Slipknot's Surfacing voted best song of the 90s

The band Slipknot
Slipknot circa 1999 (Image credit: Gina Ferazzi \/ Getty)

Earlier this month we were faced with the unenviable task of naming and ranking the 100 best metal songs of the 1990s. A source of many late nights and drawn-out arguments, it turned Hammer HQ into a warzone for weeks, but we eventually cracked it (depending on who you ask).

To share this burden, we asked YOU, the Metal Hammer readers to pick your favourite song from the ‘90s. That’s right, not your top 100, but the ultimate metal song that defined the decade. You voted in your hundreds and we can now reveal that the winner of the poll is…

Surfacing by Slipknot!

As Corey Taylor so often tells us, Surfacing is our new international fucking anthem, and has been a part of The Knot’s live setlist since it was released back in 1999 on Slipknot’s self-titled debut. A song of defiance, sticking your middle finger in the face of anyone who gets in your way, and not giving a crap about what people think about you – Surfacing gave the alienated and undervalued youth a battle cry, a song that has stood the test of time, still carrying the weight it did 18 years ago.

Here are the top 20 songs from the ‘90s as voted for by you:

  1. Slipknot – Surfacing
  2. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
  3. Alice In Chains – Rooster
  4. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  5. Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
  6. Metallica – Sad But True
  7. Tool – Stinkfist
  8. Marilyn Manson – The Dope Show
  9. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
  10. Megadeth – Hangar 18
  11. Pantera – Walk
  12. Pearl Jam – Alive
  13. Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots
  14. Judas Priest – Painkiller
  15. Korn – Freak On A Leash
  16. Guns N’ Roses – You Could Be Mine
  17. Marilyn Manson – Lunchbox
  18. Machine Head – Davidian
  19. Pantera – Floods
  20. System Of A Down – Sugar

Listen to our ultimate 90s Spotify playlist now.

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