Top Ten Metallica Songs

Metallica is one of the most iconic heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of founders James Hetfield, vocalist and rhythm guitarist and drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo who joined the group in 2003.

The band formed in 1981 when Hetfield responded to ad in the newspaper that Ulrich posted. Metallica is known for their aggressive, fast beat, and instrumental rhythm. The intensity of the bands music is taken to a higher level with the poetic and inspirational lyrics laced with it.

Metallica has had their highs and lows with loss, addiction, and members falling out of sync. Despite the bumps in the road Metallica is one of the most successful heavy metal group with nine studio albums. is counting down the top ten Metallica singles that include “Enter Sandman” to “The Unforgiven.” Did your favorite Metallica song not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.

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10. “Fuel” is off their 1997 album Reload. It has a hard metal song that has the in-your-face energy. The instrumental piece of the song was used for NASCAR broadcast from 2001 to 2003. It worked perfectly as it uses car imagery through out the song.

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9. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” is off their 1986 album Master of Puppets. The instrumental opening is chilling and showcases the talent of each member. From the intense guitar solos to the daunting lyrics makes this song stand out from the album. The song was inspired by Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which was about a patient who was mistreated and caged in a mental institution.

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8. “….And Justice For All” is from their 1988 title album …And Justice For All. This is one of Metallica’s most intricate political song and it is almost ten minutes long. It has one of the most influential lyrics as it touches the topics of corruption of power and justice.

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7. “Wherever I May Roam” is from their 1991 album Metallica. The beginning of the song is my absolute favorite because it starts off with a slow sultry tempo and shifts to a heavy metal beat. The wicked guitar riffs and powerhouse drumbeats makes this song come to life.

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6. “Nothing Else Matters” is off their 1991 album Metallica. Shows a different side of the heavy metal rock band as it has a slower beat. It shows off Hetfield’s soulful and intimate voice. This song shows the versatility of the band as a whole.

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5. “The Unforgiven” is off their 1991 album Metallica. It is another slower track and deals with the topic of internal struggle. What stands out in this song is the harmonic progression and chorus.

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4. “Enter Sandman” is off their 1991 album Metallica. It has one of the most recognizable guitar riffs and shaped the sound of the album. The song deals with the dark theme of children’s nightmares. Hetfield’s add a bit of a religious prayer into the song.

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3. “Fade to Black” is off their 1984 album Ride the Lightning. It is one of the most poetic songs by the heavy metal rock group. The guitar solo is phenomenally flawless and flows perfectly with Hetfield’s gritty vocals.

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2. “One” is off their 1988 album …And Justice For All. It one of the best songs from Metallica as it starts off with a slow and chilling beginning and progresses shattering heavy metal song. It deals with the topic of war and it has a flawless “machine gun” guitar build up. The imagery presented in the song is completely spine chilling.

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1. “Master of Puppets” is the title song of their 1986 album Master of Puppets. It is an epic thrash metal song that embodies the aggression of the bands music.

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