Top 10 Deep Purple Songs with the Most Interesting Elements


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1Child In Time

This song is known for Ian Gillan screams towards the end. Insanely good screams from a true master. - Metal_Treasure

2Pictures of Home

There are 5 solos on 4 different instruments - guitar, keyboards, bass, drums. Ritchie Blackmore played 2 guitar solos and the song has 5 solos. Bass solos were very rare in the early 70s (not that currently you hear bass solos on every song). - Metal_Treasure

3Smoke On the Water

Without a doubt, the most interesting element is the riff. - Metal_Treasure

4Highway StarV1 Comment
5Knocking At Your Back Door

The intro is so funny and unique - the sounds are created by the band on musical instruments. - Metal_Treasure

6The Mule

A very interesting drum beat - it's complex and almost has melody. Kinda progressive stuff here from Ian Paice. - Metal_Treasure

7King of Dreams

It's the intro with the creepy sounds. - Metal_Treasure

8Hard Lovin' Man

Screams are awesome as well as the gallops - gallops became an important element of metal music, popularized later by Iron Maiden. Screams also became a metal feature. - Metal_Treasure


Many things are interesting here but I would point out that a sustain of about 8 seconds wasn't very common in rock music in the early 70s and was exceptional. You can hear it on the word “burn” and have to agree that it's very well performed (vocals from David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes). Currently metal singers apply longer sustains but I think this element of metal singing also started from Deep Purple (Ozzy has no such things). - Metal_Treasure


It is the double bass drumming - Ian Paice made it so popular that now almost every metal band uses a double bass drum. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11Love Conquers All

The most interesting thing is the classical instrumentation on some sections (this song is a ballad). - Metal_Treasure


Its length - 12:10 minutes. Hard to believe this epic and progressive stuff was released in 1969! I think this is their most beautiful song. - Metal_Treasure

13Perfect Strangers

This is a song with no solo. Deep Purple were among the first bands to play 2 and more solos in one song but not here. Besides, Ritchie Blackmore is one of the greatest soloists in rock/metal music but he decided to skip the solo. He said this is his favorite Deep Purple song. I agree the song is great and is probably one of their top 3 songs. I guess writing a heavy song with no solo was part of the Deep Purple experiments. I know about 20 great metal songs with no solos that were created after Perfect Strangers (I made a list "Top 10 Greatest Metal Songs With No Guitar Solo"). - Metal_Treasure

14Hungry Daze
15MistreatedV1 Comment

The screams are awesome and funny. - Metal_Treasure

17Black NightV1 Comment
18The Cut Runs Deep
19The Gipsy
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