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Old 07-28-2021, 11:54 AM   #1
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Exclamation The tracks that paved the way for heavy metal!

While doing my game changers for rock music selections in this thread:

https://www.crf2.com/showthread.php?t=70057

I touched upon several tunes that were formative influences for the heavy metal genre. Here now is a baker's dozen of proto-metal tracks that predated the 12 January 1969 release of Led Zeppelin's first LP from which the heavy metal genre can arguably be dated:


You Really Got Me - Kinks



Wild Thing - Troggs



Over Under Sideways Down - Yardbirds



Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels



Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck



Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience



Sunshine of Your Love - Cream



Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer



Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown



Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf



In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly



Five to One - Doors



Helter Skelter - Beatles




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That's a good one! It's also proto-prog.

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Here now is our selection of the half dozen tracks that served to not only get the heavy metal genre really moving but gave it continuing strong momentum through 1969:


Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin



Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin



Blood of the Sun - Leslie West



Kick Out the Jams - MC5



21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson



Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin



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Here's a track that would have made the list with which I started this thread had I allowed two selections by the same band:

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience



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Here now is a lucky selection of seven heavy metal hits from 1970 when the heavy metal genre really started rolling along:


House of the Rising Sun - Frijid Pink



Mississippi Queen - Mountain



The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) - Fleetwood Mac



Black Night - Deep Purple



Paranoid - Black Sabbath



Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin



I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper



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