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. Those songs appearing on 7 or more lists were then re-ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.
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1. Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)
11. Black Sabbath “Iron Man” (1970)
21. AC/DC “Hells Bells” (1980)
31. Dio “Rainbow in the Dark” (1983)
41. Pantera “Cowboys from Hell” (1990)
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First posted 1/24/2018; last updated 5/11/2021.