Top Ten Fast Paced Metal Songs of the 1970s

The Top Ten

1 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Haha, it's the visitor who first needs a tutorial on this subject. This song isn't hard rock - hard rock is blues based, this song is based on classical and is one of the first metal songs, speed metal in particular. - Metal_Treasure

Answer: it is well known that this song was influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach, especially the organ and guitar solos that were based on Bach-like chord sequences. - Metal_Treasure

It's hard ROCK. A tutorial on this subject is definitely in order.

Ha Ha,remember list of best metal songs of 70s?.I got afraid after adding this song.It was the same debate if its hard rock or heavy metal. - zxm

2 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest Cover Art
3 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath Cover Art

No. This is a partial inversion of a well-known boogie riff made popular by John Lee Hooker. The bridge might be described as vaguely reminiscent of Wagner or perhaps, Mussorgsky, but even that's a stretch.

4 Kill the King - Rainbow Kill the King - Rainbow Cover Art

Yeah, power metal from 1978

5 A Light in the Black - Rainbow A Light in the Black - Rainbow Cover Art

A genre defining fast and epic song (1976). The best Ritchie Blackmore solo ever, great vox from Dio and drums from Cozy Powell.. - Metal_Treasure

I'm ashamed myself how I forget this classic to put to the list... thanks!

6 Free Me Now - Accept
7 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend Cover Art
8 Set Me Free - Sweet Set Me Free - Sweet Cover Art

Very underrated song, however a big influental to millions favorite 80s metal genre, the glam metal...

9 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple Cover Art
10 Overkill - Motörhead Overkill - Motörhead Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Burn - Deep Purple Burn - Deep Purple Cover Art
12 Speed King - Deep Purple Speed King - Deep Purple Cover Art
13 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep Cover Art
14 Eruption - Van Halen Eruption - Van Halen Cover Art
15 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath Cover Art
16 Shylock - Buffalo
17 Plastic Shotgun - Night Sun
18 On Fire - Van Halen On Fire - Van Halen Cover Art
19 That's Rock and Roll - Accept
20 Child in Time - Deep Purple

Zxm thanks for submitted this, but only the guitar solo is fast paced in this song, so this isn't that really fast paced song! Great song at all

@somekindofaguy, I submitted this song because this song is parted in different parts but the guitar solo is very fast paced.and this solo is even more fast paced than many other songs here. - zxm

21 Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep Cover Art
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