Shock Discovery! The Beatles invented Heavy Metal in the 60’s

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Paul Well here’s a surprise, rock fans- none other than Paul ‘mawkish ballads’ McCartney invented heavy metal.

For everyone who’s still reading after I mentioned McCartney, I will now endeavour to prove my theory:

On CD2 of The Beatles‘ self titled album 1968 album, usually known as The White Album, nestles an early example of H.M.

Paul must have been taking so many drugs it messed with his mind, as many of his songs on the album are pretty bluesy and rocky, unlike his usual cringe-worthy output. One such song, and the best of the bunch, is Helter Skelter. It’s usually famous not for being the genesis of heavy metal, but as an inspiration for Charles Manson, who chose its title as a name for his freaky theories about the apocalypse, and was convinced that some of the lyrics contained prophecies about a coming world war.

Described on the eminent Wikipedia as “proto-metal’, the song has heavy bass and even heavier drums, with McCartney screaming over it in his best rock “n’ roll style. It can easily be compared to Led Zeppelin or early Black Sabbath, and it’s a fair assumption that these metal trailblazers would have been influenced by this raucous track. The The White Album is a much more interesting and enjoyable listen than Sgt. Pepper, which undeservedly wins “best album ever’ polls all the time. McCartney’s Helter Skelter and also Why Don’t We Do it in the Road? Show a different side of The Beatles music, and prove without a doubt that heavy metal was invented in 1968.

Click on the player below to hear the infamous track ‘Helter Skelter’:


Anyone who knows an earlier example of H.M. let me know!

Words: Victoria Young


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11 Responses to Shock Discovery! The Beatles invented Heavy Metal in the 60’s

  1. Kaos says:

    my theory: Look up New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) on wikipedia or any other source. The Beatles did not create heavy metal…

  2. Andrw lennon says:

    Actual fact; Paul McCartney DID NOT ‘invent’ Heavy Metal, Lennon did. 1965. Ticket to Ride. First song to use heavy bass lines, loaded guitar and repeated drum patterns..SO THERE!!

  3. Musicfan says:

    Actually, I credit the founders of heavy metal to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, because of the heavy electric sounds of Hendrix’s guitar. And Hendrix has been known to shout and scream through some of his work. The Yardbirds, the Kinks, and Paul Revere & The Raiders could also be considered predecessors to heavy metal. The Beatles did contribute a lot of their later work to the metal scene, however. And I think “Andrw Lennon” was right that John Lennon was credited for first experimenting with heavy metal for the group, apparently in the huge hit “Revolution”.

  4. Jordan says:

    Lol this is total SHIT…
    The writer doesn’t know anything about the Beatles, and your “Paul ‘mawkish ballad’ McCartney” wrote more rock n roll hits than ballads.
    And “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”??? Heavy metal??? Bullshit. If you want early heavy metal numbers by the Beatles, listen to “Birthday”, “Everybody’s got Something to hide Except for me and my monkey”, “I Want You”, “The End” and more…
    And of course the Beatles did not invent Heavy Metal, but the Beatles, despite of their modern sounds, were a main influence on Zeppelin, Sabbath, Hendrix, Deep Purple, The Kinks and any band at the time you can imagine

  5. Albert says:

    haha, no the Beatles didn’t “create” heavy metal per se, what they did was they had sex with rock music (literally f-ed her) and created the bastard child that would be known as “metal”, and it wasn’t exclusively the Beatles, the Kinks also had a ride with rock music (you could say rock music got DPed by the Beatles and the Kinks) and pioneered several elements of what would be metal, 😀

  6. Nicole says:

    I don’t disagree with any of this EXCEPT for the part when you said Paul usually wrote “cringe-worthy” songs. I’m sure you’re referring to the care-free and simple songs that he wrote. You know.. The ones that first interested the American audience in their music in general. Their happiness is infectious and they remain the songs that I personally listen to when things aren’t going so well in life. Those songs are just as good as “Helter Skelter”. Yes, that song shows a different side of the Beatles. I agree with that. The truth is, every song shows a different side of the Beatles. That’s what made them great. However, the idea that ANYONE would ever describe songs writeen Paul freakin McCartney as “cringe-worthy” is ridiculous.

  7. josemi says:

    I’m a huge Beatle fan, but to affirm that the boys made heavy metal sounds really weird.
    Helter Skelter is a clear example of a group of musiciens trying to operate on a musical ground that proves to be plainly alien for them….and thus failing. To me it’s just like the Smurfs being casted to play the role of gladiators on a serious Rome film!!!

  8. ken5577 says:

    To KAOS: Are you really STUPID? Find out that the NWOBHM started in the 1970s!! The Beatles’ Helter Skelter composed by McCartney in 1968 BEFORE NWOBHM BEGAN!! Your theory is misleading and don’t distort the facts!!!

  9. Nick says:

    Wow a lot of you are confusing ‘time’ with quality or purity.

    This is who did it first, not who did it first WELL. The first anything invented was complete crap compared to it’s 2nd iteration.

  10. Coleen says:

    In my opinion Helter Skelter really sounds like Heavy Metal to me! Listen to it and wow it sounds like metal. I think that was one song that helped start heavy metal or greatly influenced it. Unfortunately, one always thinks of the charles manson killings with that song.

  11. SketchyMetal says:

    I heard a music critic talk about “I want you (She’s So Heavy)” being in contention for the first Heavy Metal song ever. It certainly sounds mellow and polished compared to Helter Skelter. Tempo is slower, too. Heavy Metal was birthed from sludgy blues rock. “I want you” may just be the first time said sludge crossed over into the mainstream. The song devolves into something less polished and then it just stops unexpectedly, ending side one of Abbey Road. You would have had to flip the vinyl over to start “Here Comes The Sun”. It’s kind of a classic nightmare into happy daybreak/sunrise-type-scenerio. The manual switching of the record and switching of gears is little lost when listening to it on CD or MP3. Abbey Road comes after Sgt. Pepper and The White Album, but if you’re not buying “Helter Skelter” give “I Want You” a listen. Also, the Beatles last three studio albums were not released in the order they were recorded. I’m not sure how that impacts the “true age” of the song (release date vs. date it was recorded).