this list. Amazing song on amazing album.

One has great lyrics, but Sanitarium's lyrics are just genius. - Brobusky

4 Fade to Black

This is the song that I want to be played on my funeral. It says everything

Beautiful and awesome lyrics - Disturbedpotato

This should be number one

How is this #8
For real though, how

5 Wherever I May Roam
6 Nothing Else Matters

Needs to get in top 3! - Disturbedpotato

My absolute favorite!

This song

7 Until It Sleeps

I'll tear me open, make you gone
No more can you hurt anyone
And the fear still shakes me
So hold me until it sleeps
James wrote this about his mother. The lyrics are really showing the pain he went through,

8 Master of Puppets

I wouldn't say this has 5th best lyrics. People vote this just because it's famous. :/ - Disturbedpotato

The song is mostly an anti drug song though, and those who don't like drugs probably vote for this - JordanFireStar

9 For Whom the Bell Tolls

The lyrics are chilling and James' voices aids in the lyrics being even more powerful. "Take a look to the sky just before you die, it's the last time you will! " DAMN

10 Bleeding Me

The Contenders

11 Low Man's Lyric

So low, the sky is all I see
All I want from you is forgive me
So you bring this poor dog in from the rain
Though he just wants right back out again

And I cry to the alleyway
Confess all to the rain
But I lie, lie straight to the mirror
The one I've broken to match my face
This is not the normal Metallica song, it's different, but I think it has amazing lyrics. It's also just an amazing song in general.

12 My Friend of Misery
13 Disposable Heroes

Incredible lyrics. I gave my vote to One, but otherwise this is the Metallica song with the best lyrics.

I WAS BORN FOR DYIING! and BACK TO THE FRONT! are some of the most chilling, powerful lyrics in Metallica history. Raise this bad boy up to the Top 3!

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty one, only son
But he serves us well
Bred to kill, not to care
To do as we say
Finished here
Greetings, Death
He's yours to take away - Lunor

Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
Victim of what said should be
A servant 'til I fall


Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
Had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
Left to die with only friend
Alone I clench my gun


14 Dyers Eve
15 Hero of the Day

"Excuse me while I tend to how
I feel
These things return to me that still seem real
Now, deservingly, this easy chair
But the rocking stopped by wheels of despair

Don't want your aid
But the fist I make
For years can't hold or feel
No, I'm not all me
So please excuse me while I tend to how I feel"
Unbelievable lyrics.

16 The Outlaw Torn

Hear me
And if I close my mind in fear
Please pry it open
See me
And if my face becomes sincere
Hold me
And when I start to come undone
Stitch me together
Save me
And when you see me strut
Remind me of what left this outlaw torn
So sad, but James definitely took his time. The lyrics are absolutely amazing. Especially at this part.

17 Fixxxer

I don't know how James keeps writing songs as amazing as these. The chorus is my favorite part of the song. "But tell me, can you heal what fathers done? " Man those lyrics are awesome.

18 Eye of the Beholder

You can do it your own way
If its done just how I say
Spoken like a parent 😆

How come nothing from Justice is here! It's the album with the best lyrics!

One is no. 1 so I don't wanna hear it,

19 Sad But True
20 The Unforgiven III

Wow. This song changed my life; my favorite Metallica song since 2012. This lyrics mean so much to me, it's incredible the work James has done with this one. Brilliant from start to finish.

21 The God that Failed
22 The Shortest Straw

"Behind you, hands are tied
Your being, ostracized
Your hell is multiplied
The fallout has begun
Oppressive damage done
Your many turned to none
To nothing
You're reaching your nadir
Your will has disappeared
The lie Is crystal clear
Channels red
One word said
With vertigo make you dead"

23 The Unnamed Feeling

Cross my heart and hope not to die
Swallow evil, ride the sky
Lose myself in a crowded room
You fool, you fool, it will be here soon
I love this song and I love this album. This is one of the best songs on the album and the lyrics just add to it

24 St. Anger
25 Blackened
26 Enter Sandman
27 Escape

Life's for my own to live my own way...

Brilliant and fitting for everyone who doesn't fit in

28 King Nothing
29 The Four Horsemen
30 Carpe Diem Baby
31 Ride the Lightning
32 Battery
33 The Frayed Ends of Sanity
34 ...And Justice for All
35 The Day That Never Comes
36 Whiplash

"We'll never quit, we'll never stop, 'cause we're Metallica! "

37 Orion

This doesn't have lyrics

GOOD - Metallicafannumber99

Best lyrics by far. My favorite quote is: "Wuh. Wuh wha wuwawuuh"

38 Harvester of Sorrow
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Wherever I May Roam
2. The Unforgiven
3. Nothing Else Matters
1. One
2. Fade to Black
3. The Unforgiven
1. Until It Sleeps
2. The Unforgiven
3. Sad But True

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