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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Metallica Songs

“Master of Puppets,” “Battery” and your other favorites by the metal legends

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If Metallica fans don't like the song selection on the group's upcoming European tour, they have only themselves to blame. That's because the band is letting ticket holders in every city vote on the set list. Every single song in their vast catalog is fair game and the results are public on the band's website. "To be totally honest with you, sometimes I wish they would vote on some of the really obscure songs," says Lars Ulrich. "We love playing crazy stuff. . .We want to mix it up as much as possible." We decided to do our own poll and have our readers vote for their favorite Metallica songs. Click through to see the results. 

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2. “Master of Puppets”

Many of the songs on Master of Puppets are about the loss of control in some form or another. The epic title track addresses addiction. "It deals pretty much with drugs," James Hetfield says. "How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you're taking and doing, it's drugs controlling you." The song has been played live at nearly every Metallica concert since 1986, racking up over 1,400 plays. Just a few weeks ago, they opened a show with it for the very first time. They also recently broke it out on The Howard Stern Show and The Colbert Report

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1. ‘One’

For a great many Metallica fans, "One" was their first exposure to the band. That's largely due to the fact it marks the moment they finally folded and agreed to make a music video, which was played incessantly on MTV in 1989. This was the era of Poison and Warrant, but Metallica didn't make a clip with girls in bikinis. Instead, they took footage from the 1971 movie Johnny Got His Gun, based on the 1939 novel about a World War I solider whose arms and legs get blown off by a land mine. It was the opposite of everything on MTV at the time, and it was absolutely brilliant. The song has been a key moment in their live show ever since. 

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