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

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!

3 Fade to Black

Beautiful and awesome lyrics - Disturbedpotato

This should be number one

How is this #8
For real though, how

4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

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

LEAVE ME BE! SANITARIUM! JUST LEAVE ME ALONE

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

SANITARIUM!
Welcome to where time stands still
No one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
Just labeled mentally deranged
Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, No windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend and you will see
That dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
Can't they see it's why my brain says Rage - Disturbedpotato

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5 Master of Puppets

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

6 Wherever I May Roam
7 Nothing Else Matters

Needs to get in top 3! - Disturbedpotato

This song

8 Bleeding Me
9 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!

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

[and]


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

HOW CAN ONE SAY THIS ISN'T -THE MASTERPIECE-?

10 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,

The Contenders

11 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

12 Dyers Eve
13 My Friend of Misery
14 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.

15 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
Beware
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.

16 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.

17 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.

18 Eye of the Beholder

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 Orion

This doesn't have lyrics

GOOD - Metallicafannumber99

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

20 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.

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1. Wherever I May Roam
2. The Unforgiven
3. Nothing Else Matters
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1. Disposable Heroes
2. One
3. Bleeding Me
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1. One
2. Fade to Black
3. The Unforgiven
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