Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs

The Top Ten

Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

And one of the heaviest songs ever was born.

Thrash Metal Anthem

Best metal song ever made!

Slayer is the best thrash band of all time

Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art
Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

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?

The opening riff of course.

... Of course this should be number one.

Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Cover Art
Mouth for War - Pantera Mouth for War - Pantera Cover Art

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.

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

Madhouse - Anthrax Madhouse - Anthrax Cover Art

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.

Scott Ian is awesome in this one.

Souls of Black - Testament Souls of Black - Testament Cover Art

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

This one speaks for itself. Testament always gets left off of the “greatest riff” lists, unfortunately.

Black Metal - Venom Black Metal - Venom Cover Art

Venom not thrash? I grew up on thrash (early 80s). Venom was part of my daily diet.

Not thrash.

Children of a Worthless God - Exodus Children of a Worthless God - Exodus Cover Art

Truly an underrated track

Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Phantasmagoria - Annihilator Cover Art

The Contenders

Elimination - Overkill

This is the first one I see that deserves a place on this list

Seek & Destroy - Metallica Seek & Destroy - Metallica Cover Art
Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Cover Art
Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax Cover Art
South of Heaven - Slayer South of Heaven - Slayer Cover Art
Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator Cover Art
The Exorcist - Possessed
Funeral Hymn - Exodus Funeral Hymn - Exodus Cover Art

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).

Creeping Death - Metallica Creeping Death - Metallica Cover Art

One of the best thrash metal songs ever written

I love the riff of this song. I mean the main riff.

Wake Up Dead - Megadeth Wake Up Dead - Megadeth Cover Art

Why is it so low on the list? Spider chord riff is amazing and the final riff is pure masterpiece literally impossible not to headbang to.

Masked Jackal - Coroner Masked Jackal - Coroner Cover Art
Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art
Human Insecticide - Annihilator Human Insecticide - Annihilator Cover Art
Over the Wall - Testament Over the Wall - Testament Cover Art

Amazing build that leads into a badass riff! When I first heard this I didn't think much of it but later I became obsessed and couldn't get it out of my head for weeks!

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