500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Black Sabbath, 'Master of Reality'
201/500

201. Black Sabbath, 'Master of Reality'

Warner Bros., 1971

The greatest sludge-metal band of them all in its prime. Paranoid may have bigger hits, but Master of Reality, released a mere six months later, is heavier. The highlight is "Sweet Leaf," a droning love song to marijuana. But the vibe is perfectly summed up by the final track, "Into the Void."

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