Synopses & Reviews
Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anybody Ive 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”
Whos number one? Whats 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! Its 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
“Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anyone I've ever met.” —Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
This book is the end result of an 18,000 person poll asking metal minions to list their favourite hard rock or heavy metal songs from the late '60s through to 2001.
From Jimi Hendrix to Megadeth, metalheads can be obsessive over their favorite hard-rockin tunes. This collection features the end result of a massive poll in which metal minions were asked to list their top heavy metal songs from the late 1960s through 2001. The top 500 are listed here, complete with interviews from each band offering their recollections of the creative process in creating these classic tracks. In addition, dozens of top rockers have included their personal picks for the best songs ever. Also included are rare cover images from 7-inch, 12-inch, and CD singles. From AC/DC to ZZ Top, metal fans have a new tome to bang heads over.
About the Author
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.