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Black Sabbath, Ranked

This list is made out of boredom (as if there's any other reason to make a list). While putting together some office furniture I started listening to Black Sabbath, a band that I've grown up with and learned to love. Here is my list of what I believe to be the best Sabbath albums (NOTE: Most of the post-Ozzy albums are nearly interchangeable on this list, since most of them are shitty)
1Black Sabbath
Master of Reality


The heaviest, slowest, dopiest, blackest Sabbath album ever made. Iommi stumbled across de-tuning, and the result is one of the most beautiful guitar tones ever produced. Sadly, they would never quite capture the same magic as they did on this album. "Into the Void" has got to be the single greatest Sabbath song of all time.
2Black Sabbath
Sabotage


Very, very, very underrated album. Sabbath's most interesting album as far as diversity and experimentation goes. It almost verges on the realms of progressive rock. Not all of these songs are classic, but each blend interesting dashes of different genres together with Sabbath's classic sound. Every song evolves into something different, and it's all pulled off brilliantly.
3Black Sabbath
Vol.4


The LOUDEST Sabbath album ever made. Some more experimental risks are taken, while still maintaining a tone similar to that on "Master of Reality". This album has some of Sabbath's biggest, heaviest, and loudest songs ever recorded.
4Black Sabbath
Paranoid


This one always moves up and down the list for me. However, I can't deny the brilliance of most of these songs. Still not quite as dark as Sabbath gets, yet they managed to infuse their heavy blues sound with apocalyptic compositions. Every song here is a pseudo hit, or, Sabbath fan favorite.
5Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath


While it does tend to drag at parts, this album is a fine exhibition of the band's technical skills. Seemingly more improv influenced, it showcases just how unique they were early on in their career.
6 Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


Sort of like "Sabotage"-lite. That classic heavy tone is almost gone, and most of these songs sound like more normal rock songs. The riffs are still great though, and awfully creative.
7Black Sabbath
Heaven and Hell


BLASPHEMY! A post-Ozzy album ranking above the last two albums Ozzy did with the band? Well, the thing that makes "Heaven and Hell" better is simply an abundance of better melodies, and vocals that don't completely suck. It's pretty average, but still a good listen.
8Black Sabbath
Technical Ecstasy


Okay, they're traveling ever further away from the classic Sabbath sound as Iommi becomes obsessed with studio dickery. Again, most of these songs sound a lot like normal rock songs, but there are some creative ideas here and a few great melodies.
9Black Sabbath
Mob Rules


Awfully similar to "Heaven and Hell", but without as many great melodies and sounding even more like "generic metal". Still, there's some decent stuff here.
10Black Sabbath
Never Say Die!


Uggg...Black Sabbath trying to be somewhat peppy and "good feeling"-y. This whole album is just one big bore, though there are some neat ideas here and there.
11Black Sabbath
Dehumanizer


Not really good...but at least its heavier than the other post-ozzy/post-Dio albums...it really lacks creativity though.
12Black Sabbath
Cross Purposes


Funny how Sabbath tries to sound like Alice in Chains on this album. Again, really slow and boring, but not all that bad. Just entirely forgettable, really.
13Black Sabbath
Born Again


Just...really lame album. Shitty vocals. This isn't even the worst Sabbath has to offer.
14Black Sabbath
Headless Cross


Lame 80's metal album. Sucky.
15Black Sabbath
Tyr


Ummm...more lame 80's metal album with a dumb concept.
16Black Sabbath
The Eternal Idol


MORE shitty 80's metal with some truly horrific lyrics and production ideas. (uggg...the drums)
17Black Sabbath
Seventh Star


AKA, the Tony Iommi solo album. Just bad. Plain and simple.
18Black Sabbath
Forbidden


Black Sabbath and Ice-T. That is all.
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