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Best Metal Songs of All Time

Stephen Rampur Jan 23, 2019
Metal has now become an umbrella genre that includes many sub-categories like death, heavy, dirge, Gothic, glam, trash, drone, speed, etc. After including so many bands and songs, it is evident that metal is too huge to be narrowed down.
Metal is an innovation of the typical rock music that was prominent in the 1970s and the '80s. It has a heavier sound than rock music. Each of the categories has their own characteristics and variations in sound.
When it comes to listing the most famous metal songs, rankings can differ since all fans have their individual choices and preferences. However, there are some songs, all metal lovers would remember if they were to pick the best metal songs of all time.
Metal fans have always been at loggerheads, not just with other genres but with themselves as well. For example, how AC/DC, when they started out, were considered as a metal band. Then came the heavier sounds of Metallica and the others after which AC/DC came to be known as a hard rock band. But if you ask them, they'll say that they are a Rock N' Roll band.
The point is, a few of the bands mentioned here may not be 'metal enough' according to today's standards, but they were one of the earlier bands when metal was still in its rudimentary stage. For instance, try comparing Judas Priest to Opeth. Opeth ends up with the heavier sound, but that doesn't necessarily make Judas Priest non metal.

Best Metal Bands of All Time

  • Iron Maiden
  • Metallica
  • Opeth
  • Dethklok
  • Judas Priest
  • Pantera
  • Testament
  • Kalmah
  • Motörhead
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Whitecross
  • Dokken
  • Slayer
  • Dream Theater
  • Black Sabbath
  • Alice In Chains
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tool
  • Meshuggah
  • Lamb Of God
  • Dio 

10 Best Metal Songs of All Time

  • Master Of Puppets | Metallica
  • Ghost Of Perdition | Opeth
  • One | Metallica
  • Painkiller | Judas Priest
  • Paranoid | Black Sabbath
  • Mr. Crowley | Ozzy Osbourne
  • Holy Wars | Megadeth
  • Mouth For War | Pantera
  • War Pigs | Black Sabbath
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name | Iron Maiden

Other Great Metal Songs

  • The Dark Eternal Night | Dream Theater
  • Fear of the Dark | Iron Maiden
  • Chop Suey | System Of A Down
  • Enter Sandman | Metallica
  • The Trooper | Iron Maiden
  • Paradigm Shift | Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Ace Of Spades | Motörhead
  • Kiss of Death | Motörhead
  • The Glass Prison | Dream Theater
  • Walk | Pantera
  • Fade To Black | Metallica
  • Into The Fire | Dokken
  • Before I Forget | Slipknot
  • Peace Sells | Megadeth
  • Back In Black | AC/DC
  • Beyond the Realms of Death | Judas Priest
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls | Metallica

Best Death Metal Songs of All Time

  • Focus Shift | Dark Tranquility
  • Hades | Kalmah
  • Lycanthropy | Six Feet Under
  • The Pursuit of Vikings | Amon Amarth
  • Slowly We Rot | Obituary
  • Hammer Smashed Face | Cannibal Corpse
  • Stabwound | Necrophagist
  • Spheres of Madness | Decapitated
  • Only For the Weak | In Flames

Best Thrash Metal Songs of All Time

  • Death Rattle | Pantera
  • Four Horsemen | Metallica
  • Into The Pit | Testament
  • Escape To The Void | Sepultura
  • Angel Of Death | Slayer
  • Cowboys From Hell | Pantera
  • Caught In A Mosh | Anthrax
  • And Then There Were None | Exodus
  • Tornado Of Souls | Megadeth
  • I Am The Law | Anthrax
Metal is one of the genres where the eternal 'Potato Poe-tah-toh' argument is heavier than others. This makes the music one of the most subjectively influenced of all. Pick these songs up and give them all a listen.