As background, back in 2003, I did a well-received book called The Top 500
Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. Long overdue is a re-polling of the people and
now it has been done.
Planned is an ‘80s and a ‘90s book, but available NOW is the first of the
As the back cover says:
Riff Raff: The Top 250 Heavy Metal Songs of the ‘70s celebrates the 250
pounding, screeching, squealing, screaming, power chord classics issued from
the ‘60s (yes, we cheat a bit) through to December 31, 1979 destined to deck
the walls of The Heavy Metal Hall of Flame.
But this wasn’t your intrepid author picking them. The results are derived
from a massive worldwide poll asking heavy metal fans to pick their favourites
and send in a list of either ten or 25 ranked or unranked. A bunch of magic
math was applied and here we have it, the cream of the crop perfect for a
20-CD box set and/or Spotify playlist.
But it doesn’t stop there, Popoff reviews and analyzes every entry, also
offering a salient artist quote for every last song that makes the cut. Look
also for rare photography of your favourite bands in action, as well as funky
45 sleeves that take you back to this golden era in music. A few geeked-out
appendices complete our expansive trip, arranged from #250 on the march toward
the #1 heavy metal song of the ‘70s as picked by you.
Sabbath, Priest, Purple, Van Halen, Kiss, Aerosmith, UFO, Thin Lizzy, and down
to the likes of Montrose, Sweet, Riot and Budgie… who’s got the #1 greatest
metal anthem of the ‘70s? Who rules the Top 40… the Top 100… who snuck onto
the lower rungs? What bands have made the biggest impression, through rank,
through quantity? How did AOR do? Punk? The UK versus America? In short, what
‘70s hard rock anthems have you the headbanging masses designated as classics?
Riff Raff: The Top 250 Heavy Metal Songs of the ‘70s is sure to create a
firestorm of discussion throughout all facets of the metal world.
This book is completely sold out!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions, and see
www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other
available 30 or so books.