paranoid#15 – Black Sabbath – “War Pigs” – (1970)

Crap. This album came out in late 1970 and this song was never released as a single… not sure why it ended up on our 1971 list. At any rate, this is the best song from Paranoid. It’s an anti-war song – an obvious one, which isn’t something that was always readily apparent around the time it was released when seemingly every other song (regardless of what it sounded like) was labeled an “anti-war” song by its performer. Oh, and the air raid siren in thi song is at once creepy and awesome.

#17 – Dio – “Rainbow in the Dark” – (1983)

Ronnie James Dio died a little over a year ago (this was the band that bore his name, obviously). Because it’s hair metal from the 80s, songs like this tend to get mocked every now and then. But Ronnie James Dio was the replacement for Ozzy Osbourne at Black Sabbath. And this song is awesome. Don’t mock the man or the tune.