One year ago we asked you, the fans, to help us decide the 100 greatest hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. We compiled our list of classic rock and metal jams and asked people to vote on their favorites to help us determine where they landed on our countdown list which was then broadcast as America’s hard 100. Well you know, it turns out, you guys were wrong.
Well, no not exactly wrong, we were wrong, look, it’s doesn’t matter who was wrong but what we hadn’t counted on was that some bands, whose appeal is bigger than just those of us who are hard rock and heavy metal maniacs, would garner more votes than some of the biggest, most importance bands in rock history and when those aforementioned heavy metal maniacs saw the final ranking, man, were they pissed! Not that those bands are bad but you know, as we say here in New York City, what’s right is right.
So in honor of this year’s National Metal Day we’ve re-calculated votes, taken user comments from online and Facebook into account, and re-ranked America’s Hard 100. We’ll be rolling out 25 songs at a time all weekend leading up to National Metal Day this Monday November 11th and we’ll also be posting an important announcement about everyone’s favorite cable TV show about all things hard rock and heavy metal. We can’t say what the new is just yet nor can we say the show’s name but it rhymes with Fat Kettle Crow so see if you can figure it out and now please enjoy America’s Hard 100 Revisited (75 through 51).
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75. Megadeth “Sweating Bullets”
One of thrash metal’s Big 4 were able to update their sound for the ’90s and scored a big hit with song and it’s memorable video.
74. Iron Maiden “Run To The Hills”
The song that put these New Wave of British Heavy Metal titans on the map commercially speaking.
73. Ozzy Osbourne “Bark At The Moon”
“The Prince Of F****** Darkness” howls away on this early ’80s track
72. Overkill “Elimination”
The kings of New Jersey thrash have a long career of anti-social classics inclusing this one.
71. Ministry “Just One Fix”
Chicago’s Ministry updated industrial with metal accents and influenced loads of bands in their heyday.
70. Dream Theater “Pull Me Under”
The preeminent progressive metal band of recent years have a legion of fans thanks to classic like this.
69. Testament “Over The Wall”
Second generation Bay Area rockers kept thrash alive on this ’87 hard charger.
68. W.A.S.P. “Wild Child”
Blackie Lawless and crew rock out on this track that balances between real metal and L.A. glam.
67. Corrosion Of Conformity “Dance Of The Dead”
Hardcore punks turned stoner rock icons, C.O.C. keep things upbeat on this track from their ’Blind’ record.
66. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
This seminal Seattle rock band kept things dark but had a hit with this oddball pop grunge classic.
65. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden”
Initially dismissed as grunge also-rans, STP delivered some of the era’s most lasting hard rock on songs like this.
64. The Cult “Fire Woman”
Goth new wavers reborn as arena rockers didn’t disapoint on this hard charging song from their landmark Sonic Temple record.
63. Queensryche “Jet City Woman”
Though known for their proggy concept albums, the Ryche could rock with the best of them like they do here.
62. L.A. Guns “Bitch Is Back”
The underside of glam and one of the band’s best cuts.
61. Rob Zombie “Dragula”
The master of horror went solo and still had the goods as evidenced on this creepy classic.
60. nine inch nails “Closer”
Definitely not metal, may not even be rock but who cares. The band’s importance can not be downplayed.
59. Great White “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”
Not all glam was pap. These boys did justice to this Ian Hunter-penned rock n’roll standard.
58. Black Sabbath “Iron Man”
Just one of countless Sabbath metal classics and yeah, it fills us full of dread.
57. Led Zeppelin “Kashmir”
A game changing epic track from one of rock’s greatest bands. Hard to dismiss them after this.
56. Deftones “Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)”
Nu metal got no better.
55. Jane’s Addiction “Stop”
The first shot in the alt rock invasion of the 1990’s and the L.A. freakers biggest hit.
54. Skid Row “18 And Life”
Though mentored by Bon Jovi, these Jersey boys had metal in the blood, especially on this brooding rocker.
53. Foo Fighters “Everlong”
Soaring melodies and huge guitars show why this song is still heard on the radio to this day.
52. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
America’s hardest rocking woman got everyone singing along to this cover of The Arrows ’70s glam thumper.
51. Anthrax “Got The Time”
Big 4 NYC thrash titans put posers on notice with this ripping cover of new waver Joe Jackson.