Metal Hammer Says These Are 100 Greatest Metal Songs of the '90s

#84. Megadeth - 'Sweating Bullets'; #83. Limp Bizkit - 'Nookie.'

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Metal Hammer Says These Are 100 Greatest Metal Songs of the '90s

The folks from Metal Hammer recently rounded up their list of 100 finest metal tunes of the '90s.

You can check out the whole thing below.

Top 100 best '90s metal songs according to Metal Hammer

100. Mr Bungle - 'Carousel'
99. Snot - 'Snot'
98. Faith No More - 'The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies'
97. Testament - 'Riding The Snake'
96. Voivod - 'Jack Luminous'
95. Melvins - 'Honey Bucket'
94. Napalm Death - 'Twist the Knife (Slowly)'
93. Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Avon'
92. Emperor - 'Thus Spake the Nightspirit'
91. Life of Agony - 'Lost At 22'
90. Meshuggah - 'New Millennium Cyanide Christ'
89. Opeth - 'Face of Melinda'
88. Metallica - 'Until It Sleeps'
87. Corrosion Of Conformity - 'Dance Of The Dead'
86. Entombed - 'Wolverine Blues'
85. Situation - 'Infecting The Crypts'
84. Megadeth - 'Sweating Bullets'
83. Limp Bizkit - 'Nookie'
82. Cradle of Filth - 'The Forest Whispers My Name'
81. Death - 'Trapped In A Corner'
80. Kyuss - 'Gardenia'
79. Peal Jam - 'Rearviewmirror'
78. Anthrax - 'Only'
77. Immortal - 'The Sun No Longer Rises'
76. Electric Wizard - 'Wizard in Black'
75. Guns N' Roses - 'November Rain'
74. Amorphis - 'Black Winter Day'
73. Darkthrone - 'Transilvanian Hunger'
72. Ozzy Osbourne - 'Mama, I'm Coming Home'
71. In Flames - 'Jotun'
70. Nine Inch Nails - 'The Day the World Went Away'
69. Eyehategod - 'Dixie Whiskey'
68. Tool - 'Sober'
67. Pantera - 'I'm Broken'
66. Marilyn Manson - 'Lunchbox'
65. Deftones - 'Engine No. 9'
64. Cathedral - 'Hopkins'
63. Type O Negative - 'Everything Dies'
62. Down - 'Stone the Crow'
61. Sepultura - 'Arise'
60. Rage Against The Machine - 'Guerrilla Radio'
59. Carcass - 'Heartwork'
58. Neurosis - 'Locust Star'
57. Fear Factory - 'Replica'
56. Strapping Young Lad - 'Detox'
55. Cradle Of Filth - 'Cruelty Bought Three Orchids'
54. Iron Maiden - 'Fear Of The Dark'
53. Paradise Lost - 'Hallowed Land'
52. Morbid Angel - 'Fall From Grace'
51. White Zombie - 'More Human Than Human'
50. Opeth - 'Demon Of The Fall'
49. Entombed - 'Left Hand Path'
48. Pantera - 'Floods'
47. Monster Magnet - 'Space Lord'
46. Refused - 'New Noise'
45. Type O Negative - 'My Girlfriend's Girlfriend'
44. Meshuggah - 'Future Breed Machine'
43. The Dillinger Escape Plan - '43% Burnt'
42. Marilyn Manson - 'The Dope Show'
41. Clutch - 'I Have The Body Of John Wilkes Booth'
40. Smashing Pumpkins - 'Tonight, Tonight'
39. Slayer - 'Dead Skin Mask'
38. Faith No More - 'Midlife Crisis'
37. Korn - 'Falling Away From Me'
36. Cannibal Corpse - 'Hammer Smashed Face'
35. Jane's Addiction - 'Been Caught Stealing'
34. Darkthrone - 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky'
33. Tool - 'Stinkfist'
32. Mayhem - 'Freezing Moon'
31. Nirvana - 'Heart-Shaped Box'
30. Ministry - 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'
29. Guns N' Roses - 'You Could Be Mine'
28. At The Gates - 'Slaughter Of The Soul'
27. Pearl Jam - 'Alive'
26. Rage Against The Machine - 'Bulls on Parade'
25. The Prodigy - 'Firestarter'
24. Soundgarden - 'Jesus Christ Pose'
23. Rob Zombie - 'Dragula'
22. Body Count - 'Cop Killer'
21. Korn - 'Freak on a Leash'
20. Rammstein - 'Du Hast'
19. Judas Priest - 'Painkiller'
18. Sepultura - 'Refuse/Resist'
17. Pantera - 'Cowboys From Hell'
16. Emperor - 'I Am The Black Wizards'
15. Megadeth - 'Hangar 18'
14. Marilyn Manson - 'The Beautiful People'
13. Deftones - 'My Own Summer (Shove It)'
12. Alice In Chains - 'Rooster'
11. System Of A Down - 'Sugar'
10. Nirvana - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
9. Slipknot - '(sic)'
8. Soundgarden - 'Black Hole Sun'
7. Nine Inch Nails - 'Closer'
6. Metallica - 'Sad But True'
5. Sepultura - 'Roots Bloody Roots'
4. Rage Against the Machine - 'Killing In The Name'
3. Machine Head - 'Davidian'
2. Pantera - 'Walk'
1. Korn - 'Blind'

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    How is holy wars not in the top 5?? Pearl Jam alive is metal?? Wtf
    Little known fact, if you don't agree with a websites top 100 list, the universe continues to exist and everything will be OK. 
    I can agree with the part about the universe. But everything is a bit less OK with a list like this in the world.
    I did not know that The Smashing Pumpkins song "Tonight, Tonight" was considered metal ....  
    These lists are so silly - it's all based on the subjectiveness of taste. 
    I get tired of this stupid opinion. Of course it's subjective but for someone who doesn't know anything about the 90s or metal can use this list as a starting point. There is bases for them to exists. People just take them too seriously.
    #1 Blind = list invalidated.
    I quite like Blind (along with the entire first Korn album) but the best metal song of the 90's? No way!
    lol, upset that slayer, iron maiden, burzum, or mayhem didn't make the top list? the butthurt is strong with this one
    What's with the thumbs down? The sensitive sallys are out and about 
    "Oh, new list! And its for metal songs. Sweet. Let's see what we got here...Snot...Testament...oh, QotSA? I never heard that song by them. Maybe I should check it out if it is considered metal. What else...Until It Sleeps? Didn't expect that... Megadeth, Limp Bizkit...I'll allow it...Cradle of Filth, Pear-wait wut Pearl Jam? Wait a second. What's going on here...Mamma I'm Coming Home? Sure, it's Ozzy, but that's one of the least metal songs he ever SMASHING PUMPKINS TONIGHT, TONIGHT??? Nirvana??!?" Booooo hisssss even given these lists are just like your opinion, man...this is still crap. Too many grunge/alternative bands (awesome, but not metal) and non-metal songs from metal bands. 
    Nine Inch Nails sure mixed their dark techno magic into something that sometimes resembled metal...but HOW THE FUCK can "Closer" be considered a metal song?
    F3 *checks Dream Theater*  Nope. As much as I love some songs on the list, most of them are not metal. Why no Peruvian Skies? Lie? The Mirror? Metropolis pt 1? Painkiller at 19? wtf
    Well, Blind kinda was something different, made it big and created a trend that pretty much lasted all decade and more, I don't really have an issue with that. I do feel some influential and innovative bands were left out, either Iron Monkey or Acid Bath for Sludge and Cynic or Atheist for Tech Death. 
    This should be named rock songs and metal and even that is streching it on a couple of aongs. Moreover, Gentle art of making enemies sbould way higher.
    Metal is a genre of rock, so yes, everything on this list is rock.
    It is a sub genre more. I am not a metal head at all, Iron maiden is the only metal in my collection (and Fear of the dark should also be way higher but in it's live version), I just think there is a distinction.
    It's not a bad list tho, some songs maybe aren't (subjectively speaking) appropriate for a metal top 100, but most of them are really good songs, would be a good playlist for spotify hahaha (on it) 
    Dream Theater - Pull Me Under. :-( Aw well, pretty shit list anyway, but whatever. Also... no Stuck Mojo. List is void.
    while a few bands on this list are questionable Pearl Jam and Nirvana and Janes Addiction just plain aren't metal. Painkiller should have been #1.
     Funny how Metal Hammer titled this "100 best metal songs" while in the intro they talk about "grunge and metal", and "100 best songs" without mentioning any certain genre.
    "we revisit the ‘90s to get the lowdown on the best albums, the scene explosions, and the stories that mattered and still matter. From black metal to grunge, it’s all covered. And to celebrate our undying love for the ‘90s we (along with some of your favourite bands) decided to count down the 100 best songs of the decade. It took AGES. But we think this is pretty much the greatest ‘90s playlist you’re ever going to find.
    Please note, we had one rule in place: Only one song per album allowed." 
    Don't do a fucking "100 greatest metal songs" list if a lot of the fucking music on the list isn't even metal at all. And Blind? #1? I love the song but no way in hell is it the top metal song of the 90's. I can think of plenty of songs that beat that song to the ground.
    An iconic song that launched the career of a groundbreaking band that changed the metal landscape forever. 
    Well, it's something to read while I puff a doob. So in that respect it's a good list.
    Ive seen a lot of shitty top 100 metal albums lists but i guess we have a winner here
    like it or not," Blind" changed Metal forever. as much if not more that "smell like teen spirit" changed Rock/Pop
    So I figured Tonight, Tonight was a typo when converting the link to the list on this article, and the actual list originally said Zero or Bullet with Butterfly Wings or any other of the heavier songs off of Mellon Collie...NOPE. Love the song though, looks like they love it so much that their love is to the point of extreme lust and that's pretty metal, I guess.  At least the songs in general regardless of genre are good. I guess they have the freedom to argue some of the grunge bands' songs' are heavy/fast/angry/whatever enough to where you can say metal sensibly (Alice In Chains probably most fitting in this case).     
    Personal subjective thoughts/biases that are as credible as this list: Nothing from La Sexocristo (Welcome to the Planet, Thunder Kiss, Black Sunshine)...*sigh. -only one song off Seasons in the Abyss (title track and War Ensemble both solid, though I get why loading up on one album isn't necessary for the list), Rust in Peace (Holy wars, tornado of souls)...*sigh -I understand cop killer's importance to the anti-police brutality message from rap and metal group's of that period but man, I don't get how it still makes it that high (in general, not gonna play "switch with song X and Y") given the list itself point out it's generic. Riff and tone wise I think it sounds like it would sound fresh a decade prior to its release. Even the hook is just Fuck the Police. I think another band might have used that beforehand.  -I don't get Caught Stealing By Jane's A. Just do Mountain Song so it makes sense.  -Fanboy complaint: Fear of the Dark "only" 54. -God Honey Bucket is so damn fun. Like, these songs are mostly heavy in their own right but driving around like a lunatic stomping the foot that isn't for gas and breaks? Honey Bucket. 
    The list needs A VERY BIG ARRANGEMENT, but a solid list of songs tbh. a nice variety and not the ones normally picked like TDTWWA from NIN, one of my all time favorite songs from Reznor  
    Well a piss poor effort from metal hammer really. Too many non metal songs (November Rain? Nirvana? Pearl Jam? NOVEMBER RAIN???) for a supposed metal list, and Blind at #1 is fucking stupid. Metal Hammer is shit now anyway and this shows; Christ, almost as bad as Kerrang.
    thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Typical instruments Electric guitar bass guitar drums vocals. That's the definition of metal found on Wikipedia. I guess November Rain fits in. It's clearly not pop, not techno, not house, not rap and not even blues. The outro is an awesome piece of heavy metal by the way.
    What a fucking stupid list! Many of these aren't metal artists and the tracks aren't metal e.g. G'N'R - November Rain, hard rock band - ballad. And no Crowbar! What the fudge!?
    Kinda dissapointed they didn't give Dissection a spot in there. Storm of the Light's Bane is probably the most underrated metal album of the 90's.