Top metal songs

Date:2020-04-04 17:08:53
In Reply To:Re: Let's do a couple of lists... by Jer
Here’s a quick stab at this, only counting one song per band:

20. Yngwie Malmsteen - “Soldier Without Faith”: Had to include something from Yngwie, and this is probably the best combination of guitar pyrotechnics with memorable vocals. When I think of Yngwie, this is usually the first song that comes to mind.

19. In Flames - “Moonshield”: I always hated death metal, and for the most part I still do; but this song made me seriously reflect on what death metal could be. Great music, light and shade, and the death vocals low enough in the mix to serve as percussion, rather than an earful of gargled glass. A great song from a great album.

18. Mötley Crüe - “Too Young To Fall In Love”: Simple, but more interesting than it gets credit for, and it’s catchy as hell.

17. Ratt - “Last Call”: An excellent latter-era song that fully captures the essence of the band.

16. Luca Turilli - ”The Age Of Mystic Ice”: Catchy and bizarre, with some great guitar work.

15. Helloween - ”I Want Out”: Not a big Helloween fan, but this song is fantastic.

14. Dokken - ”Don’t Close Your Eyes”: An underrated song from an underrated band. I love the feel of Tooth And Nail in general, but this song has it all — great songwriting, great singing, great guitar work.

13. Skyclad - “Penny Dreadful (Full Shilling Mix)”: This folkier version of Skyclad’s signature anthem captures everything great about the band.

12. Powerwolf - “Saturday Satan”: Dumb lyrics, but everything else about this song is brilliant.

11. Dream Theater - “Metropolis Pt. 1 - The Miracle And The Sleeper”: Had to put at least one self-indulgent prog metal song on here, so why not this one?

10. Bruce Dickinson - “Strange Death In Paradise”: Not an obvious choice, but I find this to be a stunning and surprising ballad from Bruce.

9. Nightwish - “Passion And The Opera”: A great example of everything that made late-90s Nightwish so special.

8. Gamma Ray - “Rebellion In Dreamland”: Has a little bit of everything, and really captures the spirit of the greatest lineup of the band.

7. Judas Priest - “Painkiller”: Their iconic speed metal track. Excellent from start to finish.

6. Ozzy Osbourne - “Crazy Train”: Stone cold classic. Great vocals, great guitar work, great songwriting.

5. Megadeth - “Holy Wars...The Punishment Due”: Mind blown.

4. Scorpions - “Still Loving You”: Arguably the greatest metal ballad. Brilliant throughout.

3. Queensrÿche - “I Don’t Believe In Love”: The best song from their best album. Sums up a pivotal moment in the story, and everything about the song is gold.

2. Iron Maiden - “The Clairvoyant”: Major/minor key shifts, that awesome downward modulation on the chorus, catchy as hell, great performances throughout. Love it.

1. Metallica - “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”: Dark, epic, and crushing. Great performances and brilliant harmonized guitars toward the end of the song.

- Jer
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