Greatest Black Sabbath Singer

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1 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Osbourne known as the "Prince of Darkness" Osbourne is also known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" Osbourne's eerie vocals, early records such as their debut album Black Sabbath and Paranoid sold huge numbers. - vishwarajvithuvivi

Dio has a better voice, but I think he was better solo and with Rainbow. But Ozzy... HE'S THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS! OZZY! OZZY! M/

I love Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne! He's known as the Godfather of heavy metal for a reason and he's one of my rock & roll idols. I love him! Ozzy forever!

He wasn't in black sabbath, he was black sabbath

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2 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

I agree with all the comments Ozzy dose fit Sabbath more, but Dio has a better voice and vocal range no matter how classic Ozzy is Neon Nights is so under rated and just great. Also i've never heard of any of the others singing with them.

Dio kicks ass compared to ozzy although ozzy Black Sabbath songs are better dio sings way better he's the 2nd greatest metal singer behind rob halford (from the best band ever judas priest)

Ozzy was a legend and there is no doubting early Sabbath were classic and groundbreaking, but I prefer Ronnie's voice and he has a larger vocal range. Heaven & Hell album was my era and also a classic of its time. Dio was also great in Rainbow (but that's another poll!)

Dio is not only the best singer in BS, he was the best singer in Hard rock and heavy metal history. Some compare Dio with Rob Halford. Come on! Halford is great but can't sing Hard rock songs like Dio did in Rainbow. Dio's voice can match hard rock classics like Stargazer, Gates of babaylon, Catch the rainbow, man on the silver mountain, etc while he can sing darkest Black Sabbath heavy metal songs. And Ozzy? He is not in Dio's league!

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3 Ian Gillian

Born again is the most underrated Black Sabbath album. Ozzy is not even on the same planet as far as talent goes compared to Dio and Ian. He blows live and throwing buckets of water and being well liked doesn't make you a great singer. He was a great frontman but a mediocre singer.

No one compares to Gillan. He can sing Ozzy's material and Dios.

My second choice after the original Ozzy Osbourne

Ian Villanova best singer ever

4 Tony Martin

Tony is definitely the best singer Black Sabbath has had. His performance in Headless Cross was incredible, and he should have gained more popularity.

Live shows were great with him because he could sing all other's songs with ease. He never became hoarse like that Dio feller would

This band has had good singers but Black Sabbath band with him means Black Sabbath band. in the world of rock singers he has the most powerful voice.

The BEST singer... Black Sabbath with him was really BLACK SABBATH!

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5 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.

Glenn is an all time badass musician the world has ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Best singer awesome! Only one Lp

6 Bill Ward Bill Ward William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Soulful and real. Underrated as a Black Sabbath singer. Possibly overshadowed by his awesome drumming.

7 Tom Jones Tom Jones Sir Thomas Jones Woodward is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. V 1 Comment
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9 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

The greatest vocalist in history, but not the best Black Sabbath singer!

10 Ray Gillen

Ronnie and Ray were on another level. Tony, Ian and Glenn were on the next. Everyone else was cut rate

If it wasn't for the aids he would have made a great career.

The Contenders

11 David Donato

Dave Donato was with the band around 6 months in 1984 and sang a few demo's one being "No Way Out" which had a memorable riff of Iommi's that didn't see the light of day til 1987 on Eternal Idol in which the song changed to "The Shining"

12 Dave Walker

Dave Walker done a good job with his short tenure with the band in 78 and I like his version of "Junior's Eyes"

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