Along with their contemporaries Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple are pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock. Their line-up initially included stellar talents such as guitarist Richie Blackmore and keyboard maestro Jon Lord, while the group’s inherent virtuosity was matched by their love of no-nonsense rock’n’roll and their collective ear for a great tune. Despite numerous personnel reshuffles and hiatuses, the Purps are still going strong today, but their legacy is built on those legend-enshrining early years. Here, then – drawn from an embarrassment of riches – are the best Deep Purple songs.
10: Burn (from ‘Burn’, 1974)
Few would argue that Deep Purple’s reputation rests primarily on the landmark albums recorded by the band’s classic Mk II line-up, fronted by Ian Gillan from 1969-1973. However, Burn and Stormbringer, the two mid-70s albums they recorded in their third iteration, featuring future Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes, maintained their high standards. Launched by a killer Richie Blackmore riff and a pedal-to-the-metal group performance – with Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice also excelling – Burn’s searing title track was this line-up’s high point, and it demands inclusion among any list of the best Deep Purple songs.