Greatest Black Sabbath Album

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Paranoid
Best Black Sabbath album to have ever been recorded!

Best lineup of Black Sabbath, by far:
Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
Tony Iommi - guitar
Geezer Butler - bass
Bill Ward - drums

Come back to Sabbath, Bill! We all miss you!
This album has the best vocals and most unforgettable songs in the band's history (War Pigs), and also the best guitar (Iron Man).
Heaven and Hell was good, Master of Reality was good and so was Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. But none of them can compare to Paranoid. Each song is a crown Jewel in its own respect, and the replay value is off the scale. Master of Reality maybe the heaviest, but that doesn't mean it's the best. That's a bit like saying that the jazz song with the most trombones in it makes it the best jazz song. No. There is much more to it than that. Paranoid is the soul of heavy metal.
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2Master of Reality
This is the darkest and heviest of the sabbath albums, thus epitomizes their signiture sound. Sure, paranoid has more hits, but since when did that matter in the metal genre.
Don't just automatically pick "Paranoid" as the best Sabbath album because it has two "hits". Put on your diplomatic hat and listen to these two albums back to back. You'll see that the riffs on Master kill the riffs on the Paranoid album. Don't get me wrong, I like both albums, but Master is better!
Much better riffs than (the slightly overrated) 'Paranoid'. Many have tried to emulate the sound - so far all have failed. Why couldn't the over produced and uninspired '13' sound like this? Ditch the 'pro-tools' (and overrated producers) and record a follow up on an analogue 8-track! (and don't forget Bill Ward this time, his 'ham-fisted jazz' drumming is integral to the Sabbath sound! )
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3Heaven And Hell
I like many of Black Sabbath's albums but I agree this should be first not third. I believe if Dio would have been the original singer, and this album had been released before Ozzy was heard of there would be no question its the best. Unfortunately since Ozzy was there first many want to discount the other singers, but I am sorry this album is their best! I like paranoid and Master of Reality too, but I can't see how its possible to rank them higher than Heaven and Hell. Its just such a great album it should be number one. Also as a side note I think the self titled album is better than Master of reality. So the list should be 1. Heaven and Hell 2. Paranoid and 3. Black Sabbath
One of the best black sabbath songs ever. This deserves to be the number one among all the other songs. Most people miss the acoustic ending to the song. Next time increase the volume as the song ends you will find an extremely pleasing ending to an awesome song.
The Best Metal Album Any One ever made. Lady Evil is the "least good" song on the album and it's better than anything on Paranoid, or Number of the Beast and Master of Puppets for that matter.
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4Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is the beggining of a new era with songs like black sabbath (the tritone makes the song sound really doomy and scary) NIB with that amazing distorted bass solo (bassically) the wizard with a wah wah riff mixed with an amazing harmonica perfomance by ozzy, warning and evil woman are amazingly permormed covers with amazing solos and wicked world the name says it all just a ****in wicked blues performance. A whole new era without leaving the blues-roots aside
I would give this album second place if not first! Surely master of reality is good but this has three of my favortite songs the wizard, N.I. B, and black sabbath. Theese are even their signature songs so underrated
All of side 2, especially The Warning, plus The Wizard, smoke everything else the band ever did. This is what makes them stand out from other "heavy rock" or rather, metal bands.

Caveat: title track blows. And NIB is like Chevy-dependable but expendable.
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5Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath sees the band at their absolute peak - more accomplished songs, better performances, better production values - the sound of a band that had grown from their previous albums and raised the bar a notch with this album. Fantastic
Hard to split between this, Paranoid and Masters but pushed this record is for me pretty much perfect sends a shiver down my spine so unique it still sounds fresh today. Psych metal dark groove atmospheric and heavvy
Its the most best and most sophisticated heavy rock album Ive heard.
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6Black Sabbath, Vol.4
Vol.4 is Black Sabbath's most special work, with the mega finale "Under The Sun" as their greatest piece. Every track in the album is phenomenal and manifests the band's magic chemistry at its best. Awesome, unforgettable record. Sabbath's Sgt. Peppers!
The first Sabbath album I ever owned bought on the day of release. There is a great variety of material. I always thought Supernaut one of their most exciting songs. Wheels Of Confusion is just staggering and Snowblind is brilliant. I can't understand why they ignore Volume 4 the way they do.
A very well played, produced and composed album. You can comprove listen to Snowblind, Tommorrow's Dream, Changes and an instrumental master piece Laguna Sunrise.
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7Sabotage
Without question! This is Ozzy at his angriest. These songs are well structured, the lyrics impressive, and the tempo changes are constant. This is a very progressive album compared to the earlier, dirge of songs like Sweet Leaf, Iron Man, or Snowblind. There is nothing like those type of songs on this release. Sabotage may have more in common with Ozzy solo albums "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman. " "Hole in the Sky" and "Symptom of the Universe" could have easily ended up on either of Osbourne's first two efforts. By far my favorite Black Sabbath release!
Seriously? Heaven and Hell at number three. No way any Sabbath with Dio should even be in this list. Sabbath with Ozzy is the only quality Sabbath. Sabotage is an amazing album, enough said.
my favorite here are Symptom of the Universe and Hole in the Sky, but all the tracks are sabbatical!

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It will be the first studio album released by Black Sabbath since Forbidden (1995), and their first studio recording with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler since the live album Reunion (1998), which contained two new studio tracks. It is also the first studio album with Osbourne since Never Say Die! (1978), and with Butler since Cross Purposes (1994). Exicted about this album...

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vishwarajvithuvivi

First album with Ozzy in, what, 35 years? -You may assume that this is a big step for Sabbath, and maybe the quality of their music would be affected, however the Album is quality. Undeniably master of reality and paranoid are far superior, but this album is immensely respectable, It just shows how Sabbath will never die.
Every track on this album is amazing and it is amazing how after so many years they can still release such good songs like "God Is Dead", "Age of Reason"... And to be honest all the songs on 13. I seriously think this is their best album!
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9Dehumanizer
Either Dehumanizer or Cross Purposes in my opinion is the greatest Sabbath albums although for some reason or another the old albums get all the credit and believe me it can't be having great music knowledge. Now don't get me wrong I love all of Sabbaths'albums but the old stuff is just catchy songs with catchy riffs and not much more than that, when albums like Dehumanizer and Cross Purposes have extremely deep songs with major substance and incredibly creative, well written guitar lines, bass lines and drums, I will never tire of these great albums, in fact they continuesly get better to me and I've been listening to them for almost 20 years. Best songs off this album are :Computor God, Master of Insanity, Sins of the Father, I, and It's Too Late.
This album rocks! It's so heavy. It is one of the best Sabbath albums, but was underrated because it came out later and was not from the time of the original Dio era. It is very powerful and has some of the darkest most evil metal you can get!
In my opinion it is Black Sabbaths best album. I like this one more than the others because with songs like "Letters From Earth","Computer God" and "Master Of Insanity"its definitely the best "really heavy" albums they have ever done.
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10The Mob Rules
The best sabbath album ever alongside heaven and hell. This was metal at its best with sabbath. Ronnie just made sabbath
And I think tony, geezer, and martin birch would agree. Metal was metal in the 80s. You can't change that whatever.
Turn up the Night, The mob rules, The sign of the southern cross and country girl.
The best of dio!

TheAxlErmin

Finest metal album since.. Well, "Heaven and Hell" which ironically overshadows it. There's not a dull note here, hard to pick a favourite and I'd say it's a favourite amongst the die hard metal fans m/

The Contenders

11Headless Cross
Best album till date. Tony martin rocks. I dunno wy is it so down
Musically the best album.
Great songs in this album, "when death calls" it's one of the best BS and unkown songs ever made by them!
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12Never Say Die
underrated, much better than it's reputation.
Underrated album. Don't know why because especially junior's eyes and johnny blade are top tracks.Technical Ecstacy is also aa good album though.
This is one of the best black sabbath album, even its not very well recorded

13Tyr
This album is rare but amazing. It's primarily about Norse. Odin's court and Valhalla sync perfectly as if it was supposed to be one song. Just comes together
Brilliantly great album!
1 Anno Mundi
2 The Lawmaker
3 Jerusalem
4 The Sabbath Stones
5 The Battle of Tyr
6 Odins Court
7 Valhalla
8 Feels Good to Me
9 Heaven in Black

My favorite Black Sabbath album. I feel like Tony Martin got in his prime on this one. His high notes are simply brilliant and this features Tony Iommi's best riffs in a long, long time.

14Technical Ecstasy
Great album very underrated mainly because someone tells them it sucks then they don't listen to it!

15Mob Rules

16Cross Purposes
I'm a huge Ozzy fan and a huge Sabbath fan, but what I can't understand for the life of me is why the old Sabbath gets all the credit it must be because of heresay because it certainly isn't from music knowledge. I know a lot of you will disagree but the best thing that ever happened in music was Ozzy leaving Sabbath because Ozzy got better and Sabbath got better. Cross Purposes is not only my favorite Sabbath album but one of my favorite albums period, this album should be #1 on this list followed by Dehumanizer (which is also an incredible album in it's own right, considering Ronnie James Dio sings like a God in it, and in my opinion his best singing ever) then a close third would have to be TYR which is also an amazing album.
This album is better than any album that Ozzy did with Sabbath and deserves to be recognized

17Reunion

18Eternal Idol

19Born Again
Don't let the cover scare you. Most underrated album ever. Gillan is on fire and the songs are fantastic.
Ian Gillan At the top of his game. Underrated album.
Underrated Masterpiece. Evilest Sabbath Album ever. And "Distrurbing The Priest" & "Zero The Hero" are great and evil.
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20Seventh Star
First album which I haven't got on iTunes, before that I've got all the Sabbath studio albums. Nice album though, totally underrated. Why hasn't anyone added the album yet?
Glenn Hughes... Enough said

21Live At Last

22Forbidden

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