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10. "The Mechanix" from "No Life 'Til Leather"
Dave Mustaine wrote this song and took it with him when he formed Megadeth. It's actually been recorded several times, first as part of Metallica's "No Life 'Til Leather" demo in 1982, and later adapted and re-titled "The Four Horsemen" on "Kill 'Em All" the next year - though Mustaine wasn't too happy about it.
9. "For Whom The Bell Tolls" from "Ride The Lightning"
This is based on Ernest Hemmingway's novel of the same title about the dishonor of modern warfare. Cliff Burton's classic overdriven bass intro recently made it to number 5 on our Top 10 Basslines Of All Time too.
8. "Orion" from "Master Of Puppets"
The only instrumental track from "Master Of Puppets" features five different solos over eight minutes. Two of them were by Cliff Burton, though some people mistake his driven bass for a guitar, because they're dummies. Clearly he and the band were proud of the song because it was played at his funeral in 1986.
7. "One" from "...And Justice For All"
Metallica finally hit the US Top 40 with this single from their forth album. "The idea for the opening came from a Venom song called 'Buried Alive'", James Hetfiel told Guitar World in 1991. "The kick drum machine-gun part near the end wasn't written with the war lyrics in mind, it just came out that way".
6. "Blackened" from "...And Justice For All"
Jason Newstead's first co-writing effort with the band about the end of human civilisation is a dark one indeed. The intro is a dual-guitar harmony that plays in reverse, which means the band need to rely on a recording before they can kick in with playing it live - but as this video proves, it can make for a perfect opener to their live sets.
5. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" from "Master Of Puppets"
The last single with Cliff Burton is about being trapped by insanity. James Hetfield has said he wrote it as a tribute to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". If you caught the band live in the early 2000s, you might have heard them merging the song with "Master Of Puppets" which they lovingly titled "Mastertarium".
4. "Creeping Death" from "Ride The Lightning"
Metallica have played this song more than 1,360 times, and it's second only to "Master Of Puppets" at over 1,400 plays. It's based on the great plagues in the bible and apparently told from the perspective of Moses. While watching a film about the ten commandments, Cliff Burton said the plague that killed every Egyptian first-born child was "like creeping death", and in turn conceived the name to this classic track.
3. "Master Of Puppets" from "Master Of Puppets"
Their most played song is about how drugs can take over control of your body. It's often ranked as the most popular heavy metal song of all time (though it looks like UG readers disagree), and also gets a nod for having some of the best riffs ever.
2. "Ride The Lightening" from "Ride The Lightning"
Written from the perspective of someone sitting on death row and awaiting their electrocution, this is one of the final songs that credit Dave Mustaine as a songwriter.
1. "Fade To Black" from "Ride The Lightning"
Looks like you picked a great winner for this Metallica poll! When a song has a solo this good, it's no surprise, but there's a lot to love about "Fade To Black".
Lars Ulrich said that he and James Hetfield were obsessed with death at the time this song was produced, and once talked about how it came to be:
"That song was a big step for us... I wrote the song at a friend's house in New Jersey. I was pretty depressed at the time because our gear had just been stolen, and we had been thrown out of our manager's house for breaking shit and drinking his liquor cabinet dry.
"It's a suicide song, and we got a lot of flak for it, as if kids were killing themselves because of the song. But we also got hundreds of letters from kids telling us how they related to the song and that it made them feel better".
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