Top 10 Reasons Why Deep Purple is One of the Greatest Rock Bands

I think Deep Purple is one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

The Top Ten

1 They are one of the earliest heavy metal bands

Catwalk is right that for many people it's difficult to say who invented metal but this may help:

Black Sabbath bluesy sound can be related to some small metal subgenres, such as doom and stoner metal, maybe sludge and gothic metal.

Deep Purple non-bluesy, classically inspired sound (Highway Star) is found in all major metal subgenres - traditional metal (no blues in Iron Maiden), heavy metal, thrash metal, power metal, speed metal, progressive metal, death metal, and so on. So it mostly goes to Deep Purple - Ritchie Blackmore started playing heavier/harder rock songs based on classical scales.

Classically inspired doesn't mean you have to hear classical music - for example, behind the riff of Master Of Puppets by Metallica is classical music. Listen to this song from this perspective and you will hear that the 'backbone' is classical music. - Metal_Treasure

Either it's Black Sabbath or Deep Purple who invented heavy metal.I am nor sure who created heavy metal first but I am sure they are one of the earliest heavy metal bands. - catwalk

@catwalk,they are not only one of the oldest metal bands but they are the inventor of heavy metal.Black Sabbath's paranoid may be one of the earliest metal song but deep purple were researching about metal from late 60s which makes them the inventor of metal - zxm

Thanks @Metal_Treasure,thanks @zxm for the information. - catwalk

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2 Ritchie Blackmore is a great guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is a great guitarist

He didn't dissapoint me so far. Great solo'er and rhythm player. - Userguy44

I agree he deserves same honor as Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton. Actually Jimmy Page himself admitted that Ritchie Blackmore had always beed a step ahead of him. Some facts and details about Ritchie Blackmore can be found on the list "Best Comments About Ritchie Blackmore on TheTopTens". - Metal_Treasure

Yes.And he is also underrated.He deserves same honor as Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton - catwalk

Don't know about eric that much but page and ritchie are awesome.and ricthie is one of the best and most underrated guitarists - zxm

3 They are influential

They also influenced The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, especially bands like Iron Maiden and Diamond Head. Even Bruce Dickinson operatic vocal style comes from Ian Gillan because Gillan was his vocal idol. Parts of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil" sound pretty much like Child In Time by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

They influenced a lot of rock bands in early 70s - catwalk

4 They have talented members

That's true - they are very talented. The song "Pictures Of Home", 1972, have a solo from each member (Ritchie Blackmore played 2 solos). How many songs of the 70s you heard of had 5 solos?
Despite its 5 solos, the song is absolutely enjoyable because solos don't sound like patches. Great rhythm and melody. The song is an example of excellent songwriting and execution. - Metal_Treasure

5 Ian Gillan is a great singer Ian Gillan is a great singer

Oh yes, he had a 4 octave vocal range (Freddie Mercury had 4, too), great screams and operatic singing style currently wide spread in metal. He was also the original singer on the rock opera concept album "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ) and was personally selected by the author. You can try his aria: Jesus Christ Superstar - Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say). Gillan blew my mind with this aria - his best vocal performance, which explains why the great Andrew Lloyd Webber has chosen him. - Metal_Treasure

He is one of the greatest metal singer and also a great rock screamer - zxm

6 Jon Lord is one of the best metal keyboardists Jon Lord is one of the best metal keyboardists

I am sure that metal keyboardists wouldn't exists without him. Most probably he also influenced the rock keyboardists but I didn't research this topic very much. - Metal_Treasure

7 The Smoke On the Water guitar riff is one of the best guitar riffs

I love that riff! - catwalk

8 Their music is great

Especially their Mark II and III lineups! - Metarock

Of course their music is great. My favorite songs: Highway Star, Perfect Strangers, Child In Time, Black Night, Soldier of Fortune, Smoke On the Water, Mistreated, Pictures Of Home, Burn, The Cut Runs Deep, Stormbringer, Bloodsucker, Demon's Eyes, Hungry Daze, King of Dreams, Fortuneteller, Hard Lovin' Man... - Metal_Treasure

9 They are underrated

Yes, the most underrated band of all time. Besides, very often their achievements are credited to other bands. - Metal_Treasure

10 They were innovative

They experimented a lot and most of their experiments were very successful - rock (especially metal) musicians used them later. The most innovative thing was to replace blues scales with classical scales in heavier/harder rock songs - this is the template used in metal music (credits to Ritchie Blackmore personally, and also to Jon Lord). The other important thing was the popularization of double bass drumming - if you are a metal fan, you know that this is essential in metal music. And third, they were loud, the loudest band of the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

yeah - zxm

The Contenders

11 They are in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Globe's Loudest Band"

That's cool. The first metal band and the loudest too! - Userguy44

They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the Globe's Loudest band" for a 1972 concert in London. - Metal_Treasure

12 They have played a lot of genres

Blues rock,heavy metal,progressive rock,acid rock,hard rock,psychedelic rock etc. - zxm

13 Ian Paice is a creative and innovative drummer

He popularized double bass drumming, currently used by 99% of the metal drummers. He first did that on the song "Fireball" (1971). The beat he uses on "The Mule" was quite complex for the early 70s rock/metal. - Metal_Treasure

14 They were great live

"Made in Japan" is still one of the most recognised live albums. - Metal_Treasure

15 Roger Glover played one of the first bass solos

I'll definitely listen that! - Userguy44

Song - Pictures Of Home (1972). - Metal_Treasure

16 Ritchie Blackmore has outstanding composing skills

His songs should be collected in a handbook and studied carefully. - Metal_Treasure

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