We recently posted our list of top ten classic rock driving songs and promised more to follow. Well, here’s the next chapter – Northern Gentleman’s top ten metal songs.
I realise that the definition “metal” is fairly broad. There’s Metallica-style metal, there’s Styx pop-metal, there’s Norwegian-style black metal (which is a favorite of a friend of mine), the list goes on and on. We’re looking mainly at more main-stream metal for this list. More Black Sabbath and less Mayhem.
And now, without further ado..
If this song doesn’t get the blood pumping, you’re probably dead. I kid you not, the first time I sat behind the wheel of a mustang this song came on the radio and mentally instructed me to floor it.
Ronnie James Dio got his start in Black Sabbath, so it’s no shock that he’s awesome. I’ve found myself tapping the beat out on the gas pedal many times. This is just such an easy-riding song. “Life’s a never-ending wheel”.
Dio again. The up-tempo in this song just screams “open the windows and step on the gas”. As the song goes “You’ve got desire, so let it out! You’ve got the power, stand up and shout!”.
Not only is this song an aboriginal history lesson, the beat will make your foot 90% heavier. True fact.
“Tearing up through life, million miles an hour. Blinding all in sight, surging rush of power”. Need we say more?
The beat, along with the lyrics will have you dangerously close to ticket territory if you’re not careful. “Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me. Cannot stop the battery!”
Iron Maiden rides again. I know the song is based on the Alistair McLean novel and movie about the Second World War, but it transitions just as easily to a driving song. It’s all about speed and courage. Get yourself a black 1969 Chevy Impala, crank this song and hit the road.
Another song that screams “get a classic muscle car, drop the windows and get on the road!”.
Just listen to it. It is the epitome of metal.
Because we’ve all encountered speed cameras.
There you have it. The Northern Gentleman’s top 10 metal road trip songs. Stay tuned for more top tens from the country, alternative and soft-rock genres!
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