Best Speed Metal Songs

Speed metal is different from thrash and other fast metal subgenres (so NO thrash, death, black metal, etc.). Speed metal is very close to Power metal but speed metal songs are faster, heavier and more technical than your typical power metal songs. Speed metal songs are really fast songs with CLEAN MELODIC vocals, usually combined with fast, technical and/or extended instrumental sections (mostly guitar solos).


The Top Ten

1 Majesty - Blind Guardian

Fast, heavy and long - can't get any better! Long live Blind Guardian! - Metal_Treasure

2 Ride the Sky - Helloween

"Send me a sign, want to leave it all behind
I'll be leaving the hands of doom
Rearrange the master plan, take the future in my hands
To be free and not trapped anymore"

There are just a few things that gets better than this... - somekindofaguy

3 Fast as a Shark - Accept

One of the songs that defined speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

The german bands has much faster/heavier enlgish songs than the american bands! - somekindofaguy

4 Riding the Eagle - Primal Fear

Love this drummer - his double bass is insane (Randy Black).
The instrumental section is amazing - a really fast, technical and melodic solo. How fast? - imagine your plane is taking off! Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt - great job! (twin lead guitars)

The solo is also brilliantly paired with the drum beats for a maximum effect. And before the solo you can hear one of the most beautiful drum fills. - Metal_Treasure

Hands down best modern speed metal song - somekindofaguy

5 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Very Underrated song... probably because the stargazer is before this in the "Rising" and many people noticed only the Stargazer... and that guitar solo is in the top 10! - somekindofaguy

A subgenre defining song (mid 70s speed metal). This song is awesome but underrated. The solo is very fast and technical, and the instrumental part is about 4 min long. This song can compete with some newer speed metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

In my opinion the first speed metal song ever.

Basically this song and Motörhead are responsible for speed metal.

6 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

I will never be able to choose between this song and Majesty - both are great songs by a great band. - Metal_Treasure

7 Shot to Hell - Laaz Rockit

This should be in the top 5, at least top 10. - Metal_Treasure

8 Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray

Gamma Ray doesn't have any speed metal songs - somekindofaguy

9 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Speed metal started here. Highway Star (1972) wasn't their first speed metal song but it was the real speed metal masterpiece and metal template. The overall excellence of this song makes it a metal definition - Robb Reiner of speed metal band Anvil called it 'early speed metal'.

This song just doesn't have weak spots: awesome memorable riff, breathtaking long & technical solo, Bach-like chord sequences, Gillan's great vocals, and hell yeah - that galloping style (later used by speed metal bands and also Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, etc).
Before Highway Star they wrote Fireball (1971), Speed King (1970) and some other songs - I appreciate their innovative significance to the metal invention but I prefer Highway Star. To a high degree metal in general was invented in the form of speed metal. No wonder metal is currently the fastest genre. - Metal_Treasure

10 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen

This is one of the Top 3 guitar shredding masterpeices of all time!
Solo and riff - killers.
It's not instrumental - it has great vocals and lyrics.
Vox: Joe Lynn Turner. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? My Last Words - Megadeth

The Contenders

11 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

Bubblegum pop with awesome and technical guitar - somekindofaguy

I don't think its speed metal. - zxm

12 Judas - Helloween

Thanks to whoever added this song. Awesome speed metal. Walls of Jericho is such a great album. - Metal_Treasure

13 Burnnn - Pantera

Don't be surprised - Pantera played different styles in the 80s and this song is actually very good, believe it or not. - Metal_Treasure

14 Get Fisted - Skull Fist

Awesome instrumental part, almost 2 minutes long. Cool riff.
A new band, formed in 2006 but getting lots of positive reviews. - Metal_Treasure

15 Thundersteel - Riot

Definitely should be here. - somekindofaguy

16 Kill the King - Rainbow

A song of 1978 - I guess this song was insanely fast for the 70s standards, esp. Blackmore's 1 minute long solo. This is a genre defining song.
This song was/is one of the most influential metal songs. There aren't many metal songs with so many cover versions - these are some of the bands that did covers:
Heathen, Metallica, Candlemass, Jorn, Primal Fear, Adrenaline Mob, Liege Lord, Grave Digger - Metal_Treasure

17 Most Dangerous Game - Laaz Rockit

This might be your next favorite speed metal song!
A deep track by an underrated band but it's highly recommended. The song sample from Itunes gives only the slow intro but after that the song is really fast - amazing speed metal from the 80s. Insanely good vocals and great instrumental section - as fast as it should be. - Metal_Treasure

18 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

The first speed metal song in music history, 1970.
Honestly, I think that Hard Lovin' Man is an awesome song - pure speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

19 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
20 Heavy Metal Maniac - Exciter
21 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Great song but NOT speed metal. Yeah, it's fast but it's not speed metal. As I said in the list description, not every fast song is speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

Metal Meltdown is speed metal, but it's not. - somekindofaguy

22 Washed Out - Savatage

Early 80s speed metal - love this song, love this band. - Metal_Treasure

23 I Speed at Night - Dio
24 Freewheel Burning - Judas Priest
25 Demons and Angels - Primal Fear
26 Mirror of Fate - Paragon

Love this song - it pumps me up. - Metal_Treasure

27 Revenge - Paragon
28 Eagle Fly Free - Helloween

I didn't add this song - it's a very good metal song but it's not speed metal, it's not even very fast. - Metal_Treasure

29 Wolf Gang - Striker
30 Journey Through the Dark - Blind Guardian
31 Bushpig - Anvil

The drum intro is wild and long. - Metal_Treasure

32 Rock the Night - Monument
33 Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce


34 Guardian of the Blind - Blind Guardian
35 Lightyears from Home - Primal Fear
36 Fireball - Deep Purple

This was one of the first speed metal songs ever (the other 'first' speed metal songs were also written by Deep Purple - ex. Hard Lovin' Man, 1970). 'Fireball' stands out because it was the first metal song with double bass drumming (in 1971, wow!). Ian Paice was such an advanced drummer!
Robb Reiner of speed metal band Anvil called Fireball 'early speed metal' (Highway Star, too).
Even though 'Highway Star' is a better song, 'Fireball' was insane for 1971, too.
Honestly, I think that Hard Lovin' Man is an awesome song - pure speed metal from 1970. - Metal_Treasure

37 Man on a Mission - Gamma Ray
38 Empires Fall - Paragon
39 And There Was Silence - Primal Fear
40 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Not speed metal, not even very much metal but if it's necessary to classify it as metal then it's fast paced heavy metal, but no way it's speed metal. - somekindofaguy

Don't take me wrong here - I like this song but Motorhead are NOT metal, never been. Lemmy himself stated that in 2011:
"We were not heavy metal. We were a rock'n'roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won't people listen?" (you can read it in the wiki article about Motorhead)

Provided that Motorhead are not a metal band, I'm not sure this song is speed metal - yes, it's fast but it doesn't mean it's speed metal and shouldn't be on this list. As I said in the heading - not every fast song is speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

41 Metal on Metal - Anvil

This song is slow how can someone consider it speed metal? - somekindofaguy

I'm an Anvil fan and they really play speed metal but this song is not speed metal. Moreover, everybody would agree that it's not even that fast. - Metal_Treasure

42 Overkill - Motorhead

Motorhead are not a metal band. Listen to Lemmy - he says the same: not metal. - Metal_Treasure

43 Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry

This is nowhere near speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

What this song :O - somekindofaguy

44 Cry for Eternity - Dragonforce
45 Rebellion In Dreamland - Gamma Ray

This is a great epic power metal song but it's not speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

46 Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween

This is a great and legendary song but I don't think it's speed metal - Metal_Treasure

47 Scream Murder - Savatage
48 Sign of the Warrior - Skull Fist
49 Hour to Live - Skull Fist
50 Machine Gunn Eddie - Nitro

A Speed Metal song by a Glam band with a scream that lasts 30 seconds! - christangrant

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1. Majesty - Blind Guardian
2. Shot to Hell - Laaz Rockit
3. Ride the Sky - Helloween
1. Majesty - Blind Guardian
2. Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray
3. Fast as a Shark - Accept
1. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
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