Top Ten Early Song Examples for Metal Genres

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The Top Ten

1 Stargazer - Rainbow (Neoclassical)

This song doesn't seem like a neoclassical metal song to me. I'd say its more like power metal (because of the solo). - zxm

I'm glad this song is at #1 but I wouldn't say it's neoclassical. Stargazer is a unique song that touches on several subgenres. It introduced epicness at all levels - from composition to vocals and drumming. Brief analysis of this song:
Tempo: mid-tempo (this speaks traditional metal)
Feel: epic
Arabic scales: they set a progressive sound (R. Blackmore included arabic scales because the song is about Egypt)
Lyrics: fantasy, history, mythology (this speaks power metal)
So I would say this is an epic traditional metal song with elements of progressive and power metal. - Metal_Treasure

2 Symptom fo the Universe - Black Sabbath (Thrash)
3 A Light in the Black - Rainbow (Speed)
4 Burn - Deep Purple (Heavy Metal)
5 Warrior - Riot (Power)
6 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Speed)
7 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest (Thrash)

I love this song related to speed and thrash metal. Overall it's a very Deep Purple-ish song: especially the intro which reminds of Highway Star a lot, and some other parts are also Purple-esque. I don't blame Judas Priest - all bands trying to become metal bands in the 70s were influenced by Deep Purple and Rainbow. Highway Star was the most important song for speed metal and indirectly, via songs like Dissident Aggressor, for the future thrash. Thrash is speed metal + hardcore punk. - Metal_Treasure

It even got covered by a thrash band (Slayer) - Brobusky

8 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (Speed)

Stone cold crazy is a an example of thrash metal not speed metal. - zxm

9 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath (Doom)
10 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (Thrash)

The Contenders

11 Child in Time - Deep Purple (Progressive)
12 Eyes of the World - Rainbow (Symphonic)

An awesome song from 1979 with no weak spots. They didn't use a symphonic orchestra but the symphonic vibe is there start to finish and I wonder how they did it! - Metal_Treasure

13 Witching Hour - Venom (Black)
14 Kill the King - Rainbow (Speed)
15 Set Me Free - Sweet (Glam)

The Sweet were part of the glam rock scene but the music to this song isn't glam metal. It's just metal. Moreover, this song is a rip off of "Flight of The Rat" by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

I thought glam metal isn't a sub-genre of metal. - zxm

16 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Progressive)

Is it progressive metal? - zxm

17 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple (Speed)
18 Stormbringer - Deep Purple (Gothic)

It was called by the experts a gothic metal treasure. - Metal_Treasure

19 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep (Heavy Metal)
20 Free Me Now - Accept (Speed)
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1. Highway Star - Deep Purple (Speed)
2. Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (Thrash)
3. Warrior - Riot (Power)
zxm
1. Symptom fo the Universe - Black Sabbath (Thrash)
2. Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (Speed)
3. Stargazer - Rainbow (Neoclassical)
somekindofaguy
1. A Light in the Black - Rainbow (Speed)
2. Burn - Deep Purple (Heavy Metal)
3. Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest (Thrash)
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