Best Metal Songs of 1986
By all rights, the early 1980s heavy metal craze should have been done by 1986, leaving behind only the neon scars, pink bandannas, and bootleg Quiet Riot T-shirts. Instead, an underground armada led by Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer reconfigured metal from the ground up, bringing bullet belts to the masses while injecting energy, integrity, and even some intelligence into its aggression. 25 years later, we are still dealing with the fallout of this year in flux. To help celebrate the year, Ian Christe, author of ‘Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal,’ picks the 10 most important metal songs of 1986.