Ozzy made a triumphant return to the world of heavy metal with his new solo single, "Under the Graveyard," last week, so now's the perfect time to look back on the bat-biting icon's most memorable tunes throughout his career, from the doomsaying incantations of Black Sabbath to the arena-packing anthems and power ballads he's cranked out as a solo artist. We asked you to pick his single greatest song from this illustrious catalog — which is an impossible task, of course, but you embraced it with good humor and came back with many great selections. Read on to find out what topped "Mr. Crowley" and "Black Sabbath" to nab the top spot.
"Fairies Wear Boots" is far and away one of Sabbath's catchiest cuts with its laid-back groove, smoky attitude and Ozzy's snarling, sinister crooning pulling it all together. The 1970 jam is a classic for good reason and sits high in Ozzy's resume as a song that's just as fresh and listenable today, almost 50 years after its release.
What would 1980s metal be without Ozzy's solo hits, especially ones that go as hard as "Shot in the Dark"? The quintessential power anthem from the Prince of Fucking Darkness' solo ventures, it's not only one of the greatest stadium rockers out there, but it's also a great way to impress your date at karaoke. Just try to not pump a fist when that chorus hits — we dare you.
Many a rock star has been inspired by the mystical intrigue of storied occultist Aleister Crowley, but none put that inspiration quite so infectiously to music as Ozzy during his reign of terror alongside shredder Randy Rhoads. Wicked, hypnotic and full of riffs, on guitar and synth alike, the song holds an inimitable and eternal charm just like the man who inspired it.
Perhaps no song has ever held a more potent concentration of anxious terror than Black Sabbath's eponymous classic, due in no small part to a young Ozzy Osbourne's paranoid wailing and Tony Iommi's carefully plucked inverted tritone over Bill Ward's foreboding percussion. One of the most frequently performed cuts of the band's career, "Black Sabbath" is now more than just a song — it's an earth-shattering force of nature that's left an indelible crater on the face of rock & roll.
Heading into the 1990s, no one could have predicted the fire that Ozzy would bring once more in yet another decade in his unkillable reign. Enter the monumental "No More Tears." The first on this list to feature Zakk Wylde, the squealing monster of a single boasts an incredible guitar solo and one of the most infectious bass lines of all time, delivered by Bob Daisley. But ultimately, it's Ozzy's show, and the smash firmly re-established the singer as a bona fide rock superstar — as seen in its epically heavy-metal music video.