So what’s the difference between a hard rock song and a heavy metal song?
I’m not really sure what are the technical distinctions; I just know that I enjoy much hard rock and dismiss virtually all heavy metal.
So here are my five favorite almost head bangers … songs that are hard and heavy from the opening riff to the closing note.
5. We’re Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister. This is really such a ridiculous song that it’s irresistible. Especially the video.
4. Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, Van Halen. This and Jump form the comprehensive list of Van Halen songs I like. Hey, hey, hey!
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns ‘N Roses. Album rock’s last hurrah before Grunge took over in the early 90s.
2. Stranglehold, by Ted Nugent. Because every list needs an honorary Republican.
1.Whole Lotta Love, by Led Zeppelin. My first “favorite Zeppelin song ever, man.” The guitar tidal wave at the beginning is perhaps the most powerful rock opener on record.