Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs

The Top Ten

Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

Best THRASH METAL song on the list, all those Metallica fans with their HEAVY METAL and HARD ROCK do not realise that this is not a measure of heaviness, rather... Thrashiness... Mm thrashy.

Rant aside this is a masterpiece of thrash metal. It truly deserves it's number one spot. Mustaine and Friedman bust another great one here. That opening riff man! Simply awe inspiring!

Another great performance from David Ellefson on the bass.
Nick Menza obviously playing the vital role of drummer and does a fantastic job, but it is really the guitars that make this song the greatest, from the main riffs to Marty's acoustic part to the solos it is incredible.

It is truly a staple of thrash metal for the ages and is rightfully number one on this list!

Ok Thrash Era started with just a bunch of people messing with Heavy palm muted riffs & intense drumming and the Pioneers (Mustaine, Lars & Hetfield) later divided into two powerful bands and reigned supremacy in their tenure (Mid 80s and eraly 90s). This Song will come to the Top of the List for its Skillful Songwriting, Intricate sledgehammer Riffs and for the variety of arpeggios-lightning fast guitar solo by mustaine in the outro. This songs wins Hands down because it has all ingredients of exploiting thrash metal to its finest. Master of Puppets, The One, Enter Sandman & Blackened by Metallica, In My Darkest Hour, Tornado of Souls & Hanger 18 by Megadeth, Angel of Death, Raining Blood, Seasons in Abyss, Dead Skin Mask, Catatonic, Disciple & Mandatory Suicide by slayer are other Finest.

Holy Wars is the true definition of Thrash metal. The Riffs are so amazing and complex, much harder to play than Master of Puppets, MOP is hard only if you have a poor downpicking technique. There is ridiculously too much fanboys. Marty Friedmans solos are better than anything Kirk Hammett done in his life. He is a superior guitarist in every single way except abusing the Wah pedal. Every GOOD guitarist knows that. Good guitarist as in knowing technique/theory and basicly advanced players. Kirk Hammett only uses Pentatonic/chromatic scales. Marty uses hundreds of scales Kirk will never hear of. Period

This is the best thrash metal song, master of puppets on no1, that's due to fan boys of Metallica, every body knows that Megadeth is the no1 thrash metal band and holy wars is the song that defined them, awesome guitar work backed by meaningful lyrics, come on people vote for holy wars.

Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

First of all Metallica is thrash metal. They have sang other music but usually sing thrash. Megadeth just couldn't grasp that you have to change sometimes. Let me also say that I love Megadeth but Metallica is better for 1 reason: structure. Megadeth only has a couple well-structured songs and those are their hits. Their songs sound a lot like their wasn't much thought put into them. Metallica has solos of all types and sound like it took a long time to make. Metallica utilizes all instruments and mixes them perfectly. All set aside Megadeth and Metallica are both great but Metallica has better songs.

First of all, Megadeth is trash in comparison to Metallica's EARLY albums. Remember first of all that Megadeth wouldn't exist without Metallica so that counts for something. And also, listen to Metallica's first four albums and come back and say they aren't thrash if Battery or Whiplash aren't thrash I don't know what is. Secondly, I do admit holy wars is awesome but puppets has its entire album to back it up. And at least Megadeth doesn't take what 6 years to "create" a new album. Dystopia is also WAAAY better than Death Magnetic. Megadeth just has like 2/3s of rust in peace to back holy wars. I do admit that Metallica's later prog metal albums reeked but I mean, Megadeth went soft for a couple albums too. I'm not saying Megadeth is bad or that Metallica is god, but face the facts that Metallica first of all, can hold a lineup. Second of all, they can change their sound successfully *cough cough Risk*. And also, Metallica's been around way longer and knows how to get an audience.

Megadeth is heavier than Metallica? Ha! There is absolutely nothing heavy about Dave Mustaine's whiny vocals, and by the way Megafans, Megadeth has released more hard rock albums (by your definition, sell out albums) than Metallica. Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia, Cryptic Writtings, Risk (the worst album by a "thrash metal band" ever), The World Needs a Hero, Super Collider. Mustaine even admitted that Risk was supposed to break Megadeth into the alt rock scene so they could sell more copies. Hear that, Megafans? Dave Mustaine himself admitted to selling out.

Holy wars is good, I actually really love that song, but seriously master of puppets totally blows holy wars out of the water. It is better with lyrics, vocals, and has one if the coolest guitar solos I have ever heard. It is so much more complicated and pleasing to listen too. Really has to be the best one here. But I have to admit Kill em All and ride the lightning are probably more thrash sounding, but this has to be the best. Hetfield and Hammet really did amazing on guitar too.

Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

Oh well, I love Metallica and Megadeth, but I think that (on the big 4 at least) there isn't any metal band who have leave so influence on the metal world. And Raining Blood is the perfect example to this. Even if I love Metallica (for me, their better song is One), they are very overrated, and Megadeth are too pretentious (even if Holy Wars would be my second chance). Sorry for my bad English.

This is the song that gave rise to what would become the extreme heavy metal genres. Say all you want about Metallica but few bands have had the same influence on heavy metal as Slayer and this song! Without Slayer there would be no death metal, grind core or anything else of the like.

Trapped in purgatory! Well officially this song has the strongest metal intro of all time. Evil. Dark. It's like listening to the band of Satan himself playing. That's saying something. This is real metal to my eyes and I think it should be number one.

From probably the best intro ever into the very definition of what a thrash metal song should be, Raining Blood might be the best Thrash Metal song ever even if it is not my personal #1. Credit where credit is due.

Angel of Death - Slayer Angel of Death - Slayer Cover Art

Probably the best song ever! by the way why is holy wars number 1? Anyone with a brain knows megadeth is the worst of the big 4.

Geez half of this list is Metallica! Certainly "Master of Puppets" gets a high spot, but not the entire list! I've gotta give it to "Angel of Death" just 'cause this was the possibly heaviest and most violent song of its time, not to mention the huge influence it had on death metal. Also kinda disappointed to see Exodus - "Piranha" not getting much love either.

As far as thrash metal is concerned Angel Of Death is way better than Holy Wars and Master Of Puppets. Angel Of Death is the greatest thrash metal song ever made. It is probably the heaviest and fastest Metal song ever. Stop voting for Metallica and Megadeth just because they are more mainstream.

Brutal, Fast, Aggresive, Dark. Everything that defines Thrash Metal is in this song. Outstanding vocals, amazing drum work, has one of the greatest (And in my opinion, the greatest) twin-guitar solos ever. I really advise people who haven't heard this song to check it out. Won't be wasting your time.

One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

So epic... It is just that the creativity that went into the song with the war themes and the epic chorus as made the song have an emotional punch that is hard to ignore, and whenever I listen to it, it is difficult to think about anything else. The song is that original and impressive for that effect to occur

It may take a while to get going, but once it does it succeeds at being incredibly awesome. A slow burning first half descends into absolute thrashy, intense & visceral metal at the end with great solos to cap it off. Add to that a dark subject matter, and you have a great song on all counts.

A fantastically written song with a bitter sentiment throughout which then concludes in what sounds like a ultimate thrash metal storm with the alternate picking and the fast double bass drumming. There is no song quite as powerful as this in my opinion

Epic, powerful, from the greatest metal band of all time. Double bass drum at the beginning of the chorus and Kirks solo at the end are unmatched.

Battery - Metallica Battery - Metallica Cover Art

I think Metal Militia should be number one, but I didn't think this through until I already voted. Also, Last Caress isn't even their song, it's a misfits song. So it's not even thrash.

This song is so fast and literally beats the heck out of you. Hetfield's growl makes it that much better. My ideal thrash metal song.

The acoustic intro that transitions into the distorted electric... Pure bliss. Better than master of puppets.

A classic. I've heard holy wars and it's good but it's not as fast as battery

Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Tornado of Souls - Megadeth Cover Art

Metallica has too many great songs to name but the top spot for this list should go to none other than Megadeth. Absolutely spectacular guitar work by Dave and Marty. The combined effect of the pounding drums, perfect bass, crunchy guitar tone and Dave's tormented vocals screams THRASH!

To top it all... Tornado of Souls has perhaps THE best guitar solo ever composed in metal history. Just listening to each track on the Rust in Peace album confirms that Marty Friedman is nothing short of a Guitar God m/

After this song I started to listen Megadeth till now, and I have to say its such amazing song and for sure deserves for number one in my opinion it's even better than holy wars but is just less known. by the way I'm wonder where is hangar 18 in that ranking.

Hey trust me I think tornado of souls should be number 1 this is coming from a great Metallica fan. Its just a masterpiece, honestly speaking vocals of dave mustaine is truely kick-ass. I hope no 1s mad at me for this

Well you admit that you like a song that's outside your favorite band so only Megadeth would like you.

When you actually take the time to listen to this song you realize listen to exactly what you want to see in good Thrash metal, Agressive, fast paced well played guitar rifts, and just a kick ass beat! Just an amazing song, I'm kinda sad its only #15

Hangar 18 - Megadeth

It has insane solos... without tapping and very very hard to play
This song made me big fan of megadeth.

Everything badass about this song but why #10? Does people know anything about thrash metal?

One of the best songs from arguably the best Thrash Metal album of all time.

Greatest conspiracy song ever made by anyone
You gotta love those riffs.

Seek & Destroy - Metallica Seek & Destroy - Metallica Cover Art

The best in my opinion, next to Master of Puppets and Holy Wars. The fact that it was written before them makes this song more significant in a way, and leads me to believe that it is the greatest thrash metal song. What is more thrash metal than Metallica with Cliff Burton on this tack and Dave Mustaine having wrote it.

This song is written by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield according to genius.

This is not thrash unlike most of the album

No, this song is dave song, not metallica

Alison Hell - Annihilator Alison Hell - Annihilator Cover Art

I'm glad this song is on the list because its too great to not be recognized. When I think of thrash metal, this is the first song that I think of.

Jeff and his Baby "Annihilator" had much more great Thrash/Power/Speed Classics but this one of the best. With a great Video, too.

A Masterpiece... So many wonderful moments in one song!
This song is the best metal song!
I would like to see "Fun Palace" in this list!

Jeff Waters is beast. Annihilator is one of the best Canadian thrash metal bands along with Voivod of course.

The Contenders

Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art

This was Megadeth's first epic on a Global scale. One of the favorites to play/sing on concerts, an amazing anthem on par with Metallica's best work.

This song is plain classic, should be higher. The order of the big four is: 1. Megadeth 2. Metallica 3. Slayer and 4. Anthrax

Lyrics and the vocals on the first part are messing stupid.

This song defines the overall attitude of thrash

Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax Cover Art

HELL YEAH! Every time I hear this song I wanna kick some unsuspecting ASS! by the way... Metallica is hardly thrash... its more heavy (times 1000) metal.

Oh yes. This has to be the most invigorating metal song ever made. Who needs coffee when you have Caught in a Mosh?

Caught in a mosh should at least be in the top 5, now which one of these words don't you understand?

The lyrics are badass along with the drums and this is the best let your anger out song EVER!

Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Cover Art

Excellent lyrics, riffs and solo on this masterpiece. And by the way, any Megafan who says Megadeth is heavier than Metallica is wrong. Listen to the opening riff of Fight Fire with Fire and just try and tell me that its not the heaviest opening riff ever.

The song that got me into thrash! And lmfao at that idiot that said Metallica is hardly thrash! At least Metallica used to be thrash, Anthrax is the puniest, most PATHETIC excuse for a thrash band ever!

This is too high. Great song, but it's not even the best song on this album. For Whom The Bell Tolls, Trapped Under Ice, and Fight Fire With Fire are better in my opinion

Great riffs, great lyrics, great solo... Just great. Maybe we would have more of this if cliff and dave were still here

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

Not necessarily thrash, but still fantastic. The heavily distorted bassline, gruff vocals and intensity are great as are the lyrics which are very punchy and sometimes quite subtle.

James can't sing and Lars can't drum. They are so boring and repetitive. Do not give these posers anymore of your money.

Great baseline, nice pace, heavy, a classic metal song and the first I leaned when I started bass.

For whom the bell toll is great it should be in the top ten

I Am the Law - Anthrax I Am the Law - Anthrax Cover Art

Masterpiece, deserves to be #1, every time I hear this song, I wanna get out of my seat and run around and air guitar.

The most perfect of anthrax

Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth Cover Art

What is this doing at #64? It is arguably one of Megadeth's top 3, if not the best! How can such a highly ranked Megadeth song be at 64!? I am truly losing hope in humanity...

This is not on the top because this song is more heavy metal than thrash metal

This isn't a thrash song and countdown isn't a thrash album. It's heavy metal at the most

It is not just the best thrash metal song, it is one of the best songs of all the time

Black Magic - Slayer Black Magic - Slayer Cover Art

Dark, heavy, aggressive, scary, dark, all those good words that define this song. Angel of Death, Holy Wars, Master of Puppets all combine to make this!

Best slayer song lol hows it at 17

No THRASH without Slayer this song proves it

Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

Thrash Too? Why just not change the topic to Best Metallica songs..

I agree with you about that too many metallica songs are on this list.

To me fade to black should be #1

in my opinion, greatest metal song of all time. a perfect mix of nice and heavy, great lyrics, kickass gutair solo

Over the Wall - Testament Over the Wall - Testament Cover Art

Solo rivals Tornado of Souls and Ride the Lightning. Amazing guitar harmony. Reminds me of Iron Maiden harmonies. Except it's thrash.

Easy top 10, instead that's full of good track as opposed to great ones. No Overkill, Testament, Exodus or Kreator in the top 10.

Very under rated song. Awesome chorus and great guitar. One of testament's best. This deserves a top 10 spot

What the.. ?!
Are you kidding me? This song is totally heavy, cool riffs
This the thrash metal!
It most be in top 30

Damage, Inc. - Metallica Damage, Inc. - Metallica Cover Art

Very heavy song, I wish they would still write songs like this

Ceratinly if Thrash is a measuring stick, this deserves a top 10 spot.

Annoying bunch of phony posers.

Nothing is more headbangable than this song.

Creeping Death - Metallica Creeping Death - Metallica Cover Art

Metallica is the best and god of metal... Every list contain more than 10 songs of Metallica.. Metallica is the best band and ride the lightning is the best album. All songs are perfect... This song is great also covered by Bullet For My Valentine... But Metallica is metallica

Well... Second most popular song on Metallica's concert - that speaks for itself. The riff of a popular chant "die, by my hand" is taken from Kirk Hammett's time in Exodus. Personally, I would put it in #1 position...

This just may be the awesomest song to see preformed live. Just see the cunning stunts video. James Hetfield DOMINATES the stage every time he's on it and Kirk's solo and out to give me chills. Jason was also awesome live, super intense!

Please, One it is not thrash: it is a power-ballad! Creeping death is of course the best thrash, but there are some songs better than that. But it is the "thrashest"!

Indians - Anthrax Indians - Anthrax Cover Art

As happy as I am with anthrax making the top ten, I think this song is much more deserving than caught in a mosh.

This is the coolest Anthrax's song with Joey Belladonna!

Dyers Eve - Metallica Dyers Eve - Metallica Cover Art

I agree, this song is of its face, but they have performed it live, on dvd, but its just because they're old and tired that it can't be performed the way it's recorded. None of their songs since 'Binge and Purge' have been performed in the manner they were recorded.

THIS IS WAY BETER THAN THE 100 SONGS ABOVE THIS! 1 I mean come on guys this is a thrash metal masterpiece and to those megadeth and slayer fans, listen to this and you'll see why Metallica is labelled thrash because this song is so fast it couldn't be performed live and when they did they had to make some technical adjustments like taking the bass drum out and making some minor tempo changes... Never the less DYERS EVE IS THE BEST THRASH METAL SONG OF ALL TIME! 1

Dave Mustaine almost quit after hearing the drum work and lyrics in this song

Underrated as hell. More people need to hear this song and get to at least the top 3.

Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer Cover Art

Best thrash metal album ever. Everybody thinks that in the first 10 should be the earliest thrash albums, but this is the most complete one. Hallowed point, War ensemble, Dead skin mask. Who can write such songs? Only slayer.

Seasons in the Abyss this low!? Top 10 material right here! Slayer's best song in my opinion!

Such an underrated song

Enemy of God - Kreator Enemy of God - Kreator Cover Art

Best (real) thrash metal classic group ever!

Aww, come on! Higher! The ultimate thrash song of its type!

Gotta be in the Top Ten

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