List Sells… But Who’s Buying? The Best Song from Each Megadeth Album

LIIIIIIISTSSS… LIIIISTS SEEEEELLS… LIIIIIIISTSSS…

LIIIISTS… LIIIIIIIISTS SEEEEEEEEEEELLSAAAUHGHGH…

LIISTS SELLS… BUT WHO’S BUYING?

LIISTS SELLS… BUT WHO’S BUYING?

Our good friend Leif Bearikson delivered a killer listing of the best of the best of Metallica a few days ago. It ruled and the discussion rattled through the readers of our humble project. Weirdly enough, my magical perception started to induce me several headaches for some kind of disturbance on the cosmic fabric of the energetic conducts of this side of the galaxies, and that is because you cannot escape a Metallica argument line without citing Mustaine and The Megadeths.

I know Dave Mustaine is a very divisive figure these days, even more than yesterday. But, please, let’s just concentrate on his music and his band members this time (I also don’t know about your politricks, so you have that too! My only saying about this topic is GO TO HELL!).

That is how life is. You have the white and the black, but you need them both to form the grey, isn’t it? To ease the appetite of the Metallic Overlords we need to do this sacrifice. We need to talk a little about Megadeth, and to parallel Mr. Mustachioed Bear, we will be following his magical setting. Let’s pick the best of the best on the Megadeth catalog. THE ENTIRE CATALOG, I SAID.

The best song from each Megadeth album


Killing is my Business… And Business is Good!

Best song: “Last Rites/Loved to Death”.

Besides the loose production values, the Megadeth debut saw a band thirsty for blood and flesh on the metal scene. Mustaine trademark snarl is on his primitive form and “Last Rites/Loved to Death” proves how manic their sound was since day one. Gar Samuelson’s jazz background shows in the swinging nature of his performance, but he really printed some cool speed runs too; on the other side of the spectrum, guitar riffing is caustic and it features some of the typical Megadeth sound ideas that permeates their thrash era: the descending chord progressions, the chaotic soloing and the high point musicality of their eclectic line-ups.


Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?

Best song: “My Last Words”.

The title track of this one is a staple on their concert, so let’s delve more into this record to find the real diamond in here. Peace Sells is considered one of the milestones of the thrash genre for multiple reasons and picking one song on this release became a pain, since we have a nearly pristine album if we take out the Willie Dixon cover, which only seems to slow the listening. The production improved drastically in par with the arrangements and ideas; this is a record that touches slow territories and fiery fast scorchers. Gar’s last recording was, probably, his best job until he sadly parted away, and Chris Poland precisely put into the album a terrific array of master soloing. “My Last Words” starts ominous and dark, and the song never stops of pummeling heads until the last drops of sweat and blood falls. Fast, aggressive, moody, obscure and emotive. Such a grandiose closing!


So Far, So Good… So What!

Best song: “Into the Lungs of Hell/Set the World Afire”.

The third album of Megadeth sees the band entering into a gritty progressive territory that formed the last parts of the first era of the band. Replacing their drummer extraordinarie and the wonder guitar player of their debut era, Mustaine thrown into the arena their drum tech, Chuck Behler, and a guitar teacher, named Jeff Young, of course he fired them after a while because we all know how the history goes. But, yeah, the new guys injected a little bit of their precision to level the flashy and alien performance of their previous counterparts and the introduction to So Far, So Good… So What! is noted for the unexpected changes and the mathematical approach to the guitar work. “Into the Lungs of Hell” is a desperate instrumental intro that conjures the darkness and “Set the World Afire” starts with a war cry and then moves sinuously between fast and groovy segments that end in an explosive guitar dueling.


Rust in Peace

Best song: “Take No Prisoners”.

Continuously tagged as one of the best metal records ever made, Rust in Peace is the debut of the famed lineup comprised of Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Nick Menza and Marty Friedman. Now with more anger and bite, the leader of the band channeled all the fury he accumulated during all the bitterness against his previous band (you know, the multimillionaires corporate rockers of San Francisco), his demons and the uncertainty of his own life; all of this resulted in a record plagued with technical nuances and wizardry everywhere. “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18” became staples, but we still have incendiary thrash gems like “Take No Prisoners”, that contain all the elements that made great this genre: guitar burnings, pounding bass playing that enhances the experience, warfare lyrical content, chants and neck breaking pace. All of this is maximized to 11: Nick Menza doubled the speed of this footwork on the drums, Marty Friedman laid a perfect final solo, Dave Ellefson increased his playing to the stratosphere and… Mustaine? He was the vicious, dangerous and angry lead singer and rhythm guitar of a band called Megadeth for this time. And damn! It was a great time!


Countdown to Extinction

Best song: “Architecture of Aggression”.

Another hard time for me to pick just one. I asked Bimmy MacÑulti, our detective friend, for an advice on this release and he just yelled at me: “ASHES IN YOUR MOUTH” IS THE ONLY GOOD SONG ON THIS ALBUM. I loooove Ashes in Your Mouth, but I definitely go with the “Architecture of Aggression” because the architecture of this song is very aggressive, eh? Well, Countdown to Extinction saw the light in a time in which the band merged the thrash sound into the traditional heavy waters, and that favor to the metal gods paid well to the Megadeth crew, because this is the most commercially successful album to the date. Besides toning down a little the fast section, the band gained a powerful sound amplified by the tight rhythmic department which concluded into a vast display of colorful groove. “Architecture of Aggression” focuses all his might into using the instruments as an expressive outlet of war commentary. Nick Menza reminds the primitive side of his drumming, employing bulletproof double bass works to unease the listener into the deadly combats and Ellefson bass delivers an impossible groovy riff that morphs into that great pre-solo bridge; everything is just in the right position on this song.


Youthanasia

Best song: “I Thought I Knew It All”.

The logical following of Countdown to Extinction had another huge batch of heavy metal goodness, splashed by incredible arrangements and riff crafting. Max Norman and Dave Mustaine, once again, produced and mixed an amazing sounding album that gave new life to the songs. The main difference against its predecessor is the weird overlaying of certain guitar parts the entire record, pursued in order to have a massive sound, a fuller guitar tone and to enhance the melodic aspect of the band’s songwriting. “I Thought I Knew It All” has the entire mood of this album in just one song. The introspective and thoughtful nature of this piece shines with the overlapping and delicious harmonies of the riffing, a jaw breaking solo and the only time Mustaine sang like he should be. What a great performance.


Cryptic Writings

Best song: “Vortex”.

The fallout of the band started here, but some alternative rock sounding tracks, inspired by the mainstream sensibilities of their time, does not discredit this record of having some other righteous tunes that dabbled with the punk attitude of Mustaine own musical tastes, and “Vortex” is one definitely of those second type of songs. Marrying the speed, the violent attitude and the technical progress of their catalog, this piece fuels the entire place into flames with that sensual riffing that morphs between verses, choruses and solo with ease. The guitar gymnastics are not the focus point, it is the entire exercise of alchemic resolution to grab this riff and twist it into form. Also, what do you do with such a sexy riff? Well, you place a sexy solo, of course!


Risk

Best song: “Prince of Darkness”.

Now we are sailing into treading waters, Nick Menza is gone, giving the throne to Jimmy DeGrasso, a great drummer in a bad moment of the band; Marty Friedman jumped off the boat too. This album is a low point and should be avoided, but if I have to take just one song of this one to save my life, it could be “Prince of Darkness”. The alternative rock tenure of the past experiments is fully formed here like a giant fetid homunculus, but the occult touches on this one and the theatrical vocals can save this turd of a record of being just a regular turd.


The World Needs a Hero

Best song: “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”.

I checked this record because of this song. The record is super-duper forgettable but this song does not. “Dread and the Fugitive Mind” employs a similar structure to “Sweating Bullets”, in which the start/stops rhythmic base leaves Mustaine in a storyteller archetype vocal style, but instead of going to the atmospheric side of the Countdown to Extinction it retorts the formula into the mid-era Megadeth, the one with the kicking ass solos, the harmonized riffing and the tight bass and drum combo. Al Pitrelli really delivered a premium work on his string attack, pairing with Mustaine a powerful end song that goes full throttle in the metal. Like everything in this life should be!


The System Has Failed

Best song: “Blackmail the Universe”.

This was originally a Dave Mustaine solo record, but he had to use the Megadeth name, so here we are looking at it. At the time, the band was almost destroyed, Mustaine was having serious health issues and Ellefson was out of the camp when he fought a really hard legal battle with his old partner. But, in the end, Mustaine assembled a lineup of session musicians to aid him on the recording, including the legendary axman Chris Poland. The opener, “Blackmail the Universe” could be considered the best choice on The System Has Failed, remembering the old days and viewing through it with modern eyes. The frenetic thrash riffing got inspired by “Set the World Afire” and the Peace Sells era, which is a good in my #LinkNotebook, exchanging a little the formula with the melodic mid-era of the band. The scorching final segment of the song goes to the stratosphere with gusto. It is such a good song.


United Abominations

Best song: “Burnt Ice”.

A hit and miss album, in which the bad songs were mediocre and the good songs were really good. In an attempt to restore the glories of the past, Mustaine brought to his headquarters new mercenaries of metal: James LoMenzo on bass, Glenn Drover on guitars and Shawn Drover on drums; and together composed United Abominations. I still think Glenn Drover is one of the best guitar players that Dave brought to Megadeth for his precise execution on the scale runs, and the real best cuts of this album proves his melodic approach to the soloing, like in the Iron Maiden worship “Washington is Next!”, the reimaging of “Vortex” riffing on “Never Walk Alone… A Call to Arms” or the ominous “Sleepwalker”. In comparison to those songs, “Burnt Ice” really sets the mood for the nostalgic thrash attack morphed onto heavy metal fury. What starts with a big groovy rhythm is juxtaposed to a sharp riffing on the verses and a “Sweating Bullets” type of paranoid monologue; but the final segment all the psychotic attack sees the light with frenzy walls of guitars and drum rolls all the way.


Endgame

Best song: “This Day We Fight!”

I never understood people’s fixation with Endgame since I felt all the riffing was kind of “square” with no flavor, but it was very successful on the critic’s reviews and the commercial aspect. This was the time in which Andy Sneap mixed everything to sound shiny, like the bathroom of a soap commercial, you know, super clean and hygienic. The band tried very hard to sound more thrash of the days of yore, and in some moments it paid in a positive way and in others not. The lineup remained nearly the same, except the departure of Glenn Drover, exchanged by Chris “Mr. Robot” Broderick, a skilled classical guitar player that played with Jag Panzer and Nevermore. Some groovy-oriented tracks showed the band’s stagnation, and some others unveiled Mustaine need to please everyone with vicious strikes directly to the jugular. In “This Day We Fight!”, though, the thrash attack is back with a vengeance and feels like a well-rounded tribute to the entire catalog and the onward future.


Th1rt3en

Best song: “Thirteen”.

The return of Dave Ellefson promised a lot of good changes for Megadeth, but weirdly enough; the thirteen record of the band is not what the forecast told. The album, mixed by Johnny aKa ”the guy who produced Disturbed’s ohWAAHAHAHJAJAJA”, was graced by four rearranged old compositions, but the selection was unfocused and all the songs chosen were almost forgettable (Except for “New World Order”, that one has some sweet melodic verses). On the other side, the album was plagued of boring hard rock hooks and was scattered all over the place. I do think the title track has certain charm, with the middle acoustic section and the rock styled soloing. And no, “Sudden Death” is not good! It’s a masturbation fest that goes nowhere.


Super Collider

Best song: “Kingmaker”.

I am suffering through all the bad albums just for you, and I hope you really appreciate my effort just like Leif did; I mean, Leif had to listen all the bad Metallica albums, right? Ahhh… The days of the Super Collider… I remember those days like if it was 3 years ago. The metal blogosphere flipped to the bathrooms to make a world barfing symphony of unprecedented magnitude, but hey! Th1rt3en was awful and at least it had two salvageable choices! Well, the thing with Super Collider is that it was boring to me and it has a DAVID D. DRAIMAN FEATURING that killed one of the few cool songs of it, but I genuinely hate the previous record even more than this one, and that is because Megadeth teased everyone with “Kingmaker”, and at least that song used “Children of the Grave”, from Black Sabbath as a template, and that song freaking rules.


Dystopia

Best song: “Dystopia”.

We arrive to the final station, folks. The trip was long and arduous, and I am glad I can finish writing to concentrate on my daily job; you know, edit conjurations on magic tomes and spread the arcane knowledge through an energetic interconnected net of sentient beings. Dystopia was indeed another hit and miss record, but at least is superior to the Megadeth’s last three records. It is close to United Abominations in terms of quality. The record drags a lot in mid tempo after the first songs and nearly all the songs are constructed in the same way, with chugged verses, a melodic chorus and a solo. But, some of those solos are simply amazing, thanks to the acquisition of Kiko Loureiro, a great musician, best known from his work with power metallers Angra and his solo progressive work. “Dystopia” architecture takes the old intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo jam formula of “Hangar 18” and shakes it up a bit with Kiko’s jazzy background, in which the proud Brazilian shows his technical capabilities in the whole segment; the rest of the song is not that bad neither!


So, that was all, folks! Shoot me on the comments, it is not the first time I am probably wrong; or maybe it is not the first time you are all wrong. Who knows? At least the balance is restored.

Now I can go back.

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Photo cover: VIA

H/t to Tyree Grindhart for making me lol with that freaking gif.

  • Lacertilian

    Agree with more of these than I expected to Link! The few notable differences being:
    Peace Sells: “Good Mourning…Black Friday”.
    Rust In Peace: If it’s not “Holy Wars…”, I’d prob go with the title track.
    Youthanasia: I dunno, maybe “The Killing Road”. No other track rings a bell.
    The World Needs A Hero: Toss-up between your pick and “Warhorse…Recipe For Hate”. I like both of those tracks, but as you said, pretty forgettable album. Although, I’ve probably heard it more than Youthanasia for some reason.
    The System Has Failed: “My Kingdom”.
    Gonna have to trust you on those last few albums, I couldn’t be fucked finishing them.

    • Ahhh, “Rust in Peace… Polaris” is amazing, Lizardbro. From Peace Sells to Youthanasia I had a very difficult moment picking just one. I love all those albums.

      • Zeke

        I’m glad architecture of aggression got some love. that’s my favorite song on that album too

        • The rhyhthm section on that song is freaking unbelieavable. Megadeth in that era was a tight machine, all the tempos were nailed.

          • Zeke

            yup; but I got off the megatrain after that album.

    • Zeke

      black Friday is my pick also

  • W.

    I haven’t listened to Cryptic Writing or The World Needs a Hero enough to choose a best song. I shall ponder the rest tho and report back.

    • W.

      Also, I’ve got nothing for 13 or Pooper Collider.

      • Don’t do those albums, please. I already did the dirrty job for ya!

        • Eliza

          I respect you for getting to the end of Dystopia, I couldn’t.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I hate Super Collider. My sisters ex boyfriend gave it to me when i graduated. The only good song was a cover of Cold Sweat and the live version of Countdown to Extinction on the Best Buy edition.

    • Cryptic Writings is good, I think. There are some killer cuts, this was my second pick, Mustaine punk as its best (ignore Motorbreath, jajaja):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNfjU8gC5eo

      • Waynecro

        This is a rager of a jam, bro.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      My dad listens to pantara and megadeath n all that

      -Austin Young, 1 year ago

  • Pentagram Sam

    Shout out to the criminally underrated Killing Road and Family Tree off Youthanasia. While not the first album I heard by em, it was this era that introduced me to Megadeth.

    • Youthanasia is one of my favorites, for sure. That riff in Killing Road is great and the mood on Family Tree is p good, too!

  • KyleJMcBride

    “The Conjuring” because SATAN.

    • Ayyyyy, that one is so good! <3 Thanks for stopping by, bro!

      • KyleJMcBride

        I really only like the 1st 2 Megadave albums.

        • Those two are solid choices, man!

        • Eliza

          You mean you don’t like Rust? 🙁

          • I think somebody must have hacked his account to type that. It’s the only logical explanation.

          • Eliza

            Ikr? I understand that different people will have different opinions, but Rust is too perfect on an album to discard.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m just not a big Megadeth fan in general.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    My favorite Megadeth albums are Peace Sells and Rust In Peace. Every song on those albums are good.

  • LINK! HOW COULD YOU NOT CHOOSE TORNADO OF SOULS?

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      I’m mad he didn’t pick Hangar 18 as the best song off Rust In Peace. Return to Hangar is also a good song.

      • Ahhh, Hangar 18 is a good, too.

        Return to Hangar is only good in the Rude Awakening DVD, in my opinion 😛

    • W.

      Tornado of Souls >>>>>>>

      that solo, bandall. that solo.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife
      • Don’t get me wrong, I love Tornado. But if I put the entire record in a list, I would put higher Take No Prisoners, Five Magicks, Polaris and Lucretia.

        That Lucretia solo is incredible. When 2:17 jumps in, the entire song is transformed thanks to Marty, he just doesn’t stop.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de-xO3pUEd0

        • W.

          The demo is so sick, linkus.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoFqooyfVdA

          • Ahhhh, I remember the time I found Warchest, that live cd it have it’s so powerful!

            From the demos, I love the Countdown to Extinction demos, they sound great. I think the clicky bass does all the job for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8hOMzY51d0

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            To contrast, the re-recorded cover Marty Friedman him-fucking-self did on the album Future Addict is. . . well, it just hurts. At least the solo is intact. It’s like getting in a car accident and having to have all your limbs amputated, but at least your face is alright. Yay. . . .

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWz4SXwa1fY

          • Eliza

            This is just wrong.

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            I also forgot that on this same album, they did a similar thing with Killing Road, from Youthanasia. I like that song too, but the level of sacrilege doesn’t even come close to Tornado.

          • Eliza

            I don’t think only very few things can come close to this in terms completely ruining an amazing song.

          • That singer is awful, jajajajaja!!!

          • Eliza

            Dave at his worst vocally is miles better that this guy.

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Yeah, he’s definitely the most painful part of the whole experience, but even the riffs seem replaced or bastardized or something. It’s just a bad experience. I’m sorry for giving you the opportunity to hear it, hahaha.

        • Zeke

          don’t worry link; you’re right, randall’s wrong. take no prisoners, 5 magics, Polaris, and lucretia are the best songs on that album… and the lucretia solo is probably my favorite thing marty ever did

    • That would be totally expected.

      I’m a totally unexpected half-elf.

      I also like Tornado of Souls, but not as much as the other ones 😉 I prefer Five Magicks or Lucretia.

    • Leif Bearikson

      I’d go with the controversial and weird choice of Five Magics

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    GOT DANG! WHAT A WRITE UP!!!

  • W.

    Killing: Title track
    Peace: Devil’s Salad
    So Far: Hook in Mouth
    Rust in Peace: Tornado of Souls
    Countdown: Sweating Bullets
    Youth in Asia: Train of Consequences, I guess. This album is eh
    Cryptic Writings: She-Wolf
    Risk: Insomniomniomniomnia
    The World Needs: Uh, Return to Hangar?
    The System: Shadow of Deth/My Kingdom
    United Abominations: Sleepwalker
    Endgame: This Day We Fight!
    Thirteen: pass
    Pooper Collider: pass
    Dystopia: The not jingositic one

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      This is pretty freakin close to my list!

    • I love all the songs you choose until Risk, jajajaja. Glad to see Killing is my Business some love, too.

      Train of Consecquences is such a solid choice, bro, they used the rhythmic pattern to simulate the train tracks and the solo is great. Same with She-Wolf (those last harmonies are excellent).

      I used to listen A LOT of Sleepwalker and This Day We Fight!

    • Lacertilian

      Devil’s Salad>>>

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Seaweed salad >>>>>

        • Lacertilian

          You been vaping Satan’s Kelp?

    • Leif Bearikson

      She-Wolf is one hell of jammy jam

      • Eliza

        I like the opening riff in that one.

    • Ahhh, Sweating Bullets is great. I used to sing a lot with that tune!

      • Eliza

        It’s my second favourite song on Countdown.

      • Waynecro

        A band I was in many, many years ago covered “Sweating Bullets” because it’s a fun song to play.

    • atchdav
    • Waynecro

      “She-Wolf” is a good jam.

    • Inso-meowmeowmeow

  • “Mechanix,” with its more mature lyrical take on sex in a garage, is obviously the best song on KIMB…ABIG! Right up there with “Sex Farm” and “Ten Seconds to Love” in the literary classic department.

    Imagine you were at my station
    And you brought your motor to me
    Your a burner yeah a real motor car
    Said you wanna get your order filled
    Made me shiver when I put it in
    Pumping just won’t do ya know luckily for you
    Who ever though you’d be better
    At turning a screw than me
    I do it for my life
    Made my drive shaft crank
    Made my pistons bulge
    Made my ball bearings melt from the heat

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Derek: You know, we’ve grown musically… I mean, listen to some of the rubbish we did early on, it was stupid…
      Marty: Yeah.
      Derek: … you know. Now, I mean a song like “Sex Farm”, we’ve taken the sophisticated view of the idea of sex, you know, and music-
      Marty: … and put it on a farm?
      Derek: Yeah.

    • Those aren’t the real lyrics are they?
      Surely you jest.
      *Googles lyrics, burns every Megadeath album I own*

      • I like Mechanix, but The Four Horsemen are way better lyrics, jajajajaja!!!

      • Eliza

        I like to think the lyrics in that song are incoherent babble.

        • Waynecro

          Sexy incoherent babble.

          • Can I put some gas on your tank, Wayne?

          • Waynecro

            I remember reading that those lyrics were supposed to be about a creepy gas-station attendant. I think it’s supposed to be funny and creepy. If so, success!

          • Journalist: “We’ve read the lyrics to Mechanix and they are NOT a good.”
            Megadave: “Uh…we wrote that one about…some gas station worker…who, uh, uses lots of sexual innuendos. He thinks he’s being clever, but none of the girls fall for it.”

          • Waynecro

            *tells classic joke about taking out the hose and spraying all over the windshield*
            *laughs with the ghosts of a bunch of old guys who died in the 1950s*

          • Eliza

            If Cars fanfiction is your thing.

          • ¡Jajajajajaja!

          • Waynecro

            Fanfiction is one of the creepiest substances known to science. Researchers are currently studying its ability to make skin crawl, which could find use in various wrinkle-eliminating applications.

        • In his defense, Mustaine was probably more heroin than Mustaine.

  • Patrick L. Bertlein

    I didn’t even realize they had so many albums after Risk. Seriously, had no clue.

    Rust in Peace is the best Thrash record ever.

    • Lacertilian

      Dave is contractually obligated to write a boring shit-fest commercial failure of an album every two years now, then subsequently sack the whole band, only to do it again.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      A7x is the best thrash metal band ever, possibly the greatest metal band of all time! I think they’re way better than that crappy old school stuff like Testiment or Megadeath or whatever

      -jp, 9 months ago

      • Patrick L. Bertlein

        Totally!

        They actually do write good songs, if they didn’t try to cater to whatever is in fashion, and just rip off Metallica, I would have probably been a fan. I recall not hating the first album, but that was what, fifteen years ago?

  • Leif Bearikson

    I’m glad to see My Last Words getting the love it so rightly deserves here

    • I do it for you, for the Toilet, for Pelé, and for My Last Words.

  • Spear

    Skull Beneath the Skin or gtfo https://youtu.be/gbtwiTkDIpw

    • I was between my pick, Skull Beneath the Skin and Rattlehead!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    1. Killing
    2.Wake Up Dead
    3. Hook in Mouth
    4. Take No Prisoners TAKE NO SHIT
    5. Sweating Bulleta
    6. Train of Consequences
    7. DISINTEGRATORS
    8. —
    9.–
    10.–
    11. Sleepwalker/Gears of War
    12. Headcrusher
    13. —
    14.–
    15.–

    • Eliza

      Yes, Train of Consequences is awesome.

    • Lacertilian

      Did you know Joe was an extra in the Wake Up Dead video?
      He is credited on IMDB as “denim-clad cage-climbing youth #46”.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Most impressive.

    • Like you told me, that Wake Up Dead breakdown is terrific!

      Glad to see some DISINTEGRATORS love, too!!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYTy0mFD-vE

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Love that song, punk infused thrash

  • mother☆shabubu

    The best Megadeth song is the one where Dave doesn’t sing.

  • Eliza

    I agree with your choices, except I prefer Back in the Day off of The System Has Failed, Wake Up Dead from Peace Sells and Tornado of Souls from Rust. Great post Link.

    • Thanks, Eliza!

      Back in the Day is p good too. Remember that time when Dave was in Duck Dodgers?

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I remember!

        • Eliza
          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Wow, you weren’t kidding! That’s nuts! Also, I forgot how good of a song Back in the Day is. Damn fine tune! I don’t care for that album as a whole all that much, but that song is great.

          • That solo! Chris Poland is amazing!

          • Eliza

            Yeah, this song and Blackmail the Universe are the only memorable songs, but the album is not a bad listening experience.

      • Eliza

        Yes, I love that show, I’ve seen basically every episode. It was my introduction to Megadeth (and maybe even metal).

    • Vault Dweller

      Yo, Wake Up Dead is the best track from Peace Sells for certain.

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    Nice, very nice. Some of them (Rust in Peace, especially) there really isn’t a wrong answer. Much like picking a favorite song from Lightning or Puppets, you’re bound to have a good time no matter what song you listen to.

    My pick for Rust in Peace would be Five Magics, though. It’s so very underrated, I think. They didn’t even play the damn song live until 2010, when the only reason they finally played it was because they played through the whole Rust in Peace album for its 20th anniversary.

    Prior to that, the only video footage of the band playing Five Magics I was able to hunt down was a backstage soundcheck without Dave.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    It is also worth noting that I like pretty much every cover that Megadeth has ever done.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the awesome list, Link! Nice picks. Man, I was such a happy lad when I learned how to play the main riff in “Vortex,” and that’s one of the only Megadeth riffs I still remember how to play. Also, I’m a shameless fan of Risk, which is probably the last Megadeth album I really enjoyed. Yeah, it’s a soft-ass album, but melodies in songs such as “Breadline,” “I’ll Be There,” “Wanderlust,” and “Ecstasy” really work for me.

    • “I’ll be There” was played in the Argentina DVD, I think it worked very well in that setting, that concert is insane.

    • Eliza

      If there’s anything good that came out of Risk, it’s the lyrics to Crush em, in my opinion. They’re hysterical.

      • Waynecro

        Yeah, I always skip “Crush ‘Em.”

        • Eliza

          As you should.

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    My favorite song from Endgame is actually one of the least thrashiest, as weird as that sounds. “Bodies” is some top-notch shit. It reminds me of the best stuff from Youthanasia/Cryptic Writings. Some of their stuff since the 2000s will thrash your face off, but I think some of the best songwriting happens in the more mid-tempo numbers these days. Like that Thirteen album. I didn’t like it at first, but eventually I really came to like a few of the songs. Black Swan is pretty dope.

    Totally agree with you on United Abominations, too. That album has some really forgettable filler, and some really great songs as well. I love “Washington is Next.”

    • I used to jam “Bodies” and “Bite the Hand” from Endgame. “Washington is Next!” blows the entire album, such a great Maiden-esque song!

  • Any love for Poison Was the Cure? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ep-tjAIzTE

    • CyberneticOrganism

      RIP Dirk’s insane drumming skillz

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  • Jack Rabbit

    Completely agree with take no prisoners, that main riff is killer

  • Joaquin Stick

    Can someone explain the “pancake” reference in the third video? When you start it, the guy who posted the video insisted on putting a text bubble that says “Stop with the retarded “pancake” comments, if I see one more, i’m deleting it”.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Man link you forgot Hidden Treasures; some great thrashers on there like Go to Hell, Angry Again, 99 Ways to die.

    • W.

      99 Ways to Die is so good.

    • Eliza

      Angry Again is a cool song.

    • I had to cut it because it’s listed as an EP and the article was so goddamn long! I had to link Go the Hell in the first paragraph, as a homage!

      99 Ways to Die is incredible. I remember I saw some discussions about it on some forums and it seems it’s the only Megadeth song that is not played because the vocal harmonies and overdubs.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
  • Waynecro
  • Óðinn
    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Haha, I remember seeing a “Dave Mustaine for President” shirt from back when that sounded like an awesome idea. I don’t think I’d want to see that day come now, though 🙁

      • Óðinn

        Yup. At one time, I would have thought that was awesome.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          I always say Megadeth’s political lyrics were at their best when the general sentiment was simply “the government totally sucks, man!” Yeah Dave, they do suck! But then eventually he writes a song called Amerikastan or whatever. *facepalm*

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Oh also, the best best best part of Peace Sells was the music video, where this kid is watching Megadeth play the song on TV, and right before the fast part, his dad walks in, turns the channel and says “Why are you watching this crap? Why don’t you watch the news, instead?”

          “This IS the news!” (kid changes channel back)

      • Joaquin Stick

        I don’t think a “_______ for president” joke will ever be funny ever again.

        • Cause the current president elect ruined the joke? Then again, they just aren’t funny. Good point Joaquin

          • Joaquin Stick

            A little bit of both. Overused lazy joke, and now we know they can come true. 🙁

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Good point lol.

  • Óðinn

    I don’t know if this is “the best” song on the album, but I like the solo in this song.

    https://youtu.be/t2osUs_k-9w

  • LMS is you enjoy Kick the Chair off TSHF

  • Óðinn

    Through the dankest hour
    Grace did not shine on me

    https://youtu.be/mW0Ao9r2zkY

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    • I also love this videoclip, jajajaja!

      • Óðinn

        military intelligence, two words combined that can’t make sense…

        Great soloing in this song too.

        • Yessss. That dueling is legendary. Another worthy add to their concert staples.

  • Óðinn

    Love the lyrics for this song…

    And now to you, this will come a putrefying pestilence
    More noxious than the serpent’s breath malevolently destined
    More corrupt than the malice of Choronzon
    More disease than the wind of the moonlight sun

    Putrefaction you have caused no need for confession
    Now you wish you had a God to stop your demolition
    Crushing the bones of the hundredfolds, swinging the judgment hammer
    Man, woman, child no-one is safe
    The heads of the dead are the banner

    And this was all you got, so don these broken wings
    Sands of time run out, bells of Hades ring
    Is this a nightmare to un-hallow thy name
    Smell of brimstone dancing in the flames

    No help now as you fulfill his task
    Chief of evil has got you by the ass
    Set free to sit upon the throne
    Just a dream, you’re weeping all alone
    Looking down the cross, speak no evil
    I’m looking down the cross, speak no evil

    https://youtu.be/UX3QR61l1-g