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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550225308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550225303
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anyone I've ever met.”  —Dee Snider, Twisted Sister

About the Author

Martin Popoff is the author of 20th Century Rock and Roll: Heavy Metal and The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal, and is the senior editor of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Joseph L Perri on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Martin Popoff returns with yet another comprehensive tome of metal bits, wisdom and knowledge that can be only be thought of as encyclopaedic. Like his previous metal books, Popoff's latest manifestation bases itself on three impressive characteristics: a) intelligence, b) readability, c) damn-near impossible to find insight and off-the-wall facts that even the most seasoned metallic purveyor will find interesting, unique and eye-opening. For this specific book project, Popoff asked the general public to list their top metal songs of all time (an exercise we all partook in as kids, no doubt). 4500 tunes later, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time has the man not only describing inaudible intricacies I still can't figure out (witness why anyone would ever pick anything by AC/DC post Bon Scott), but he's delved into his own interview archive and compliments most song reviews with quotes from the band members themselves (Jake E. Lee discussing the solo in Ozzy's 'Bark At The Moon' is beyond cool). To top it off, Appendixes are included at the back of the book, and Martin P has compiled detailed sub-list upon sub-list of top songs, top albums, numbers of metal countries represented within the book and much more razzle dazzle to entertain you on any given day or night. Honestly, the man's a genius and if there was any justice in the world, he'd be writing for Rolling Stone or Spin (but he writes and edits for Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, arguably a better rag than either of the aforementioned, so things kind of work out, no?). I'm impressed, yet again, with Popoff's work and the levels of comprehension, wit and foreclosure that the author has put forth. Another indelible shining mark on the metal community.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2003
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Headbangers everywhere should throw horns in praise of Martin Popoff, possibly the only person writing about metal these days who offers so much encyclopedic knowledge and insight into the workings of the genre without intellectualizing it to the point of alienating fans. Key to Popoff's success is his all-inclusive approach to the genre. While he does differentiate between sub-genres, he maintains that heavy metal is overdriven guitars, bass, drums, and volume, volume, VOLUME. Thus you will find entries in his many books for seemingly non-metal acts as Black Flag, Sweet, and Nirvana. For Popoff, it's all about the MUSIC. The writing here is top notch as usual-Popoff using wordplay that at times only diehards will appreciate (describing one tune as "Heep Purple" while another band "goes for baroque"-- love it!). The only factor detracting from this work is the relatively predictable collection of songs found within. There are no surprises here for the long-time fan. This is of course, out of Popoff's control, as these stats resulted from an honest-to-God poll of metal muthas' all-time fave rave-ups. So librarians: Purchase this book for your reference collection. It is an excellent example of authority-by-community, organized and packaged by possibly the most authoritative person on the subject. And while you're at it, pick up Popoff's "Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal" too. Both works are indispensible reference material.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Fryer on July 21, 2003
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Popoff continues to entertain those of us out there who still care about heavy metal. Even though I am now in my 30's I still love to read about my favorite metal groups. This book contains the results of a massive poll with Martin's comments about each song as well as comments from the band members themselves. There are also several top ten lists from various musicians as well as several album covers. I must admit that I don't care for some of the bands that made the top of the list but that's to be expected. As long as many of my favorites (Accept, BOC, Savatage, Schenker) are represented, I'm satisifed. This book is definitely worth buying if you like various kinds of metal and you want to know what other metal heads think are the best metal songs ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 15, 2003
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Fans of heavy metal music who seek a definitive guide to albums and songs will find Martin Popoff's Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time to be an important key to the genre, compiling the results of a massive worldwide poll and including entries which feature a quote from one of the band's artists, shots of rare singles covers, and listings by song, band, album, year and country. Descriptions of the music are both personal and critical and provide important keys to understanding the genre.
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Let the fan's vote. It's a democracy here. Although it is novel to give the hoi polloi a voice, I think it is commendable that Martin took it upon himself to undergo such a project. I bought the book soon after it was published for probably the same reason Martin underwent the exercise; that is to confirm his suspicions of predictability and enjoy the surprises that unfolded as the votes were tallied up. I for one love the premise. The book is full of anecdotes and information that any would like as a fan of Heavy Metal. For one with such passion for the music and a stated desire to educate and edify I cannot recommend this or many of Martin's other books too highly. If you are into heavy music this publication is one that should not be missed.
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