For the last week, Gibson.com has been slowly revealing their staff-selected list of the Top 50 Metal Songs of All Time. Today marks the final day of that process, as the Top 10 have finally been unveiled. Gibson also released the results of their readers' poll today with a list of the Top 25 Metal Songs of All Time as chosen by visitors to the site.
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" was chosen as Gibson.com's #1 pick, with Motrhead's "Ace Of Spades" and Ozzy's "Crazy Train" rounding out the top 3. Metal gods Judas Priest dominated the Top 50 list, with 7 songs selected by the staff. Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath both came away with 6 selections, in what turned out to be a good poll for British Heavy Metal bands.
At the top of the Readers' Poll is Iron Maiden's epic "Hallowed Be Thy Name." The Readers' Poll ended up being a much more diverse list than the staff picks, with bands ranging from classic rockers Mountain to symphonic metallers Nightwish making the Top 25. The fans also chose to include Led Zeppelin under the "Metal" category, with "Stairway To Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love" making the list.
It seems the Readers' Poll was friendlier to newer acts as well, with Slipknot's "Psychosocial" and Lamb Of God's "Laid To Rest" both making the 25-song cut.
Without further ado, here are the full lists:
Gibson.com's Top 50 Metal Songs of All Time:
01. Master of Puppets, Metallica 02. Ace of Spades, Motrhead 03. Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne 04. Iron Man, Black Sabbath 05. The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden 06. War Pigs, Black Sabbath 07. Paranoid, Black Sabbath 08. One, Metallica 09. Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden 10. Breaking the Law, Judas Priest 11. Children of the Grave, Black Sabbath 12. Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N' Roses 13. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath 14. Hells Bells, AC/DC 15. The Trooper, Iron Maiden 16. Painkiller, Judas Priest 17. Stargazer, Rainbow 18. Enter Sandman, Metallica 19. Back in Black, AC/DC 20. Runnin' with the Devil, Van Halen 21. The Hellion/Electric Eye, Judas Priest 22. Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden 23. Let it Go, Def Leppard 24. Epic, Faith No More 25. Hangar 18, Megadeth 26. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Iron Maiden 27. You've Got Another Thing Comin', Judas Priest 28. Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden 29. Raining Blood, Slayer 30. Walk, Pantera 31. Holy Diver, Dio 32. Highway to Hell, AC/DC 33. Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath 34. Bulls on Parade, Rage Against the Machine 35. Fade to Black, Metallica 36. Angel of Death, Slayer 37. Peace Sells, Megadeth 38. Freak on a Leash, Korn 39. Them Bones, Alice in Chains 40. Cemetery Gates, Pantera 41. Detroit Rock City, KISS 42. Devil's Child, Judas Priest 43. Run with the Wolf, Rainbow 44. Would?, Alice in Chains 45. We're Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister 46. Hell Bent for Leather, Judas Priest 47. Beyond the Realms of Death, Judas Priest 48. Bomber, Motrhead 49. Unchained, Van Halen 50. 10,000 Days (Wings, Part II), Tool
Gibson Readers' Top 25 Metal Songs of All Time:
01. Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden 02. Paranoid, Black Sabbath 03. Master of Puppets, Metallica 04. Never in My Life, Mountain 05. Iron Man, Black Sabbath 06. Enter Sandman, Metallica 07. One, Metallica 08. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath 09. Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne 10. Ace of Spades, Motrhead 11. Laid to Rest, Lamb of God 12. The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden 13. Bang Your Head (Metal Health), Quiet Riot 14. Psychosocial, Slipknot 15. Children of the Grave, Black Sabbath 16. Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden 17. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Iron Maiden 18. Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin 19. War Pigs, Black Sabbath 20. Creek Mary's Blood, Nightwish 21. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin 22. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath 23. Mr. Crowley, Ozzy Osbourne 24. Peace Sells, Megadeth 25. Seek and Destroy, Metallica