Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Top 50 Heavy Metal Songs

First posted 1/24/2018; updated 6/4/2020.

Heavy Metal:

Top 50 Songs

Heavy metal is rooted in the hard rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, most often attributed to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, who all got their start in England in 1968. Distortion, extended guitar solos, and overall loudness characterized the genre and the lyrics are often stereotyped as having Satanic themes.

However one defines the genre, here are the top 50 heavy metal songs as determined by aggregating 32 best-of lists. After the top 50 songs were determined, they were re-ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.

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1. Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)
2. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
3. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
4. Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water” (1972)
5. Metallica “Enter Sandman” (1991)
6. Metallica “One” (1988)
7. Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975)
8. Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (1987)
9. Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train” (1980)
10. Black Sabbath “Iron Man” (1970)

11. AC/DC “Highway to Hell” (1979)
12. Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)
13. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil” (1978)
14. Motörhead “Ace of Spades” (1980)
15. Metallica “Master of Puppets” (1988)
16. Black Sabbath “War Pigs” (1970)
17. Kiss “Detroit Rock City” (1976)
18. Quiet Riot “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (1983)
19. Judas Priest “Breaking the Law” (1980)
20. Judas Priest “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” (1982)

21. Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills” (1982)
22. AC/DC “Hells Bells” (1980)
23. Iron Maiden “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (1982)
24. Whitesnake “Still of the Night” (1987)
25. Iron Maiden “The Number of the Beast” (1982)
26. Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath” (1970)
27. Deep Purple “Highway Star” (1972)
28. Megadeth “Symphony of Destruction” (1992)
29. Dio “Holy Diver” (1983)
30. Iron Maiden “The Trooper” (1983)

31. Dio “Rainbow in the Dark” (1983)
32. Ozzy Osbourne “Mr. Crowley” (1980)
33. Megadeth “Peace Sells” (1986)
34. Metallica “Fade to Black” (1984)
35. Judas Priest “Painkiller” (1990)
36. Pantera “Walk” (1992)
37. Megadeth “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” (1990)
38. Slayer “Raining Blood” (1986)
39. Megadeth “Hangar 18” (1990)
40. Judas Priest “The Hellion/Electric Eye” (1982)

41. Rainbow “Stargazer” (1976)
42. Black Sabbath “Children of the Grave” (1971)
43. Pantera “Cowboys from Hell” (1990)
44. Metallica “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1984)
45. Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell” (1980)
46. Slayer “Angel of Death” (1986)
47. Accept “Balls to the Wall” (1983)
48. Iron Maiden “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1984)
49. Diamond Head “Am I Evil?” (1980)
50. Iron Maiden “Fear of the Dark” (1992)

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