Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs


The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood - Slayer

And one of the heaviest songs ever was born. - IronSabbathPriest

Best metal song ever made! - Oliwally

Thrash Metal Anthem

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica
3 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

This should not eve be on the list. It should be presented as the GOD of metal riffs, I mean, look at the song, 10 riffs, it's just flawless. Dave is a genius.

Are we talking about the opening riff? - Lord28

... Of course this should be number one.

4 Symphony of Destrution - Megadeth
5 Mouth for War - Pantera

I'm aware that groove metal is a derivative form of thrash but I think it's quite different from thrash. What I wanna say is that this song maybe shouldn't be on this list. However, this is my fave riff from Pantera. - Metal_Treasure

While Pantera is groove, I think this song qualifies as thrash. So is Hostile. So I think this can be here.

6 Madhouse - Anthrax

Madhouse riff higher than Holy Wars, The Four Horsemen, Phantasmagoria, Black Prophecies, Funeral Hymn, Desperate Cry, Masked Jackal, Creeping Death? (to name a few)
No way, #5 is too high for this riff. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Motorhead - Ace of Spades V 1 Comment
8 Souls of Black - Testament

Not only does it have a beautiful guitar riff, but the bass solo alone gets my vote m/ Rock on Brothers and Sisters!

9 Black Metal - Venom V 1 Comment
10 Children of a Worthless God - Exodus V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator
12 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
13 Elimination - Overkill
14 Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax
15 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
16 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator
17 The Exorcist - Possessed
18 Funeral Hymn - Exodus

My favorite Exodus riff - maybe it was unnoticed because it was released in 2007 and thrash fans usually focus on their 80s stuff. Children of a Worthless God from the same album is also pretty cool.

I guess the 2008 Testament album experiences the same problem - I like a lot the intro riff of Henchman Ride (while the main riff is quite standard - you can hear similar riffs on many speed/power metal songs). - Metal_Treasure

19 South of Heaven - Slayer
20 Masked Jackal - Coroner
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
2. Raining Blood - Slayer
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica
1. Raining Blood - Slayer
2. Symphony of Destrution - Megadeth
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica
1. Mouth for War - Pantera
2. Symphony of Destrution - Megadeth
3. Raining Blood - Slayer

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