Best Proto Metal Songs

The birthdate of metal is Friday, February 13, 1970. That’s when the band Black Sabbath released its first album, Black Sabbath. But Black Sabbath and metal didn’t just come from nowhere. In this list there are non-metal songs in which are metal elements of Heavy metal, thrash metal etc.
The Top Ten
1 Highway Star - Deep Purple

This is a metal song, not a non-metal song with metal elements. All elements in this song are metal: the riff, the solo, and the operatic vocals with screams. Moreover, this song defined metal more than any other song.

Unlike hard rock, blues rock, and heavy blues rock, metal isn't blues-inspired. Metal is classically inspired, so there are no blues or psychedelic influences in metal.

In Highway Star, Ritchie Blackmore used Bach scales (J. S. Bach), including in the solo with its Bach-like chord progressions, making it the first true metal solo as we know it today. Guitar solos based on blues idioms are not metal solos.

2 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

This song is amazing! It was probably the heaviest sound heard in music up until that time. I would have voted for I Want You (She's So Heavy), but it was too low to win.

3 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

Well, I said this song invented metal. That means it showed a new way to metal.

4 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
5 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
6 Killing Floor - Jimi Hendrix
7 Fireball - Deep Purple
8 Barracuda - Heart

This probably isn't a metal song, but I have to agree that two elements in this song can be found in many metal songs: the gallop and the polished operatic vocals. However, this song came out in 1977, and gallops were used by Deep Purple before that in several songs (for example, Hard Lovin' Man in 1970).

9 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
10 The Nile Song - Pink Floyd
The Contenders
11 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
12 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Yes, this is proto-thrash metal.

Basically proto-thrash metal.

13 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

Jazzy, yet includes metal-like elements, so maybe proto-progressive metal?

14 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
15 Silence of the Morning - The Glass Sun

A psychedelic masterpiece. It's a true shame these guys never made a full album.

16 Revolution - The Beatles

Not the White Album version, but the single version with the screaming vocals and heavy, distorted guitars.

17 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

This is one of the very few proto-metal songs by Led Zeppelin.

18 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
19 Rydeen - Yellow Magic Orchestra
20 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
21 Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep
22 Speed King - Deep Purple
23 Death Walks Behind You - Atomic Rooster
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