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Inspecting Long Lists #10 VH1's ''40 Greatest Metal Songs''htoutlaws2012 Alright my metal fans, and I guess haters... I found this list to be interesting, and why is that well I looked like okay. VH1 back in the day use to do a lot of big countdown lists this being one of those. This there is mix of just right, and wrong when you define metal with some songs that are not what I consider quite frankly as metal so sit back as I spend time on this top 40 countdown by VH1.
#40 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest:They start off correctly its is a metal song, and one of the more memorable Judas Priest songs indeed.
#39 I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper: Now right here is where the debate starts because this is basically a rock song. Does VH1 know the different between the two genres?
#38 Balls to the Wall - Accept: An 80's classic metal song by an underrated band.
#37 Smoke in the Water - Deep Purple: Now this one is a double edge sword yes it definitely has elements of metal with the riffs, but also most of the song is hard rock at the same time. I can get this choice in a way since its near the bottom part of the list, but the rest remain to be seen.
#36 Wait and Bleed - Slipknot: Let's keep this in mind okay greatest metal songs, and this one is more Nu Metal than anything. It qualifies if you want to include that type of all metal related genres if so then the hardcore fan is less likely to see any song by bands like Venom, Kreator, Queensrÿche etc.
#35 Mental Heath - Quiet Riot: Its one of the better glam metal songs, but in the lowest of the low of that genre I still would not have it on this list period.
#34 Paranoid - Black Sabbath: Early pioneers of metal for sure, and this is one of the songs the broke the mold.
#33 High 'N' Dry - Def Leppard: Probably the only Def Leppard song that deserves to be here it has a type of metal song in it that's acceptable.
#32 Thunder Kiss 65 - White Zombie: Here's a problem now you encounter very tricky entries such as White Zombie, or perhaps even Marilyn Manson which may sound a bit metal-ist, but is the song classify as metal to the listener that is the question.
#31 Rock you like a Hurricane - Scorpions: Yeah I would say this song for sure has that metal aspect.
#30 Epic - Faith No More: An early pioneer in Nu Metal kind of sound?
#29 Caught in the Mosh - Anthrax: In terms of the big four probably the one Anthrax song that I would figure show around where its places considering the other three arguably have way more epic songs then this.
#28 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson: Another song that depends on the listener if you would consider it to be of such genre.
#27 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden: Apparently were limited to how many Iron Maiden songs we can have on the list, and this is one of there more iconic songs, and more to come I would hope.
#26 Refuse/Resist - Sepulutra: Did not expect this to show up for such a casual driven list so far, but yeah this should be here for sure the sound of it is unique.
#25 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera: Well at least Pantera made it, and this is definitely at the toppest of there songs I have a feeling we may see one more of there's pop in close to the top, and its probably not the one I love the most.
#24 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC: Okay, now we get to the point where things get very debatable if it even qualifies of anything metal, and AC/DC is one of the best in Rock in general next to Queen, and among others, but Dirty Deeds to me sounds like all the others AC/DC songs with the same type of beat.
#23 Freak on a Leash - Korn: Nu Metal, and one of the band of that genre that has a lot of other songs you could chose if you wanted to, but for what its based on whatever.
#22 Enter Sandman - Metallica: Of the Metallica songs this one I would not have even if it was the song that made them famous which I find hard to believe.
#21 Paradise City - Guns 'N' Roses: Guns 'N' Roses in general is a Rock band when did it ever been classified as metal again?
#20 I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister: Glam metal, and a memorable one thanks to Spongebob the movie pretty much alright then next.
#19 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains: Good song, but i'd probably pick Them Bones as the sole representative for Alice in Chains.
#18 Slave to the Grind - Skid Row: Oh an underrated selection I see, For glam metal this definitely has that feel of metal that is very acceptable.
#17 Live Wire - Motley Crue: Yeah this Motley Crue has elements of metal, and its one not a lot of people would pick as the best from the band, but nice to see its here.
#16 Walk - Pantera: Of course they chose Walk, its a good song, but my personal take would be Cemetery Gates it had kind of a groove where no other metal song was like that one to me where this one yeah it works for football games, and all, but ity is what it is.
#15 Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine: Great Nu metal song, but then you have die hards that will debate about certain sub genres, and what ones would remain where there at.
#14 Toxicity - System of a Down: How fitting another Nu metal song that I actually did not expect to even be here, but more so perhaps Chop Suey, but naw... not in my book.
#13 Rainbow in the Dark - Dio: You can't have a metal list without having Dio that to me is rule #1, and this should be near the 10, but at 13 you could of pushed it a little higher if the controversial picks come on up.
#12 Bring the Noise - Anthrax & Public Enemy: You can't be serious this is in their minds a metal song? Okay granted its a good song, and all, but realistically its a mashup of both hip-hop, and metal combined to me I don't see how this makes the list let alone the top 15.
#11 Peace Sells - Megadeth: Great metal song I'd place towards the very top among Master of puppets, and some of those other iconic songs.
#10 Ace of Spades - Motorhead: Okay yeah it may seem like a metal vibed song one would expect, but believe it not it really isn't with all things considered remember the phrase casual for a lot of these imagine circling some of things, and just how generally that really shows to be the consensus.
#9 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne: I know some people that don't seem to be a fan of Ozzy, but this is his best solo song in this case after getting away from Black Sabbath I mean I hear people say Crazy Train is one of there favorite metal songs.
#8 Raining Blood - Slayer: I mean yeah this is the song that made Slayer famous arguably, but Angel of Death, or Season of the abyss are good options as well to listen to.
#7 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden: Great song, but Hallowed by thy name to me is the definitive Iron Maiden song by far no other metal song can beat that in terms of overall quality.
#6 Detroit Rock City - Kiss: Great song, but its most certainly a rock song more than anything.
#5 You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest: Great song, but this indicates no Painkiller unreal how that missed the list, and that was arguably Rob's best vocals.
#4 Back in Black - AC/DC: Like the other AC/DC songs they all have the same similar beat, and there all literally rock songs.
#3 Master of Puppets - Metallica: If I had to this would be my personal #1, and not I wonder what the top 2 could possibly be if it isn't a Metallica song, nor an Iron Maiden song.
#2 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'N' Roses: Just pure rock in all here, what metal is there for it to be second?
#1 Iron Man - Black Sabbath: Great song, and all, but at the top ugh.. sure they are the pioneers of Metal, and all, but Paranoid was way down there, and I thought that was way better than this where this one was fairly great, and all I have the two switched.
Now first of all wow is the list all sort of confusion between the inclusions of Nu, and Glam metal which count, but they would be near the lower end of the list than anything, meanwhile they have rock bands in the list that have no metal elements to em, and when there are then maybe they can be on the list to a certain extent. Also I may have mentioned popular names that did not even make the list I am just in total shock such as Hallowed thy Name, or Cemetery Gates I mean seriously VH1 come on! Tell you what i'll give 10 songs that should of made the list somewhere, and switch them with songs that probably should have not of been in any consideration to begin with.
(Top 2 are obvious as restating for the third time)
Hallowed Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Cemetery Gates - Pantera
Painkiller - Judas Priest
Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
Angel of Death - Slayer
Holy Diver - Dio
Schism - Tool
Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb Of God
Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
Alison Hell - Annihilator
Now that feels more like metal when you include these 10 am I right? Let me know in the comments until next time i'm the outlaw, and i'll see you next time.
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