Hello everybody! I’m Big D from Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind. I’ve spent years trawling the internet for every song ever recorded containing the word “Metal” in the title. “Metal Avenger”, “Fistful of Metal”, and “Heavy Metal Hamsters” (No, I didn’t make that last one up). My site has amassed nearly 1200 “Metal” songs to date. When Mike asked me if I wanted to do a guest post sharing The Top Ten “Metal” Songs of All-Time, I went “Oh Hell yes!”
For a brief while Quiet Riot were the hottest band in rock and kick-started the whole LA Sunset Strip Glam/Hair Metal scene in the process. One of the all-time metal anthems in the U.S., “Metal Health” opens with a stripped down, punchy sound while Kevin DuBrow’s vocals get progressively rougher and rawer. Then there’s that chorus…
On this song Manowar proclaimed themselves “Kings of Metal” and listening to this call to arms, it’s hard to argue. Like all the best metal anthems, it’s catchy enough to stick in the mind, powerful enough to get fists in the air and I personally love the way leather-throated vocalist Eric Adams comes storming back in after the lead break.
I saw fur-clad Finns, Turisas, live a few years back and afterwards there were dozens of young men walking down the street stripped to the waist on a cold November night chanting “Battle! Metal!” This is the sort of thing that makes me love Heavy Metal and it’s fans. If the song doesn’t make you want to sail to Constantinople and join the Varangian Guard then you have no soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51JiA0ilqxo&feature=youtu.be
The title track of 1985’s “Metal Heart” opens with a sinister intro before kicking into a futuristic tale of humans surrendering their souls to machinery, complete with Udo Dirkschneider’s trademark rasp, gang vocals and a guitar solo blatantly nicked from Beethoven . Thankfully the prediction hasn’t come true..yet!
When I was putting together this list, this was one of the first three I jotted down, that’s how much I love this song. “Heavy Metal Shuffle” is possibly the best song Quiet Riot never recorded because just like “Metal Health”, it’s a gleeful tribute to the joys of loud music that’s as catchy as hell. Once the drummer gets your attention with that hammering intro, sit back and let the groove take you.
It’s a genuine shame that this band fell apart after this solitary EP, the vocalist and bassist went on to form the Platinum-selling Firehouse. “High on Metal” is the sort of high-energy U.S. HM overshadowed by the L.A. and Thrash scene.Nothing fancy, just riffs, gang vocals, and lots of enthusiasm.
There’s been a definite resurgence in female-fronted Heavy Metal in recent years so I just had to get some in here. Unleash The Archers are Canadian – frequently a sign of quality – and three albums in are starting to get more and more attention. Take a moment to marvel at how Brittany Slayes gets so much welly behind those high notes without doing herself a mischief.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yctXV3uHBs&feature=youtu.be
I started with a British band so I wanted to finish with a British band. As a bonus Lawless are from my old county of Staffordshire, Stoke On Trent to be precise. Musically they’re on the tuneful end of the scale, sitting on the border between Melodic Rock and Metal, and “Heavy Metal Heaven” is very, very sing along. See what you think.