Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Metal songs of all time 2017, Metal is a rock genre that has been widely disputed throughout the decades. What was considered metal music in the 80s, is now deemed Classic Rock to those that are from the Millennial crowd of rockers. That being said, Metal began in the 1980s and grew throughout the 1990s. The evolution of the genre to what is deemed Metal music today simply would not have been possible without these hard rocking, guitar shredding tracks that make up the Top 10 Best Metal Songs of All Time.
- 10. “Holy Diver” – Ronnie James Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
- 9. “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (1990)
- 8. “Angel of Death” – Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)
- 7. “Painkiller” – Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)
- 6. “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)
- 5. “Ace of Spades” – Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
- 4. “Run To The Hills” – Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)
- 3. “Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
- 2. “Fade To Black” – Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984)
- 1. “Symphony of Destruction” – Megadeth – Countdown To Extinction (1992)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Metal songs of all time 2017.
10. “Holy Diver” – Ronnie James Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
Ronnie James Dio has always been deemed one of the better guitarists in all of what is now deemed to be 80s metal music. From impressive guitar shredding tracks like “Rainbow In The Dark”, Dio made a remarkable impression on the world of rock and roll almost immediately. “Holy Diver” would be one of the most iconic tracks that the Dio and his band would ever create. This is a track that would kind of be a sleeper hit for the artist, but the track would get a breath of new life when a popular modern Metalcore band, Killswitch Engage, would record and release the track with a harder version that still remained very true to the original vocal delivery and guitar work.
9. “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (1990)
Pantera was one of the biggest rock/metal acts of the early 1990s. Their guitarist, much like the guitarists for each of the bands on this entire list was deemed to be one of the greatest in the history of rock. “Dimebag” Darrell as he was called would be instrumental (no pun intended) in skyrocketing the band to new heights. “Cowboys From Hell” was one of the most powerful anthems that the band would ever create, falling short in popularity only to “Walk”. While the band would have one album release prior to Cowboys From Hell, this would be the start towards bestselling albums that would come with the following two subsequent releases.
8. “Angel of Death” – Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)
Slayer was an iconic band that would shape metal in a way that no other band on this list was able to do. They would take their speed metal style and it would be the origins of what is known as Thrash Metal. Their long standing career is a testament to the loyal following of the rockers from the 1980s into the current tours that the band is still periodically doing.
7. “Painkiller” – Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)
Many could make the argument that the shredding of this particular song deserves to make this particular track a little closer to the top of the list, though there are more factors at work for comprising this list beyond just a driving guitar riff and excellent lead work. “Painkiller” would be a single and an album that would be definitive in nature for the well established band Judas Priest. The song featured several parts of harmonizing vocals, epic guitar solos, and well crafted lyrics.
6. “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)
Black Sabbath is arguably one of the most iconically metal bands that have ever existed, as they are one of the founding artists that help shape the course of this diversion from traditional rock and roll. Headed up by Ozzy Osbourne, who would later go on to find equal successes with another band using just his name, Black Sabbath is undeniably as metal as rock has ever gotten. While their track “Iron Man” was one of their most popular songs in the band’s long career, the track “War Pigs” from that same album Paranoid would best show the band’s skills as an influential metal outfit. “War Pigs” is over 7 minutes long in its fullest version, and tells a certain perspective of the average man and how he sees those that orchestrate the wars that the world is seemingly always fighting.
5. “Ace of Spades” – Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
Lemmy Killmister, the groups only constant member throughout the years of their existence, is also one of the primary reasons for the bands lasting successes throughout the years. While the band would see moderate success through all of the years that they were together and touring through a dedicated following, “Ace of Spades” would be the band’s single most popular track in their careers. Considering that this song is a great example of the evolution of metal music and the influence their sound would have on the further expansion of the genre in the years to come, “Ace of Spades” easily is one of the greatest metal songs that has ever been written.
4. “Run To The Hills” – Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)
Iron Maiden has well solidified its place in the world of metal bands throughout its many years at the top of the pile. The Number of the Beast would be an absolute masterpiece for the band, showcasing the talent of all of its members at the time. “Run To The Hills” would be the main hit single from that album, and arguably the band’s biggest track of their long standing careers.
3. “Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
Appetite for Destruction is deemed one of the most successful mainstream metal albums to have ever been made. While other bands might have paved the way for these iconic rockers to find their audience, few reached the levels of successes that Guns N Roses would see as they promoted their debut album. “Welcome To The Jungle” was the opening track for the record and one of the original singles from this record. It showcased the incredible talents of Slash on lead guitar and gave way to introducing the world to one of the most recognizable and memorable voices in all of rock and roll.
2. “Fade To Black” – Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984)
Metallica is a band that would rise to prominence in the 1980s, they would be equally successful throughout the 1990s, they would see heightened successes through the 2000s, and due to recent releases from the band, are still seeing a large fan base appreciating their most recent contributions to the world of Metal music. Ride The Lightning was the first album that the band would ever make, and remains as one of the most successful for the band to this day. “Fade To Black” was a track that would forever solidify the band as one of the greats in the Metal genre.
1. “Symphony of Destruction” – Megadeth – Countdown To Extinction (1992)
It seems fitting that both Metallica and Megadeth would sit so closely to one another on the best metal tracks of all time list. When Metallica first started, their lead guitarist was Dave Mustaine. After the successes from Ride The Lightning Mustaine would be fired from Metallica and decided to form a new band with him as the front man. Little did Metallica know that when the tally was all in, that “Symphony of Destruction” would be deemed a better Metal song overall than “Fade To Black” ever was.
These iconic metal tracks are the muse that rockers have used for decades to get the hard edge that their fans love and appreciate. It was the long guitar solos, the lyrical genius, and the in your face attitudes of each of these bands that would shape the course of rock and roll forever. These tracks are the very best Metal songs of all time, even if you might have a different idea of what Metal might mean in rock music today.