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. Hetfield and Ulrich originally bonded over a shared love of beer , NWOBHM and good, old-fashioned American rock'n'roll, but what set Metallica apart from their contemporaries was their resolute open-mindedness when it came to experimentation. From the classical influences brought in by Burton, musically the most gleefully open-minded member the band has ever had, to the Southern-fried sounds of Load to, erm, Lulu , the fact that Metallica continually forced themselves into new sonic grounds — sometimes to the brink of self-destruction — is what's kept them relevant. Has it all been good? To be polite about it, some eras have been more successful than others. It likely won't surprise readers that the top 10 in this list is dominated by tracks recorded before the turn of the century — with just a solitary St Anger track breaking the top
9. Master Of Puppets
Brian Tatler can remember the first time he heard Metallica cover one of his songs. On the b-side was a song driven by one of his own riffs, Am I Evil? I saw them maybe four or five times on this tour, and this was a new one to the set, but it worked really well. Happy days. I have been teaching guitar for 10 years, and kids often want to learn how to play Master Of Puppets or Battery. Death Magnetic had just been released and this song made an impression on me. Great riffs, great vocal, lots of energy. You cannot fail to be impressed by the quality of the song and how well it works live. I reckon I have seen around Metallica 24 times, and they always play this one.
19. Sad But True (Metallica, 1991)
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.
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.