Don Felder’s “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” was Originally Meant for ‘The Long Run’ Album by The Eagles – COOL HISTORY

Don Felder:

Can’t believe it’s been 41 years since Heavy Metal the movie came out back in 1981. My tracks “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” and “All of You” are featured in the soundtrack.


“Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” is a song by Eagles guitarist Don Felder with backing vocals from Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley. It is the theme song of the animated film Heavy Metal, not to be confused with the song of the same title by Sammy Hagar, also included on the same movie soundtrack. The B-side, “All of You”, is also a track on the movie’s soundtrack album.

“Heavy Metal” was Felder’s only solo chart hit. The song charted in the United States, reaching No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100[ and number 42 on Cash Box. It spent four months on the pop charts. On the Mainstream Rock chart, “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” peaked at number five.