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...

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

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!

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 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

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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!

8 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

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

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

10 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

Only heavy psychedelic rock, but no heavy metal!

The Newcomers

? 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

? Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions

Again Hard Rock. - Userguy44

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 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

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

14 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

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

15 Rock Bottom - UFO

Hard rock - Userguy44

16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Grunge not Metal.

17 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This is progressive rock

18 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Soft Rock...

19 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Wait this isn't metal? - Userguy44

20 2112 - Rush

Progressive Rock.

21 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Grunge, again

AiC is part metal. - Userguy44

22 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

Hard Rock, Not Metal easy to distinguish the two.

Hard rock. - Userguy44

23 Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe
24 Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
25 God of Thunder - Kiss
26 Barracuda - Heart

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

27 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.

28 Darling Nikki - Prince

Haha, who would confuse this with metal? - Metal_Treasure

29 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

This is Hard Rock not Metal - christangrant

30 Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria

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

31 Walk All Over You - AC/DC
32 Panama - Van Halen
33 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
34 I'm a Rebel - Accept

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

35 Caught in the Middle - Dio

It's one of the least metal songs by Dio

36 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

37 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...

38 Sheer Heart Attack - Queen

Sex Pistols sounding punk rock

39 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

40 Rusty Cage - Soundgarden


41 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.

42 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
43 War Pigs - Black Sabbath
44 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
45 Them Bones - Alice in Chains
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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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