Top Ten Songs that are Called Heavy Metal but are Not

The Top Ten Songs that are Called Heavy Metal but are Not

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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).

@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.

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

8 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

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

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
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.

14 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

It's punk based isn't it?

15 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

16 Rock Bottom - UFO

Hard rock

17 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Soft Rock...

18 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Grunge not Metal.

19 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This is progressive rock

20 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Wait this isn't metal?

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

21 2112 - Rush

Progressive Rock.

22 Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe

There is a sub genre that is called glam metal so its metal but its still hard rock to the 80s hard rock bands

23 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Grunge, again

24 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.

25 Them Bones - Alice in Chains

Definitely grunge.

26 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

Hard Rock, Not Metal easy to distinguish the two.

Hard rock.

27 Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
28 God of Thunder - Kiss
29 Barracuda - Heart

Not even close to metal.

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.

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?

32 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

This is Hard Rock not Metal

33 Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria

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

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.

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.

48 Given Up - Linkin Park

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

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