Metal Mania - My Top Ten Favorite Headbanging Metal Songs
Crank it up!
To begin, metal is my hands down, all time favorite genre of music. In all honesty, I love most genres of music but metal has a special place in my heart. It doesn't have a bit of politically correct in it. It's brutally honest, at times. Metal personifies the rage against the machine attitude. I hope you enjoy the jams!
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I do not own this video. It was uploaded on Youtube by mexiryan. The song is by Iron Maiden.
1.) Iron Maiden - “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
I dearly love this song. I have since the first time I heard it. More over I love it because I had the distinct pleasure of seeing them perform it live in Houston, TX more years ago than I am going to admit to. It was the first metal concert I ever went to. Let’s just say I was still under 18.
Now that 18 is long past, I have to ask myself, if I had a younger teenage daughter, would I allow her to attend such a concert with just one other person? Honestly, sorry young ladies, HELL NO!
This is not to say I would not trust a young teen or anything like that. It is to say that such events can be dangerous.
That night I saw one of the most horrific live acts of violence and that was just walking in to the building. A guy, I guess around 16-18, was just standing on the curb holding a shirt. I assume it was a concert jersey. About 10 or so younger teens jumped him all at once. They beat his face into the curb and left him laying in a pool of his own blood. Me being the stubborn dumb-ass that I often am, I wanted to jump in.
Talk about stupid. I would not have stood a chance. Was it brave? Not really, if you can’t help, your just adding to the problem. Luckily for me my date was significantly older than I and much wiser. While he was, and still is huge, he said flat out it’s too late now. The whole thing happened so fast.
Lesson: Ladies, travel in packs to such events if you feel the need to attend.
2.) Metallica - “Master of Puppets”
This band has been deemed by many the kings of metal. They have also been labeled as sell outs by some of their original fans. They slowed down to get more of a following.
The die hard crowd among us never forgave them. I still like them be the music old or new, but hey, that’s just me. One thing is for sure, slowing down brought them to a level of ticket sales never before seen.
3.) Metallica - One
This song, especially, I like for the sad story it tells. It speaks of a soldier and the horrors he lived through. He would have been better off not surviving.
It’s so tragic and more so because it is true for many of our brave men and women who give of themselves so the rest of us can remain free. Have you thanked an American soldier today? I would not want to dwell on where we would be without them. It surely would not be free.
4.) Scorpions - “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
There were too many nights I don’t remember that began by jamming on these guys. Thinking back on it conjures up memories of pool halls and bars I was not old enough to be allowed in, men I was not old enough to date, cars that were way too fast, and other things I refuse to put in print.
Needless to say, I was more than a little wild and very good at getting my way, especially since I didn't bother to ask for permission. In hindsight, I know now where the expression do as I do not as I say came from. It came from parents who must have done the same!
5.) Judas Priest - “Rage”
I had the great honor of seeing Judas Priest live, too. They put on one heck of a show. Rob can blow like no other.
Hm, how to describe the night? Imagine eight people crammed into a camaro flying up highway 45 so as to not miss the show after having slipped out.
Think too many people crammed into the Summit and some fool chick taking a stage dive off the second story seating. Word to the wise - Don’t do that. She never attended another concert, or anything else for that matter. It was not a pretty sight.
6.) Ronny James Dio - “Last In Line”
He will be greatly missed. Dio was a member of Black Sabbath for a time and was also known for his solo work.
Some thought him too old to really rock. I have to disagree. Ronny James Dio was a metal treasure.
Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, his music will live on forever in halls of metal fame.
7.) Iron Maiden - “Run to the Hills”
While many say this refers to how God’s children should run to the hills in the final days, it actually tells of how the white man slaughtered the Native Americans. Ironically, this is a British band.
The show they put on is rich and layered with lights, sounds, props and full on crazy. I would not recommend this for impressionable children even with parental supervision.
A word to the wise, you might not want to sit in the first three rows... I'm just saying. (Trust me on this, some stains don't wash out.)
8.) Black Sabbath - “Heaven and Hell”
I had the chance to go see these guys and blew it! Lesson learned: Never, ever get caught. You will get grounded.
Never think you can take a nap and still make it home on time after partying with Jose gold label all afternoon and half the night. He packs one heck of a punch!
Also, scalping tickets is a crime and it's hard to sell them when you are not allowed out of your room. By the time it's dark and you can leap from the window to the tree and scurry down, anyone wanting to go is already gone.
9.) Black Sabbath - “War Pigs”
This song speaks for itself. It is as true today as the day it was written. Some may say it came out before the advent of real metal, and that may be true.
Without this band, metal may never have been born.
While Sharon and the kids may run the show now, Ozzy was a beast in his day. One of the old man's favorite pieces of rock and roll memorabilia is his guitar pick from Randy Rhodes. Different band, I know, but still.
10.) Metallica - ‘Wherever I May Roam”
It just blows the doors off!
Music is also a universal language.
In many ways rock of all forms exemplifies the spirit of America. It does not back down. It’s in your face but can be kind at the same time.
Many a rocker has supported our nation in one way or anther. Typically, on the news, we only hear the bad.
They love to never mention how musicians go play for troops overseas, often for free, how they raise money for charities, how they bring attention to worthy causes and so on. Don’t let what you see or hear in the media color your opinions.
Listen and form your own.
Rock and Roll is a big family.
All forms of rock are related to metal be they grandfathers as in the case of American folk rock, big brothers as in the case of classic rock or even distant cousins and little sisters as in the case of punk and alternative.
Each generation is in some way defined by its music. Metal was mine. While it drove my parents nuts, it gave me many hours of total escapism and head banging good times.
I still crank up the jams and rock around the house to this day. Now, it’s typically with a cleaning apparatus. Growing older can sucketh royally, but it doesn’t have to. Turn up the tunes and go back in time to when life was simpler, louder and always proud.
I like many forms of music and have thus decided an honorable mention category is required. Think of it as a family reunion.
The Outlaws - “Green Grass and High Tides Forever”
How wonderful is gaming?
This song is now loved by kids world wide thanks to video game home machines. Many a future guitar hero is being born right now playing this song as his or her fingers bleed all over mom's freshly mopped floor.
Parents, ear plugs are not that expensive. Give the little ones time. They will improve with practice.
Ted Nugent - “Great White Buffalo”
I could listen to this all day. I have seen Ted a few times and was never disappointed. Now, I know many don’t like his political views. Regardless of how you feel about his politics, you must admit, the man can rock. I have heard his TV show is decent too but I admit, I don't watch it. Who wants to watch TV when there are hubs to read? Seriously, the idiot box rots the brain.
ACDC - “If You Want Blood, You Got It”
This song was so good live! If you have never seen ACDC play live, I’m sorry. It’s one heck of an experience. Angus is so much fun!
He is a true guitar legend and arguably one of the best showman in rock and roll. If you have never seen them, it is well worth the ticket price. Take a chance, have some fun and be prepared to rock!
The Firm - “Satisfaction Guarenteed”
This was one of the best concerts I have ever been too! For whatever reason, that I don't know, it did not sell well. It ticked Jimmy Page off.
He addressed the crowd stating, "For those of you who bothered to show up, I'm about to give you one hell of a f_cking show!" He lived up to his word.
Motorhead - “Ace of Spades”
These guys are like metal on steroids!
It's hard core, driving beat is hypnotic. There will be no sleeping while this band plays. You won't need coffee or caffeine of any kind. Being still is out of the question.
You may be inspired to thrash about wildly. If nothing else, it's great exercise! No gym fees are required so you will save money too. You can't beat that.
Ladies, I do apologize for the lack of eye candy.
Greg Allman - “I’m no Angel”
OK, OK. I know, it’s kind of weak by the standards of the other songs listed. I still love it.
Did you know he was at one time hooked up with Cher?
He's not bad to look at either. Or wasn't in his day. I have not seen him lately, but you know what they say. Women get old. Men grow distinguished.
Blue Murder - “We All Fall Down”
This band is the typical hair metal band but I love the song. Try not to look at the hair. It has been known to hypnotize.
This band never really got much recognition but the song rocks. Actually, the CD has several good songs on it. I think by the time they hit the scene there was just too much competition.
Guns and Roses - “Welcome to the Jungle”
I'm no fan of the lead singer. Personally, I think he should be thrown under a jail house and never let out. That is why I refuse to see them live. It's still a good song.
In case you don't know, he's a "beater". That means he likes to hit women. I don't know if he is in or out of the pen at the moment, but I sincerely hope if he continues his abusive ways he meets up with the wrong woman. One like my aunt was. She had a saying that I think applies well in his case. Everyone sleeps. We all have a cast iron skillet in the cabinet. Enough said.
Evenescence - “Tourniquet”
This girl has the best voice! For all you guys, she’s considered hot too. Her lyrics are unique, her videos inspiring, and her fashion sense rules. Evanescence is truly one of my favorite newer bands.
We all need to cut lose sometimes. Crank it up! If it’s too loud, you're too old. Bang your head, shake your money maker, and have some fun!
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