Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Top 50 Heavy Metal Songs

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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 24 best-of lists. Note: after the top 50 songs were determined, they were re-ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.

1. Black Sabbath…Paranoid (1970)
2. Metallica…Enter Sandman (1991)
3. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980)
4. Guns N’ Roses…Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
5. Black Sabbath…Iron Man (1970)
6. Metallica…One (1988)
7. Motorhead…Ace of Spades (1980)
8. Ozzy Osbourne…Crazy Train (1980)
9. Metallica…Master of Puppets (1988)
10. Van Halen…Runnin’ with the Devil (1978)

11. Black Sabbath…War Pigs (1970)
12. Scorpions…Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
13. AC/DC...Hells Bells (1980)
14. Iron Maiden…Hallowed Be Thy Name (1982)
15. Judas Priest…Breaking the Law (1980)
16. Iron Maiden…The Number of the Beast (1982)
17. Kiss…Detroit Rock City (1976)
18. Black Sabbath…Black Sabbath (1970)
19. Iron Maiden…Run to the Hills (1982)
20. Judas Priest…You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982)

21. Slayer…Angel of Death (1986)
22. Deep Purple…Highway Star (1972)
23. Iron Maiden…The Trooper (1983)
24. Black Sabbath…Children of the Grave (1971)
25. Megadeth…Symphony of Destruction (1992)
26. Rainbow…Stargazer (1976)
27. Ozzy Osbourne…Mr. Crowley (1980)
28. Metallica…Fade to Black (1984)
29. Dio…Holy Diver (1983)
30. Judas Priest…Painkiller (1990)

31. Megadeth…Holy Wars – The Punishment Due (1990)
32. Dio…Rainbow in the Dark (1983)
33. Slayer…Raining Blood (1986)
34. Megadeth…Peace Sells (1986)
35. Judas Priest…The Hellion/Electric Eye (1982)
36. Megadeth…Hangar 18 (1990)
37. Iron Maiden…Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1984)
38. Black Sabbath…Heaven and Hell (1980)
39. Pantera…Cowboys from Hell (1990)
40. Diamond Head…Am I Evil? (1980)

41. Metallica…For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
42. Judas Priest…Beyond the Realms of Death (1978)
43. Pantera…Walk (1992)
44. Iron Maiden…Fear of the Dark (1992)
45. Judas Priest…Victim of Changes (1976)
46. Accept…Balls to the Wall (1983)
47. Judas Priest…Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
48. Pantera…Cemetery Gates (1990)
49. Anthrax…Caught in a Mosh (1987)
50. Metallica…Seek and Destroy (1983)


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