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All times greatest metal songs

This is my ultimate, but never complete, list of greatest metal songs I have learned to love since the late 70's. The order is non-hierarchical, every band and song mentioned deserves credits and attention. I hope you'll enjoy.
1Opeth
Blackwater Park


The Drapery Falls
A melancholy masterpiece blending subtle sections with harsh, but beautiful melodies.
2Rainbow
Rising


Stargazer
Classic composition, the culmination of talents such as Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell. Ritchie Blackmore -my personal favourite guitar player- delivers one of his most memorable solos. EPIC in capitals.
3Pantera
Cowboys from Hell


Cemetery Gates
Forget the ridiculous album title and sink into one of the most emotionally overwhelming pieces of metal ever.
4Warlord
Deliver Us


Winter Tears
A beautiful, woeful song that almost moves me to tears. This really is a band for metal connoisseurs who can appreciate subtlety, emotion and melody.
5Metallica
Ride The Lightning


For Whom the Bell Tolls
Does this song need any introduction or explanation? A thrash classic.
6Demon
The Unexpected Guest


The Grand Illusion
Sabbath-esque song from this strange, intriguing NWOBHM band.
7 Ostrogoth
Full Moon's Eyes (ep)


Hailing from Belgium, Ostrogoth debuted in 1983 with this astonishing ep. The title track combines strong guitar melodies with vocal agression and speed.
8Riot
Narita


Narita (instrumental)
This melodious, straightforward, yet enchanting instrumental has the X-factor that lifts it above the average.
9Raven
Wiped Out


To the limit, to the top
This song from the 'Crazy Chaos Trinity' Raven takes you to the limits of 80's metal. A very well structured piece of over the top blasting metal with blues and jazz ingredients.
10Accept
Restless and Wild


Fast as a Shark
High speed proto-thrash from Germany. The intro is incredible, the melody unforgettable. But above all: the neo-classical catchy guitar solo is overpowering. This is one of the seminal thrash metal anthems.
11Kreator
Pleasure to Kill


Pleasure to Kill
A pleasure to hear, this brutal, raw assault loaded with machine gun drumming and furious vocals. It leaves you comfortably crushed.
12Praying Mantis
Forever in Time


Wasted Years
Written in the margins of the NWOBHM this ears-friendly, melodic and passionate song has it all. Noteworthy are the twin guitar arrangements.
13Judas Priest
British Steel


Steeler
The most energetic and mean song on the famous 1980 album.
14Alcatrazz
No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll


Kree Nakoorie
Extraordinary metal song, combining the hot-blooded voice of Graham Bonnet with the otherworldly playing style of Malmsteen. But the multilayered oriental melody 'does the trick'. This is an all time highlight.
15Fight
War Of Words


Immortal Sin
Halford's throaty voice over heavy, lapidary, doomy and lazy bulldozer riffing: that's what distinguishes this song.
16Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti


Kashmir
The primordial, classic example of marriage between hard rock and oriental music.
17Yngwie Malmsteen
Magnum Opus


Vengeance
Malmsteen is at his best when controlled and regulated by demands like melody, structure, teamwork, functionality. Like in this awesome song.
18Atomic Rooster
Atomic Roooster


Do You know who's Looking for You
Nice hard rocking song from prog rockers Atomic Rooster.
19Annihilator
Never, Neverland


Sixes and Sevens
Not only guitar player Jeff Waters at his best in this piece, but also a main role for the desperate vocals.
20Amorphis
Elegy


Cares
Crazy song combining death growls with Finnish folk music and even dance, but with such mastery that we can forgive.
21Budgie
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend


Breadfan
1973 progressive epic that inspired not only Metallica, but a whole generation of metal musicians. Recognizable from the first few notes.
22Burzum
Hvis lyset tar oss


Det Som Engang Var
The most haunting, desolate piece of music ever produced. Plaining cries, grandiose synths and creepy repetition create a malicious atmospheric masterpiece.
23Manowar
Gods of War


Hymn of the Immortal Warriors
The Gods of cheesiness created this immortal poem and I kneel down in admiration, for it is a superb battle song.
24Van Halen
Van Halen II


Light up the Sky
Nice, quite heavy, up tempo rocker from the sunny side of life, including a magnificent solo by Edward.
25Falkenbach
Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty


Vanadis
Almost 10 minutes of enthralling, saturnine Viking/Folk metal. Gorgeous melodies alternating hoarse vocals. Very very atmospheric.
26Drudkh
Blood In Our Wells


Furrow of Gods
Creating a sorrowful and agressive ambiance with harsh vocals and twin guitar melodies, this lingering black metal composition drags you into realms of evil beauty.
27Angel Dust
Bleed


Addicted to Serenity
Everything in this song is perfect. The ingredients: epic vocals, divine melodies, powerful energy, splendid song writing and a lot of X-factor.
28Sepultura
Machine Messiah


Phantom Self
Impressive modern thrash song. Rhythmically complex, tight composition characterized by interplay of pleasingly oriental tones.
29Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion


Circle of the Tyrants
After more than 30 years still an impressive sonic attack of the Swiss masters of extreme metal. This thunderous song smells dirty, nasty and angry, supported by the indifferent vocal style of Tom Warrior.
30Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate


Nuns have no Fun
An early MF song drenched in an over the top vile, blasphemic atmosphere, but irresistably attractive because of great musicianship of both Diamond and Shermann.
31 Killer
Wall of Sound


Kleptomania
The Belgian variant of Motorhead showcasing their sense of enticing songwriting in this simple, energetic and entertaining song. 'We are Killer...and we play rock 'n roll'.
32Saxon
Strong Arm of the Law


Heavy Metal Thunder
Although to my ears Saxon is too plain and elementary and the vocals quite monotonous...this classic NWOBHM with it's 'Black Sabbath'-intro and vigorous riff is outstanding. It defines everything the genre stands for.
33Immortal
Sons of Northern Darkness


One by One
Don't let the image of the band distract you: this is a relentless black metal blast, but with melody and variety
34Darkthrone
A Blaze in the Northern Sky


Kathaarian Life Code
Maybe Satyricons cover of this evil mesmerizing song is even better, but I give Darkthrone the credits for writing a song so simple, yet overmastering.
35Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity


A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
Very brutal, misanthropic piece of grindcore. The surprising melodious parts, the rabid vocals and technical tight playing style contribute to the greatness.
36Carcass
Heartwork


Heartwork
Impressive, well constructed and melodious song from the godfathers of extreme metal.
37Exodus
Bonded by Blood


Bonded by Blood
The primitiveity, the power, the speed, the rawness, the shrieks, the legacy.
38Machine Head
Unto the Locust


The Locust
This heavy droning song has it's moments of brutal power but is not without subtlety and melody.
39Dio
The Last in Line


Last in Line
Nice guitar performance and of course very good song writing by Dio himself. The song floats between Black Sabbath and Rainbow, but still has it's own feel.
40Michael Schenker Group
The Michael Schenker Group


Into the Arena
Schenker belongs to the most gifted, and still a bit underrated, guitar players in the rock scene. This instrumental from 1980 is classic: the integration of the instruments, the beautiful composition and the appealing guitar sound (lot of wah wah) create a masterpiece.
41Y&T
Earthshaker


I believe in You
Power ballad from 1981 with incredibly emotional guitars and powerful vocals, working towards unforgettable climax.
42Anvil
Forged in Fire


Winged Assassins
Good intentions are everywhere, but low production, husky vocals and cheesy lyrics can kill 'em all. Winged Assassins is a good song (anti war lyrics, speed, intelligent composition), but maybe Megadeth should perform and improve it!
43Marty Friedman
Scenes


Valley of Eternity
the former Megadeth guitar player shows his versatility in this dreamlike, orientally spiced instrumental piece. Beautifully layered melodies and intricate song writing.
44Venom
Black Metal


Black Metal
The most brutal, scary and ludicrous music one could get back in 1982. Still the piss off punk attitude, the crudeness and exorbitant satanic lyrics kick you in the face. Great Fun!
45 H-Bomb
Coup de Metal


Coup de Metal
Lesser known French band H Bomb from the early 80's released satisfying ep with the title song as a standout.
46 Sortilege
Larmes de Heros


d'Ailleurs
The most famous song from a French metal band. Unintelligible lyrics don't derogate the appetite: the energetic drive, twin guitar harmonies and talented vocals are ravishing.
47Queensryche
The Warning


Sanctuary
In my opinion the 'distant' or 'faded' production destroyed this album and this song. Sanctuary is an intricate, ingenious, undulating prog rock classic with delicate vocals and nice harmonies that deserves a much richer, more powerful production. But the song remains...excellent.
48Sacred Reich
Ignorance


Surf Nicaragua
Sarcastic anti-American imperialism song with a political punky attitude, but the heavy riffs and machine gun drumming in the impressive middle section belong truly to the thrash genre.
50The 3rd and the Mortal
Tears Laid in Earth


Why so Lonely
Mournful and melancholic doom song. The singular, crystal clear voice of Kari Rueslatten is almost otherworldly.
51Samael
Ceremony Of Opposites


Ceremony of Opposites
Heavy and lingering, simple yet convincing, evil and ominous track by the Swiss investigators of Black and Doom.
52Jason Becker
Perpetual Burn


Altitudes
Not only one of the most sympathetic guitarists around and the most unfortunately stricken, but also one of the most gifted. Mixing ultra fast shredding arpeggios and riffs with a good sense of melody, structure and composition. This instrumental track resumes his talents and genius.
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