Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs


The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood - Slayer

Which one? - Userguy44

Slayer is the best thrash band of all time

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

Thrash Metal Anthem

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2 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

The opening riff of course. - Userguy44

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.

3 Master of Puppets - Metallica
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

Scott Ian is awesome in this one. - IronSabbathPriest

7 Motorhead - Ace of Spades

This is not thrash.

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!

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

9 Black Metal - Venom

Not thrash.

10 Children of a Worthless God - Exodus

Truly an underrated track

The Newcomers

? Enemy of God - Kreator

best ever

? Executioners Tax (Swing of the Axe) - Power Trip

The Contenders

11 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator
12 Elimination - Overkill

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

13 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel
14 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
15 Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax
16 The Exorcist - Possessed
17 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
18 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator
19 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth

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.

20 South of Heaven - Slayer
21 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
22 Masked Jackal - Coroner
23 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

24 Creeping Death - Metallica

I love the riff of this song. I mean the main riff. - Userguy44

One of the best thrash metal songs ever written

25 Over the Wall - Testament

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!

26 Alison Hell - Annihilator
27 Desperate Cry - Sepultura

Should be higher!

28 Hit the Lights - Metallica

Fun song to play

29 That Was Just Your Life - Metallica
30 Obstruction - Living Sacrifice
31 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
32 Trash All Over You - Lost Society

Best Thrash metal band of modern era...

33 Cyanide - Metallica
34 Living Sacrifice - Internal Unrest
35 Tunnel of Pain - Coroner
36 The Four Horsemen - Metallica
37 Henchmen Ride - Testament
38 Trapped Under Ice - Metallica
39 Among the Living - Anthrax

Killer riffs in the first minute!

40 My Last Words - Megadeth
41 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
42 Whiplash - Metallica

I like the very crunchy sound of it. - Userguy44

43 Panic Attack - Dream Theater
44 Destruction System - Morbid Saint
45 Damage Inc - Metallica
46 Thrasher - Evile
47 Angel of Death - Slayer

Best song ever

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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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