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

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

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

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.

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

The Contenders

11 The Nile Song - Pink Floyd

More like an early grunge song

12 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

I never saw anyone who classified this song as metal what

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

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

17 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

No. Just no. Please...

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

A metal song which was recorded in 1969. - zxm

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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