Top Ten Songs that are Called Heavy Metal but are Not

The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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...

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

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

Black Sabbath is obviously a Heavy Metal band, but this song is just Hard Rock!

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2 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Heavy for the Beatles, but no Heavy Metal!

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

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 Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions

Again Hard Rock. - Userguy44

7 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

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

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

I have seen someone stating that the guitar solo (and the hard rock part at the end) had a great influence on Iron Maiden. - Alkadikce

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8 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!

9 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

10 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Beatles

Some people believe that this song is the first doom metal song ever. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

12 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

Only heavy psychedelic rock, but no heavy metal!

13 Living After Midnight - Judas Priest

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

14 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

It's punk based isn't it? - Userguy44

15 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

16 Rock Bottom - UFO

Hard rock - Userguy44

17 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Grunge not Metal.

18 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Soft Rock...

19 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This is progressive rock

20 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Wait this isn't metal? - Userguy44

I think Metal_Treasure would say it is blues and not classical influenced. - Alkadikce

21 2112 - Rush

Progressive Rock.

22 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Grunge, again

23 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.

24 Them Bones - Alice in Chains

Definitely grunge. - Userguy44

25 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

Hard rock. - Userguy44

Hard Rock, Not Metal easy to distinguish the two.

26 Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe
27 Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
28 God of Thunder - Kiss
29 Barracuda - Heart

Not even close to metal. - Userguy44

Again, far too musical, aesthetically pleasing, instrumentally and vocally engrossing and structurally sound to EVER be mistaken for metal.

30 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot

It's a hard rock cover of Slade. - Metal_Treasure

So fast and screaming equals metal? You could say the same thing about a cat fight.

31 Darling Nikki - Prince

Haha, who would confuse this with metal? - Metal_Treasure

32 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

This is Hard Rock not Metal - christangrant

33 Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria

Great song but its not metal on wikipedia it says its progressive metal which is false - christangrant

34 Walk All Over You - AC/DC
35 Panama - Van Halen
36 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
37 I'm a Rebel - Accept

Pure hard rock, I dunno why it's considered to be heavy metal everywhere...

38 Caught in the Middle - Dio

It's one of the least metal songs by Dio

39 The Wizard - Black Sabbath

It has really nothing to do with metal... harmonica gives a blues sounding to it, but the rest it's a hard rock song

40 You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest

Just Like I'm a Rebel, it's pure hard rock... I dunno how it sounds like metal to some people...

41 Sheer Heart Attack - Queen

Sex Pistols sounding punk rock

42 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

This one is the most common of them all... fast paced hard rock and it has more punk influences than metal, even Lemmy admitted it

43 Rusty Cage - Soundgarden


44 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
45 War Pigs - Black Sabbath
46 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

Alt. Rock. - Userguy44

47 Numb - Linkin Park

The people who say it's metal are idiots who don't even have a clue on what metal is. This is Alt. Rock. - TheDarkOne_221b

48 Given Up - Linkin Park

The guitars are punk and the screaming doesn't make it like metal too. - Userguy44

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Top Remixes

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. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
3. Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions


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