Best Proto Metal Songs

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The birthdate of metal is Friday, February 13, 1970. That’s when the band Black Sabbath released its first album, Black Sabbath. But Black Sabbath and metal didn’t just come from nowhere. In this list there are non-metal songs in which are metal elements of Heavy metal, thrash metal etc.

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1Helter Skelter - The Beatles
2You Really Got Me - The Kinks

"The riff of this song" is a slight variation on a common and very old blues riff. This song is not "proto metal." It's proto hard rock, and introduced power chords, which, in and of themselves, are not metal, "proto" or otherwise.

The riff of this song invented metal - zxm

Well I said this song invented metal.that's mean it showed a new way to metal. - zxm

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3Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Ay-yi-yi! Just because it has power chords, and introduced the phrase "heavy metal" (in reference to MOTORCYCLES) into popular music, does NOT make it "metal"-- of ANY kind. The basic riff is a variation of a John Lee Hooker-style Delta blues riff.

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4Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Good grief, this is tiresome. It's BLUES rock. Clearly, you've not listened very much or closely to the progenitors of American music.

5Highway Star - Deep PurpleV1 Comment
6Killing Floor - Jimi Hendrix

Whoops. That would be "knowledge."

I agree with the visitor again - I am a die hard metalhead but I have to admit that most of the metal fans think that "anything loud, energetic, with power chords, is metal". This is wrong. Very often metalheads confuse metal with heavy blues rock, hard rock, punk, blues rock, grunge and even glam rock. - Metal_Treasure

This. Is. BLUES. Rock. Why do metal heads think anything loud, energetic, with power chords, is metal? Y'all need some serious courses at the College of Musical Knowledgr.

7Fireball - Deep Purple
8Barracuda - Heart

Probably this isn't a metal song but I have to agree that 2 elements in this song can be found in many metal songs: the gallop and the polished operatic vocals. But this song came out in 1977 and gallops were used by Deep Purple before that in several songs (example - Hard Lovin' Man, 1970). - Metal_Treasure

Your FIRST clue should have been the release date in 1977. There WAS no "proto" metal by then. But it really doesn't matter, because BARRACUDA is hard ROCK. Not metal.

9I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
10Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

I agree with Metal_Treasure here,this song is a proto-thrash metal - zxm

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The Contenders

1121st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
12Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
13In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
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1. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
2. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
3. Helter Skelter - The Beatles
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1. Helter Skelter - The Beatles
2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
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