Heaviest Guitar Riffs Before the 1980s

The Top Ten

1 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest

Ancestor of Painkiller

2 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The brutal riff beginning around 3:18

3 Stargazer - Rainbow
4 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Called as the first thrash metal song

5 Black Night - Deep Purple
6 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath

Alos called by some as the first thrash metal song

7 Mistreated - Deep Purple
8 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

Always reminds me to "Fast as a Shark" just 12 years earlier...

9 A Light In the Black - Rainbow
10 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges

Sounds like a new wave song in 1969

The Contenders

11 That's Rock n' Roll - Accept
12 Into the Void - Black Sabbath

One of the doomiest Black Sabbath song

13 Kill the King - Rainbow
14 Burn - Deep Purple
15 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
16 Mystery Rider - Highway Robbery
17 Helter Skelter - The Beatles
18 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
19 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin

One of the heaviest of 60s - zxm

20 The Shed (Subtle) - Rainbow
21 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

I added it cause its pretty fast paced and heavy for a 70s rock.plus there was I wanna be your dog which is pretty close to this song - zxm

22 Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 1 - King Crimson

Https://youtu.be/CVb2tnFN5AA? t=3m30s

Heavy riff from King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973), it really hits it out of the park. It's really fun to listen to and is heavy. I think it really should be on the list. - JBDBIB_Baerman

Here: https://youtu.be/CVb2tnFN5AA? t=3m30s

This is why. Also, other Crimson albums could be included (This album, Red)

Overall, this is a very fun sounding and heavy riff from Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973)

23 Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 1 - King Crimson
24 Sails of Charon - Scorpions
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