Black Sabbath
Paranoid
Led Zeppelin IV
Deep Purple

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British Metal, in an odd way, is as a much a reaction to the lumbering arena heavy metal groups of the mid-'70s as punk rock. Taking their cue from the grimy riffs of Black Sabbath, British metal groups were faster, tougher, harder, and louder than their predecessors. Frequently dressed in leather and playing fast, pounding riffs, they stood apart from the AOR-oriented metal bands that dominated hard rock since the early-'70s. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motorhead were the leaders of the movement and they gained a dedicated following in both Europe and America, even though they didn't cross over into the mainstream. Nevertheless, they set the tone for all the metal bands that followed, from thrash to death metal.

British Metal Artists Highlights

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
Queen
Queen
Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy
Motörhead
Motörhead

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British Metal Album Highlights

Paranoid
Black Sabbath
Paranoid
Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV
No Remorse
Motörhead
No Remorse
A Night at the Opera
Queen
A Night at the Opera
Greatest Hits [1994]
Queen
Greatest Hits [1994]
Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

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British Metal Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
War Pigs/Luke's Wells Black Sabbath
Black Dog Led Zeppelin
Overkill Motörhead
I'm in Love with My Car Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
That's the Way Led Zeppelin
Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard
Evil Woman Black Sabbath
Good Times Bad Times Led Zeppelin
Sweet Leaf Black Sabbath

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