The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time

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by Martin Popoff
     
 

“Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anybody I’ve ever met.” — Dee Snider Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, KISS, Mötley Crüe … “Purple Haze,” “Paranoid,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Rock and Roll All Night,” “Shout at the Devil”…

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“Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anybody I’ve ever met.” — Dee Snider Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, KISS, Mötley Crüe … “Purple Haze,” “Paranoid,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Rock and Roll All Night,” “Shout at the Devil”… Who’s number one? What’s the greatest hard rockin’ single ever? The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time is the end result of a massive poll asking the metal minions to list their favourite hard rock or heavy metal songs from the late ’60s through to 2001. As 18,000 individual votes were tallied and entered into a database, Martin Popoff began interviewing the bands that made the final heavy grade, gathering their recollections of creating these classic tracks. Dozens of top rockers have been polled, and some of their lists occur throughout the book, along with shots of rare single covers (from 7", 12", and CD single sources) for the songs in question. Finally, a set of appendices looks at the data, revealing trends, surprises and endless grist for arguments amongst the metal masses. Containing hundreds of quotes from dozens of multi-platinum artists (from AC/DC to ZZ Top, Poison to Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne to Judas Priest, Metallica to Megadeth) as well as many respected underground artists, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time is sure to create a firestorm of discussion throughout all facets of the media. “Excellent! It’s one of the very few guides that gets under the skin of the music and interprets what was in the mind of its creators.” — Bruce Dickinson

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“Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anyone I've ever met.”  —Dee Snider, Twisted Sister

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550225303
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,169,710
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.39(d)

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Martin Popoff is the author of 20th Century Rock and Roll: Heavy Metal and The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal, and is the senior editor of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Martin Popoff returns with yet another comprehensive tome of metal bits, wisdom and knowledge that can only be thought of as encyclopaedic. Like his previous metal books, Popoff's latest manifestation bases itself on three impressive characteristics: a) intelligence, b) readability, c) damn-near impossible to find insight and off-the-wall facts that even the most seasoned metallic purveyor will find interesting, unique and eye-opening. For this specific book project, Popoff asked the general public to list their top metal songs of all time (an exercise we all partook in as kids, no doubt). 4500 tunes later, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time has the man not only describing inaudible intricacies I still can't figure out (witness why anyone would ever pick anything by AC/DC post Bon Scott), but he's delved into his own interview archive and compliments most song reviews with quotes from the band members themselves (Jake E. Lee discussing the solo in Ozzy's 'Bark At The Moon' is beyond cool). To top it off, Appendixes are included at the back of the book, and Martin P has compiled detailed sub-list upon sub-list of top songs, top albums, numbers of metal countries represented within the book and much more razzle dazzle to entertain you on any given day or night. Honestly, the man's a genius and if there was any justice in the world, he'd be writing for Rolling Stone or Spin (but he writes and edits for Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, arguably a better rag than either of the aforementioned, so things kind of work out, no?). I'm impressed, yet again, with Popoff's work and the levels of comprehension, wit and foreclosure that the author has put forth. Another indelible shining mark on the metal community.