...too add to all of the above...i find Megadeth's music has something to say...'symphony of destruction'; 'peace sells' etc.
"...what do you mean i don't believe in god? talk to him everyday...what do you mean i don't support your system? i got to court when i have to...what do you mean i can't get to work on time? got nothin' better to do...what do you mean i don't pay my bills? why do you think i'm broke, huh?..."
back in the day they were seen as metal by some, the video for the madison square garden show describes them as metal, though from a modern point of view it's easier to say no, hard rock though? hell yeah!
And Led Zeppelin III was primarily acoustic with a ting of country and bluegrass to it. But you are right that many see Led Zeppelin as part of the genesis of Heavy Metal. I think metal started with MC5 and Blue Cheer. But Black Sabbath put heavy metal on the map.
Primarily acoustic but with some hard hitting tracks nonetheless, well, two perhaps.. Ever heard The Immigrant Song on How The West Was Won? Brilliant! A good deal heavier than you might expect too. The only problem with that album is the amount of post production work that went into it (apparently).
Back then (early 70s) I think it's fair to say there was no such distinction. LdZp certainly has to be credited for helping to start metal though. Proof: Communication Breakdown, the Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, and Dazed + Confused to name some.
Just one? Not a Top Ten or at least a Top Five? You don't want this to be easy do you? Puts on thinking cap, turns volume up to 11... I will say Motorhead's Ace of Spades. But I reserve the right to change my mind tomorrow. Or maybe even later today.
Metallica: The Black Album: Enter Sandman, Sad but true, the unforgiven, nothing else matters, that god that failed, and my friend of misery.
Motley Crue: Dr. Feelgood and Shout at the Devil
Kiss: Double platimnum, Alive 2, Alive 3, Alive 4, Kiss Unplugged. (Check out the Kiss ALIVE 4 Symphony live on DVD. Awesome show!)
Poison: Look what the Cat dragged in, Open up and say Ah, Flesh and blood, and Swallow This Live. (The Double CD Live set)
Def Leppard: Hysteria and Vault
AC/DC; Live at Donnington.
Cinderella: The best of Cinderella
Bon Jovi; Slippery when wet, New Jersey
Gun and Roses; Appetite for destruction (Love Paradise City!)
Aerosmith: Big Ones; Little South of Sanity
You might be interested to know that I have seen a majority of these band live, with the exception of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Metallica, Gun's and Roses, and AC/DC. But, I would love to see AC/DC I hear they put on a great show.
But, I will tell you one thing. Nobody puts on a show like KISS! Aerosmith and Poison would come in pretty darn close.
Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet Poison: Swallow This Live! Double CD. Poison: Look what the Cat Dragged in Poison: Open up and Say AHH Cinderella's Greatest Hits. Def Leppard Hysteria Mettallica: The Black album/Enter Sandman Motley Crue: Dr. Feelgood KISS: Greatest KISS KISS: MTV Unplugged KISS: ALIVE IV/ KISS SYMPHONY Guns and Roses greatest hits.
I pretty much have every album that Poison has ever made. Their Hollyweird CD is actually pretty good, and Poisoned. I also have Crack A Smile, which has a great version of "Cover of the Rolling Stone" and some great unplugged stuff. I also have Native Tounge.
Sorry, I didn't realize I had already answered this question.
Pantera has become very cliche in my opin after Vulgar. Tool I never really thought of as metal and again thought they were much better 15 or so yrs ago. Alot of the bands I hear now I feel sacrifice creative style in favor of production style, but that's just me of course. I always preferred the grittier, simpler stuff. Iron Maiden for example: my preference is in the 2 studio albumns Paul D'anno sang on even though their sound is mainly identified in Dickinson's tenure with the band.