- RIDE THE LIGHTNING
Let this be a lesson in the art of album openers. In a different universe, Metallica sat down together to discuss the track listing for Ride the Lightning and decided that “Fight Fire With Fire” was a good song but maybe a little boring and not the best way to suck people in for the long haul, and that maybe “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was the epic shit-your-pants moment they were looking for. That universe died in a fire. Am I freaking out over nothing? Maybe but these are three stone classics we’re ranking here so we’re going to have to go by the minutia.