Greatest Black Sabbath Album

The Top Ten

1 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!

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.

This album has the best vocals and most unforgettable songs in the band's history (War Pigs), and also the best guitar (Iron Man).

It s simple.The greatest metal album of all time.

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2 Master of Reality

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.

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! )

1 Heaven and hell
2 master of reality
3 black Sabbath
4 Sabbath bloody Sabbath
5 vol4
6 sabotage
7 technical ecstasy
8 born again
9 mob rules
10 Dehumanizer
11 headless Cross
12 tyr
13 13
14 never say die
15 Cross purposes

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3 Heaven 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

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

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.

Just different class neon nights what a belting opening track just love this album it's almost perfect almost

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4 Black 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

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.

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.

Very Sabbath. - Userguy44

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5 Sabbath 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

If someone was to point a gun at my head and say, "pick one track off this album that you would get rid of! " I would turn to them and say "pull the trigger! "

This album not only stands out as the greatest Sabbath record, but one of the greatest records in music!

Most sophisticated songwriting and inventive blend. Sabotage puts one genre after the other in a song, leading it to be a little pretentious at times. Best Sabbath album, one of my top ten favorite albums of all time.

This is in my opinion Ozzy's best Sabbath album. And last decent Sabbath album.
1. Heaven and Hell
2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
3. Dehumanizer
4. Paranoid
5. Mob Rules
6. The Devil you Know
7. Black Sabbath
8. Cross Purposes
9. Master of Reality
10. Vol. 4

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6 Black 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.

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. - Metarock

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7 Sabotage

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!

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.

This album has some of Sabbath's greatest songs: Hole in the Sky, Symptom of the Universe, Megalomania, and The Writ. Not to mention Thrill of It All and Am I Going Insane. Their most underrated album, it should definitely be in their Top 5. - patrickfloyd

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.

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8 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

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

All time favourite! Soulthern Cross, Falling Off The Edge Of The World, Over And Over, Country Girl, and so on.

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9 13

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.

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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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!

Bloody good, what's more to say? I mean Paranoid is mad but Dear Father is my favourite Black Sabbath song so...

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10 Dehumanizer

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!

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.

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.

Heaviest Black Sabbath album.Their best album for sure!

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The Contenders

11 Headless Cross

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 - MetalDisciple

Tony martin era at its best

Musically the best album.

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12 Born Again

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. ; )

Don't let the cover scare you. Most underrated album ever. Gillan is on fire and the songs are fantastic.

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.

I always wondered why many - so called - metalheads hates three in my opinion best metal albums of 1983: AC/DC Flick Of The Switch, RAINBOW Bent Out Of Shape and this masterpiece of heavy metal atmosphere: BLACK SABBATH Born Again

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13 Never Say Die

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.

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, much better than it's reputation.

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.

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14 Cross 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

One of the best they recorded for sure

15 Tyr

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. - Metalmaniakkk

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

16 Eternal Idol

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.

17 Reunion

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

18 The Devil You Know

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 - christangrant

Sabbath sound but not Sabbath brand

19 The Ultimate Collection
20 Live Evil

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

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

21 The End
22 Live At Last

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 Technical Ecstasy

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.

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

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.

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.

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24 Seventh 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

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

25 Forbidden

This album shouldn't be forbidden by the fans

At the bottom where this album belongs - christangrant

The cross purposes lineup revisited.

26 The Dio Years - Black Sabbath
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