Greatest Early Metal Bands (1965-1972)

you think of metal as being 80's and 90's very heavy rock. but it started with the 60's. it is now time to choose one of the best bands started between 1965 and 1972, which were absolouteley metal compared to anything else of the time.

The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, more.

When in the world were the Who and the Rolling Stones considered metal. This is best by far. Listen to paranoid, iron man, war pigs, N.I. B, changes and evil woman.

Other then deep purple the awesome bands above us aren't metal the first metal band is the best Sabbath

In my opinion the best metal band of all time! Why aren't they higher?

Pretty much INVENTED heavy metal. - Pony

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2 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

This has to be my favorite band of the time. They influences so many bands and make music that will live forever. Greatest band of all time.

First band to call themselves heavy metal. they also managed to integrate organ music into heavy metal. - qaz9999

In 1965-1972 Deep Purple and Black Sabbath were the only two bands who played something close to current metal.
Deep Purple experimented with faster tempos and operatic vox that can be related to speed metal, power metal, traditional/classic metal and similar subgenres (Highway Star, Hard Lovin' Man, Fireball, SpeedKing). Black Sabbath experimented with slower tempos that can be related to doom metal and some other very dark subgenres.
However, several bands on this list also contributed - Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, Queen, UFO. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Led Zeppelin changed and formed early rock music. They are simply the best. It's very strange that they are on fifth place.

Well, none of these are proper metal bands, except maybe Black Sabbath. But in the words of Dave Grohl in his Rolling Stone article about Zeppelin, "Metal would not exist without led zeppelin. And if it did, it would suck"

Having been to some of their first concerts, "Lead" Zeppelin and "Iron" Butterfly, were clearly defined as heavy metal and actually were viewed by concert goers in the beginning as "heavy metal,"... Repeat "Lead," "Iron."
They morphed from Blues to metal, along with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, to be followed by second generation Heavy Metal.

Led wrote better songs. Blackmore's Rainbow was brilliant as well.

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4 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

Along with Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the four bands formed the base of current rock!

A great band - their sound was a fusion of progressive/art rock/heavy metal. David Byron's quasi-operatic vocals added some metal feel, too.

Their debut album 'Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble' (1970) was one of the first albums with the word (H)eavy in the title.
The song Bird of Prey (1971) is a metal song, with metal vocals and screams: awesome vox even from today's metal viewpoint.
Their epic piece Salisbury (1971) is 16:20 min long and sounds to me like early symphonic metal with prog elements.

Uriah Heep is the favorite band of Hansi Kürsch - lead singer of the metal band Blind Guardian, currently one of the best metal bands. They did a cover of 'The Wizard' and I think it's awesome.
Besides, Hansi Kürsch named his second band after a Uriah Heep album - Demons & Wizards. Yeah, he definitely loves Uriah Heep. - Metal_Treasure

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5 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

A German band formed in 1965.
I can't believe these guys have been around for 50 years and still kick ass
(same for Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep - these bands still put out new albums or/and tour).
But I don'd know if The Scorpions played something related to metal in 1965-1972... - Metal_Treasure

6 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.

Born to be wild mentioned "heavy metal" for the first
Time in music history

The pioneers of canadian rock and metal - qaz9999

7 U.F.O. U.F.O. UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.

Formed in 1969, they became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWBHM).
Their song 'Doctor Doctor' was covered by Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

An Irish rock-to-metal band formed in Dublin in 1969.
Some of the biggest Thin Lizzy fans are Metallica, Iron Maiden, Vader and Mastodon, to name a few. They all state they were influenced by Thin Lizzy and did many covers.
Some great musicians played for Thin Lizzy - Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, John Sykes, Vivian Campbell, Tommy Aldridge.
Thin Lizzy riffs are killers, some solos and basslines are remarkable, too.

To see how influential Thin Lizzy were towards metal creation, go to a list I just started on the Top Tens:
Top Ten Best Cover Versions of Thin Lizzy Songs - Metal_Treasure

9 The Who The Who The Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are more.

The who... Early influences in the evolution of metal.

Rock, hard rock, power pop - there's NO metal here. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

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10 Queen Queen Queen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more. V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. V 1 Comment
12 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.
13 Rolling Stones

They aren't metal and didn't influence metal. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

The first bad boy rockers in a time ruled by mods. - qaz9999

14 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

A great band, but they started in 1973. - IronSabbathPriest

Came along late in the game. Decent but no virtuosos.

Formed in 1973 and never been metal. Shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Love this band. should be number 1 in my opinion. This band can pump you up and is great when your having parties. one of the most talented I've heard in a long time.

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15 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Alice Cooper should be on top. If you haven't read any of his lyrics, then please do so and I'm sure you will agree with me. He has influenced so many great bands with his music, his stage performances and all that follows this man

Shock rock and not metal. Shouldn't be on this list.

None of the songs listed above is metal; Ballad of Dwight Fry is from 1990, which is far from early metal. Listen carefully to his music - nothing speaks metal.

And now find the song Bird Of Prey by Uriah Heep (1971) to see what I mean - you will get immediately all metal elements. That's why Uriah Heep should be in the top 5, if not top 3, and Alice Cooper removed from the list.

Re Alice Cooper and many other irrelevant musicians here:
You don't have to think that something is metal every time you hear distortion, see black eyeliner/scary make-up, or hear dark lyrics.
Moreover, we shouldn't focus on lyrics very much here - metal is first and foremost a music genre. So focus mainly on the scales used, but also drum beats, vocals, riffs, solos. - Metal_Treasure

There is a lot of Metal in Early Alice Cooper just listen to Black Juju, Ballad of Dwight Fry, Halo of Flies, Dead Babies and, Killer if you don't think so.

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16 The Sweet The Sweet

The sweet had songs such as Fox On The RUn ( covered by Girlschool),
A.C.D.C. ( Covered by Joan Jett) & Love is Like Oxygen... Not only did they flirt with metal.. Their original Material had elements of heavy metal in them.. Andy Scott is one of the most underrated guitarists ever,in my humble opinion

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17 The Guess Who The Guess Who The Guess Who was a Canadian rock band formed in 1962. The band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is mostly known for their hit "American Woman".

And you wouldn't think of "NO Time",No sugar tonight & Star Baby ( a be it not one of their best songs...but one of my favorites...) Metal Songs? Clap for the wolfman became a very annoying song after a while... As someone who remembers metal when it was in its infancy.. The guess who is one of the best metal bands ( along with BAchman Turner over drive)! )... That Canada had to offer1

You call 'Clap for the wolfman' a metal song? Please everybody, check out this song - nowhere near metal. - Metal_Treasure

There's NO metal here - they played rock, blues rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, hard rock (none of them speaks metal). - Metal_Treasure

You call 'Clap for the wolfman' a metal song? Please everybody, check out this song - nowhere near metal. - Metal_Treasure

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18 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.

The Stooges were a proto punk rock band,not Proto...or even metal...
Just listen to Iggy Pop try to cough out the lyrics to "I wanna Be your dog"..this would be enough to make you naucious!

19 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, more.
20 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.

In my opinion, these guys were the first heavy metal band.

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