There aren’t many artists who’ve roared to the very front of rock’s wacky races driving more than one vehicle. There’s Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl… and, of course, the Prince Of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne.
When Black Sabbath fired their singer in 1979, you would have needed balls of pure crystal to predict his rise back to the very top. Ozzy was a mess but under the tutelage of Sharon Arden, who would become first his manager and later his wife, he would go on to surpass his Sabbathian success, becoming a global superstar as a solo artist. Part of this was due to his larger-than-life personality and tabloid fodder excesses. Without the songs to back it all up however, all the bat-biting, dove-chomping and pissing on national monuments in the world would have counted for little.
It’s true that most of his genuine classics are bunched up within the first decade of that solo career. Even so, there are still enough solid gold bangers to populate this list several times over.
Here, then, are our top 10 Ozzy Osbourne solo tracks. All aboard…