Top 10 Speed and Power Metal Songs by Deep Purple and Rainbow

Deep Purple and Rainbow are closely related because in both bands guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was the primary driving force when it comes to metal.

When Ritchie Blackmore departed from Deep Purple in 1975, he teamed up with Dio, formed Rainbow and continued what he started in Deep Purple, with the help of Dio.
Dio fantasy-themed lyrics became an important element of power metal as we know it now.

One more thing: Rainbow didn't stop making metal songs after Dio's departure as many people believe.

The Top Ten

1 Highway Star - Deep Purple Highway Star - Deep Purple

1972. This song is the the ultimate driving song of all time for obvious reasons. But it was more important than just being a great driving song:

1) it contains the first true metal guitar solo
2) it contains metal type of vocals and screams
3) it contains the first use of tremolo picking in a metal-related song: tremolo picking became a must in extreme metal, mostly black metal and death metal, but also power and speed metal. - Metal_Treasure


2 Kill the King - Rainbow Kill the King - Rainbow

1978. The fastest and most aggressive metal song of the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

3 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

1970. The mighty beginning... Later Iron Maiden also based many of their songs on gallops. The rest is history. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dead or Alive - Deep Purple

This song is pure power metal. It has all typical power metal features: from the drum beat to the vocals and riffs, not to mention that melodic anthemic chorus. Anthemic choruses are one of the focal points in power metal. - Metal_Treasure

5 Fire Dance - Rainbow

Pure power metal before Helloween. - Metal_Treasure

6 Eyes of the World - Rainbow

Epic power/symphonic metal from 1979. The first proto-symphonic metal song.

This song was like 20 years ahead of its time. Power/symphonic metal began to rise in the late 90s. - Metal_Treasure

7 Fireball - Deep Purple

This songs of 1971 has double bass drumming. What metal would be without fast double bass drumming? Because almost the entire metal is fast, not only speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

8 Death Alley Driver - Rainbow
9 A Twist In the Tale - Deep Purple

Again, this is a power metal song. Even the album cover has a dragon on it - the symbol of power metal.
In 2006, Blind Guardian named their album A Twist In the Myth, their album cover also had a dragon on it and it was also green-ish.
I'm not sure at all if Blind Guardian were inspired by this song/album, I just shared my observations. My point here actually was that Deep Purple had more power metal in their discography than most people would imagine - power metal was there in terms of music, lyrical themes and symbolism. - Metal_Treasure

10 Eyes of Fire - Rainbow

This is epic power metal with significant symphonic elements. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 A Light in the Black - Rainbow
12 Speed King - Deep Purple
13 The Cut Runs Deep - Deep Purple
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