Best Songs From Metallica's Ride the Lightning


The Top Ten

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

Its not just the best song on album, It's the best of Metallica.

The OG Power Ballad - lilrocketman

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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...

Why is this not number one? Probably not enough lyrics.

The bass intro is too good to be real.

This song is addictive! - Userguy44

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3 Creeping Death

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

Better than fade to black

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

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!

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4 Ride the Lightning

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

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

This is my favorite Metallica song and quite possibly my favorite song in general

Favorite song ever not just by Metallica

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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

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6 The Call of Ktulu

Fantastic bass. - Userguy44

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.

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7 Trapped Under Ice

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

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

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

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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

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