Top Ten Metal Songs that Contains the Most Metal Elements in the Early 1970s (1970-1974)

The Top Ten

Burn - Deep Purple (1974)
Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (1974)

When I first heard the song, I though it was 80s. But when I knew that it was early 70s stuff, then I realized it is a proto-metal (proto-thrash) song. - zxm

Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath (1971) Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath (1971) Cover Art
Highway Star - Deep Purple (1972)

Yes, the riff and don't forget about the classically inspired solos. Vocals are also very metal as well as the overall speed of this song - Metal_Treasure

Especially the rhythm guitar riff element. - zxm

Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple (1970) Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple (1970) Cover Art
Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend (1970) Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend (1970) Cover Art
Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep (1970) Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep (1970) Cover Art

The riff is hell of a riff. The screaming is also good - zxm

Under the Sun - Black Sabbath (1972) Under the Sun - Black Sabbath (1972) Cover Art
Look At Yourself - Uriah Heep (1971)
Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep (1972) Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep (1972) Cover Art

The Contenders

Forever My Queen - Pentagram (1973)
Crash Course in Brain Surgery - Budgie (1974)
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