Top 10 New Wave of British Heavy Metal Songs

NWOBHM stands for "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" This was a time in the late 70s/early 80s where British Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Venom, Diamond Head, and definitely Leppard came about and revolutionized the genre.

The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art
2 Am I Evil? - Diamond Head Am I Evil? - Diamond Head Cover Art

This song encapsulates all the emotions of metal; the lyrics even paved the way for death metal - FacUtGaudeam

The intro of this song reminds me so much of Child In Time by Deep Purple (3:20). I'm not surprised - The NWOBHM incorporated massively and irreversibly Ritchie Blackmore's metal DNA in the metal sound.
Even Black Sabbath changed radically their style and sound in 1980, accordingly. Black Sabbath also hired the most talented metal musicians discovered by Ritchie Blackmore - Dio (Rainbow) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) on vox, and Cozy Powell (Rainbow) on drums. - Metal_Treasure

3 Ace of Spades - Motorhead Ace of Spades - Motorhead Cover Art
4 Black Metal - Venom Black Metal - Venom Cover Art

This is a brilliant song! Although I don't really think it is BWOBHM - gemcloben

This is a NWOBHM song. Although it has a thrash metal/extreme sound, that was the thing about the NWOBHM. Bands experimented with different styles, bands like Venom, Motörhead, and Angel Witch were just a few who experimented with Thrash/Speed - ryanrimmel

5 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

One of the greatest metal riffs. - Metal_Treasure

6 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Cover Art

I love Run To The Hills and Breaking The Law by Judas Priest but I read that they were criticized for being radio friendly (radio friendly sound is not good for metal songs).
This explains why Run To The Hills and Breaking The Law are the only songs non-metal fans know and this annoys metal fans because these bands have better songs.
Just saying.
Maybe The Trooper and Phantom Of The Opera should be higher than Run To The Hills. - Metal_Treasure

7 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

1978 - Halford at his best (his prime).
One of the most mindblowing metal songs I've ever heard - music, lyrics, performance. Sad and epic.
A song about suicide and right to choose whether to live or die. Halford wrote the lyrics and dedicated the song to "Anita Bryant and all those schmucks" (she was on a major anti-gay campaign in 1977).
"This is my life, this is my life
I'll decide not you
Keep the world with all its sin
It's not fit for livin' in". - Metal_Treasure

8 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This is not only a great epic song - it says loudly: heavy metal is classically inspired.
It also means that Iron Maiden (and The NWOBHM in general) followed Ritchie Blackmore's idea of metal. Then the whole metal genre did the same. - Metal_Treasure

9 Princess of the Night - Saxon Princess of the Night - Saxon Cover Art
10 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest Breaking the Law - Judas Priest Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Angel of Death - Thin Lizzy Angel of Death - Thin Lizzy Cover Art

I still hesitate whether to consider Thin Lizzy NWOBHM or not, but maybe they should be included.
Thin Lizzy was an Irish band but Ireland was part of the UK back then. The key member and mastermind - Phil Lynott - was born in the UK but moved to Ireland. John Sykes, who pushed the band towards pure metal direction circa 1980, was born in the UK, too.

Beyond these formal considerations, Thin Lizzy were very influential, they were a great band and they had great metal songs. They were amazing songwriters. - Metal_Treasure

12 Angel Witch - Angel Witch Angel Witch - Angel Witch Cover Art
13 Welcome to Hell - Venom Welcome to Hell - Venom Cover Art
14 Iron Fist - Motorhead Iron Fist - Motorhead Cover Art
15 Aces High - Iron Maiden Aces High - Iron Maiden Cover Art
16 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art
17 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Cover Art
18 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden Cover Art

This is the purest metal song of all time

19 Plague and Fyre - Hell
20 Wasted Years - Iron Maiden Wasted Years - Iron Maiden Cover Art
21 Crusader - Saxon Crusader - Saxon Cover Art
22 When the Wild Wind Blows - Iron Maiden When the Wild Wind Blows - Iron Maiden Cover Art
23 See You in Hell - Grim Reaper See You in Hell - Grim Reaper Cover Art
24 Too Late for Love - Def Leppard Too Late for Love - Def Leppard Cover Art
25 Countess Bathory - Venom Countess Bathory - Venom Cover Art
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