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. - HALOOOOOOOO

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! - alppa

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

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! - anniesiby

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.

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

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!

Masterpiece! Paranoid, War pigs and Iron Man are so overrated. N.I.B is the best Black Sabbath song ever.

6 Heaven and Hell

Ronnie James Dio is an amazing singer and Tony Iommi's solo is epic! A great song!

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.

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

Black Sabbath became much better after Dio and this is just the best song they have!

7 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.

8 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

9 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! - nic1997ps3

the creation of thrash metal!!!!! - rock2metal

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!

10 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.

Man love this one a lot more than war pigs...

The Contenders

11 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.

12 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. - PrinceZarbon

Their best song by far.
This is HEAVY METAL. - i-love-rock-n-roll

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

13 Into 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

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.

14 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!

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. - HALOOOOOOOO

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. - Dorito

16 Turn Up the Night


It feels so right!

I love this whole album, and for me one of the gratest metal albums ever.
Top 10 Sabbath:
1. Sign of the Soulthern Cross/ 2. Heaven and Hell/ 3. War Pigs/ 4. Iron Man/ 5. Over and Over/ 6. Falling off the Edge of the World/ 7. Paranoid/ 8. Cross of Thorns/ 7. Headless Cross/ 8. Black Sabbath/ 9. Children of the Grave/ 10. Kiss of Death

(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. - rishal21

17 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.

18 Neon Knights

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

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

Very good intro to a near-to-perfect album

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

19 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 ;-)

20 God 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.

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! - Songsta41

21 End of the Beginning

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! - Q-ube

22 Sabbra Cadabra

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!

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. - fidelcanojr

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

23 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

24 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

25 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.

26 Shock Wave
27 Country Girl

Should be in the top 10. One of Tony's greatest riffs and some of Dio's strongest singing. The version from Live at Hammersmith is one of Sabbath's best live recordings ever.

Great riff! Great voice by DIO!

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

28 Changes

Best ballad ever
1. Changes
2.Heaven and hell
3. Sabbath bloody sabbath
4. War pigs
5. Black sabbath
6. N.I.B
7.Evil woman (Don't play your games with me)
8.Planet caravan
9. Sweet leaf
10. Paranoid

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.

Great song different to many other black sabbath songs just the way this song was done is amazing

Greatest Black Sabbath ballad ever made a pure pure ballad!
Using piano and less guitar one of the most unique ballads of alla time

29 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

War Pigs is so good, it’s on this list twice! Lol. But seriously, this song kicks ass. SABBATH FOREVER!

Also #1, but this one has an audio clip.

30 Under 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.

Probably my favorite Black Sabbath tune. It just has everything: headbangable riff, individualism lyrics, awesome interlude, awesome outro

The riff of this song is amazing for 1972 it sounds like a song you would hear during an epic battle - christangrant

One of greatest song from Sabbath, great riffs from Iomi, nice solo and performing from Ozzy

31 Lord 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.

By far the best bass from Geeze that have I have heard complementing Ton'y guitar. What a great groovy bass to wind your head around. ALso the drums are awesome! Easily one of my top 3 Sabbath songs. Huugely underrated

32 After Forever

Just hear it! The riff, the vocals, the chorus... But specially: THE LYRICS! - rock2metal

I love the conversational lyrics in this song, the lyrics are asking YOU questions so you feel more involved in the song.

23?!? How? This song is so catchy and has a really soothing beat. I honestly expected this to be at least top 15

Deserves to be much higher... Inside the top 10 for me.

33 Killing 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

Amazing, amazing intro riff.

34 Megalomania

Epic song with killer rifs, one of my favorites.

One of the first and best epics in metal. Completely destroys Sabbath's mainstream stuff.

It's unbelievable that this song is at number 30. I really love the lyrics and the music.

This song is way to underrated - Sabbath

35 Behind 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

36 Age 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!

Simply E P I C


37 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

It's number 2 - Alkadikce

38 Die Young

probably the best song after ozzy left the group...
i wish they would be more like that but they weren't able do repeat themself

Such an awesome song with such a powerful voice. When it comes to Rock music, this song totally represents the genre amazingly well. One of Dio's best songs ever!

One of their faster songs with an awsomme riff intro

49? It's one of my favorite sabbath song, it should be at least at top 10 what?

39 Hole 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!

Can't understand why nobody posted on this one... Great song!

40 Zero the Hero

Paranoid is one of the most important songs by Black Sabbath. A single song is more influential than most bands. - HardRockSam

Top five at least, not much Black Sabbath experts here, just idiots praising the worst song ever written by sabbath paranoid.

Underrated as hell, The Cannibal Corpse is good too!

Paranoid is far from the worst Sabbath song moron

41 After 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.

42 Spiral 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.

There's many great Sabbath songs, but this is their best in my opinion.

Top 10 song for sure.

43 Master of Insanity

Best dio song in my opinion - SoldierOfFortune

44 Dirty Women

66? They play this song at almost every concert!

50 laugh out loud

I can't believe it isn't top 10, Iommi is god here

If more people listen to it, top 10 no doubt

45 Computer God

Classic iommi riff and great solo

Why is this so low? - christangrant

My personal favorite sabbath somg

46 The Mob Rules

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

I really love this song. By far my favorite Black Sabbath song.

Currenly #46 what? This song and album are the best of sabbath and the great RJ? D!

47 Solitude

Ozzy sounds so sad in this song it doesn't even sound like him. Great song though

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.

Few songs can transmit you intense emotions, this is one of them.

How the hell is this so low on the list?! This song is a melancholy masterpiece.

48 The Dark
49 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

On the list twice, other at No.3.

It’s twice as good.

50 Over 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.

Guitar favorit.

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