- While it's generally overlooked in favor of their later albums, Rocka Rolla did have its fair share of awesome music.
- If we're talking about Awesome Music, we shouldn't forget Sad Wings of Destiny.
- 1977's Sin After Sin gave us many great tracks.
- "Dissident Aggressor", a song with one of Halford's greatest screams IN THE INTRO.
- "Sinner" had one of their best Epic Riffs.
- 1978's Stained Class.
- Nobody else had done anything as heavy as "Exciter" in 1978.
- "Beyond the Realms of Death" is just beautiful.
- From 1979's Killing Machine:
- "Delivering the Goods". Not even Van Halen had performed riffs that fast!
- British Steel, start to finish.
- Especially "Rapid Fire" and "Breaking the Law".
- Point of Entry is kind of a blah album, but it has awesome stuff in there.
- "Heading Out to the Highway" is an excellent song for starting a road trip, as that's essentially what it's about.
- "Hot Rockin'" really stands out. It's the perfect anthem for a night on the town — assuming, of course, that your date is a leather and spandex clad biker chick.
- Screaming for Vengeance, start to finish.
- "The Hellion", probably, the greatest intro track of all time. Unbelievably epic.
- I'M MADE OF METAL~! MY CIRCUITS GLEAM~! I AM PERPETUAL, I KEEP THE COUNTRY CLEAN~! I'M ELECTED, ELECTRIC SPY! I'M ELECTED, PRO-TECTED, DE-TECTED, ELECTRIC EYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
- YES I'M RIDIN', RIDIN' ON THE WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNDDDDD!!! Especially the guitar solo.
- BLOODSTONE! The opening riff is one the grooviest Ear Worms you will ever hear in a metal song.
- Out there is a fortune waiting to be had, if you think I'll let it go you're mad! You've Got Another Thing Comin'! There's a reason this was the biggest single from the album.
- "Prisoner of Your Eyes" was originally going to be on Turbo, but it was cut. Luckily, it found its way on the 2001 remaster of Screaming for Vengeance and what we got was one of the most epic power ballads ever written by a metal band. Especially when the chorus kicks in.
- Defenders of the Faith has several gems:
SWORN TO AVENGE
- "The Sentinel", which has Glenn and K.K.'s best "guitar duel" ever recorded.
CONDEMNED TO HELL
TEMPT NOT THE BLADE
ALL FEAR THE SEEEEEEEEEEEEEENTINEL!
- The bafflingly hot "Eat Me Alive" in which they troll the PMRC with amazing results.
- "Freewheel Burning". The music video is the distilled essence of What Do You Mean, It's Not Awesome?
- "Rock Hard, Ride Free". Words to live your life by.
- The Heavy Meta anthem "Heavy Duty / Defenders of the Faith".
- "Love Bites": Extended interlocking guitar solos and a scream that makes Halford sound like he's turning into a werewolf.
- Turbo always seems to get slammed by hardcore metal fans, but it has its share of awesome:
- "Out in the Cold". Creepy Gothic synthesizers, a slowly epic riff, and an unabashed dark romanticism make this one a winner.
- IIIIII'M! YOUR! TUUUUURRBOOOOO LOOOOVEEEEEER! TEEELLLLL ME! THERE'S NO! OTHEEEERRR!
- The unabashed 'I'm better than you' of "Private Property".
- Ram It Down has:
- "Blood Red Skies", probably the definitive anthem for a Terminator-esque war against the machines.
- The title track. It's the album opener, so naturally the first thing you hear is a piercing AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-. And of course, the Crazy Awesome lyrics:
Thousand of cars and a million guitars
Screaming with power in the air
We've found the place where the decibels race
This army of rock will be there!
- The made-for-Audience Participation Song chorus of "Heavy Metal". WHAT DO YOU WANT?! HEAVY METAL!
- The epic Badass Boast that is "Hard as Iron".
- Painkiller, start to finish.
- FAS-TER-THAN-A-LA-SER-BUL-LET! LOU-DER-THAN-AN-AT-OM-BOMB!
- The Affably Evil "A Touch of Evil" IN THE NIGHT, COME TO ME, YOU KNOW I WANT YOUR TOUCH OF EVIL!!! It's definitely one of the sexiest heavy metal songs of all time.
- "All Guns Blazing". A very apt name.
- Even more epic on Painkiller: "One Shot at Glory".
- Leather Rebel! LIGHTNING IN THE DARK! Leather Rebel! With a burning heart!
- The largely underrated "Hell Patrol", best known for coining the terms "vaporapeize" and "paratamize".
- "Between the Hammer and the Anvil" which should be the theme of the Inquisition. Every Inquisition.
- "HERE COMES THE METAL MELTDOWN RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!"
- "Living Bad Dreams" which they waited over 10 years to finally release.
- Angel of Retribution, the group's big comeback album in 2005, is much better than you'd expect. Standouts:
- "Deal With the Devil" (classic '80s-style metal, but doesn't sound dated at all).
- "Revolution" (a lot like Queen's "We Will Rock You", but even more badass).
- "Worth Fighting For" (a lusciously melancholy cowboy/Western-style number, with a Buck Owens-like riff and Rob singing in a decent American accent; he even sounds a bit like Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots!).
- "Hellrider" (Yes, it's a bit Narm-y, with Rob sounding kind of like the Wicked Witch of the West at some points, but it's damn near irresistible.)
- JUDAS IS RISIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGG!
- NOOOOOOOOSTRADAMUS!!! VIIIIIIIINDICATION!!! NOOOOOOOOOSTRADAMUS!!! IIIIIIISSSSSSSS AAAAAAAAAAVEENGEEEEEEED!!!
- I AM NOSTRADAMUS!!! Do you believe? I AM NOSTRADAMUS!!!! That I can see?
- With classic Priest-sounding tracks like "Down in Flames", "March of the Damned" and "Halls of Valhalla", Redeemer of Souls proves that there's life after K.K. Downing.