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''Hotel rooms and motorways / Life out here is raw / But we will never stop / We will never quit / cause YOU'RE Music/{{Metallica}}''

* ''...And Justice For All''. They had just lost arguably the driving force behind their musical evolution into the nine-minute epic-writing band we know them as today and were pissed at having to hire a replacement (the perpetual ButtMonkey Music/JasonNewsted). They somehow channeled that into an album that had enough sheer force behind every song to make every song, from the opening reversed-guitar intro to "Blackened" to the last thrash-tastic moments of "Dyers Eve", an expression of the raw fury they felt at the time. They even managed to score a Grammy off [[AndIMustScream "One"]], which cemented their meteoric rise to fame.
** "One" is also #3 on best Solo and #5 on best song according to Top Ten.com anyway.
** Speaking of Grammys, arguably their Moment of Awesome really came when ''...And Justice For All'' LOST to Jethro Tull for the Best Hard Rock Album Grammy. The upset, more than anything else, put Metallica on the mainstream map.
** And yes, you read that right, the intro to "Blackened" is reversed. You cannot even tell at all that it's reversed, no giveaways at all. Doubles as an awesome moment in the sense that they managed to create a riff that sounds just as fantastic backwards as it is forwards.
* ''Master of Puppets'' if only for the title song, and "Battery", but consensus says the entire album qualifies. There's a reason why so many web sites and metal magazines have ranked it as the greatest metal album of all time; it's pure, distilled awesome from start to finish.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzMJhOwBLqw "Orion"]] is one hell of an instrumental. In fact, that whole album reeks of awesomeness, give [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m99ybtk4QNs "Battery"]] a listen and try to say otherwise. The ''intro'' to "Battery" is a song in and of itself. Never has flamenco guitar sounded this badass.
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft "The Thing]] [[EldritchAbomination That Should Not Be"]]. No wonder it was the FinalBoss for ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Metallica''.
** "Disposable Heroes" is arguably the most underrated song of their classic years. At nearly 9 minutes and maintaining a claustrophobic and sorrowful atmosphere throughout, lyrics about PTSD and depression (especially raising awareness of suicide and mental illness in extremely young vets- something not many bands at the time were willing to do) and jam-packed to the brim with [[EpicRiff amazingly kickass riffs]] to boot, it's a song that's so beautifully aggressive that it's a shame it doesn't get more mention than it does.
* It may have been [[NewSoundAlbum a significant style shift]], but The Black Album is packed with awesome songs. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTth7Ti_aGE Enter Sandman]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_4OfD-wmGs Sad But True]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh4r49tzn88 The Unforgiven]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5TnPjOd_To Wherever I May Roam]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VUgHJUBJ70 The God That Failed]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAGnKpE4NCI "Nothing Else Matters"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODHhWcEdrvg My Friend of Misery]] for evidence.
* ''Death Magnetic''. Years since their last good album, generally regarded as has-beens. How does this one turn out? [[HesBack A glorious return to their 80s greatness, completely destroying any hint that the band is dead.]]
* Their debut album, 1983's ''Kill 'Em All'', which may just blow ''Master of Puppets'' clear out of the water. "Hit the Lights" is just fucking awesome: not even rabid metal fans had heard a song that fast before! "Motorbreath" is similarly insane, and "The Four Horsemen" is just plain spooky. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlxEejhHfr8 Metal Militia]], too, is a blisteringly fast closing song with a bassline that is almost superhuman.
* Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's "S&M" performance. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xisIVhc64Ng "The Call of Ktulu"]]. It raises the feeling of being with a monster without saying a word.
** The S&M "The Thing That Should Not Be" could even surpass the original version.
** [[UpToEleven They managed to make]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OibCxk6kkE One]] even more orgasmic.
** The performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcEUrh_SQuU "For Whom The Bell Tolls"]] at the same concert was breathtakingly amazing. The whole performance is basically a Concert of Awesome.
** The S&M version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG62B_dHfDQ "The Ecstasy of Gold"]] is just breathtaking and sends chills up the spine. It's ''unbelievable.''
** The S&M version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5iMv_HVzqc "Battery"]] is absolutely amazing. Not only is it an absolutely intense song, the intro is complemented to perfection by the Orchestra. Finally, the intensity of the vocals combined with the excellent instrumentals on both sides is absolutely orgasmic.
** The whole idea of a symphony orchestra playing with Metallica sounds ridiculous at first, but with Michael Kamen at the helm (he previously collaborated with them on the Black Album) it should be no surprise that the combination is glorious. Any doubts that "Call of Ktulu" didn't erase are gone once the first few notes of "Master of Puppets" hits.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olzz82oRCMI "Hero of the Day"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP1XJiBvE_c "No Leaf Clover"]].
* The "Big Four Live" European mini-tour with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, with the performance in Sofia, Bulgaria on 2010-06-22 being shown in theaters worldwide that same night.
** Metallica's first encore was "Am I Evil"... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlH-5aAHSYs with the rest of the bands joining them on stage]]. Yes - Dave, James and Lars on the same stage!
** Then [[SerialEscalation they managed to top]] ''that'' with [[AwesomeMusic a cover of]] [[Music/{{Motorhead}} "Overkill"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntic3QVTfPI with the Entire BIG FOUR]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Music/{{Exodus|Band}}.
* Since ''Load'' was such a stylistic change for Metallica, it contains several excellent songs that frequently get overlooked - but the most awesome track off that album would have to be "Hero of the Day". (With an honorable mention to "Bleeding Me", "King Nothing", and [[EpicRocking "The Outlaw Torn"]].) With that in mind, take a listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRV9uPr4Dz4 Until it Sleeps]] and [[TearJerker keep your composure if you can.]]
* ''Ride the Lightning'' deserves a mention, if only for the title track and "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
** Alternatively, every song. Except maybe "Escape". Least interesting song on the album? Maybe. Still a good fucking song? Duh. It's ''Metallica''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E "Fade to Black"]] is another standout; it was their first ballad, and one of the best.
** "Fight Fire with Fire", probably the most aggressive song they've ever written that's not on ''St. Anger''. ENDING IS NEAR!
%%** Two words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO_84C3fpuI Creeping Death]].
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* [[TearJerker Lay beside me, tell me what they've done, and speak the words, that I wanna hear, to make my demons run.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmqDtriTUEI "The Unforgiven 2"]] is just beautiful and epic. It also has one of the greatest simple guitar riffs of all time. Also, on the ''[=ReLoad=]'' front, we have "Fuel", the Grammy winning "Better Than You" (AWESOME guitar solo in the middle!), the hard-rocking "The Memory Remains" and the epic-length "Fixxxer" (get a load of that intro). And, in the "SomethingCompletelyDifferent" category, "Low Man's Lyric", which sounds like it could have been on ''Music/TheWall''. With bonus hurdy-gurdy.
* Their [[CrazyAwesome cover]] of DiamondHead's [[DealWithTheDevil "The Prince"]]. When they start to play this live, the fans go berserk. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic And for good reason!]]
* ''St. Anger'' is a polarizing album, but those who are on the "Love It" side ''really'' tend to love it. Consider the title track. A little bit long-ish? Mayhap. Still awesome? You bet your ass. Seven minutes plus of pure, distilled aggression as only Metallica could have done at that time. It also doesn't hurt that it features some of Lars' fastest double-bass footwork since Battery.
%%** Some songs are admittedly overlong, but highlights from this album include "Frantic", "Sweet Amber", "The Unnamed Feeling".
%%Why are they highlights? As written, this is zero-context.
* The ''Beyond Magnetic EP''. These four songs were cut from ''Death Magnetic'', and finally released in their rough mixes. The song "Shine" finally got released as "Just a Bullet Away" and is totally epic. Also, "The Rebel of Babylon" is a tear-jerking tribute to Layne Stayley. This should set aside all doubts about Metallica that stem from [=LuLu=].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBHL3v4d3I "Hardwired"]], their first 2016 single, is a great representation of what makes Metallica great. The beautiful and dynamic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdKl-gTpZg "Moth Into Flame"]], another single from ''Hardwired'', is similarly an excellent example of how well the band has matured. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m46Z0-HXySo Spit Out the Bone]]", meanwhile, is being praised as one of the band's best songs since 1988. Many people have commented that they didn't think the band had a song this intense in them this late in their career. Special mention also goes to "[[https://youtube.com/watch?v=IkVG-qXRgfo Am I Savage?]]", due in part to being used in [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=mwU4bxVOyVI the preview promo]] for the Wrestling/TripleH vs. Wrestling/SethRollins unsanctioned match at ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania 33]]''.
* ''Lulu'' has been widely criticised, but, as with ''St. Anger'', it has its defenders, and the people who like it tend to really love it. The closing song, the nearly-twenty-minute epic "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_VBkdsS0U Junior Dad]]", is absolutely gorgeous, with a closing section that could have come straight out of Music/SigurRos. An arguable career highlight for both Metallica and Music/LouReed. Other highlights include "Pumping Blood" (featuring some of Lars Ulrich's best drumming since the '80s) and the devastating "Little Dog" and "Dragon".