Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs With the Best Guitar Riffs

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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

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica
3 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.

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

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

Not thrash.

10 Children of a Worthless God - Exodus

Truly an underrated track

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 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
17 South of Heaven - Slayer
18 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator
19 The Exorcist - Possessed
20 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

21 Masked Jackal - Coroner
22 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.

23 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
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 Obstruction - Living Sacrifice
27 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
28 Alison Hell - Annihilator
29 Desperate Cry - Sepultura

Should be higher!

30 Hit the Lights - Metallica

Fun song to play

31 That Was Just Your Life - Metallica
32 Trash All Over You - Lost Society

Best Thrash metal band of modern era...

33 Angel of Death - Slayer

The slow riff obviously

Best song ever

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

Killer riffs in the first minute!

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

I like the very crunchy sound of it. - Userguy44

44 Panic Attack - Dream Theater
45 Destruction System - Morbid Saint
46 Damage Inc - Metallica
47 Thrasher - Evile
48 Executioners Tax (Swing of the Axe) - Power Trip
49 Enemy of God - Kreator

best ever

50 The Toxic Waltz - Exodus
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