Youth Gone Wild! – Ten Metal Songs I Loved Before I Was 10

Me in 1984 – Age 10

1984, the Apple Macintosh was introduced, the Olympics were in Sarajevo, crack was introduced into Los Angeles, and I turned ten years old. Now I am not sure what kids are listening to these days at such an impressionable time, I would guess
that it’s probably Radio Disney and Justin Bieber. Me on the other hand, I can tell you that I was already a bona fide metal head. I of course didn’t have the option of downloading anything I wanted at any time and any place for free.  I had to save my allowance for two weeks just to buy a $7.00 record. Back then the vinyl records were kept behind plexiglass for some reason. Imagine asking the clerk at Kmart on a busy Saturday afternoon if you could trouble him to grab the latest Cinderella record.  With that being said, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at ten songs metal songs that I played on my turntable in 1984 that in some way or another shaped who I am today. 

 KISS without the makeup: Frightening!

1. “Lick It Up” – Kiss No idea what they were talking about, or how atrocious they would end up looking without their makeup, but what a fantastic song to really open up your imagination at age 9. 

Dee Snider – Even more frightening. 

2. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister – I had no idea what it was, but I did know that there was absolutely no way I was going to take it either. I owned this on 45, which is now referred to as a 7” in the hipster world, and played the hell out of it. 

A metal Jason Vorhees.

 3. “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” – Quiet Riot – I had no idea what metal health was but the guy in the video was apparently going crazy from listening to it. I would later go crazy when trying to listen to the band’s follow up record.

Tiger stripes were huge in Germany. 

4. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Scorpions – A classic metal riff for all ages. The first time I saw the band “machine gunning” the crowd with their guitars, all in sync, I was hooked. 

Eddie is actually more powerful than the devil. 

5. “The Number of the Beast” – Iron Maiden – As a young slightly nerdy kid obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons, this was the soundtrack to my role playing pillaging and plundering. The images scared the sh*t out of me, and the music convinced my parents that I was the omen.  

We could almost kick Poison’s ass. 

6.”Round and Round” – Ratt – How cool was this video, A random cameo by Milton Berle in both a tux & drag, a butler serving rodents for dinner, and some serious metal riffage. Arguably hair metal’s finest moment. 

I said Spinal Tap THEN Puppet Show!

7. “Rock of Ages” – Def Leppard – I have four words for you “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” which roughly translates to “This song is f*#%ing awesome.” 

British Steel!

8. “Living After Midnight” – Judas Priest – Although I wasn’t really “living’” after midnight per se, I was staying up watching R Rated movies.

This was my favorite T-shirt.

9. “Jump In the Fire” – Metallica – The original album was called Metal Up Your Ass and I wore the T-shirt to school only to get detention and be forced to wear it inside out the entire day.

10. “Back In Black” – AC/DC – This is no joke; I used to play this on a portable cassette player on the playground in grade school. Nobody is going to mess with the 9 year old rocking out to this classic. As I look back now, I was so far ahead of my time!

What were your favorite metal songs as kid? Please comment with them below. Rock on….

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Jason Miller
Jason Miller

Jason Miller is a leading digital B2B marketer, who’s held senior roles at LinkedIn, Marketo, and ActiveCampaign. Before entering the B2B space, he spent ten years at Sony, developing and executing marketing campaigns around the biggest names in music. He is a prolific keynote speaker, digital marketing instructor at UC Berkeley, and best-selling author. Also an accomplished rock concert photographer, his work appears in books, magazines, and album covers.

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