The 7 Best Metal Songs Ever

Heavy metal, the sounds of screeching guitars over dominant base-lines and a relentless drum attack. This genre of music is a take-it- or-leave- it style, enjoyed by die-hard fans of the metal culture. Over the decades there have famous songs that have shaped the minds, styles, and careers of some of the world’s most popular rock musicians. Before you run out to buy your discount concert tickets, let’s take a look at the top ten metal songs of all time.

7. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Released in 1980 as part of the British steel album, Breaking the law, written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and K.K. Downing. Judas Priests holy trinity of metal artists released this single in response to the growing uncertainty with British economic conditions of the early eighties. The song inspires action top break free from the conventional systems of society and live your life the way you want to.

6. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Paranoid is a rapid-fire track that was the perfect complement to the previous single Iron Nan. With overtones of punk riffs and a breakneck pace to the track, Paranoid became an instant cult classic that still gets airtime on today’s radio waves. Ozzy Osborne’s lyrics scream like a banshee and this classic shows why black Sabbath was one of the era’s most influential metal icons. From the eerie sounds of bells tolling at the opening of the track, the metal thunders into life.

5. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Taken from the album, Number Of The Beast, this track has to be the stand out of the album which featured other cult classics such as ‘Fear of the dark” and Rime of the ancient mariner.” Hallowed be thy name is an excellent example of a track that builds until the minute mark when the band come together in an absolutely insane full-band entrance that is followed by one of the most well-known guitar riffs in metal history.

4. One - Metallica
And Justice For All was Metallica’s album that featured the hit single, One. This track had dark lyrics and a heavy feel to the music. Based on a 1939 book about a soldier injured in combat. The single would be Metallica’s first music video and caused such a shock upon its initial airing, that MTV considered banning it from airplay. The track represented the dawn of a new era in metal music that would see Metallica rise to stardom as the kings of metal.

3. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath have so many great songs that it’s hard to pick just a few for this top ten list of all time. Nevertheless, War Pigs was a track that raised the bar for metal performers and handed the fans with a new technical view on metal that made Sabbath a truly epic metal band, cemented in metal history as one of the greats. War pigs feature lyrics discussing the trials and tribulations of war, with Ozzy Osborne screeching over the sounds of tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler. All of the artists were on fire for the recording of this track, and it will go down in history as one of the best of all time.

2. Iron Man -Black Sabbath
Possibly black Sabbaths penultimate masterpiece, Iron Man will be remembered for its blazing power and imagination, turning the mind of the listener into a battle zone where metal rules supreme. Black Sabbath will forever be known as the origin of dark metal, played with showmanship and bold flair. Iron Man will go down as the best Sabbath song of all time.

1. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Metal has always been synonymous with evil. This track by iron Maiden is a prime example of how this dark culture affected the genre and forged the destiny of metal bands to come. The opening scream of anguish after the intro is enough to send chills down your spine. The song is said to be inspired by the film, The Omen, and the wailing vocals backed by thrashing guitars and rapid fire drumlines are enough to disturb even the most sober-minded listener.

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