These tunes rocked us hard, fast, and everything in between. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our pics for the Top 10 Decade Defining Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Songs of all time. For our series on the Top 10 Decade Defining Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Songs of all time, we’ve based our choices on a mix of a track’s success, popularity, and their ability to represent the decades they were released in. This is part of a series of videos spanning Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music from the 1970s to the 2000s. Beginning with that swinging, riffing style so reminiscent of Groove Metal, this song is filled to the brim with anger and threads of violence. An embodiment of what Panthera stood for. Mess with them, and you’ll experience a vulgar display of power that you won’t recover from anytime soon. As the most well known track to die hard fans and casual listeners alike, ‘Walk’ is an anthem that will make you wanna slam your fists to the beat. This song took the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal world by storm in the late 80s. The second single off their debut, ‘Appetite for Destruction’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ introduced a fresh sound into the genres, and became a Hot 100 Top 10 smash for Guns N’ Roses. The raw talent of Slash’s guitar solos, matched with Axl Rose’s intense vocals, gave us a precise yet powerful tune, that’s not only a band’s live staple, but is consitently cited as one of rock’s greatest. You can’t think of Motörhead without thinking of this song. With Lemmy’s signature gravely vocals, and a speedy style of guitar play, you get a recipe for a classic rock tune with a metal twist. This heavy combination ensures that Ace of Spades is a simple yet effective anthem, and that it will go down in music history as one of the greats of Heavy Metal. Known among rock and non-rock fans, this song is the beginning of a new era for the band. With the introduction of Bruce Dickinson as lead vocalist, Iron Maiden released several epic and genre-defining tracks. While ‘The Number of the Beast’ is certainly up there, it’s ‘Run to the Hills’ from the former’s parent album that steals the spot; Thanks to its galloping baseline, classic heavy metal sound and vivid imagery of America’s violent history. Of one the band’s signature tunes, ‘Highway to Hell is a hard rocking song that became an unfortunate reflection of life on the road for the aussie musicians. The lyrics about a grueling tour, along with the sudden death of front man Bon Scott six months after the track’s release, has made the single all the more potent. With Mutt Lange’s production work and a signature riff introducing it, this is one AC/DC number that won’t soon be forgotten. While ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’ is an excellent track, it’s the fact that ‘Peace Sells’ is a landmark in heavy and speed metal that it makes our list. The four-minute number also helped propel Megadeath from Dave Mustaine’s dream project into a reality. Specially since it was released following their signing to a mayor label record deal. Able to hold its own against the most renowned trash metal tracks, ‘Peace Sells’ is regarded as a classic of the genre. The opening baseline along with the sharp vocals, are all you need to hear before the song takes hold. While Ozzy’s origins in Black Sabbath may’ve made him a household name, it was this single that brought him into the United States as a solo artist. Meanwhile, Randy Rhoads’ main guitar riff on ‘Crazy Train’ is legendary. Now one of the Prince of Darkness’s most popular tunes, it also became a Top 10 in Billboard’s rock charts during the early 80’s. And honestly, what more could you expect from the godfather of heavy metal? Keep that crazy train rollin’, Ozzy. This song borrows elements from classical arabic, african and asian music, all the while invoking thoughts of an endless journey with its Hard Rock and Progressive Rock vibes. Writing the lyrics to such a mighty composition was such a challenge for front man Robert Plant, that he was almost brought to tears. Though we reckon those later became tears of joy upon completion, as the band’s members have stated that ‘Kashmir’ is THE definitive Led Zeppelin song, and it quickly became an essential live track. It may have started as an afterthought for the album of the same name, but ‘Paranoid’ became one of the band’s greatest hits. Ozzy and crew managed to create a heavy metal monster of a sophomore effort, with this track spear-heading its way into musical history through a blast of sound. Praised for its incredible guitar riff, the less than two-minute track is still placed on the top tier of heavy metal today, and has also found its way into pop culture. Before we unveil our pick for Decade Defining Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Song of All Time, here are some honorable mentions. Though we considered the power ballad ‘One’… … and their mainstream breakthrough ‘Enter Sandman’… … it’s this Metallica single that really changed the face of trash metal and the band’s career as we know it. With its heavy speed and heavier sound, ‘Master of Puppets’ stopped fans of the genre in their tracks. The sharp vocals, dealing with the all-consuming nature of drugs, and its unforgettable guitar riffs, all combine to deliver an eight and a half minute number, that’s since become a Metallica signature tune a live concert and pop culture staple, as well as one of heavy metal’s most indispensable singles. Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite hard-rocker heavy metal song of all time? For more musical Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. How the FUCK is Master of Puppets number 1. Paranoid should be number 1. I love Metallica but Sabbath is way better. ( Ozzy era.) And honestly Ride The Lightning is a bit better then Puppets.

  2. Maybe not in the top 10, however i cannot believe that Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Three Days Grace or Nirvana are in the honorable mentions

  3. Master of puppets is such a great tune and a lot of people I know who don't even like Metallica love master of puppets it is just an amazing song and to me it's musical perfection

  4. Am i the only one who thinks paranoid deserves the top spot. It may not hold up in term of heaviness but considering it's 47 years old-it's fucking awesome! Plus it's the one that started it all-if it was wasn't for sabbath heavy metal may not have existed.

  5. Hallowed be thy name is so much better than run to the hills and iron maiden in general should be top 3 in general! Plus where the fuck is foo fighters!!!! FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!

  6. fuck you mojo with thrash bullshit. no judas priest on here or deep purple this list is garbage. iron maiden is just a clone of the priest beast and deep purple are pioneers like black Sabbath and led zeppelin. you've got another thing coming is their biggest hit and had a lot of air play and mtv video. smoke on the water is so classic everybody who knows heavy metal knows that track from deep purple. I never even heard of some of these bands on this list who put this together fucking young kids. I'm going to listen to some judas priest and remember what a great band they truly are.

  7. This comment proves that the metal community is a joke and probably the worst community in all of music, real metalheads are metalheads that can show some fucking respect

  8. My top 5:

    1: War Pigs – Black Sabbath
    2: Master Of Puppets – Metallica
    3: Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden
    4: Ace Of Spades – Motörhead
    5: Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N' Roses

    And if you're asking where Led Zeppelin is, I would put Dazed And Confused on there but not many hard rock fans or metalheads would know it. It is a great song though.

  9. Here are my picks for top 10 hard rock and Heavy Metal songs of all time
    10) Toxicity- System of a Down
    9) Run to the hills- Iron Maiden
    8) Kashmir- Led Zeppelin
    7) In the end- Linkin Park (R.I.P Chester Bennington)
    6) Wait and Bleed- Slipknot
    5) Raining Blood- Slayer
    4) Breaking the law- Judas Priest
    3) Walk- Pantera
    2) Master of Puppets- Metallica
    1) Iron Man- Black Sabbath

    There were way too many songs to choose from so I made a few Honorable Mentions
    Crazy Train- Ozzy Osborne (How did I miss that one)
    Stone Cold Crazy- Queen
    Tom Sawyer- Rush
    Pull me under- Dream Theater
    Eyes of a Stranger- Queensryche

  10. 1970s-6,3,2
    1980s-9,8,7,5,4,1
    1990s-10,2HM,3HM
    2000s-1HM,4HM
    2010s-5HM
    I feel a certain vibe going on the later they came out the less the chance they have of being on the list just because reasons. But some of the earlier ones should be on that list.

  11. One is a power ballad?? Fuck No.its way heavier than most pop bullshit ,it's an elegy,lament,dirge but not a power ballad ,Fucking dumbasses.

  12. and, as usual, stupid cunts at watch mojo have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to anything but their rotten mainstream garbage

  13. I'm so glad I switched from fucking shitty garbage EDM, rap/hip-hop, R&B, and pop music to awesome and better rock and metal music. Now I love rock and metal music that I almost can't get enough of it, I'd rather listen to nothing than the fucking shitty garbage music I've mentioned above. Rock and metal music always makes me feel better and so high, more power to and long live rock and metal music. I'm so glad I've rediscovered this awesome kind of music.

  14. watchmojo need to learn the difference between thrash metal, heavy metal and speed metal. or better yet, just stay away from metal music all together

  15. Honestly watchmojo, there are so many better Iron Maiden songs than run to the hills. You could’ve picked aces high, the trooper or the number of the beast. Those would have been much better than run to the hills

  16. I prefer megadeth holy wars compared to peace sells tho . Even tho "in my darkest hour" is the best megadeth song in my opinion

  17. Kinda hoping to see Acid Bath or Goatwhore, everyone in Louisiana who had any taste in music listened to them

  18. May i ask how megadeth is apparently better than motörhead like fr lemmy,philthy and eddie kick dave mustardstain any day of the week

  19. The honorable list was better than the actual list

    Also

    10. Anything SOAD
    9. Anything SOAD
    8. Anything SOAD
    7. Anything SOAD
    6. Anything SOAD
    5. Anything SOAD
    4. Anything SOAD
    3. Anything SOAD
    2. Anything SOAD
    1. ANYTHING SOAD

  20. 10- wait and bleed (nu metal)
    9- in the end (new hard rock)
    8- black magic (start of trash)
    7- walk (groove metal)
    6- smoke on the water (start of metal and old hard rock)
    5- painkillers (influence for trash)
    4- run to the hills (metal to the mainstream)
    3- whole lotta love (old hard rock)
    2- iron man (star of metal)
    1- master of puppets ( best song ever made just fucking appreciate this masterpiece)

  21. Mojo, did you just do a best heavy metal songs lost without Judas Priest????????!!!?!??!???!??

    I mean list

  22. I wanna know…. Who the fuck told you that Pantera is all about violence and anger?! Its so fucking wrong! That song is about friends who told them that the fame is getting to their head after Cowboys From Hell and Pantera telling them to take that bullcrap and take a walk with it. Plus everyone who knows anything about Dimebag knows that he was the nicest guy ever and he was not about anger, cause pretty much no one. not even his brother ever saw him angry not even when he was so fucking drunk

  23. 1: Iron Maiden – Fear Of the Dark
    2:Metallica – One
    3:Megadeth – Hangar 18
    4:Judas Priest – Painkiller
    5:Black Sabbath – Paranoid

  24. Dear watchmojo you are 100% not seeing this but this should be out here I’m don,t like to hate but this is helping my saying what I dislike
    Your videos show lack of interest and research.i bet you don,t care about what the subject of the list and it shows

  25. I love scrolling through the comments on these vids and seeing people get all butthurt and angry when their favourite bands/songs aren't on the list. 🤦‍♀️

  26. If the theme is decade defining, then Steppenwolf "Born to be Wild" should have at least been an honourable mention

  27. Only true Motörhead fans will think of the band, without thinking of that overrated song 'Ace of Spades'

  28. I agree with Metallica being number 1, although I would choose Creeping Death over Master of Puppets, but that's my personal preference

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