The word influence is brandished about on this list as it should be simply based on the verbage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steppenwolf does get credit for the creation of the term “Heavy Metal” from a line in their Hard Rock Classic; “Born to be Wild”. They may not have been the band that created Heavy Metal music but their place as one of the Hardest Rocking bands in the late 1960’s is not debatable and could be one of the best bands to listen to on the open road. Although some question their influence, they were more about impact and that can not be questioned. Rock and Roll may not have a clear definition anymore, but the early music of Steppenwolf may be pretty damn close to it.