Heaviest Metal Songs of the 70s

Things change:
1) These songs don't sound heavy now but they were heavy in the 70s.
2) Some of these songs weren't considered metal (or related to metal) in the 70s but history proved it wrong.
3) Some other songs that aren't on this lists were considered metal (or related to metal) in the 70s but now we know they aren't metal songs.

Keep in mind that these bands are related to early metal but not all songs by them are metal.

The Top Ten

1 Kill the King - Rainbow Kill the King - Rainbow

I think it's the heaviest because it's the most aggressive song of the 70s, one of fastest and one of the loudest. - Metal_Treasure

2 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest

A pretty brutal song for 1978, particularly the riff. - Metal_Treasure

3 A Light in the Black - Rainbow A Light in the Black - Rainbow

A 1976 metal masterpiece - fast, aggressive, technical and epic. Unlike most of the songs on this list, this song is 100% metal and has no poppy, bluesy and whatever parts different from metal. - Metal_Treasure

4 The Wall - Squadron
5 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Yes, Queen had heavier songs in their earlier albums. Ogre Battle is also heavy. - zxm

A proto-thrash song. It has some very fast and aggressive parts, with thrashy aggressive vocals, but also some poppy sections.
Nobody considered it related to metal in the 70s because thrash didn't exist. - Metal_Treasure

6 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
7 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath

Heavy as F!
Vote for this, for god sake
Just admit it this is the heaviest song in 70s

8 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend
9 Sweet F.A. - The Sweet
10 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This song IS heavy metal. - truckturner

Not very high on this list because it's very dark but not very heavy in the strict sense. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Burn - Deep Purple
12 Set Me Free - Sweet
13 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath

This is the undisputed heaviest song of the 70s no doubt. It was thrash a decade before thrash was invented.

No, what you said is very debatable. Before this song, Queen released Stone Cold Crazy, that is widely considered as the first proto-thrash song. - Metal_Treasure

14 Stained Class - Judas Priest
15 Tyrant - Judas Priest
16 Exciter - Judas Priest
17 Into the Void - Black Sabbath
18 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath
19 Under the Sun - Black Sabbath
20 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This song heavy? LOL. Just play the sample guys...It sounds like a pop song compared to Kill the King by Rainbow. And even compared to Stone Cold Crazy by Queen. - Metal_Treasure

21 Free 'N' Easy - Uriah Heep
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Top Remixes

1. Kill the King - Rainbow
2. Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
3. A Light in the Black - Rainbow


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