Friday, January 19, 2018

The Top 50 Heavy Metal Songs

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Heavy metal is rooted in the hard rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, most often attributed to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, who all got their start in England in 1968. Distortion, extended guitar solos, and overall loudness characterized the genre and the lyrics are often stereotyped as having Satanic themes.

However one defines the genre, here are the top 50 heavy metal songs as determined by aggregating 24 best-of lists:

1. Black Sabbath…Paranoid (1970)
2. Motorhead…Ace of Spades (1980)
3. Ozzy Osbourne…Crazy Train (1980)
4. Metallica…Master of Puppets (1988)
5. Iron Maiden…Hallowed Be Thy Name (1982)
6. Black Sabbath…Iron Man (1970)
7. Black Sabbath…War Pigs (1970)
8. Metallica…One (1988)
9. Iron Maiden…The Number of the Beast (1982)
10. Judas Priest…Breaking the Law (1980)

11. Metallica…Enter Sandman (1991)
12. Iron Maiden…Run to the Hills (1982)
13. Dio…Holy Diver (1983)
14. Megadeth…Peace Sells (1986)
15. Judas Priest…Painkiller (1990)
16. Black Sabbath…Black Sabbath (1970)
17. Pantera…Cowboys from Hell (1990)
18. Megadeth…Holy Wars – The Punishment Due (1990)
19. Slayer…Raining Blood (1986)
20. Pantera…Walk (1992)

21. Guns N’ Roses…Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
22. Iron Maiden…The Trooper (1983)
23. Metallica…Fade to Black (1984)
24. Judas Priest…You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982)
25. Metallica…For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
26. Judas Priest…The Hellion/Electric Eye (1982)
27. Iron Maiden…Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1984)
28. Megadeth…Hangar 18 (1990)
29. Slayer…Angel of Death (1986)
30. AC/DC...Hells Bells (1980)

31. Diamond Head…Am I Evil? (1980)
32. Black Sabbath…Heaven and Hell (1980)
33. Dio…Rainbow in the Dark (1983)
34. Rainbow…Stargazer (1976)
35. Megadeth…Symphony of Destruction (1992)
36. Van Halen…Runnin’ with the Devil (1978)
37. Ozzy Osbourne…Mr. Crowley (1980)
38. Pantera…Cemetery Gates (1990)
39. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980)
40. Black Sabbath…Children of the Grave (1971)

41. Judas Priest…Beyond the Realms of Death (1978)
42. Anthrax…Caught in a Mosh (1987)
43. Scorpions…Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
44. Accept…Balls to the Wall (1983)
45. Iron Maiden…Fear of the Dark (1992)
46. Deep Purple…Highway Star (1972)
47. Judas Priest…Victim of Changes (1976)
48. Kiss…Detroit Rock City (1976)
49. Judas Priest…Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
50. Metallica…Seek and Destroy (1983)