Top 10 Rebellious Metal Songs

Rebellious - showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention.
1) If a group of people are rebellious, they oppose the ideas of the people in authority and plan to change the system, often using force
2) If someone is rebellious, they are difficult to control and do not behave in the way that is expected.

Some songs on this list have direct rebellious messages while some others are about feeling rebellious. I gave preference to the first type of songs because their lyrics are more rebellious, although some songs from the second type are musically better.

The Top Ten Rebellious Metal Songs

1 Balls to the Wall - Accept

One day the tortured stand up
And revolt against the evil
They make you drink your blood
And tear yourself to pieces

You better watch the damned (God bless ya)
They're gonna break their chains (Hey)
No, you can't stop them (God bless ya)
They're coming to get you
And then you'll get your
Balls to the wall, man, balls to the wall - Metal_Treasure

2 Rebellion in Dreamland - Gamma Ray

By moonlight there's way... for rebellion
Here, the world has gone astray... revolution
Now, the time has come to pray... hallelujah
Deep, inside our minds we wait... for rebellion
Here in dreamland we will not obey the masters - Metal_Treasure

3 Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray

Time has come, the world lies dying
Our faith has gone, our souls are crying
Resurrecting paradise, cry for freedom
Killing pain, a million lies,
Dethrone tyranny - Metal_Treasure

4 Begging for Forgiveness - Helker

€"You abuse your power
And you used all the others
But your tyranny will fall today
I can see you beg, for the peace you had forgotten
Because you are alone, beg for mercy from us all”
It features Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear as guest musicians (additional vocals). This is an epic vocal performance by 3 powerhouse singers. - Metal_Treasure

5 Peace Sells - Megadeth

What do you mean, “I couldn’t be the President of the United States of America? ”
Tell me something, it’s still “We the people”, right?
If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line
But it better work this time - Metal_Treasure

6 Chemical Youth - Queensryche
7 Induction - Gamma Ray

Just play the song sample and you will get the idea. This is a short intro song (1:01) to their album 'No World Order' (2001) but it's so powerful musically and lyrically.

You've come to take control
You can take my heartbeat
But you can't break my soul
We all shall be free

You'll never take control

Your new world order
Will lead to none at all
We all stand before you as one
Heaven is for everyone
To be free from the dark" - Metal_Treasure

8 We the People - Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty is a solo project of Jon Schaffer, guitarist and primary songwriter for Iced Earth. He's the biggest rebel among metal musicians. Jon Schaffer is a backing vocalist in Iced Earth but he is the lead singer for Sons of Liberty. His vocals remind me of Matt Barlow (Iced Earth lead singer) and even though Matt is better, Jon is surprisingly good (moreover, Jon sang these songs in his late 40s).

Sons of Liberty features guest appearances by various members and associates of Iced Earth including Jim Morris, Troy Seele and Ruben Drake. - Metal_Treasure

We the people must unite
Reject this global scheme
The thought of world governance
And the evil that can bring
The tactic of financial meltdown
The crisis that they need
We the people
Surround them
Rise up and seize the day!
We the people
Surround them
End the tyrants reign! - Metal_Treasure

9 I Want Out - Helloween

From our lives' beginning on
We are pushed in little forms
No one asks us how we like to be
In school they teach you what to think
People tell me A and B
They tell me how I have to see
Things that I have seen already clear
So they push me then from side to side
They're pushing me from black to white
They're pushing 'til there's nothing more to hear
But don't push me to the maximum
Shut your mouth and take it home
'Cause I decide the way things gonna be

I want out - to live my life alone
I want out - leave me be
I want out - to do things on my own
I want out - to live my life and to be free - Metal_Treasure

10 Our Dying Republic - Sons of Liberty

Rise up! To define freedom
Rise up! To live in your own way
Rise up! To define freedom
Or will we let them take it away?
Liberty or tyranny?
It's your choice to make - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
12 You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise - Judas Priest
13 Battery - Metallica

This song is a very specific protest - it's about the glam metal scene that was popular in the Los Angeles area in the 80s. Metallica even moved from LA to San Francisco because "the metal scene in LA sucked". The song is named after a street in downtown San Francsico where was located the club played by Metallica in the 80s (444 Battery Street).
The lyric "Cannot kill the family, Battery is found in me" is a statement that while society at large doesn't understand the Bay Area thrash scene, those within it (i.e. "the family") will fiercely defend it as a show of solidarity against the glam scene in LA. - Metal_Treasure

14 I'm a Rebel - Accept

This is an awesome and pretty funny song from 1980 but I put it at #10 because it sounds like hard rock to me and most probably is (Accept had both metal and hard rock songs).

"I'm a rebel - rebel
And they're all laughing at me

They say I'm a danger to the public and all
I only wish they would see
I'm just the product of a screwed up world - but they're all
They're all laughing at me" - Metal_Treasure

15 Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian

This song describes some attempts to resist control at individual, personal level.

"Everything is out of control

I am watching you, watching you, watching you, watching you, watching you, watching you, watching you, watching you...

Leave me alone
Isolation bears hope
Hey, mother stubborn
I really hate you
If you say yes, I will say no
Ashes to ashes
But dust won't be dust
If you go there
I will go back". - Metal_Treasure

16 The Cleansing Wind - Sons of Liberty

It's time for action, break through the matrix
Restore the vision of life and your liberty
The truth shall set you free
The Constitution, real solutions
We must defend it, whatever the cost may be
The best hope for humanity - Metal_Treasure

17 Revolution is My Name - Pantera
18 Full Spectrum Dominance - Sons of Liberty

Now the trap is set
Global order
Death and torture
Slavery and debt

Why have you let them steal your liberty?
You’re just a slave to a criminal elite. - Metal_Treasure

19 I'm a Rebel - Sodom

This is an Accept cover that Sodom did in 1999. - Metal_Treasure

20 Molon Labe - Sons of Liberty

It's about Sparta.

"I see the signs
A tyrant on the rise
Will you fall to your knees?
Will you stand and fight? " - Metal_Treasure

21 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

It's not a metal song. - Metal_Treasure

22 Rise - Skillet

It's not a metal song. - Metal_Treasure

23 Stand My Ground - Within Temptation
24 You’ve Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest
25 Blood Red Skies - Judas Priest
26 Parental Guidance - Judas Priest
27 Dyers Eve - Metallica
28 F****** Hostile - Pantera
29 N.I.B - Black Sabbath
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