Top 10 Best Machine Head Songs

Machine Head's discography is stacked with thrashing anthems, crushing grooves, and the occasional hauntingly beautiful ballad. The sheer intensity of their live shows is the stuff of legend. Now's your chance to have a say in their ultimate playlist.

What are the best Machine Head songs? Should it be an adrenaline-soaked thrasher from their early years? A complex epic from a later album? There are seriously no wrong answers. It's time to dig into those mosh-pit memories and the songs that get stuck in your head for days.
The Top Ten
1 Halo

Best modern metal song ever! I'm Christian, and I totally agree with this song - religion sucks! Instrumentally and lyrically, it's one of the best songs I have ever heard, along with some Trivium and Metallica songs. m/

Someone said that "Locust" is the "Master of Puppets" of this generation. So "Halo" is the "Holy Wars" of this generation.

Awesome, just A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Especially the melodious chorus - it just blows you away. The best thrash metal song ever...

2 Locust

Locust was great too, but I don't even know if it's even top 10 out of Machine Head songs. Every single song in The Blackening was much better in my opinion. Then there are also kickass songs like Davidian, Old, Imperium, just to name the most noteworthy ones. Nu-metal phase aside, Unto the Locust is their worst album, although still very good. Machine Head is absolutely amazing.

I like the death metal-esque sound of this song. It's like a cross between thrash metal and death metal, which are already closely linked. Many people say Halo is their best song. I disagree. This song is heavy, brutal, and melodic as hell.

The song that got me into Machine Head! I heard some songs before Locust, but this song is what made me fall in love with them! It's a song that combines the brutal and the melodic side of Machine Head with excellence.

3 A Farewell to Arms

My favorite MH song! It sums up everything about MH into one fantastic album closer. But I also think 'Beautiful Mourning' should be in the top 10 and 'Now I Lay Thee Down' should be much higher! And 'Blood, Sweat, Tears' too!

Perfect! Just perfect! Great vocals, super melody, and awesome guitar and drums, with smooth bass. This song is what made me get into Machine Head.

Amazing end to an amazing album!

4 Imperium

This album was a big turning point. I've been listening to these guys since 1997, the first time I saw them. This record pleases from beginning to end. Adding Phil Demmel was monumental. Is it any surprise that he is a huge Randy Rhoads fan? Also, if you remember, at that time soloing was scarce for all bands. This song has no solo, but it doesn't need it. The rest of the albums have great solos.

Everybody likes Lamb of God, Slipknot, etc. They are great, but let's remember who was writing these nasty riffs first!

A very cool clean intro that converts itself into massive riffs. Heavy, fast, groovy, etc. This is the perfect summarization of groove metal. A perfect summarization of MACHINE HEAD.

GRAVE ME NOW!

Wow, this intro is really epic, like the rest of this amazing song. Awesome vocals, riffs, and solo. If you didn't know what Machine Head plays, just listen to "Imperium"!

5 I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)

I didn't think Machine Head could top themselves, but they did it with this track. Love the aggressive ferociousness! Machine Head forever!

Wow, this is the heaviest song they ever made! Awesome acoustic solo, awesome vocals - this is all a fan needs to have a great time listening to Machine Head with friends!

One of the first songs by them I listened to. When the "I am Hell" portion of this sonata came on, I became an instant fan.

6 Darkness Within

This is my favorite song. Period. Of every band, every genre, and every piece of music that has crossed my ears, no song has ever been as important to me as this one. We build cathedrals to our pain.

This song has some of the most amazing buildup of any song that I've heard. It's an excellent blend of musical styles, and its lyrics also set it a few steps above other songs.

In short, it's a masterpiece.

Wow. WOW. A perfect mix of soft and what makes Machine Head who they are. The best song on the album by far, and one of my favorite songs by them. A real masterpiece.

7 Davidian

The first song of their first album, and it's making the earth shake! Even 15 years later, that song still rules. MH brought back heavy metal to life after grunge arose, and this album summarizes why metal is part of our life :o) "Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!"

This song hits you right in the face! The first Machine Head song I heard and it made me an instant fan. Heavy metal at its very best!

First song I heard, grabbed me by the ass and threw me against the wall. Unbeatable.

8 Aesthetics of Hate

The BEST Machine Head song! Haven't been intrigued by such epic guitar works since Metallica. Great tribute to Dimebag as well - adds heart and soul to this masterpiece of music. I can listen to those dueling guitar solos over and over again! Love it.

One of the greatest, most soulful metal solos you will ever listen to. Written from anger, and you can feel it through the whole song. Best all-around song on the album.

A true metal song written in disgust at the media for William Grim's BS comments about Dimebag Darrell.

9 Old

Along with Davidian, Old is one of my favorite Machine Head songs. Burn My Eyes was 10 years ahead of its time, and Old is a superb track.

90's thrash classic! Burn My Eyes is great and this song is one reason why!

An old classic (no pun intended)!

10 Now We Die

I've heard MH before but never really listened to them. I heard this album on Spotify, and I like the whole thing, but "Now We Die" is my favorite song of theirs. It's up there with "Onto the Locust".

Awesome song! Blew me away on first listen! One of the best thrash/melodic songs that this band has put out! A masterpiece to be played for years to come! MFH ROCK!

Wonderful song, with incredibly heavy guitar work, and an epic breakdown before a really good solo. Not their best song, but it is excellent.

The Contenders
11 Clenching the Fists of Dissent

One of the best thrash metal riffs ever written! Amazing melodic intro followed by riff after riff of brutal, non-relenting metal! What's not to love?

Unbelievable song! Beautiful intro sliding into an absolute masterpiece. Every metal fan should listen to this song and own the album...

A real masterpiece! A lesson about metal given by Machine Head.

12 Hallowed Be Thy Name

Way better than even the original... Definitely deserves a higher position in this list...

What... 36? This version is like 5 times better than the original. Come on guys, vote this up!

Way better than the original!

13 Sail Into the Black

All the songs on the new album are good, especially this and Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones!

This is an awesome listening experience. Epic song!

14 Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones

My favorite off the new album, brilliant guitar work!

15 Beautiful Mourning

Why the heck is this only 12th!? So dark, it makes me happy. You actually feel like ripping yourself in half, which is what I look for in a metal song, and it is so HEAVY!

This is one of my favorites from The Blackening. Its shorter length makes it a little less challenging to listen to.

This song is ACE live! The moshpits to the drumming - this is by far one of their best from The Blackening.

16 The Burning Red

Halo and I Am Hell are better, but melodically, this is the most beautiful song Machine Head ever recorded. You can feel the pain in the singing when you hear it. Just a beautiful song.

This is the saddest song I've ever known. Really, if you like Slipknot's Snuff, you will love this song too. Kinda similar technique.

This song is stuck in my head. I loved it. It's sensual, beautiful, and sad.

17 Who We Are

I'll say the same thing as everybody else commenting on this song: It's overshadowed by Locust, Sonata in C# and This is The End, but this song gives me chills every time. It perfectly portrays a sense of unity through non-acceptance, much like much of their work. However, this song has a positive vibe to it that I prefer over every song on this album. I might even go as far as to say that this song rivals Halo in its perfection.

In my opinion, "Who We Are" is one of the best Machine Head songs ever. The chorus is really epic and impressive, and the intro, which is sung by children, too.
Sorry for my bad English. I'm German.

I don't know how this isn't in the top ten. I definitely think it should be, or at least in the top 15. I love the chorus, it's really catchy and epic!

18 Descend the Shades of Night

So passionate, dark, uplifting, and melodic. One of their best efforts.

19 Slanderous

This is the ultimate Machine Head song in my opinion. Great lyrics, catchy riffs, awesome solos, Robb Flynn slaying the vocals as always...

Epic thrasher from probably the best band since Megadeth! It's nice and aggro! Wolves, This is the End, and Aesthetics of Hate are also pretty damn godly.

Unfortunately very underrated and not played live when I saw them. Great vocals combined with phenomenal riffs... This is Machine Head m/

20 This is the End

This is definitely the best song on the album. Powerful from the beginning to the end. Perfect song, no doubt my favorite MH song EVER.

This is the most epic song I have heard in my life! Brilliant riffs, solos, and the chorus is just unreal.

This is the best song I've heard from Machine Head. What? It's #22? Please listen!

21 A Thousand Lies

The intro to this song is amazingly heavy. Totally kicks ass. Can't believe this is not in the top 5.

22 Be Still and Know

Man, it's hard to pick a song given Machine Head's impressive production. But if I had to choose one, I'd go with "Be Still and Know": amazing guitar work, brutal verses, a pre-chorus that makes you pump your fist in the air, and a chorus that burns itself in your mind like a flamethrower through butter.

The first Machine Head song I listened to. It will forever be one of my favorite songs.

Great guitar and drums in this song. The chorus is amazing!

23 Ten Ton Hammer

This deserves higher. It's my favorite song on The More Things Change... a badass song.

This song rules! Best fight song ever!

24 Night of Long Knives

Standout piece about Charles Manson from an epic album. The brutal thrash assault and ruthless power in the chorus blew me away on the first listen.

Still not in the top 10?

25 Wolves

Deadly combination of thrash and heavy metal in this song - so amazing and wonderful! When I heard this song for the first time, I was blown away by the riffs, melodies, and the pounding drums. It's one of my best songs forever.

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