Most Underrated Metallica Songs


The Top Ten

1 Dyers Eve

Peak Metallica that was blemished by a poor mix. If James got his voice back and Metallica did a re-record, I guarantee And Justice For All will be rated better on our lists. Dyers Eve had a beautiful solo, great musicianship, and a great story behind the lyrics. - chrisseafoodfu

Lars may not be the best drummer ever. But he's my favourite drummer ever and he shouldn't be that hated, just listen to this song to see Lars Ulrich at his best. - Nintendonix

Metallica at their peak. Never understood why do they play this song so seldom at their concerts.

Indeed very underrated!

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2 Disposable Heroes

Best Metallica song in my honest opinion lyric wise and musically. Pure genius and a very underrated song for that matter. It should easily be in Metallica's top 10 songs but gets very little attention for other songs in MoP like MoP, Battery, and Orion.

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blindman

Very underrated song in Master of Puppets. At least it gets more attention than The Thing that should not be, Leper Messiah, and probably Damage Inc.

Easily the best song alongside Damage Inc, Shortest Straw, To Live Is To Die, and Dyers Eve.

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3 Orion

Cliff Burton at his best. It is one of my most favorite Metallica songs ever. With out Cliff, this would have been a horrible song. Sadly, no one cares about this song

some crazy bass in there and it is very awesome song that a lot of people don't know - Okami

its the best metallica song ever but not the most famous one?
how is that possible - metfan001

One of their best songs, should be in the top ten of their top ten best at least.

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4 ... and Justice for All

Many (seasonal) "fans" of Metallica never heard that song. Real underrated masterpiece.

One of Metallica's greatest and most epic songs... and hardly do they play it live!

Metallica need to play this at every show

Super Underrated - GreenDayFan21

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5 Trapped Under Ice

If this songs was done by any other band it would be considered one of their best songs but with Metallica it's just normal - wolphert

Ride the lightning was just a great album! I love every song on the album! And trapped under ice is the most underrated song on the album! It's not the best best it's amazing!

Such an underrated classic thrasher

Possibly the greatest Metallica song ever produced. Thrash mayhem!

6 The Outlaw Torn

In my opinion, the most underrated Metallica song. Why? For one, it's the closer on Load. If you sat through the entire album to hear one great song, you must really love Metallica. The song itself feels like a southern rock band attempting a doom metal track. It's cinematic and emotional. The twangy bends in the main guitar riff are genius. The bass riff during the verse is heavy. I don't care for Metallica after And Justice, but this song is a big exception.

Yeas, I know, it's really long and monotonic song, but it makes me feel better... Just goosebumps! I don't know, why Metallica soesn't perform it live nowadays... :/

When that solo kicks in...

This should be first. Volume effects are beutiful and bass is insane. Far better than their usual setlist.

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7 The Call of Ktulu

One of the greatest instrumentals I've ever heard from a metal/rock band.. This song should be considered one of their greatest.. It's definitely one of my favorite Metallica songs.

THE Call of Ktulu is awesome... I don't normally like instrumentals but this one got me into them. - MegaToolica1

This song is good but isn't as good as the bass solo or Orion! But is better than to live is to die and suicide & redemption!

Should definitely be number one. Easily my favorite Metallica song... of the few I like...

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8 Fight Fire with Fire

The first time I listened to it I thought it would be a ballad but then at around 40 seconds I realized I was wrong and it is now one of my favorite Metallica songs from the 80's

It's better than Creeping death. This whole album is great though! The best Metallica album by far!

The intro actually in my opinion kinda takes the piss out of the thrashness of the song (if that's a word) but it's awesome. I would really consider it for my theme song.

That point when Metallica starts going thrash af in this song

9 The Unforgiven II

It is hard to make a classic metal song. It is nearly impossible to follow it up with a sequal. This song is amazing and deserves so much more credit than it gets.

This song is very underrated, it has been played only once, in 1997. But this is a good work by Metallica, and it is probably one of the few good songs from "ReLoad".

This is a great song! One of my favorites ever! I wish they played it more often! And I wish it was on there video game!

It's a great song that doesn't get a lot of respect! It's my number 4 song that Metallica ever wrote.

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10 Hit the Lights

Great fast song and the first song Metallica ever recorded! It's a great tune that is really underrated. I recommend it!

This was the first song made by Metallica, pretty much, EVER. This is a masterpiece!

Amazing opening for kill em All! - GreenDayFan21


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The Newcomers

? All Nightmare Long

This song is quite famous but doesn't get the credit it deserves. by far the best chorus Metallica have made.
St. anger is also underrated. but the most underrated song I feel is Judas Kiss. It's a brilliant song and its actually a Metallica great.

This must be one of Metallica's best ever. Don't get why it gets so little attention.

I agree famous but gets no credit!

? Eye of the Beholder

Really good song from probably my favourite Metallica album, give it a listen.

Has one of the best riffs of Metallica and is highly underrated, last time played 14 of july 1989...

Good song not underrated but a good song.

The Contenders

11 Damage, Inc.

This was my first Metallica track. It's so underrated, however it's one of their best compositions.

Most of the songs from Master of Puppets are underrated, this work is no exception

Killer rifts, fast paced. What more can you ask

Monster Riff at the middle part who kills me every time!

12 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

This song isn't underrated! Every Metallica fan knows this song is awesome and a lot of people know its awesome! Its not underrated! - Jetticus12

No where close to underrated...

Brings back memories

My 3rd favorite Metallica song! Not underrated!

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13 St. Anger

I agree this song is underrated, but this song is actually good. It's just (some) of their fans that don't like this song and whole album of St. Anger because their song in that album is so different than the old one. I madly anger with you!

THIS IS THE MOST UNDERRATED SONG EVER! People only hate it because it's different and isn't a Metallica sound. It has that deep thrashy riff. No it isn't a Metallica sound, but if a band who does music like the album St Anger made this song, maybe Korn I don't know, People would have loved it way more! To me it's definitely in my top 10 Metallica songs!

So damn underrated! I honestly don't get why this tune gets so much hate. Lars kicks some serious ass on the kit and James Hetfield always blows me away. - NvGNick

Actually a really good song.

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14 Escape

It's not the best, nor it's a masterpiece, but it's still pretty great, yet no one cares about it, they haven't even played it live...

Also, what the hell those people understand by "Underrated"?

-Fade to Black
-Welcome home
-The Four Horsemen
and a lot of other songs are far from underrated...

just because it's not the most famous nor the one that even people that don't listen to metallica knows, it still doesn't mean it's underrated...

Orion and Fade to Black are two of the most famous, at least to Metallica listeners/fans

This is the worst song from Metallica's 1981-1989 run. If it was made by almost any other band, it would be considered one of their best. Let that sink in. Also when I said "worst" I meant compared to others. I love this song! - Brobusky

In my opinion this is the 4th best song on this album! Better than fade to black creeping death fight fire with fire and the call of ktulu. It's so good! And it is underrated

I don't see why Metallica hates this song, it's definitely one of the weakest on Ride the Lightning, but nonetheless, this song is really good.

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15 Jump in the Fire

IT depresses me how so many songs on this list aren't underrated. Enter sandman and fade to black are overrated people- jump in the fire is underrated!

Most people skip this when listening to kill em all, but this is in my top 3 in the album - awesomedp900

I wish people would give this song a chance!


16 To Live is to Die

It's the first instrumental song of Metallica I've really loved. Most of people think that the best one is Orion, and so it is, but there are also others very important, like To Live Is To Die (and The Call of Ktulu).
To Live Is To Die is the unique song of... And Justice for All that has been written by Cliff Burton (if I am not wrong). This is very underrated, because people prefer Orion and The Call of Ktulu, and its playing in concerts is very rare. That's a pity, because it is the song dedicated to the death of Cliff, despite most of people think it is Orion (they're wrong, 'cause Orion was written completely by Cliff Burton).

Honestly I love all these songs on this list but I had to give some love to this song cause it has mean riffs that Metallica show in this amazing song

My personal favorite song by Metallica, the riff is haunting and it is the perfect memoir for cliff Burton rip.

No terrible song! The worst instrumental Metallica ever made. It makes this album not good.

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17 Leper Messiah

This song is great it's my 15th Favorite Metallica song (6th on the album) it's very underrated on the top tens list of best Metallica songs it's at 73rd place but Hopefully it will get more recognition soon and not only do I think this song is underrated but I think the whole album is underrated except master of puppets cause it's first on my list and first on the top tens list so it's equal

Always loved this one, never understood why it didn't get the attention. Maybe they just don't like to play it. The solos are especially fun.

Bass! And great lyrics

Underrated one of my favorites

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18 No Remorse

Great song. The riff starting around 50 seconds and the chorus riff are so awesome! Pure thrash song that never gets enough credit as it deserves

Not a bad song but not a good song. It's not underrated but it's not overrated.

The last two minutes of this song are just wild

No Remorse! No Repent! We Don't Care,What It Ment!

19 Bleeding Me

This is the best song on either of the Load albums. Insane solo and dark lyrics, one of my favorites!

the song has a very good solo and the lyrics are just perfect

Bleeding Me needs to be higher on this list. It is the best song off of Load by far.

One of the best lyrics ever. Dark, emotional, and beautiful. Kirk's solo is also amazing!

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20 The God that Failed

Very cool and underrated song, awesome bass in the intro

This song is not disrespectful to God, it was inspired by James's mother dying after not taking medicine, claiming that God will heal her (which didn't happen). But the lyrics are about people being blinded by religion and thinking that God will do everything for them. - kk2001

Great tune, great bass line, great guitar work and solo that works with the tune and heavy as hell!

I don't like this song because it's disrespectful to god!

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21 The Frayed Ends of Sanity

This song has probably one of the best main riffs ever created. It's a masterpiece. The drums are very good too. Great solo. Many rhythm changes. It's perfect, and it's a shame that Metallica never played this song live.

Everything you could possibly want on a Metallica song; dark lyrics, amazing riffs, great solos and overrall being epic. It's a 7 minute rollercoaster ride through awesomeness

One of the best main riffs ever

Who doesn't love progressive thrash?

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22 That Was Just Your Life

I think it's rating is just right.

Totally underrated - GreenDayFan21

23 The Thing That Should Not Be

Such a great song, I never knew why it was always said to be a poor song. Not to mention it's based on literature it's also a masterpiece and highly underrated.

The only reason this song is underrated is because it would probably summon Cthulhu if it was played too often

... Brilliantly evil

Such a good song, it may be repetitive but who cares?

This is 2nd Best from Master Of Puppets album!

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24 I Disappear

Such a great song but because it wasn't released on an album its not heard enough

25 Harvester of Sorrow

I don't think people think this is underrated. But it's a great jam! Number 2 on this album! Second to one!

One of my favorites

26 Whiplash

Yes I find this song way underrated. It's my dads favorite song and it's underrated! The solo is one of Kirk hammetts best! It's just an all around great song!

27 Don't Tread on Me

I listen to this song almost every day. It's so good yet nobody likes it. I've been riding in the car with friends and we'll be listening to the black album and they'll skip this song! It's such a good song and nobody likes it! Drives me nuts!

I just love that intro.

28 The Unforgiven III

Great song! Definitely underrated!

Yes very underrated!


29 No Leaf Clover

Should be WAY HIGHER like 12 because this song...A song to show they can change sound and still be epic!

Reminds me of a "Whiskey In The Jar" type of song by them... in my opinion this is a top 20 Metallica song at least

Super underrated song, one of my favorites. Most casual fans probably havn't heard it because it was on their live album and isn't played much these days. Awesome song though something about Metal riffs and orchestral music just fit so well together this song is a great example of that. Check it out if you havn't already.

Absokutely best song for me, really.

30 Suicide & Redemption

This an awesome intrumental from death magnetic. - dragon13304

The last minute and a half is why it gets my vote

The 4th best instrumental by Metallica.

Guitar is awesome.

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31 Hero of the Day

Its underrated because its always overshadowed by the other tracks on the album in my opinion this is the best song from Load - christangrant

My favorite song by them. So under the radar.

Not great not good. Kinda in between.

32 Motorbreath

Kill 'Em All is Metallicas greatest album. I just wish more people could understand that

It's a underrated song but ride the lightning is the best Metallica album!

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33 The Day That Never Comes

Solo and power cord drop! One of the best exhibitions of musicianship of any album

Underrated by far!

Great song!

34 The Unforgiven

Not underrated by any means. It's still one of the best on the Black Album, though.

It's not underrated but it's my least favorite of the unforgivens. Sorry if this makes anyone mad.

35 The Judas Kiss
36 Ronnie

It's not their best one, not even in my top 20, but it's actually a great song. But why doesn't anyone understand "underrated"? I mean, Orion is better than this but never underrated.

Terrible song!

37 Phantom Lord

Apparently, people don't understand the concept of "underrated. " Fade to Black is NOT underrated. Phantom Lord is beyond underrated, no one seems to like it! The into is mind-blowing, I get chills every time!

This is easily my favorite track on Kill em All. The main riff is just amazing. And the lyrics are just awesome

The reason nobody likes this song is cause IT SUCKS!

38 Mama Said

This is a great song - christangrant

39 Fixxxer

Who is voting on this list? None of the top songs are 'underrated' by any means. They are some of Metallica's most popular songs. Welcome Home is #9. Really? I've always thought Fixxxer was an undiscovered gem, especially lyrically. Give this song a careful listen. Definitely Metallica's most underrated song.

Best song off of ReLoad. The chorus is filled with a lot of pain. My only question is why they never play it live, and it's always just a jam version? - MetallicaForever

This song just says a lot to me and I really love it

This is my favorite off reload. - awesomedp900

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40 Dirty Window
41 Human

This is a great song but very underrated! I like this song, apparently no one seems to enjoy this song. Pretty much everyone I know that likes Metallica don't know about this song.

This gets overshadowed by No Leaf Clover - christangrant

42 Metal Militia

Really good song. One of their fastest, too. - Metarock

Who hates this song? THE HATERS!

This song gets hate as being one of the worst on Kill em' All. I have no idea why. The opening is up there with Creeping Death. And I don't get why everyone hates the chorus... It's killer AF.


43 The Four Horsemen

I actually think this song is a little overrated. It's just not as good as some of the other songs! It just doesn't impress me that much.

This is the best song from kill em all. Please vote up! - ashikkumar

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44 Low Man's Lyric

I really love this. Very deep lyrics, love the acoustic sounds, and most of all, it shows of James's vocal capabilities

Probably the first song that made me feel really emotional - LMARINE

Beautiful song with touching lyrics, AND A MUFUGGIN HURDY GURDY.

45 My World

I'm glad this song is underrated because I don't like this song. One reason is because the drums in this song gave me a headache. The other reason is that it doesn't sound too good! Please vote.

46 Seek & Destroy

This song is not underrated! It's tradition for Metallica to end a show with this song! So how is it underrated?!

What? This song isn't underrated. It's been played 1419 times live, and it's one of Metallica's most well-known songs.

Compared to the overrated master of puppets This is definitely underrated.

47 Frantic

I just listened to the whole album today! This song at first I hated it! But after listening to it again I realized that it's a good song!

Although it's from the st Anger album, which is not supposed to be a very good Metallica album, frantic is a good song. Not awesome. Just good and unique

48 King Nothing

This should be much higher than 17. Great song, great lyrics, great chorus. One my favourite Metallica songs.

This is my favorite Metallica song! And it's very underrated! Makes me sick!

Every song from Load is underrated, just because it's not Thrash

Dig for gold
Dig for fame
Are you pacified?

49 Lords of Summer
50 Of Wolf and Man

This song is unnoticed just like every other song on this album that wasn't considered one of the Big Five. This is a great song, and one of my favorites in the album.

A great song! But not underrated.

Overlooked in a tracklist dominated by Enter Sandman, Sad but True, Roam and Unforgiven

"SO SEEK THE WOLF IN THYSELF! " - MetallicaForever

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