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The 173 best heavy metal songs of all time

Heavy metal, or simply metal, originated in Great Britain in the early 1970s. Over the decades, some subsets such as Black, Death or Power Metal developed.

There are moments in life when a single rock song isn't enough and your ears thirst for something stronger and more aggressive. The drums and guitar riffs aren't enough to calm the beast you have inside of you; You're only one step away from exploding in anger, so you need the perfect playlist.

Metal offers the listener an enormous spectrum of musical techniques from extremely slow to extremely fast rhythms. Heavy metal is one of the most popular genres around the world and its dark ideologies continue to play a fundamental role. Metal also offers songs that criticize society or deal with religions. Fantasy, orgies of hate, melancholy and romantic themes are also part of Heavy Metal. In the end, the music and inspiration can come from any direction and source.

In our playlist you will find the best and most popular Heavy Metal songs of all time. The songs below have been selected for their influence and popularity in the heavy metal world.

The playlist is there to inspire you and get to know some great metal songs, riffs, solos and bands that you may never have heard of or just to refresh your memory.

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(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)

The most popular metal songs of all time:

Each song is linked to the associated music video via the title.