The 173 Best Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time

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Heavy metal, or simply metal, originated in Great Britain in the early 1970s. Over the decades, some sub-genres developed, such as black metal, death metal, and power metal.

There are moments in life when a single Rock song is not enough and your ears are thirsting for something stronger and more aggressive. The drums and guitar riffs aren’t enough to calm the beast you’re carrying; you’re just one step away from exploding in rage, so you need the perfect playlist.

Metal offers the listener an enormous spectrum of musical techniques from extremely slow to rapidly fast rhythms. Heavy metal is one of the most popular genres around the world and its dark ideologies continue to play a fundamental role. Metal also offers songs that criticize society or deal with religions. Fantasy, orgies of hate, melancholy and romantic themes are also part of heavy metal.

In the end, the music and inspiration can come from any direction and source.

In our playlist, you will find the best and most popular heavy metal songs of all time. The following songs were selected for their influence and popularity in the world of heavy metal.

The playlist is here to inspire you and introduce you to some great metal songs, riffs, solos, and bands you may have never heard of or just to refresh your memory.

(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)

The most popular metal songs of all time:

Each song is linked to its music video via its title.

№: Song: Performer: Listen to:
1. One Metallica
2. Walk Pantera
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden
4. Queen of the Reich Queensryche
5. Solitude Candlemass
6. Hangar 18 Megadeth
7. Over the Wall Testament
8. Master of Puppets Metallica
9. Mr. Crowley Ozzy Osbourne
10. Tornado of Souls Megadeth
11. 2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden
12. Evenfall Tristania
13. War Pigs Black Sabbath
14. Doomsday For The Deceiver Flotsam and Jetsam
15. Demanufacture Fear Factory
16. The Endless Knot Eluveitie
17. Freezing Moon Mayhem
18. Evil Mercyful Fate
19. Got the Life Korn
20. War Ensemble Slayer
21. Phoenix Stratovarius
22. Ace of Spades Motorhead
23. Nightfall Blind Guardian
24. Wheels of Confusion Black Sabbath
25. Metropolis Part I Dream Theater
26. Chop Suey! System Of A Down
27. Paranoid Black Sabbath
28. Them Bones Alice In Chains
29. Black Dragon Luca Turilli
30. Caught in a Mosh Anthrax
31. Exciter Judas Priest
32. Neon Knights Black Sabbath
33. Into the Void Black Sabbath
34. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due Megadeth
35. Return to Serenity Testament
36. Chapel of Ghouls Morbid Angel
37. Mirror Mirror Blind Guardian
38. Angel of Death Slayer
39. My Generation Limp Bizkit
40. Embrace of the Endless Ocean Amon Amarth
41. Pull The Plug Death
42. Divine Wings of Tragedy Symphony X
43. Fast As A Shark Accept
44. At the Heart of Winter Immortal
45. The Trooper Iron Maiden
46. Battery Metallica
47. Emerald Sword Rhapsody of Fire
48. Symphony Of Destruction Megadeth
49. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
50. Halloween Halloween
51. Blinded By Fear At the Gates
52. Aces High Iron Maiden
53. Kings of the Carnival Creation Dimmu Borgir
54. Balls To The Wall Accept
55. What Kind of Love Avantasia
56. Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
57. Territory Sepultura
58. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming Judas Priest
59. Blackwater Park Opeth
60. Victim of Changes Judas Priest
61. Fairies Wear Boots Black Sabbath
62. Courage Manowar
63. Season in the Abyss Slayer
64. Scum Napalm Death
65. Rainbow in the Dark Dio
66. The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson
67. Symptom of the Universe Black Sabbath
68. Always Will Be Hammerfall
69. Seasons in the Abyss Slayer
70. Demon of the Fall Opeth
71. Iron Man Black Sabbath
72. Elimination Overkill
73. Kings Of Metal Manowar
74. Breaking the Law Judas Priest
75. The Count Of Tuscany Dream Theater
76. The Four Horsemen Metallica
77. Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath
78. Wasted Years Iron Maiden
79. This World Can’t Tear Us Apart Trivium
80. Rime of the Ancient Mariner Iron Maiden
81. The Philosopher Death
82. Eagle Fly Free Helloween
83. Imperium Machine Head
84. The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden
85. Eternal Wait Enisferum
86. Black Metal Venom
87. Distance Soilwork
88. Dead Embryonic Cells Sepultura
89. Raining Blood Slayer
90. Voice of the Soul Death
91. Fear Of The Dark Iron Maiden
92. Punishment Biohazard
93. Mother Russia Iron Maiden
94. The Oath Mercyful Fate
95. Insanity’s Crescendo Dark Tranquility
96. Crystal Mountain Death
97. Shock Fear Factory
98. The Pharaoh Sails to Orion Nightwish
99. Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
100. Pull Me Under Dream Theater
101. Kill The King Rainbow
102. Ghost Love Score Nightwish
103. Phantom of the Opera Iron Maiden
104. Du hast Rammstein
105. Cowboys from Hell Pantera
106. Arise Sepultura
107. Halo Machine Head
108. I am the Black Wizards Emperor
109. Sins of Allegiance Dragonlord
110. Stargazer Rainbow
111. Bonded by Blood Exodus
112. The Exorcist Possessed
113. Crawl Through Knives In Flames
114. Painkiller Judas Priest
115. Substitutional World Falconer
116. Nemesis Arch Enemy
117. For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
118. Pale Within Temptation
119. Hammer Smashed Face Cannibal Corpse
120. Guardian Fates Warning
121. Beyond the Realms of Death Judas Priest
122. Small Town Boy Paradise Lost
123. Material World Paranoia Kreator
124. Battle Hymn Manowar
125. Holy Diver Dio
126. The Power of One Sonata Arctica
127. Children Of The Grave Black Sabbath
128. Forever Walking Alone Dragonland
129. Screaming For Vengeance Judas Priest
130. Seek and Destroy Metallica
131. Fool’s Parade Nocturnal Rites
132. Over The Mountain Ozzy Osbourne
133. A Hamlet for a Slothful Vassal Theatre of Tragedy
134. Witching Hour Venom
135. Razorblade Salvation Sinergy
136. Enter Sandman Metallica
137. Forever Kamelot
138. Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath
139. Black Winter Day Amorphis
140. Powerslave Iron Maiden
141. Cthulhu Dawn Cradle Of Filth
142. Keeper of the Seven Keys Helloween
143. Cemetery Gates Pantera
144. Killers Iron Maiden
145. Hellion/Electric Eye Judas Priest
146. The Flames of the End At The Gates
147. Overt the Mountain Ozzy Osbourne
148. Am I Evil? Diamond Head
149. Power Helloween
150. A Fine Day to Die Bathory
151. Peace Sells Megadeth
152. Eyes of a Stranger Queensrÿche
153. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath
154. Heartwork Carcass
155. Valley of the Damned DragonForce
156. Chopped In Half Obituary
157. Hollow Pantera
158. N.I.B. Black Sabbath
159. Sweet Leaf Black Sabbath
160. Seek & Destroy Metallica
161. Dawn of Flames Gates of Ishtar
162. The Last In Line Dio
163. Afterlife Avenged Sevenfold
164. Babylon Soulfly
165. The Sixth Extinction Ayreon
166. South Of Heaven Slayer
167. Needled 24/7 Children of Bodom
168. Creeping Death Metallica
169. Surfacing Slipknot
170. Bleeding Heart Angra
171. Transilvanian Hunger Darkthrone
172. Walk With Me In Hell Lamb of God
173. Fade to Black Metallica

Heavy-Metal Spotify-Playlist:

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