Best Heavy Metal Songs of the 1970s


The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Agree, this isn't metal, it's hard rock at best. Melody of the vocal line is very simple and sounds like a children song which gives the song a poppy, sing-along vibe. For me this is power pop (power pop =hard rock + pop) and this explains why this is the most pop-ular Black Sabbath song. - Metal_Treasure

Not metal, it's hard rock and the vocals are very cheesy to be metal... - somekindofaguy

2 A Light in the Black - Rainbow

For me this is the most developed metal song of the 70s - it's very fast, long (8+ min) and technical. All its elements are metal - drums, guitars, vocals. Perfect composition and performance. Not to mention Dio vocals and Ritchie Blackmore epic solo. - Metal_Treasure

3 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
4 Stargazer - Rainbow

This is a metal masterpiece in every sense. - Metal_Treasure

5 Highway Star - Deep Purple

One of the fastest songs of that time - zxm

This is right. It's a very early prototype of speed metal. - somekindofaguy

6 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

Maybe this one is more metal, but still closer to the doom metal than to the heavy metal - somekindofaguy

7 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Blues Rock - somekindofaguy

8 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Same with Iron Man, more like doom than heavy metal. - somekindofaguy

9 Burn - Deep Purple

This song showcased many aspects of metal music that became typical for metal later: there's nothing poppy or catchy in it, vocals are very powerful and kinda difficult, especially the sustain of about 8 seconds. Drumming is excellent as well as the guitars. Overall, this song is pretty complex and technical for the early 70s. - Metal_Treasure

10 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend

Listen the riff - zxm

The Contenders

11 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

I agree with somekindofaguy - this isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Snowblind - Black Sabbath
13 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep

Listen the opening riff and scream - zxm

A great song, no doubt. And yes, I agree with zxm - the intro scream is incredible. The song was released in 1970. - Metal_Treasure

14 Supernaut - Black Sabbath
15 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

The first metal song ever should be higher than #15, I guess. Speed, gallop, screams, operatic vocals - this song combines all basic elements of the future metal music. Typical Iron Maiden songs have the same characteristics. - Metal_Treasure

16 Into the Void - Black Sabbath

OK, this is metal mostly. But not more than the Children of the Grave or the Under the Sun - somekindofaguy

17 Stained Class - Judas Priest
18 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath

This is the most metal Black Sabbath song in the '70s! - somekindofaguy

19 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

This is the best metal song by Black Sabbath but it's not 70s, it's 1980. - Metal_Treasure

20 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

First proto-thrash metal song, but still you could call it heavy metal somehow - zxm

It's metal, but mostly the instruments only. - somekindofaguy

Freddie vocals are pretty aggressive here. - Metal_Treasure

21 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
22 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

Only the legendary riff is 100% metal but the rest of the song is not metal so I don't consider this song metal. It's hard rock for the most part. - Metal_Treasure

This song is a hard rock song mainly - zxm

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23 Child in Time - Deep Purple

This song is mostly metal - its length (10 min), progressive song structure, vocals, screams, intensity and the solo are metal. There are some small non-metal elements but hey, it was 1970 and the term "metal" didn't even exist. - Metal_Treasure

The instrumental part in the middle of the song is metal! - somekindofaguy

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24 Kill the King - Rainbow
25 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest
26 Speed King - Deep Purple

It's really a speed king - zxm

27 Ogre Battle - Queen

This song is pretty much heavy metal. - zxm

28 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

last solo - zxm

29 Stormbringer - Deep Purple
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
2. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
3. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
1. A Light in the Black - Rainbow
2. Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
3. Highway Star - Deep Purple
1. Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath
2. Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
3. A Light in the Black - Rainbow

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