Top 10 Reasons Why Ronnie James Dio is Better Than Ozzy Osbourne

Ronnie James Dio is better than Ozzy is so here are reasons why

The Top Ten

1 Dio is a Better Singer Than Ozzy Is

I actually like Ozzy era Sabbath more, but if we're going by vocal capabilities, Dio wins, no contest. Ozzy's voice seemed to fit Black Sabbath's dark and gloomy, if that's what'd you'd call it, style in the 70s, but still, Dio's voice crushes Ozzy's voice, without a doubt.

Oh yes by far he's a superior singer than Ozzy Is - christangrant

Definitely Dio is much better. - Metal_Treasure

This is a curb-stomp in Dio's favor. Ozzy's vocals have never worked for me; he's not bad, but for the most part it comes off as something doesn't strike my attention. Dio's vocals on the other hand, are far more vibrant. catchy and expressive. - CrimsonShark

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2 Dio Has Better Songs

Holy Diver is better than Crazy Train - christangrant

No Dio has a better voice, But Ozzy songs are some of the best Classic Rock songs. - SoldierOfFortune

But those Classic Rock songs weren't just written by Ozzy they were written mostly by Iommi Ozzy pretty much only wrote the lyrics - christangrant

I disagree, I’d say they’re equal.

3 Dio Has Better Albums

Almost all of Dios albums are better than Ozzys - christangrant

That’s really a matter of opinion.

4 Dio Didn't Sabotage Iron Maiden's Live Shows While Ozzy Ordered Interference with Iron Maiden's PA at the Ozzfest in 2005

This ugly incident is described in Bruce Dickinson wiki page: "In 2005, Iron Maiden co-headlined the US festival tour, Ozzfest, with Black Sabbath. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, encouraged family friends and members of other bands to sabotage Iron Maiden's last performance at Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino, California, in an attack which Rod Smallwood criticised as "vile, dangerous, criminal and cowardly", as well as disrespectful to fans who had paid to see the band perform "a full unhindered performance". Osbourne ordered interference with the band's PA, delayed the entrance of Eddie, the band's mascot, and encouraged members of the Osbourne camp to throw eggs, lighters and bottle tops from the front of the audience." - Metal_Treasure

It wasn't Ozzy. Ozzy probably didn't know bruce dissed about him he was probably sleeping. Sharon not ozzy told them to egg Bruce. And Bruce sort of provoked it - SoldierOfFortune

That's still not a good thing though because Iron Maiden is one of the most well loves Metal bands and sabotaging a live performance is not a good thing if Ozzy wasn't involved he could have stopped it but he didn't he just let it happen and Ozzy has been known to do some bad things - christangrant

That was Sharon that did that, not Ozzy, and I don’t even think Ozzy knew that Sharon had Maiden sabotaged, plus, like SoldierOfFortune said, Bruce kind of provoked it, and I honestly commend Bruce, because, like me, Bruce just says whatever the hell he wants to without caring about the consequences.

Like I said Ozzy could have stopped that be just let that happen so that means he didn't care about Iron Maiden being sabotaged. - christangrant

5 Dio Never Sold Out

And Ozzy did with songs like Mama I'm Coming Home being very Poppy - christangrant

Mama I'm coming home isn't a selling out song; it's a ballad. Every band does it one time or another - SoldierOfFortune

Now, there are different ballads and I always know the difference between a mainstream and non-mainstream ballad, and where's that thin line beyond which a metal ballad is schlock. - Metal_Treasure

Whats wrong with ballads?

It's not just Ballads he made loads of basically Pop songs with Hard Rock/Metal instrumentation - christangrant

Mama I’m Coming Home is just a ballad, Rainbow In The Dark is a poppy-ish song as well, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean it’s bad or it’s selling out. That makes no sense! It’s about someone coming home, yes, but the subject matter doesn’t matter, it’s just a poppy sounding metal ballad. Rainbow In The Dark isn’t really a ballad, but it sounds poppy as well.

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6 Dio Has Never Made a Bad Album

Whereas Ozzy has (Scream and Black Rain) - christangrant

Those Albums aren't bad, they are just weak like Judas Priest's Rocka Rolla - SoldierOfFortune

Neither has Ozzy, my friend.

7 Dio Was Better in Black Sabbath

Heaven and Hell is Black Sabbaths True best album because Dio is a better singer and Songwriter than Ozzy was and plus this album was their first True Metal album - christangrant

No, the first 6 and 13 albums destroy Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. - SoldierOfFortune

I disagree but those are good albums I just prefer Dio's albums over Ozzy's - christangrant

No way I agree with that, this list is very opinionated, you’re a great user man, but sorry, this list kinda sucks.

Only because you disagree with some of the items (some of the items weren't added by me) - christangrant

8 Dio is a Better Songwriter

This is true because Dio writes Metal Songs Ozzy Writes Pop Rock Songs lol - christangrant

I agree.

9 Ozzy Takes Credit for Things He Didn't Do

He only wrote 10% of Blizzard of Ozz - christangrant

Ozzy gets credits for inventing metal - the "Godfather of metal", and other ridiculous claims. He invented nothing in metal. Tony Iommy did more for metal than Ozzy, even though Tony Iommy is also overrated in this regard. - Metal_Treasure

I think that’s more Sharon doing that than Ozzy, Ozzy already makes millions, I really don’t think he cares about making a few extra dollars off of songwriting credits.

Ozzy should have given credit to the people who wrote the songs because they you know they did the work for him and plus they need to be paid to. Ozzy has enough money as it is - christangrant

10 Dio's Best Album is Better Than Ozzy's Best Album

Holy Diver is a far better album than Blizzard of Ozz is and if you want to compare Black Sabbath albums Heaven and Hell is better than Paranoid Master of Reality Black Sabbath Sabotage Vol4 and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - christangrant

This is debatable. The best Dio album is Holy Diver, and that crushes Blizzard. However, the best Ozzy album is definitely Diary of a Madman. While Blizzard may be more popular thanks to Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley, the Diary has more great songs. Diary vs Diver is very debatable, but today feels like a Diver day. - MattAffterburner

Agree here. Holy Diver > Blizzard of Ozz, although I did like Blizzard of Ozz. - Metarock

I disagree, my favorite Ozzy album is No More Tears and my favorite Dio album is Last In Line, NMT is better than LIL in my opinion.

The Contenders

11 Dio is a Better Stage Name Than Ozzy

Not really a reason but Dio (Which Means God) is better than Ozzy - christangrant

Not really a reason but I agree.

Shoulda voted for this - SoldierOfFortune

12 Ozzy made a Rap Version of Iron Man with Busta Rhymes

This is 100% proof Ozzy Osbourne is a sellout he went as far to make a Rap version of Iron Man with Busta Rhymes - christangrant

So what? Trying something new =/= selling out. Just because he tried a newer musical genre doesn’t mean he sold out, by that logic Load by Metallica is a sellout album.

13 Dio is a Legend

His legacy will live on fun fact Dio means God so Ronnie James Dio is the God of Metal where as Ozzy is only the Prince of Darkness which I doubt he is dark at all singing songs like Mama I'm Coming Home - christangrant

Ozzy is honestly a much larger and more well known legend than Dio is, no disrespect to Dio, but Ozzy is just more legendary honestly,

Ozzy is more popular but this doesn't mean he's better than Dio. Ozzy is just a sellout and the most overrated metal musician ever. - Metal_Treasure

Ozzy is a greater legend. - SoldierOfFortune

Ozzy is more popular than Dio but this is only because he's a sellout. Meaning, Ozzy is overrated. If you ask me, the most overrated metal musician ever. - Metal_Treasure

14 Ozzy Only Wrote 10% of His Best Album "Blizzard of Ozz"

Finally, something that’s unbiased!

15 Dio Can Sing Ballads Great Unlike Ozzy

Compare This Is Your Life to Changes and tell me which one sounds better - christangrant

Yes, Dio is better. Who wants to hear a very weak nasal voice with limited resonance on a ballad? - Metal_Treasure

That’s very, very untrue.

No More Tears is a MTV-friendly rock song. Of course every pop fan would like this song better than any metal song, even if it's a Dio song. - Metal_Treasure

16 Dio Took His Music Career More Seriously Than Ozzy Did With His

Ozzy is a sellout, so yeah.

So? You’re not required to take something seriously,

17 Dio makes Metal only music, not pop rock like Ozzy


18 Dio Has Better Album Covers

Not really a reason but its true - christangrant

19 Dio Didn't Do Drugs

So? Drugs can actually make your music better, have you listened to Jimi Hendrix?

Unlike Ozzy.

Dio Didn't Do Drugs. Do you have a long history with Dio?

20 Dio Was Around Before Ozzy

Dio started his music career 11 years before Ozzy started his. That's so metal!


21 Dio Wasn't on Jersey Shore

You got that right...

Wha? Why? Why does him appearing on a reality show make him a sellout? What? That makes absolutely no sense. Him doing something for entertainment that’s not music makes him a sellout? By that logic Bruce Dickinson is a sellout for doing interviews on Loudwire.

22 Dio's Debut Album "Holy Diver" is One of the Best Metal Albums of All Time Whereas Blizzard of Ozz is a Good but Nowhere Near as Good

Yes. Blizzard of Ozz is a good album but it can't touch Holy Diver. - Metarock

That’s very debatable.

23 Ozzy Wrote Pop Rock Songs With Hard Rock and Metal Instrumentals Whereas Dio Wrote Full On Traditional Heavy Metal Songs

Dio wrote poppy songs as well, have you heard Rainbow In The Dark?

24 Dio Can Play Instruments While Ozzy Can't

Ozzy can't even read notes.

This is the worst reason on this list by far, vocals are just a song much an instrument as any guitar or bass or drum set.

No, vocals and instruments are two different things and should be judged differently - christangrant

25 Dio has better lyrics


26 Dio's Voice Aged Better Than Ozzy's

Debatable again.

Not really Dios voiced aged into a Wise oldman voice while Ozzy aged sounds like he just did loads of Drugs (which he did) - christangrant

Dio was always a great singer even in his final days in fact in his final days he sounded like a wise mand while Ozzy on the otherhand... What the hell happened to his voice oh wait I know Drugs that's why. - christangrant

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Top Remixes

1. Dio is a Better Singer Than Ozzy Is
2. Dio Didn't Sabotage Iron Maiden's Live Shows While Ozzy Ordered Interference with Iron Maiden's PA at the Ozzfest in 2005
3. Dio Has Better Songs
1. Dio is a Better Singer Than Ozzy Is
2. Dio Didn't Sabotage Iron Maiden's Live Shows While Ozzy Ordered Interference with Iron Maiden's PA at the Ozzfest in 2005
3. Dio Has Better Albums


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