Best Heavy Metal Songs Before 1970


The Top Ten

1 Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

I voted for this because it's the closest thing on the list, but even it's very far from metal. It's bluesy hard rock.

Literally none of the songs on this list are metal - christangrant

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2 In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly

This is the only metal song on the list - Brobusky

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3 Just a Little Bit - Blue Cheer

Very heavy song but not metal

Hard Rock or Psychedelic Rock maybe? But not metal for sure. Nobody released metal songs before Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.

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4 Wring That Neck - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
5 Paranoid - Grand Funk Railroad UListen to Sample
6 All Along The Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

It's even among the least heavy JH songs

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7 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

It's heavy but it's more like early punk than metal.

I only voted for this because Iron Maiden made a cover. Otherwise I agree with most people saying none of these songs are metal. - Alkadikce

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8 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

I never saw anyone who classified this song as metal what

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9 My Generation - The Who UListen to Sample
10 Choke, Thirst, Die - Coven UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Helter Skelter - The Beatles UListen to Sample
12 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

No. Just no. Please...

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13 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf UListen to Sample
14 The Nile Song - Pink Floyd

More like an early grunge song

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15 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf UListen to Sample
16 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges UListen to Sample
17 Liar - Iron Maiden

I checked this song right before because I never heard of it, but of course it's not metal either

18 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton UListen to Sample
19 Child in Time - Deep Purple

A metal song which was recorded in 1969. - zxm

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20 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

This might very well be the first metal song. It is certainly the best candidate to draw the line between non-metal rock and metal

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