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Greatest Metal Songs or: Metal Through the Ages (Ranked By Year)

I'm bored so I decided to make a Greatest Metal Songs list, God forgive me. Some songs are dated and some are still fresh, point is everyone's tastes are different. Tried my best to remain partial so I ended up given some bands I don't particularly like (Manowar, Nile etc.). Songs here are the ones I thought influenced the genres the most so not all bands here are exclusively metal but this isn't a greatest band list keep that in mind. Ranked these by the year each were released so no one bitches about who shouldn't have been #1... but thats probably a moot point seeing as how metal heads are such pleasant and calmly individuals as we are. Behave you!
1Blue Cheer
Second Time Around
2Steppenwolf
Born to Be Wild
3Vanilla Fudge
Shotgun
4Led Zeppelin
Communication Breakdown
5MC5
Starship
6Pink Floyd
The Nile Song
7Uriah Heep
Gypsy
8Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

the song Black Sabbath by the band Black Sabbath from their album Black Sabbath
9Alice Cooper
School's Out
10Deep Purple
Highway Star
11Night Sun
Got a Bone of My Own
12JPT Scare Band
Sleeping Sickness
13Budgie
Breadfan
14Blue Oyster Cult
Flaming Telepaths
15Queen
Stone Cold Crazy

Metal's not the first thing that pops to head when you hear Queen, but you give them their propers when the release the first ever thrash metal song close to a decade before Metallica.
16UFO
Rock Bottom
17Scorpions
Top of the Bill
18Judas Priest
Victim of Changes
19Rainbow
Stargazer
20Thin Lizzy
The Boys Are Back in Town
21AC/DC
Whole Lotta Rosie
22Van Halen
Runnin' with the Devil
23Diamond Head
Am I Evil?
24Motorhead
Ace of Spades
25Ozzy Osbourne
Mr. Crowley
26Saxon
Wheels of Steel
27Def Leppard
Let It Go
28Venom
Witching Hour
29Accept
Fast as a Shark
30Iron Maiden
Hallowed Be Thy Name
31Manowar
Death Tone
32Dio
Holy Diver
33Holocaust
The Small Hours
34Quiet Riot
Metal Health (Bang Your Head)
35Mercyful Fate
The Oath
36Celtic Frost
Circle Of The Tyrants
37Exodus
A Lesson in Violence
38Possessed
The Exorcist
39Metallica
Master of Puppets
40Slayer
Raining Blood
41Anthrax
Caught in a Mosh
42Candlemass
Samarithan
43Destruction
Mad Butcher
44Helloween
Halloween
45Bathory
A Fine Day to Die
46Guns N' Roses
Welcome to the Jungle
47Danzig
Mother
48Fates Warning
Anarchy Divine
49Morbid Angel
Chapel of Ghouls
50Queensryche
Eyes of a Stranger
51King's X
Over My Head
52Kreator
Bterayer
53Motley Crue
Dr. Feelgood
54Overkill
Elimination
55Savatage
Gutter Ballet
56Annihilator
The Fun Palace
57Megadeth
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
58Pantera
Cemetery Gates
59Paradise Lost
Eternal
60Testament
Souls of Black
61Melvins
Boris
62Sepultura
Arise
63Soundgarden
Jesus Christ Pose
64Alice in Chains
Them Bones
65Blind Guardian
Journey Through the Dark
66Cannibal Corpse
Hammer Smashed Face

Badass song... but every time i hear this I think of Ace Ventura
67Dream Theater
Pull Me Under

My personal fav is This Dying Soul but this seems to be more popular.
68Rage Against the Machine
Killing In The Name Of
69Cynic
I'm But a Wave to...
70Death
The Philosopher
71Japan X
Art of Life
72Korn
Shoots and Ladders

Korn was the king of creepy in mid 90's.
73Machine Head
Davidian
74Mayhem
Freezing Moon
75Prong
Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
76At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul
77Down
Stone the Crow
78Fear Factory
Replica

A landmark of '90s metal which most definitely influenced Meshuggah.
79Iced Earth
Dante's Inferno
80White Zombie
Super-Charger Heaven

Insipientia corde suo, non es deus. Non est vita qui adorem, non es usque ad unum. Es excommunicatus, exe fidelium.
81Burzum
Jesu D?d

A single riff, repeated over and over and over... and it rocks!
82Type O Negative
Love You to Death
83Deftones
My Own Summer (Shove It)
84Symphony X
The Divine Wings of Tragedy
85Disturbed
Down with the Sickness

This song's been done to death in pop culture...
86Halford
Resurrection

Former Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford returned to his metal roots in with this and thank God for it.
87Converge
Jane Doe

Layered chaotic guitars with Jakob Bannon's chorus gives it a apocalyptic vibe. A modern masterpiece.
88Opeth
Blackwater Park

Opeth's magnum opus.
89Slipknot
Disasterpiece

"I wanna slit your throat and fuck the wound".... grrr! It's ridiculous that 9 grown men to extensively tour the world in Halloween costumes but you gotta cut them some slack. They produce some good songs every now and then.
90Children Of Bodom
Needled 24/7
91Vital Remains
Dechristianize
92Lamb of God
Laid to Rest

Thanks to guitar hero, thousands learn to shred to LOG. So far non comes close.
93Mastodon
Blood and Thunder

A heavy metal tribute to Moby Dick. That is all.
94Avenged Sevenfold
Beast and the Harlot

Great riff. Fun song to jam to.
95Agalloch
Falling Snow

Probably the greatest American black metal band Agalloch always delivers. This is just a beautiful song.
96ArtCell
Aniket Prantor

This is a great prog metal band from my home country of Bangladesh. The song is entirely in bangla, but as it's length is 16:20 and most of that is filled with dazzling guitar works non bangla speakers probably wouldn't be put off or disappointed.
97Tool
Vicarious

A commentary on the violence we see on the tele and how others pain whether real or fictional actually gets us off. Tool may have better songs but this is the heaviest they ever delivered.
98Nile
The Language of the Shadows

Not much to say...except that it's pretty damn loud...I mean it's like they went out of their way to piss people off.
99Otep
Communion

The whole angst ridden metal scene was never really got much respect from old school metal heads so Otep gets a lot of hate. It's a pity because she really is one of the best metal song writers right now and she's got great voice to match it. Communion is a very underrated song because it's got everything : great guitar riff, bass lick and drum beat not to mention Otep's creepy ass vocals.
100Meshuggah
Combustion

The mathematical madness of Thordendal 8 string riff drives this song. Almost lost respect of Haake for using a drum machine but after viewing a live performance I'm blown away. Poly metered structure at it's best.
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