Top 10 Judas Priest Songs

Judas Priest Songs

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Our Top 10 Judas Priest Songs list takes a look at some of the most iconic Judas Priest songs ever released. The band Judas Priest broke onto the rock and roll scene in 1972 with the release of their debut album entitled Rocka Rolla. The band would release a steady stream of albums in the 1970s including the records Sad Wings of Destiny in 1976, Sin After Sin in 1977, Stained Glass in 1978 and Killing Machine in 1978. With every album release, Judas Priest grew their audience with their incredible heavy metal records that put them on an even playing field with bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and The Scorpions.

In 1980, the band quadrupled their audience with the release of the album British Steel. The albums explosive hits “Breaking The Law,” and “Living After Midnight,” would serve as an inspiration for so many of the metal bands that would rise to fame in the hair band 1980s.

Since their debut album in 1974, Judas Priest has for the most part kept releasing new music over a forty four year period. Judas Priest has released eighteen studio albums. Their last studio album was released in 2018 entitled Firepower. In a time period in which many legendary bands are no longer releasing new music because very few people buy new albums anymore, it’s refreshing that a band like Judas Priest has not given up on the record business.

In the live music department, Judas Priest has released sixteen live albums with their latest being released in 2016 entitled Battle Cry. Like all great bands that came of age in the 1970s, there have been a ton of compilations albums released.

For our top 10 Judas Priest songs list we decided to take a different approach from all our other lists. Instead of numbering the list, we left that open for the readers to decide. The list is in order but which end in number one and which end is number ten. Should the top be number one or the bottom be number one? Let us know what you think, and even if you don’t agree with the songs, be nice. This is all in good fun.


# 10 – Breaking The Law

The Judas Priest song “Breaking The Law,” was released on the album British Steel. The album was released in 1980. It is one of the band’s most widely covered songs. We love the Motorhead version.

# 9 – You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

The Judas Priest song “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” was released on the album Screaming for VengeanceThe album was released in 1982. The song was put into heavy rotation on MTV in the music channel’s early days.

# 8 – Living After Midnight

Along with “Breaking The Law,” the Judas Priest song “Living After Midnight,” was another one of the huge hits from their famous 1980 album British Steel.

# 7 – Heading Out To The Highway

How can you not love those 1980’s Judas Priest videos? “Heading Out To The Highway,” was released on the Point Of Entry album. The record was the follow up to British Steel. It was released in 1981.

# 6 – Hell Bent For Leather

The great title track to the United States titled Hell Bent For Leather album. The perfect Judas Priest song title. The album was known outside of the United States as Killing Machine. 

# 5 – Take These Chains

The amazing Judas Priest song “Take These Chains,” was released on the Screaming For Vengeance album. The smoking album was released in 1982. Three Judas Priest songs from this incredible album have been listed on this top 10 Judas Priest Songs list.

# 4 -The Sentinel

Listen to this incredible track and try to tell us that you don’t love this band. The Sentinel was released in 1984 on the Defenders of the Faith album. There was something going on in the universe between 1983 and 1984 because so many bands released the albums of their careers in 1984. It was a spectacular year for music.

# 3 – Ram It Down

No cover depicts the power of Heavy Metal like the Ram It Down Cover. The album’s title track has always been one of our favorite Judas Priest songs. The album was released in 1988.

# 2 – Electric Eye

There is good reason why this dynamic metal song “Electric Eye,” has usually served as the show opener at Judas Priest concerts. Just take a listen and it will become instantly clear. Another great track from the Screaming for Vengeance album.

# 1 – PainKiller

“Painkiller,” was easily the heaviest Judas Priest ever got. The song “Painkiller,” was released on the 1990 album Painkiller. This concludes our top 10 Judas Priest songs list. Can you tell which end was our number one? Which end would you pick?

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