Metal Health (song)

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"Metal Health"
Cover of the 1983 US single
Single by Quiet Riot
from the album Metal Health
Released 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Heavy metal[1]
  • 5:17
  • 4:16 (single)
Label Pasha
Producer(s) Spencer Proffer
Quiet Riot singles chronology
"Cum on Feel the Noize"
"Metal Health"
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"

"Cum on Feel the Noize"
"Metal Health"
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"

"Metal Health", sometimes listed as "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)", "Bang Your Head" or, as it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)", is a song by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot on their breakthrough album, Metal Health.[2] One of their best known hits and receiving heavy MTV music video and radio play,[3] "Metal Health" was the band's second top 40 hit, peaking at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked #35 on VH1's Top 40 Metal Songs.[4]

Being about the headbanging subculture, the song caught the attention of many heavy metal fans on its release.[5] The single contained both the studio-recorded version and a live version, which was later released on their Greatest Hits compilation. The lyric, "well now you're here, there's no way back", eventually became the title for Quiet Riot's documentary, released in 2015.[6]

The main riff/structure of the song comes from an older track entitled "No More Booze," which was originally performed by Snow, Carlos and Tony Cavazo's pre-Quiet Riot band. A live version of the song can be heard on the At Last recordings, which finally received a release in 2017. [1]

Music video[edit]

Produced for $19,000 and employing students as extras, the music video was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts.[7]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song was heard in the 1984 film Footloose and its 2011 remake. It was also used in the opening credits of the movies Crank (2006) and The Wrestler (2008),[8] and in a TV commercial for Hyundai first shown during CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.

"Weird Al" Yankovic performed the song as part of his 1985 polka medley "Hooked on Polkas" from his album Dare to Be Stupid.

The song was featured in the professional wrestling video game Showdown: Legends of Wrestling in 2004. It was also featured in the music video games Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s (cover version) in 2007 and Rock Band Blitz (master version) in 2012.


Quiet Riot[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983-84) Peak
Canada (RPM) 48
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 45
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 37


  1. ^ Klosterman, Chuck (2007). Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota. Simon and Schuster. p. 17. ISBN 9781416589525.
  2. ^ "Quiet Riot - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  3. ^ "Quiet Riot - Metal Health (Bang Your Head)". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  4. ^ "The Importance of Quiet Riot". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  5. ^ "Metal Health by Quiet Riot Songfacts". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  6. ^ "Quiet Riot Documentary to Air on Showtime". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  7. ^ Ragogna, Mike (April 14, 2010). "From Gods And Monsters and Quiet Riot to Tina Turner and Citizens Of The World: A Conversation With Spencer Proffer". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "'The Wrestler' Soundtrack Finally Hits The Mat - Curiously Does Not Contain "The Wrestler"". January 30, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  9. ^ "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.