The 20 best Metallica songs of all time. Written by Sammy Lee Published on Your mind was melting when the double-bass drum and machine-gun guitar started, and when James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Lars Ulrich started head banging your mind was blown… forever. Not just yours either, but millions of fellow travellers' minds too. Now, celebrating the band's status as a hard-rock institution, they're this year's Record Store Day ambassadors. To get you pumped-up for that day when all vinyl-treasuring music fans hit the shops, here are Metallica's finest moments.
19. Sad But True (Metallica, 1991)
50) Of Wolf And Man (Metallica, 1991)
Metallica songs have played a colossal role in shaping the sound of metal music since James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich came together in the dingy garages of San Fransico's bay area in With their early music they defined thrash metal as we know it, while in their classic era — with Hetfield and Ulrich flanked by the late, legendary bassist Cliff Burton and super-shredder Kirk Hammett — they laid the foundations for one of rock's more inventive back catalogues. Over the course of 40 years, they've become pretty much the biggest heavy band the world's ever produced.
49) Metal Militia (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
No band in the world of heavy metal has had the impact that Metallica has had in the last 30 years. From their debut record Kill 'Em All through to the present day, they have been in style, out of style, hated, loved, lauded and criticized but one thing has held true for their entire career: They have done things their way. Narrowing down Metallica's amazing catalog of music to only 10 songs has been no small feat. Nonetheless, we present to you, our list of Top 10 Metallica Songs for your enjoyment. After three prior full-length studio records, it marked the group's first foray into the medium of the music video. And frankly, the dark video they delivered for this haunting track could not have been better suited to the song's lyrics.
Metallica are a band apart, in terms of importance, influence and the sheer quality scattered lop-sidedly through their catalogue. But for sheer commitment to vision, Spit Out The Bone is easily their best release of the last 24 years. Metallica gives you heavy, bay-beh! Welcome Home Sanitarium sees them attempting to albeit, not quite succeeding in topping the slower-paced atmospherics and doomy mood established on Fade To Black. Largely moulded by original guitarist Dave Mustaine and originally conceived as the more conventionally innuendo-laden knockabout Mechanix, The Four Horsemen bears many of those hallmarks. With Dave kicked out of the band a month before they recorded their debut, the song was reimagined as a foreboding End Of Days epic, with the imagery of the apocalypse riders fitting perfectly over that galloping riffage. Building a dark narrative about a child coming to terms with his own bad dreams around some of the catchiest riffage of their career, overloading the air-punching bombast and polishing it up with some of that million dollar production, Enter Sandman was machine-tooled to ram raid the mainstream and pulled off the task effortlessly. Writing and the notoriously bass-light recording of fourth album …And Justice For All with new bassist Jason Newsted, however, proved an arduous process, with only one track from their initial sessions together deemed worthy of the record: up-tempo rallying-cry Blackened. The recent, countrified quarantine cover of the song lays bare an ageless poignancy, too. Five years after they changed the face of metal forever with the Black Album, Metallica cut their hair, began experimenting with their sound and aesthetic and alienated a whole generation of fans.