Top 5 Black Sabbath Songs
While Black Sabbath helped lay the bluesy groundwork for what later became heavy metal, their true legacy is the evilness they presented in their imagery, lyrics and overall sound. Presented here is my pick of their top 5 songs of all time. Now lists are subjective, and they have a huge catalog to choose from, so if you think I missed any biggies feel free to let know in the comments.
Symptom of the Universe: One of the speediest Sabbath songs, it features some of Iommi’s best guitar work and is, once again, all about supernatural elements and the genesis and reclamation of our own universe. This blistering epic slows it down though and ends with Ozzy hollering over a mystical, fingerpicked fadeout.
Appears on: Sabatoge. Click here to purchase.
Solitude: As close to ‘pretty’ as a Sabbath song can get – Solitude is a somber lament of loneliness and loss. Replacing the diabolical sounds found in most of their songs with emptiness and woe, Solitude gets you right in your soul. Instead of destroying it, like so many other Sabbath songs, this one leaves the listener drained of hope.
Appears on: Master Of Reality. Click here to purchase.
The Wizard: Showing their blues roots, The Wizard opens with a clear, lone harmonica wail before the full accompaniment kicks in and knocks you off your stool. 42 seconds in and Iommi is picking you back up with a short but sweet mini solo. Easily one of his strongest vocal performances, Ozzy comes bursting in with his own howl, belting out a tale of a butt-kicking wizard who just keeps on walking, leaving defeated demons and the like in his wake.
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Electric Funeral: Proof positive that Iommi is the master of evil-as-all-hell riffing – Electric Funeral is one menacing tune. Nowadays it’s easy to get this kind of sound in the studio – back in the day though, it took real chops to pump out a riff with such sinister power. Ozzy’s searing images of a post-apocalyptic world plagued by nuclear fallout and a literal hell on earth get coupled with Sabbath’s signature sound. Geezer’s Bass really shines here as well.
Appears on: Paranoid. Click here to purchase.
Black Sabbath: Here it is – arguably the first heavy metal song of all time. Dark, brooding, menacing and just genuinely frightening! This 6+ minute beast started it all – stormy intro, sparse vocals, one of the evilest riffs ever – many a metal head was terrified but inspired by the looming doom present here.
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Disclaimer: you may have noticed I went with all Ozzy era songs because – as powerful a voice as Dio had, he just never really did it for me. He’s not bad he’s just… meh. The classic lineup is the one true Sabbath lineup. Period. If you don’t agree, feel free to tell me about it in the comments.