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The Faction Hardest 100 Metal songs of all time revealed: Architects, Metallica, Parkway Drive top the poll

The Faction 24/7 heavy radio counted down THE HARDEST 100 this weekend, Australia’s biggest ever poll of the greatest metal songs of all time. With over 15,000 votes tallied, the countdown was a smorgasbord of ‘what a banger’s and ‘shoulda been higher’s.

Hosted by Dead Letter Circus’ Kim BenzieThe Beautiful Monument’s Lizi Blanco and Wall of Sound’s Brownie, the epic day culminated with the crowning of #1 as voted by The Faction listeners, Architects with their epic hit Doomsday.

HARDEST 100 FAST FACTS:

– Metallica and Parkway Drive were the most represented artists in the countdown with SEVEN entries each

– Australian artists were well represented with 21 of the 100 songs. Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, AC/DC, Northlane and Karnivool all scored multiple entries.

– The countdown reflected five decades of metal with the most popular decades the 90s (29%), 00s (27%), 10s (23%), 80s (16%) and 70s (5%)

– The oldest song in the countdown was Black Sabbath’s Paranoid (1970), the newest was Polaris’ Lucid (2017)

– The longest song in the countdown is Opeth’s “Blackwater Park” clocking in at 11 minutes, 47 seconds.

The countdown was celebrated with parties both private and public as the nation’s metalheads came together to pay respect to the history of the world’s best genre.

“The votes from The Faction listeners have produced a stunning list of songs that prove why metal is among the most successful genres in the world,” said The Faction Content Director Tim Price. “From Black Sabbath through to Architects, just as The Faction is a celebration of metal in all its forms, The Hardest 100 has well and truly delivered a flag to wave for the genre.”

The Hardest 100 was so popular it maxed out the servers, becoming easily the biggest day of streaming in the station’s history. The countdown will be replayed for those who missed out or those who want to relive it from 3pm Monday March 19 and again from midday on Sunday March 25. You can also listen to the whole list right now at The Faction’s Spotify and Apple Music Hardest 100 playlists.

Shout out to our dedicated listeners, including one listening to the countdown while taking his kids on the Giant Drop at Dreamworld and apologies to those shopping at stores who switched to The Faction for the day. Ronan Keating will be back tomorrow.

THE FACTION HARDEST 100 OF ALL TIME

  1. Architects – Doomsday
  2. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
  3. Parkway Drive – Carrion
  4. Metallica – One
  5. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  6. Polaris – The Remedy
  7. A Day To Remember – The Downfall of Us All
  8. System of a Down – Chop Suey!
  9. Tool – Forty Six and Two
  10. Slipknot – Duality
  11. Black Sabbath – War Pigs
  12. Architects – Nihilist
  13. Slipknot – Wait and Bleed
  14. Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
  15. Tool – Stinkfist
  16. Slayer – Raining Blood
  17. Alexisonfire – This Could Be Anywhere In The World
  18. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  19. Bullet For My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall
  20. Karnivool – Themata
  21. Slayer – Angel Of Death
  22. Parkway Drive – Romance is Dead
  23. Meshuggah – Bleed
  24. A Perfect Circle – Judith
  25. Thy Art is Murder – Reign of Darkness
  26. Bring Me The Horizon – Shadow Moses
  27. Pantera – Walk
  28. Bring Me The Horizon – Sleepwalking
  29. Tool – Lateralus
  30. A Day To Remember – All I Want
  31. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  32. Machine Head – Davidian
  33. Northlane – Quantum Flux
  34. In Hearts Wake – Earthwalker Feat. Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction
  35. AC/DC – Back in Black
  36. 30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill
  37. The Amity Affliction – Pittsburgh
  38. Alice In Chains – Would?
  39. Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade
  40. Slipknot – Psychosocial
  41. Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
  42. Architects – Gravity
  43. Megadeth – Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
  44. Northlane – Dispossession
  45. Metallica – Battery
  46. Parkway Drive – Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em
  47. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
  48. Pantera – Domination
  49. Korn – Freak on a Leash
  50. Faith No More – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
  51. Metallica – Enter Sandman
  52. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache
  53. Korn – Blind
  54. Slipknot – (sic)
  55. The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods
  56. The Amity Affliction – Open Letter
  57. Parkway Drive – Bottom Feeder
  58. Slipknot – Spit It Out
  59. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
  60. A Day To Remember – All Signs Point to Lauderdale
  61. Dio – Holy Diver
  62. Fear Factory – Replica
  63. Metallica – Fade To Black
  64. Hellions – Thresher
  65. Rammstein – Du Hast
  66. Lamb of God – Laid To Rest
  67. Tool – The Pot
  68. Faith No More – Epic
  69. Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
  70. Parkway Drive – Sleepwalker
  71. Linkin Park – One Step Closer
  72. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  73. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
  74. Black Sabbath – Iron Man
  75. Parkway Drive – Horizons
  76. Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots
  77. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  78. Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
  79. Tool – Sober
  80. Alice Cooper – Poison
  81. Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
  82. Bring Me The Horizon – Drown
  83. System of a Down – Toxicity
  84. Karnivool – Roquefort
  85. Pantera – I’m Broken
  86. Metallica – Creeping Death
  87. Polaris – Lucid
  88. Alter Bridge – Blackbird
  89. Asking Alexandria – Final Episode
  90. Fear Factory – Demanufacture
  91. Judas Priest – Painkiller
  92. Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name
  93. Korn – Got the Life
  94. Parkway Drive – Crushed
  95. Mastodon – Oblivion
  96. Deftones – Be Quiet And Drive
  97. Opeth – Blackwater Park
  98. Refused – New Noise
  99. Slipknot – The Devil in I
  100. Lamb of God – Redneck

 

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