The 30 Greatest Ozzy Osbourne Songs Ever Made
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From the time that Ozzy Osbourne was kicked out of Black Sabbath to the point he made a career as a solo artist, there are numerous songs he has done which is so fine it became remarkable. Here are 30 of the greatest songs that the Prince of Darkness made. Take a look below.
1. “Old LA Tonight” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
After the 80’s was over and the landscape of music has shifted in a very different way, “Old LA Tonight” was made. Together with Zakk Wylde, who chucked some neoclassical spins, the song was able to harkened back to the time when power ballads ruled the world.
2. “Tomorrow” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
Considerably, this song is one of his songs that has the most forceful vocal performances. It evoked the revivalist energy that had reinvented Ozzy for the 90s (which saved his career in the process).
3. “Steal Away (The Night)” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
Although this song doesn’t have the sheer colossal breakthrough energy as much as his other songs do, “Steal Away” was identified as a song that has a massive chorus with a sense of triumph and some true guitar wizardry done by Randy Rhoads.
4. “Demon Alcohol” (No Rest For The Wicked, 1988)
The song that reflects the singer’s realization of his downfall. “Demon Alcohol” was released in 1988 when Ozzy is on his way to the self-destruction path.
5. “Centre Of Eternity” (Bark At The Moon, 1983)
It was Ozzy’s first song with the new guitarist Jake E. Lee after the death of Randy Rhoads in the previous year. It is however, much like with “Steal Away,” the song is ignorable when put against the more well-known hits from the early 80s period.
6. “Straight To Hell” (Ordinary Man, 2020)
“Straight To Hell” is perhaps, one of the most brilliantly maniacal songs in Ozzy’s contemporary catalogue. Ozzy proved that he can be a menacing bastard with this song.
7. “Breakin’ All The Rules” (No Rest For The Wicked, 1988)
This song may not be the biggest anthem in Ozzy’s catalog, but it showed he was still fighting to stay on top during the end of 80s when they are all being eaten alive.
8. “The Ultimate Sin” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
Although in the process of writing this song Ozzy had difficulties dealing with some of his bandmates, Lee and Daisley, The Ultimate Sin became one of Ozzy’s best selling records during the popularity of heavy metal in mid-80s.
9. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel” (Bark At The Moon, 1983)
While Jake E. Lee shows off exactly what he can do, the song went through the controversies Ozzy was facing at the time, some of it includes accusations regarding “Satanism.”
10. “Waiting For Darkness” (Bark At The Moon, 1983)
It is when Ozzy started shifting into a more devilish image as represented on the album cover. “Waiting For Darkness” is pure horror theatre in a form of synths and stabbing strings.
11. “Desire” (No More Tears, 1991)
This song shows just how much insisting his band to tackle every single track on the record like it could be a radio hit paid off. A reminder song for people why Ozzy was one of metal’s biggest names in the first place.
12. “Killer Of Giants” (The Ultimate Sin, 1987)
It went to a more classical heavy metal route instead of the usual stadium rock flair. It pushed Ozzy’s stylistic boat out in a satisfying way that begs the question of what direction the material would have taken if Jake E. Lee remained in the Ozzy band going forward.
13. “I Don’t Wanna Change The World” (No More Tears, 1991)
The song that nabbed Ozzy a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1992. “I Don’t Wanna Change The World” has proven the exemplary power of Ozzy.
14. “Changes” (feat. Kelly Osbourne) (2003)
Recorded in 2003 alongside with his daughter Kelly, the song reframes around the father-daughter relationship. “Changes” was supported by choir backing that lends it the aesthetic of turn-of-the-millennium R&B.
15. “Miracle Man” (No Rest For The Wicked, 1988)
Apparently the song was made to point out the hypocrisy of figures like televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who was involved in a prostitution scandal earlier in that year. Ozzy called Jimmy out by name in the song’s lyrics. It was also meant for conservative Christians throughout the 80s.
16. “Close My Eyes Forever” (Lita Ford – Lita, 1988)
A duet with glam metal icon Lita Ford and became the highest charting single in both artists’ careers when it peaked in the Top 10 in the U.S. The song’s success was credited to Sharon Osbourne, who managed both acts at the time and recognized the opportunity to see both artists combine forces.
17. “Mr. Tinkertrain” (No More Tears, 1991)
Showing the darker, more serious tone Ozzy was putting on display for the record. It was also dispensed with the b-movie theatricality of the previous decade for songs about abuse and serial killers that reflected the societal angst of the 90s perfectly.
18. “Road To Nowhere” (No More Tears, 1991)
The closing track to No More Tears, Road To Nowhere gives more classic 80s Ozzy sound than the stylistic shifts found elsewhere on the record. It provided one last massive power ballad for Ozzy to get out of his system before the new regime set in.
19. “Under The Graveyard” (Ordinary Man, 2020)
This song is an ode to depression and chemical dependency of Ozzy himself. “Under The Graveyard” effectively acts as a motion picture of Ozzy and Sharon, who’s reportedly in the work of reinventing him as a solo artist at that time.
20. “I Just Want You” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
This song is characterized as a very different kind of ballad. A piece that embraces his more reflective side in a moody yet stirring composition.
21. “Suicide Solution” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
Ozzy wrote this song in response to mounting deaths of iconic rock stars like Bon Scott and John Bonham and the perils of excessive alcohol consumption, but is often misconstrued. The song later caused a major headache for Ozzy when parents of a 19-year old fan alleged the teen had killed himself at the urging of the song, taking Ozzy to court over supposed subliminal messaging.
22. “Dreamer” (Down To Earth, 2001)
Styled on Imagine, the song revealed Ozzy’s great admiration and love for The Beatles. “Dreamer” takes his adoration for John Lennon to a whole new level.
23. “I Don’t Know” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
This is Ozzy’s output as a solo artist after a decade in Black Sabbath. One of his most enduring songs, played at almost every show in the 40 years since its release.
24. “Goodbye To Romance” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
A song written as a farewell to his time in Black Sabbath. It gives a heartbreaking feeling which perfectly fits his “parting ways” situation with the band.
25. “Ordinary Man” (Ordinary Man, 2020)
A beautifully crafted piano ballad, dissects Ozzy’s history in a more candid way. A reflective masterpiece that caps off his career spanning over half-a-century.
26. “Perry Mason” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
The first single released after Ozzy’s retirement made with enormously theatrical production. “Perry Mason” is the most perfect track to demonstrate just how dynamic Ozzy’s compositions can get.
27. “Flying High Again” (Diary Of A Madman, 1981)
The song’s triumphant mood was said to be a reflection of Ozzy’s own feelings after his solo career took off. Facing down the end of his dreams only to come back flying high again.
28. “Shot In The Dark” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
The first single which gave Ozzy his first taste of the US Top 100, as well as in the Top 10 of US mainstream rock charts. The song truly became a big hit for Ozzy and a mainstay of sets for the coming years.
29. “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (No More Tears, 1991)
Ozzy indirectly conveyed his message through this song. To be followed later on with an announcement about doing a retirement tour and deciding to focus on family after being diagnosed to have Parkinson’s disease.
30. “Crazy Train”
It is the most-played track with over 11 million plays on YouTube and a further 398,000,000 on Spotify. “Crazy Train” remains one of heavy metal’s most recognizable and beloved songs.