Metallica Songs With the Best Lyrics

Metallica songs ranked by lyrics. The most beautiful, poetic, and inspirational.
The Top Ten
1 One One Cover Art

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.

2 The Unforgiven The Unforgiven Cover Art

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!

This song always cuts me to the core!

Best Metallica song ever

3 Fade to Black Fade to Black Cover Art

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

4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cover Art

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

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.

Oh come one, Master of Puppets is a great song, but the lyrics isn't better than Sanitarium's one! This is a beaufitul song, with a great lyric!

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

5 Wherever I May Roam Wherever I May Roam Cover Art
6 Master of Puppets Master of Puppets Cover Art
7 Nothing Else Matters Nothing Else Matters Cover Art

My absolute favorite!

Needs to get in top 3!

8 For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Art

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

9 Until It Sleeps Until It Sleeps Cover Art

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,

10 Disposable Heroes Disposable Heroes Cover Art

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

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

The Contenders
11 Creeping Death Creeping Death Cover Art
12 Bleeding Me Bleeding Me Cover Art
13 Don't Tread On Me Don't Tread On Me Cover Art
14 My Friend of Misery My Friend of Misery Cover Art
15 Harvester of Sorrow Harvester of Sorrow Cover Art

Why is this last what? The lyrics are epic

16 Dyers Eve Dyers Eve Cover Art
17 Sad But True Sad But True Cover Art
18 Hero of the Day Hero of the Day Cover Art

"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.

19 The Outlaw Torn The Outlaw Torn Cover Art

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.

20 Eye of the Beholder Eye of the Beholder Cover Art

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

Theme song of 2021

21 Orion Orion Cover Art

This doesn't have lyrics

22 Fixxxer Fixxxer Cover Art

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.

23 The Unforgiven III The Unforgiven III Cover Art

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.

24 Low Man's Lyric Low Man's Lyric Cover Art

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.

25 ...And Justice for All ...And Justice for All Cover Art
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