The Best 100 Metal Songs Of All Time For You To Rage All Night

The Best 100 Metal Songs Of All Time For You To Rage All Night

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By: Alejandro Arroyo Cano

October 3, 2016

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By: Alejandro Arroyo Cano

October 3, 2016

There are moments in life where a single rock song is not enough and your ears crave for something more powerful and aggressive. The beating drums and guitar riffs are not enough to soothe the beast you carry within; you are one step away from exploding in fury, so you need the perfect heavy metal playlist. 

This genre began in the nineteen sixties under the name "Heavy Metal," and its first spokesperson was Black Sabbath, which pioneered in distorted sounds and barked vocals, making the songs "heavy" to listen to. Later on, Iron Maiden came into the scene with The Number of the Beast, and the identity of this music genre was set in stone. 

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The album The Number of the Beast  is a metaphor of the challenges metal had to face in the seventies. According to the Bible, there was a seven-headed beast with ten horns that rose from the seas, carrying with it the number 666. This number symbolizes social and spiritual failure in the eyes of God, and this lured heavy metal fans to satanic cults and the occult. 

Heavy metal is a popular genre around the world, and its dark ideologies continue to play a fundamental role in its theme songs, but it is not a creative imperative. At the end of the day, music and inspiration can come from any direction and source. These are the best 100 heavy metal songs of all time that venerate the number of the beast. 

100. ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ – Black Sabbath
The notes that come in the box set Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath states that this song is based on an incident that happened to Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer while they were smoking cannabis. They experienced strong hallucinations and even saw a couple of fairies running around a park wearing boots. 

99. ‘Battery’ – Metallica

98. ‘Chapel of Ghouls’ – Morbid Angel

97. ‘Exciter’ – Judas Priest

96. ‘Jesus Dod’ – Burzum

95. ‘Nightfall’ – Blind Guardian

94. ‘Solitude’ – Candlemass

93. ‘Over the wall’ – Testament

92. ‘Tornado of Souls’ – Megadeth

91. ‘Evil’ – Mercyful Fate

90. ‘Neon Knights’ – Black Sabbath

89. ‘The Divine Wings of Tragedy’ – Symphony X

88. ‘Blinded by Fear’ – At the Gates

87. ‘Blackwater Park’ – Opeth

86. ‘ Elimination’ – Overkill

85. ‘Wasted Years’ – Iron Maiden

84. ‘Crystal Mountain’ – Death

83. ‘Kill the King’ – Rainbow

82. ‘The Exorcist’ – Possessed

81. ‘Guardian’ – Fates Warning

80. ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ – Judas Priest

‘Screaming for Vengeance’ belongs to the eighth studio album of Judas Priest, and it has been noted as one of the important albums of the nineteen eighties. It is also considered to be among the 25 most influential metal albums of all time. 

79. ‘Killers’ – Iron Maiden

78. ‘Eyes of a Stranger’ – Queensryche

77. ‘Sweet Leaf’ – Black Sabbath

76. ‘Transilvanian Hunger’ – Darkthrone

75. ‘South of Heaven’ – Slayer

74. ‘The Last in Line’ – Dio

73. ‘Heartwork’ – Carcass

72. ‘A Fine Day to Die’ – Bathory

71. ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys’ – Helloween

70. ‘Powerslave’ – Iron Maiden

69. ‘Overt the Mountain’ – Ozzy Osbourne

68. ‘Battle Hymn’ – Manowar

67. ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ – Cannibal Corpse

66. ‘Bonded by Blood’ – Exodus

65. ‘I Am the Black Wizard’ – Emperor

64. ‘Pull Me under’ – Dream Theater

63. ‘Fear of the Dark’ – Iron Maiden

62. ‘The Philosopher’ – Death

61. ‘The Four Horsemen’ – Metallica

60. ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ – Dio

This song was the second single of Dio and won third place among the 40 greatest metal songs. It was years later that the leader of the group confessed that he didn't like the song because it sounded too much like pop music. When the song was completed, Ronnie James picked up a knife with the intention of destroying the tape, but his fellow band members persuaded him otherwise. 

59. ‘Balls to the Wall’ – Accept

58. ‘Into the Void’ – Black Sabbath

57. ‘Metropolis’ – Dream Theater

56 . ‘War Ensemble’ – Slayer

55. ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ – Iron Maiden

54. ‘Hangar 18’ – Megadeth

53. ‘Walk’ – Pantera

52. ‘Queen of the Reich’ – Queensryche

51. ‘Mr. Crowley’ – Ozzy Osbourne

50. ‘Freezing Moon’ – Mayhem

49. ‘Caught in a Mosh’ – Anthrax

48. ‘Fast As a Shark’ – Accept

47. ‘Halloween’ – Helloween

46. ‘Symphony of Destruction’ – Megadeth

45. ‘Season in the Abyss’ – Slayer

44. ‘Breaking the Law’ – Judas Priest

43. ‘Black Metal’ – Venom

42. ‘Cowboys from Hell’ – Pantera

41. ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ – Metallica

40. ‘Children of the Grave’ – Black Sabbath

In 1971, Black Sabbath launched "Children of the Grave," considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal songs in history, and it set the foundations for thrash metal. Years later, groups like System Of A Down and Scars on Broadway would find inspiration from the main riff  and create themes like 'Boom!' and 'Scars on Broadway'. 

39. ‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica

38. ‘Am I Evil?’ – Diamond Head

37. ‘Pull the Plug’ – Death

36. ‘Aces High’ – Iron Maiden

35. ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest

34. ‘Symptom of the Universe’ – Black Sabbath

33. ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ – Iron Maiden

32. ‘The Oath’ – Mercyful Fate

31. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ – Iron Maiden

30. ‘Holy Diver’ – Dio

29 ‘Witching Hour’ – Venom

28. ‘Cemetery Gates’ – Pantera

27. ‘Peace Sells’ – Megadeth

26. 'Fade to Black’ – Metallica

25. ‘Creeping Death’ – Metallica

24. ‘N.I.B.’ – Black Sabbath

23. ‘The Hellion/Electric Eye’ – Judas Priest

22. ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ – Black Sabbath

21. ‘Seek & Destroy’ – Metallica

20. ‘Painkiller’ – Judas Priest

The vocalist of Judas Priest composed this song in 1990 after a suicide attempt. In the words of the writer himself, "Painkiller is a fictitious character that personifies metal: evilness, energy, and destruction." The structure of the song is inspired by power and extreme metal. 

19. ‘Run to the Hills’ – Iron Maiden

18. ‘Heaven and Hell’ – Black Sabbath

17. ‘Crazy Train’ – Ozzy Osbourne

16. ‘The Trooper’ – Iron Maiden

15. ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’ – Megadeth

14. ‘One’ – Metallica

13. ‘Beyond the Realms of Death’ – Judas Priest

12. ‘Stargazer’ – Rainbow

11. ‘Raining Blood’ – Slayer

10. ‘Iron Man’ – Black Sabbath

9. ‘The Number of the Beast’ – Iron Maiden

8. ‘Victim of Changes’ – Judas Priest

7. ‘Black Sabbath’ – Black Sabbath

6. ‘Ace of Spades’ – Motörhead

5. ‘Angel of Death’ – Slayer

The composer and guitarist of Slayer, Jeff Hanneman, explains that the Angel of Death was the Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, who carried out terrible human experiments in Auschwitz during the Second World War. This theme labelled the band as fascist and racist. 

4. ‘Paranoid’ – Black Sabbath
The story behind 'Paranoid' is almost miraculous. After a long day in the recording studio, all the band members went out for drinks except for the guitarist Tony Iommi, who stayed behind to play on the guitar. It was at that moment that main riff of the song was born, turning it into the biggest success of Black Sabbath. 

3. ‘Master of Puppets’ – Metallica
For avid followers of Metallica, 'Master of Puppets' is one of the key themes of Metallica. Its complex instrumental sections and mutated melody make it an undisputed jewel.VH1 ranked it as the third best heavy metal song of all time. 

2. ‘War Pigs’ – Black Sabbath

This song is a protest against the Vietnam war and of the willful pigheadedness of politicians who only follow their own agenda in pursuit of riches. 'War Pigs' is the opening song of the Paranoid album, and it was released in 1970, turning it into a music classic. 

1. ‘Hallowed be Thy Name’ – Iron Maiden
This song describes the honorable thoughts of a man who is seconds away from the noose. He begins by feeling terror and realizing he is afraid of dying. In the final stanza, the man is executed, and in the following act there is a large instrumental section where the guitars rage out of control.

This list was painstakingly created thanks to the insight of music experts and other specialized media. It may be that the position of the songs may vary according to taste. Perhaps, you have your own playlist of heavy metal, and this list may only serve as inspiration. Each of these songs forever changed the world of music in one way or another.