.

Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Black Sabbath Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

April 26, 2013 3:00 PM ET
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs in London.
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs in London.
Gus Stewart/Redferns

This week, Black Sabbath announced the complete itinerary for their summer American tour. Fans are dismayed that founding drummer Bill Ward continues to be excluded from the group, but they still put on a pretty incredible show. Recent gigs in Australia have featured bit hits like "Iron Man" and "War Pigs" mixed in with deeper cuts like "Dirty Women" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep."

Black Sabbath Preview New Song in '13' Album Art Reveal

Now we have a question for you: what is your favorite Black Sabbath song? Don't feel the need to limit yourself to the Ozzy Osbourne era. They continued to do amazing work when Ronnie James Dio took over in 1980, and there are gems on latter albums with singers Tony Martin and even Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. There were times when only Tony Iommi remained from the original line-up, but they never lost their fundamental sound and vibe.

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekend rock hashtag. 

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com