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Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's regular abuse of drugs and alcohol led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured countless personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members but Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Black Sabbath 4.6 22
1970 Paranoid 4.95 23
1971 Master of Reality 4.8 18
1972 Vol 4 4.2 13
1973 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 4.5 14
1975 Sabotage 4.3 15
1976 Technical Ecstasy 3.5 9
1976 The Original 1
1978 Never Say Die! 3.5 9
1980 Heaven and Hell 4.5 14
1981 Mob Rules 4.5 11
1983 Born Again 3.5 9
1986 Seventh Star 8
1987 The Eternal Idol 9
1989 Headless Cross 3.5 6
1990 Tyr 7
1992 Dehumanizer 3 5
1994 Cross Purposes 3 3
1995 Forbidden 2 3
2013 13 4.5 15

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll 5 8
1977 Greatest Hits 5
1985 The Sabbath Collection 5 2
1987 Paranoid / Black Sabbath 1
1989 Blackest Sabbath 2
1990 Backtrackin' (21st Anniversary Edition) 1
1991 The Black Sabbath Story 1
1991 The Ozzy Osbourne Years 4 2
1992 Iron Man 1
1993 Between Heaven & Hell: The Best of Black Sabbath 1
1994 Iron Man 1
1995 Between Heaven and Hell 1
1996 The Sabbath Stones 1
1996 Under Wheels of Confusion: 1970–87 1
1996 Greatest Hits 1
1997 Rock Giants 1
1999 The Collection 1
2000 The Best of Black Sabbath 8
2000 The Singles (1970–1978) 1
2001 Rock Champions 1
2002 Symptom of the Universe: 1970–1978 1
2004 Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978) 2
2006 Greatest Hits 1970–1978 1
2007 The Dio Years 4
2008 The Rules of Hell 5 2
2009 Greatest Hits 1
2010 Cross Box 1
2012 Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath 1
Black Sabbath 1970–1973 1
Forever 1

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