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Top 10 Ozzy Osbourne Songs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Born December 3, 1948 in Birmingham, England, Ozzy Osbourne first made his mark in the heavy metal scene as the frontman of Black Sabbath. After his departure from the band in 1979, Osbourne embarked on a solo career in which he's become even more successful. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 Ozzy Osbourne songs. Special thanks to our user Mattyhull1 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.

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This Prince of Darkness is also the Godfather of Heavy Metal. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Ozzy Osbourne songs.

#10: I Don't Know (Blizzard of Ozz)

After Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath, one of the first things many heard was the first track off his solo debut. Starting off with a fiery intro by Randy Rhoads, who single-handdly revitalized Ozzy's career and brought it to greater heights, the song reveals Ozzy’s not pretending to be perfect, nor a role model, but that he is out to redeem himself. We didn't even need to get to the second track to know Ozzy was back, and Randy cemented things with his solo.

#9: Mama, I'm Coming Home (No More Tears)

Planning to hang up his bat horns once and for all, Ozzy embarked upon the No More Tours tour. It was in that state of mind that he penned “Mama, I'm Coming Home” with guitarist Zakk Wylde and Motorhead’s Lemmy as a tribute to his wife and manager Sharon. While he obviously never stopped touring, this song became a successful power ballad showcasing Ozzy’s softer side.

#8: Mr. Crowley (Blizzard of Ozz)

Beginning with an organ solo and then moving onto Ozzy's tales of Aleister Crowley, “Mr. Crowley” sets the stage for one of Randy Rhoads's most impressive axe displays ever. His successive guitar solos become more impressive one after the other and the song finally rides out with some of the talented guitarist’s best riffing.

#7: Flying High Again (Diary of a Madman)

Not only was Ozzy unashamed of his substance abuse, but he often made the topic front and center, casting it in a positive light. Though he’s denied this concerning the epic “Flyin High Again,” Ozzy still introduced the song in concerts by announcing "Keep on smoking those joints!" Either way, our substance of choice is actually Randy's guitars and Ozzy's lyrics. But really, do you doubt he's high when he’s singing the opening line?

#6: Bark at the Moon (Bark at the Moon)

Following Rhoads’ passing, Jake E. Lee contributed guitar work to two Ozzy records. While The Ultimate Sin features fan favorite "Shot in the Dark," “Bark at the Moon”’s title cut has Ozzy singing about a resurrected beast out for vengeance. While nothing Lee could have done would have made fans forget Randy, Bark at the Moon shines as an album and track with the outro solo in particular showcasing Lee's talents, particularly on the live versions.

#5: Suicide Solution (Blizzard of Ozz)

Written by bassist Bob Daisley about Ozzy's battles with the bottle, “Suicide Solution” had the Prince of Darkness claiming it was actually about AC/DC’s Bon Scott. And the song made headlines when he was sued by the parents of a teen who took his own life. While the track's lyrics could be interpreted as incitement to take up drinking, the truth is a bit more nuanced.

#4: No More Tears (No More Tears)

Beginning with a bassline that transitions to a soaring melodic riff, Ozzy's longest solo song clocks in at over 7 minutes. Zak Wylde produced a wide array of excellent songs, including "Breakin' All the Rules" and "Mr. Tinkertrain,” but it’s the title track to Ozzy's 1991 album that displays his heavier side. Witness the middle section’s piano-themed flavor that’d make the Beatles proud, then follow as it segways to the solo and one of Wylde's finer moments.

#3: Diary of a Madman (Diary of a Madman)

Want proof that Randy Rhoads was classically trained? Look no further than the eponymous closing track of Ozzy's second solo album, with its magical opening mirrored in acoustic and electric versions, an intense buildup, and an electrifying solo all interspersed with Ozzy's haunting lyrics. It’s undoubtedly Rhoads and Osbourne’s most impressive musical collaboration.

#2: Over the Mountain (Diary of a Madman)

Accentuated by Rhoads’ guitars, drummer Lee Kerslake kicks off Ozzy's second album with a deafening drum intro. After impressing us with the late guitarist’s soloing skills, “Over the Mountain” solidifies its power with the outro riff. In short, the track sets the stage for what many consider to be Ozzy's greatest album ever.

#1: Crazy Train (Blizzard of Ozz)

Containing what’s arguably one of heavy metal’s most memorable riffs, “Crazy Train” is both Ozzy and Randy's signature song. The lyrics provide a glimpse into Ozzy's state of mind, while Randy's solo is unparalleled. As one of Ozzy’s concert staples, the song isn't just the greatest Ozzy track of all time, but among the greatest in heavy metal - period.

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