Machine Head wrote:
how? we're talking about music, so it kinda figures that we would be talking about musical impact...
Beacuse there are different kinds of impact, as shown by many other lists on ddd -
commercial impact, cultural impact, musical impact, etc.
Overall I can agree with musical impact though.
I'm not really sure how we would determine sales and reception for non-single songs like Exciter. I mean was it well received? Well it was the first song on the album and usually the first song determines how much you should invest into the rest of it. And it frequently shows up as a track on greatest hits albums. As for sales, Exciter wasn't a single, and I feel like people back then bought it because they liked Sin After Sin or because the band was starting to make a buzz. The quality of that album can be part of that buzz, i.e. word of mouth, but not always.
That's the problem with ranking individual songs instead of albums and artists. Many more variables and many things are harder to trace.
However, you'll be happy to know that if we add originality, that will certainly help Exciter's case quite a bit.
In fact I might still give it a 5 for originality, because even though Call For The Priest came first, the circumstances were a little different. It was a wicked song but made virtually no splash at all, and in fact hardly anyone even mentions it (aside from true diehards like us).
Exciter could get a 5 for originality, for the reasons I cited in that long post at the bottom of page 43.