Best Heavy Metal Bands of the 60s


The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

Though they released their albums in late 60s but they became very famous in short time - zxm

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.
3 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.

When I created the list, it wasn't meant for accurate heavy metal bands of 60s (which I should have stated in the description). But if you see, there were hardly any heavy metal bands in the 60s. The bands which were formed in the 60s, but never performed, I tried to avoid them. for example - Judas Priest. this list was basically about heaviest bands of 60s. Even though, today these genres like hard rock, heavy blues or psychedelic rock (heavier version), can't be considered as metal genres, but for the 60s, they were like death metal of the decade. That's why I included them. - zxm

I can't say much bad about the whole list. Since this is origins of heavy metal, Blue Cheer floats near the top.

Good stuff. This demo tape was played on the first underground FM station in 1967.

4 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.

You may have heard "heavy-metal thunder" come from Kay's mouth, but the music was not metal, particularly by the low standards that came after.

The song is proto-metal but still they were one of the hardest rock bands of 1960s - zxm

5 Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge was a American Psychedelic band in the late 1960s. Their two first album was all covers, but their third album is mostly original content. They are also credited for somewhat influencing Progressive Rock.

Not metal.

6 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.
7 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.
8 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.

Not really metal, and really belong in the 70s.

9 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.

I know they didn't release albums in 60s, but some of the songs were recorded in the 60s. That's why I though they could be here. - zxm

10 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.
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