9. "The Memory Remains" By Metallica (WrestleMania XXVIII)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zntJWuOl95E Metallica are rock and roll royalty, Hall of Famers for a reason. They one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all-time. The band is also notorious for their love of money (who isn't). Thus, it was quite the surprise when WWE rolled out "The Memory Remains" as one of the songs for the WrestleMania XXVIII pay-per-view in Miami. A grim song with the haunting vocals of an old lady near its end, it fit with the eerie and foreboding aura of the "End of an Era" match between The Undertaker and Triple H, held inside Hell in a Cell. The song accompanied the lowering of the cell, leaving some smartasses (this writer included) to joke about the steel structure getting its own theme. "Fortune fame/mirror vain/gone insane/but the memory remains", read opening lyrics read. Through the vanity and fame Triple H experienced as a member of D-Generation X and The McMahon-Helmsley Era, to the insanity of The Undertaker during his days as the leader of The Ministry of Darkness, it was a fitting theme for both stars and their final encounter against one another. It was not the first time WWE had worked with Metallica, but in both of those previous instances, it was to help promote a new album. 2003's "St. Anger" was the theme song for SummerSlam while 2008's "All Nightmare Long" was the theme for No Mercy. "The Memory Remains" stands out as the greatest contribution from Metallica to WWE programming, the perfect fit for an epic encounter that became an instant 'Mania classic.
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