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Heavy Metal Roots - Forging A New Genre. Part I

Released in 1970, Black Sabbath's debut is arguably considered to be the first true heavy metal album, their occult inspired imagery and lyrics with Iommi's tuned-down guitars helped define the genre, however we can trace its roots to the late 50's and 60's within blues rock, garage rock or psychedelic rock. I've selected 60 "pre-sabbath" songs that helped to shape heavy metal in one way or another. My choices were based on a variety of factors: loud distorted guitars, power chords riffs, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound, speed, shock value, occult themes or vigorous vocals. Chronological list.
1The Kinks

You Really Got Me - 1964. Garage rock, hard rock
2The Who
My Generation

My Generation - 1965. Rock, hard rock, protopunk
3The Sonics
Here Are the Sonics

The Witch - 1965. Garage rock
4The Yardbirds
For Your Love

For Your Love - 1965. Rock
5The Rolling Stones
Out Of Our Heads

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - 1965. Rock
6The Guess Who
Shakin' All Over

It's My Pride - 1965. Rock, garage rock
7The Troggs
From Nowhere - The Troggs

Wild Thing - 1966. Rock
8The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds (Roger The Engineer)

Happenings 10 Years Time Ago - 1966. Rock
Fresh Cream

I feel free - 1966. Blues rock, psychedelic rock
10The Sonics

Louie, Louie - 1966. Garage rock
11The Rolling Stones

Paint it Black - 1966. Rock
12The Wailers
Out of Our Tree

Out of Our Tree - 1966. Rock, garage rock
13Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Freak Out!

Who Are the Brain Police? - 1966. Rock, Progressive, Jazz Fusion
14Pink Floyd
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Astronomy Domine - 1967. Psychedelic rock
Disraeli Gears

Sunshine of your Love - 1967. Blues rock, psychedelic rock
16Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced

Purple Haze - 1967. Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock
17Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

Spanish Castle Magic - 1967. Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock
18The Doors
The Doors

Break On Through (To The Other Side) - 1967. Psychedelic rock, protopunk
19Bitter Creek
Plastic Thunder

Plastic Thunder - 1967. Rock, Hard Rock
20Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge

You Keep Me Hangin' On - 1967. Psychedelic rock
21The Lollipop Shoppe
Just Colour

Underground Railroad - 1967. Psychedelic punk
22The Beatles
The Beatles

Helter Skelter - 1968. Hard rock
23Iron Butterfly

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - 1968. Psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal
24Deep Purple
Shades of Deep Purple

Hush - 1968. Hard Rock
25Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

Wring That Neck - 1968. Hard Rock
26Vanilla Fudge

Season of the Witch - 1968. Psychedelic rock, hard rock
27Jethro Tull
This Was

My Sunday Feeling - 1968. Progressive rock, hard rock
28Arthur Brown
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Fire - 1968. Psychedelic rock, shock rock

Blue Monday - 1968. Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock

Race With the Devil - 1968. Rock, hard rock
31Jeff Beck

Shapes of Things - 1968. Blues rock, hard rock
32Aphrodite's Child
I Want to Live/Magic Mirror

Magic Mirror - 1969. Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, hard rock

Born to be Wild - 1968. Rock, hard rock
34Jimi Hendrix
Electric Ladyland

Crosstown Traffic - 1968. Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock
35Blue Cheer
Vincebus Eruptum

Summertime Blues - 1968. Hard rock
36Blue Cheer

Come and Get It - 1968. Hard rock
37Jefferson Airplane
Crown Of Creation

The House at Pooneil Corners - 1968. Psychedelic rock
38 Coven
Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls

Pact With Lucifer - 1969. Psychedelic rock
39Blue Cheer
New! Improved! Blue Cheer

Fruit and Icebergs - 1969. Blues rock, hard rock
40Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk

Inside Looking Out - 1969. Hard rock
41Rare Bird
Rare Bird

God of War - 1969. Progressive rock

Leg - 1969. Psychedelic rock
43Ten Years After

Bad Scene - 1969. Blues rock, hard rock
44Humble Pie
As Safe As Yesterday Is

Desperation - 1969. Blues rock, hard rock
45King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

21st Century Schizoid Man - 1969. Progressive rock, jazz fusion, hard rock
46Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

Communication Breakdown - 1969. Hard Rock
47Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II

Whole Lotta Love - 1969. Hard Rock

Caledonia - 1969. Psychedelic rock, Experimental
49The 31 Flavors

Distortions of Darkness - 1969. Hard rock, psychedelic rock
50The Stooges
The Stooges

I Wanna Be Your Dog - 1969. Protopunk
51Valhalla (US)

Hard Times - 1969. Hard rock, psychedelic rock
In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum

Triumphatus Sad - 1969. Heavy Metal, Progressive rock
53The Open Mind
The Open Mind

Magic Potion - 1969. Garage rock, psychedelic rock
54Alice Cooper
Pretties For You

Reflected - 1969. Hard rock
55Edgar Broughton Band
Wasa Wasa

Evil - 1969. Hard rock, protopunk
56Pink Floyd

The Nile Song - 1969. Psychedelic rock, hard rock
57High Tide
Sea Shanties

Death Warmed Up - 1969. Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Kick Out The Jams

Kick Out The Jams - 1969. Protopunk, hard rock
59Deep Purple
Deep Purple

Chasing Shadows - 1969. Hard rock, progressive rock
60The Guess Who
American Woman

American Woman - 1970. Rock, hard rock
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