THE BEST Heavy Metal

Wake Me Up Before You Headbang

Wake Me Up Before You Headbang

CHOOSE LIFE with this hilarious, but somehow completely right heavy metal cover version of WHAM!’s cheesetastic 1984 hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, as performed by Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios.

High On Fire: The Black Plot

High On Fire: The Black Plot

(PG-13) Fantasy illustrator Skinner and Hey Beautiful Jerk’s animated video for High on Fire’s track is a heavy metal fever dream, packed with vibrant colors, fantastic creatures, demons, battles, blood, guts, and even a couple of cartoon boobies for good measure.

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Sonic Goes Metal

Sonic Goes Metal

Fans of the classic SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog will immediately recognize every one of these tracks, redone with a metal edge by Russian musician Michael Sobin. Seriously, all these tunes are permanently ingrained in our brains since childhood.

X-Men: Metal Edition

X-Men: Metal Edition

Guitarist ERock presents his head-banging edition of the earworm that is the opening title music from the 1990’s X-Men animated series. Seriously, we have no idea why they don’t start using this as the theme for the new movies.

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Pop thrash metal band Babymetal’s girls are teenagers now, and they’ve gone mainstream globally. So we hate them now. Just kidding. Their new album Metal Resistance gives us more of their unorthodox mix of hair-raising music and kawaii singing.

Death Metal Colada

Death Metal Colada

If you like piña coladas, and some screaming in pain, this video is for you. Rupert Holmes’ 1979 hit takes a dark turn with the help of YouTuber Wilton Turdley. Though we’re pretty sure that’s Animal on vocals.

iPhone Ringtones: Metal Edition

iPhone Ringtones: Metal Edition

Musician Jack Fliegler (aka “ToxicxEternity“) arranged this heavy metal tribute that seriously expands on one of today’s most familiar sounds: a stock iPhone ringtone. Our next request: the classic Nokia ringtone. Oh wait.

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Please won’t you be our neighbor? Musician 331Erock puts on his comfy cardigan, takes off his loafers, and turns the classic childhood theme song from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood into a rock tune.

Debit Girl

Debit Girl

She might look like a darling little 11 year-old girl, but Lisa-X is a serious rocker. Watch as she gets the whole room going by shredding a speed metal rendition of Schubert’s Lullaby on her electric guitar in this commercial for JNB Visa Debit cards.

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

(PG-13: Language) The talented jerk that is Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon goes on barely controlled rambles about being mystified and being grateful for love amidst the droning waves by post-metal band Jesu. Even if the first track isn’t your thing, give the others a chance.

Feel Good Inc.: Metal Cover

Feel Good Inc.: Metal Cover

Musician Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios transformed the classic Gorillaz (or is it Bunniez?) track into a hard-edged rock arrangement. The behind the scenes video is worth a watch too. We’re amazed that the cameraman didn’t end up on his butt.

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Musician Martha Psyko performs rock and metal tunes on her electric violin. From AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to GNR’s Sweet Child O’ Mine to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, she knows her way around a fiddle. Her Misirlou ain’t bad either.

Rockstakovich

Rockstakovich

Guitarist Connor Gallagher, whose name sounds like a mashup of characters on two Showtime series, cranks out a dynamic metal version of the musical rollercoaster ride that is Symphony No. 5. IV. Allegro non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Heavy Metal Jaws

Heavy Metal Jaws

Guitarist 331Erock’s latest metal cover comes to us courtesy of John Williams’ dramatic main theme from Jaws. We have to say the abrasive electric guitar sounds seem much more fitting of an angry great white shark than a cello does.

Stayin’ Alive: Heavy Metal Cover

Stayin’ Alive: Heavy Metal Cover

We’re pretty confident that the microphone, ukulele and drum kit that Leo Moracchioli is playing in his music video for his head-banging arrangement of the Bee Gees’ classic disco track aren’t the ones he actually recorded with.

Death Metal Grease

Death Metal Grease

We’ve got chills. They’re multiplyin’. The seldom boring Andy Rehfeldt recorded this revamp of You’re the One That I Want from the musical Grease with a sound that’s sure to make ears bleed, and ’50s and ’70s sentimentalists weep.

Death Metal Mary Poppins

Death Metal Mary Poppins

Andy Rehfeldt took the classic kids’ tune Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Disney’s Mary Poppins and gave it a bit more of a hard edge. And yes, that’s a girl singing the Julie Andrews part.

Paranoid: Jazz Version

Paranoid: Jazz Version

Musician Andy Rehfeldt transforms Black Sabbath’s metal classic Paranoid into an upbeat jazz tune, preserving Ozzy Osbourne’s original vocals, but forever lightening the mood of the track. Also, we prefer to remember Ozzy this way.

Metalhead Girl

Metalhead Girl

Meliani Siti Sumartini (aka “Mel”) may be just 15 years old, but she proves that rocking out has no age, gender or cultural boundaries, as she shreds with the best of them on her electric guitar. Hit up her YouTube channel for more headbanging.

GWAR Covers Pet Shop Boys

GWAR Covers Pet Shop Boys

(NSFW: Language) GWAR stopped by A.V. Club’s offices, and turned in an unexpected thrash metal version of Pet Shop Boys’ ’80s classic West End Boys. Stick around for an even more awesome cover of Jim Carroll’s People Who Died.

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Metal Popcorn

Metal Popcorn

Leave it to heavy metal guitarist Charlie Parra del Riego to find a way to take Gershon Kingsley’s head-boppingly catchy classic 1969 synthpop tune Popcorn and make it rock. It’s the official theme song for making popcorn this way.

Dad Metal

Dad Metal

Just because your partying days are behind you doesn’t mean you can’t continue to rock. See for yourself as the best death and grind metal is gently combined with parenting reminders in this hilarious Funny or Die vid. (Thanks Spencer!)

Tiger Train

Tiger Train

The Hellraiser, the Master of Puppets, the Iron Man, the Angel of Death and the Black Dog all pale in comparison to the Tiger Train. Kneel and headbang to Liam Lynch’s hilarious parody of heavy metal songs. #theturtletrucksux

Nothing Else Majeur

Nothing Else Majeur

MajorScaled TV digitally transposes sad songs to a major scale, replacing the melancholic mood with a strangely happy one. Listen to what they did to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

Compressorhead Robot Band

Compressorhead Robot Band

Check out Compressorhead kicking out the robot jams in their cover of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades. When the Country Bear Jamboree is in ashes, you have my permission to rock. (Thanks everyone!)

Death Metal Audition

Death Metal Audition

At first glance, you’d think the girl on this French TV talent show was going to sing some dainty little ballad. You’d be so very wrong. We wonder if this is Rachel’s cat. (Thanks Thomas!)

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