Top 100 Heavy Metal Songs

Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast

Any list of the top 100 heavy metal songs is sure to start a fierce debate among metal fans. After all, no one quite agrees on exactly what does and doesn't count as metal, and that is before you even delve into the subgenres. Here, LoveToKnow Music tries to cut through the controversy and pick 100 heavy metal classics that any fan of the genre should have in their collection.

100 of the Best Heavy Metal Tunes

Did your metal favorites make the list? Consider these 100 heavy metal masterpieces.

  1. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  2. Back In Black - AC/DC
  3. Ride The Lightening - Metallica
  4. Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
  5. Painkiller - Judas Priest
  6. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
  7. Blizzard of Oz - Ozzy Osbourne
  8. Master of Puppets - Metallica
  9. Halloween - Helloween
  10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
  11. We're Not Going to Take It - Twisted Sister
  12. At War With the Devil - Venom
  13. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
  14. Rock and Roll all Night - KISS
  15. Aces High - Iron Maiden
  16. Breaking The Law - Judas Priest
  17. Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
  18. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
  19. Mental Health - Quiet Riot
  20. Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions
  21. Immigration Song - Led Zeppelin
  22. Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche
  23. Peace Sells - Megadeath
  24. Fast As A Shark - Accept
  25. Aces High - Iron Maiden
  26. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
  27. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
  28. Cemetery Gates - Pantera
  29. Running With The Devil - Van Halen
  30. Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest
  31. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
  32. Tornado of Souls - Megadeath
  33. Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
  34. Detroit City Rock - KISS
  35. War Ensemble - Slayer
  36. The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X
  37. I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
  38. Five Minutes Alone - Pantera
  39. Metropolis Part I - Dream Theater
  40. Warriors of the World United - Manowar
  41. I Am a Viking - Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
  42. For Whom Bells Toll - Metallica
  43. Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween
  44. At War With The Devil - Venom
  45. The Last in Line - Dio
  46. Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath
  47. Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
  48. Kill The King - Rainbow
  49. Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
  50. Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
  51. Indians - Anthrax
  52. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
  53. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
  54. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
  55. Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax
  56. Enter Sandman - Metallica
  57. Jailbreaker - Thin Lizzy
  58. I Wanna Be Somebody - W.A.S.P.
  59. Holy Diver - Dio
  60. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
  61. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
  62. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
  63. Freak on a Leash - Korn
  64. School's Out - Alice Cooper
  65. Dirty Deeds Done Cheap - AC/DC
  66. Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
  67. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
  68. Melissa - Mercyful Faith
  69. I Want Out - Helloween
  70. Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
  71. Funeral Fog - Mayhem
  72. I am The Black Wizards - Emperor
  73. Princess of the Night - Saxon
  74. Wait and Bleed - Slipknot
  75. Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
  76. Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
  77. Into The Pit - Testament
  78. When The Crowds Are Gone - Savatage
  79. Heartwork - Carcass
  80. By The Light - Obituary
  81. Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
  82. I'm Broken - Pantera
  83. Metal on Metal - Anvil
  84. Pull The Plug - Death
  85. Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
  86. Edge Crusher - Fear Factory
  87. Hail and Kill - Manowar
  88. Balls to the Wall - Accept
  89. Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne
  90. Opiate - Tool
  91. Hangar 18 - Megadeath
  92. Revolution Calling - Queensryche
  93. Arise - Sepultura
  94. The Family Ghost - King Diamond
  95. Victims of Changes - Judas Priest
  96. Rust in Peace - Megadeath
  97. Sleeping in the Fire - W.A.S.P.
  98. Black Rose Immortal - Opeth
  99. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  100. Rainbow in the Dark - Dio

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Top 100 Heavy Metal Songs