Top Ten Songs that Weren't as Influential as Most People Think

somekindofaguy

The Top Ten

1 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

Just because a song is heavier than the average level by a band doesn't mean it's metal - somekindofaguy

The list title changed - zxm

2 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

I agree - this was only the beginning of doom metal and not the entire heavy metal. Doom has always been one of the smallest metal subgenres. Most of the metal songs don't sound like this song at all. So how exactly this song invented metal? (Try with Hard Lovin' Man by Deep Purple, 1970). - Metal_Treasure

Not the beginning of heavy metal, the beginning of doom metal, which wasn't that successful metal genre. And not similar to the lately metal bands' music. - somekindofaguy

3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song isn't the first grunge song. Not even Nirvana's first song. - somekindofaguy

The lyrics of this song is weird,hello hello hello.I don't think its meaningful - zxm

As far as I can tell, the main influnce of teen spirit was to populatize alternate rock, which I am greatful for. - RecklessGreed

4 Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath

I agree - Stone Cold Crazy by Queen is much closer to thrash and it came out before Symptom of the Universe. Symptom of the Universe isn't very close to thrash - thrash is a very aggressive and "angry" genre but Symptom of the Universe isn't aggressive. Ozzy sings with pain in his voice and not with aggression or anger. Besides, a significant part of the song is not metal at all, let alone thrash. - Metal_Treasure

Not the First Thrash song, only the Riff is Thrashy a little bit. Stone Cold Crazy is closer to thrash. - somekindofaguy

5 Anarchy In The U.K. - Sex Pistols

This song were released at 26th of November, 1976.

3 Punk song before this:
Damned-New Rose (october 22th, 1976)
Ramones-Blitzkrieg Bop (february 24th, 1976)
Stooges-Search and Destroy (february 7, 1973)

The extra in this song is that just a little bit more aggressive than the songs above. - somekindofaguy

6 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

I agree with this, too - lyrics are part of the literature and nobody can invent a music genre with a literature genre. Amon Amarth sing about vikings but they aren't a viking metal band - they are a melodic death metal band. - Metal_Treasure

Same with Helter Skelter. Just a little expansion: just because it's about vikings, it's not viking metal. - somekindofaguy

7 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

"First guitar distortion, beginning of heavy metal (lol, I'm always crying when someone says this :'DDD)"

Remember: Link Wray-Rumble (1958) - somekindofaguy

8 Caledonia - Cromagnon

It's not that popular song, but it's considered as a black metal song from 1969. It's just a heavy psych song with harsher vocals, and the guitar track isn't that fast and loud like in a really black metal song. - somekindofaguy

9 Eruption - Van Halen

Not that big instrumental break-through in music history.

This was released in 1978. Some of great notable instrumentals before this:

Jeff Beck-Beck's Bolero 1968
Dick Dale-Misirlou 1962
Link Wray-Rumble 1958
Duane Eddy-Movin' n Groovin' 1958

It's just faster. - somekindofaguy

10 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I don't need to say nothing. Overrated. - somekindofaguy

People are obsessed with this song because of the issue of backward message that some people claim.and they (members) never really said what this song means. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
12 One - Metallica
13 Master of Puppets - Metallica
14 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
15 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
16 Enter Sandman - Metallica
17 Soul Man - The Blues Brothers
18 California Love - 2pac
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