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. - somekindofaguy

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

2 In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly

This is the only metal song on the list - Brobusky

Yeah, when I read the title on the list, I asked myself "What ten songs? " - Ned964

3 Just a Little Bit - Blue Cheer

Very heavy song but not metal - somekindofaguy

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

4 Paranoid - Grand Funk Railroad
5 Wring That Neck - Deep Purple
6 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

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

7 Choke, Thirst, Die - Coven
8 My Generation - The Who
9 Helter Skelter - The Beatles
10 All Along The Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

It's even among the least heavy JH songs - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 The Nile Song - Pink Floyd

More like an early grunge song - somekindofaguy

12 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

I never saw anyone who classified this song as metal what - somekindofaguy

It's not. Maybe the author of this list meant hard rock, but this song still probably doesn't qualify. - Ned964

13 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
14 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
15 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
16 Liar - Iron Maiden

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

And it can't be pre 1970. Strike two - Ned964

17 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

No. Just no. Please... - somekindofaguy

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

A metal song which was recorded in 1969. - zxm

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