Best metal song every year since 1970

What are the metal songs that define every year since the genre’s unholy birth in 1970? Loudwire’s writers hashed it out recently, year by year. Some years it was without problems (it’s hard to argue with Black Sabbath in 1970, for example). In other years, things became contentious and came down to one decisive vote. That was the case when we decided on the best metal song of 2018, but this list is an effective reminder that metal is an ever-evolving beast. And with that in mind, we will note that we Able to make up our minds about the best song of 2018 in the next few weeks: you never know when a great new metal track will be unleashed.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the best metal songs from every year since metal was born. Bonus: we’ve also included the runners-up!

The best metal songs every year since 1970

See Loudwire’s picks for the best metal songs every year since 1970.

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