Greatest Judas Priest Songs

The Top Ten
1 Painkiller

One of judas priests greatest songs It's got the best guitar solo and best drum Performance I think the painkiller album is also the best
Here's Probably what my top 10 looks like
1. Touch of evil
2. The sentinel
3. Painkiller
4. Ram it down
5. All guns blazing
6. Metal meltdown
7. Freewheel burnin
8. Blood red skies
9. Night crawler
10. Victim of changes

Love this song. Brilliant drum solo from Scott Travis to kick it all off, with Rob Halford's vocal range, Ian Hill's bass and Glenn Tipton and KK Downing teaming up together as guitarists to make the song aggressive makes it a inch-perfect song. I think this is one of the last great heavy metal classics, Painkiller.

Best song hands down for Judas Priest. If your looking to get into this band then this is the song to start with. It's got everything a good metal song should have. This song isn't just one of Judas Priest most epic songs. Its one of the most epic metal songs of all time.

It's very rare that bands do real classics later on in their careers, but Judas Priest went out there in 1990, despite the subliminal message trial, and recorded such an amazing song. The song that got me into these legendary British heavy metal rockers.

2 Beyond the Realms of Death

I personally find this track to be the band's Masterpiece. So much of Priest's work is overlooked by the fans, in favour of their more well known, more "metal" tracks. But this is Classic, and so very distinctly; Priest.

I was never into Metal for the Headbanging. I was in it for the great writing, and lucrative sound. The sound envelops you, and delves into your being. A trait born from the history of Psychedelic/Blue Rock; a Precursor to Heavy Metal.

Always been my favorite. Profound lyrics anyone can relate to, its tempo changes along with the subject matter, and the solo is the best. It conveys so much feeling, emotion, and depth. It takes one from sadness to anger then leaves you inspired. Brilliant.

Maybe this is not song, which I like most, but it became a basis for all power ballads by Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth etc. This is first real power ballad and that is the reason, why my vote come to it

This song made me become a Judas Priest Lover... This is also the first song I've ever heard from Judas Priest... Fade to Black and this song are so Similar...

3 Breaking the Law

Even though this song is rather simple (I can play it and I've only been playing for a few months) it's still a classic that deserves a high spot. By the way, hell bent for leather should be way higher than 12.

Judas priest man, tough decision. One thing I can say for sure, WATCH THE VIDEO. Just watch it... holding hostages with guitars... This song just rocks man.

I am 1,000,000% sure this is the greatest Judas Priest song. Just listen to the solo and the opening and the amazing vocals.

This is one those short-metal-songs that get's the job done. Pure guitar & vocals sync. It should be 2nd.

4 Victim of Changes

"Breaking the Law" is all I knew when Judas Priest crosses my mind. I really was missing out because I was ignorant. But then I streamed their collection of greatest hits and felt like punching myself for not paying attention to this legendary band.

The live version is better than the version on Sad Wings Of Destiny (also my favorite JP album), but even that one is better than all their others. My List:

1. Victim Of Changes (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
2. Beyond The Realms Of Death (Stained Class)
3. Electric Eye (Screaming For Vengeance)
4. Painkiller (Painkiller)
5. You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Screaming For Vengeance)
6. Revolution (Angel Of Retribution)
7. Dreamer Deceiver (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
8. Breaking The Law (British Steel)
9. The Ripper (Sad Wings Of Destiny)
10. Screaming For Vengeance (Screaming For Vengeance)

#1 for me. This is the song that got me into Priest and is their greatest composition. I have never heard anything like it, and its genius structure is only rivaled by songs like Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden).

This is not even the number 1 song of Judas, but also of the rock world. The song demonstrate pleasing vocal, emotion as well as the top guitar solo. This song couraged the listing as well. My view that this song encompasses all the things that a hard rock metal rock listener want from band.

5 Electric Eye

This song is just amazing, with the magnificent Hellion opening, electric instrumentals and a voice that fits, this song defines why we love Judas Priest. My list:
1. Electric Eye
2. Breaking The Law
3. Painkiller
4. You Got Another Thing Comin'
5. Livin' After Midnight

This is what heavy metal should be - awesome song with some fantastic riffs and lots of energy. It's the song that got me into Priest. In fact the whole Screaming for Vengeance album is brilliant (and so is Defenders of the Faith).

The Hellion Intro just gives you those heavy metal vibes that shows you what Judas Priest is all about. After The Hellion, this kick-ass electric sound comes in and and you get the sudden urge to headbang! It defines Heavy Metal.

JP has its full electric metal sound polished on this one with a great driving beat. Great riff and a nice bridge towards the end to close it out. I usually listen to Bloodstone & Riding on the Wind after this one - which has another great bridge in it.

6 You've Got Another Thing Comin'

I love this song but it's only second to 'Beyond the Realms of Death'. But 'You've Got Another Thing Comin' still needs to be in the top 5! It has a more mainstream sound but loses none of the grit and toughness associated with Priest and metal in general. Riff has gotta be the best specific part of the song for me, quickly chugging the song forward, but is also super catchy... EXCEPT for the bridge: "In this world we're livin' in we have our share of sorrow," Amazing vocals by Halford, he puts so much emotion in those two lines and at such a high pitch. Makes me sing along every time!

My Favorites:
1. Turbo Lover
2. Painkiller
3. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
4. Breaking The Law
There's only 4 because I've only just discovered Judas Priest. I like them a lot already. I'm already kind of tired of hearing breaking the law is their best song. I'm confident I will never find one I like better than turbo lover. I'm probably going to get mugged for this, but I prefer Judas Priest to Iron Maiden.

Downing and Tipton are perfection. Their guitars propel this song into my all-time number one spot. I never cease to be overwhelmed with emotion each time the opening chords shatter the silence. I love this song.

The whole Screaming for Vengeance album is great, but this one really stands out! It is Priest's best, most enduring metal anthem. If you disagree... You've got another think comin'!

7 The Sentinel

This is probably Priest's most epic song to date, sharing with Beyond the Realms of Death
My list -
1. Painkiller (absolute classic, it's also extremely metal)
2. The Sentinel
3. Beyond the Realms of Death (different but very welcome. Priest needs more songs like this)
4. Breaking the law (good ol' rock n roll)
5. Electric Eye (amazing and also metal)
6. Victim of Changes (just... good)
7. Screaming for Vengeance (also more metal)
8. Dreamer Deceiver (a really good ballad)
9. Metal Gods (quality hard rock anthem)
10. Turbo Lover (Priest's Somewhere in Time album (synthesizers much))

I wonder why this song isn't on 1. This Song is just epic. IT's heavy, the lyrics are awesome, and it sounds perfectly. This is how a HM Song has to be. AWESOME! Not even more or less. Judas Priest is in my opninion one of the best bands in the world. And this is the best song of the band.

This is my personal favorite, makes me raise my fist every single time, hearing the war cry of the metal god himself!, while I love the other songs, I have to admit from the rhythmn, to the guitar solos, lyrics and overall presence. I can only say "All Fear The Sentinel! "

Here's my list:
1. The Sentinel
2. Beyond The Realms Of Death
3. Victim Of Changes
4. Painkiller
5. Electric Eye
6. You've Got Another Thing Coming
7. Metal Gods
8. The Green Manilishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)
9. Turbo Lover
10. Monsters Of Rock
The Sentinel should be #1 on the list. Breaking The Law is more than overrated.

8 Living After Midnight

I love this song. It's a perfect song to listen to if you're out in the woods partying with buddies at 120 at night. I like this song so much, I consider it my theme song, since I like to stay up late at night anyway. Off the record I think it's an awesome song for powerful drug dealer's, like tony montana (yes I know, he's fictional) I think it's a good song for any human spirit.

Live version in Seminole arena... Just amazing. I love Scott Travis he is a very fast drummer.

Great rhythm, great guitars and super vocals - a famous masterpiece!

Another catchy Priest song who Everybody Knows!

9 Hell Bent for Leather

I do think most of their 70s albums had their best songs. This list should be filled with their 70s output, other than painkiller.

One of the greatest solo ever.

10 Turbo Lover

Ok. Turbo Lover is good but probably out of their top 20. Most of the hard core Priest fans would most likely agree. Casual fans like this one. They did some experimenting here after Defenders and then hit the nail on the head with Painkiller!

Everything's great, the pacing, the instruments, the vocals, the mix between the two, the progression, and the enjoyment. While different from most Judas Priest songs, it is still a timeless classic to remember.

Love the slow build up the rhythm, great song. This song need's to be at least on the podium of priest songs., just as I need to listen to this in a fast car, again and again.

This should be way up higher, because of the structure. It is like you get into a racecar at the start and then comes the build up where you get faster and faster until you reach "oberdrive".

The Contenders
11 A Touch of Evil

The best Priest song. Every part RIPS, particularly Halford, beginning with menacingly disarming vocals, and later escalating to what I think are his absolute best screaming soars of passionate triumph in any Priest song to date. The ending passages will never fail in making the hairs rise from my neck each listen-through.


Best song they have. Very energetic and full of power. Better than breaking the law for sure, that's such a dumb (musically) song, I think this is a bit more complex, as the hole painkiller album is, so I preffer it much more.

This is a metal masterpiece... A touch of god JUDAS PRIEST are the best! This song is so underrated it must be at least in the top 3.. The guitar solos are incredible..

This is my favorite song its got awesome guitar noises and rob sounds awesome best song but the live version isn't very good it sounds way to different like turbo lover but its still a great song
Top 10
1. Touch of evil
2. Sentinel
3. Night crawler
4. Turbo lover
5. Ram it down
6. Painkiller
7. Metalmeltdown
8. Freewheel burnin
9. Out in the cold
10. Blood red skies

12 Dreamer Deceiver

Not just a great song by a great metal band, but a brilliant song on every level. The vocal qualities Halford exhibits in this song, the sheer range, and the transition between a clear, beautiful voice and an artful sneer make this song a classic.

What a haunting song, this one is similar to Beyond The Realms of Death. Same atmosphere, similar tone, similar and both underrated guitar solo by Glenn Tipton.

One of the greatest vocal lines in the history of rock (not only metal). Wonderful, evolving guitar solo. The atmosphere I characteristic to the 70s but with some anticipation of the epicness of NWOBHM of the 80s.

This is just plain awesome! Judas Priest just couldn't get any awesomer! Especially the part where Halford goes crazy high and the solo that follows it!

13 Night Crawler

I think this is not a song because judas priest legendary band. nightcrawler music, guitar, vocalist is so horror most of the horror film I watched but I cannot scared but nightcrawler I scared. I don, t know what kind of band they are make. One last thing judas priest is the metal of god. Judas priest is the essential for a music. judas priest is different from another band. iron maiden also making a horror band but it cannot be make like a judas priest because judas priest druming, guitar very original and different from other. In earth no body can touch to judas priest in band. You are metal god. I think born to known the world what is music. In whatever topic you make it is legendry. I think you are the end of a music and you are god of metal

And now what?
This is an excellent song, feel the electric guitar grinding the hell into pieces, awesome vocals corresponding the drums... and of course I won't say a thing just try qnd you see.

I hate working out, but this song keeps me running on the treadmill. I am literally headbanging while running! The guitar and vocals just fit so perfectly together, giving an energenic and emotional vibe at the same time.

I am giving this my vote because I feel it should be in the top ten. Some of the best metal riffing I've ever heard. It's ageless.

14 Blood Red Skies

Blood Red Skies, Victim of Changes, Dreamer Deceiver, The Sentinel, A Touch of Evil are in my opinion in top line of Judas Priest. Particullary speaking about Blood Red Skies, this song may prove Rob Halford as the most complete heavy metal vocalist ever. Lyric voice, metal voice, medium tones, very very high tones (perhaps it was missing only the baritonal tones from the first part of Dreamer Deceiver and all would have been 100% complete). Like a very well rounded fighter :)... no weaknesses.

I didn't use to know the song untill some days ago. Such epicness is matchless with any other rock or metal song I've ever heard. I invite you to read lyrics while listening to it: you'll be brought there, and become that future legend by dying. It's fantastic. Really, maybe almost unknown, but their best in my opinion and not only mine - 'bet a lot will underwrite it.

I voted for this song while it's very underrated. Actually my top 15 is:

1. Victim of changes
2. Beyond the realms of death
3. Screaming for vengeance
4. Blood red skies
5. Electric eye
6. Painkiller
7. Sinner
8. Riding on the wind
9. Night crawler
10. Ram it down
11. The ripper
12. Tyrant
13. Freewheel burning
14. Hell bent for leather
15. Judas Rising

Cause its on ram it down not many have heard this, but they played it on their epitaph tour and was one of the highlights of the night, anyone who calls themselves a priest fan has to know this song.

15 Screaming for Vengeance

UNBELIEVABLE! Number 17? Priest has been my favorite band for 30+ years. Its very hard to pick one song as their best, but this is UNBELIEVABLE! This song defines Rob Halford and Judas Priest. Leaves no doubt that Rob is a god and the best frontman ever. Makes me wonder if you people know Priest at all.

We know there are a lot of frontmen out there who can scream, but for Halford it's an art and this song, well the title speaks for itself! Awesome!

The album and song that my friend played for me that got me into Priest in 83. Still my favorite Priest album overall.

A heavy and speedy song. Excellent playing all round.

16 Freewheel Burning

Come on! 15?! Get your stuff right people! Sure, painkiller, breaking the law, the sentinel, and all those are great too, don't get me wrong, but this is the first Judas Priest song that when I heard the first time, I was truly blown away by the guitars, the vocals, and everything. This song is exciting, has wonderful instrumental skills, and is undoubtedly one of the Judas Priest's very best songs! Vote up people!

I had memorized the lyrics to this song way back in high school. (from listening to it so much.- had written down the words to it on the inside cover of probably multiple text books) This one is "FAST AND FURIOUS" to say the least!

First song on defenders of the faith if this song didn't exist I wouldn't has the best riffs and chorus There is a way that when I listen to this son it takes over me Oh and it has the best music video Nothing in the world could make this song better than it already is. Thank You

Great song, deserves better than #15, Fast and Furious! My favorite from Defenders.

17 Exciter

Awesome song with great vocals, guitars, and killer, lightning fast drums. This song was also a huge influence on thrash metal, along with songs like overkill and symptom of the universe.

If Black Sabbath's Symptom of the Universe wasn't the seed of thrash metal, than this certainly was.

Such a masterpiece from Stained Class! Can't believe it's 20th. Deserves to be top 10 if not top 5 for sure

Amazing and great to sing along to! One of the first songs I heard of JP and been a fan ever since!

18 Judas Rising

Oh my, Judas Rising rotting here?! The ultimate Judas Priest song with the most epic riffs, heaviest beats, most energetic vocals and the BEST chorus of all time is placed 16th?! This is the biggest insult to Judas Priest and their insane album 'Angel Of Retribution' that's one of the most legendary metal albums ever.
And Angel is 13th?! Another shocker! The Metal Gods are not pleased, enough said.

What's wrong with this list, putting Judas Rising here?! This song is the epitome of heavy metal. Brash, insanely fast, divine riffs... Everything about this song is pure genius. This is by far one of their best songs. It's just so damn heavy! Please, allow your ears the privilege of listening to this, and THEN vote. Cause this is DEFINITELY better than almost the entire top 10.

It's a pity this song is 15th. It is easily one of Priest's most anthemic songs, with an iconic intro, relentless verses, and a perfect build-up to what is by far, Priest's most definitive chorus. The greatness of Judas Priest's sonic abilities culminated into one out-of-this-world track. Easily my favourite. Give it a listen. It will be yours too.

This is the great song from legendary band... & I must tell you that I listen to this song 5 times a day... This song make me insane... I just forgrt my self during this song... One of the most heaviest song I ever listen... I love judas priest... Hail to then for this song

19 Blood Stained

Are you crazy? This song is pure metal! I Love it!

My favourite song with Tim Owens.

20 One Shot at Glory

What? Why is this song at 24th? You guys are unbelievable. Definitely one of my top three, along with painkiller and beyond the realms of death

The vocals are top notch. Most underrated Priest song that I can think of

I discovered JP with this song, it's the definition of awesomeness.

So underrated...
This is a great song!

21 Hellrider

Judas Priest came back to the metal scene swinging with this song. All the others needed to know that Judas Priest always will be the kings of metal. Amazing song, the guitar riff I too is immaculate, Halford's vocals are terrifying and the drums are incredible.

Second to only Painkiller. The best opening to any song I have ever heard. The riff paralyses me. Incredible heavy metal masterpiece from the fathers of twin guitar metal. It doesn't get any better than this so mystified why it is not in the Top 10?

Craziest solo; truly utilizes the full potential of the unstoppable duo; Glenn Tipton and KK Downing. They are THE best guitarists out there. Who says they're retired? Their titles certainly aren't.

After all the songs from painkiller this is their best song! Amazing riff, powerful, fast, simply amazing song, it deserves a better position!

22 The Green Manalishi

This is actually my favourite priest song. I love The diamonds and rust cover as well and would rank it in my top 10.

Very underrated, all Judas Priest fans recognize this one!

Can't believe this isn't in the top ten! Love the live version on UITE.

It should be in top10! Just listen!

23 Dissident Aggressor

Such an underrated song. Halford's amazing performance, never more playful, such great contrasting. And KK's and Tipton's riffs are again simple yet incredibly catchy. Just give it a listen, people. Won't regret it

Heavier than anything to come for years. Truly awesome, especially with the impact of 17-year-old session drummer Simon Phillips.

This is why I love early metal! Great Chords, Drum-Work is brilliant and the guitars screaming through the song! Awesome!

Super heavy and fast song for 1977. Kickass vocals as well, Rob's first scream is insane.

24 Angel

What! Angel should be in top 5... The feel in this song almost makes me cry! This song has a very deep meaning. This song is less instrumental... But this is a song where judas priest has overdone themselves lyrically... One of JP's Finest works!

Just awesome... I agree whit the other comments, it should definitely be on the top 10 of the list.. You actually can feel the song inside you..

So beautiful. Lyrics are very powerful and emotional. The solo is incredible. One of my favourite songs ever. This deserves to be at the top.

This one is simply the best with awesome composition and solo!

I would prefer it to be on the Top of the list. And the vocal part is great too.

25 Some Heads are Gonna Roll

Oh come on, this song should be up there! Not one of the most popular ones, but really, its one of the best in my opinion.

Has a massively heavy riff in the chorus and builds you up for it masterfully.

No way #40? This song must be higher

This is #1 for me!

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