Ozzy Osbourne Songs
As the frontman of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne helped set the blueprint for heavy metal, but many of the most famous Ozzy Osbourne songs are from his period as a solo artist. These solo Ozzy Osbourne songs helped further popularize heavy metal by adding radio-ready hooks to riff-laden songs crackling with guitar fireworks and Ozzy's inimitable voice. Here are the five most iconic solo Ozzy Osbourne songs.
- "Crazy Train." The second song on Ozzy's solo debut "Blizzard of Ozz" is without a doubt one of the most well-known Ozzy Osbourne songs. Beginning with Ozzy's cry of "All aboard!" and a thumping bassline, Randy Rhoads' snaking guitar riff comes in with one of the songs many memorable hooks. Ozzy sings of the world's craziness in a howl that's all his own in this acknowledged metal classic.
- "Mr. Crowley." Another of the great Ozzy Osbourne songs co-written by young guitar prodigy Randy Rhoads is "Mr. Crowley," the Prince of Darkness' ode to notorious occultist Aleister Crowley, also an idol of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. One of Ozzy's, and heavy metal in general's, more melodic outings, "Mr. Crowley" is well-known to fans even outside of the metal fanbase.
- "Bark at the Moon." After the tragic death of Randy Rhoads in a plane crash, Ozzy had to find a new guitarist and co-writer. Jake E. Lee, that replacement for Rhoads, delivers the unmistakable riff on this, another one of the most popular Ozzy Osbourne songs. A Jekyll and Hyde type werewolf video helped the song gain traction on MTV, and the song itself remains a staple of Ozzy's live sets to this day.
- "Shot in the Dark." 1986 saw Ozzy's "Ultimate Sin" album, his most slick and commercial sounding record to date. While much of the album was merely competent, the single, "Shot in the Dark," was a highlight of this pop period, and remains one of the best Ozzy Osbourne songs. It possesses a sing-along chorus unmatched in the rest of his work, a testament to his songwriting skill and adeptness with pop craft.
- "No More Tears." Perhaps his best latter-day solo work is on the "No More Tears" album, and the title track remains one of the most iconic Ozzy Osbourne songs. With a timeless sound that could have been from the 1970s or the 2000s, a nagging riff courtesy of Zakk Wylde, and nearly symphonic production, it may be a bit theatrical and overblown, but who wants reality from a god of heavy metal anyway?