Wednesday Question: Best Metallica Song Ever?

It's a big one this week. With news of the next Metallica next album being planned, we want to know what you think their best songs are. Think you know the answer? Join the debate here.

Wednesday Question: Best Metallica Song Ever?
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Yesterday Kirk Hammet confirmed that Metallica have scheduled the recording of their next album, possibly with Rick Rubin who produced "Death Magnetic". It's exciting news, and we hope it's their best release yet. But it got us thinking: what are their best songs to date? We think UG readers will have a better grasp of Metallica songs than most music fans, so this week's question is: What is the best Metallica song? It doesn't have to be from an album. You can pick from b-sides, covers, and anything that has been released. A live-only performance will be fine if you can find a YouTube link so we can share it with other readers. Post your nominations in the comments, and be sure to up vote each other so we can see what the consensus is. Will you pick older classics or give credit to newer recordings? It's your call. We'll stack up the results and publish them in an ultimate Metallica list on Friday. Maybe it'll be our best playlist yet! Hammer out the debate in the comments and remember to check back on Friday to see the results over the weekend.

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    scrymusic
    Orion
    dewitt
    I personally like The Call of Ktulu better, as far as their instrumentals go. Don't know if I could say it's my favorite from them, though.
    whywefight
    Personally, I'd say To Live is to Die. Case in point: If I remember correctly Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth said Opeth wouldn't exist without To Live is to Die.
    Scourge441
    Gotta be Orion. Listen to the solo bass track, and you'll realize how much of a genius Cliff actually was:
    TombOfHorror
    Awesome post, thank you! Makes it really easy to hear some of the finger-picking dynamics he'd use. That I imitate when I play bass (never use a pick!). @6:39 - I always thought that was bass & guitar in unison. Cliff Burton, still blowing my mind.
    TombOfHorror
    Orion, I wholeheartedly agree. The opening segues of bass ringing out, the driving crunch crunch of the guitars in the opening... epic. The key change at about 2:50 just gets me pyched. But my favorite part is at about 40, the bass line that I've ripped off at least a few times, the unison bends, the slow solos.. just gives me chills. I'm just surprised it took until this far down the list for someone to suggest Orion.
    TombOfHorror
    Weird... when I typed out 4 minutes as # : # #, it translated into an emoticon...? anyways, 40 = 4 minutes, obviously. And also I just wanted to add that Orion was my favorite Metallica song when I was 12 (back in 1991) and still is. The Black album introduced me to Metallica, but the Cliff Burton era stuff, particularly Master of Puppets album really made me a fan.
    henrihell
    Can't agree more! The bass part is my absolute favorite part of any song, and the bass solo later on kicks some serious ass aswell.
    anwclark
    Fade to Black
    Filipus
    The night after Ronnie James Dio death... I cried on that concert. or without video
    ken_imp
    yes! the most inspiring song from Metallica Great lyrics, and the solo is just killer!
    ikantuna
    I'm about to put The View to remind how crap there are but Fade to Black days were THE DAYS!
    goremetal22
    Disposable Heroes
    highwind5150
    To Live Is To Die...hands down...nothing in their catalog can top this song for me. I have other favorites...but I get chills every time I hear this song.
    baumaxx1
    'I am the table!' But seriously, I love the groove and energy of 'The Four Horsemen'. The first album had some serious head-banging material. ... and please don't let Rick Rubin produce the next one. We don't need anymore of this loudness war crap where the music is compressed to the max and audibly distorts. Ruined a good album.
    TheNameOfNoone
    I actually liked that compressed sound. It makes me feel I'm listening to Metallica playing in my room...