Metallica Songs With the Best Lyrics

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

The Top Ten

1 One 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 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 Fade to Black V 2 Comments
4 Master of Puppets Master of Puppets
5 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

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

Best lyrics ever.

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6 Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam
7 Nothing Else Matters Nothing Else Matters
8 Until it Sleeps 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,

9 For Whom the Bell Tolls 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 Hero of the Day 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.

The Newcomers

? Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes

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

? Bleeding Me Bleeding Me
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The Contenders

11 My Friend of Misery My Friend of Misery
12 Dyers Eve Dyers Eve
13 The Outlaw Torn 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.

14 Fixxxer 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.

15 The Unforgiven III 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.

16 Low Man's Lyric 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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18 The Unnamed Feeling 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

19 Eye of the Beholder 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,

20 Escape Escape

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

Brilliant and fitting for everyone who doesn't fit in

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List StatsUpdated 28 Feb 2017

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Top Remixes

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



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