Here are the three most played songs live by 55 of metal's biggest acts.

Have you ever wondered why bands always say they're most excited to play their newest songs, even if fans don't always respond with the same enthusiasm? After pouring through these stats, it's not tough to see why.

Just imagine playing the same handful of songs over 1,000 times, which is the case for so many of these acts. Iron Maiden are the only band here to cross the 2,000 plays threshold, a truly impressive feat.

READ MORE: 10 Rockers Who Legally Adopted Their Stage Names

Still, the amount of overwhelming joy these iconic hits bring fans each night on tour is what gives bands purpose — after all, feeding on the powder keg energy of a live crowd is what keeps these artists on the road for decades on end. It's a fix you can't get anywhere else, no matter how many times you've played the same song.

With as our trusty guide, we've not only outlined the most performed song from 55 metal bands, but the two runners-up as well.

The Most Performed Songs by 55 of Metal's Biggest Acts

See the three most-played songs live by 55 of the biggest acts in metal!

(All stats updated on May 15, 2024, courtesy of

Gallery Credit: Joe DiVita

More From I-Rock 93.5