The Best Heavy Metal Songs of 2013

by Bill Nihill and Mike Lawrence on October 4, 2013


2013 has been a great year for heavy metal, with new releases from Black Sabbath, Tomahawk, Devildriver, Killswitch Engage, Suffocation, Amon Amarth, Rob Zombie, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Battlecross topping our list of the best heavy metal songs of 2013. In addition to officially released singles, we have included the best B-side non-single tracks in this list, for a more diverse, complete page full of the 100 best songs from albums, not just radio hits. This list was chosen on a track by track basis, so it is possible that the rest of the album may not be good, while the track itself is excellent. We’ve linked to our reviews of the albums after each track, if the review exists.

Which metal songs were your favorite for 2013? We’d like to hear about them in the comments.  Also make sure to check out our list of the 50 Best Metal Albums of 2013.


  1. Black SabbathBlack Sabbath – “God is Dead?” (13)
  2. Battlecross – “Force Fed Lies” (War of Will)
  3. Skeletonwitch – “Burned from Bone” (Serpents Unleashed)
  4. Black Dahlia Murder – “Into the Everblack” (Everblack)
  5. DevilDriver – “The Appetite” (Winter Kills)
  6. Tomahawk – “Stone Letter” (Oddfellows)
  7. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “One of Us Is the Killer” (One of Us Is the Killer)
  8. Protest The Hero – “A Life Embossed” (Volition)
  9. Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time” (Disarm the Descent)
  10. Kylesa-Unspoken-best-songs-2013Kylesa – “Unspoken” (Ultraviolet)
  11. Amon Amarth – “Warriors of the North” (Deceiver of the Gods)
  12. Children of Bodom – “Halo of Blood” (Halo of Blood)
  13. Death Angel – “The Dream Calls For Blood” (The Dream Calls For Blood)
  14. Vulture Industries – “The Tower” (The Tower)
  15. Exhumed – “Sickened” (Necrocracy)
  16. Suffocation – “Sullen Days” (Pinnacle of Bedlam)
  17. Dream Theater – “Illumination Theory” (Dream Theater)
  18. Soulfly – “Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla” (Savages)
  19. Nine Inch Nails – “Came Back Haunted” (Hesitation Marks)
  20. Rob-zombie-venomous-rat-regeneration-vendor-reviewRob Zombie – “Rock N’ Roll in a Black Hole” (Venemous Rat Regeration Vendor)
  21. Tomahawk – “White Hats, Black Hats” (Oddfellows)
  22. Carcass – “Mount of Execution” (Surgical Steel)
  23. Amon Amarth – “Deceiver of the Gods” (Deceiver of the Gods)
  24. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “When I Lost My Bet” (One of Us Is the Killer)
  25. Gorguts – “Forgotten Arrows” (Colored Sands)
  26. Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail to the King” (Hail to the King)
  27. Monster Magnet – “I Live Behind the Clouds” (Last Patrol)
  28. Omnium Gatherum – “The Sonic Sign” (Beyond)
  29. Death Angel – “Territorial Instinct/Bloodlust” (The Dream Calls For Blood)
  30. hatebreed-best-song-2013Hatebreed – “The Language” (The Divinity of Purpose)
  31. Tomahawk – “South Paw” (Oddfellows)
  32. Megadeth – “Forget to Remember” (Super Collider)
  33. Toxic Holocaust – “Rat Eater” (Chemistry of Consciousness)
  34. Amorphis – “Shades of Gray” (Circle)
  35. Alice in Chains – “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here)
  36. Voivod – “Kluskap O’Kom” (Target Earth)
  37. Skeletonwitch – “The Evil Embrace” (Serpents Unleashed)
  38. Protest The Hero – “Clarity” (Volition)
  39. Caladan Brood – “Echoes of Battle” (Echoes of Battle)
  40. Black Sabbath – “Age of Reason”
  41. Shade Empire – “Ruins” (Omega Arcane)
  42. Mors Principium Est – “The Meadows of Asphodel” (And Death Said Live)
  43. Black Dahlia Murder – “Map of Scars” (Everblack)
  44. Annihilator – “No Way Out” (Feast)
  45. Dream Theater – “The Enemy Inside” (Dream Theater)
  46. Inter Arma – “Sky Burial” (Sky Burial)
  47. Leprous – “Chronic” (Coal)
  48. Motorhead – “Heartbreaker” (Aftershock)
  49. Soilwork – “Spectrum of Eternity” (The Living Infinite)
  50. killswitch-engage-band-photoKillswitch Engage – “The New Awakening” (Disarm the Descent)
  51. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Paranoia Shields” (One of Us Is the Killer)
  52. Exhale – “Left Inside” (When Worlds Collide)
  53. Battlecross – “Flesh & Blood” (War of Will)
  54. Ulcerate – “Confronting Entropy” (Vermis)
  55. Ihsahn – “Regen” (Das Seelenbrechen)
  56. Soulfly – “Bloodshed” (Savages)
  57. Alice in Chains -” Hollow” (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here)
  58. Black Sabbath – “End of the Beginning” (13)
  59. Queensryche – “Spore” (Queensryche)
  60. Skeletonwitch – “Unending, Everliving” (Serpents Unleashed)
  61. Exhumed – “Necrocracy” (Necrocracy)
  62. Death Angel – “Caster of Shame” (The Dream Calls For Blood)
  63. Hatebreed – “End the Fight Before the Fight ends You” (The Divinity of Purpose)
  64. Turisas – “Run Bhang-Eater, Run!” (Turisas2013)
  65. Monster Magnet – “Mindless Ones” (Last Patrol)
  66. Rob Zombie – “We’re An American Band” (Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor)
  67. DevilDriver – “Sail” (Winter Kills)
  68. Children of Bodom – “Transference” (Halo of Blood)
  69. Satyricon – “Walker Upon the Wind” (Satyricon)
  70. Stratovarius-best-songs-2013Stratovarius -” Unbreakable” (Nemesis)
  71. Witherscape – “Astrid Falls” (The Inheritance)
  72. Black Dahlia Murder – “Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn” (Everblack)
  73. Skeletonwitch – “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” (Serpents Unleashed)
  74. Killswitch Engage – “The Hell in Me” (Disarm the Descent)
  75. Five Finger Death Punch – “Lift Me Up” (The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1)
  76. Philip Anselmo and the Illegals – “Bedridden” (Walk Through Exits Only)
  77. Kylesa – “Quicksand” (Ultraviolet)
  78. Black Sabbath – “Zeitgeist” (13)
  79. Monster Magnet – “Last Patrol” (Last Patrol)
  80. Exhale – “Wrath Unleashed” (When Worlds Collide)
  81. Finntroll – “Blodsvept” (Blodsvept)
  82. Kalmah – “Windlake Tale” (Seventh Swamphony)
  83. Nine Inch Nails – “Copy of A” (Hesitation Marks)
  84. Battlecross – “Beast” (War of Will)
  85. Chtonic – “Defenders of Bu-Tik Palace” (Bu-Tik)
  86. Carcass – “Captive Bolt Pistol” (Surgical Steel)
  87. Toxic Holocaust – “Chemistry of Consciousness” (Chemistry of Consciousness)
  88. Vulture Industries – “Lost Among Liars” (The Tower)
  89. Megadeth – “Kingmaker” (Super Collider)
  90. Omnium Gatherum – “The Unknowing” (Beyond)
  91. Annihilator – “Deadlock” (Feast)
  92. Five Finger Death Punch – “Battle Born” (The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2)
  93. Korn – “Love & Meth” (The Paradigm Shift)
  94. dark-tranquillity-2013Dark Tranquillity – “Endtime Hearts” (Construct)
  95. Alice in Chains – “Stone” (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here)
  96. Killswitch Engage – “Beyond the Flames”
  97. Tomahawk – “Oddfellows”
  98. Black Sabbath – “Loner”
  99. Sepultura – “Da Lama ao Caos” (The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart)
  100. Tarja – “Victim of Ritual” (Colours in the Dark)

Intro photo by thewaxgrid on Flickr.



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

metalgarth December 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

Nothing by Fates Warning on your list?


John December 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Caladan Brood is better than anything else on this list.


Mike December 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

New Born of Osiris wasnt their best, but two of them are certainly belonging on this list compared to the competition


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