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Below, you’ll find a handy list of all of our playlists and, don’t worry, that’s not all of them. We’ll be providing frequent updates with brand new playlists dedicated to various rock and metal subgenres, either in an “Ultimate” best-of format or broken down into ‘Eras,’ offering a snapshot at the best songs from a certain window in time for a particular style.
For the newest and best rock and metal songs, our Weekly Wire and Best of the Month playlists will keep you up to date so you don’t miss anything. You’ll be the first to tell all your friends about an exciting new band before they even have the chance to discover them for themselves. Yes, we’re giving you the chance to be that cool.
We’ve also got playlists for holidays, cover songs and the best songs from recent years.
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LOUDWIRE’S SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
Weekly Wire: This Week’s Best New Rock + Metal Songs
New updates each Friday afternoon with 50 new songs that were released that week or appear on new albums that just dropped that day.
Best of the Month: Staff Picks + Essentials
A recap of the best rock and metal songs released during the previous month. A mix of essential tracks and the Loudwire Staff’s personal favorites.
Early Thrash: The Beginning + The ’90s
A genre-defining playlist tracing thrash’s ’80s breakout and the difficult decade that followed.
Early Death Metal: The First 15 Years
The most brutal selections from death metal’s beginning in 1985 through 1999 with cuts so deep you’ll think you just got slashed with a butcher knife.
Death Metal: The 2000s
The best death metal songs of the first decade in the new millennium. Tech-death, slam, old school death metal, melodeath, etc. all included.
Ultimate Folk + Viking Metal
The ultimate playlist for bloody battle and victorious fanfare. Axes grind, maces clash and the hurdy gurdy plays on…
Ultimate Power Metal
Tracing power metal origin’s through the present day. More than 100 songs for the triumph, glory and honor of true steel. Capes recommended, but not mandatory.
Early Black Metal: The First 20 Years
Chronicling the first and second waves of black metal, from Venom’s blasphemous beginning to the ripple effect later felt in Norway, Sweden and other pockets around the globe.
2010-2019: Best Metal Songs of the Decade
The 66 metal songs from countless subgenres that defined the 2010s, featuring selections from the most time-honored bands as well as new groups poised to carry the torch and become legends themselves.
2010-2019: Best Rock Songs of the Decade
Who said that rock is dead? (Spoiler: It was Gene Simmons.) These hard rock songs from the 2010s prove rock is as viable as ever.
Metal Covers Classic Rock
Not much explanation needed here — all your classic rock favorites, just a bit heavier than you’re used to!
Updated for various holidays, whether it’s the season of giving gifts, showing your partner how much you love them, getting extra spooky for Halloween or throwing down at a backyard barbecue.
2020’s Best Metal Songs
These 66 metal songs remind us that not absolutely everything about 2020 was terrible.
2020’s Best Rock Songs
If you want to push memories of 2020 out of your mind, that’s fine. Just take these hard rock songs with you as the one thing worth remembering.
2019’s Best Metal Songs
The metal songs that defined the final year of the decade.
2019’s Best Rock Songs
Rock ends the 2010s with a bang… and some bangers!
2018’s Best Metal Songs
Legends and brand new bands collide in this playlist recollecting the best and the heaviest tracks of 2018. You can expect to see some of these newer groups dominate in the 2020s.
2018’s Best Rock Songs
Rock’s veterans continue to dominate while a new school of groups aim to expand the definition of rock while one band in particular looked to rock’s historic past to resurrect the sound for a new generation.
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