Top 10 Slayer Songs

The Top Ten

1 Raining Blood

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. - sharm7064

Reign in Blood is not their best album at all, yes! Raining Blood and Angel of Death (I don't like either of em) are this band's iconic and timeless tracks but aside from those two this album is atrocious.. - Vip3r

Angel of Death is awesome but I heavily dislike Raining Blood due to it being cut short by the rain sound. - Roach

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2 Angel of Death

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!

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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)

juicy

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3 Seasons in the Abyss

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!

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

Amazing.. This song defines Slayer once again. Definitely worth listening for any metal head - Murk

Seasons of the abyss and angel of death are the best

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4 South of Heaven

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.

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

Best Slayer song ever in my opinion. This song is defininetely a bench mark for Slayer sound. They still sound like South of Heaven 20 years later

This riff aside from Mandatory Suicide's riff is the most wicked sound in Slayer's entire discography. Absolutely my favorite album simply because of the evil riffs and overall musicianship.

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5 War Ensemble

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

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

Honestly, this, Seasons in the Abyss and Angel of Death are in a league of their own.

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6 Hell Awaits

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

This song is insane. Relentless guitar work, a very sinister intro, and Tom does some fast vocals on it. Pure relentless aggressive thrash metal. Exactly what Slayer is known for - MetalFoREVer1228

amazing song on one of my favorite albums of all time. seeing them tour on this album in 1985 was one of the highlights of my life.

If you don't think it's one of their top3 songs, you're not a Slayer fan. This may just be the best metal song ever.

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7 Black Magic

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

Best in lyrics, most evil riff & perfect energic vocals by Araya. Represents Slayer in just 4 minutes. - PeaceSellsButWhosBuyin

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8 Disciple

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

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

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!

Best

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9 Dead Skin Mask

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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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.

Honestly why do people like this song? I like heavy scary music but this is the downright creepiest song ever made

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10 Chemical Warfare

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 - fidelcanojr

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

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. - joshapkin

Infectious song; strong chorus; not like anything else; great riffs

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The Newcomers

? Killing Fields

It's a pity people haven't heard this song, and I'm also referring to 'die hard slayer fans' because if true slayer fans were voting, they would know better than to leave (easily) one of Slayer's heaviest and most brutal songs languishing in 66th place. Give this song a listen and you will see Killing Fields automatically making it into the top 15 if not top 10

Even Lombardo himself complimented Bostaph and said that the drums on this song are the most brutal in a Slayer song ever. And the riffing is basically Slayer goes technical!

Best song on album

Great Drum Intro!

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The Contenders

11 World Painted Blood

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 - wolphert

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

You can't get better then this song and album

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12 Postmortem

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

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

The intro is amazing and the riff is just as good as raining blood's riff not to mention the instuments in the background... Its definitely one of slayer's best songs

Yeah, Postmortem should definitely be higher on the list.

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13 Skeletons of Society

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

My favourite one from Slayer!

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14 Mandatory Suicide

The lyrics at the end are so powerful - Sabbath

What the hell is Mandatory Suicide doing at 18?!

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

What
Its music riffs are great..
Even decapitated have cover of this song

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15 Spirit in Black

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.

Top five for sure...after many years of listening, some songs lose a bit of their lustre...not Spirit In Black...it keeps getting better. Vote this song up.

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16 Jihad

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

THIS IS GODS WAR

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17 Metal Storm / Face the Slayer

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"

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18 Spill the Blood

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

The Best Slayer Song - Glauberson

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19 Die by the Sword

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

This Song Reminds Me Of Seek and Destroy By Metallica - christangrant

Best slayer song ever!

Best slayer song!

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20 At Dawn They Sleep

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.

How the hell is this so low on the list?

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21 Ghosts of War

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.

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22 Jesus Saves

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.

That intro

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23 Altar of Sacrifice

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.

Awesome lyrics, amazing lead

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24 Bloodline

It is jst great song. it's the song which is one of the best of every metal fans

This song is just pure awesomeness. I don't know why people always says that his vocal skill "declined" after Divine Intervention... If anything, he just adjusted to his aging voice. Great riffs, Great Solo and an all around good performance.

I'll kill you and your dreams tonight,... Oh isn't that creepy

It's just got a great heavy riff to it and it's personally my favourite of Tom Araya's vocal work

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25 Exile

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!

26 Kill Again

I can't believe it's been 27 years since I first heard this tune and entered to the realm of Slayer. Great chorus: "No apparent motive, just kill and kill again... Survive my brutal thrashing and I'll hunt you to the end... My life's a constant battle, the rage of many men... HOMICIDAL MANIAC! "

This song is so underrated. Every member is at full force here. Some of the best riffs and drumming are found in this song. Also it is Tom's best vocal performance in my opinion. He truly sounds like a serial killer.

Riffing is ferocious and evil, and Tom gives his best vocal performance of all time.

Killer track from Killer band.

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27 Expendable Youth

Awesome song has an nice groove to it probably slayers third best war song after war ensemble and chemical warfare

ONe of the best song with powerful lyrics!

One of the best slayer songs I've heard

Sounds like Rob Zombie.

28 Americon

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!

29 Payback

Really surprised this is all the way down at #32. This is a pretty awesome track and my favorite from God Hates Us All. I think it deserves to at least be top 15 or so here. Also a good song to listen to when you're upset or angry. - Element119

I like this song lyrically

Most brutal Slayer song.

This song is the insane sequel to Exile. From the start, Tom Araya abuses his vocal chords and almost bursts veins to the brutal lyrics and ever-so-hateful chorus of violent dismemberment, Paul Bostaph relentlessly beats on his drums, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman torture their guitars at frantic tempos until the middle, where it slows down. Paul does double bass while the song gets heaviest. Don't be deceived, as there are some hateful lyrics in the middle. Then you reach the solo where Kerry King rapes his whammy bar and wah pedal to the point the solo sounds like someone's screams while he is brutally dismembered to the lyrics. Not to say the solo is bad though, as the solo fits the song. Then you get the violent chorus twice, and to top it all off, this song gives you a flaming middle finger.

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30 The Antichrist

WTF? This has to be up there, next to Raining Blood. - oriondiedalone

This should at least be somewhere in the top five. unbelievably low down. Not quite as good as Angel of Death but it should be very closely behind

My favorite slayer song. Tom's screams as if he's being tortured himself. And the lead is absolutely brilliant.

The second part of the song is so catchy. My favorite slayer song besides Angel of death - Roach

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31 Piece by Piece

awweosoommmmee song.. why isn't it in the top 10? - hobbsy666

There's only one way outta here! - LostinSonics

32 Mind Control

Great song with fast badass guitar, intense singing from Tom and great drumming. Should be higher than 35.

Love this one. Especially where Tom yells "CEREBRAL DEATH CAN COME TO YOU IN YOUR DREAMS! " Best way to end an album.

33 Flesh Storm

This is a great song from a really good album, deserves to be higher than 26. It's not as good as Raining Blood, South of Heaven, and their other classics, but it's an amazing song that kicks off what I call their comeback album. Love it! - Djice1997

Take a deep breath because your life ends now if you don't vote for this! Awesome drumming and guitars mark this band's return to speed metal!

34 Cult

Why is this song 32nd? What? This is definitely a top 10 song guaranteed, right up there with their best.

My personal favorites: Raining Blood, Angel of Death, South of Heaven, the ENTIRE Seasons in the Abyss album, Cult, Hell Awaits, Chemical Warfare, World Painted Blood

I can't believe this song is so low...

What man cult is the best song its got a acidic touch everything for a metal band RELIGION IS WHORE

My favorite Christmas song at 26?

This should be #1

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35 The Final Command

I'm pretty sure slayer is the best slayer band out there

Best in show no mercy... just go listen

36 Tormentor

I honestly like this song quite a bit and it's my favorite track off of Show No Mercy. It's different than most Slayer songs, but still great nonetheless. Definitely deserves at least a reasonably high position here in my opinion. - Element119

One of the unique slayer track which is unrated. This song deserve to be in at least top ten.

Tormentor 53? What? It�'s a great song

Why is this 55?!

37 Gemini

This is not only one of Slayer's best songs but no doubt one of best metal song ever. Really don't understand why people rate Angel of Death so much. It could be a hit during its era but cannot be considered a good song for a more reasonable reason. Gemini is heavy but flawless and not noisy, dark but embedded with very deep melody, also need to mention that guitar solo is better than in many other Slayer's songs

Criminally underrated and overlooked because it's the one original song on a covers song. The lyrics are so dark and personal. Makes you feel the presence of the zodiac killer the entire course of the song. When the song peaks it's like being one of zodiac's victims. And the music is heavy!

I hate to admit this, but Gemini is way more heavier then Raining Blood in my ears. - Mumbizz01

Totally agree if somebody pick this and put on top

38 Criminally Insane

The vocals on this are absolutely sinister. Tom sounds pissed and the aggression on this track is awe inspiring.

Vary underrated song

Such a great track on reign in blood.
Heres a patricians slayer list
1. Criminally insane
2. Behind the crooked cross
3. The antichrist
4. War ensemble
5. Dead skin mask

39 Show No Mercy

27! Why? Epic drum intro epic solo awesome chorus. Very underrated.

The riff is too killer! How come this song's not-so popular?!

40 Silent Scream

Horrifying lyrics about abortion adds to the darkness. It's a perfectly fast pickup from the slower South of Heaven, with insane double bass almost all the way through.

One of my favorite Slayer song amazing drums and great lyrics

For all Dave Lombardo fans this for sure one of the best Slayer tracks! Vote.

SEVERELY underrated track off South of Heaven. - Brobusky

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41 When the Stillness Comes
42 I Hate You
43 Hallowed Point

Most underrated Slayer song

44 Live Undead

What? This is one of the best Slayer songs! - Navarro

45 Repentless

Pure unadulterated thrash metal. Godly vocals (as always) brutal intro and blistering riffs. Not my favorite slayer song but definitely in my top 10, and it sure as hell deserves better than 44...

My absolute fave Slayer song. The newer stuff gets ignored in favour of the old classics, and generally the older stuff is definitely better. But this song is the exception for me.

If this was on Raining Blood it would be in top 20 probably 15. But since it's newer it doesn't get the attention it deserves

This song is in at least the top 10

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46 Crypts of Eternity

Best of Hell Awaits. It's kinda slow, but has also a fast part in the end. Love the tempo changes, love the guitars - this is dark and progressive, thrash at its best.

If you haven't listened to this song yet, do it. You will hear the best scream in metal history.

Why isn't this up there? "I have seen the darkened depths of hell, sorcery beyond the witch's spell" one of their best

47 Stain of Mind

Popular as other iconic songs? Perhaps not. But this is one of the angriest songs in Slayer's repertoire, starting with fast riffs and heavy chugs of the guitar right before the chorus. And when Araya yells out "Blood will sterilize and fire baptize! " you know you've just been hit on the head with a sledgehammer of a song.

This song makes me want to punch a thousand dead kittens brutal dead kitten BLOOD SPATTER

This should have been in the top 10 what is wrong with you people

Really? Really? This should be in the top 10 for sure

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48 Snuff

This song is super intense!

Fastest guitar best tune best world's blood album best scream after angel of death and south of heaven so underrated bitces

ACTIOON! One of the best screams tom araya has done in any slayer song and the "riff" at the beggining is amazing - fidelcanojr

49 213

This really should be up in the top. The intro is amazing, hell all the riffing is amazing and has got a very creepy atmosphere. Tom Araya also does his best vocal performance ever, the ending of this song has sent chills down my spine more times than I can count because of the vocal effects and his amazing creepy delivery. If any band can make songs about serial killers it's Slayer.

How could it be in the bottom of the list? I hade never heard a song such as this song before in my life, not even a similar to it. The lyrics, the solo, all of it spread a shocking reality that had happen once before.
And it is too one of the best songs ever made about Jeffrey Dahmer. - SerialSinner

This is no doubt, Slayer's darkest and most terrifying song. I love it. - Mumbizz01

There are better Slayer songs, but this one made me and my friends hit reverse on the CD player so many times with a massive reverberating bass drop that the first time we all had simultaneous eargasoms. The first time we heard this song we all looked at each other and said what hit rewind. F&^*# do it again laugh out loud. I had an open SUV with a Rap Lovers bass set up and this song beats DR. Dre beats any day. Most memorable Slayer song for me.

50 Behind the Crooked Cross

One of their best songs, and amazingly no one thought of putting it on this list yet. - HALOOOOOOOO

Better then Raining blood in my opinion

Best song from slayer for me!

Very good song overall

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