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"

"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. The song is one of their best known hits and received heavy MTV music video and radio play.[citation needed] "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.

The song talks about the headbanging subculture. Because of this, the song caught the attention of many heavy metal fans on its release. 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 2014.

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced for $19,000 and was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts, employing students as extras.[2]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song was heard in Footloose and its 2011 remake. It was also used in the opening credits of the movies Crank (2006) and The Wrestler (2008),[3] 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 is featured in the music game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s as the opening track.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) 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. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "'The Wrestler' Soundtrack Finally Hits The Mat - Curiously Does Not Contain "The Wrestler"". January 30, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2013.