Most Underrated Black Sabbath Songs

The thing about Black Sabbath, they don't have filler songs. Unlike bands like Iron Maiden or AC/DC, they don't write songs just for the sake of completling an album. Every song is unique and interesting in its own way. I really admire that. So I created a list of songs that never got the fame it deserved throughout the Ozzy era. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

This is overall a very well made song. The lyrics tell a story about a man with a mental condition (megalomania) and is struggling over control of his mind. This song goes through a lot of tempo changes, it starts out slow but progresses until it becomes a heavy metal song we all love. Like most of the album, this song was overlooked because of the two albums that were released after it. It's a shame really.

2The Writ
Sabotage is unfairly obscure. It's my personal favorite with only Symptom of the Universe getting any credit. Everyone was at their finest in this album, ESPECIALLY Ozzy Osbourne. His vocals were so powerful and dominant in his later years of Sabbath. This song is a prime example! You can feel the emotion in his voice, it's very strong. There's plenty of tempo and riff changes throughout the song that really added to the mood. Oh, and there isn't a guitar solo either. Usually that would be regarded as a bad thing (St. Anger... ), but the song still really holds up. There's just so much things going on throughout the track that it isn't even necessary! This song is outrageously underrated, they haven't even played it live! If you haven't heard this song yet, please, give it a try.

3Sabbra Cadabra
Experimental? Well, yeah... Does that make it a bad thing? Absolutely not! Sabbra Cadabra was released on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, so what can you expect? The band was trying new things. This song uses something called a moog synthesizer which distorts the guitar to make this funky-sounding noise. It worked well. They were being subtle with it and not using it too frequently. It's also interesting to note that Metallica covered this song and mixed it with A National Acrobat. They chose a good song to cover.

Yes, I know. It's a cover. I'm well aware of that. But that doesn't stop Sabbath from adding their own style into the song. I love the chorus of this better with Ozzy's vocals, it's just more suiting. But the REAL interesting part of this track is the instrumental bridge they added in the middle. Tony Iommi just goes crazy during that part! It doesn't really even sound like it's written, it's like Tony just decided to go jamming and that's what it ended up as. It's very impressive and I love every moment of it.

5Never Say Die
This is a really up-beat and peppy song, I can just imagine how fun it would be to hear it live. This album was Black Sabbath's lowest point before Ozzy left. Apparently, the sorta shadows the album. But it really isn't that bad of an album, especially the song. This is also Ozzy's last studio album before he quit... Until 13 that still hasn't been released.

6Tomorrow's Dream
There's a certain part of this song that I REALLY like. There's guitar riff somewhere around 0:40 that I simply adore. The chorus could be better though, but that doesn't bother me in the slightest because that riff really gets to me... So this song deserves a place on this list.

7Hand of Doom
The only track off of Paranoid to make the list, coming as low as number ten too... This is a really quiet and gentle song about heroine, until about halfway through. That's when it picks up and becomes heavy. And that's what I like about this song, Bill Ward softly plays his drums and Geezer Butler does his thing on the bass that sets the perfect atmosphere. This song actually isn't that underrated, but we're still down here and it should be a lot more respected.

8After Forever
This song is about what will happen after death, whether you're religious or not. I really like the riff in this song. That was one of Black Sabbath's biggest talents, writing riffs. They've made so much influential riffs that formed metal, but I'm preaching to the choir. Overall, this is a nice piece of art that Sabbath made, I like it.

9Looking for Today
This is one of those songs that you can't really explain why you like it. It's just really well played and organized. This was Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, a very experimental album, so they decided to add a flute. It surprisingly fit well. And that's pretty much all I have to say, it deserves more attention.

10Dirty Women
This song is played often at concerts, but still isn't regarded as popular as others among fans. I think they only play this song live so women will flash their boobs in the audience, Tony you dog! But it's a very neat song and it grew on me. There's a couple of songs that I really like that I never really used to. Supernaut, A National Acrobat, and this have in particular.

The Contenders

11Zero the Hero

12Killing Yourself to Live

13Under the Sun

14End of the Beginning
Probably the newest underrated song from Black Sabbath

15Selling My Soul
The two studio tracks on Reunion are often overlooked. These songs are nearly 15 years old now and in my opinion are classics. Selling My Soul sounds like it could have come straight off Vol. 4 or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

16Rusty Angels

17Lord of This World

18Am I Going Insane (Radio)

19Killing Yourself to Live

20Headless Cross


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