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Best Helloween Songs (hansen Era)

Kai Hansen's tenure in Helloween is often revered among fans and critics, and these 10 songs will prove why Kai helped lead Helloween to success in the early years.

Anyone who has every listened and loved the first Keepers album just had to know that this would be #1. A 13-minute juggernaut, the song epitomizes everything fantastic about Power Metal. Fun lyrics, incredible soloing and performances among the entire band, it is clear that this is not only the best song Helloween has made, but also a defining song of Heavy Metal altogether.
2March of Time

Kai Hansen pens yet another fantastic song, yet this is a bit more of a concise composition. The lyrics are spectacular for Power Metal; as the lines "No more wasted years, no more wasted tears, life's too short to cry, long enough to try" are some of the best in the genre. The solo is one of the strongest in the band's entire career. Michael Kiske also shines brightly throughout the entire song; especially the chorus, which is probably his strongest performance in Helloween.
3How Many Tears

Kai's early years are underrated; everyone listens to the two Keepers albums and forgets about Walls of Jericho and the self-titled EP. The chorus on this song is incredible powerful, detailing a rally against the problems in the world. Though this song is closer to Speed Metal compared to everything else, you just can't ignore that this song is the definitive Speed Metal track.
4I'm Alive

Many people know this as the first song on Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1, and it certainly stands as an incredible introduction. Though the song may be short, it packs a punch in the 3:22 with a fantastic display of Kiske's vocals and the shredding duo of Hansen and Weikath really taking control of the song with incredible soloing (especially the harmony section)!
5I Want Out

Aside from Halloween, this is probably the Helloween song you will know. The song is iconic, and is played live by both Kai's new band, Gamma Ray, and Helloween; and for good reason. The chorus is infectious; something all Power Metal fans will sing along to in hoards. This may be one of the most melodic tracks the band has composed at this point, and everything works perfectly together.
6A Little Time

"A Little Time" is one of the most forgotten tracks from the Keepers albums, and deserves more love. The chorus is, once again, awesome and the riff that leads the song is quite catchy and enjoyable; even if it isn't up to the same pace as I'm Alive or How Many Tears. It is a highly enjoyable Power Metal anthem in the same vein as I Want Out, but a bit heavier and more guitar-based (and also with a bizarre bridge that uses the sounds of clocks).

Simply one of the fastest songs the band has made, Warrior is one of the most vicious songs the band has composed. The gallops, combined with the fast-paced riff, make this a definitive song of the band's early years. Though the chorus isn't as great as the other songs on this list, the guitar playing prevalent throughout the song is fantastic.
8Victim of Fate

"Victim of Fate" contains high quality riffs combined with a great chorus, but the thing that sets this song apart from the others is the progressive structure. After the first two choruses, the song goes into a quiet bridge and transforms into a solo-fest for the rest of the song (save for a final chorus repetition). The greatest part of the song is the outro solo; the extremely fast tapping part is one of the most technical solos the band has ever made, and it really works well with the other melodic soloing.
9Twilight of the Gods

The fast riffing and galloping on this song stands strong compared to songs later in the band's career easily, and each member really stands out here. Kiske does a great job with the chorus, and is probably the happiest song on his first album with Helloween.
10You Always Walk Alone

"You Always Walk Alone" may not be the best song the band has made in their earlier days, but just like "A Little Time," needs more love. The bridge drags a bit, but the chorus is an easy stand-out; especially with an important message to avoid dwelling on things.
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