Songs that Define the Subgenre of Heavy Metal


The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
2 Painkiller - Judas Priest
3 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
4 Holy Diver - Dio
5 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
6 Heavy Metal - Judas Priest

Just because a song is called "Heavy Metal" doesn't mean it defines it the most. Possessed wrote a song called Death Metal, and I can think of many other death metal songs that define the genre more than that. - MorbidCannibalSlayer

Only Songs That Are In The Heavy Metal Subgenre Are Allowed - christangrant

7 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

By Savatage - the most underrated metal band of all time. - Metal_Treasure

8 Metal Warriors - Manowar
9 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
10 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest

The Contenders

11 Witching Hour - Venom
12 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Ok I Will Allow This On The List Since It's On The Black Album Which Is More Heavy Metal Than Thrash - christangrant

13 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy

Edguy play mostly power metal but this song isn't power metal - it's heavy metal. An awesome song with great vocals and chorus. It gives me an Iron Maiden-ish vibe. - Metal_Treasure

14 Strike - Primal Fear

Among the newer metal bands, currently Primal Fear play the purest form of heavy metal and they often sound like an updated version of Judas Priest. Well, somebody has to keep traditions alive. Primal Fear also play speed and power metal, so they have songs from 3 subgenres but it's not difficult to group the songs. - Metal_Treasure

15 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
16 Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
17 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth

A great song by a great band. Iced Earth play a thrashy version of heavy metal - it's because Jon Schaffer usually plays thrashy riffs. - Metal_Treasure

18 Into the Storm - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian play different subgenres but this song is heavy metal for me (not power, speed, or whatever else). One of my favorite Blind Guardian songs - a very intense song with great vox, chorus and riff. - Metal_Treasure

19 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
20 Legions - Savatage
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Top Remixes

1. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
2. Holy Diver - Dio
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
1. Metal Warriors - Manowar
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. The Trooper - Iron Maiden



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