Greatest Black Sabbath Albums

The Top Ten

1 Paranoid Paranoid Product Image

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.

If you were to think of three Sabbath songs, it would probably be Paranoid, War Pigs and Iron Man. It just happens that all of those are obtained this album.

You have the drowsy ballad of Planet Caravan, the heaviness of Electric Funeral and Rat Salad, the riffing of War Pigs and Iron Man, and, as a proof that Black Sabbath truly is the best there is, you have the masterpiece that is Paranoid. It doesn't get better than this

Since when did more hits on an album matter in the metal genre? Well, usually more hits, means more people prefer the song... or the album. I'm not saying that Master of Reality is a bad album - it's great! But just because it came first in page displaying the "Greatest Black Sabbath Albums", don't argue against it. More people say that Paranoid is better than Master of Reality. Deal with it.

This is their best album by far, but for me I have always thought of Sabbath in terms of with Ozzy and then without Ozzy. This album came early in their career and plays like a best of album with a number of their classic songs we all know and love, but I also love Mob Rules and how Ronnie James Dio took Sabbath into the 80's.

2 Master of Reality Master of Reality Product Image

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! )

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!

That isn't why Paranoid is the best album, in fact the title track isn't even one of my favorites on the album

Paranoid may be their most FAMOUS album (and it's extremely good) but this is hands-down their best. It's heavier, darker, and more brutal, marking the genesis of the doom metal genre and containing plenty of riffs to chill the bones. Just a Masterpiece of Reality.

This is the best Black Sabbath album in my opinion! It's the darkest, the heaviest, and the most awesome Black Sabbath has ever recorded! I also like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath but this is much better as a whole!

3 Heaven And Hell Heaven And Hell Product Image

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 it's 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

With all due respect to Ozzy, this is sabbath's masterpiece with one of the best vocalists of all time at the front. The album starts with one of my favorite sabbath songs "Neon Knights" and the title track is also amazing. If you want some fast sabbath with soaring vocals, give this record a listen you won't regret it

I love all Sabbath songs and albums. Heaven and Hell is the best and dehumanizer is number 2. Dio can do all the Ozzy songs but Ozzy can't hold Dio's microphone. These two albums are also Dio's best studio albums. Can you imagine Dio singing War Pigs, Snowblind and Children of the Grave!

Criminally underrated album. This is a 10 out of 10. Iommi is at his best, pulls off killer riffs and and amazing guitar solos. Bass is fantastic throughout the album as is the drumming. Dio, as always, is amazing and the lyrics are beautiful, deep and complex in each song.

4 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Product Image

Black Sabbath is the beginning 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 performance by Ozzy. Warning and Evil Woman are amazingly performed covers with amazing solos and Wicked World, the name says it all. Just a wicked blues performance. A whole new era without leaving the blues-roots aside.

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.

You blow. It's one thing to state your opinion, it's another thing to say that one of the best metal songs ever blows. You clearly know nothing about metal, I pity you.

Why is this below sabbath bloody sabbath, that album sucks! Now I could understand why the other albums above this album might get chosen for number 1, but songs like Black Sabbath and wicked world are what started it all.

Everything started here. The song called himself Black Sabbath, changed the game, and music was never the same. This album is important in so many ways, and have the greatest songs of Black Sabbath, in my opinion.

5 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Product Image

Without a doubt. Followed by Heaven and Hell, Master of Reality , Vol 4 and Sabotage. In any order! That is why Black Sabbath is the best band of all time.

Every song is just masterfull, except for Fluff which is still pretty good. I mean the riffs, the lyrics, the progression of each song, the flow and just the songwriting in general is what makes this album better than Paranoid. The band is just more mature at this point, they’re getting more melodic without forgetting their roots. And can we just talk about the last three tracks? Most underrated songs by the band.

Those idiots who say Paranoid is the best haven't listened to any other album, that's for sure. I bet they only know Iron Man and Paranoid. Anyway, this is the epitome of Sabbath's career, the song structure is really interesting in every track, the rhythm section is as tight as always, Ozzy has never sounded so good and Lommi's guitar is just beautifully haunting. Pure metal perfection. (Vol.4 and Master are still 2nd and 3rd)

This album features the best lyrics ever written for a hard rock album, ever. Even people who usually dismiss Sabbath will find something to appreciate here. There are all kinds of songs, and it really took metal to another level.

6 Black Sabbath, Vol.4 Black Sabbath, Vol.4 Product Image

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.

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!

Black Sabbath changed my music life in the 70, s completely. L listen to at least one song every day. Respect this group forever. My all time great heavy metal band. And I am 59 years old!

I just bought this album and I have to say, it's really, really good. Everything except FX on this album is well worth a listen. I feel like this album deserves to be higher than sixth.

7 Sabotage Sabotage Product Image

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!

My favorite sabbath album. Its really underrated and deserves more respect. It has sympton of the universe with its riffs. Hole in the sky to get things started. Thrill of it all amazing riffs, supertzar the chior instrumental, the catchy am I going insane, and my two favorite which are no shorter than 8 minutes megalomania and the writ. I love every sabbath album but this kicks the most ass in my opinion

This is Black Sabbath pushing themselves beyond their limits. Sabotage is the darkest, most aggressive and most borderline album the band has recorded, and feels like dancing on the edge of insanity. It weird in the best possible way.

In my opinion the best. Listen to the complexity of Meglomania or Symptom of the Universe. Listen to the heaviness of Hole in the Sky. The wonder of The Thrill of it All. The anger of The Writ. My favorite Sabbath album for thise songs. Ozzy sings at his highest and angriest. Iommis Riff on Meglomania is amazing. This album is so over looked.

8 Mob Rules Mob Rules Product Image

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.

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 Mob Rules is my second favorite Black Sabbath album. The Sign Of The Southern Cross is the best song on The Mob Rules.

Turn up the Night, The mob rules, The sign of the southern cross and country girl.
The best of dio!

9 13 13 Product Image

This is a hugely underrated album - I’ve listened start-to-finish a bunch of times now and it just keeps getting better! It’s super heavy, the riffs on this album incredible and the songs, on whole, are just so good man! Ozzy sounds amazing on these tracks.

Paranoid is in a class of its own for many reasons, but besides Paranoid this is their best album!

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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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.

I don't know if this is the end of the or the beginning if the end, the fact is that even without Bill, this album became so great that could be easily ranked in top 3. Just look at lyrics like Dear father or God is Dead? , the rifs of Age of Reason or Pariah, the atmosphere of Damaged Soul or Zeigeist for example. This album is simply perfect!

10 Dehumanizer Dehumanizer Product Image

This album is incredible not only for its heaviness, but also for its virtuosity.
And unlike the albums with Ozzy this album does have a good singer

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.

The Contenders

11 Headless Cross Headless Cross Product Image

Headless Cross album should be considered in best of 5. Some reason this album isn't commercially much successful in usa. Probably because Tony Martin is not as famous as Ozzy or Dio. Dio already become popular metal vocalist in early 80s due to his performance in Rainbow and two albums with Black Sabbath. We all know that after leaving Black Sabbath, Ozzy has his own band which made him even more popular, Anyway musically "Headless Cross" is one of the truly heavy metal album of Black Sabbath with dark lyrics. Later this album influences so many Black, Death and Gothic metal bands.

Master Of Reality and Headless Cross are my favorite Sabbath albums. Headless Cross is so amazing and underrated

Great songs in this album, "when death calls" it's one of the best BS and unkown songs ever made by them!

Tony martin era at its best

12 Born Again Born Again Product Image

It's actually great, but was poorly mixed, poorly produced & thus for many years suffered sound problems, but the reissue fixed a good amount of that. Though I like all Sabbath, if you can't have the original 4 members, then 3 is a safe bet. This album along with Heaven and Hell & 13 proved what I mean. ; )

Born Again is my tenth favorite Black Sabbath album. Ian Gillan does a real good job singing on this album. Awesome guitar riffs on that album. Stonehenge / Disturbing The Priest is the best song on Born Again.

Absolutelly the most heaviest songs with unlimited grazyness of Sabbath are in this album. And also those vocals are just the insanity with superb high screams.

This album is so damn underrated! It was admittedly very poorly produced but still deserves to be in top 10, at least above dehumanizer.

13 Never Say Die Never Say Die Product Image

Great album, but don't go into it thinking it'll be hard rock/metal album like the first six. It's got more of a rhythmic/blues rock feel to it.. I can't explain it that well, but it's great. The riffs and vocals especially are outstanding. My favorites tracks are Never Say Die, A Hard Road, Shock Wave, and Johnny Blade.

It's certainly not Master of Reality or Sabotage, but it's still kind of underrated and far better than its predecessor. Solid album, even if this marked the end of the original Sabbath lineup.

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

14 Eternal Idol Eternal Idol Product Image

Eternal Idol is my fifth favorite Black Sabbath album. Tony Martin is a great singer. Get guitar riffs on that album. The Shining is the best song on Eternal Idol.

First album with tony martin on vocals, good album sort of really. It's not a bad album, but it's good.

15 Cross Purposes Cross Purposes Product Image

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.

I just want to agree that most of these later album by sabbath are only hated for not having ozzy in them. they are almost as good as they ever get.

This album is better than any album that Ozzy did with Sabbath and deserves to be recognized

One of the best they recorded for sure

16 The Devil You Know The Devil You Know Product Image

Sabbath sound but not Sabbath brand

This isn't a Black Sabbath album its album made by a short lived band called Heaven & Hell which had 3 Sabbath members in it although to be fair it is basically a Black Sabbath album under a different band name

17 The Ultimate Collection The Ultimate Collection Product Image
18 Reunion Reunion Product Image

Love it. Flows smoothly. The aged original Sabbath is still firing on all cylinders.

19 Tyr Tyr Product Image

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.

Tyr is a band and I bet you that they got the name from this great album right here...

Anno Mudini is probably my favorite song with Tony Martin. This album is really underrated.

20 The End
21 Live Evil Live Evil Product Image

Dio is awful at singing Ozzy songs. They sound like totally different songs

This is a great live album its cool hearing Dio sing ozzy songs

22 Live At Last Live At Last Product Image

Ah, the album released during the dio years from the original lineup without the bands knowledge by a former manager who was in a legal battle with the band. Decent recording. The guitar solo from the official 2010 release I quite like.

23 The Dio Years - Black Sabbath The Dio Years - Black Sabbath Product Image
24 Technical Ecstasy Technical Ecstasy Product Image

This album is simply great, but since it was the first one where they slightly departed from their classic style, then narrow minded people chose not to accept it and word of mouth, true or false, tends to travel far.
Great classic Sabbath album which if people dislike is mainly cause they haven't heard it

It's a spooky, edgy album that very much mirrors the concern with modern society set forth in the album title and album cover. "Back Street Kids," "All Moving Parts Stand Still," Gypsy," "She's Gone." They certainly strike a nerve. Hell, even Guns & Roses covered "It's Alright" on their live album.

Well, it's probably the worst of the "classic" albums, but that's Bassically the worst of the best. Still very, very good, if there's one thing Black Sabbath failed to do it was to make a bad album.

So underrated, each song is unique and many people disregard this record because it strays away from Sabbath's original style, but still a remarkable album.

25 Seventh Star Seventh Star Product Image

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?

People don't vote for it 'cause it's too good! The best album w/o Dio and Ozzy

Glenn Hughes... Enough said

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