BNR's 100 Favorite Metal Songs

For no other reason than to promote some metal discussion, I decided to put together a list of my favorite metal songs of all time. Note that this has nothing to do with Internet voting, nor is this an objective list of the "best" metal songs ever recorded. No, these are simply my personal favorites, the songs I've come back to time and time again over the years. Because this is an all-time list, many will come from my favorite periods in metal, with several 70's songs, a lot of NWOBHM and 80's stuff, and not a lot from more recent years. That doesn't mean there isn't great new metal out there, but I personally feel that songs for a list like this have to have stood the test of time. Some are well-known and familiar to all, while others are no doubt quite obscure. Some are legitimately great metal songs in a technical sense, while others are simplistic guilty pleasures that somehow struck a chord. And, no doubt, many songs are from familiar bands but not the expected pick, as in "of all the great songs from band X, that's the one that made this list?". Finally, I don't expect anyone to agree with all (or even many) of my picks. What can I say? These are my all-time favorites.

The order is approximate -- yes, #1 is my all-time favorite song, but after the top 10 or 20 it gets more random, as I'd be hard-pressed to insist that, say, #45 is clearly a better song than #46. Just to keep the list from turning into a Judas Sabbath lovefest, I came up with the arbitrary limitations of no more than 2 songs from any one album and no more than 5 songs from any one band.


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#1 Symptom Of The Universe * Black Sabbath 1975
#2 Saints In Hell * Judas Priest 1978
#3 Angel Of Death Angel Witch 1980
#4 Death Or Glory * Holocaust 1981
#5 Junior's Eyes * Black Sabbath 1978
#6 Black Stone Wielder Candlemass 1986
#7 Blood Of My Enemies * Manowar 1984
#8 Ace Of Spades * Motorhead 1980
#9 Stagefright * Witchfynde 1980
#10 Hellbender Budgie 1980
#11 Kids * EF Band 1981
#12 Killers Iron Maiden 1981
#13 R.I.P. Witchfinder General 1982
#14 Seek And Destroy Metallica 1983
#15 Y Draig Goch Hollenthon 2001
#16 The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) Judas Priest 1979
#17 Defender Manowar 1983
#18 Wrathchild Iron Maiden 1980
#19 Circle Of The Tyrants Celtic Frost 1985
#20 Beyond The Black Metal Church 1984
#21 Raiders Demon Pact 2006
#22 Desert Plains Judas Priest 1981
#23 Each Dawn I Die Manowar 1984
#24 Buried Alive Blitzkrieg 1985
#25 Godzilla Blue Oyster Cult 1977
#26 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath 1973
#27 The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Motorhead 1980
#28 Sex With Satan Piledriver 1985
#29 Sounds Of War Accept 1979
#30 Tyrants In Distress Watchtower 1986
#31 Rock Bottom UFO 1974
#32 Welcome To Hell Venom 1981
#33 Arabloop Kong 1995
#34 Monolith Of Infinity Nigro Mantia 1984
#35 Oceana The 3rd And The Mortal 1994
#36 Black Messiah Nemesis 1982
#37 War Pigs Black Sabbath 1970
#38 The Four Horsemen Metallica 1983
#39 Don't Burn The Witch Venom 1982
#40 Cities On Flame Blue Oyster Cult 1972
#41 Deeds Of Darkness Artillery 1998
#42 Christbait Rising Godflesh 1988
#43 The Nightcomers Holocaust 1981
#44 Sirens Savatage 1983
#45 Tyrant Judas Priest 1976
#46 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 1975
#47 Nuclear War Voivod 1984
#48 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC 1976
#49 Pack It Up (And Go) UFO 1978
#50 Mrs Victoria Warlord 1993
#51 Atlantis Angel Witch 1980
#52 In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand Budgie 1973
#53 Postmortem Slayer 1986
#54 Come To The Sabbath Mercyful Fate 1984
#55 Symphony Of Destruction Megadeth 1992
#56 Buried Alive Legend 1981
#57 Cows Kong 1990
#58 Of The Sun + Moon Sacred Blade 1986
#59 Lambs To The Slaughter Raven 1981
#60 Another Piece Of Meat Scorpions 1979
#61 Hell Bent For Leather Judas Priest 1978
#62 Why Don't You Kill Me? Legend 1982
#63 Kill The King Masters Of Reality 1988
#64 Jerry Was A Race Car Driver Primus 1991
#65 Brain Scan Voivod 1988
#66 Wild Cat Tygers Of Pan Tang 1980
#67 Angel Of Death Slayer 1986
#68 Silico Treponem Pal 1989
#69 Weavers Of The Web Manilla Road 1985
#70 Bastille Day Rush 1975
#71 Iron Man Black Sabbath 1970
#72 Psalm 9 Trouble 1984
#73 Am I Evil? Diamond Head 1979
#74 The Web Neurosis 1992
#75 Pudding Time Primus 1990
#76 Morning Glory Grotus 1991
#77 Capricorn Motorhead 1979
#78 Die By The Sword Slayer 1983
#79 Mercenary Torch 1982
#80 Flyineye Dismal Euphony 2001
#81 Eleanor Rigby Ethel The Frog 1980
#82 Faceless Madder Mortem 2002
#83 Virgin Killer Scorpions 1976
#84 Toxic Waltz Exodus 1989
#85 Nobody's Fault Aerosmith 1976
#86 Guts Budgie 1971
#87 Whatever That Hurts Tiamat 1994
#88 This Is Not An Exercise Voivod 1987
#89 Return To The Praesidium Of Ys Bal-Sagoth 1998
#90 Earth Mother Samson 1981
#91 Veteran Of The Psychic Wars Blue Oyster Cult 1981
#92 Home The God Machine 1993
#93 Lies/Graverobber Mistreater 1981
#94 Mainline Riders Quartz 1977
#95 Sanctuary Iron Maiden 1980
#96 Walk Without Limbs Virgin Black 2001
#97 Choices Legend 1982
#98 Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin 1970
#99 Heaven's Devils Acid 1983
#100 Gorgar Helloween 1985
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