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Friday 5: What Five Metallica Songs (Still) Rule

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Today, let’s talk Metallica!

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THE FIVE

What five Metallica songs are magic after alllll these years?

THE LISTER

Anso DFMetalSucks senior editor

“Disposable Heroes”
from Master Of Puppets (Elektra)
1986

In 2015, OG fans might be a little numb to Metallica’s great songs. If you’re over 30, you’ve had time to hear each of them many, many times. At many parties and on many car radios. It’s probably been years since you’ve needed to seek Metallica music. It’s everywhere and yes, in some small, significant way, this robs it of intimacy. No biggie, life is change. Still, I’m super happy that a few songs are still very special to me. That Metallica specialness, when I miss it I turn to “Disposable Heroes.”

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“Seek And Destroy [live]”
from Jump In The Fire EP
1984

Metallica songs are durable. They deserve the life span of Aerosmith’s and Led Zeppelin’s, several generations of followers, radio play out the ass. But familiarity breeds contempt or whatever, and so you have cause to mourn a bit when the mystique departs “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and holy shit “Seek And Destroy.” It hurts. But then recall the amazing version of “Seek” on the Jump In The Fire EP. So good!

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“Helpless”
from Garage Days Re-Revisited (Elektra)
1987

I don’t want to jinx it, but I never hear this ripper unless I’m the one playing it. I love that!

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“The Prince”
from “One” single
1988

It might seem hipsterish, today’s F5. Yes, in a way we’re turning our backs on hits and exalting a tossed-off cover or a pre-peak live cut. Don’t be fooled, that’s incidental; it’s just math.

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“Blackened”
from …And Justice For All (Elektra)
1988

Calculating conservatively, you figure that you should be sick to death of “Blackened.” It’s not a random outtake or deep cut from St. Anger, it’s a high-profile Metallica jam. It’s your first pick when you have time for only one Metallica song. It’s a rare convergence of a killer Kirk solo and a singular Lars performance. You’ve heard it ten million times yet nothing has changed. It’s your hot wife: familiar yet tight as ever. Nobel Prize for Metallica.

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Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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