Top 10 Black Sabbath Albums Ranked

Top 10 Black Sabbath Albums Ranked

10. Headless Cross (1989)

A very underrated album; Tony Martin's voice is simply amazing.

Stand Out Tracks: 'Devil & Daughter' and the Title Track

9. Technical Ecstacy (1976)

Is this the band's 'The Beatles' moment with trying to sound more radio friendly? The album isn't bad and with Ozzy's voice, you know it's a Sabbath record.

Stand Out Tracks: 'You Won't Change Me' and 'Dirty Women'

8. Mob Rules (1981)

Can we say enough about Dio? One of the best Metal singers that ever existed!! This was their first album with Vinny Appice.

Stand Out Tracks: 'Turn Up The Night' and 'The Mob Rules'

7. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

Great album that could be ranked higher but it's up against some tough competition. There's nothing quite like recording in a castle. Ghosts aside, this gem is totally worth listening to again.

Stand Out Tracks: 'Sabbra Cadabra' and the Title Track

6. Black Sabbath (1970)

"Is it the end my friend
Satan’s coming ’round the bend
People running ’cause they’re scared
The people better go and beware
No, no, no"

Who’s finds inspiration for writing lyrics like this? Geezer Butler of course, who was obsessed with the occult at the time.

At the time Rolling Stone’s Lester Bangs described the band as, “just like Cream! But worse” which is absolute madness really.

Stand Out Tracks: 'The Wizard' and the Title Track

5. Sabotage (1975)

Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen told Nick Bowcott of Guitar Player in 2008 that the riff to “Symptom of the Universe” was the first Tony Iommi riff he ever heard and that “Tony’s use of the flat fifth would have got him burned at the stake a couple hundred years ago.”

Stand Out Tracks: 'Symptom of the Universe' and 'Hole In The Sky'

4. Vol. 4 (1972)

"My eyes are blind, but I can see
The snowflakes glisten on the trees
The Sun no longer sets me free
I feel the snowflakes freezing me"

In June 2000, Q placed Vol. 4 at number 60 in its list of 'The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever' and described the album as “the sound of drug-taking, beer-guzzling hooligans from Britain’s oft-pilloried cultural armpit let loose in LA.”

Ok like that’s a bad thing??

Stand Out Tracks: 'Snowblind' and 'Supernaut'

3. Master of Reality (1971)

"When I first met you, didn’t realize
I can’t forget you or your surprise
You introduced me to my mind
And left me wanting you and your kind
Oh, yeah"

The album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Charts. This could easily be number 1 on the list but this is just the starting point.

Stand Out Tracks: 'Sweet Leaf' and 'Children of the Grave'

2. Paranoid (1970)

"Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerer of death’s construction"

The album is currently ranked at No. 139 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 'The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.'

Stand Out Tracks: 'War Pigs' and the Title Track

  1. Heaven and Hell (1980)

"Sing me a song, you’re a singer
Do me a wrong, you’re a bringer of evil
The Devil is never a maker
The less that you give, you’re a taker"

Ronnie James Dio was an amazing vocalist and his time in Black Sabbath was undeniable.

Stand Out Tracks: 'Neon Knights' and the Title Track

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