Top 10 Songs that Were Important in the History of Metal Music

The songs do not have to be Metal songs though they have to at least have some Historical effect on metal music

The Top Ten

1 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

First gallop, fast and furious instrumental, melodic vocals, it was a revolutionary year in Hard Rock, with Immigrant Song, First Sabbath, Layla, but this one seems to me a little bit ahead and more influential to Metal.

This song isn't better than Highway Star (1972) but it came out before Highway Star, in 1970, and for this reason I think Hard Lovin' Man was more important. To me Hard Lovin' Man was the first true proto-metal song ever - all basic metal elements were there, including vocals with systematic screams. Highway Star perfected the ideas. - Metal_Treasure

2 Stargazer - Rainbow
3 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Zxm is right - riffs and solos are metal. Vocals are metal, too, including some details like the amazing intro scream - to this day, many metal songs start with impressive intro screams. And the speed of the song - metal music became known for its speed. - Metal_Treasure

The riffs, the solo. - zxm

4 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This song has some psych/hard rock style mixed in it. - zxm

5 Welcome to Hell - Venom
6 A Light in the Black - Rainbow

To me this is the most developed and most technical metal song of the 70s - all its elements are metal. Plus epicness, speed and perfect performance (guitars/solo, vocals, drums). - Metal_Treasure

7 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
8 Burn - Deep Purple
9 The Exorcist - Possessed
10 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

The best and the most epic metal song on the album that made metal a thing (1980). And Iron Maiden became the most prominent band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (commonly abbreviated as NWOBHM).
This song clearly demonstrated that Iron Maiden followed Deep Purple's formula for metal - fast classically inspired songs and not Black Sabbath's formula - dark but slow bluesy songs. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
12 Raining Blood - Slayer
13 Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
14 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

This isn't a metal song. But it was influential towards metal songs. - zxm

15 Practice What You Preach - Testament
16 Territory - Sepultura
17 Master of Puppets - Metallica

One of most iconic heavy metal songs ever created. Recognizable riff, fast rhythm, two melodic solo sections, it has it all.

18 Pull the Plug - Death
19 Refuse/Resist - Sepultura
20 Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
21 Lights Out - UFO
22 Balls to the Wall - Accept
23 Misirlou - Dick Dale

I don't know if metal guitarists were inspired by it. But this song is one of the earliest song having rapid alternate picking (tremolo picking/one string picking). Which can be seen often in most metal songs. Plus, Dick Dale was one of the fewest (or only guy) guitarist who could blow up his amp at that high watt. - zxm

24 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
25 The Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath
26 The Four Horsemen - Metallica
27 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath
28 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
29 One Rode to Asa Bay - Bathory
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