“Sheer Heart Attack” – Queen

The rise of punk in the 1970s caught a lot of the traditional hard rock Gods of the day off guard. However, some of these bands took it in stride and did their own take on the raw assault that was punk. Led Zeppelin did their version of punk with the song “Wearing and Tearing” which is OK, but ultimately kind of “meh.” Queen wins the prize with “Sheer Heart Attack” from 1977’s “News of the World.” Yes, it’s a mite overproduced for an authentically punk song. But the song’s relentlessly loud, frenetic approach ultimately wins out. Coupled with Queen’s earlier “Stone Cold Crazy,” you are witnessing the birth of speed metal.

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