Top Ten Songs that are Called Heavy Metal but are Not


The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

I believe Black Sabbath is the first Heavy Metal band and this song in particular is admired by much of the heavy metal community. To me it's metal, but a lot of the time, distinguishing between metal and hard rock is just splitting hairs. - ryanrimmel

Believe it or not but I was working on a similar list and Paranoid was my #1, too. I will add some more songs that were on my draft. - Metal_Treasure

I'm glad how here is someone else who agree the most things with me about metal... - somekindofaguy

Yeah I agree with @Metal_Treasure,its more harder than hard rock but not really metal - zxm

So what is heavy metal?

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2 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Heavy for the Beatles, but no Heavy Metal! - somekindofaguy

3 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

Many people say this is the first metal riff... however this is not even hard rock, this is just a simple mid '60s garage rock song - somekindofaguy

4 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
5 In a Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly

You're right. It's WAY too musical to ever be mistaken for metal.

6 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I've said several times on different lists that many metal-related articles on wiki contain ridiculous and misleading statements. Not long ago I explained why "Immigrant Song" is nowhere near viking metal (wiki says it though) - viking metal is a version of black metal with Nordic folk music influences (bands like Bathory). - Metal_Treasure

@zxm @Metal_Treasure and the same thing with Bohemian Rhapsody... when I first saw there were only Progressive Rock, few months later Hard Rock and Progressive Rock, now Hard Rock and Heavy Metal... LOL - somekindofaguy

I thought nobody on earth thinks how this song is metal.. and then I saw the wikipedia... - somekindofaguy

@zxm - haha, maybe next week this song will also become thrash and death metal. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

Judas Priest is certainly a metal band but this song isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah this is just progressive rock! But if Sad Wings of Destiny, Tyrant is a great metal song from the album! - somekindofaguy

8 Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions
9 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

Only heavy psychedelic rock, but no heavy metal! - somekindofaguy

10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Queen has really some metal songs, but this isn't that! - somekindofaguy

The Newcomers

? Mother - Danzig

Where do you hear metal in this song at all?
It's hard rock as it gets.
But one of the best hard rock songs ever made. - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
12 Living After Midnight - Judas Priest

Can't be more hard rock than this. I love this song though. - Metal_Treasure

13 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

It's metal. even if its not pure but it's partial heavy metal. - zxm

14 Rock Bottom - UFO
15 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Beatles
16 Chop Suey! - System of a Down
17 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Grunge not Metal.

18 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This is progressive rock - somekindofaguy

19 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Soft Rock...

20 2112 - Rush

Progressive Rock.

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
2. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Helter Skelter - The Beatles
3. Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
1. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
2. Helter Skelter - The Beatles
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks

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