The Faction 24/7 heavy radio counted down THE HARDEST 100 this weekend, Australia’s biggest ever poll of the greatest metal songs of all time. With over 15,000 votes tallied, the countdown was a smorgasbord of ‘what a banger’s and ‘shoulda been higher’s.

Hosted by Dead Letter CircusKim Benzie, The Beautiful Monument’s Lizi Blanco and Wall of Sound’s Brownie, the epic day culminated with the crowning of #1 as voted by The Faction listeners, Architects with their epic hit Doomsday.

HARDEST 100 FAST FACTS:

  • Metallica and Parkway Drive were the most represented artists in the countdown with SEVEN entries each
  • Australian artists were well represented with 21 of the 100 songs. Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, AC/DC, Northlane and Karnivool all scored multiple entries.
  • The countdown reflected five decades of metal with the most popular decades the 90s (29%), 00s (27%), 10s (23%), 80s (16%) and 70s (5%)
  • The oldest song in the countdown was Black Sabbath’s Paranoid (1970), the newest was Polaris’ Lucid (2017)
  • The longest song in the countdown is Opeth’s “Blackwater Park” clocking in at 11 minutes, 47 seconds.

The countdown was celebrated with parties both private and public as the nation’s metalheads came together to pay respect to the history of the world’s best genre.

“The votes from The Faction listeners have produced a stunning list of songs that prove why metal is among the most successful genres in the world,” said The Faction Content Director Tim Price. “From Black Sabbath through to Architects, just as The Faction is a celebration of metal in all its forms, The Hardest 100 has well and truly delivered a flag to wave for the genre.”

The Hardest 100 was so popular it maxed out the servers, becoming easily the biggest day of streaming in the station’s history. The countdown will be replayed for those who missed out or those who want to relive it from 3pm Monday March 19 and again from midday on Sunday March 25.

You can also listen to the whole list right now at The Faction’s Spotify and Apple Music Hardest 100 playlists.

Shout out to our dedicated listeners, including one listening to the countdown while taking his kids on the Giant Drop at Dreamworld and apologies to those shopping at stores who switched to The Faction for the day. Ronan Keating will be back tomorrow.

THE FACTION HARDEST 100 OF ALL TIME

1. Architects – Doomsday

2. Metallica – Master Of Puppets

3. Parkway Drive – Carrion

4. Metallica – One

5. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name

6. Polaris – The Remedy

7. A Day To Remember – The Downfall of Us All

8. System of a Down – Chop Suey!

9. Tool – Forty Six and Two

10. Slipknot – Duality

11. Black Sabbath – War Pigs

12. Architects – Nihilist

13. Slipknot – Wait and Bleed

14. Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)

15. Tool – Stinkfist

16. Slayer – Raining Blood

17. Alexisonfire – This Could Be Anywhere In The World

18. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

19. Bullet For My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall

20. Karnivool – Themata

21. Slayer – Angel Of Death

22. Parkway Drive – Romance is Dead

23. Meshuggah – Bleed

24. A Perfect Circle – Judith

25. Thy Art is Murder – Reign of Darkness

26. Bring Me The Horizon – Shadow Moses

27. Pantera – Walk

28. Bring Me The Horizon – Sleepwalking

29. Tool – Lateralus

30. A Day To Remember – All I Want

31. AC/DC – Highway to Hell

32. Machine Head – Davidian

33. Northlane – Quantum Flux

34. In Hearts Wake – Earthwalker Feat. Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction

35. AC/DC – Back in Black

36. 30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill

37. The Amity Affliction – Pittsburgh

38. Alice In Chains – Would?

39. Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade

40. Slipknot – Psychosocial

41. Disturbed – Down With The Sickness

42. Architects – Gravity

43. Megadeth – Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

44. Northlane – Dispossession

45. Metallica – Battery

46. Parkway Drive – Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

47. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People

48. Pantera – Domination

49. Korn – Freak on a Leash

50. Faith No More – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

51. Metallica – Enter Sandman

52. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache

53. Korn – Blind

54. Slipknot – (sic)

55. The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods

56. The Amity Affliction – Open Letter

57. Parkway Drive – Bottom Feeder

58. Slipknot – Spit It Out

59. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

60. A Day To Remember – All Signs Point to Lauderdale

61. Dio – Holy Diver

62. Fear Factory – Replica

63. Metallica – Fade To Black

64. Hellions – Thresher

65. Rammstein – Du Hast

66. Lamb of God – Laid To Rest

67. Tool – The Pot

68. Faith No More – Epic

69. Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills

70. Parkway Drive – Sleepwalker

71. Linkin Park – One Step Closer

72. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

73. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast

74. Black Sabbath – Iron Man

75. Parkway Drive – Horizons

76. Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots

77. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

78. Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff

79. Tool – Sober

80. Alice Cooper – Poison

81. Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls

82. Bring Me The Horizon – Drown

83. System of a Down – Toxicity

84. Karnivool – Roquefort

85. Pantera – I’m Broken

86. Metallica – Creeping Death

87. Polaris – Lucid

88. Alter Bridge – Blackbird

89. Asking Alexandria – Final Episode

90. Fear Factory – Demanufacture

91. Judas Priest – Painkiller

92. Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name

93. Korn – Got the Life

94. Parkway Drive – Crushed

95. Mastodon – Oblivion

96. Deftones – Be Quiet And Drive

97. Opeth – Blackwater Park

98. Refused – New Noise

99. Slipknot – The Devil in I

100. Lamb of God – Redneck