2. Motorhead “Motorhead”
This, the band’s first single, was actually previously recorded by Lemmy’s old space rock band Hawkwind, but this is the definitive version, as heard on the band’s landmark No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith live album.
1. Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”
Some bands just get things right the first time out. This self-titled song, which opens the group’s 1970 self-titled debut album, created the musical motifs and lyrical themes which would be copied by all subsequent heavy metal bands up to this very day. Not a bad way to start your career.