Greatest Black Sabbath Singers

The Top Ten
1 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

Um. Like Ozzy is the man from Sabbath and that's all there is to it, OK. I think his voice is better than Dio's. I've heard it all from both. They each got their style.

That's what makes for rock. Dio was superb with his singing but until you've been really blitzed and have listened to Oz from way back, you don't really know what you're even talking about. Ian Gillan also is fantastic. Nobody I know said they thought Deep Purple music was lavender.

The other singers were somewhat good but the music doesn't sound the same without Ozzy. His voice blends so well with the music! It's why Black Sabbath is what it is today! Everyone else tried but Ozzy surpassed them by far!

2 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

Dio is not only the best singer in Black Sabbath, 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 Babylon, Catch the Rainbow, Man on the Silver Mountain, etc. while he can sing the darkest Black Sabbath heavy metal songs. And Ozzy? He is not in Dio's league!

Dio's voice was the rarest mix of tone and power. Please don't compare the two. Ozzy was great at what he did, but not even in the room as being that quality of a singer. Also remember, without Dio, you may not have heard from Black Sabbath again in a meaningful way. We saw what happened when Dio left. I didn't hear good music or singing from them until Dio came back for Dehumanizer. Album Heaven and Hell helped redefine them.

3 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.

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

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

4 Ian Gillan

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 Dio's.

Dio sucks! Gillan is the best ever!

5 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.
6 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.

7 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 AIDS, he would have made a great career.

8 Dave Walker
9 Bill Ward

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

10 David Donato
The Contenders
11 Ron Keel
12 Jeff Fenholt
13 Eric Singer

The best Black Sabbath vocalist by far!

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