So, for the purposes of MWEB's Top Love Songs for Metal Fans, we'll refer to a broad sampling of heavy riffs and high-pitched whiny boy yelling from the Glam/Hair/Trash and Hard Rock's Glory years... so don't write to us and tell us how you're so disappointed Dimmu Borgir didn't make the list. Because in true rock n roll fashion, we don't care, dude. Rock on.
Leader of the Pack - Twisted SisterThe ultimate metal love song actually began life as a Phil Spector-produced 1964 soul hit by the Shangri-La's. But when Twisted Sister gave it an 80s update and changed the narrative perspective, it became the ultimate biker ballad tragedy.
Her folks were always putting me down (down, down)They said I came from the wrong side of townThey told her that I was badBut she knew I was sadThat's why she fell for (the leader of the pack)
Helter Skelter - The BeatlesAnd if we're gonna talk about the ultimate or greatest or whatever, we might as well point out that technically the first mainstream hard rock or metal hit was probably McCartney's fault. Unless anyone out there can think of anything resembling this before 1967...
When I get to the bottomI go back to the top of the slideWhere I stop and I turn and I go for a rideTill I get to the bottom and I see you againDo you, don't you want me to love youI'm coming down fast but I'm miles above youTell me, tell me, tell meCome on tell me the answerYou may be a lover but you ain't no dancer
All My Life - Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep's greatest album (for some) contains a strange entry. Between swathes of Norse mysticism and acid-induced hallucinogenic new world anthems on Demons and Wizards (1973), David Byron finds time to sweet talk a girlie. Aye.
I only took one cause I couldn't take twoI wanna make love And it's gotta be youEvery little thing that I ever tried to sayIs coming out right In my own kinda wayTake it, make it It really feels fineShe must be lady luck If she's gonna be mineI will love you all my life
Why Can't This Be Love - Van HalenMost times we'd have to be packing our bags already for fear of reprisals from true Van Halen fans... but Sammy Hagar's tenure at the helm can at least claim this anthem as a useful contribution to Eddie's legacy.
oh here it comes that funny feelin again winding me up inside every time we touch hey i don't know just tell me where to begin cause i never ever felt so much no i can't recall any love at all baby this blows 'em all away
Real World - QueensrycheBaritone singers are a staple in darker styles metal, and in this Michael Kamen-orchestrated symphonic cringer, it's the absent lover who gets the - erm... attention.
Every time I think I've wonI hear your voice inside, questioningWhere have you goneCan't you remember feeling so aloneYou always had the answer that I could not seeI can't find the real worldI can't find the real worldI can't find the real world alone
Patience - Guns and RosesHard Rock's favourite 80s graduates posted an acoustic entry that had previous nay-sayers choking on their gray poupon. W. Axl Rose and co only really cemented their status as one of rock's great bands with this sweetie.
Shed a tear 'cause I'm missing youI'm still alright to smileGirl, I think about you every day nowWas a time when I wasn't sureBut you set my mind at easeThere is no doubt you're in my heart nowSaid woman take it slowIt'll work itself out fineAll we need is just a little patienceSaid sugar make it slowAnd we'll come together fineAll we need is just a little patience(inhale) Patience...
More Than Words - ExtremeThough it's often forgotten, Extreme used to make a living as a stadium and club hard rock outfit, prior to scoring huge international success with Nuno Bettencourt's hair. And this overlong but singable sugar recipe.
Saying I love youIs not the words I want to hear from youIt's not that I want youNot to say, but if you only knewHow easy it would be to show me how you feelMore than words is all you have to do to make it realThen you wouldn't have to say that you love meCos I'd already know
Somebody to Love - W.A.S.P.Yes, it is a cover of the old Jefferson Airplane classic. And yes it is off W.A.S.P.'s very tangential Still Not Black Enough album. And yes, fine, it's not a love song in the classical sense of the term. Although it does mention "love". And it is a song.
When the truth is found to be liesYou know the joy within you diesDon't you want somebody to loveDon't you need somebody to loveWouldn't you love somebody to loveYou Better find someone to love
N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin) - AnthraxNow if you're gonna write a love song, it's unlikely it'll be about how you're constantly breaking up. Right? Not if you're Mr. Belladonna.
We fell in love at first sightI can't explain the feelingsWhen I first saw youWe were so so happyA life of love sweet honey childYou'll always be mineBut then I played the foolI never meant to hurt youOr sleep with all your friendsWe reconciled we found ourselvesOur love was meant to beOh baby can't you see
I was made for Loving You - KISSThe World Greatest metal band... sort of... the shiniest? - confounded EVERYONE with a disco song - which happened to be about a girl... or something. Are we modernists now? Maybe.
Tonight I wanna give it all to youIn the darknessThere's so much I wanna doAnd tonight I wanna lay it at your feet'cause girl, I was made for youAnd girl, you were made for me
I was made for lovin' you babyYou were made for lovin' meAnd I can't get enough of you babyCan you get enough of me
- Anton Marshall
* This is the first article in our series of guides to wooing any number of different kinds of music fans this Valentine's Day.
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