Best Songs From Metallica's Ride the Lightning


The Top Ten

1 Fade to Black 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

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

Amazing riff right before the solo. Probably the greatest song they've ever made. - jake33

1- Fade To Black
2- For Whom The Bell Tolls
3- Creeping Death
4- Ride The Lightning
5- The Call Of Ktulu
6- Fight Fire With Fire
7- Trapped Under Ice
8- Escape

V 14 Comments
2 For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls

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

This is the best song ever. The introduction takes you into a place you don't know. Once the lyrics start you question if you have ever heard actual music before. And slowly the song takes you away into a place everyone wants to go.

Also awesome for head banging

V 14 Comments
3 Creeping Death Creeping Death

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!

I am Creeping Death... and I'm here to kill the ones who put Figth Fire with Fire and trapped Under Ice over this! - Crash

By far my favorite in the album and also in my top three Metallica songs ever!

V 6 Comments
4 Ride the Lightning Ride the Lightning

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

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.

Great lyrics and sets my definition of a thrash metal song. "Fade to black" is awesome but it's not unique Metallica style like "Ride the Lightning".

The best metal song I have ever listened to.

V 8 Comments
5 The Call of Ktulu 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

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

This song is such an amazing instrumental along with Orion.

V 8 Comments
6 Fight Fire With Fire Fight Fire With Fire

I'm not really sure if this is ky favorite song from the album but it's the most listened to on my part. The reason why is because the classical intro sounds awesome then the reving up to one of the fastest riffs known to mankind. Into sick lyrics and a very nice solo.

I agree with this list but trapped under ice needs to be a little higher.

Everybody vote fight fire with fire it it totally kick ass, played at 188bpm which is really fast, the riff is so catchy I can't get it out of my head for days - JULESMETAL13

It's only down here because the other songs are Ride The Lightning, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black. This is old school thrash!

Dam fast should be higher than ride the lightning

V 3 Comments
7 Trapped Under Ice Trapped Under Ice

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

Unbelievable song, classic thrash - dootdoot

Great song. Very underrated. Also, the beginning riff is so good.

WHY #7?! That ain't right man!

V 1 Comment
8 Escape Escape

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

The Contenders

11 Battery Battery

This is not on ride the lightning for the idiot who put this here

This is a Master of Puppets song! - NikBrusk

My favourite song from Mas- Ride the Lightning.

BAdd New Item

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Best Metallica Songs from Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets Top Ten Songs from Metallica's Ride the Lightning That Should Be In the Next Grand Theft Auto Game Best Riffs from Metallica's Ride the Lightning Best Solos from Metallica's Ride the Lightning Best Vocal Performances from Metallica's Ride the Lightning

List StatsUpdated 26 Feb 2017

900 votes
11 listings
7 years, 127 days old

Top Remixes (60)

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. Fade to Black
3. Creeping Death
1. Ride the Lightning
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
3. Creeping Death
1. Creeping Death
2. Fight Fire With Fire
3. Ride the Lightning

View All 60


Pony Reviews: Ride The Lightning By Metallica
Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.