Greatest Black Sabbath Songs

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The Top Ten

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!
[Newest]Best black sabbath song ever

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!


[Newest]Put this above Paranoid. People can recognize this with just the first few notes. It is just the coolest EVER!

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.


[Newest]Because is a master piece

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
[Newest]I felt heaven and hell at the same time

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.
[Newest]2nd to war pigs in my opinion

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'...
[Newest]1969-The birth of heavy metal...

7Children Of The Grave
A great song to be heard live and loud.
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
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.
[Newest]"Revolution in their minds the children start to march" this should be the anthem of every kid in the world

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.
This is the most original of the lot (Iron Man borrowed from Schizoid Man; Paranoid from Communication Breakdown; NIB from Sunshine of Your Love; Black Sabbath from Dazed & Confused). The song alternates between heavy and light like no other... Plus Geezer and Ward came up with their best lyrics on this album.
[Newest]Geezer's fuzz bass plus Tony's superb guitar and Bill's perfect drums fills - Sabbath Bloody Perfect Sabbath!

9Symptom 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!!!!!


[Newest]Starts heavy but the acoustic outro is so beautiful.. should be number 1!

10Sweet 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
[Newest]Epic one! Deserves better!

The Contenders

11Electric 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.
This song should be number 2.

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?!

13God 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.
[Newest]Makes sense that is song is ranked 13 ;). However, I think it's their best, in competition with iron man or paranoid. More people should listen, it's as good as their early stuff!

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
[Newest]This should be in the top 5 for sure! It's just as relevant today as it was in the 70's!

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
[Newest]The bass of this song is simply amazing. This one and Children of the Grave kick ass, Master of Reality is the best Sabbath's album in my opinion.

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.
[Newest]This is the greatest riff Tony Iommi ever made, and that should reflect on tthis list.

17Sabbra 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

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
[Newest]My favorite ever rock song

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.

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 ;-)

21End of the Beginning
Can't believe this song isn't here
Best Song of the new album.

22The 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!

23Neon Knights
Amazing biker song! Every time I go out on the road I jam to this song. The whole album is great!
Energy ENERGY ENERGY! This is everything a hard rock song should be!
Every black sabbath song is there best
[Newest]Very good intro to a near-to-perfect album

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 is not only THE best Sabbath song ever but happens to be my favourite song EVER. It is incredible and could have quite easily made up 5 seperate songs it has so many incredible riffs- which is the thing I like the most on all the best early Sabbath songs.
[Newest]From album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Great song!

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!
[Newest]If you ask me, this song set the blueprint for stoner rock/metal


27Hand of Doom
One of the best! Don't understand this very low ranking. So much ideas and parts for only one song.
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
This song is the invention of doom music to the core. Lyrically it's still relevant.

Listen to this song with the lights out, you'll be a bit scared

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

29Hole In the Sky
Butler and ward at their best with pure metal bass and drums. This influenced sound of maiden, Metallica and in my humble opinion nirvana massively and more than early sabs which is great but prototype. Hole in the sky is finished product and the essence of British metal
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!

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

A fantastic song, so much feeling put into Ozzy's vocals and a total change from nearly all of Sabbath's other work. Not all of their music is the same; you just need to know where to look.
Ozzy sounds so sad in this song it doesn't even sound like him. Great song though
How the hell is this so low on the list?! This song is a melancholy masterpiece.

Epic song with killer rifs, one of my favorites.
One of the first and best epics in metal. Completely destroys Sabbath's mainstream stuff.
This song is way to underrated


33Behind 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

34Looking for Today
A total master piece, There are even flutes in this song!


35Lord of This World
Amazing lyrics, riff is beyond phenomenal. This song is extremely under rated, if you haven't already listened to it please do it's a great song.
How has this not been voted for yet, amazing lyrics, amazing song concept and my favorite black sabbath guitar riff.

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

It's an amazing song, I can't understand why so few have voted for it
One of the best from 13

38Never Say Die
This is an amazing song it makes you so happy
Does anybody no what song was on the radio on coronation street was it a black sabbath?
This is so catchy! I love those guitars!

39Johnny Blade
They Johny's a spider, but I also heard that this songs kicks #$$!

40Killing Yourself to Live
Okay, seriously. I very rarely make comments on this website but what the hell happened here!? I don't actually have an absolute favourite Black Sabbath song but goodness, this song has one of the catchiest versus I have ever heard in all of my life! I'm not even kidding! Also very interesting when the tempo progressively increases! Not to mention, Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett has stated this song as his all-time favourite of theirs!
One of the best Sabbath songs without doubt
What this song should be much higher than this

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.

What the hell? Why is this one last? This was the first song I listened of Black Sabbath! Why is this one 65? 65! At least it deserves to be in the top 10!
I'm my opinion the best song


44Over 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.

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.

46Dirty Women
66? They play this song at almost every concert!
If more people listen to it, top 10 no doubt
50 laugh out loud
[Newest]I can't believe it isn't top 10, Iommi is god here

47Headless 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
Not the best sabbath song but still a graet one!

48Too Late

49Evil Woman
For those that did not vote this their mother is an evil woman

50Angry Heart
Off Seventh Star.Glen Hughes and Iommi were the most amazing combo and this song showcases that.Simply put,an excellent song.

51After All (The Dead)
Truly one of Sabbath's most under-rated masterpieces. This song has everything, and Dio just knocks it out of the park with the vocal work.
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.

52Am I Going Insane (Radio)

53Master of Insanity

54Falling Off the Edge of the World
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!
Unbelievable this is so far down list. Are you philistines so blinded by the myth of ozz that you don't recognise that this is one of greatest songs from the greatest heavy rock vocalist ever? Respect the memory of the great rjd, listen to this metal masterpiece then vote for it
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.

55TV Crimes
So good, fast, heavy. I mean, come on!

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.

57Psycho Man
Very underrated. Great song

58Rat 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.
Bill Ward is the God of Metal drumming

59A 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

60The Mob Rules
Love dozens of sabbath songs. But this one is a 10. Just wish it was longer. Like so long it never ends

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


63Wicked 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.

64Born Again
The third best line up.

65Tomorrow's Dream

66Country Girl
Very unterrated song with Dio... Riff is epic, just listen!

67The Thrill of It All
One of the best black sabbath Riffs!
Should be much higher

68I 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

69She's Gone

70Zero the Hero
Underrated as hell, The Cannibal Corpse is good too!

71Air Dance

72Seventh Star

73It's Alright

74Disturbing 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!

75Junior'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.

76Turn Up the Night


78Back to Eden
Such a great song. Probably one of the best guitar riffs of Sabbath and greats vocals by Dio once again.

If Children of the grave would be sex, this ist the part before.
Nice song it should be here
Great song why is it so low

80Who Are You

81When 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.

82Selling My Soul


84The Shining
Very underrated
If you listen to it 4-5 times you'll not regret!

85Sleeping Village

86Age of Reason
The best Iommi's solos (there are two! ). And a great and terrific song. For me, it should be between the top 5, at least!

87Dear Father

I wont lie. I am pretty heartbroken that this is so low. It is very unique/different from the rest but still an amazing song.

89Over To You
Ozzy's last great vocal performance

90No Stranger to Love


92The Devil Cried


94St. Vitus Dance

95Damaged Soul

96Na├»vet├ę in Black

97Electric Sleep

98Eternal Idol

99Walk Away

100Let It Die

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