Best Songs From Metallica's Ride the Lightning

The Top Ten Best Songs From Metallica's Ride the Lightning

1 Fade to Black

Okay this is one of the first lists where I have actually seen the song that deserves the top spot at the top. Glad to see people aren't total morons. Fade to black is first off a classic, though that goes without saying. The whole ride the lightning album is amazing. I go back and forth on what is the best Metallica album but this one is always in the top three. Considering this was their second album it really is impressive. Its as brutal as kill em all but the maturity to their music had already kicked in. Even vocally james grew in between these two albums. Another one of those albums where every song is good, though I admit I don't always have the patience for call of ktulu. What makes fade to black so great is not just that it's a great song with a rippage solo but also because it found the band playing with new territory in the form of a ballad. This by only their second album! I always give kudos to bands for exploring new territory. Plus for a song about contemplating suicide ...more - LordJosh

The solo, the vocals and the atmosphere is absolutely incredible in this song. A great song from beginning to end. The whole entire ride the lightning metallica album is epic! - UltraLunalaX

Hard to pick whole album is amazing my list would go fade to black, ride the lightning, creeping death, trapped under ice (very underrated), fight fire with fire, for whom the bell tolls, call of ktulu, and escape very hard all the songs are so good they are all pretty much a number one but this one tops them all

Who cares if they betrayed metal a little bit and got creative and used acoustic guitar in the beginning, they still rule! I love how they change the tempo from slow to fast. It is AWESOME! This is my favorite off Ride The Lightning and For Whom The Bell Tolls is a 2nd!

2 For Whom the Bell Tolls

I think for whom the bell tolls is the best's a different unique song with no chorus and no bridge just that long energetic intro with unbelievable Bass and very strong Lyrics and the drums bell banging fading outro which left me with an open mouth every time I hear it...Amazing...

The whole album is fantastic, but For Whom The Bell Tolls rules: the bass intro is such amazing, and the use of the distortion by Cliff is really fascinating. The melody is very good, and the lyric too! One of the greatest old stuff of Metallica.

Probably my favorite Metallica song period. This whole albums is a masterpiece!

Has to be this. The best bassline, the heaviest riffs and easily the most recognizable chorus of the album. This easily has to be the best song. Love the intro and the outro, but ultimately it is the riff that nails it

3 Creeping Death

one of the most iconic songs! the bridge is absolutely awesome, and the lyrics are proof that Metallica can tell stories with their songs, cliff is amazing and kirk's solo is fantastic
all in all spectacular song

Awesome song listen to them live in 89 when they did this sounds awesome best Metallica song

This is the ultimate Metallica song! The intro is a powerful way to take you into the incredible verses, which lead into the awesome chorus! The solo is stunning, and the breakdown is just awesome! The way the song ends is also incredibly powerful, the way it goes back to the intro. And the final four chords just hit me with the force of a train!

Literally my favorite song of anything ever, the riff is Metallica greatness, James absolutely destroys the vocals, Cliff has some really nice bass licks, Lars actually kept in tempo, and by God that solo! But best of all, the breakdown. The crowd participation live is beautiful, with the chants of "DIE" and the sinister sound of the guitars!

4 Ride the Lightning

The best Metallica solo is in here. And Dave spider chord riff destroys everything from RTL.

Arguably my favorite song of all time across any genre. From the perspective of a death row inmate, this tune has it ALL. The monster, chugging main riff, the ridiculous solo, the haunting lyrical content, the tempo swings, etc. It's the complete package that showcases Metallica at its finest. - MetalEd3

This one has it all. Epic vocals, crushing guitar riffs, great tempo and the awesome shredding solo! - Userguy44

The whole album is amazing but this is my favourite because of its unique sounds with the guitars. Im surprised its not higher than 5.

5 Fight Fire with Fire

This song had some what if experiments with Master of Puppets, And Justice For All and Black Album. The Black Album version got scrapped, ultimately because the amp wasn't properly tuned. Justice for all tone was pretty good but the only problem with that was part of the intro was accidentally deleted and the song was played at a faster speed than normal. And of course the bass was missing. Master of puppets version I think was the best of those experiments. So, as far as what if experiments are concerned, I would say Master of Puppets.


This song is so fast, evil, and heavy! - RichHomelessGreedyMan

This is what thrash is supossed to be. - Userguy44

6 The Call of Ktulu

This is my second favorite Metallica album, and I think that the most fantastic masterpieces are The Bell Tolls and Fade, but The Call of Ktulu is simply a Jewel of metal music. The bass is fantastic with the distortion and the wahwah pedal, and the guitars' solo is simply great! It deserves to be less underrated

Really needs to be number one. I don't even like Metallica that much. This is my favorite of the 6 songs I genuinely like by them. The others are Master of puppets, enter sandman, king nothing, the four horsemen, and fade to black.

This song is tied for best on the album with Fade to Black. All of the songs in between are really good, but Fade and Ktulu are on an entirely different level.

OH MY GOD! This is my favorite Metallica song,
and it sounds like Tool, almost - MegaToolica1

7 Trapped Under Ice

Sounds like it was from Kill 'em All. - Alkadikce

very underrated song yet very very very very very good - freezerman75

What? This list is very Bad

1. Fade to black
2. Trapped Under ice
3. The call of ktulu
4. Creeping death
5. For whom the Bell tolls
6. Ride the lightning
7. Fight fire with fire
8. Escape

Favorite song of all time

8 Escape

Awesome songs full of emotions and friendship

Even if the band hates this song, I LOVE Escape! Such a happy meaning of living life your own way, to follow your destiny no matter what. Underwhelming compared to the rest of the album, yet packs a punch compared to pop and EDM.

Excellent lyrics, happy meaning compared to other songs! I personally love it and am very dissapoinged at how underrated it is

Love the chorus to the song and very underrated song that I love

9 For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live)
10 Creeping Death (Live)

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