The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time is a book by Martin Popoff who is the editor in chief and writer of the Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine as well as the senior editor of He also wrote The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.

Popoff put together this book by requesting thousands of heavy metal fans, musicians, and journalists to send in their favorite metal songs. Almost 18,000 individual votes were tallied and entered into a database from which the final rankings were derived.

Martin Popoff then began interviewing the bands that made the final grade, reviewing each track and digging into the history of each song that made the final list.

Additionally, some of the top metal performers were polled and their lists displayed in the book. It also contains hundreds of quotes from dozens of well-known artists as well as several underground bands and artists who have left a mark on the metal scene.

The listEdit

As described on Martin Popoff book the list includes the following songs:[1][2]

  1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  2. Master of Puppets by Metallica
  3. Ace of Spades by Motörhead
  4. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  5. Angel of Death by Slayer
  6. The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
  7. Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden
  8. War Pigs by Black Sabbath
  9. Back in Black by AC/DC
  10. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  11. Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath
  12. Painkiller by Judas Priest
  13. One by Metallica
  14. Highway Star by Deep Purple
  15. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
  16. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due by Megadeth
  17. Victim of Changes by Judas Priest
  18. Electric Eye by Judas Priest
  19. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses
  20. Raining Blood by Slayer
  21. Creeping Death by Metallica
  22. Fade to Black by Metallica
  23. Highway to Hell by AC/DC
  24. The Trooper by Iron Maiden
  25. Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
  26. Balls to the Wall by Accept
  27. Peace Sells by Megadeth
  28. Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden
  29. You've Got Another Thing Comin' by Judas Priest
  30. Holy Diver by Dio
  31. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica
  32. Shout at the Devil by Mötley Crüe
  33. Fast as a Shark by Accept
  34. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
  35. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  36. Enter Sandman by Metallica
  37. Stargazer by Rainbow
  38. Hells Bells by AC/DC
  39. The Last in Line by Dio
  40. Seasons in the Abyss by Slayer
  41. Burn by Deep Purple
  42. Cowboys from Hell by Pantera
  43. Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest
  44. Symptom of the Universe by Black Sabbath
  45. South of Heaven by Slayer
  46. Rainbow in the Dark by Dio
  47. Detroit Rock City by KISS
  48. Walk by Pantera
  49. Child in Time by Deep Purple
  50. Seek & Destroy by Metallica
  51. Runnin' with the Devil by Van Halen
  52. Over the Mountain by Ozzy Osbourne
  53. Children of the Grave by Black Sabbath
  54. Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne
  55. Aces High by Iron Maiden
  56. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  57. Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
  58. Still of the Night by Whitesnake
  59. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love by Van Halen
  60. Rock and Roll All Nite by KISS
  61. 2 Minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden
  62. Hell Awaits by Slayer
  63. Lights Out by UFO
  64. The Four Horsemen by Metallica
  65. Pull Me Under by Dream Theater
  66. Hangar 18 by Megadeth
  67. Battery by Metallica
  68. Kill the King by Rainbow
  69. Into the Void by Black Sabbath
  70. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  71. Fight Fire With Fire by Metallica
  72. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC
  73. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
  74. Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden
  75. Black Metal by Venom
  76. Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
  77. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
  78. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  79. Killers by Iron Maiden
  80. Mr. Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne
  81. War Ensemble by Slayer
  82. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
  83. Hall of the Mountain King by Savatage
  84. Take Hold of the Flame by Queensrÿche
  85. Roots Bloody Roots by Sepultura
  86. Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest
  87. Photograph by Def Leppard
  88. Neon Knights by Black Sabbath
  89. Cemetery Gates by Pantera
  90. Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin
  91. N.I.B. by Black Sabbath
  92. I Wanna Be Somebody by W.A.S.P.
  93. Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions
  94. Live Wire by Mötley Crüe
  95. Revelations by Iron Maiden
  96. Rock Bottom by UFO
  97. 2112 by Rush
  98. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) by Quiet Riot
  99. Living After Midnight by Judas Priest
  100. Round and Round by Ratt
  101. Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden
  102. Blackout by Scorpions
  103. Whiplash by Metallica
  104. Unchained by Van Halen
  105. Doctor Doctor by UFO
  106. Wasted Years by Iron Maiden
  107. Overkill by Motörhead
  108. The Ripper by Judas Priest
  109. Queen of the Reich by Queensrÿche
  110. Hell Bent for Leather by Judas Priest
  111. Mouth for War by Pantera
  112. Flying High Again by Ozzy Osbourne
  113. Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth
  114. Tom Sawyer by Rush
  115. A Dangerous Meeting by Mercyful Fate
  116. Wrathchild by Iron Maiden
  117. Power and the Glory by Saxon
  118. Tyrant by Judas Priest
  119. I Want Out by Helloween
  120. Circle of the Tyrants by Celtic Frost
  121. Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC
  122. Ride the Lightning by Metallica
  123. Looks That Kill by Mötley Crüe
  124. Phantom of the Opera by Iron Maiden
  125. Dante's Inferno by Iced Earth
  126. Tornado of Souls by Megadeth
  127. The Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
  128. The Sentinel by Judas Priest
  129. Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  130. Revolution Calling by Queensrÿche
  131. Disposable Heroes by Metallica
  132. Orion by Metallica
  133. Fucking Hostile by Pantera
  134. Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row
  135. Gates of Babylon by Rainbow
  136. Halloween by Helloween
  137. Hammer Smashed Face by Cannibal Corpse
  138. Mother by Danzig
  139. Eyes of a Stranger by Queensrÿche
  140. Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath
  141. Am I Evil? by Diamond Head
  142. Wake up Dead by Megadeth
  143. Paradise City by Guns N' Roses
  144. No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne
  145. Sails of Charon by Scorpions
  146. Jump by Van Halen
  147. Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden
  148. Freewheel Burning by Judas Priest
  149. Sinner by Judas Priest
  150. Where Eagles Dare by Iron Maiden
  151. No One Like You by Scorpions
  152. Metropolis - Part 1 by Dream Theater
  153. Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith
  154. Suicide Solution by Ozzy Osbourne
  155. Exciter by Judas Priest
  156. Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin
  157. Sober by Tool
  158. Deuce by KISS
  159. I Love It Loud by KISS
  160. Children of the Sea by Black Sabbath
  161. Among the Living by Anthrax
  162. Helter Skelter by The Beatles
  163. Indians by Anthrax
  164. Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns N' Roses
  165. Swords and Tequila by Riot
  166. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
  167. I'm Eighteen by Alice Cooper
  168. Dream On by Aerosmith
  169. Easy Livin' by Uriah Heep
  170. Let There be Rock by AC/DC
  171. Denim and Leather by Saxon
  172. Emerald by Thin Lizzy
  173. Outlaw by Riot
  174. Heartwork by Carcass
  175. Eruption by Van Halen
  176. Orgasmatron by Motörhead
  177. Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent
  178. Murders in the Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden
  179. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  180. Arise by Sepultura
  181. Hail and Kill by Manowar
  182. Damage Inc. by Metallica
  183. Gutter Ballet by Savatage
  184. November Rain by Guns N' Roses
  185. School's Out by Alice Cooper
  186. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  187. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  188. Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice Cooper
  189. You Can't Kill Rock and Roll by Ozzy Osbourne
  190. Black Diamond by KISS
  191. Speed King by Deep Purple
  192. Eagle Fly Free by Helloween
  193. Caught in a Mosh by Anthrax
  194. Don't Talk to Strangers by Dio
  195. 18 and Life by Skid Row
  196. Something Wicked (Trilogy) by Iced Earth
  197. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  198. Blackened by Metallica
  199. Come to the Sabbath by Mercyful Fate
  200. Practice What You Preach by Testament
  201. Black No. 1 by Type O Negative
  202. Panama by Van Halen
  203. Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  204. Restless and Wild by Accept
  205. Dead Embryonic Cells by Sepultura
  206. The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson
  207. Territory by Sepultura
  208. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) by Metallica
  209. The Zoo by Scorpions
  210. Sad But True by Metallica
  211. Wild Child by W.A.S.P.
  212. 5 Minutes Alone by Pantera
  213. The Toxic Waltz by Exodus
  214. Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath
  215. Metal Daze by Manowar
  216. I Don't Know by Ozzy Osbourne
  217. Evil by Mercyful Fate
  218. (We Are) The Roadcrew by Motörhead
  219. A Question of Heaven by Iced Earth
  220. I Am the Law by Anthrax
  221. Would? by Alice in Chains
  222. Princess of the Dawn by Accept
  223. Cold Sweat by Thin Lizzy
  224. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC
  225. Princess of the Night by Saxon
  226. Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin
  227. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
  228. Gypsy by Uriah Heep
  229. You Can't Bring Me Down by Suicidal Tendencies
  230. Mississippi Queen by Mountain
  231. Stand Up and Shout by Dio
  232. White Room by Cream
  233. Love to Love by UFO
  234. Man on the Silver Mountain by Rainbow
  235. Beyond the Black by Metal Church
  236. Sin City by AC/DC
  237. Angel Witch by Angel Witch
  238. Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
  239. A Change of Seasons by Dream Theater
  240. Dreaming Neon Black by Nevermore
  241. Foolin' by Def Leppard
  242. Alison Hell by Annihilator
  243. Atomic Punk by Van Halen
  244. Stranglehold by Ted Nugent
  245. Working Man by Rush
  246. Hair of the Dog by Nazareth
  247. The Sign of the Southern Cross by Black Sabbath
  248. Dissident Aggressor by Judas Priest
  249. Trapped Under Ice by Metallica
  250. Satan's Fall by Mercyful Fate
  251. Stone Cold Crazy by Queen
  252. Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
  253. Rust in Peace...Polaris by Megadeth
  254. Abigail by King Diamond
  255. Hole in the Sky by Black Sabbath
  256. Desert Plains by Judas Priest
  257. Chemical Warfare by Slayer
  258. Battle Hymn by Manowar
  259. Heading Out to the Highway by Judas Priest
  260. When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin
  261. Dr. Feelgood by Mötley Crüe
  262. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
  263. Only by Anthrax
  264. Kick Out the Jams by MC5
  265. God Save the Queen by Sex Pistols
  266. Crazy Night by Loudness
  267. Let It Go by Def Leppard
  268. Animal (Fuck Like a Beast) by W.A.S.P.
  269. Godzilla by Blue Öyster Cult
  270. After Forever by Black Sabbath
  271. Iron Fist by Motörhead
  272. This Love by Pantera
  273. The Writ by Black Sabbath
  274. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
  275. Melissa by King Diamond
  276. We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
  277. Inner Self by Sepultura
  278. The Wizard by Black Sabbath
  279. Dead Skin Mask by Slayer
  280. Domination by Pantera
  281. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) by Judas Priest
  282. Limelight by Rush
  283. Resurrection by Halford
  284. Epic by Faith No More
  285. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
  286. Meagalomania by Black Sabbath
  287. Don't Believe a Word by Thin Lizzy
  288. Grinder by Judas Priest
  289. Blinded by Fear by At the Gates
  290. 747 (Strangers in the Night) by Saxon
  291. Suite Sister Mary by Queensrÿche
  292. Screaming in the Night by Krokus
  293. Metal Heart by Accept
  294. Bonded by Blood by Exodus
  295. Snowblind by Black Sabbath
  296. Rock of Ages by Def Leppard
  297. Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine
  298. Cum on Feel the Noize by Quiet Riot
  299. Ride the Sky by Helloween
  300. I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister
  301. The Evil That Men Do by Iron Maiden
  302. Hot for Teacher by Van Halen
  303. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate) by Testament
  304. Episode 666 by In Flames
  305. The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy
  306. Mean Streets by Van Halen
  307. July Morning by Uriah Heep
  308. Modern Day Cowboy by Tesla
  309. Refuse/Resist by Sepultura
  310. Search and Destroy by Iggy and the Stooges
  311. I'm Broken by Pantera
  312. Perfect Strangers by Deep Purple
  313. Die Young by Black Sabbath
  314. Chainsaw Charlie by W.A.S.P.
  315. Metal Gods by Judas Priest
  316. Anarchy in the UK by Sex Pistols
  317. Supernaut by Black Sabbath
  318. Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
  319. Imaginations from the Other Side by Blind Guardian
  320. Mandatory Suicide by Slayer
  321. God of Thunder by KISS
  322. Pictures of Home by Deep Purple
  323. Look at Yourself by Uriah Heep
  324. I Don't Believe in Love by Queensrÿche
  325. Metal Church by Metal Church
  326. Space Truckin' by Deep Purple
  327. Rocket Queen by Guns N' Roses
  328. Tears of the Dragon by Bruce Dickinson
  329. Armed and Dangerous by Anthrax
  330. Space Station #5 by Montrose
  331. The Spirit of Radio by Rush
  332. Still Loving You by Scorpions
  333. Lost Horizons by Michael Schenker Group
  334. Sirens by Savatage
  335. Angry Again by Megadeth
  336. The Apparition by Fates Warning
  337. Keeper of the Seven Keys by Helloween
  338. Hollow by Pantera
  339. Shot in the Dark by Ozzy Osbourne
  340. Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden
  341. The Call of Ktulu by Metallica
  342. 22 Acacia Avenue by Iron Maiden
  343. Antisocial by Anthrax
  344. The Tower by Angel
  345. Lay It Down by Ratt
  346. Postmortem by Slayer
  347. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) by AC/DC
  348. Disciples of the Witch by Testament
  349. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
  350. Cowboy Song by Thin Lizzy
  351. More Human than Human by White Zombie
  352. Davidian by Machine Head
  353. Shout It Out Loud by KISS
  354. Knocking at Your Back Door by Deep Purple
  355. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
  356. Wild Side by Mötley Crüe
  357. A Fine Day to Die by Bathory
  358. Cult of Personality by Living Colour
  359. Falling Off the Edge of the World by Black Sabbath
  360. All We Are by Warlock
  361. T.N.T. by AC/DC
  362. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll by Rainbow
  363. Running Free by Iron Maiden
  364. Harvester of Sorrow by Metallica
  365. Left Hand Path by Entombed
  366. High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night) by Def Leppard
  367. Angel of Death by Angel Witch
  368. Thunder Kiss '65 by White Zombie
  369. The Years of Decay by Overkill
  370. The Eagle Has Landed by Saxon
  371. Wheels of Steel by Saxon
  372. Lick It Up by KISS
  373. Desperate Cry by Sepultura
  374. Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry
  375. Ten Ton Hammer by Machine Head
  376. Welcome Home by King Diamond
  377. Killed by Death by Motörhead
  378. Blood of the Kings by Manowar
  379. I Am a Viking by Yngwie Malmsteen
  380. Trashed by Black Sabbath
  381. Riff Raff by AC/DC
  382. Future Breed Machine by Meshuggah
  383. I See the Light Tonight by Yngwie Malmsteen
  384. Sunshine of Your Love by Cream
  385. Becoming by Pantera
  386. The Prisoner by Iron Maiden
  387. The Ivory Gate of Dreams by Fates Warning
  388. Trial by Fire by Testament
  389. You're in Love by Ratt
  390. Outshined by Soundgarden
  391. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll by Blue Öyster Cult
  392. Mean Streak by Y&T
  393. Love You to Death by Type O Negative
  394. My Last Words by Megadeth
  395. Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin
  396. Be Quick or Be Dead by Iron Maiden
  397. Stranger in a Strange Land by Iron Maiden
  398. Death or Glory by Holocaust
  399. Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
  400. Motorbreath by Metallica
  401. Badlands by Metal Church
  402. Nightfall by Blind Guardian
  403. Hit the Lights by Metallica
  404. Blood of My Enemies by Manowar
  405. Love Bites by Judas Priest
  406. I Am the Black Wizards by Emperor
  407. Zero the Hero by Black Sabbath
  408. I Don't Need No Doctor by Humble Pie
  409. The Wizard by Uriah Heep
  410. Assault Attack by Michael Schenker Group
  411. Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe
  412. All Along the Watchtower by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  413. Under the Blade by Twisted Sister
  414. Ogre Battle by Queen
  415. Sacrificial Suicide by Deicide
  416. Witchfinder General by Witchfinder General
  417. Rusty Cage by Soundgarden
  418. Talk Dirty to Me by Poison
  419. Poison by Alice Cooper
  420. In League with Satan by Venom
  421. Monkey Business by Skid Row
  422. God of Wrath by Metal Church
  423. Can You Deliver by Armored Saint
  424. Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots
  425. Attitude by Sepultura
  426. The Oath by Mercyful Fate
  427. Surprise! You're Dead! by Faith No More
  428. Man in the Box by Alice in Chains
  429. Anthem to the Estranged by Metal Church
  430. Can I Play with Madness by Iron Maiden
  431. Dethroned Emperor by Celtic Frost
  432. Bring the Noise by Public Enemy and Anthrax
  433. In My World by Anthrax
  434. Children of the Damned by Iron Maiden
  435. Mr. Brownstone by Guns N' Roses
  436. Too Hot to Handle by UFO
  437. You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll by Twisted Sister
  438. S.A.T.O. by Ozzy Osbourne
  439. Pull the Plug by Death
  440. To Live is to Die by Metallica
  441. Demanufacture by Fear Factory
  442. Say What You Will by Fastway
  443. Power of the Night by Savatage
  444. Black Night by Deep Purple
  445. Gypsy Road by Cinderella
  446. Low by Testament
  447. No Love Lost by Carcass
  448. Suffer the Children by Napalm Death
  449. War Machine by KISS
  450. Silent Screams by Halford
  451. The Final Countdown by Europe
  452. A Sorceror's Pledge by Candlemass
  453. Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith
  454. Girls, Girls, Girls by Mötley Crüe
  455. I Was Made for Lovin' You by KISS
  456. Rapid Fire by Judas Priest
  457. Rosin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend by Thin Lizzy
  458. Beneath the Remains by Sepultura
  459. Kiss of Death by Dokken
  460. At Dawn They Sleep by Slayer
  461. Slave to the Grind by Skid Row
  462. Genocide by Judas Priest
  463. La Villa Strangiato by Rush
  464. Rock the Nation by Montrose
  465. Countdown to Extinction by Megadeth
  466. Creatures of the Night by KISS
  467. Rats in the Cellar by Aerosmith
  468. Walk All Over You by AC/DC
  469. The Idol by W.A.S.P.
  470. And the Cradle Will Rock... by Van Halen
  471. The Thing That Should Not Be by Metallica
  472. She by KISS
  473. Madhouse by Anthrax
  474. Mean Man by W.A.S.P.
  475. Revolution Is My Name by Pantera
  476. Ride the Sky by Lucifer's Friend
  477. Still Life by Iron Maiden
  478. Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC
  479. Tarot Woman by Rainbow
  480. Spiral Architect by Black Sabbath
  481. Suicide Nation by At the Gates
  482. Lack of Communication by Ratt
  483. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  484. All Right Now by Free
  485. The Mirror by Dream Theater
  486. Breadfan by Budgie
  487. Black Winter Day by Amorphis
  488. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
  489. Bad Company by Bad Company
  490. Stormbringer by Deep Purple
  491. Thunder and Lightning by Thin Lizzy
  492. Metal on Metal by Anvil
  493. Gangland by Tygers of Pan Tang
  494. Green Machine by Kyuss
  495. Thus Spoke the Nightspirit by Emperor
  496. *Over My Head by King's X
  497. Wait and Bleed by Slipknot
  498. Bomber by Motörhead
  499. Powertrip by Monster Magnet
  500. Astronomy by Blue Öyster Cult


  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (2003). The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. ECW Press. ISBN 9781550225303.
  2. ^ "What does r/music think of this "Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time" list? : Music". Retrieved 2019-07-23.

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