Top 10 Metal Songs Released in 1978

There were not many metal bands/ albums/ songs in the 70s as you can see on this list about the metal releases in 1978.

The Top Ten

1 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

This song is magical - Blackmore music and guitar combined with Dio vocals and fantasy lyrics. On this song Richie Blackmore used some arabic scales to create its Babylon/arabic vibe, which also sets a progressive sound especially in the intro/outro but not only. Everything is so epic and beautiful. This song proves that Richie Blackmore is a genius in composing/songwriting. Every note is exactly where it should be - nothing to add, nothing to remove. A true masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure

I'm so glad how finally someone else accept too how Ritchie Blackmore's gutar style is metal, not hard rock!

@somekindofaguy - of course his guitar style is metal, more metal than everybody else circa 1970. He was shredding neo-classical metal style when all the others played pentatonic blues scales. Very often he puts metal riffs and solos in songs that are not metal - in hard rock and even soft rock songs. - Metal_Treasure

2 Stained Class - Judas Priest Stained Class - Judas Priest

I love gallops a lot and love this song. Deep Puple started the gallops (Hard Lovin' Man, 1970), Judas Priest mastered them and Iron Maiden popularized them. Now gallops are everywhere in metal (see my list "Best Metal Songs With Galloping Rhythm"). - Metal_Treasure

This was 1978...? O.O it's aged better than I have. - Britgirl

3 Kill the King - Rainbow Kill the King - Rainbow

One of the fastest songs of the 70s and the solo is also extremely fast. God bless Ritchie Blackmore because metalheads love fast songs! - Metal_Treasure

4 White Heat, Red Hot - Judas Priest

This is also 100% metal. - Metal_Treasure

5 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

This song is one of a kind but I put it lower because it's a power ballad. - Metal_Treasure

6 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

Another masterpiece but I put it lower because it's a ballad. A very special ballad though - it's very different from the ballads usually written in the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

7 L.A. Connection - Rainbow
8 Exciter - Judas Priest

Not 100% metal but it's mainly metal.
The main task of the bands attempting metal in the 70s was to get rid of the blues and psychedelic influences, and elements from other genres. It wasn't an easy task because the blues idiom was very popular so any song with less blues was an achievement back then. One of the biggest music contributions made by Ritchie Blackmore was that he moved the mindset away from the hackneyed blues idiom in the field of the heavier/harder rock music and replaced it with classical (now known as heavy metal). - Metal_Treasure

9 The Shed (Subtle) - Rainbow

A song with 2 solos - in the intro and again later. - Metal_Treasure

10 Invader - Judas Priest

Not 100% metal but it's mostly metal - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Shock Wave - Black Sabbath
12 He's a Woman, She's a Man - Scorpions
13 On Fire - Van Halen

Pretty heavy stuff by Van Halen

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Top Remixes

1. Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
2. Stained Class - Judas Priest
3. Kill the King - Rainbow
1. Kill the King - Rainbow
2. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
3. Invader - Judas Priest


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