The 60 best Ozzy Osbourne songs of all time (2024)

By Rich Hobson

( Metal Hammer )

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The finest songs Ozzy Osbourne has ever put his name to - whether that be solo releases, guest spots or collaborations

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Heavy metal's original madman, Ozzy Osbourne is proof that sometimes in life there are second chances. And third. And fourth. Bouncing back from his firing from Black Sabbath in April 1979, Ozzy went on to even greater commercial success as a solo artist, his records going multi-platinum while he played increasingly massive gigs throughout the 80s.

Even as hair metal took a dirt nap at the start of the 90s, Ozzy continued to thrive. 1991's No More Tears offered a creative rebirth that carried him to ever-greater heights, while even "retirement" a few years later couldn't keep him away as he launched his own festival and paved the way for the next generation of rising metal star.

Although he was forced to retire from touring in February 2023, Ozzy still isn't counting himself out just yet, revealing plans to record a new album in 2024 and a determination to play shows in future, even if only as one-offs.

But then, it's that indefatiguable spirit that has made Ozzy one of metal's most enduring icons, so to celebrate his 75th birthday, we've updated our massive list of the greatest Ozzy Osbourne songs of all time to include songs from his latest record - 2022's Patient Number 9 - and some choice collaborations from over the years. There's no Sabbath to be found here - that's for another time - but with no further ado these are the 60 greatest Ozzy Osbourne songs of all-time.

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60. Changes (feat. Kelly Osbourne) (2003)

One of Black Sabbath's most enduring ballads, Changes has been covered countless times in the five decades since its original release, picked up by everyone from thrashers Overkill to noise rockers Fudge Tunnel. Ozzy himself had a crack at reimagining the track in 2003 with daughter Kelly, reframing the song around the father-daughter relationship and giving it choir backing that lends it the aesthetic of turn-of-the-millennium R&B. Released at the height of The Osbournes TV show's popularity, the song managed to top the UK charts - proof that Ozzy really is the master of the unexpected comeback, even though he's never particularly been away.

59. Bloodbath In Paradise (No Rest For The Wicked, 1988)

Ozzy was heading into slow decline by the end of the 80s, particularly where his health was concerned. In spite of this, moments of rock'n'roll glory still shine through on 1988's No Rest For The Wicked, the album that introduced Ozzy's guitar god in waiting, Zakk Wylde. Wylde tackles Bloodbath In Paradise like his life depends on it, strutting and firing pinch harmonics off like there was a half-off sale. It lends a bit of arena rock bombast to an otherwise dark track, Ozzy tackling the Manson murders with a song that surely had parents getting lawyers up on speed-dial.

58. Scary Little Green Men (Ordinary Man, 2020)

On the whole, 2020's Ordinary Man is an uncharacteristically sombre offering from Ozzy, the singer grappling with his mortality in ways that you can't help but compare to David Bowie's Blackstar or Johnny Cash's The American Recordings. The inclusion of songs like Eat Me and Scary Little Green Men help to off-set the sheer existential dread tackled elsewhere on the record in a typically zany way, Ozzy showing that he still had a glint of mischief in his eye even on his most serious work.

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57. Old LA Tonight (Ozzmosis, 1995)

The 80s were over but Ozzy hadn't fully let go. The power ballad Mama, I'm Coming Home had provided Ozzy with something of a surprise commercial hit on 1991's No More Tears, but four years later the landscape was looking very different. For one, Ozzy had retreated into semi-retirement after the conclusion of the No More Tours run and while the singer didn't stay gone long the magic was so much harder to capture a second time round. Old LA Tonight makes an admirable effort nonetheless, guitarist Zakk Wylde chucking some neoclassical spins into his solo that harkened back to the time when power ballads ruled the world.

56. Parasite (Patient Number 9, 2022)

Reuniting Ozzy and guitarist Zakk Wylde in the studio for the first time since 2007's Black Rain, Parasite taps into some of the goofy, fun energy Ozzy exhibited on tracks like Scary Little Green Men with the added bonus of Wylde leaving his distinctive fingerprints all over the song's guitar work. Granted, it's somewhat throwaway, but the sheer stomp and force is a welcome showing that Ozzy isn't mellowing with age so far as his music tastes go.

55. Tomorrow (Ozzmosis, 1995)

Harkening back to his days in Black Sabbath, there is something decidedly Planet Caravan about the intro to Tomorrow (not hurt by the fact Ozzy's Sabbath band-mate Geezer Butler was playing in his solo band at the time). But when the song kicks in its pure Ozzy solo record bliss, the singer delivering one of his most forceful vocal performances. Part-written by production duo Duane Baron and John Purdell who had helmed Ozzy's previous record No More Tears, the song evokes the revivalist energy that had reinvented Ozzy for the 90s - saving his career in the process.

54. Steal Away (The Night) (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)

It's not so much that Steal Away (The Night) is a lesser song in Ozzy's canon, just that the material on his solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz remains among the most beloved by fans. Steal Away (The Night) boasts all the hallmarks of Ozzy's early work - massive choruses, a sense of triumph and some true guitar wizardry by Randy Rhoads, but doesn't have the sheer colossal breakthrough energy of Crazy Train, I Don't Know or Mr. Crowley.

53. So Tired (Bark At The Moon, 1983)

When So Tired was chosen as the second single from Bark At The Moon in 1983, the decision proved unpopular, particularly considering the album's title track caught the singer at his most demonic (albeit in a hammy, b-movie kind of way). Even so, So Tired's symphonic swells help it elevate its status among Ozzy's other power ballad fare, lending a sense of grandeur that whilst perhaps not on the level of fellow Brummies ELO still showed a sense for the theatrical that served the singer so well in those early years.

52. Centre Of Eternity (Bark At The Moon, 1983)

Still reeling from the death of Randy Rhoads the previous year, Ozzy nonetheless persevered in the creation of 1983's Bark At The Moon. New guitarist Jake E. Lee does his best to train rolling and Centre Of Eternity isn't completely removed from the tone and pace Ozzy had picked up on his first two solo efforts. Even so, much like with Steal Away (The Night), there is a sense that Centre Of Eternity feels more ignorable when put against the more well-known hits from that early 80s period.

51. Patient Number 9 (Patient Number 9, 2022)

From Tony Iommi and Randy Rhoads to Zakk Wylde, Ozzy has a knack for working with some of rock and metal's most illustrious guitarists. Patient Number 9 took that to a whole new level by drafting in a bevy of all-star guitarists to provide some grandstanding moments of shred brilliance, Ozzy bringing in Jeff Beck for the record's title-track, a mid-paced number that bridges the emotional weight of Ordinary Man to the more grandstanding, classic rock vibe of its follow-up.

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The 60 best Ozzy Osbourne songs of all time (2024)

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What was Ozzy's biggest hit? ›

1: “Crazy Train” - 'Blizzard Of Ozz'

That was it. “Crazy Train” reached number nine on the US Billboard Top Tracks chart and the single peaked at number six on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in 1981. It's been consistently chosen as Ozzy's best solo performance.

What was Ozzy Osbourne's first hit? ›

His first effort, achieved with the primary help of guitarist Randy Rhoads, was Blizzard of Ozz (1980). A multiplatinum success, thanks in part to the standout single “Crazy Train,” it was followed by the equally popular Diary of a Madman (1981), which sold more than five million copies.

What song is Ozzy Osbourne known for? ›

This album is known for the singles "Over the Mountain" and "Flying High Again" and, as Osbourne explains in his autobiography, is his personal favourite.

Is Ozzy Osbourne a talented musician? ›

Ozzy Osbourne is rock's beloved Prince of Darkness, a key architect of heavy metal, and one of the most successful solo artists of all time. Ozzy's voice is instantly recognizable – haunting, powerful, raw, sincere – and capable of conveying a wide array of emotions.

What happened to Ozzy's guitarist? ›

Randy Rhoads died on March 19, 1982. Gone far too soon at the age of 25 in a tragic plane crash, Rhoads will be forever influential to hard rock and metal guitarists for his early work with Quiet Riot and most notably his work on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo LPs, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman.

Why is Ozzy so famous? ›

Osbourne initially rose to prominence as lead vocalist and part lyricist of the pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a band whose radically different, intentionally dark, doom sound spearheaded the heavy metal genre.

Who did Ozzy marry first? ›

Ozzy Osbourne and first wife Thelma Riley.

She was very pretty!

What does "ozzy" mean? ›

The name has English and Old Norse roots, with translations including “God's power,” “God's protection,” and “bear god.” Perhaps the most famous person to bear the name Ozzy is former Black Sabbath frontman turned early reality star, Ozzy Osbourne.

What was the first Black Sabbath song? ›

Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, a cover of the Crow song "Evil Woman", in January 1970, and their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released the following month.

What diseases did Ozzy Osbourne have? ›

The Black Sabbath singer has Parkinson's disease and recently underwent four surgeries on his spine. He said a tumor was found on his vertebrae during his most recent surgery.

Was Ozzy Osbourne Deaf? ›

Without any hearing protection, Ozzy was subject to excessively high volumes throughout all of his career, until one day his body said: 'Stop! ' Since then, the singer has been very vocal about the damage noise did to his hearing, including permanent tinnitus and partial deafness.

Does Ozzy write his own songs? ›

Geezer Butler was the main lyricist in Black Sabbath. That's not to say Ozzy didn't contribute himself, but his input was minimal compared to Butler's. In his solo band, however, Ozzy wrote/writes considerably more lyrics. But even there it's a joint effort.

Why is Ozzy's voice so unique? ›

His signature sound is a doubled vocal. He sings the line once and then sings it again and that creates the effect, almost like a phase or a flange. When he sings the line the second time they match up perfectly - not something everyone can do.

Why did Ozzy stop performing? ›

Ozzy Osbourne retires from touring because he's 'not physically capable' of traveling. The legendary heavy metal singer said he feels “like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.” “The only thing I've got that keeps me going is making records, but I can't do that forever.

Does Ozzy Osbourne like the Beatles? ›

Ozzy Osbourne has described how it felt when The Beatles emerged onto the music scene. The Prince of Darkness may be best known for being the frontman of heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, but he's a self-confessed fan of the Fab Four and has credited them with turning his world "to colour" from black and white.

What is Black Sabbath's greatest hits record? ›

Description. Black Sabbath's Greatest Hits… is a 14 track collection of classic tracks from across the bands first eight albums--including selections from 1970's debut Black Sabbath and follow up Paranoid,1971's Master Of Reality, 1972's Volume 4, 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and 1978's “Never Say Die”.

What was Ozzy's last live performance? ›

When did John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne perform last? John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne performed during the closing ceremony at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and an NFL game in the US in September of the same year. Disclaimer Statement: This content is authored by a 3rd party.

What was the Osborne Brothers biggest hit? ›

Brothers Osborne's Best Songs
  • 8) "I'm Not For Everyone" This one has a great music video. ...
  • 7) "21 Summer" ...
  • 6) "Shoot Me Straight" ...
  • 5) "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)" ...
  • 4) "Stay A Little Longer" ...
  • 3) "Younger Me" ...
  • 2) "Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)" ...
  • 1) "It Ain't My Fault"
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How many times has Ozzy won? ›

With 128 days in the books, Ozzy Lusth has officially played Survivor more than any other contestant ever -- and he's also the only one to play four times and never win.

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