Hardwired to List Construct: The Best Song from Each Metallica Album

It’s been 8 years since Metallica released Death Magnetic, an album that sounds like if your dad’s old band from college reformed 35 years later but had to pretend to be angry about things because real anger is hard when you’re literally a person made out of money. In the time since its release everyone has forgotten about it and moved on with their lives. Those blissful times are over now though as Metallica are set to release a new album this week, the horribly titled Hardwired…to Self Destruct, and… it actually sounds pretty promising if we’re being honest. As that album quickly approaches us, I thought it would be fun to make a playlist consisting of the best song from each of Metallica’s studio albums. Arguing about Metallica songs is a nice break from arguing about fascism, after all.

KILL ‘EM ALL

Best Song: No Remorse

This is probably controversial right off the bat. Yes I am choosing “No Remorse” over “Whiplash”, “Jump in the Fire”, “Hit the Lights” and, God help us, “Seek and Destroy”. While “Seek and Destroy” has THE riff of the album and the others are a thrashing good time, “No Remorse” shows the band’s diversity. The song morphs from a mid-tempo banger to a tease of the neoclassicism of ‘Tallica albums to come before hitting the gas and thrashing its way out the door. NO REMORSE, NO REGRETS.

RIDE THE LIGHTNING

Best Song: Creeping Death

This was the easiest choice on the list, and not because the rest of the album is lackluster (the only garbage track here is “Escape”). No, this was an easy choice because “Creeping Death” is, more or less, the perfect metal song. The biblical imagery, the final plague, riff after riff, the outro harmony and, most importantly, when everything drops and all you hear is “DIE! DIE!” This is metal nirvana and no matter how many times I hear it in my life, I will never grow tired of it.

MASTER OF PUPPETS

Best Song: Master of Puppets

Immediately after the easiest choice on the list comes the hardest. How do you choose between the stone cold classics of the title track and “Battery”? Do you go with the best thrash track they’ve ever written in “Damage Inc.”? What about the emotional devastation of the instrumental “Orion”? I wound up settling with “Master of Puppets” because, like “No Remorse” before it, it displays one hell of a musical range that features everything from one of their most iconic riffs to a neoclassical clean break. Plus who doesn’t love shouting “MASTER!” along with Hetfield when everything starts ramping back up?

…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

Best Song: Harvester of Sorrow

1988’s …And Justice for All saw the band approaching more technical instrumentation and progressive song structures, but the best cut on the album is one of the simpler tunes: “Harvester of Sorrow.” It’s hard to think of a song in Metallica’s catalogue that conjures a more sinister atmosphere. As the distorted guitars crash in waves behind the cleans and low, warped screams buzz in the background, the song begins a military march that won’t let up. It’s very appropriate given that the inspiration for the song seems to be the “Holodomor,” a man-made famine caused by the Soviet Union that killed 7-10 million Ukrainians. This is Metallica at their best, when their music and lyrical themes sync and form something almost too heavy to describe.

METALLICA

Best Song: Wherever I May Roam

The band’s massive breakthrough album, and the point where they started losing some people, seemingly cranked out hit after hit on the radio. Hell, I bet we’ve all heard “Enter Sandman” or “The Unforgiven” on the radio at some point in the last year, 25 years after their initial release. The best single and song to come from the album, though, is Metallica’s ode to the nomadic lifestyle. The massive gong intro alone is still enough to give chills, and the absolutely gargantuan chorus remains one of their best. Add in that Kirk Hammett throws down one of his most awe-inspiring and extended solos and it becomes the obvious choice for this album.

LOAD

Best Song: Bleeding Me

Okay, I know that earlier I said that “Creeping Death” was the easiest choice on this list, but I lied. This was way easier, but only for the fact that there aren’t many good songs on this album. Don’t get it twisted though: “Bleeding Me” isn’t a case of “least worst song” being selected. This is a great song floating amidst a sea of mediocre to terrible ones. Of Hetfield’s crooning attempts this is by far his most successful, and after a relatively intense mid-song break when he launches back into the chorus it hits with a wounded authenticity that almost every other song on the album fails to capture. Go back and give “Bleeding Me” a chance and I bet it will surprise you.

Reload

Best Song: Fixxxer

Jesus Christ. Reload is an even worse album than I remember it being, and I don’t even remember being too fond of it when I was a naive youth who had yet to experience Metallica’s finer albums. This writer’s least favorite song is on this album, the aneurysm inducing “Slither.” It also features the sequel song “The Unforgiven II,” which someone thought was a good idea For some reason. Look, I don’t have many kind words for Reload. It’s a bad album. One of the very few bright-ish spots is the closing track “Fixxxer,” which despite its horrible name largely succeeds for the same reasons that “Bleeding Me” does. The band slows down and Hetfield evokes a rage that is more simmer than brute force and the sleazy guitar line that pops up a few times is the band’s best attempt at capturing the filthy southern rock sound they were so desperately chasing in the 90’s. This song also gets mega bonus point for not being “Low Man’s Lyric” or featuring a hurdy-gurdy.

ST. ANGER

Best Song: All Within My Hands

Unlike everyone else on the planet I actually thought St. Anger was decent. I am, perhaps, a tad biased though as I first heard it when I was 13 and it was the most brutal and exhausting thing I had ever heard at that point in my life. It hasn’t held that same appeal as I’ve aged obviously, but I still find myself listening to it every once in a while and every time there are two songs that stand out: “The Unnamed Feeling” and “All Within My Hands.” For the purpose of this I’m leaning more towards “All Within My Hands” as it’s the riffier of the two and becomes absolutely unhinged by the time all is said and done. While certainly not his best lyrical effort, Hetfield’s equating love and control remains powerful and his honestly deranged and repeated shouting of “Kill,” though a bit silly, is still eye-popping. Like “Bleeding Me” this one might surprise you upon a revisit.

DEATH MAGNETIC

Best Song: All Nightmare Long

There may be no better place to find horrific song titles than post 90’s Metallica. Good lord. While 2008’s Death Magnetic feels like a scatterbrained attempt at copying the best of their golden era, there are some genuine high points to be found within. “All Nightmare Long” isn’t the most even song; it features a very wonky clean intro and a so-so chorus that doesn’t really make any impact until the later half of the song, but the entire latter half of the song makes up for those things. While the first few minutes feel as paint-by-numbers as the worst bits of Death Magnetic everything past the break at the 4:30 mark really jams. There’s the strange, otherworldly guitar during said break, the speed freak wah solo from Hammett, and the utterly crushing post-solo thrash riff. Even the chorus and those opening riffs sound re-energized in the back half, as if they make more sense in this context.

So there we have it. An absolutely definitive list of the best songs from each of Metallica’s studio albums. I look forward to doing this again in another 8 years and making fun of the title of Hardwired…to Self Destruct again, as well as creating a totally different list just to be cruel.

 

Tell me about why I’m wrong in the comments and I’ll fight you to the death over my pick of No Remorse.

 

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Agree with the first two. Dyer’s Eve is the best on Justice. Unforgiven on the Black album because Kirk’s solo kills it. After that, who cares.

  • This should be a shitstorm! I’ll watch behind Dave Mustaine’s hair until I see my prey.

    http://data.whicdn.com/images/175608862/large.gif

  • Dr. K

    My only strong point of disagreement, as it turns out, is “Harvester.” Nothing against that song, but I’d take “Blackened” or “Dyer’s” ahead of it. Obviously, you weren’t going to pick “One,” but that song was so successful for a reason – it’s one of the most perfectly structured soft-to-loud metal songs of all time, along with “Hallowed Be Thy Name.”

    • Leif Bearikson

      Justice was definitely a tough choice (it’s my favorite Metallica album), but I’ve always had a soft spot for Harvester. For me it’s the gold standard of heavy. I’d say that of their soft-to-heavy songs One is far and away their best, which I don’t say lightly considering they also wrote Sanitarium and Fade to Black

      • Zeke

        sanitarium has the honor of being one of probably three or four songs in metallica’s entire discography where little kirky’s lead playing lives up to the greatness of the rest of the song

      • Lacertilian

        I was going to pre-comment about your selection but knowing about your strong affinity for Harvester already, I simply nodded.
        Turns out that doesn’t translate online…

    • Max

      I agree w/this. “One” is Metallica’s “Stairway to Heaven”. And “Blackened” almost prefigures something off of Carcass’s “Heartwork”.

      • MAX POWER APPROVES!

        • Max

          I lend full Approval.

      • GoatForest

        That whole album is all killer no filler. If only it had bass…

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      I’d probably go with the title track. It’s so epic, yet doesn’t feel bloated or like any of its sections are non-essential.

      I feel like Shortest Straw is very underrated as well, but I wouldn’t put it above some of the other masterpieces on that album.

      • GoatForest

        I’d love to do a black metal cover of that song, but not like that shitty bm version of Creeping Death.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Didn’t even know about a shitty black metal version of Creeping Death. Interesting. Well Justice was already halfway there with the bass anyway 😉

          • GoatForest

            Sad But True.

  • Howard Dean
  • Zeke

    MOP is the song I’m most likely to skip whenever I listen to MOP. harvester is the song I’m second most likely to skip when I listen to ajfa (I bet I’m in the minority, but I fucking love the middle section of eye of the beholder)… agree with KEA, RTL, and the black album

  • MEHtallica

  • W.

    This list is more wrong than right. I’m revoking your mustache.

    The real best list is as follows:
    Hit the Lights
    Ride the Lightning
    Disposable Heroes
    One
    Of Wolf and Man
    Bleeding Me
    Fixxxer
    Invisible Kid
    Cyanide

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      My Apocalypse is a better song, doc.

      • W.

        I just realized it’s been several years since I heard Death Magnetic, and I honestly couldn’t even place that song.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Hahaha. It’s sad I even know this in the first place.

          • W.

            As I’ve said repeatedly, I used to be a ‘Tallica MEGAFAN, but the fact that I could only recall the titles of three Death Magnetic songs surprised me.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Eh, I guess it just hasn’t stuck with you? All that knowledge is causing you to forget trivial shit. You’re doomed.

          • W.

            But I need those trivial bits of data to win the quiz game down at Buffalo Wild Wings!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            BRO ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE TONIGHT HA HA HA MEET ME FOR SHOTS

      • Lacertilian

        That (unnecessarily long) instrumental is the one track I’d consider.

    • Howard Dean

      I really only care about the first four albums because I am a snob, but I like the first four you chose. Hit the Lights is just awesome, a great way to start an album (and a career!). The entire RtL album is choice, Disposable Heroes is my favorite on MoP, as well, and I might replace One with Dyer’s Eve or Blackened, though I’m not certain, as One is a pretty legit song. Good list!

      • W.

        I went with One purely for the fact that it may be the most important song Metallica wrote. The Black Album may be where they broke through, but I’d argue that the video for One really set them up for it. Plus, it’s a good reminder that at their peak, there were few better songwriters than Metallica.

        I think Dyer’s Eve and Blackened are great too, though I’d also submit Shortest Straw. Lars actually sounds like he’s trying on that song.

        • Don’t forget, ‘One’ was also on Guitar Hero 3

        • I think since junior high, my feet have been constantly playing the double bass fill from One.

          • W.

            If we had to make a list of most important metal songs ever, One would be on it.

          • We should prob do that. THINK OF THE CLICK$$$$$$$$$$$$

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I feel dirty reading this.

          • W.

            We just have to exclude Black Sabbath because we all know solo Ozzy >>>>>>>>>

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow, this comment is full-on dumb.

          • W.

            I’m being intentionally inflammatory.

          • Nonsense. I’ve read the work of a well-respected scholar that made such a claim.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I know. I just had to make this statement. It just had to be said.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Most Important Metal Songs That Only Millennials Will Understand. Number Two Made Me Quit My Job!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I still do it approaching 40

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I was there man. That’s exactly how it happened

    • Leif Bearikson

      Of Wolf and Man!? If you’re gonna go with a second tier Black Album song it’s clearly The God that Failed or Through the Never

      • W.

        PSHHHHHHH

      • Lacertilian

        Does The Struggle Within fit into top tier?

      • tigeraid

        God That Failed ftw.

      • Pierre Generic

        The opening bass riff of The God That Failed was probably Jason’s highlight with the band. It’s the only bass part from the Jason era I can think of off the top of my head. Poor dude had to eat a lot of shit. At least he got paid well to be Lars and James’ bitch boy.

    • Dagon

      Disposable Heroes is awesome.

  • tigeraid

    All Nightmare Long is a good.

    St. Anger can eat my ass.

    Load is a decent album, and I agree Bleeding Me is the best tune. Reload was just boring leftovers.

  • Motorbreath is my favorite off Kill ’em All

    • Howard Dean

      I remember kids in high school used to watch this snowmobiling stunt video series called “Slednecks.” That song was featured in one of the films (might’ve been Slednecks 2?). They didn’t even realize it was Metalicca since they had never heard Kill ’em All and were only familiar with the radio stuff from the Load/ReLoad era.

  • Óðinn

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>1989<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • CyberneticOrganism

    The intro alone to “Ride the Lightning” makes it the best.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Would be rad to discuss Kirk’s best lead/solo, since he’s been lazy and shitting the bed for years now.

    • W.

      Lol. Let me ponder that. Some of my favorite Metallica solos are actually from james.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Hahahaha. His lead in Nothing Else Matters is perfect.

      • Stanley

        I didn’t even know that James does solos!

        Did he do any on the first three?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          One of the leads on Master of Puppets.

        • W.

          I don’t think he played many on the first three, but I’ve read he did one of the solos in Master of Puppets and some of the harmonized solos on Fight Fire with Fire and Ride the Lightning.

      • Zeke

        yup

    • I sort of figured that might have been why you picked Dyer’s Eve. Haha

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      All of them that have no wah wah pedal

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, this makes a lot of sense.

  • tigeraid

    Also Dyer’s Eve is Metallica’s greatest song so this list can fuck off now.

    (I kid who doesn’t love Leif.)

  • JWEG

    I’m not going to revisit the whole discography to see which of the list I agree with, and which I don’t. I just don’t have the patience for bad Metallica. Or mediocre Metallica.

    But at the same time I won’t just based on memory and gut feeling because I’ll inevitably get it all wrong. My current taste and that which I had the last time I put on a Metallica record (including the bad ones) are gulfs apart…

  • KyleJMcBride

    Four Horsemen
    Creeping Death
    Disposable Heroes
    And Justice For All

    Past that? DEEZ NUTZ

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Too bad they can’t deliver the record on time.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Four Horsemen is my fave off Kill ‘Em All I think.

    • Howard Dean

      Heck yes, such a great thrash riff. That’s a catchy mother, too.

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Four Horseman is my favorite for that epic bit they added in (which further differentiates it from Mechanix).

      I’m not mad at all about No Remorse, though. That’s almost a tie.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        No Remorse is aces, and indeed most of them for me.

  • There are very few albums where it’s hard for me to pick a favorite song because of how good the overall album is. Kill em All and Ride the Lightning are 2 of these albums (Escape excluded).

  • tigeraid

    Here is the correct list, for posterity:

    Hit the Lights
    Creeping Death
    Disposable Heroes
    Dyer’s Eve
    Wherever I May Roam
    Bleeding Me
    Prince Charming
    Uuuuh Who Gives a Fuck
    All Nightmare Long

  • Your list is fucking shit and you suck. Your authority was impugned the moment you forgot about Lulu.

  • Stanley

    Metal Milisha! That riff and James at his most ferocious.

  • RJA

    I’ve never listened to St. Anger! I might do that this afternoon. I did listen to some of the new In Flames against my better judgment – my god it was horrible – sorry GL.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      New In Flames? Did you lose a bet?

      • RJA

        I honestly don’t know what I was thinking – it was actually worse than expected, I just sat motionless and speechless through 2 songs.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Terrifying.

    • I never made it through St. Anger! either. Lol

  • Al Bundy

    Im going to throw Blitzkrieg from Garage Inc into this mix. Fight me.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Well, and their version of Am I Evil?

      • Al Bundy

        thb i can give or take Am i Evil. Last Caress/Green hell however is savage. Lars is top notch on it.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    You dudes are all wrong.
    Four Horsemen
    Fight Fire with Fire
    Damage Inc (followed closely by Leper Messiah and The Thing That Should Not Be)
    Dyers Eve
    Don’t Tread On Me
    Cyanide
    Atlas, Rise

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Yeah, it was a coin toss between Damage and Leper. Killer deep cuts.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Leper has such a good gotdang riff!

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Fight Fire is a really fun song, but you’d pick that over Creeping Death or Ride the Lightning!?

      And Cyanide! Ew, no. Nightmare or Judas Kiss, please.

      EDIT: Still upvoting because hey, why not, and I’m not actually upset at your choices (well, not much anyway haha)

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        WE ALL SHALL DIE!

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          I do remember being kind of surprised at the intro when I first found this CD in an attic (just lying there face-down on one of the beams), then being blown away when the riffs came in.

          Really the entire album should be mandatory listening for every man woman and child on this earth.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Thats a bad ass attic.

    • Yeah! Atlas, Rise is the one I liked in the last sneak peeks of their new record. I might check it out.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Have you heard Spit out the Bone?

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Yeah, was pretty good but The NWOBHM melodies on Atlas win.

    • OldMetalHead

      This list is way closer to mine, but you forgot Disposable Heroes.
      Dyers Eve>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Disposable is damn good

    • Zeke

      funny- leper and the thing that should not be are my favorites from that album. I didn’t think anyone else agreed with that

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        If I thought about it harder I would’ve picked one of those as top probably. Songs are amazing.

  • Waynecro

    Mighty fine job, Bearikson bro. I probably haven’t listened to Metallica since Cannibal Corpse covered “No Remorse” on Gore Obsessed. Just kidding. I listened to St. Anger three times.

  • I was more a Megakek fan, but, I enjoyed the good old Metallica too. For me:

    1. Motorbreath.
    2. Fight Fire with Fire.
    3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium).
    4. Blackened.
    5. Sad but True?
    6.
    7.
    8.
    9. All Nightmare Long.

    By the way, all the people who picked Four Horsemen or Jump in the Fire, all your moneyz go to the Make Megadeth Great Again fundation to help Mustaine in his recovery of his St. Anger beef against Metallica. We can do this together!

    • (Blackened is very close to Harvester of Sorrow, And Justice for All, Eye of the Beholder and Dyer’s Eve to me; AJFA is my favorite of them!).

    • Megakek >>>>>>>>> The Danish Prophet and the Metallicas.

      • I still have a Megakek shirt, a Megakek DVD and a original Megakek album (one of the few original albums I have) on my home.

        Mustaine #Cum2Venezuela

      • We should do Megakek list like this one, my friend. You know, for the Megapeople.

  • xengineofdeathx

    I think Blackened is the best song on Justice, but Harvester is some real shit. I grew up in a fucked up household so that song has always struck a chord with me. Fight Fire with Fire by a very narrow margin on lightning for me.. agree with everything else. Also, I’ll say it; Outlaw Torn is a fucking jam, for the same reason the Bleeding me is. Reminds me of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’s deeper cuts.

  • mother☆shabubu

    HARVESTER OF SORROOOAAAAHHH (LANGUAGE OF THE MAHHHADDD!)

  • Óðinn
    • Waynecro

      I still refer to Abraham as “Hetfield” whenever I talk about the show.

      • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

        I first thought of him as Angry Sam Gamgee, because he reminded me of Sean Astin if he worked out a bunch or something. I don’t know, but yeah, looks way more like Hetfield at that time (I just try not to think of him at that point lol)

    • Poor guy.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      HYEAAH

    • MutantChrist

      The Walking dead is garbage

      • Óðinn

        Human garbage.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Great write up Leif, well put all around and i can totally live with your decision of No Remorse, even if its wrong

  • I listened. “Bleeding Me” is not better than I remember. Shoulda gone with AINT MAH BEEEEEYAAAATCH – AH

  • FIRST METALLICA SONG YOU’VE LISTENED FOR THE FIRST TIME?!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuP1bil-wIg

    Jajajajajaja!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      For Whom The Bell Tolls, as far as I remember

    • Al Bundy

      Only No Leaf Clover is real

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Hmmm, probably something off of the Black album, because MTV. First Metallica album bought? Ride the Lightning.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I wish that song would disappear *high five*

      • *HIGH FIVE*

        BRO

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Honestly, their lowest point. Such a shit song.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          DO YA BERRY ME WHAN AM GAAAWN

        • Even at that time I found it awful. I was 10 years old.

          That’s what made me assimilate Metallica as a “HARD ROCK BAND TO DRIVE FAST CARS AND DRINK WHISKEYYYYEAH” in a very gringo stereotype way.

          Maybe that’s what made me go to Megadeth at the first place, since I listened the good side of Megadeth (Holy Wars… The Punishment Due) instead of the bad side.

          Then I found the Master of Puppets song and it was so weird to check that “HARD ROCK BAND TO DRIVE FAST CARS AND DRINK WHISKEYYYYEAH” band making good and kicking ass metal.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They’re a band with many chapters.

          • Al Bundy

            Mandatory ‘i stopped reading after the first 4 chapters’ comment.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            Same here, at that time, it was all Britney Spears, B. Boys, Aguilera etc… My cousin was dating this guy, who was in High School and was a “Bad ass” cause he smoke and drink after school, and he lend her the tape cassette of Kill Em All, Ride The Lighting, and i was blown away by the music, if it wasn’t for that, i would probably be listening to pop music nonstop.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          They played it last time I saw them and the whole stadium went quiet. I had no idea what the song even was when they were playing it. James cracked the shits at the end of the song too which was pretty funny

    • Óðinn

      NICKELBETALLICA

    • Stanley

      It would have been ’84/’85 but I can’t remember which record my brother bought first. I think it was probably RTL and then he went back and south KEM. After the initial what the fuck moment, the first song that stuck with me was For Whom The Bell Tolls, and then I was doomed to lead a life of an outcast.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        You old bastard.

        • Stanley

          It’s true. The colostomy bag is on order.

    • GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

      http://i.imgur.com/OAvzdw8.gif

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Too much moisturizer

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Y’know what? I actually like I Disappear.

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/eb/9e/4e/eb9e4ee1bdebac7bdf5c9474e785cca0.jpg

      EDIT: I don’t think my pic is embedding for some reason. Oh well.

    • Freedom Jew

      Four Horsemen in early 1984 when a bro gave me a dubbed tape of Kill ‘Em All.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Bad ass

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      First song I heard. . . . .tough call. I probably heard a fair amount of Ride the Lightning in the womb, but first I can remember is the S&M album, actually. So I guess I’ll go with No Leaf Clover? Why not?

      My mom had that on CD and I played it often, but I didn’t really get into listening to music constantly until I found a copy of Ride the Lightning in the attic of the house we had just moved into. I think it must have been a construction worker’s who was working on it, because my mom only had the album on cassette and hadn’t listened to it in years at that point. That was the real game-changer for me.

    • W.

      First Metallica song (and maybe even first metal song) I heard was One.

    • KyleJMcBride

      “Ride The Lightning” on WBCN’s “Heavy Metal From Hell” show circa 1984.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      For whom the bell tolls, I was in 4th grade, and its been all downhill for me since then

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    Alright here’s mine:
    All of them (or Four Horsemen with No Remorse as a close 2nd)
    All of them (title track IF I FUCKING MUST, tie between Creeping and Trapped Under Ice)
    All of them (Puppets is a fine choice)
    All of them (title track or Shortest Straw maybe?)
    Wherever I May Roam (agreed)
    Outlaw Torn. . .or maybe Bleeding Me
    Not Fixxxer. . .um, Memory Remains maybe? Hell, why not Fuel.
    All Within My Hands (I’ll agree with you there)
    Either All Nightmare Long or Judas Kiss (That Was Just Your Life is also great)
    hmmm. . . .Atlas Rise, I suppose

    And if we’re gonna go count Lulu, then I’ll say that Dread Mistress or Mistress Dread song, whatever the title is. They actually play pretty fast in that one.

    • “That Was Just Your Life” was good too!

    • Yeah that one fast song on LuLu is decent among a sea of laughable shit. (Everybody should listen to the full album at least once, to get a better appreciation for all the art in this world that we call “bad”.)

      • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

        And the oft-memed “I AM THE TABLE” part of The View is actually one of the few moments that things work for a split second.

        Really, the riffs are interesting in a lot of places if you’d just get that old babbling bastard out of the way.

  • Stanley

    I love these kind of retrospective articles (even if it is just a list). I haven’t played Metallica in ages and now I’m sitting here playing Kill ’em All and thinking how fucking awesome it is. Nice job Leif.

    • Articles where you can discuss metal are the best kind.

    • W.

      Hopefully we’ll be having more in the coming weeks.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Same here. It’s gotten me wanting to run through the Black Album. It’s been a while since I’ve given them all full listens

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I’ve been going chronologically all week and just got through Load and Reload for the first time in my life. There’s a good album there between the two

        • GoatForest

          Yep. I actually dig King Nothing semi secretly.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            When I saw them last they played Fuel. I was a fan of that track after seeing it live

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Jump In the Fire (that opening riff AND the verse riff)
    For Whom the Bell Tolls(such a majestically powerful song front to back)
    Orion(because Cliff’s solo)
    …And Justice for All(so many great parts of this song, hard to define one particular moment)
    Through the Never(solo on this one omits the wah and sounds like a throwback to thrashier solos from previous albums)

    Never listened to, and don’t plan on listening to Load, reload, St Anger or DM.

    Cant wait for my Hardwired record to show up

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      I’d recommend DM if you liked the singles from Hardwired. I’d say the singles from Hardwired are a little more focused than most of the material on DM overall, but you’d definitely like That Was Just Your LIfe, All Nighmare Long, Judas Kiss, and maybe My Apocalypse (I really like parts of that one, the chorus just bugs me).

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    What about Garage Days? What’s your favorite off that album?

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      the one that Metallica wrote

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      That’s a real tough call right there. Garage Inc, on the other hand, it’d have to be Mercyful Fate.

      Garage Days, though? Uh. . . .yeah fuck it. Just pick one. I won’t complain. I suppose I’ll say Last Caress. No, Helpless, no-fuck.

  • Hotdog Clifford

    Best song from Hardwired is easily Spit out the Bone.

    • Óðinn

      It’s about Hetfield’s sex life.

  • Dagon

    For Whom The Bell Tolls and Orion will always be my two favorite Metallica songs.

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn

    Metallica sued to do some great covers back in the day.

    https://youtu.be/-u-HCHCuHMg

  • …Ellipsis…

    The first four are a difficult choice, the rest… not so much:

    No Remorse
    For Whom the Bell Toll
    Master of Puppets
    One
    The God That Failed
    The Outlaw Torn
    The Memory Remains
    Purify
    All Nightmare Long

    • Memory Remains is a super non-offensive song. Surprisingly!

  • Can’t fuckin wait to hear @Ted Nu-Djent’s response to this one. Him and JAG…

  • AndySynn

    So as a sacrifice on the alter of Metal Credibility ™ I’m going to say that “The Unforgiven II” is one of my favourite Metallica songs, and I’ve been trying to convince one of my bandmates to let us do a Paradise Lost/My Dying Bride style cover of it for ages now.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      would listen/10

    • Leif Bearikson

      That actually sounds like it would be pretty dope! I could see it working like that

      • AndySynn

        Ah, you bastard(s). Now I REALLY want to do it. He’s not budging at the moment though.

        Worked on our first ever cover with my DM band last night though. That was fun.

  • Joel

    I almost fell over when you picked my favorite song from my favorite album: No Remorse. I’ve never heard somebody else say that. Bravo!

    It’s “repent,” though, not “regret.”

  • bludfart

    Im glad you put Wherever i may roam on there.the last breath from a dying god coming into human flesh. After that there were songs from some other band on the list or somethink.

  • Patrick L. Bertlein

    Best songs on Load and Reload are Mama Said and Low Man’s Lyric.