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 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.

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4 Symphony of Destrution - Megadeth

I love it how riffs that aren't even ''thrash'' are considered the best thrash riffs - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345


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

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The Contenders

11 Phantasmagoria - Annihilator UListen to Sample
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 UListen to Sample
15 Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax UListen to Sample
16 Ride the Lightning - Metallica UListen to Sample
17 South of Heaven - Slayer UListen to Sample
18 Schizos (Are Never Alone) - Annihilator UListen to Sample
19 The Exorcist - Possessed

More death metal than thrash - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

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21 Masked Jackal - Coroner UListen to Sample
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.

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23 Human Insecticide - Annihilator UListen to Sample
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

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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!

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26 Obstruction - Living Sacrifice UListen to Sample
27 Alison Hell - Annihilator UListen to Sample
28 Desperate Cry - Sepultura

Should be higher!

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29 Hit the Lights - Metallica

Fun song to play

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30 That Was Just Your Life - Metallica UListen to Sample
31 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth UListen to Sample
32 Trash All Over You - Lost Society

Best Thrash metal band of modern era...

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

Killer riffs in the first minute!

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

I like the very crunchy sound of it. - Userguy44

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

Best song ever

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48 Executioners Tax (Swing of the Axe) - Power Trip UListen to Sample
49 Enemy of God - Kreator

best ever

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50 The Toxic Waltz - Exodus UListen to Sample
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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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