For reasons unbeknownst to even myself, I decided to rank every original Metallica song from their nine studio albums. All cover songs [including the old and the new Garage Days] were excluded. Sure, some songs like “Breadfan” would have ranked pretty damn high, but part of the criteria was songwriting, which you can’t really evaluate if it’s not a Metallica song. The two original songs from the S&M album are included.
As with everything like this, it’s completely subjective, biased, and in most people’s opinion, wrong. But it’s my list, and it will ultimately accomplish the task of entertaining you for 45 seconds of web browsing, which is why you’re here in the first place.