Metal poll No2: Maiden gave us best-ever song but Ozzy and co have six tracks in Gibson readers’ top 25

Black Sabbath

Poll winners: Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath have been voted the masters of the heavy metal genre after a public poll run by Gibson.com resulted in six tracks by Ozzy and co making the top 25 list.

Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name topped the list while Metallica’s Master of Puppets was voted the top track by Gibson’s panel of industry experts.

Gibson say: “Maiden are kings of the end-of-the-album-side eight-minute epic and they’ve never done it better than this monster. From the initial bell-tolling to the rush of the full band entrance and the enthralling riff that follows, the song never ceases to build.

“While the lyrical character’s anticipation and terror escalates the listener is in full-out headbanging frenzy with winding, weaving twin solos from Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, and thunderous backing from Steve Harris and Clive Burr. The song is, perhaps, the perfect distillation of the unmatchable Iron Maiden formula.”

Maiden tacks The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hill and Rime of the Ancient Mariner also made the public top 20 – But Sabbath beat them in total entries with Paranoid at number two followed later by Iron Man, Black Sabbath, Children of the Grave, War Pigs and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne’s solo track Mr Crowley was also a vote-winner.

Metallica’s Master of Puppets made third place in the readers’ list with Enter Sandman, One and Seek and Destroy also present.

Commentator Peter Hodgson says: “It’s the ultimate statement of intent, as much a call to arms for metalheads everywhere as a dire warning of the enslaving power of drug abuse.

“The song’s razor-sharp intro sets up the perfect headbanging tempo for the chugging verses, while it’s every teenage metal fan’s sacred rite of passage to scream out ‘Master! Master!’ at the top of their lungs – preferably at a Metallica concert, but at the very least from a car window.

“The breakdown and harmony line are balanced by a rare James Hetfield solo (with Hetfield revealing a surprisingly bluesy, haunting and emotional lead style), a return to the harmony, then a blazing Kirk Hammett solo.”

Gibson readers’ top 25

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
2. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
3. Master of Puppets – Metallica
4. Never in My Life – Mountain
5. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
6. Enter Sandman – Metallica
7. One – Metallica
8. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
9. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
10. Ace of Spades – Motörhead
11. Laid to Rest – Lamb of God
12. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
13. Bang Your Head (Metal Health) – Quiet Riot
14. Psychosocial – Slipknot
15. Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
16. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
17. Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden
18. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
19. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
20. Creek Mary’s Blood – Nightwish
21. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
22. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Black Sabbath
23. Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne
24. Peace Sells – Megadeth
25. Seek and Destroy – Metallica

Gibson panel’s top 25

1. Master of Puppets – Metallica
2. Ace of Spades – Motörhead
3. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
4. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
5. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
6. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
7. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
8. One – Metallica
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
10. Breaking the Law – Judas Priest
11. Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
12. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
13. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
14. Hells Bells – AC/DC
15. The Trooper – Iron Maiden
16. Painkiller – Judas Priest
17. Stargazer – Rainbow
18. Enter Sandman – Metallica
19. Back in Black – AC/DC
20. Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen
21. The Hellion/Electric Eye – Judas Priest
22. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
23. Let it Go – Def Leppard
24. Epic – Faith No More
25. Hangar 18 – Megadeth

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