Eight Best Thrash Metal Songs

Friday, April 09, 2010


As a child of the 80's I saw the proliferation of Metal and while many were gravitating towards the pop-metal rhythms of bands like Bon Jovi and Poison, I preferred the harder stuff. The writers at Gunaxin came up with a list of 8 Thrash Metal songs you have to hear. While I feel they may have left some deserving choices off and I would have ranked Motorhead higher, I think they did a good job.

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佳芳佳芳 4:59 AM  
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Smitty 8:14 AM  

I remember narrowly avoiding a dreaded high school "label" because I chose to listen to Metallica and Megadeth instead of Stryper or Warrant (truth be told, I do have some hair metal in my music collection...I love Def Leppard's "Photograph" and Skid Row's "Monkey Business").

A few thoughts:

I love this list and listen (and still own) most of those albums in some way, shape or form. Agreed, steve, that Motorhead should have been way higher on the list than #8; I'd have made them 2 or 3 given their overall influence.

I love Master of Puppets, and I am happy that Metallica, though I largely dislike them now, is given a lotta love for really being the driving force behind thrash.

On Metallica and Megadeth, I think their best albums were cut just before The Beginning of the End.

Metallica's And Justice For All (1988) and Megadeth's Rust In Peace (1990) were easily the most musically-sophisticated and completely badass (my opinion only) albums those groups ever produced. And the follow-up albums were the start of the downhill slide into radio-friendly Music Label Land. I still listen to Justice and Rust to this day and there isn't a single song I dislike.

Then Metallica released their "Black Album" and Megadeth released Countdown to Extinction. Each of those releases have some great songs on them that I really enjoy, but were musically vastly different than their best-ever stuff. For every good song on those two albums, there's a sappy one too. "Enter Sandman," while vastly overplayed, is a great song. But "The Unforgiven" or "Of Wolf and Man?" The former is a foray into Nu-metal and the latter is the song version of this. Countdown is the same; for every "Architecture of Aggression" there is a "Psychotron."

We won't even talk about where those bands went next.

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