Greatest Black Sabbath Songs

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Paranoid is the best song
The guitar riff is so good although it's not to complicated
And ozzy's voice and the text is also very good
An I love the solo
Its the best solo I've ever heard
what the hell... PARANOID... must be first the best hard rock song with ACDC back in black

not only the best of black sabbath, easily makes it into any list of the best 10 songs of rock and roll of all times
amazing all the way, unparalelled speed!
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2Iron Man
A real Metal Song or should I say "Iron". This is the immortal Black Sabbath Song
Third greatest metal song ever, following Master of Puppets and Hallowed Be Thy name!


THIS IS THE BEST SABBATH SONG! I love Paranoid, alright but seriously I think IRON MAN should be the no. 1 followed by War Pigs! I'm saying this bacause I heard this song somewhere and THAT was the day I started listening to TRUE MUSIC!


Iron Man is simply the best metal song ever. Other songs may be good, but not as much as this. The close followers are Sweet Leaf and Into The Void
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3War Pigs
I love this song so much I'm even listening to it right now! Sadly nobody at my middle school even knows who Sabbath is but whatever. This song is one of my favorite sabbath songs next to sabbra caddabra and fairies wear boots.
Iron man is NOT the best Sabbath song ever? I think people vote for it because it is the only song that is played on the radio. For people to be able to vote, they should first listen to at least 3 or 4 albums not just what is played on the radio on one of those awful 70's/80's remix crap stations.
They were originally going to call the album War Pigs, but someone decided they needed a radio-oriented song so they created Paranoid. But War Pigs is obviously their best song, and Paranoid their best album, bar none.


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4Heaven And Hell
Ronnie James Dio is an amazing singer and Tony Iommi's solo is epic! A great song!
Just can't get this song out of my head. "
this one beats them all in all ways!
the one song you just can't ignore
Greatest album and one of the best black Sabbath song. Can't help loving Dio's lyrics... One of the most underrated song has to be number 1
My favourite song, everything about it is just perfect. Dio himself said that this is the song that he was the most proud of.
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Great bass intro great main riff great lyrics still a better love story than twilight
this song is damn awesome and far better than the songs here listed above it. sung in a very different way this song gives me goose bumps
The only band in the world that can make 'heavy metal love songs' for Lucifer. This song is like no other.
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6Black Sabbath
Never mind "Best Black Sabbath"... This is THE bar by which ALL heavy metal can be measured. It is the definition of heavy metal. This song should be put in a time capsule, labelled "Heavy Metal" to explain to our alien overlords in 2642 what this ancient human music called "Heavy Metal" was. If I traveled back in time, on a mission to bring Heavy Metal to ancient China, I would bring this song, because even though they wouldn't understand English, the purity of this song would awaken the Beast, and cause irreparable damage to their economy for centuries.

Paranoid is over-rated. Sorry. It's true.
NIB got great intro but the intro of Black Sabbath with the tritone is one of the greatest I have ever heard!
Plus the lyrics are amazing and Ozzy's voice does the rest.
THE greatest song of Black Sabbath period.
Its the best song the black sabbath made.. ozzy's vocals and the tempo of the song are the things what makes this song best of all.. why the hell ain't this in the first place? I don't get it! I think the people who voted don't know anything about black sabbath or Metal! And I mean Metal with a capital 'M'...
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7Children Of The Grave
A great song to be heard live and loud.
Easily my favorite from Sabbath, tied with War Pigs. Paranoid is decent, but by no means their best. CotG is heavy, well written with good lyrics and riffs, a good solo, and a long and creepy outro. Overall, its one of Sabbath's definitive tracks.
Love this song! It was on the album that is purely responsible for giving birth to doom and this song sticks out the most along with Into the Void. Plus it has a pounding bass + drum line with epic vocals and guitars and a catchy tune
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8Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Ozzy vocals are so amazing in this song that it's scary!
I think this is their greatest tune. It's just so powerful. The riff is unreal.

I think this is their greatest tune. The riff is unbelievable, and the lyrics are pretty much something most of us can relate to.
Ozzy laid down the most stunning original and haunting vocals ever committed to vinyl that alone would be enough but then the music... The dirtiest guitar sound ever wrought from the instrument jesus what a track
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9Sweet Leaf
#9? OK, sure it doesn't beat War Pigs, Iron Man, or Paranoid. But, besides those three this is their best song by Black Sabbath in my opinion.

My view on the song's meaning:

A bag of weed, a bag of weed, oh everything is better with a bag of weed
You don't need meth and you don't need speed because everything is better with a bag of weed!
I'm not one to advocate marijuana, but this song is so beautifully trippy and the riffs are awesome! I love it!
This song deserves better
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10Symptom Of The Universe
The radio songs Paranoid, Iron Man are my least favorite. Try "Juniors Eyes", "Into the Void", "Symptoms of the Universe", "Dirty Woman", "Megalomania", "NIB", "Planet Caravan" etc... There's so much! But they are not radio songs thank God! The Lyrics are fantastic, not to mention the sound!

PS. Don't forget the Dio years "Heaven and Hell", "Voodoo" etc.. This band is something special! But I also do have a soft spot for Zepp!
Listen to the opening riff... WOWEEEEHHHH!


the creation of thrash metal!!!!!


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The Contenders

This song introduced me to the world of Black Sabbath! Still love it. Should AT LEAST be in the top 10. Also, Volume 4 was initially going to be called Snowblind, so you can be pretty sure this song is awesome!
Better than Sweet Leaf in my opinion and I think Supernaut should be higher up too.
Why? Why? Why? WHHYY?
Is this in the top 13
Is Jason love this song? Friday the 13th?
Met too man yo craze?!

12Electric Funeral
Their best song by far.


This song pretty much inspired most of doom metal. The only song I can think of that had a bigger influence was their self titled song. The main riff I. This song is just... Amazing.
I love this song such cool effects on guitar such evil lyrics also one of the best metal songs of all time with a simple yet fantastic guitar ridd long live iommi!
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13Sabbra Cadabra
Song is fast, Ozzies voice is outstanding, and the instrumental part at minute 2:00 with the keyboard support of Rick Wakeman gives the song a progressive note which in total increases the value of Black Sabbath a bit.
Come on, this song and Changes have to make it to the top 10s. They're simply sabbath classics.


This song is amazing, and not to mention another rock legend, metallica, covered it, but still not as good as the original
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14Fairies Wear Boots
Okay, this is most definitely at the top of the Sabbath songs. I mean, it's got the catchy guitar riff intro, the epic lyrics (fairies wear boots! ), and of course the solo. Face it, it's awesome.
"because smoking and tripping is all that you do" paranoid is the best black Sabbath album and this is an overlooked song
It's a great song. Just the mere thought that fairies even wear boots is the common misconception and that is what changes your views on the song-the lyrics. Anyone who has smoked and tripped will agree laugh out loud
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15Into the Void
GIve me a break. This is the song that invented Doom Metal. And, Doom metal is really just a big copy of this song. Any body who voted for just about any other Black Sabbath song really should just stop what they are doing and listen to this one before making their decision.
Into the Void should totally be first. The Bass and The simple riff that makes it so awesome!
Paranoid my ass this song is sabbath's greatest work period end of story
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This is tied with War Pigs for me, but Tony's guitar tone in this one is just absolutely perfect. Seriously the epitome of guitar right here. Add in a nice grooving pace, epic bass work, flawless drumming, Ozzy's vocals, and Tony's master riff-writing, and it doesn't get much better.
This song alone needs to be in the top three. Who ever rated this song so low must not have been born in this era. Sorry guys to me your wrong in rating this song so low. Black Sabbath changed the music and I am lucky to be around it
This song is amazing. The lyrics and story/message behind it are phenomenal. Tony has reached his best guitar work with this little masterpiece.
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17God Is Dead?
One word: awesome. What better song to celebrate Sabbath and Ozzy's reunion than one which symbolizes Sabbath's heart itself?
Love this song, huge masterpiece, may not be the best but it deserves to be in the first 10, Ozzy's voice is still awesome, Tony's riffs are still epic, love this song, and all the other songs of the album 13, just great songs like Loner, End Of The Beginning, Live Forever, just great songs, I heard the complete album without skiping any song, very complete, but I loved the most God Is Dead? And Loner
Black Sabbath really surprised me with their new songs: they were just as good as the early ones, especially this one. It's all even though I'm not a huge Sabbath fan, still I'm waiting for the next album and hoping it will be just as great as this one. God Is Dead is the highlight of 13, it's awesome.
Are you kidding... should be in top 5
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18The Wizard
This needs to be on the list. The iconic part of the song isn't any guitars, drums, bass, or vocals. It's the harmonica. Instantly memorable and one of their best tunes.


Wow, this song is top 10 for sure. The amazing guitar riff breathes for a moment only to allow drums to kick your ass.
The riff and the tune in initial part is very different... Just love it... Can easily be in top 15
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19Planet Caravan
Great song covered by pantera. A Moody, spooky and mellow sound with some excellent guitar playing.
One of the only songs I can listen to for hours and hours on end. Pantera cover is possibly even better than Sabbaths too (in my opinion of course)
My favourite Black Sabbath song, I listen to it on repeat when I'm trying to get to sleep. Pantera cover is amazing as well.
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20Children of the Sea
It deserves more... They should've published it as a single. It's a paradox to decide which is the album's best: H^^H or because
Best vocals by ronnie and the guitar riffs in this song is juz so awesome man it should be in the top ten
The very best Sabbath Song ever ;-)

21Spiral Architect
Very amazing, very uplifting song. Extremely incredible album. I don't get why this song is so long on the list... ?!
Probably my favorite sabbath song.

22Neon Knights
Amazing biker song! Every time I go out on the road I jam to this song. The whole album is great!
Every black sabbath song is there best
Energy ENERGY ENERGY! This is everything a hard rock song should be!
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23Hole In the Sky
Belongs in the Top 10! The Riff and the Drums are awesome, Metallica and Pantera can not be wrong.
I think it's one of their heaviest songs and it has a great groove!
Can't understand why nobody posted on this one... Great song!

This song is the greatest. Altough it has to be combined with Warning. They are pretty much the same song. Sleeping Village followed with warning. These combine to make Sabbaths greatest.

25A National Acrobat
This song should be much, MUCH higher than Heaven and Hell. As a matter of fact, there is no Sabbath without Ozzy (even the rest of the band says so)and therefore songs without Ozzy shouldn't even be on this list! A National Acrobat is probably my personal favorite Sabbath song at the moment.
My favorite Black Sabbath song. Such a great song and beats all their hits.
This song proves that Ozzy Osbourne is the greatest singer ever!

26Wheels of Confusion
The first time I heard this, I couldn't get enough. I must have listened to it 1000 time or more by now. Tony Iommi's playing is great. Such great way to kick off the "Volume 4" album. I idealize Iommi's playing. Wish I could play half as good as he can. Long live Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath.
Almost unbelievable that this song is currently at number 27 on this list! Listening to it just now as I type and trust me, it deserves to be a lot, lot higher!
This song sounds so mysterious and amazing. Very underrated sabbath song!
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27Hand of Doom
Black Sabbath's hidden masterpiece. One of Geezer's best basslines along with with a powerful array of guitar riffs add so much to the song's deep dark exploration of what it was like for veterens returning from Vietnam
One of the best! Don't understand this very low ranking. So much ideas and parts for only one song.
How can this be so low? What? Also bemused by Fairies wear boots being low. Both definite toip tenners
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28After Forever
Just hear it! The riff, the vocals, the chorus... But specially: THE LYRICS!


I love the conversational lyrics in this song, the lyrics are asking YOU questions so you feel more involved in the song.
Not only the music but the lyrics to this song are superb

29End of the Beginning
Can't believe this song isn't here
Best Song of the new album.
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This song isn't like most Sabbath songs, I'm just getting into them and its pretty clear already. Something about Ozzy's voice just gets me, I don't know how to put it into words. A very honest sound.
Greatest black sabbath ballad ever made a pure pure ballad!
Using piano and less guitar one of the most unique ballads of alla time
Great song different to many other black sabbath songs just the way this song was done is amazing
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31Behind the Wall of Sleep
Awesome track. It should be somewhere on the top of the list. Awesome solo as well.
#30? Should be top 15 at least

One of the first and best epics in metal. Completely destroys Sabbath's mainstream stuff.
Epic song with killer rifs, one of my favorites.
Perfect from begining to end.

33Looking for Today
A total master piece, There are even flutes in this song!


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34The Writ
This one and 'looking for today'. Changes is up there too. I prefer paranoid over iron man for the radio-friendly songs, it seems to have more genuine energy.
Come on have you even listen to this song, It cranks. At least the first half!

35Never Say Die
This is an amazing song it makes you so happy
This is so catchy! I love those guitars!
Does anybody no what song was on the radio on coronation street was it a black sabbath?

36Under the Sun
Apparently the band renamed it "Everywhere Under the Sun", because of the trouble Bill had learning the drum parts, (According to Ozzy's auto-biography. The rhythm is dark, and Ozzy's performance is great.
One of greatest song from Sabbath, great riffs from Iomi, nice solo and performing from Ozzy

This is a fantastic song, with echoes of Planet Caravan. Ozzy's vocals are excellent, Iommi's guitar playing is beautiful and the rhythm section play low and sweet. What more is needed in a haunting song?
Second favourite from the new album, just behind End of the beggining.
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38Voodoo Listen to sample


40Over and Over
Riff is beyond amazing. Solo is fantastic. And it's one of Ronnie's all time best vocals. Ozzy stuff is nothing compared to stuff with Dio. If I had to pick an Ozzy song for it, it would be the writ because his vocals are so amazing!
Best song from Mob Rules, should be top 20 at least.
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It's an amazing song, I can't understand why so few have voted for it
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42Lord of This World

43Johnny Blade
They Johny's a spider, but I also heard that this songs kicks #$$!

44Dirty Women
66? They play this song at almost every concert!
50 laugh out loud
If more people listen to it, top 10 no doubt
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45Dying for Love
Dying for Love ranked #43 are you kidding me if this is a joke I'm certainly not laughing. This song is significantly better than the prior songs mentioned. If there is anything about this list that's laughable is the fact that Paranoid is #1 on this list considering it's one of the simplistic songs I've ever heard. And if it's because of being a chart topper then Lady Gagais technically better than everything on this list and anyone that knows anything about music knows that that is a joke. Listen Cross Purposes is the best Sabbath album and it deserves to be recognized by true music buffs.

46Too Late

47Evil Woman
For those that did not vote this their mother is an evil woman

48Headless Cross
What? This is one of Sabbath's best Songs! GOD I hate you Ozzy Only Fools! You guys don't know good music Sabbath continued on without Ozzy and made FANTASTIC MUSIC and The Tony Martin Era had brilliant music and he was superb Live he was the only Sabbath singer to last as long as Ozzy and sang all era's Live Ozzy nor Dio didn't

49Angry Heart
Off Seventh Star.Glen Hughes and Iommi were the most amazing combo and this song showcases that.Simply put,an excellent song.

50Am I Going Insane (Radio)

51After All (The Dead)
This song is where Slayer got their guitar sound from. Can't beat the lyrics. Truly one of Dio's greatest performances.
Fantastic heavy metal song and fantastic song.

52TV Crimes
So good, fast, heavy. I mean, come on!

53Master of Insanity

54Psycho Man
Very underrated. Great song

55Rat Salad
This song shows who geezer is and what he has contributed to the sabbath, also it includes power drumming by bill.
How is this not in the top ten, its sabbath's rockinest song.

How the hell is this song so low on the list? It has to be one of the most soothing tunes I've ever heard in my life.

57A Hard Road
THE most underrated sabbath song. I can't believe its only rated at No.40. Ozzy at his very best vocally, ironically just before he was chucked out of the band..
This song should be at least in the top10. Can't blive nobody voted it

58The Mob Rules
Love dozens of sabbath songs. But this one is a 10. Just wish it was longer. Like so long it never ends
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60Wicked World
This is easily one of Black Sabbath's most underrated songs, and I have no idea why, because it's such a good song.
I'm deeply confused as to why this isn't ranked in the top ten.

61Tomorrow's Dream

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63The Thrill of It All
One of the best black sabbath Riffs!
Should be much higher

64I Won't Cry for You
What the hell? I had to add THIS song! It is definitely one of my favorite Sabbath songs! It's from the album Forbidden. Please give it a listen!
This song has to be in top ten

65She's Gone

66Born Again
The third best line up.
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67Seventh Star Listen to sample

68Falling Off the Edge of the World
It's a joke that there aren't more Dio songs higher up the list. Everything in this song from the screams to the growls, the operatic range shows why Dio is 10X the singer that Ozzy ever was.
Wow, not even a mention? All Sabbath fans must re-assess this song. You wont be able to get though more than half before it pushes into your top 20 at least!
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69It's Alright

70Disturbing the Priest
Count me as one of the fans of Ian Gillan's collaboration with Iommi/Butler/Ward. He was a powerful singer whose unique tone perfectly suited Iommi's riffing. Born Again was an underrated album and the centrepiece was the amazing Stonehenge/Disturbing the Priest.
Ian Gillen┬'s vocals are so immensely great in this track. Absolutely stunning!
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71Junior's Eyes
I can only believe that the reason this song is so low on the list is because it's not one that is ever played on the radio and people have just not experienced the awesomeness yet. Get on board, folks! This song is amazing. Groovy, heavy bass line, winding guitar, driving drum beats, emotional lyrics, and heartfelt vocals. This song is the complete package.

72Turn Up the Night Listen to sample

73Zero the Hero
Underrated as hell, The Cannibal Corpse is good too!
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74Back to Eden
Such a great song. Probably one of the best guitar riffs of Sabbath and greats vocals by Dio once again.

75When Death Calls
The best power-ballad ever! Underrated song, but... I can't find the word to describe this song... The bass intro, so deep... The power of the song is increasing to the final orgasm...
How come this song isn't on this list, this list is absolutly rediculous especially considering there's bearing anything off of Cross Purposes on the list which just so happens to be their greatest album.

76Selling My Soul


78The Shining
Very underrated
If you listen to it 4-5 times you'll not regret!
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79Sleeping Village

80Dear Father Listen to sample

Nice song it should be here
Great song why is it so low
Best short song ever
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82Over To You

83No Stranger to Love Listen to sample


85Who Are You

86The Devil Cried Listen to sample


88St. Vitus Dance

89Age of Reason Listen to sample

Wow, this song is much too underrated! One of my favorite songs!
Methademic rocks one of the best songs on 13
No one likes this you are weird rush and black sabbath are my favotite bands
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91Pariah Listen to sample

92Damaged Soul Listen to sample

93Na├»vet├ę in Black

94Electric Sleep

95Eternal Idol Listen to sample

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97Killing Yourself to Live
One of the best Sabbath songs without doubt
My personal favorite sabbath sons. Has so many unique qualities to it. The song is very progressive and changes time sigs all the time. Just my $0.02
Are you insane this song should at least be in the toptens
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98Let It Die

99Laguna Sunrise

100Peace of Mind Listen to sample

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