Finally, it is time for this list to happen. This is the top 10 Metallica songs before their dramatic change in 1991 with The Black Album. Basically there are too many songs from these 4 albums that it was hard for me to choose. Eventually I came down with possible reasons why they are at certain spots. There will also be a sequel, which you'll be able to see here.
These are the 4 albums that you will be seeing.
Keep in mind that this is my opinion. It doesn't mean that it is accurate; you may have a different opinion too. So here it is.
10. Fade to Black - This was Metallica's first power ballad. It was also their first song being in the heavy metal category. From what I remember from Guitar Hero: Metallica is that the band's gear got stolen, so they wrote this song in response. It talks about suicide and leaving this world. The song's concept and when James says "goodbye" (especially at live performances) are great.
9. Orion - Might as well include a Metallica instrumental. This is their best instrumental yet, because Cliff Burton. Why not To Live is to Die? Well, this song features bass solos that fans, at first, thought were guitar solos. They hardly played this song live. The first time they played this song was at Cliff's funeral. After that it would be years before they would play it again.
8. Seek and Destroy - The reason why we have Kirk Hammett in Metallica is because of this song. Because of the riff, it encouraged him to write riffs better or equal to this song. The reason why this is on the list is because of its riff and that it gave us Metallica's 3rd longest member, Kirk Hammett.
7. The Shortest Straw - Talking about politics, this song obviously charts the list. It has the second most catchiest riff on ...And Justice For All album. Sadly, like the album, the song is underrated. Only "One", "Blackened" and "Harvester of Sorrow" are played live most of the time. It makes me sad, really. A good song should be played live.
6. For Whom the Bell Tolls - The song is based upon the book with the same name. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" has the bass intro, simple guitar riffs and simple drums beating at a 4/4 time. The live versions are superb, because when James sings "Take a look to the sky just before you die, it's the last time you will!" the whole place turns black.
5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Based upon the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the song talks about a mental patient in a mental hospital. On a scale of 1-10, the lyrics are actually a 8 on referencing the movie. It is also Metallica's second power ballad.
4. Battery - Starting off with the acoustic guitars then going into its fast pace, "Battery" deserves to be no. 4 out of all the songs. It talks about aggression, anger, and violence. It has a great riff that, I think, all fans love.
3. Creeping Death - Metallica's most played song that isn't a staple on a setlist. "Creeping Death" is about Exodus 12:29 and the plagues of the first born son. During the live performances, fans love to chant "Die!" from the slow middle section. It's also fun with Jason Newsted on bass because his voice is louder than Rob's, so you can hear the "DIE MOTHERFUCKER!" more easily. It also Metallica's second most played song. It was played 1,413 times (underneath "Master of Puppets", which was played 1,467 times).
2. One - With its heaviness, "One" serves as a recognizable song for fans. With its changing tempos, machine gun double bass, heavy sounding guitars, and lyrics based from Johnny Got His Gun, this song serves as one of Metallica's staples on the setlist. Also, it was the band's first ever music video. It gave them more commercial success and more fans because of MTV.
1. Master of Puppets - The reason why this charts the list because it was Metallica's first signature song. It is also their most played song, as said previously on "Creeping Death". It talks about abusing and overdosing on drugs. Although I'm not really a big fan of the melodic middle, I love the chanting of master and the prechorus. The song deserves to be number 1 for various reasons, but I can't think of them right now.
- Jump in the Fire
- Fight Fire with Fire
- Trapped Under Ice
- The Thing That Should Not Be
- Disposable Heroes
- Lepper Messiah
- Damage Inc.
- Harvester of Sorrow
- The Frayed Ends of Sanity
- Dyer's Eve
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