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The best album credited to Black Sabbath is Paranoid which is ranked number 63 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 22,069.

Black Sabbath is ranked number 38 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 47,466.

Black Sabbath official website: http://www.black-sabbath.com

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Black Sabbath best albums

The following albums by Black Sabbath are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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Total albums: 40. Page 1 of 4

This may not be a complete discography for Black Sabbath.This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

Black Sabbath bestography composition

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1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 0 0%
1970s 11 0%
1980s 8 0%
1990s 9 0%
2000s 6 0%
2010s 6 0%
2020s 0 0%
Compilation? Albums %
No 29 73%
Yes 11 28%
Live? Albums %
No 34 85%
Yes 6 15%

Black Sabbath best tracks

Include tracks from compilations & live albums | Exclude tracks from compilations & live albums The same track can appear on multiple albums, so excluding tracks from compilations and live albums helps to remove duplicates from this list.

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Rating: 92 (596 votes)Comments: 9
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Rating: 91 (617 votes)Comments: 5
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(from the album Paranoid)
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Rating: 90 (570 votes)Comments: 6
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Rating: 89 (251 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 89 (260 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Master Of Reality)
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Rating: 89 (181 votes)Comments: 3
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(from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)
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Rating: 89 (282 votes)Comments: 6
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Rating: 88 (254 votes)Comments: 2
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(from the album Master Of Reality)
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Rating: 88 (118 votes)Comments: 3
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(from the album Sabotage)
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Rating: 88 (132 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Heaven And Hell)
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Rating: 88 (88 votes)Comments: 1
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(from the album Sabotage)
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Rating: 88 (243 votes)Comments: 3
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(from the album Black Sabbath)
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Rating: 87 (207 votes)Comments: 5
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(from the album Master Of Reality)
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Rating: 87 (121 votes)Comments: 2
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(from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)
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Rating: 86 (129 votes)Comments: 1
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(from the album Vol 4)
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Rating: 86 (123 votes)Comments: 2
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(from the album Vol 4)
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Rating: 86 (126 votes)Comments: 2
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(from the album Vol 4)
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Rating: 86 (73 votes)Comments: 3
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(from the album Sabotage)
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Rating: 86 (371 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Paranoid)
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Rating: 86 (408 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Paranoid)
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This artist is rated in the top 1% of all artists on BestEverAlbums.com. This artist has a Bayesian average rating of 85.6/100, a mean average of 85.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.0/100. The standard deviation for this artist is 13.0.

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From 01/23/2021 17:45
One of the few groups who invented a genre and several subgenres
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From 05/23/2020 18:34
"Politicians hide themselves away. They only started the war.
Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor".
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From 04/30/2020 15:07
After much consideration I have come to the conclusion that this is my favourite band, managing to produce some of the most diverse and creative music ever recorded, (cocaine enhanced creativity some might say). (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Bowie, Kate Bush, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were also in the running for this, some might say, dubious honour).
Their first albums generated a plethora of zealous critics who took years to realise how wrong they were.
Black Sabbath are to Heavy Metal in the seventies what the Beatles were to pop/rock music in the sixties,
both were working class bands pushing the boundaries of their music.
Sabbath invented heavy metal, then shaped and developed the genre over the next 10 albums,
(unfortunately the band of the same name faded to mediocrity after Dio left despite Iommi's best efforts).
The only weak interlude in the first 10 albums was side two of Never Say Die (but that has the far from weak Air Dance).
I know many consider Technical Ecstasy a low point but this is not the case, there are some great tracks on this album.
Comments such as 'you can hear the band falling apart on this album' are ridiculous, how does that work? They continued to develop their sound as only a great band can, if they didn't then they would have been accused of becoming stagnant.
Every track they produced is highly distinctive with different structures, tempos, always inventive and heavy. The lyrics are not as one-track doom-laden as many would have you believe,
it amazes me how people will believe what they read rather than find out for themselves.
Black Sabbath did not record any of my very favourite tracks, or any of my top 10 albums, but they did produce 10 albums I regard as classic, no other artist got close, (PF and LZ 6 each).
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From 08/29/2019 15:03
They invented Heavy Metal
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From 02/09/2019 18:13
Their influence cannot be understated. King Crimson did it better, but it was with Jazz sensibilities as opposed to Blues, and in fleeting instances at that (e.g. 21st Century Schizoid Man, which was Iron Man before Iron Man; and Larks Tongues in Aspic Part II). Black Sabbath, on the other hand, was consistently heavy and dark. This was Blues Rock taken to its darkest pit - on the gates of a new genre called Heavy Metal. The vanguard for artists like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Metallica.
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From 01/26/2019 16:02
First three albums were great, classics of the genre. After that, I'm afraid to say, tedious. The band could have done so much more than they did. Still, huge credit for basically inventing metal.
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From 09/24/2018 16:13
Not many Bands actually invented a genre of music...but Black Sabbath did. There was no Heavy Metal before Sabbath. Their early albums are all superb hard rock classics.
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From 08/03/2018 13:24
The creator of so many genres of metal. They manage to be super heavy but still not feel too much. They also manage to throw in some prog and psychedelic elements in their song. A fantastic band!
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From 07/08/2018 22:55
I've just realised that their first three albums are at least 10-15 years ahead of its time. The debut well, basically debuted heavy metal as a genre, and has some strong doom metal and horror elements as well. Paranoid is typical hard rock/heavy metal with a bit of doom metal thrown in. Master of Reality invented stoner metal, started the down tuning and heavy stoner riffs trend, which so many bands have used after Black Sabbath. These three albums were released in 1970/71. IN TWO F-ING YEARS THEY'VE CREATED A GENRE AND SEVERAL SUBGENRES. And after all that they still managed to make Vol 4, Sabotage and later Heaven & Hell, three albums which are maybe not as groundbreaking, but are just as great. Oh and also Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Mob Rules. Goddamn.
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From 01/21/2018 16:29
One of the 'big three' for me together with Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
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