The Best Heavy Metal Music Videos

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A list of the best heavy metal music videos of all time, as decided by the fans and experts.


“One” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the third single from their fourth album, …And Justice for All. The song’s music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a soldier who is severely wounded in battle and pleading with God to take his life. “One” was ranked at number 358 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It was also ranked number 464 on Q magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Songs Ever” in 2002.

Megadeth-Symphony of Destruction

Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction” is a great heavy metal song, and the music video is just as good. The video features the band performing in a post-apocalyptic world, with plenty of fire and destruction. It’s a great visual complement to the song, and it’s sure to get your head banging.


Pantera’s “Walk” is one of the most iconic and well-known heavy metal songs of all time. The music video is just as iconic, featuring the band members walking through a post-apocalyptic wasteland while being chased by a horde of hungry zombies. The video perfectly captures the intensity and aggression of the song, and is a must-watch for any metalhead.

Slayer-Raining Blood

This song is off of Slayer’s Reign in Blood album, which is often considered one of the best metal albums of all time. The video is just as brutal as the song, with footage of various wars and atrocities mixed in with shots of the band performing. It’s a perfect example of how metal can be both brutal and beautiful at the same time.


Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981. The band was one of the most popular of the 1980s thrash metal scene and is notable for being the first thrash metal band to secure a major record label contract (“Indians” was their first music video).

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