|My Top 25|
25. Danger Zone, Seventh Star
24. Computer God, Dehumanizer
23. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
22. Thrill Of It All, Sabotage
21. Zero The Hero, Born Again
20. Die Young, Heaven And Hell
19. Wheels Of Confusion, Vol. 4
18. Falling Off The Edge Of The World, Mob Rules
17. War Pigs, Paranoid
16. Snowblind, Vol. 4
15. Under The Sun, Vol. 4
14. Megalomania (Live), Past Lives
13. Johnny Blade, Never Say Die
12. Wicked World, Black Sabbath
11. Cornucopia, Vol. 4
10. Children of the Grave, Master Of Reality
9. Killing Yourself To Live (Live), Past Lives
8. You Won't Change Me, Technical Ecstasy
7. A National Acrobat, Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
6. N.I.B., Black Sabbath
5. St. Vitus' Dance, Vol. 4
4.Heaven And Hell, Heaven And Hell
3. Paranoid, Paranoid
2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
1. Iron Man, Paranoid
|My feelings on a few of my favorite songs...
"Black Sabbath" (#23)
- Rain pouring down...the crashing sound of thunder...and one single guitar chord...what does this create??? How about an entirely new genre that millions of angry teenagers could relate to. This song made legions of like-minded kids want to play the guitar and sing about the devil. The three-note riff that comes from Iommi's remaining fingers sounds like something from another planet. Ozzy begs for help from God as Geezer Butler's galloping bass line draws the song to it's dramatic conclusion...an Iommi guitar solo. Not just any solo, but the most wicked guitar solo ever played. A defining creative moment in Black Sabbath's career.
- Quite possibly the greatest metal song written that's shorter than 3 minutes. It's beauty lies in its simplicity. One riff. Lyrics made up in the studio on the spot. One quick Iommi solo. Bam! A Black Sabbath classic. The kind of song that puts you in a good mood and wants to make you bang your head up and down. Even the non-metal fan could get into this song...its very versitile. Sheer genius!
- I can see why people think Black Sabbath is evil. This would be the song they use to prove that point. The N.I.B. does NOT stand for "Nativity In Black", as it is commonly believed, but is referring to a "nib", like on the end of a pen. I believe the song is symbolic (see interpretations section) rather than evil, but I guess it is all opinion. I think the bass line at the beginning of the song by Geezer Butler is superb. When played immediately after "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", the tandem simply cannot be beaten. N.I.B. is what Black Sabbath is all about.
"War Pigs" (#17)
- I find it amazing how an eight minute song without a real riff can still be great. "War Pigs" is truly a masterwork. Geezer Butler's bass line for this song is absolutely awesome. Ozzy lyrics about every war fought in mankind's history are extremely powerful. And then...yep another classic Iommi solo. Three minutes of Iommi soloing and Bill Ward beating the crap out of the drum kit...hell yes! Yeah this song is overplayed quite a bit, but I don't mind. This song represents all the members of Black Sabbath quite nicely.
"Iron Man" (#1)
- It doesn't get any better than this. This song has the ultimate guitar riff. Every pep band in America plays at least the intro of this song, which goes to show how popular it is. The simple lyrics and two...that's right TWO solos by Iommi give this song everything it needs, and more, to become the piece de resistance of Black Sabbath. This song goes to show how simple something can be, but yet, still be great.