Top Ten Thrash Metal Songs


The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

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.

holy wars is everything thrash metal is about

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!

Just killing performance from megadeth

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2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

I love Metallica, and I love this song. It's great, it's a perfect song! Holy Wars by Megadeth is really close, I love it too, but this song is just a little better! LOVE IT! This is the song that got me into Metallica! Definitely my number one!

There are tons of good thrash songs out there (I couldn't name them all if I wanted two. But Master of Puppets wins not only are the lyrics meaningful (if you look between the lines) but it's a musical masterpiece). If you look at any of Metallica's work from the first 4 albums, there all very complicated songwriting, yet it still sounds good. In other words, Metallica are master songwriters, and Master of Puppets is the epitome of their skill.

Great song, great topic about excess. Excellent guitar by Hetfield on this one.

I love the acoustic thing in the middle - SoldierOfFortune

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3 Raining Blood - Slayer

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.

Greatest intro ever

Excellent riff by Kerry and Jeff

- MiQi

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.

A million times more influential than any other thrash tune there is.

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4 Angel of Death - Slayer

I have yet to hear a song greater than this...

Just a all time classic thrash metal song. Fast as hell, Dark, makes you feel like you are there too!

The best Thrash Metal song no doubt! Of course not best.. Its in one level with Master of Puppets and Holy Wars

Not keen on Slayer, but this song is absolutely amazing. To sing about the horrors of Joseph Mengele so bluntly was a great move, as he lyrics are why this is such a memorable song. - kempokid

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5 One - Metallica

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

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

Every time I see a list of "Top Metal Songs" or "Best Metallica Songs" or "Best Songs Of All Time" or whatever, this song is always somewhere in the top 10. Trust me, it's that good.

Not really a thrash song... still great though. - Metarock

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6 Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

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.

Truly amazing. One of the best songs I've ever listened to. The solo is orgasmic.

The best thrash metal "break up" song of all time. The solo is just amazing, it leaves you breathless. Truly a masterpiece. Nothing but goodness.

Thank God Metallica got rid of Dave Mustaine as Megadeth are even better.

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7 Battery - Metallica

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.

A lot more thrashy than Master of Puppets, how is that number 1? - Folino

Faster than puppets. Up ther with hit the lights

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

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8 Alison Hell - Annihilator

this song is thrashly great!
just hear the intro and the guitar in the verses! - rock2metal

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

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

Underrated, top 5 at least

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9 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

This song is awesome! EPIC SOLOS, EPIC RHYTHM, come on guys, take it to the top!

Wonderful song with great solos..

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

This song is good but can it be called a thrash metal song?

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10 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

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

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.

Even Metallica is not what it use to be, their first albums were great

Great...just great

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The Newcomers

? The Shortest Straw - Metallica

Classic mid-tempo Bay Area Thrash. They don't come much better than this.

This song is a classic thrashmetal it should be in at least top 20! come on freinds listen to this song!

? I Am the War - Sodom

This just shows that Sodom still as great as they used to be.

The Contenders

11 Peace Sells - Megadeth

I agree Master of Puppets is a really good song, both should be the first! - rock2metal

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

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.

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

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12 Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax

HELL YEAH! Every time I hear this song I wanna kick some unsuspecting ASS! BTW... Metallica is hardly thrash... its more heavy (times 1000) metal. - fireinside96

The best song from the probably most underrated band of all time. - metaldude8

Great song from a great album from a great band : )

My opinion of the big four:
Megadeth is standard thrash
Metallica is cripplingly depressing thrash
Slayer is thrash trying to be edgy
Anthrax is a bunch of dudes just kicking ass and having a good time


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13 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

this song got me into metallica and all thrash bands.

Funny cause james wrote this song...

No, this song is dave song, not metallica

Stink Bomb.

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14 Creeping Death - 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...

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

Great anthem and chorus, Metallica at its best.

Live Seattle 1989 version of this is the best Metallica song.

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15 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

It was a very very good song with a killer bass solo it was a great track that fit perfectly into Metallica's classic album "Ride the Lightning"

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

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. - Mrveteran

Not exactly thrash.

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16 Dyers Eve - Metallica

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

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.

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

By far, the hardest thrash songs on ever.

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17 Black Magic - Slayer

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!

No THRASH without Slayer this song proves it

Best slayer song lol hows it at 17

18 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

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 - Rocker00

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

19 Fade to Black - Metallica

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

To me fade to black should be #1

20 Over the Wall - Testament

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

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.

It's a great song, but I feel like it's a bit too... musical for my thrash taste

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3. Seek & Destroy - Metallica
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