Most Underrated Metallica Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Disposable Heroes

Most underrated of all the catalog easily. The most intense song they ever wrote, the most moving lyrically, and has the best Kirk Hammett solo of all the catalog. If it were any other album than MoP, it would have been hailed as one of the greats.

Overrated as an underrated song, I think Phantom Lord is the most underrated

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

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2 Dyers Eve

Good song, but awful mix. You can barely hear the bass and the drums are too loud. - Userguy44

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

Angry, aggressive, and powerful vocals and riffs.

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

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3 Orion

The thing is that this song was never underrated

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

This isn't underrated - Userguy44

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4 Trapped Under Ice

Rice The Lightning has no bad songs and this one is great as well. - Userguy44

This is one of their thrashiest, most mind blowlingly badass tracks ever. Easily among the best on Ride The Lightning, and for me, better than Fade To Black or Fight Fire With Fire (though both of those are already amazing).

Also Orion was never underrated, it's widely considered to have some of the best instrumental stuff and particularly bass work that Metallica ever did.

Definitely their most underrated in my opinion. It's fast, intense and catchy as hell. It doesn't get as much recognition as Creeping Death and I think it should. It's one of the reasons Ride The Lightning is my favourite Metallica album and favourite metal album. - Uner1996

Great songs

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5 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.

It’s just as good as most if their earlier stuff if not better. - lilrocketman

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...

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6 ... 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

This probably one of my most favorite song from Metallica. At about 5:30 the guitar makes a peak note and comes straight back down. That is a place I get goosebumps. Totally worth the 9 and 3/4 minutes I used today.

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7 Damage, Inc.

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

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

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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 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!

10 The Unforgiven II

Metallica doesn't need thrash to be the best band

This song is trash. - awesomedp900

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".

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The Contenders

11 Hit the Lights

Not bad for a first song. At least it sounds thrashy. - Userguy44

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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12 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"?

-Orion
-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

Most underrated song of the album. Also the weakest, but it’s still a great song, however it doesn’t sound like thrash like most songs on RTL. Why does James hate it? - Userguy44

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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13 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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14 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

This is the only good song on this album! I love it and it's not that underrated but it is underrated!

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15 Jump in the Fire

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

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!

I wish people would give this song a chance!

JUMP IN THE FIRE IS UNDERRATED?!?! ITS HORRIBLE! THIS SONG MAKES ME WANT TO RIP MY HAIR OUT! ITS THAT BAD!

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.

One of the best Metallica songs R.I. P Cliff Burton

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17 The Call of Ktulu

Better than Orion in my opinion. The bass sounds are not from this planet and the solo, riffs and the outro are epic! It's so overshadowed by other Metallica songs. - Userguy44

Better than Orion, and Orion isn't underrated. It's still great and regarded as one of the best instrumentals ever, which it is... but Call of Ktulu doesn't get the same respect and it should get more.

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

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18 That Was Just Your Life

I think it's rating is just right.

Totally underrated - GreenDayFan21

19 Bleeding Me

A pure classic

Most underrated Metallica song in my opinion. Load gets a lot of hate but there were some amazing songs and Bleeding me was one of them

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

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20 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

This song got me into Metallica, I've never understood why it doesn't get as much attention as it deserves

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21 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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22 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

In a way this song is underrated
People always talk about Metallica's balled but they never bring up this song. - Spiderman209942

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

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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.

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

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

... Brilliantly evil

The most underrated Metallica song ever! It's way better than disposable heros!

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24 Whiplash

Yup it’s an amazing song, but the solo was done by Dave Mustaine. Just letting people know.

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!

25 Mama Said

Best country song of all time! I never new country could be so metal! Plus, James Hetfield is the best country singer (Because this is the best country song, even though it’s by a metal band). - PhoenixAura81

This is a great song - christangrant

26 I Disappear

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

27 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.

28 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!

How is Orion third? Phantom Lord is definitely one of the most underrated, and one of the best on Kill ‘Em All.

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!

29 Harvester of Sorrow

Not underrated a classic and one of the catchiest metallica songs, second catchiest only after seek and destroy - lilrocketman

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

30 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!

Their best thrash song

31 Fixxxer

This is my favorite off reload. - awesomedp900

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

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32 Suicide & Redemption

My favorite metallica instrumental - lilrocketman

That solo though about 3:50 in - lilrocketman

This an awesome intrumental from death magnetic. - dragon13304

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

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33 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.

34 My Friend of Misery

One of the best on the album

Such a good song, it's a shame it doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Top 3 off of The Black Album.
Other underrated songs are '...And Justice For All' and 'King Nothing'
~SumOfNothing

35 The Day That Never Comes

This song has lots of elements from one. Epic riffs and overrated as hell

My favorite from Metallica in general!

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

Underrated by far!

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36 The Judas Kiss

THIS IS THE MOST UNDERRATED SONG MADE BY METALLICA BY MILES! You know why? Because it is "new". I absolutely hate, from the bottom of heart, metallica fans who say that new metallica is bad. Had this song been in say, master of puppets or ride the lightning, this song would have been worshipped. It's that good. For all those, who think death magnetic is a bad album, listen to this and then speak. Because this is one of Metallica's best songs

37 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.

38 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.

39 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!

40 Dirty Window
41 The Unforgiven III

I can't understand why do some people hate this... Its actually awesome

Great song! Definitely underrated!

Yes very underrated!

Best

42 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

43 Metal Militia

I like it, but it's not one of their best. - Userguy44

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.

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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 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?

46 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.

47 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.

48 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

49 The Four Horsemen

Not even close to underrated. - Userguy44

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

. . or choose your fate and die! . . .
really underrated . . it is Kill 'Em All's best track

50 Of Wolf and Man

My favourite song off the album. - truckturner

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

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