Top 10 Headbanging Songs

Script written by Quinn Hough We are not responsible for any neck injuries you might sustain throughout this video. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Headbanging Songs. For this list, we're focusing on the best songs that get metal fans into the mood, however we're not excluding some of the more laid-back anthems that may seem conservative but still retain that certain headbanging quality. Special thanks to our users dd b, Zoltán Lovas and Jack Doofenshmirtz for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Headbanging Songs

We are not responsible for any neck injuries you might sustain throughout this video. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Headbanging Songs.

For this list, we’re focusing on the best songs that get metal fans into the mood, however we’re not excluding some of the more laid-back anthems that may seem conservative but still retain that certainheadbanging quality.

#10: “Psychosocial” (2008)

Right from the jump, this Grammy nominated track whips you across the face with an explosive intro. At this point, some headbangers may already be experiencing a dizzying sensation even before Slipknot begins laying down the business about raging against whatever they seem to be raging about. Hey, when it comes to headbanging, the lyrics are part of the equation, but it’s the sound that plays a crucial role. As part of the soundtrack for “Punisher: War Zone” and one-half of a rather innovative mash-up, this track bears a name and metal aesthetic that bangers can appreciate. Psychosocial, baby.

#9:“Holy Diver” (1983)

Laced with metaphorical references to diamonds, tigers and the midnight sea, this song from a former Black Sabbath member has all the musical bravado of the 80s, charged by the gritty vocals of Dio himself. Comparatively speaking, it’s not quite as psychotic as some of the stuff you’ll hear today, but even so, “Holy Diver” remains a classic. And better yet, the beat allows for some easy-going banging that doesn’t quite require looking like a madman.

#8: “Down with the Sickness” (2000)

Drums. Whispering. Guitar. The intro to this early 20th century classic all leads up one iconic phrase…err, sound. Let’s get this out of the way, the lyrics of “Down with the Sickness” detail a mother abusing her child, which is certainly no laughter matter, however the concept lays the foundation for the overall sickness of the song. This track just finds its way into your soul, with lead singer David Draiman and company in complete control of the headbanger ball.

#7: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)

Regardless of how one interprets the lyrical content of this alternative classic, it will forever kick your ass given the 5 minutes of pure intensity. Part of the magic comes from the historical aspect of the song, as most headbangers easily identify with the opening riff, but if aliens ever show up from outer space and they hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” well you better believe they’ll be banging too as even extraterrestrials should be able to feel Cobain’s sheer angst. There’s a reason the group has such a legendary status, they were able to rock out like no other, all while bringing an emotional edge that will burn you right to your core.

#6: “Chop Suey!” (2001)
System of a Down

Released just weeks prior to the 9/11 attacks, this alt-metal anthem will mess with your entire system. First, you got the drawn-out opening which is certainly bangable, but then System of a Down just gets down and dirty with Serj Tankian spouting off staccato lyrics like a boss. From a lyrical perspective, “Chop Suey” represents the legacies of individuals after they die, and let’s just be thankful for a tempo that allows bangers the occasional break, because you don’t want to be that dude that leaves the world due to excessive thrashing.

#5: “Song 2” (1997)

Before there was Gorillaz, there was late 90s Damon Albarn delivering one of the most recognized lyrics of the decade. Sure, it’s not your typical banger, and Blur isn't your typical banger band but “Song 2” always gets people in the mood, whether you’re at a house party, soccer pitch, business meeting, or pop concert. It’s just got that definitive late 90s sound, and with lyrics aimed at the grunge scene of the time, it’s easy to get into the groove and at least bang it out just a little.

#4: “Aces High” (1984)
Iron Maiden

Every once in a while, you’ll hear a metal song about demons, goblins or God knows what, but here’s an early 80s number that takes it back to World War II. If you’re a die hard Maiden fan, well, then you already know that “Aces High” details the clash of a British pilot and the German Luftwaffe, but if you’re that guy or gal that identifies this song with only headbanging, then you might just be suffering from brain damage and unable to fully appreciate the history lesson.’s all good. ROCK ON.

#3: “Raining Blood” (1986)

We all know that someone who never stops talking about revolution and wants to overthrow the government, but have you ever heard them talk about overthrowing heaven itself? Maybe not, unless you’re part of the band Slayer, as this red-rum production will get you all ramped up and in the right frame of mind for some retro-style headbangin.’ As part of the aptly-titled album Reign in Blood, this Slayer track requires a full five minutes of banger commitment.

#2: “Walk” (1993)

When a band releases an album called Vulgar Display of Power, one should probably anticipate a little chaos. And back in the early 90s, Pantera essentially made their fans freak the F out when they dropped this little ditty. Lead singer Phil Anselmo has actually been on record about the essence of “Walk,” which means this: quote “Take your f**king attitude and take a f**kin’ walk with that.” End quote. And on that note, well, you know what to do next. Wait, we mean you’re supposed to headbang, not “take a f**kin’ walk.” Please remain seated until the end of the clip.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Painkiller” (1990)
Judas Priest

“Walk with Me in Hell” (2006)
Lamb of God

“Iron Man” (1971)
Black Sabbath

“Rose of Sharyn” (2004)
Killswitch Engage

“Unholy Confessions” (2004)
Avenged Sevenfold”

#1: “Creeping Death” (1984)

If you grew up a headbanger, well then you’re probably all too familiar with parental or teacher scoldings, however there’s nothing quite like a thrashing from the Angel of Death himself. Back in ’84, Metallica took to the actual Bible to chronicle the Plagues of Egypt, and while one may not remember the details of that narrative, you may just remember James Hetfield’s snarling vocals on “Creeping Death.” This track will literally scare the crap right out of you and we simply wouldn’t have it any other way.

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