Top 10 Slayer Songs

The Top Ten

Raining Blood Raining Blood Cover Art

If you don't head bang to this song something is wrong with you

The song that got me in to slayer and is still the song I listen to most by them pure awesome!

Fast and crazy. Happens all so fast it leaves you speechless.

In a true #1 song by any band, there should be one of the greatest riffs of the band, one of the greatest vocal performances, solos, drumming etc. If they aren't found in the same song, there should still be some balance. When people talk about the heaviness, aggression, riffs, intro found in this song, they tend to forget how horrible, almost embarassing the solo is. Same for Angel of Death.

Angel of Death Angel of Death Cover Art

This is slayer's BEST SONG ever!
Best riff
Best drums
Best (eargasmic) solos
Best high pitched scream

Yeah, guys you all have to admit that Angel Of Death is better than Raining Blood!

VOTE!

Lombardo's killer drumming... The crazy riffs by king... Screams by araya... This is one of the best thrash-metal songs

Love the "intro"/scream/fast double bass drums, from beginning to end, (My favorite Slayer song)

Raining blood is barely 3 minutes long without those rain effects at start and end. The ending to that song is also absolutely horrible as well. This song on the other hand is simply the best Slayer song ever. This has a really really fast section, a break section, chaotic solos and the 2nd is also awesome. Not to mention that high pitch legendary scream at start and Dave's absolutely fantastic double bass drumming. People vote for it man come on man. This is the best song ever.

Seasons in the Abyss Seasons in the Abyss Cover Art

It's a masterpiece, and one of the best thrash songs out there, and lyrically one of the best songs I've ever listened to. Slayer!

Why are Raining Blood and Angel of Death more popular Seasons in the Abyss?

Easy: because people who look up the most popular extreme thrash band do it because they want to headbang mindlessly. Not if this song wasn't suitable for that, but it's probably the closest Slayer got to a "ballad" (although nowhere near it).

My opinion here: a good metal song has to remain good without the heaviness. Distortion and speed doesn't make up for poor songwriting. This song could have a great hard rock cover, and it's not the case for Raining Blood or Angel of Death. I am not saying that metal songs should be "poppy", I am saying that people who like a certain genre will like lots of songs just because of featuring the genre requirements, not for the song itself.

I don't really like slayer's style but this song actually rocks! Should be number 1 definitely! So good rhythm guitar

This song has such a cool feel to it! Always puts me in a good mood

South of Heaven South of Heaven Cover Art

The most recognizable Slayer song... at least for me, the best of slayer. I'm not a big fan of slayer though, but I like their aggressive style and bass beats.

Like Seasons in the Abyss, this is only not more popular than Raining Blood and Angel of Death because to Slayer fans heaviness and speed is more important than songwriting

This is the best Slayer song! The "before you see the light you must die! " makes my day. It's the most epic thing I've ever heard.
Should be on number 1

This is my favorite aside from dead skin mask and 213 and a lot more lol

War Ensemble War Ensemble Cover Art

Not top ten material. By 1990, Slayer already used its full potential and ideas in fast extreme thrash songs. Silent Scream one album before is basically the exact same song except with a better chorus.

0-0-0 intro as usual, forgettable solo as usual

I'm obsessed with this song, the play count number on my itunes for this song is 79

This is, in my book, the absolute best song in the Slayer catalog. It's got everything. Fast riffs, fast solos, extremely difficult fast drumming, fast bass, intense vocals. It has a tasteful breakdown mid song that just increases everything about the song. Difficult song!

This is the best slayer song even better than angel of death with its lightning fast speed and strong lyrics about how war is a sport of how many people you can kill

Black Magic Black Magic Cover Art

This song is epic not because it is evil like raining blood but because it represents the struggle of good or evil. The main character of the song comes out in the biggining talking about how he has been betrayed and is now fighting to not become a pawn of satan. But in the end he is still struck down.

This is their best song by far! The riff is epic. The lyrics are amazing! Slayer Rules!

This definitely deserves a spot in the top ten. One of the best songs from their early career, and probably one of the best songs overall. Great vocals, instrumentation, and lyrics all combine to create an amazing song

Why is this not in the top 10? It's my favorite Slayer song and it easily deserves to be top 5. People need to wake up and see that there is more to slayer than raining blood.

Disciple Disciple Cover Art

God will hate you if you don't vote for this.
Just an all round crazy tune, and probly Tom's best vocal performance.

I think you missed the point of the song man, God hates us anyways - dubsinthetubs

A song so angry and blistering, this will scare the limbs off mainstream pop fans! This song maybe can instigate and free minds of pop fans. Anyways, this song has loudness, heaviness, chaos, and pure ANGER! Somewhat reminiscent of death metal (cookie-monster music according to Slayer) to be honest. Tom sounds like he is angrily abusing his larynx by yelling lyrics into a megaphone, Jeff and Kerry totally ABUSE and TORTURE their guitars, while Paul beats up his drums. Awesome song!

its just the best slayer song ever, it was very hard to choose though, because all of slayers songs are just perfect m/!

this is my favorite one! the outro is superb m/

Hell Awaits Hell Awaits Cover Art

This is my number 1... by far... them I would put mandatory suicide then at dawn they sleep

Every time I listen to it just makes realize how god-like dave's drumming is

Listen to it 3 times and you will remind it as the best Metal song you ever heard

The best slayer's song ever... It should be number 1 and then raining blood in no 2...
Best song arrangement and very insane riff.. Plus crazy double paddle

Dead Skin Mask Dead Skin Mask Cover Art

One of my favorite slayer tunes. A little slower than most, with a staedy groove. When the girl says LET ME OUT! I get chills down my spine. A little fun fact... The Texas chain saw massacre, psycho, and silence of the lambs movies were all concepts from the legend of Ed Gein

"Dance with the dead in my dreams
Listen to their hallowed screams
The dead has taken my soul
Temptations, lost all control! "

This song is the creepiest Slayer song ever. Maybe one of the creepiest songs in Metal ever. Seriously, the haunting bass, the guitars that sound like doom is near, the strong lyrics tell a story about Ed Gein, a relentless body snatched and killer who skinned his victims and wore their skin around his house and make other objects with their flesh. The screams of terror at the end are terrifying

Best slayer track out of all the lot. The lyrics "Dance with the dead in my dreams" is the ultimate contribution for the mask that Ed Gein created, and that's how he killed his victims. He danced with them first, then ripped off their heads then their faces and used them as his mask. The outro to the song is quite epic too.

Based on Eddie Gein. Does not get much better than this, the intro with King and Hannemann going back and forth on guitar is excellent.

Chemical Warfare Chemical Warfare Cover Art

Great song, the riff, the vocals, the solos, the anger, the rage, vote for this song or you'll find yourself where the sleeping souls lie... Chemical warfare

My favourite Slayer song! The lyrics are dark, the solos are sick and Tom screams like a legend! Absolutely brilliant!

The drumming is extraordinary in this song All hail king Lombardo

This was the song that bridged the gap between Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits. Without this song Slayer would never have become as fast and violent as they did.

The Contenders

World Painted Blood World Painted Blood Cover Art

has an awesome riff and has awesome singing espicially at the vocal solo. this is the song that gets me headbanging the most... plus its up for a grammy so what more can I say

Absolutely mind blowing slayer song.. Check this one out for sure and rest of the album it's all amazing

BEST SLAYER SONG BY FAR. CLEAN, RAPID GUITAR RIFFS WITH GREAT VOCAL BACKUP

Ooh... Many of you might scream about Raining Blood to be here but NOPE not for me cause its the most overrated song in thrash history... World Painted Blood tops it all!

Mandatory Suicide Mandatory Suicide Cover Art

The lyrics at the end are so powerful

What the hell is Mandatory Suicide doing at 18?!

The most underrated Slayer song. This should be in the top 10

The beat of the drums is bar none

Jihad Jihad Cover Art

The shimmering of the high hat at the start is what got me hooked and the rhythm of the vocals is just addictive, definitely in my top 5 slayer songs, I can't believe its not higher. I think this song is way better than most of the songs in the top ten in my opinion.

Good song... Deserves to be 11th at least

Jihad should be in number 1 spot

Heard it an was like"dude, this kicks ass". Kept that opinion ever since.

Postmortem Postmortem Cover Art

You can't listen to raining blood without listening to Post Mortem first. You just Cant.

My favourite slayer song and it should be continued by raining blood.

Should be in the top ten at least, this song is so good that it was chosen to be the lead in to "Raining Blood"! Great riff, drums, vocals...GREAT SONG!

Truly amazing song! Great riff.. I love the intro!

Skeletons of Society Skeletons of Society Cover Art

Chorus-centred song with a weak chorus, melody-oriented without having a strong melody, while does not even have the speed or aggression of other Slayer songs. Highlights the problems of Seasons in the Abyss (the album, not the song)

there are everything in this song, for me. amazing sound, so powerful lyrics and a lot of feelings by all group members.
"Humanity going insane"

There are so many words to describe this song you could say amazing, ingenious but the best way to put it is once you hear this song it sticks with you. Forever Haunting in a dreamlike way. The lyrics are real and actually make you think. This is the most real personal song they ever have written.

my favourite song by slayer

Spill the Blood Spill the Blood Cover Art

All the atmosphere of Seasons but with a more villainous riff and a more haunting melody.

One of my favorite songs of all time, I can't believe its this low on the list.

WOW THIS IS VERY LOW... WAY TOO LOW. Easily makes the top 15 in my book, but apparently I'm crazy, cause nobody else seems to think that

Should be in the top twenty at least, Such a shame

At Dawn They Sleep At Dawn They Sleep Cover Art

What a song! Love the headbanging section near the end...

Emerging from their Hellish tomb
Taking flight amidst the night
The evening skies are raining Death

Swooping down from shadowed skies
Taking simple human form
Shed their wings to stalk the mortal man

Lock their jaws into your veins
Satanic soldiers strike their prey
Leaving corpses waiting for the change

Blood dripping from the jaws of Death
Not enough to satisfy
They must drain your soul of life

Jesus. Is production really that important to you guys? If you can stand mediocre sound, Hell Awaits is really second only to Reign in Blood in Slayer's catalogue, and at times will make you question even that. And this song is really the highlight. It embodies everything great about the album, from the evil riffs, to the progressive movement of the song, and, as per usual, a great drum performance by Dave Lombardo, highlighted by the solo in this song. Its amazing how Slayer/Dave can fit drum solos into evil, Hellish songs and make it work. Kudos to Slayer, andve sure to check out the whole album. Belongs in the metal Pantheon in my book.

The way this song progresses is pure gold

How is at dawn they sleep under jihad and south of heaven? Best slayer album by far is hell awaits.

Metal Storm / Face the Slayer Metal Storm / Face the Slayer Cover Art

Awesome badass intro followed with delicate riffing and epic lyrics just an all round epic song from their first album also drums are killer in this one which has many tempo changes and beat changes

Probably Slayer's most underrated song! Epic beginning and deserves to be up there with the classics

Sounds a lot like some underground british 80s metal band, definitely awesome.

My favorite off "Show no Mercy"

Spirit in Black Spirit in Black Cover Art

Best Slayer Song! Dark, powerful, heavy, ultra-fast, atmospheric and, wow, this incredible twist, when the hellhounds are let go!

This song has the best solo from any Slayer song in my opinion, it should be in the top 5. I could describe every part of what is awesome about this song, but then I'd just be describing everything!

Amazing song. I have no idea how it's not in the top 10 because it really deserves to be up there. It only takes one listen to tell that this song is a masterpiece.

It's my favourite song of Slayer! Why it's not in the top 10? The riff is perfect, very energetic song. I like.

Altar of Sacrifice Altar of Sacrifice Cover Art

Just seriously. Nobody thought of this? Probably the third best song on Reign In Blood.

Just amazing, with changing tempo midway in the song that actually is really awesome.

Man this song deserves to be much higher.

That tempo change half way through gives me the goosebumps every time.

One of the best Reign In Blood song

Die by the Sword Die by the Sword Cover Art

Here is the proof that Slayer (don't know which guitarist) can come up with a great solo. Maybe not mindblowing but great. Why couldn't they follow this style on later albums?

This song doesn't get anywhere near the recognition it deserves, absolute classic!

This Song Reminds Me Of Seek and Destroy By Metallica

Best slayer song ever!

Exile Exile Cover Art

This song is very, very aggressive. And it’s absolutely amazing.

If you tried distilling pure, irrational anger and hatred, you'd end up with this song, it's the ultimate condensation of everything that's even vaguely unpleasant.

It's one of the biggest "f you" songs out there, it doesn't make any apologies for the steaming, hateful turd it is, and I kind of dig that

Strangely, for a flaming, blood stained middle finger, this song has a BEAUTIFUL solo.

23th place?
its one of the best slayer songs in my opinion!

Ghosts of War Ghosts of War Cover Art

Most all of the best ones are Jeff's work but this one is Kerry's masterpiece. The arrangement is more traditional than most classic Slayer tunes, but everything from the lyrics to the playing to the mix is absolute perfection.

Probably one of the most underrated Slayer songs out there.

To me the song truly begins after the guitar solo and then let me tell ya the song then comes in crashing, in my opinion the best Slayer riff of all time.

Should be much higher. Probably my favorite Slayer song of all time.

Americon Americon Cover Art

Why is this track over-hated? I think it's a great, groovy tune. The drumming is phenomenal! Also, this and Vices have similar drum patterns in the intro, with a thunderous thumping beat.

Great song! It's so heavy! The intro make me crazy! The lyrics are great too!

Unbelievable song!

Jesus Saves Jesus Saves Cover Art

In my opinion, the best Slayer song ever. Three badass solos in less than three minutes. I like it more than the other stuff on Reign of Blood.

This song is the definition of SICK. That groovy, evil intro, all those heavy shifts in just a minute. And then comes hell itself: the main riff. 210 and 228 bpm hell unleashed with evil lyrics so fast it sounds like rapping but it completely blows off every other speedy rap song. It's only less than 3 minutes but with such high density and pummeling ferocity your ears feel like they've been violently attacked for half an hour. Pure thrash metal badassery. Can't get more evil and masterful than this.

It's just so weird!

Bizarre unique pseudo-chorus, solos everywhere, and breakneck speed. It's a truly underrated song.

Awesome song. Really fast. Crazy lyrics.

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