Metallica Songs List & Biggest Hits for a Wedding Playlist

Updated November 28, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell

Metallica is an American (California) heavy metal rock band formed in 1981. Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. They were also most notably instrumental in bringing down Napster as an illegal music-sharing platform.

top 10 Metallica songs

Much to the chagrin of underground fans, Metallica hit the mainstream with the release of their fifth album titled The Black Album.

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Best Metallica Songs List

#1 One
Released in 1989 on the album …And Justice for All

One is Metallica’s first Top 40 hit which brought them to mainstream and out from underground. The song’s theme and lyrics are based on the novel Johnny Got His Gun – about a soldier who is hit by a land mine and loses his limbs, eyes, ears, and mouth. His mind functions perfectly, however, leaving him trapped inside his own body.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me

#2 Enter Sandman
Released in 1991 on the album Metallica

The song centers around childhood nightmares.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never never land

#3 Nothing Else Matters
Released in 1992 on the album Metallica

This song could actually be interpreted as a love song. The song talks about being “so close, no matter how far” – a strong bond even while being apart.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

So close, no matter how far
It couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

#4 Fade To Black
Released in 1984 on the album Ride the Lightning

The song talks about suicidal feelings.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

#5 The Unforgiven
Released in 1992 on the album Metallica

The song is about the struggle of a person against the efforts of those who would try and control him.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Never shined through in what I’ve shown
Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven


#6 Turn The Page
Released in 1998 on the album Garage Inc.

The song was originally released by Bob Seger in 1973. The song is about the emotional and social ups and downs of a rock musician’s life on the road.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Here I am, on the road again
There I am, up on the stage
There I go playin’ the star again
There I go, turn the page

#7 Wherever I May Roam
Released in 1992 on the album Metallica

Did you know the song is used as an entrance song in sports for pro wrestlers, baseball players, and sports teams?

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I’ve grown
By myself, but not alone
I ask no one

#8 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Released in 1985 on the album Ride the Lightning

The song was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls about the dishonor of modern warfare and the protagonist’s imminent doom during the bloody Spanish Civil War.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Stranger now are his eyes to this mystery
He hears the silence so loud
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be
Now they see what will be, blinded eyes to see

#9 Sad But True
Released in 1993 on the album Metallica

The song is most notable for its tone – one step down on the 5-string bass down to ‘A standard’.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m your dream, mind astray
I’m your eyes while you’re away
I’m your pain while you repay
You know it’s sad but true

#10 Master Of Puppets
Released in 1986 on the album Master of Puppets

The song is about how drugs control you.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream


Metallica Highest-Charting Singles – U.S. Rock

  • #1 Until It Sleeps, 1996
  • #1 Hero of the Day, 1996
  • #1 Turn the Page, 1998
  • #1 No Leaf Clover (with San Francisco Symphony), 1999
  • #1 I Disappear, 2000
  • #1 The Day That Never Comes, 2008
  • #1 Cyanide, 2008
  • #1 Hardwired, 2016
  • #1 Atlas, Rise!, 2016
  • #1 All Within My Hands (with San Francisco Symphony), 2020
  • #2 The Unforgiven II, 1998
  • #2 St. Anger, 2003
  • #2 Now That We’re Dead, 2017
  • #3 The Memory Remains, 1997
  • #4 Whiskey in the Jar, 1999
  • #4 Spit Out the Bone, 2017
  • #5 Moth into Flame, 2016

Current Band Members:

  • Vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield
  • Drummer Lars Ulrich
  • Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett
  • Bassist Robert Trujillo

Former band members:

  • Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine
  • Bassists Ron McGovney
  • Cliff Burton
  • Jason Newsted

Do you have a favorite Metallica song? Please share your song below in the comments!

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