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[List] What's The "Heaviest" Song To Ever Top The Billboard Charts?

I would nominate "Black Hole Sun"

despite not being a Metal song, I would argue this is heavier than any & every chart-topping hit that came out of the "Hair Metal" era (and I'm including Guns 'n Roses in there as well). According to wiki, Black Hole Sun spent seven weeks at number one and finished as the number-one track of 1994 (which is crazy considering how dark & heavy it is).

I couldn't imagine a song like this gaining traction in the most mainstream of music charts in any era other than the 90's....the 90's was just built different I guess.

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Didn’t chart in the US, but Cum On Feel The Noize by Slade is a contender for sure. Yanks probably know the Quiet Riot version, but the original still sounds meaty as hell for a 50 year old pop song. God Noddy has an incredible voice.

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As you say, the 90s were a little different. And while not billboard, MTV was a pretty big mover at the time, especially with the headbangers ball and Yo! MTV Raps there was all kinds of stuff being thrown out there and a lot of cross pollination.

I remember MTV turning me on to this Ministry song Just One Fix Like I could not imagine that song showing up on a rando tuesday afternoon nowadays.

And if hip hop can be hard, I'll nominate Ice Cube's Wicked that I also remember getting a lot of play.

It may not have translated into billboard sales but you did notice definite spikes in popularity of more fringe genres and bleeding into the mainstream.

But there was loads going on in the 90s. A lot of people like to focus on grunge or nu-metal, but there was the alt-country scene of dudes like Uncle Tupelo and The Jayhawks, there was a country-noir scene with groups like Cowboy Junkies or Chris Isaak. All the folky-female driven bands that were prominent in the Lilith Fair scene.

Like we can look at "hard" bands that were getting play. But there were lots of other genres getting air-time as well. And i think it speaks to the isolation of separate genres today that things seem kind of homogenized in the mainstream world.

Right? Popheads go to their pop sources. Metalheads have their own sources. Every genre seems kinda cut-off from the other whereas in earlier formats everyone was kinda hanging out together.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Well, I just spent a long while looking through the lists of Billboard Hot 100 number ones and found that there aren't a lot of real contenders. Nothing from punk rock, grunge, alternative rock or nu-metal have ever topped the Billboard Hot 100 (unless you count Crazy Town's Butterfly). Some of the hard rock or glam metal bands that did topped that chart only did so with soft ballads like Poison's Every Rose Has It Thorns, Extreme's More Than Words, Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, or Def Leppard's Love Bites. I think we can easily rule those out.

So what's left?

I didn't include Bon Jovi's I'll Be There For You since that's a soft ballad. I also didn't include Queen's Another One Bites The Dust or Crazy Thing Called Love since I don't think either were heavy even by the standards of their time. Bohemian Rhapsody only hit #2.

Personally, I would pick Meatloaf's I'd Do Anything For Love as the heaviest, followed by Bon Jovi's Bad Medicine and maybe Edgar Winter Group's Frankenstein.

Edited: added Creed's With Arms Wide Open to the list. Somehow missed that. I guess I'll pick that now as the heaviest song. Bah. I prefer Meat Loaf...

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· 2 mo. ago

A notable omission is “American Woman” by The Guess Who. That guitar riff and the vocal performance are pretty damn rocking.

I’d also say “Brown Sugar” over the two Stones songs you mentioned.

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Thank you! This is excellent. I like your picks, for some reason I go with the other two over the Meatloaf one.

I also (taking account for release date) would put forth “Wild Thing.” And Nickleback is still a contender for me.

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Yuck creed sucks. In terms of musical heaviness meatloaf seems like a logical choice. Lyrically guillbert O'Sullivan's alone again naturally is a very dark song

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Van Halen should in theory be winner, hard rock, David lee Roth, a song encouraging suicide. But it's just so goddamn fun and danceable

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Several "heavy" bands hit the Top 100, but most did it with ballads.

I think "How You Remind Me" is probably the heaviest, with honorable mentions to "Frankenstein" and "American Woman". "Sweet Child of Mine" is an interesting choice, it's probably the least "heaviest" track off "Appetite", but end section is pretty heavy.

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In Argentina, this band called Asspera uploaded their discography to Spotify once (they only had their lastest release only before that).

This "song" was #1 for the whole week locally in my country

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· 2 mo. ago

That’s a banger! I’ve listened to a fair bit of La Renga but I’m going Def check out Asspera.

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Pantera’s Far beyond driven hit no. 1 on Billboard hot 200, which to my ears is heavier than slipknots debut

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While I’m happy for the bands and they deserve it, singles and album charts are wildly different beasts.

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I’m gonna throw “American Woman” by The Guess Who on the list since it hasn’t been mentioned. I think it’s on par with “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter Group and “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones which I think are the top contenders.

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I’d say “Face Down” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is the first one that comes to my mind. Only time I can recall hearing screaming on the radio.

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Now there's a flashback to 8th grade

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