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Top 5 Name-Dropping Heavy Metal Songs

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Top 5 by Jacob Zinn on August 15, 2011

In this Top 5, I’m listing the best heavy metal songs that mention the name of the band performing. This type of self-praise isn’t prevalent in heavy metal, but that’s the only genre in which I could find five examples from five relatively well-known songs within the subculture. If you listen to metal, you may already know the name-dropping lyrics, but if not, here’s some trivia for you.

5. “Bring Tha Noize” by Anthrax & Public Enemy

Arguably the most well-known heavy metal and hip-hop collaboration, “Bring Tha Noize” name-drops a number of musicians with Anthrax among them. As guitarist Scott Ian raps the last verse, the rest of the band sneaks in the shout-out, “Wax is for Anthrax” with gang vocals. Those four words are what barely got them on this list.

4. “Whiplash” by Metallica

A headbanging classic, “Whiplash” off of Metallica’s 1983 debut album, Kill ‘Em All, name-drops the band six tracks in:

Hotel rooms and motorways, life out there is raw
We’ll never stop, we’ll never quit ’cause we’re Metallica

Boastful? Perhaps, but to be fair, lead singer James Hetfield often alters the lyrics in concert to, “we’ll never quite ’cause you’re Metallica,” referring to the fans. For nearly 30 years and several line-up changes, they’ve stayed true to their word and they’re still touring to this day.

3. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” by Black Sabbath

The title track to Black Sabbath’s 1973 album, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is an oft-skipped fan favourite. While the song doesn’t contain the band’s full name, Black Sabbath is among a handful of bands that are recognizable by the last word in their name. (That list also includes Zeppelin, Priest and Maiden.) The words “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” are heard in the final verse, so technically, the song mentions them twice.

On a side note, the song, “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath did not make the list because the song does not mention Black Sabbath in its lyrics, only the title.

2. “We Are Motörhead” by Motörhead

In yet another Motörhead song that slightly modified the “Ace of Spades” riff, “We Are Motörhead” is two minutes and twenty-one seconds of ego-stroking braggartry. But Lemmy’s line, “We are Motörhead, born to kick your ass” is an entirely accurate statement in the band’s live shows. Despite the masturbatory nature of it, the song’s energy and ferocity makes it one of the better name-dropping tunes. Not to mention that it was released 25 years after they started playing, so I think they earned the right to self-praise.

1. “Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden

The song “Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden (off of the band’s 1980 debut album, self-titled Iron Maiden) has original lead singer Paul Di’Anno sing boastfully, though with a double-meaning, of the band:

Iron Maiden can’t be fought,
Iron Maiden can’t be sought

Oh Well, wherever, wherever you are,
Iron Maiden’s gonna get you, no matter how far

The song is considered an anthem for the fans and is still played with current lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson. To Maiden fans, it’s up there with “Number of the Beast” and “Run to the Hills,” earning it the number one spot on this list.


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  1. Top 5 Black Sabbath Covers « jacobzinn.com said, on September 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

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