The Most Popular Heavy Metal Songs on YouTube and VEVO

by Bill Nihill on August 7, 2013

Heavy metal songs on YouTubeThis list is bound to surprise you. Today, we’ll feature the most popular heavy metal songs on YouTube (and Vevo), sorted by videos with the most views. We only featured songs that received 10 million or more views, or this list would have been extremely long. The top of this list features the most viewed heavy metal videos on YouTube, with the bottom featuring those near the 10 million mark. The view counts are left approximate, rounded off to the nearest million since they will be fluctuating on a daily basis.

Metallica OneIn the old days of metal, album sales were regarded as the perfect barometer to gauge the popularity of a song or album. Not anymore. With today’s biggest metal bands only selling a fraction of what popular metal bands sold in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s difficult to compare today’s best metal albums to older metal albums in terms of success and popularity. YouTube may help to bridge that gap, though you may notice from this list that some of the genre’s most iconic bands are absent or barely represented. What, no Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensryche, Exodus, Faith No More, Celtic Frost, Lamb of God, Venom, Death, or even Judas Priest? These are the real numbers, and the numbers don’t lie. Near the top of the list, you’ll see the same bands represented over and over again.

Linkin Park New DivideIf you’re wondering why Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold appear so prominently on this list, it’s the younger demographic who are frequenting YouTube more than the older metal crowd. While Motley Crue fans are still listening to their old CDs, Linkin Park fans are listening to their favorite songs on Vevo, which skews numbers. Newness is also a factor. New songs get more views, and tend to settle and slowly grow. Old songs just grow slowly without an initial popularity surge, giving older songs from Metallica, Dio, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy the disadvantage.

A note for this list: You’ll often see multiple uploads of the same song on YouTube. We only counted the video with the highest view count, and left it at that. We also excluded songs that were live versions of songs that didn’t have recording studio versions, like Linkin Park’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” However, if the live version of a song has more view counts than the studio version, we’ll use the version with the higher view count (like Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”).

  1. Linkin Park – New Divide 369 million
  2. Guns N’ Roses – November Rain 269 million
  3. Chop Suey – System of a Down – 207 million
  4. Linkin Park – Numb 175 million
  5. Evanescence – My Immortal – 143 million
  6. Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry 124 million
  7. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine 118 million
  8. Evanescence – Bring Me to Life – 110 million
  9. Linkin Park – What I’ve Done 104 million
  10. Linkin Park – In the End 96 million
  11. Slipknot – Psychosocial 95 million
  12. Linkin Park – Castle of Glass 88 million
  13. Scorpions – Winds of Change 87 million
  14. Linkin Park – Burn it Down 79 million
  15. Metallica – One 78 million
  16. Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City 77 million
  17. Skillet – Monster 73 million
  18. Metallica – Enter Sandman 70 million
  19. Nightwish – Amaranth 70 million
  20. Linkin Park – Crawling 69 million
  21. System of a Down B.Y.O.B.  69 million
  22. Bullet for my Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall 64 million
  23. Dragonforce – Through the Fire and Flames 62 million
  24. Black Veil Brides – Knives and Pens 60 million
  25. Linkin Park – The Catalyst 60 million
  26. Slipknot – Before I Forget 57 million
  27. System of a Down – Lonely Day 57 million
  28. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare 57 million
  29. Avenged Sevenfold – So Far Away 56 million
  30. Linkin Park – Faint 54 million
  31. System of a Down – Aerials 52 million
  32. Guns N’ Roses – Patience 52 million
  33. Rammstein – Ich Will 50 million
  34. Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful 49 million
  35. Slipknot – Duality 49 million
  36. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle 49 million
  37. Avenged Sevenfold – Dear God 48 million
  38. Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff 47 million
  39. Avenged Sevenfold – A Little Piece of Heaven 47 million
  40. Linkin Park – Breaking the Habit 46 million
  41. Linkin Park – Never Back Down 45 million
  42. Avenged Sevenfold -Afterlife 44 million
  43. Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong 44 million
  44. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters 40 million
  45. Evanescence – Going Under – 40 million
  46. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once  38 Million
  47. Scorpions – Send Me An Angel  37 million
  48. Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark 37 million
  49. Limp Bizkit – My Way 36 million
  50. Linkin Park – Leave Out All the Rest 35 million
  51. Linkin Park – Irridescent 35 million
  52. System of a Down – Hypnotize 34 million
  53. Evanescence – Everybody’s Fool 33 million
  54. Asking Alexandria – The Final Episode 33 million
  55. System of a Down – Sugar 33 million
  56. Guns N’ Roses – Estranged 33 million
  57. Metallica – Fade to Black 32 million
  58. Limp Bizkit – Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) 32 million
  59. Slipknot – Dead Memories 32 million
  60. Linkin Park – Bleed it Out 31 million
  61. Black Veil Brides – In the End 31 million
  62. Skid Row – I Remember You 30 million
  63. Metallica – Sanitarium 29 million
  64. Iron Maiden – The Trooper 29 million
  65. Evanescence  – Lithium 29 million
  66. Bring Me The Horizon – Pray for Plagues 28 million
  67. Korn – Coming Undone – 28 million
  68. Metallica – The Unforgiven 27 million
  69. Bullet for My Valentine – Waking the Demon 27 million
  70. Slipnkot – Snuff 27 million
  71. Black Veil Brides – Fallen Angels 27 million
  72. Linkin Park – Lost in the Echo 27 million
  73. Evanescence  – What You Want 26 million
  74. Rob Zombie – Dragula 26 million
  75. Avenged Sevenfold – Seize the Day 26 million
  76. Evanescence  – Call Me When You’re Sober 26 million
  77. Nightwish – Nemo 25 million
  78. Linkin Park – From the Inside 25 million
  79. Tool – Schism 25 million
  80. Evanescence  – Hello 24 million
  81. Metallica – Master of Puppets 24 million
  82. Guns N’ Roses –  Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 24 million
  83. Scorpions – Still Loving You 23 million
  84. Metallica – Turn the Page 23 million
  85. Pantera – Walk 23 million
  86. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun 23 million
  87. Linkin Park – Papercut 23 million
  88. Rammstein – Sonne 23 million
  89. Ozzy Osbourne – Dreamer 22 million
  90. Slayer – Raining Blood 22 milion
  91. Tool – The Pot 22 million
  92. Linkin Park -Given Up 22 million
  93. Disturbed – Stricken 22 million
  94. Limp Bizkit – My Generation 22 million
  95. Limp Bizkit – Nookie 22 million
  96. Asking Alexandria – A Prophecy 21 million
  97. Disturbed – Indestructible 21 million
  98. Tool – Sober 21 million
  99. Korn – Freak on a Leash  21 million
  100. Asking Alexandria – Not The American Average 21 million
  101. Amon Amarth – Pursuit of Vikings 20 million
  102. Metallica – Whiskey in the Jar 20 million
  103. Bullet For My Valentine – Your Betrayal 20 million
  104. Disturbed – Down With the Sickness 20 million
  105. Rammstein – Keine Lust 20 million
  106. Whitesnake – Is This Love 20 million
  107. Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire  19 million
  108. Black Veil Brides – Perfect Weapon 19 million
  109. Iron Maiden – Wasted Years  19 million
  110. Slipknot – Wait and Bleed 19 million
  111. Evanescence  – My Heart is Broken 19 million
  112. Iron Maiden – Wasted Years 19 million
  113. Whitensake – Here I Go Again 18 million
  114. Avenged Sevenfold – Almost Easy 18 million
  115. Korn – Narcisstic Cannibal – 18 million
  116. Guns N’ Roses – You Could Be Mine 18 million
  117. Evanescence  – Sweet Sacrifice 18 million
  118. Black Sabbath – Iron Man 18 million
  119. Manowar – Warriors of the World 18 million
  120. Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane 18 million
  121. Five Finger Death Punch –  Under and Over It 18 million
  122. Evanescence  – Anywhere 17 million
  123. Nightwish – Over the Hills and Far Away 17 million
  124. Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot 17 million
  125. Guns N’ Roses –  Since I Don’t Have You 17 million
  126. Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country 17 million
  127. Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra 17 million
  128. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name 17 million
  129. Guns N’ Roses – Civil War 16 million
  130. Slipknot Vermillion 16 million
  131. Limp Bizkit – Take a Look Around 16 million
  132. Nightwish – The Islander 16 million
  133. Nightwish – The Phantom of the Opera 16 million
  134. Linkin Park – Burning in the Skies 16 million
  135. Metallica – The Day That Never Comes 16 million
  136. Dio – Holy Diver 16 million
  137. Alice In Chains – Man in the Box 15 million
  138. Bullet For My Valentine – Hearts Burst Into Fire – 15 million
  139. Metallica – Unforgiven II 15 million
  140. Suicide Silence – Unanswered 15 million
  141. Danzig – Mother 15 million
  142. Linkin Park – One Step Closer 15 million
  143. Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company 14 million
  144. Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day 14 million
  145. Slipknot – Sulfur 14 million
  146. Limp Bizkit – Boiler 14 million
  147. Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train – 13 million
  148. Cannibal Corpse – Make Them Suffer 13 million
  149. Bullet For My Valentine – Hand of Blood 13 million
  150. In Flames – Take This Life 12 million
  151. Dimmu Borgir – The Sacriligous Scorn 12 million
  152. Helloween – I Want Out 12 million
  153. Bring Me The Horizon – Chelsea Smile 12 million
  154. Rage Against The Machine – Testify 12 million
  155. Slayer – Angel of Death 11 million
  156. Alice In Chains – Rooster 11 million
  157. Iron Maiden – Phantom of the Opera 11 million
  158. Linkin Park – Runaway 11 million
  159. Judas Priest – Pain Killer 11 million
  160. Alice In Chains – Would? 11 million
  161. Meshuggah – Bleed 11 million
  162. Manowar – Die for Metal 11 million
  163. Tool – Stinkfist 11 million
  164. Metallica – Ride the Lightning 11 million
  165. Asking Alexandria – Right Now (Akon Cover)  10 million

Ozzy OsbourneNo Sabbath, No Megadeth, No Motley Crue?

Black Sabbath appears on the list but once. Even Ozzy’s solo material is on the list only twice. Metallica’s numbers may have been higher had they not resisted VEVO for so many years. They are a latecomer to the world of YouTube, since many videos were removed over the years, decreasing their total view counts. Megadeth isn’t on the list, even for “Symphony of Destruction.” Even Soundgarden appears only once on this list. Others not present: Lacuna Coil, Poison, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Dream Theater, and Children of Bodom.

**UPDATE** Judas Priest is finally on the list with the music video for “Painkiller”.

If you’re wondering what artists are making these days through VEVO, which pays more than YouTube, it’s roughly $70,000 for every 10 million views. Cut that in half for YouTube, because they pay about half of what VEVO does.  That means Guns N’ Roses earned about $1.25 million for “November Rain” alone.  System of a Down earned about $1.06 million for “Chop Suey.”  YouTube videos also serve ads on videos, and monetize with a link to download the song via iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon MP3.

System of a DownNot happy with the way this list is looking? You can do a few things to change it. First, thumbs up the video on YouTube. Second, share the video on StumbleUpon by clicking the “thumbs up” via their toolbar. This, along with sharing the videos socially on Facebook, etc., may be the best way to get new views to videos.

Some other things to take away from this list:

  • Ballads are popular. 
  • Nu metal is alive and well (Limp Bizkit is still getting a surprisingly high number of views).
  • It’s obvious the younger generation has no clue about heavy metal.
  • In the grand scheme of music, heavy metal isn’t that popular right now. Look at this list of the most viewed videos of all time on Vevo, and you’ll see “November Rain” is #59, which is a ballad, and not exactly the most “metal” song out there.

What Do You Think?

Some Videos We’d Like To See on this List:






Are there any videos that you were surprised that were or were not on this list? Let us know in the comments.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrik August 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Great list I think. If only I could get all the tracks as a playlist?

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Metalhead927 August 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

tnx for this recent list, but in my opinion some songs arent metal.
exambles of songs ( from top 30):
Guns n roses’- November rain, Sweet child o mine, Don’t cry or Paradise city
Linkin parks – Castle of glass, The catalyist, New divide, Burn it down or What i’ve done
scorpions – wind of change

But tnx for the metal inspiration of other songs 🙂

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Mike August 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thanks for the opinion. We respectfully disagree on the Guns N’ Roses and Scorpions songs.

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Don September 20, 2013 at 2:34 am

The younger generation has some clues to heavy metal. (Basically myself). Most just listen to fucking pop and rap and all those things which they call music. Metal is the real music. I used to listen to pop music. After I heard these songs I immediately knew that the pop songs were a bunch of crap. Also cant believe that megadeth isn’t on the list. They are fricking awesome

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berock212 November 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I’m disappointed that November rain was number 1. I mean it’s barely metal, I was hoping for a faster song, more metal song to be number one.

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prabhat December 29, 2013 at 4:18 am

I Dont think November Rain is metal and some songs of Linkin park are not Metal, otherwise it is a great list. Thanks for sharing this..i personally prefer Metallica..MetaL for LifE..I AM FROM INDIA..

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Marc February 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

What abaout Nirvana??

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Mike February 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

Nirvana is great, but not a metal band. Grunge/Noise Rock

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Chris February 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Where on earth is The Number Of The Beast?

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Mike February 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I know we asked the same question. The newer generations unfortunately seem to have no respect for the originators of metal

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Elijah March 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Why Suicide Silence’s “You Only Live Once” is not in this list? 33 000 000 views man!

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Mike March 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Just added Suicide Silence. Thanks for giving us the update. We try to keep the list as up to date as possible, so comments like this are really helpful.

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Dudech July 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

I think “Unanswered” by Suicide Silence is missing too

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Mike March 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Great list but I was wondering, why no Skillet? Saying monster isn’t a metal song would be ridiculous if you look at a lot of this list. Was it just missed?

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Mike March 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm

It may not have had that many views when we first wrote this, but we just added it. Monster definitely falls under the subegnre of alternative metal so it works. Thank you for the suggestion.

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Jace McPherson March 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

Where is Asking Alexandria in this list?

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James May 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hey I just saw the videos that are near 10 million, and the ones that right now are over 10 million are Judas Priest, Megadeth and Alice in Chains, they deserve to be on that list now

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Dilshaan May 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

What about Three Days Grace?! They’re alternative metal, it counts right! 🙂

Like, I Hate Everything About You (64 million views) and Animal I Have Become (37 million views).

They’re awesome too ya know!

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Ganondox October 5, 2014 at 4:00 am

If Linkin Park’s electro-rap songs make it on here, then I don’t see why Three Days Grace’s actual rock songs don’t.

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Black Heart October 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

I agree with you but some people think that 3 days grace is more rock than metal…. Not really sure…

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Ganondox October 5, 2014 at 3:59 am

Wasted Years is an awesome song, but I’m pretty sure it’s only supposed to be appear once…

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Ganondox October 5, 2014 at 4:04 am

This also needs to be added: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptzzU7jFQwo

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Black Heart October 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

I saw more of my generations songs then the good songs that are suppose to be here. Yea there is some really good songs and some that i think suck but personal opinion. The classics are always the best.

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Ciro February 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

Your list is an awesome work, just what i looked for, many thanks from Argentina

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Marvin April 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

you are missing some other bands with 10 million plus views song
Cradle of Filth
Within Temptation
Arch Enemy
In this Moment
Eluveitie
Hammerfall
Korpiklaani
Sonata Artica
Unsun
The Agonist
Sirenia
Mashuggah
Escape the Fate

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sismr February 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Update please!!

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