Songs that Define the Subgenre of Heavy Metal

The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

What it's all about. - JoLeKosovo

3 Holy Diver - Dio
4 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Personally my favourite judas priest song. Just awesome.

5 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.

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

6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
7 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
8 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage

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

9 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
10 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

The Contenders

11 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

12 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
13 Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
14 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

15 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

16 Electric Eye - Judas Priest
17 Crimson King - Demons & Wizards

This song is like a baby that has the features of Iced Earth and Blind Guardian combined: guitars and music written by Jon Schaffer, and vocals and lyrics written by Hansi Kursch. Can't get any better. - Metal_Treasure

18 Legions - Savatage
19 All for One - Primal Fear

The riff and drum solo in the middle of the song are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

20 Conviction - Primal Fear
21 King for a Day - Primal Fear
22 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
23 2 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden
24 Can I Play With Madness - Iron Maiden
25 Mr Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
26 I Don't Wanna Stop - Ozzy Osbourne
27 Heaven Denies - Demons & Wizards
28 A Question of Heaven - Iced Earth
29 Damien - Iced Earth
30 Dracula - Iced Earth
31 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

This Is Thrash Metal Not in The Heavy Metal Subgenre - christangrant

32 Metal Warriors - Manowar
33 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

34 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

I Don't Know How This Got On Here But Its Groove Metal Doesn't Belong Here But It's A Great Song - christangrant

Wasn't this groove metal? - Metal_Treasure

35 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
36 Evil - Mercyful Fate
37 Witching Hour - Venom
38 Hounds - Savatage
39 Of Rage and War - Savatage
40 The Unholy - Savatage
41 Freak on a Leash - Korn

Haha, this heavy metal?! - Metal_Treasure

42 This Will Never End - Blind Guardian
43 Anthem - Iced Earth

A song with great music and inspirational lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

44 Rebellion in Dreamland - Gamma Ray

Melodic,awesome giotar riffs,drummong and vocal performance,epic...Perfect definition of Power Metal - DejanKalinic

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