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Heavy Metal Playlist - Here is my First Cut

Updated on July 5, 2013

Classic Metal

Heavy Metal Forever!

I was going through the cds I have in my house since I wanted to rip some music and make a new playlist for my iPod. Yes I still use my regular iPod even though I also have an iPhone. The cd list is an eclectic mix of music since I’ve got my stuff from my teenage years when I was into more heavy Metal type music along with my wife’s stuff which consisted of soft stuff and radio hits. There are some kids music cds and some newer stuff since my children are 15 and 12 and like a wide range of today’s music.

That being said, I wanted a heavy-metal and hard rock mix from the late 80’s-early 90’s. This is what I put into the playlist:

  1. Addicted to that Rush – Mr. Big
  2. I Hate Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
  3. Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
  4. Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
  5. Walk this Way – Run DMC/Aerosmith
  6. Rock Me – Great White
  7. Blow My Fuse – Kix
  8. Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
  9. Hard to Handle – Black Crows
  10. Youth Gone Wild – Skid Row
  11. Naughty Naughty – Danger Danger
  12. Lumberjack – Jackyl
  13. Smooth Up In Ya – Bulletboys
  14. Flight of the Bumblebee/He Man Woman Hater – Extreme
  15. Eruption – Van Halen
  16. Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
  17. Princes of the Universe – Queen
  18. Wanna Be Loved - Papa Roach
  19. Ice, Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

Now some of these may be a bit obscure to you, or maybe not. I have a lot of this stuff and there were more songs I will eventually put into the mix from Winger, Aerosmith, Poison, Living Color, more Run DMC and others.

Just a few notes on these choices:

Mr. Big is one of my favorites from this era and they are still around!! I recently saw that they continued to perform in Asia as heavy metal sort of died in the US when the grunge bands took over. It was a shock to me to see them on Youtube performing all over Japan (yeah that was weird). I saw them in concert with Rush (when Superconductor was the big Rush song) and I was a fan from the beginning. In an odd twist, I don’t like much of Rush’s work in that era (I like the older stuff) so they aren’t represented here. There are a few one-hit wonders like Ugly Kid Joe, Bulletboys, Jackyl and Danger Danger on the list but remember that this was a high-point for music videos on MTV and that kept these in my head along with a very cool song called Walking Shoes by Tora Tora (I think that’s Nicole Eggert in the video - but I know a friend of mine long ago stole that disc!).

No, Run DMC and Vanilla Ice do not qualify as heavy metal or rock but both songs have a really good beat to them and I love them - yes even Ice, Ice, Baby.

Pour Some Sugar on Me is not one of my favorites but I had recently heard it in a rock mix so I put it in. I would have preferred Rock of Ages but I didn't have it on disc and wasn't looking to pay to dowload it. I was a huge Extreme fan and could have put other songs in this playlist but He Man Woman Hater has an unbelievable guitar solo (or something) at the beginning that’s actually a classical piece called Flight of the Bumblebee – it’s amazing (I've also been told by several guitarists that it's impossible to play). Eruption is a staple of these types of playlists. I was a huge Van Halen fan too but I just don’t like mixing their stuff with this. I can listen to it by itself, but not with other music – I don’t know why.

Finally, Princes of the Universe is the theme song to the Highlander movies (which I am a huge fan of no matter how bad they are) and could have gone for any number of Queen songs. Wanna Be Loved is much newer but related to my affection for wrestling. It was the theme song for RAW for awhile and it stuck in my head. It’s an awesome song with a very hard edge to it.

So that’s the playlist with some very recognizable bands, and some not-so recognizable bands. I‘ll put together another playlist with some other stuff from that era soon. Any suggestions out there? There were a lot of bands from this time period that I didn’t put in (Faith No More, Slaughter, Creed, Cinderella) – anything you think I should try? Let me know what you think.


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      CJ Kelly 

      5 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Good list. I would go with Photograph by Leppard over Pour Some Sugar On Me, but I'm a little older. Honorary shout out to Tesla? Although I never really cared for their music, Motley Crue puts on a good show. I saw them on the Girls tour. Voted up.


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