Wednesday Question: Catchiest Metal Song Ever

As always, votes and nominations inside.

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Wednesday Question: Catchiest Metal Song Ever

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to thing about all the catchy tunes in the realm of metal and answer this thing right here:

What's the catchiest metal song ever?


  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.
We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
    How is this gold if Enter Sandman has more votes? Anyone?
    UG changed the voting system, so if you have a greater proportion of upvotes than to downvotes, you are more likely to get the gold medal. The Enter Sandman may have more votes, but the number of downvotes must be pretty high too. I've pasted one of the explanations UG gave for this new system below: "Imagine a helpful article on "How to read tabs." There are comments with really good tips, they are upvoted a lot with almost zero downvotes. But there's also a bunch of not-so-productive stuff like "Learn to play by ear" or "The new layout sucks." Although this stuff receives a solid chunk of downvotes, it also fetches a lot of upvotes, enough of 'em to warrant a top position. So with the new algorithm, a comment that got 10 upvotes and 0 downvotes will be higher than the one with say 200 upvotes and 190 downvotes. This way, the newer comments that managed to get some traction will still have their chance to reach the top."
    Looking at it, here's the maths (if you are interested) :p The Osborne comment: upvote proportion is roughly 8/9 Metallica suggestion: upvote proportion is roughly 26/31 At the time of when I looked at it. 8/9 is greater than 26/31, thus having a higher proportion of upvotes. Hope that helps
    Black Sabbath- Iron Man
    it's a toss-up, definitely.
    I was just thinking that if you strip the words away, or replace them with dance lyrics (shutters at the thought) Paranoid would be the one to get people moving still, mostly cause of its simplicity and length.
    Ozzy actually said in his book that Paranoid sounded so pop like and the girls started to scream and dance to it, which had never happened before with Black Sabbath, to the extent that band members felt they're selling out and betraying their original fans.
    I'd believe it, you can hear it right away. Super catchy, but the lyrics are very morose, makes for an interesting contrast.
    Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
    This should have the gold - People I went to public school with, pop-culture obsessed teenagers that usually hated everything "old", in a town where I got strange looks just for having long hair, knew and loved that song. When a metal songs popularity transcends the genre boundaries, a good rule of thumb is that they're almost certainly catchy as fuck
    Joke nomination: Dream Theater- The Dance of Eternity. Really gets the girls shaking their asses to those steady 144 time signature changes.
    I know this was said as a joke, but I often find I have plenty of DT's more complex passages stuck in my head. I think it's due to spending so much time learning them that they have just become ingrained in my head haha. For example, I don't think I will ever forget the rhythm of the cool hi-hit groove at 3:49 in The Dance of Eternity. lol I also find the whole instrumental section of In The Presence of Enemies Pt 2 incredibly catchy.
    Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name There's that one row at the end that is kinda catchy but I can't really remember what it was.
    Bombtrack too! Everything that band does is some of the grooviest, catchiest music in metal.
    Europe - The Final Countdown Oooooh yeah!
    That's not metal. Maybe try Ace of Spades by Motorhead
    What if I told you that music doesn't have to be heavier than Meshuggah to be metal.
    I'd say I don't need your sarcasm. Europe is not metal anything. They're glam ROCK. Same reason Kiss, AC/DC and Alice Cooper shouldn't be on this list; but Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Queit Riot should be.
    I agree that Kiss, AC/DC and Alice shouldn't be on the list. I can't however even begin to wrap my head around how the fuck you figured whitesnake is more metal than europe though. Wouldn't call Def Leppard metal either, but at least they're way more metal than whitesnake.
    I'd say you really should listen to Europe's most recent work and also very early work. Europe is anything but glam. "The Final Countdown" (and maybe "Out Of This World") are not 'standard' Europe albums . Their eponymous album and Wings of tomorrow (2 first albums) are definitely metal while their latest work is blues rock. No, they are not glam.
    Black Sabbath - N.I.B. Had this song in my head since I discovered Black Sabbath
    Can I Play With Madness? - Iron Maiden Stuck in my head since I first saw the video on Top of the Pops in 1988! Yes, I'm old...t