Top Ten Songs That Are Better Than the Artists Signature Song

The Top Ten

1 Heart Shaped Box > Smells Like Teen Spirit

I could name 15 Nirvana songs better than Smells Like Teen Spirit. - IronSabbathPriest

I seriously agree,heart shapped box is better - Toucan

2 Hallowed Be Thy Name > Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

I'm not a die hard fan but I know that Hallowed be Thy Name is their signature song. The Trooper may be overall the most famous though. - JoLeKosovo

Most people, especially non-metal fans, associate Iron Maiden with either Run To The Hills or The Number Of The Beast, so Run To The Hills is Maiden's signature song for the broader audience.
Run To The Hills is somewhat radio-friendly and catchier.
Die hard Maiden fans are familiar with their better songs and Hallowed Be Thy Name is Maiden's signature song for the die hard fans only. - Metal_Treasure

3 Seasons In the Abyss > Raining Blood - Slayer

I agree with this list. - EpicJake

4 Slither > Sweet Child O Mine - Slash

Don't judge me on this one - gemcloben

I am sure I put this at 1? - gemcloben

5 One > Master of Puppets - Metallica

One Destroys Master Of Puppets - FettiMC

I prefer Master by a bit. - IronSabbathPriest

6 Innuendo > Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

I would say "Somebody to love", which was also Freddie's most favourite song secretly.

The Show Must Go On is my favourite. - IronSabbathPriest

I would say killer queen

Don't Stop Me Now > We Are the Champions > Radio Ga Ga > Innuendo > Bohemian Rhapsody > Big Bottomed Girls > We Are The Champions. - Puga

7 Belly of the Beast > Indians - Anthrax

Surely, Madhouse is Anthrax's signature song. - IronSabbathPriest

8 Ziggy Stardust > Space Oddity - David Bowie

"Changes", "Life on Mars? ", and "Starman" put them both to shame.

Have you heard Bauhaus's version of "Ziggy Stardust", gemcloben? - PetSounds

Neither of these are as good as Life on Mars to me. - PositronWildhawk

Or The Man Who Sold the World - Songsta41

Life on Mars is a little overrated. - gemcloben

9 My Immortal > Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

Is my Immortal not their signature song? - Songsta41

Equal! While Going Under's the best! - Fan_of_Good_Music

10 Highway Star > Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

But Child in Time is more appreciated than both of these by fans. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

11 Fade to Black > Master of Puppets - Metallica

No way. I hate how popular fade to black is. - gemcloben

Seek & Destroy is my favourite. But Master of Puppets is a close second. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Black Dog > Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Completely agree with this. Black Dog puts Stairway to Heaven to shame. - PositronWildhawk

Kashmir better than both

Even Achiles last stand or Kashmir or Whole lota love ( spelling ) for that matter - Toucan

13 Heaven and Hell > Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Heaven and Hell - better riff, better vox, better lyrics; overall - more complex song. - Metal_Treasure

14 Perfect Strangers > Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

Deep Purple is the most extreme case on this list - there are at least 5 songs obviously better than Smoke On the Water. But the intro riff to Smoke On the Water is really amazing. - Metal_Treasure

15 Boulevard of Broken Dreams > American Idiot - Green Day

Basket Case is better than both those songs combined - Gruunge

16 Smooth Criminal > Billie Jean - Micheal Jackson
17 Master of Puppets > Enter Sandman - Metallica
18 Painkiller > Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
19 November Rain > Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

Better lyrics, better instrumentation, better vocals, better video. - BobG

20 Welcome to the Jungle > Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns'n'roses
21 Overkill > Ace of Spades - Motorhead
22 Thorn > Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian

Mirror Mirror and The Bard's Song are their signature songs. The Bard's Song is a great acoustic ballad but there's not much 'metal' in it so I don't count it.

However, Blind Guardian have at least 20 songs better than Mirror Mirror. I've chosen Thorn because it's from the same album and people didn't notice this song. 'Into The Storm', 'Time Stands Still', 'Nightfall' and 'The Curse Of Feanor' from the same album are also better. And many songs from other albums.
I guess Mirror Mirror became most popular because it's somewhat playful, not very heavy and complex, and more people can easily relate to it. - Metal_Treasure

23 Born to Run > Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen

Yep. Both are great but come on, Born to Run is a masterpiece!

24 When the Levee Breaks > Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

Levee is a much better song but hard to do live. - BobG

25 Some Might Say > Wonderwall - Oasis

I can name like 20 songs by Oasis that are much better than Wonderwall - Quart

26 Heaven and Hell > Iron Man - Black Sabbath
27 Paranoid Android > Creep - Radiohead
28 Rape Me > Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
29 Don't Look Back In Anger > Wonderwall - Oasis
30 Knights of Cydonia > Uprising - Muse
31 Mouth for War > Walk - Pantera

Mouth for War is better guys. Even the riff is better. - Metal_Treasure

32 A Day In the Life > Hey Jude - The Beatles
33 Say It Ain't So > Buddy Holly - Weezer
34 I Remember > Strobe - Deadmau5

Did pos add this? - gemcloben

35 I Had This Thing > Eple - Royksopp
36 Ghosts N' Stuff > Strobe - Deadmau5
37 Morphine Child > Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage
38 Hello, Goodbye > All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
39 Dondante > One Big Holiday - My Morning Jacket
40 Waiting for the Night > This Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van Buuren
41 Cum On Feel The Noize > Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
42 Crying In the Rain > Is This Love - Whitesnake
43 21 Guns > Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
44 You Know You're Right > Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
45 The Winner Takes It All > Dancing Queen - Abba
46 Numb > in the End - Linkin Park
47 Lock Up Your Daughters > Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

"Gudbuy T'Jane" and "Come on Feel the Noise" are also better. - PetSounds

48 Monster > Decode - Paramore
49 In One Ear > Ain't No Rest For the Wicked - Cage the Elephant
50 I Surrender > This Is What It Feels Like - Armin van Buuren
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