Most Unforgettable Moments in Metal Songs

Many metal songs have more than one unforgettable moment and a song can be on this list more than once - feel free to add songs and moments that impressed you the most.

The Top Ten

1 One - Metallica (the "machine gun" part)

I'm referring to the intense instrumental part before and during the lines that begin with "Darkness imprisoning me". This part is informally called by the fans "Machine Gun part". If you hear that part you will understand why. - Metal_Treasure

This is probably what made metal what it is today. - KeyboardHero

The best part of this song. - Userguy44

Agreed. The drumming was brilliantly played - TheDarkOne_221b

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2 Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)

Just play the sample and you will hear it. Awesome! - Metal_Treasure

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3 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro)

Just play the sample, it features part of the intro because the intro is very long. Violin and proggy drums are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro)

Vocals in the intro are absolutely unforgettable - Bruce performs great long sustains and a masterful scream. - Metal_Treasure

Fear of the Dark's and Face in the Sand's intro is more unforgettable for me, but Hallowed Be Thy Name is up there as well. The most unforgettable moment in this song is the main riff to me. - Alkadikce

I agree that the main riff is the best part of Hallowed Be Thy Name but I didn't add it because if a song component appears more than once in a song I don't consider it a "moment". But you can add it because I didn't explain clearly what I mean by "moment" and I accept a broader interpretation of "moment". Slayer riff I mentioned appears only once. - Metal_Treasure

Once the guitar picks up with dickinson's loowww I'd say is better

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5 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (intro)

One of my most favorite guitar intros in metal (the sample succeeds to feature it because the intro is pretty long). - Metal_Treasure

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6 Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro)

This is how you start a metal song! - Userguy44

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7 Alison Hell - Annihilator (intro)

Just play the sample - Metal_Treasure

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8 The Art of Dying - Gojira (intro)

That intro (at least until the guitar part showed up) was REALLY danceable and awesome. - PhoenixAura81

What is that intro? - Userguy44

Play the sample to hear part of the intro - Metal_Treasure

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9 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom (solos) UListen to Sample
10 Valhalla (live) - Blind Guardian (chorus)

At a live show the crowd sang the chorus for about 4 minutes and didn't want to stop, despite the band finished the song...several times. Some say the crowd is still singing... "Valhalla, deliverance! Why've you ever forgotten me? " - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 The Trooper - Iron Maiden (Dueling Guitar Solos)

By Adrian Smith and Dave Murray - Metal_Treasure

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12 Ram It Down - Judas Priest (Dueling Guitar Solos)

By Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing - Metal_Treasure

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13 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica (Bass Intro)

Cliff killed it here. The first that comes to mind where I listen this song is that damn bass solo. I just love it! - Userguy44

The sample is wrong. - Userguy44

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14 Floods - Pantera (Outro Licks) UListen to Sample
15 Heaven Denies - Demons & Wizards (Chanting in the Outro)

There's no actual choir - all multi-layered vocal tracks with the beautiful overlapping harmonies were sung by one person only - the lead singer. - Metal_Treasure

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16 Omnipresent Perception - Beyond Creation (Fretless Bass Solo)

At 4:15-4:45 by Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. - Metal_Treasure

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17 Prince of Darkness - Megadeth (Silence to Solo)

The moment where the songs starts to fade out out like it is about to end, stops only to go right back into the chorus, just loved that moment - germshep24

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19 Stargazer - Rainbow (Drum Intro)

Cozy Powell. - Userguy44

20 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy (Vocals in the Intro)

Play the sample to hear part of it - Metal_Treasure

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21 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Dueling Solos for Guitar and Violin) UListen to Sample
22 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest (4:28-4:38)

4:28-4:38 is the end of the 1st solo (by G. Tipton) - one of the most emotional 10 seconds I know. - Metal_Treasure

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23 Strike - Primal Fear (Twin Lead Guitar Solo) UListen to Sample
24 Stargazer - Rainbow (Solo)

Especially the opening of the solo, and the final licks.
I think overall Dio's sustained notes are even more unforgettable. - JoLeKosovo

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25 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Intro Scream) UListen to Sample
26 Children of the Sea - Black Sabbath (Intro) UListen to Sample
27 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Fretless Bass Solo) UListen to Sample
28 Clandestine Stars - Obscura (Back-To-Back Bass and Guitar Solo) UListen to Sample
29 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Outro)
30 Mysteria - Edguy (Intro Scream)

Great job, Tobias Sammet! - Metal_Treasure

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31 To Live is to Die - Metallica (Bridge)
32 A Light in the Black - Rainbow (Solos) UListen to Sample
33 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Solos) UListen to Sample
34 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian (6:25-7:40)

One of my favorite moments by this band: that build-up with increasing intensity is exemplary. Composing skills matter, guys. - Metal_Treasure

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35 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (5:30-7:00)

Awesome transitions and build-up. - Metal_Treasure

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36 Master of Puppets - Metallica (One's Solo)
37 Cemetary Gates - Pantera (Solo)
38 Peace Sells - Megadeth (Outro Chorus)

Peace sells, but who's buying? - JoLeKosovo

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Top Remixes

1. One - Metallica (the "machine gun" part)
2. Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)
3. And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro)
1. Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro)
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro)


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