Songs that Define the Subgenre of Heavy Metal


The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
2 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3 Holy Diver - Dio
4 Painkiller - Judas Priest
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
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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



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