Greatest Black Sabbath Songs

The Top Ten

1 War 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.

Man I love looking at my comments that are incognito from a year ago. - MattAffterburner

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.

I have a gift. The gift of seeing that older music is vastly superior to today's "music" which is just sounds from computers and bad rapping about butts, but a few people share my gift which means I can't really talk about the greatest metal band of all time with my friends. My band does a cover of War Pigs (and Paranoid, but I like War Pigs more) and I get the tingles when I do it. The message it displays, the vocals, the sick guitar. I love all of it and I couldn't think of a better song the shows what metal stands for than this legendary tune.

2 Paranoid

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

This is Black Sabbath song with the most advanced riffs for his time.

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!

3 Iron 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!

A very advanced song for his time.
Black Sabbath have really super important -
songs in any of their best/hit albums.

4 Black 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.

WHY THE HELL IS THIS SONG NOT FIRST!?!?!?
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'...

Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, the scariest song ever written. It is literally based off of demon figures in the middle of the night! Plus the tritone is being played (banned for sounding satanic if the past) and it is basically the first "heavy metal" song ever. This should be first, no competition.

5 N.I.B.

Great bass intro great main riff great lyrics still a better love story than twilight

There are so many great songs by Black Sabbath, but this is one of my favorites. I love the bass/guitar riffs and the lyrics about the devil falling in love. Certainly one of their best along with War Pigs, Paranoid, Black Sabbath, and many more.

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

This song is phenomenal and one of the reasons I'm a bassplayer love this song!

6 Children 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.

The bass and guitar are absolutely amazing in this song! And the vocals are outstanding as well.

7 Sabbath 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.

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

8 Symptom 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!!!!!

My favourite Black Sabbath song from my favourite Black Sabbath Song! Black Sabbath were the first metal band I listened to so they hold a special place in my heart. The riff at the start is gripping and Ozzy's vocals give me the chills!

9 Sweet 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

The riff on this song is totally killer! This was the pinnacle of their sound, and easily the best song of 1971.

10 Electric Funeral

Best song by Black Sabbath due to the riff being such a systematic orchestration with a synchronized methodical repeat; has the most compelling rhythm and melody as well as a nuclear post-apocalyptic feeling & a definitive juxtaposition of culmination coupled with a mechanical flow which is highly memorable. By far the best Black Sabbath track.

Their best song by far.
This is HEAVY METAL.

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.

It was like "the love at first side". The heaviest riff and more depressing rather than their other songs

The Newcomers

? Heaven and Hell Heaven and Hell Cover Art

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

I love the ozzy and dio eras of Black Sabbath but one thing will never change for me, I believe this is the most epic and well written song by Black Sabbath. But there are so many other songs that come close.

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

The Contenders

11 Snowblind

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!

The instrumentals in this are insane. Deserves to be in top 10 if not top 5.

Should be at least in top 10. My eyes are blind, but I can see the snowflakes glisten on the trees. This is a Black Sabbath classic.

Easily a Top 5 Black Sabbath song. Highly underrated.

12 Into the Void Into the Void Cover Art

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

This song not even being in the top 10 makes me loose faith in Humanity. Jesus, this is one of the best riffs in history.

13 Fairies 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

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

14 Turn Up the Night Turn Up the Night Cover Art

Best.

It feels so right!

(I voted for Sign of the Southern Cross) Huh, I'm kinda surprised that out of all the songs on Mob Rules, THIS is the highest ranked. I'd expect either Sign of the Southern Cross, The Mob Rules or Falling Off the Edge of the World to be the top ranked from this album.

Prime!

15 The 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

The fact the Ozzy was able to make a HARMONICA sound heavy should put this song in the top ten.

16 Supernaut

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.

Seriously underrated. It's a real shame that Paranoid had 3 really big hits, and as a result, listening to anything else other then Paranoid is obsolete. Volume 4 is really underrated, and has some of Sabbath's best songs, Supernaught tops this list. It's unlike anything I've ever heard, the only other Black Sabbath song that can rival this (in my opinion) is Children of The Grave.

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 is hands down the most underrated Sabbath on here but its also there best. I don't understand why it's so low on the list, do yourself a favor and listen to this right now and you'll understand.

17 Neon Knights

Amazing biker song! Every time I go out on the road I jam to this song. The whole album is great!

Very good intro to a near-to-perfect album

Why is it lower than Turn Up The Night? Both are very similar but Neon Knights is definitely better.

Energy ENERGY ENERGY! This is everything a hard rock song should be!

18 God Is Dead? God Is Dead? Cover Art

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.

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!

19 Hand of Doom

A great song. Some of the heaviest work on one hell of a heavy album. Ozzy's vocal range has never been better explored, Butler's bass moves the song along while Iommi and Ward fill in wherever they want. This is easily one of the most complex songs, both lyrically and arrangement wise. It's just pure Sabbath and I love it.

One of the best! Don't understand this very low ranking. So much ideas and parts for only one song.

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

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

20 Children of the Sea

This deserves to be higher up, the riff is amazing. I know Sabbath is Ozzy, but this is the best Dio song and rocks like the 70's stuff.

Best vocals by ronnie and the guitar riffs in this song is juz so awesome man it should be in the top ten

Just perfect! Vocal is amazing! Song is a thing of beauty! #1 in my list!

The very best Sabbath Song ever ;-)

21 Sabbra 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.

Listen to this carefully! Its one of the most romantic songs ever! It is badass, it is progressive, it is heavy, it is groovy, it is beautiful, it is one of a kind!

This song is amazing, and not to mention another rock legend, Metallica, covered it, but still not as good as the original

22 The 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!

One of the only songs Ozzy ever wrote

23 End of the Beginning End of the Beginning Cover Art

Thit song, despite being in the newest album, is amazing, the riff, the lirycs, everything is in place and feels awesome listening to it. If you are reading this listen to the song if you haven't yet, you will like it I promise

Can't believe this song isn't here

Best Song of the new album.

One of their greatest modern songs I've heard!

24 The Sign of the Southern Cross

107th? For what could be the greatest song in heavy metal history? It starts so serene with Dio's beautiful voice, building up into some of Iommi's heaviest, most badass, riffs. Butler's performance is masterful as well, particularly live, making this song into one HUGE force. And the lyrics: so open ended and abstract, yet creating such a glorious environment of doom. This is a song that gives me goosebumps when I simply read the title. It's that good.

The complete metal epic and unutterably beautiful and terrifying in turns. Dio deserves so much more recognition for his work with sabs than he gets. Open your ears and mind and bow to the majesty of this unheralded classic

Tony Iommi himself said this was the heaviest song Black Sabbath ever recorded...ever! Extremely underrated. Any of the Dio stuff re-wrote the book of heavy music and propelled them into the 80's. From the book the word is spoken...

It is such a shame how underrated this gem is. It is definitely in my top ten and most likely in my top five. The riff by Iommi is the most epic thing ever.

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