Metallica Songs: A Complete List Inc. Covers & Rarities…

Every single Metallica song ever recorded, including covers, rarities, and lesser-known tracks as well as all the bangers we know and love from Metallica’s back catalog in one place…


Formed in 1981, Metallica is perhaps one of the most well known bands on the planet. James Hetfield and the boys have been kicking out albums every few years or so since 1984 – almost 40 years ago!

As pioneers of thrash metal, Metallica, powered in part by James Hetfield’s incredible right-hand, have done more for modern metal music than any other band in existence (save for Black Sabbath). The fact they’re still recording and touring is a testament to the band’s enduring appeal.

Over the years, Metallica has recorded 10 studio albums, performed in nearly every country on earth, and sold tens of millions of albums, a fact that has made all of the members millionaires ten times over.

How many songs has Metallica recorded to date? Quite a few, especially if you include its extensive back catalog of covers and collaborations – like the album it did with Lou Reed or its S&M albums.

Here’s a complete list of Metallica songs, including the album they appeared on, writing credits for the track, and the year the song came out.

List of Metallica Songs

TitleWriter(s)Original artistReleaseYear
“2 X 4”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“53rd & 3rd”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
RamonesWe’re a Happy Family:
A Tribute to Ramones
2003
“Ain’t My Bitch”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“All Nightmare Long” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“All Within My Hands”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock Song written by the whole band
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Am I Evil?”Sean Harris
Brian Tatler
Diamond Head“Creeping Death”1984
“Am I Savage?”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“…And Justice for All”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth”Cliff BurtonMetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Astronomy”Joe Bouchard
Albert Bouchard
Sandy Pearlman
Blue Öyster CultGarage Inc.1998
“Atlas, Rise!”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Attitude”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Bad Seed”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“Battery”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“Better Than You” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Blackened”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Jason Newsted
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Bleeding Me”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“Blitzkrieg”Ian Jones
Jim Sirotto
Brian Ross
Blitzkrieg“Creeping Death”1984
“Brandenburg Gate”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Breadfan”Burke Shelley
Tony Bourge
Ray Phillips
Budgie“Harvester of Sorrow”1988
“Broken, Beat & Scarred”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“The Call of Ktulu”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Carpe Diem Baby”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“Cheat on Me”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Commando”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
Ramones“St. Anger”2003
“Confusion”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Crash Course in Brain Surgery”Burke Shelley
Tony Bourge
Ray Phillips
BudgieThe $5.98 E.P.: Garage
Days Re-Revisited
1987
“Creeping Death”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Kirk Hammett Song written by the whole band
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Cretin Hop”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
Ramones“St. Anger”2003
“Cure”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“Cyanide”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“Damage Case”Lemmy Kilmister
Eddie Clarke
Phil Taylor
Mick Farren
Motörhead“Hero of the Day”1996
“Damage, Inc.”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Kirk Hammett Song written by the whole band
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“The Day That Never Comes”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“Devil’s Dance”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Die, Die My Darling”Glenn DanzigMisfitsGarage Inc.1998
“Dirty Window”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Disposable Heroes”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“Don’t Tread on Me”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Dragon”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Dream No More”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Dyers Eve”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“The Ecstasy of Gold”Ennio MorriconeEnnio MorriconeWe All Love Ennio Morricone2007
“The End of the Line”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“Enter Sandman” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Escape”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Eye of the Beholder” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Fade to Black”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Fight Fire with Fire”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Fixxxer”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“The Four Horsemen”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Frantic”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“The Frayed Ends of Sanity”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Free Speech for the Dumb”Garry Maloney
Kevin Morris
Tony Roberts
Roy Wainwright
DischargeGarage Inc.1998
“Frustration”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Fuel”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“The God That Failed”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Halo on Fire”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Hardwired”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Harvester of Sorrow”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Hate Train”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaBeyond Magnetic2011
“Hell and Back”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaBeyond Magnetic2011
“Helpless”Sean Harris
Brian Tatler
Diamond HeadThe $5.98 E.P.: Garage
Days Re-Revisited
1987
“Here Comes Revenge”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Hero of the Day”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“Hit the Lights”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Holier Than Thou”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“The House Jack Built”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“I Disappear”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMission: Impossible II2000
“Iced Honey”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Invisible Kid”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“It’s Electric”Sean Harris
Brian Tatler
Diamond HeadGarage Inc.1998
“The Judas Kiss” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“Jump in the Fire”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Junior Dad”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Just a Bullet Away”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaBeyond Magnetic2011
“Killing Time”Vivian Campbell
Trevor Fleming
Raymond Haller
Davy Bates
Sweet Savage“The Unforgiven”1991
“King Nothing”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“Last Caress/Green Hell”Glenn DanzigMisfitsThe $5.98 E.P.: Garage
Days Re-Revisited
1987
“Leper Messiah”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“Little Dog”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Lords of Summer”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Metallica“Lords of Summer”2014
“Loverman”Nick CaveNick Cave and the Bad SeedsGarage Inc.1998
“Low Man’s Lyric”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Mama Said”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“ManUNkind”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Master of Puppets”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“The Memory Remains”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Mercyful Fate”King Diamond
Hank Shermann
Mercyful FateGarage Inc.1998
“Metal Militia”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Mistress Dread”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“The More I See”Garry Maloney
Kevin Morris
Peter Purtill
Roy Wainwright
DischargeGarage Inc.1998
“Moth Into Flame” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Motorbreath”James HetfieldMetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Murder One”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“My Apocalypse”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“My Friend of Misery”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Jason Newsted
MetallicaMetallica1991
“My World”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“No Remorse”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Nothing Else Matters”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
Ramones“St. Anger”2003
“Now That We’re Dead”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“Of Wolf and Man”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMetallica1991
“One”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Orion”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“The Outlaw Torn”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“Overkill”Lemmy Kilmister
Eddie Clarke
Phil Taylor
Motörhead“Until It Sleeps”1996
“Phantom Lord”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Poor Twisted Me”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“The Prince”Sean Harris
Brian Tatler
Diamond Head“Harvester of Sorrow”1988
“Prince Charming”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaReload1997
“Pumping Blood”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“Purify”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Rebel of Babylon”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaBeyond Magnetic2011
“Remember Tomorrow”Steve Harris
Paul Di’Anno
Iron MaidenMaiden Heaven: A
Tribute to Iron Maiden
2008
“Ride the Lightning”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Dave Mustaine
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Ronnie”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“Ronnie Rising Medley”Ritchie Blackmore
Ronnie James Dio
Cozy Powell
RainbowRonnie James Dio:
This Is Your Life
2014
“Sabbra Cadabra”Tony Iommi
Ozzy Osbourne
Geezer Butler
Bill Ward
Black SabbathGarage Inc.1998
“Sad But True” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Seek & Destroy”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Shoot Me Again”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“The Shortest Straw”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Slither”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“The Small Hours”John MortimerHolocaustThe $5.98 E.P.: Garage
Days Re-Revisited
1987
“So What?”Nick Kulmer
Chris Exall
Clive Blake
Anti-Nowhere League“The Unforgiven”1991
“Some Kind of Monster”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Spit Out the Bone”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct2016
“St. Anger”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Stone Cold Crazy”Freddie Mercury
Brian May
Roger Taylor
John Deacon
QueenRubáiyát: Elektra’s
40th Anniversary
1990
“Stone Dead Forever”Lemmy Kilmister
Eddie Clarke
Phil Taylor
Motörhead“Hero of the Day”1996
“The Struggle Within”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Suicide & Redemption”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo Song written by the whole band
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“Sweet Amber”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock Song written by the whole band
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“That Was Just Your Life”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“The Thing That Should Not Be”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“Thorn Within”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“Through the Never”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMetallica1991
“To Live Is to Die”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton
Metallica…And Justice for All1988
“Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
Ramones“St. Anger”2003
“Too Late Too Late”Lemmy Kilmister
Eddie Clarke
Phil Taylor
Motörhead“Hero of the Day”1996
“Trapped Under Ice”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaRide the Lightning1984
“Tuesday’s Gone”Ronnie Van Zant
Allen Collins
Lynyrd SkynyrdGarage Inc.1998
“Turn the Page”Bob SegerBob SegerGarage Inc.1998
“The Unforgiven” James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMetallica1991
“The Unforgiven II”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaReload1997
“The Unforgiven III”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
MetallicaDeath Magnetic2008
“The Unnamed Feeling”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Bob Rock
MetallicaSt. Anger2003
“Until It Sleeps”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaLoad1996
“The View”
(with Lou Reed)
Lou Reed
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Lou Reed and MetallicaLulu2011
“The Wait”Jaz Coleman
Geordie Walker
Martin Glover
Paul Ferguson
Killing JokeThe $5.98 E.P.: Garage
Days Re-Revisited
1987
“Wasting My Hate”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaLoad1996
“We Did It Again”
(with Swizz Beatz and Ja Rule)
Kasseem Dean
Jeffrey Atkins
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Metallica and Ja RuleSwizz Beatz Presents
G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories
2002
“We’re a Happy Family”Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Tommy Ramone
Ramones“St. Anger”2003
“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
MetallicaMaster of Puppets1986
“When a Blind Man Cries”Ritchie Blackmore
Ian Gillan
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
Deep PurpleRe-Machined: A Tribute to
Deep Purple’s Machine Head
2012
“Where the Wild Things Are”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Jason Newsted
MetallicaReload1997
“Wherever I May Roam”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaMetallica1991
“Whiplash”James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
MetallicaKill ‘Em All1983
“Whiskey in the Jar”TraditionalThin LizzyGarage Inc.1998
Metallica Songs. All Recordined Tracks Inc. Covers and Rarities

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Richard has been playing guitar for over a decade and is a huge fan of metal, doom, sludge, and rock music in general – though mostly metal. Having played in bands and worked in studios since the early 2000s, Richard is a massive music production geek, a fan of minimalist recording techniques, and he really likes old-school guitars.

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