Top 10 “Metal” Songs Of All-Time

Special Guest Post From The United Kingdom!


Top 10 Metal Songs Mikesdailyjukebox


Hello everybody!  I’m Big D from Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind.   I’ve spent years trawling the internet for every song ever recorded containing the word “Metal” in the title.    “Metal Avenger”, “Fistful of Metal”, and “Heavy Metal Hamsters” (No, I didn’t make that last one up).   My site has amassed nearly 1200 “Metal” songs to date.     When Mike asked me if I wanted to do a guest post sharing The Top Ten “Metal” Songs of All-Time, I went “Oh Hell yes!”


1. Judas Priest – Metal Gods (1980)
Priest were the first metal band I ever got into, they laid claim to the title “Metal Gods” in the 1970’s/80’s with classics like this head banging track.  From their album, “British Steel”, the grinding, relentless riff plus Halford’s Sci-fi tale of robot overlords is #1 on my countdown.

2. Quiet Riot – Metal Health (1983)
 For a brief while Quiet Riot were the hottest band in rock and kick-started the whole LA Sunset Strip Glam/Hair Metal scene in the process.   One of the all-time metal anthems in the U.S., “Metal Health” opens with a stripped down, punchy sound while Kevin DuBrow’s vocals get progressively rougher and rawer. Then there’s that chorus…

3. . Venom – Black Metal (1982)
   Geordie hell-raisers Venom were one of the first bands to combine Punk and Heavy Metal in a churning, bottom-heavy racket that was exactly what some metal fans had been waiting for in 1982.  At the time, Meat Loaf and Status Quo were classed as Heavy Metal, hearing Venom must have sounded like the gates of hell opening.
4.  Manowar – Kings of Metal (1988)
    On this song Manowar proclaimed themselves “Kings of Metal” and listening to this call to arms, it’s hard to argue. Like all the best metal anthems, it’s catchy enough to stick in the mind, powerful enough to get fists in the air and I personally love the way leather-throated vocalist Eric Adams comes storming back in after the lead break.


5. Turisas – Battle Metal (2004)
    I saw fur-clad Finns, Turisas, live a few years back and afterwards there were dozens of  young men walking down the street stripped to the waist on a cold November night chanting “Battle! Metal!”   This is the sort of thing that makes me love Heavy Metal and it’s fans.  If the song doesn’t make you want to sail to Constantinople and join the Varangian Guard then you have no soul.

6.  Accept – Metal Heart (1985)
       The title track of 1985’s “Metal Heart” opens with a sinister intro before kicking into a  futuristic tale of humans surrendering their  souls to machinery, complete with Udo Dirkschneider’s trademark  rasp, gang vocals and a guitar solo blatantly nicked  from  Beethoven .  Thankfully the prediction hasn’t come true..yet!
Now two that aren’t so well known
7. Kick Axe – Heavy Metal Shuffle. (1984)
When I was putting together this list, this was one of the first three I jotted down, that’s how much I love this song.    “Heavy Metal Shuffle” is possibly the best song Quiet Riot never recorded because just like “Metal Health”, it’s a gleeful tribute to the joys of loud music that’s as catchy as hell.  Once the drummer gets your attention with that hammering intro, sit back and let the groove take you.  Maxx Warrior – High On Metal  (1985)
       It’s a genuine shame that this band fell apart after this solitary EP,  the vocalist and bassist went on to form the Platinum-selling Firehouse.  “High on Metal” is the sort of  high-energy U.S. HM  overshadowed by the L.A. and Thrash scene.Nothing fancy, just riffs, gang vocals, and lots of enthusiasm.

And to finish, a couple of songs that came out in the last few years
9. Unleash The Archers – Test Your Metal (2015)
 There’s been a definite resurgence in female-fronted Heavy Metal in recent years so I just had to get some in here. Unleash The Archers are Canadian – frequently a sign of quality – and three albums in are starting to get more and more attention.   Take a moment to marvel at how Brittany Slayes gets so much welly behind those high notes without doing herself a mischief.

10.  Lawless – Heavy Metal Heaven (2013)
I started with a British band so I wanted to finish with a British band.  As a bonus Lawless are from my old county of Staffordshire, Stoke On Trent to be precise.   Musically they’re on the tuneful end of the scale, sitting on the border between Melodic Rock and Metal, and “Heavy Metal Heaven” is very, very sing along.  See what you think.
I know I missed out a lot of great bands and songs including  Primal Fear, Dream Evil, Anthrax, The Poodles and hundreds more, but I hope you found something to like and if it’s a song you’ve never heard before, even better.
A big thanks and a metal-horns salute to Mike for letting me post a buncha long- haired herberts on his blog.  Cheers mate.
Please let us know in the comments what you thought and what songs you’d have picked instead. 
That’s all folks.