500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

Black Sabbath, 'Iron Man'
317/500

317. Black Sabbath, 'Iron Man'

Writers: Black Sabbath
Producer: Roger Bain
Released: Feb. '71, Warner
10 weeks; No. 52

When an accident left guitarist Tony Iommi without the tips of two fingers, it seemed like the end of the road for Black Sabbath. But, inspired by the great, handicapped guitarist Django Reinhardt, Iommi fashioned thimbles out of plastic, and developed a heavy playing style that would define metal forever.

Appears on: Paranoid (Warner Bros.)

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