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!

In my opinion, even though Metallica "founded" the thrash metal genre, I don't think they'd manage to start the genre without Mustaine. It can be easily seen on this song which is the definition of Thrash Metal.

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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!

Unreachable pinnacle of thrash

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.

LOVE METALLICA! Although I have got to admit that megadeth have more talent. BUT FOR ME, MASTER OF PUPPETS ARE NUMBER ONE!

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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.

Best TRASH song easily!

Greatest intro ever

Excellent riff by Kerry and Jeff

- MiQi

An epic song all around, and a Slayer, and thrash metal classic.

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4 Angel of Death - Slayer

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

Best slayer song and best trash metal song

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. - ThatStrangeKid42

This is number 1

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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.

ONE should be number 1 this song is Absolute beauty...probably the greatest metal song of all time...and the these is no better metal solo than this, its breathtaking...

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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 singing in this song at the end just sets it apart from any other thrash song in my mind. Great solo as well.

This song is BAD ASS compared to the two slayer songs in the top five! sorry slayer, I prefer Maiden, megadeth and metallica more then yall, so please scoot out of the way to make room for the second best song from the RUST IN PEACE album. way better then the two that's up there!

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7 Battery - Metallica

I like it more than Master of Puppets. - Userguy44

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

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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.

The's a great song, one of the best that I ever heard

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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?

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

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10 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

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

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

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

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The Contenders

11 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

My favorite Metallica song! - MetalMilitiant

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.

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12 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

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

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 got me into metallica and all thrash bands.

Funny cause james wrote this song...

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13 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.

THE BEST. much better than One or Master Of pupperts

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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.

My favorite Metallica song, the epitome of thrash.

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15 I Am the Law - Anthrax

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

16 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"

Not exactly thrash.

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

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

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17 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

Best lyrics and drums, also the heaviest

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.

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18 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth

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

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 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!

Best slayer song lol hows it at 17

No THRASH without Slayer this song proves it

20 Fade to Black - Metallica

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. - Roach

To me fade to black should be #1

21 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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22 Damage, Inc. - Metallica

This song kicks ass! - Userguy44

The Heaviest Song Ever and The Fastest One Yet, Nothing Beats This In My Opinion - mattblade666

I'm Very Upset, Why Isn't Damage, Inc. At The Top 5? This Song Has a Great Opening Riff, Awesome Solo, and Aggression and This Is My Favorite Song From Metallica. Thrash FOREVER! M/

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

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23 Indians - Anthrax

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

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

24 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer

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.

Such an underrated song

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

25 Enemy of God - Kreator

top ten

Best (real) thrash metal classic group ever!

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

Gotta be in the Top Ten

26 Souls of Black - Testament

Such a mainstream list. testament should replace anthrax (much love brahs but if big four is the best thrash.. ) don't worry Metallica is only there for the early work and being pioneers.
Big 4 for real: 1metallica (tip that hat to the kill em all boys)2megadeth only because they don't step out of thrash ever and a LITTLE variety is nice 3slayer.. only because many slayer songs are similar, not to undercut the drumming of lombardo or the guitars of jeff RIP 4testament because they are the consistency of slayer instrumentally with a very good vocalist in chuck billy

Yeah, big four of thrash now is something like Testament (Still doing great albums), Kreator (Their new stuff is easily as good as their 80's stuff), Megadeth (Hit and miss nowadays, but Endgame and Dystopia were epic; Endgame may be the best thrash album of the 21st century), and Slayer (still doing albums).

There are way too many Metallica songs in the top 10. I know Testament were late for the thrash metal scene

This isn't really a thrash song. This is a weak album - Sabbath

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27 Phantom Lord - Metallica

An underrated song. I especially like the bridge just before the awesome solo. - IronSabbathPriest

This songs defines thrash at its finest.. one of mustaine's masterpiece is this song.

28 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

People, what's wrong with you? Most of the list is Metallica songs.
IE is definitely thrash metal, but mixed with power metal. Great combination and Dante's Inferno is very good song.

My favourite song by Iced Earth. All 16 minutes are awesome. - IronSabbathPriest

Amazing song but not thrash metal, and neither is Ace of Spades below it - germshep24

This song is arguably more thrash than some of the songs above it. - SoulOfBlack15

Should be in top 20

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29 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth

Great opening to a great album

Underrated song should be in top 5

Best thrash song of all time

This is a very good song, one of the best of this LP

30 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

So underrated.



This song is so underrated it is pretty much a longer version of raining blood so I don’t understand why so low I mean I’m not expecting 1st but still it should be a little higher than 29 mabye like 15 or something however only vote to bring this song up a bit Metallica isn't as good as Megadeth and tornado of souls is the true best!

31 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

Pantera are GROOVE metal not THRASH metal okay kids

Wow just Metallica and megadeth are the top 10?

32 Spit Out the Bone - Metallica

Simply incredible... right up there with the very best of Metallica

Return of Metallica

Spit Out the Bone should number 1

So good man

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33 Salem, Ark - Byzantine
34 Elimination - Overkill

Overkill is the best thrash band out there. megadeth-overkill-sodom- destruction are the real big four

First time I heard this, I thought it was Iron Maiden. Boy, was I ever wrong. It belongs to one of the best (not the best, for me, that's Testament) thrash metal bands.

Damn, I love that incredible amount of energy Blitz spits out! Its AMAZING!

The vocals are bad, everything else are better.

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35 War Ensemble - Slayer

Not one second of this song is boring

War ensemble @64? I am out to.

Should be in the first 5!

36 Blackened - Metallica

Best solo, best vocals and lyric, best riffs, this is the ultimate metal song

Definitely one of my favorites, great riffs all through the song.

Real Thrash

37 Desperate Cry - Sepultura

This song is incredibly powerfully in every way, should be way higher

This is an awesome song from a masterpiece album

Slayers crap ( u are a moronic twitt) slayer made thrash u idiot.

Lol...this awesome song on 127...this hurts...all Slayer crap is overrated...Sepultura totally underrated...

38 Disciples of the Watch - Testament

Love testament and the new order

39 Neon Knights - Black Sabbath

Why is this on here?


40 Painkiller - Judas Priest

While Judas Priest isn't a thrash band, I do believe that Painkiller (not only the song, the album itself) has many thrash qualities to it. - Kytotoxic

What is happening on the second page of this list? Painkiller, Almost Easy, and Neon Knight are not thrash songs - germshep24

A song and album which sounds powerful but is named after a soluble aspirin.

Oh, made me crazy, greatest metal song ever, great singing, everything great.

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41 Piranha - Exodus
42 Scream Machine - Beyond Fear
43 Dystopia - Megadeth
44 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel

Monster album, monster song.

This song is badass!

8 minutes of punishment.

45 Beyond the Black - Metal Church
46 Agent Orange - Sodom

Better than tallica and Megadeth!

Thrashiest lyrics ever

This song is amazing, Sodom is the most underrated band in Thrash metal history.

Sodom is as good as Slayer should be in the top 3

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47 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica

Hetfield on Psychiatry: 'They see it right, they see it well, but they think that saves us from our hell'. Moving? Profound? Poetic? True? He was once, not only the greatest rhythm guitarist and vocalist on the planet, but also the great lyricist this side of Maynard James Keenan.

Should be in the top ten

48 Human Insecticide - Annihilator

Yes, Anihilator is thrash, and this song is awesome.

Good group, although not purelly thrash

49 Moth Into Flame - Metallica

Simply incredible - julian23

50 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

Why the hell is "Whiplash" higher than Beneath the Remains? Beneath the remains deserves to bet at least at the top 15. - Halt

The fast drumming... I just can't explain they are just mind blowing.

The best not American band.

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1. Raining Blood - Slayer
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3. Seek & Destroy - Metallica
1. Head Crusher - Megadeth
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