220px-Ozzy_Osbourne_-_No_More_TearsOzzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” – (1991)

This is the title track of Ozzy’s sixth solo album and what I like most about it is the really nice groove it has going with the bass in the background. It actually charted on the Hot 100, peaking at #71. The awesome metal rhythm is broken by this weird and unnecessary Meat Loaf-like piano bit that really tended to mar most rock songs from the late 1980s through the early 1990s. Otherwise, good tune. 

Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne – “Close My Eyes Forever” – (1988)

Here’s a power ballad duet from the glam metal era. It features one of the kings of heavy metal: Ozzy Osbourne and one of its queens: Lita Ford. Lita was Lita Ford’s first album under the supervision of her new manager: Sharon Osbourne – thus Ozzy’s participation. As strange as it seems now, you can actually understand Ozzy’s vocals. Watch the video and relish in the awful hairstyles of the past.

Rob Zombie & Ozzy Osbourne – “Iron Head” – (2001)

Well this is a non-tradition duet (both Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne would probably beat you to near death with a guitar if you called this a “duet”). Whatever – it’s two musicians and vocalists joining forces for one song and the word “featured” is not in the artist line. Originally, Zombie was going to record this solo after working with Ozzy on it but he felt it lacked that special touch so he invited Ozzy to sing on it as well. Something different and a little heavier for your Friday. (Oh crap, I forgot this would be posted on Valentine’s Day – I guess I coulda went with something a little more romantic, eh?)

Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama, I’m Coming Home” – (1991)

How about a little more hard rock this week? Ozzy’s style from the 1980s bled over seamlessly into the 1990s. This is from one of Ozzy’s two best-selling albums. The song is about his as-famous-as-he-is-now wife Sharon. Interestingly, this is Ozzy’s only solo Top 40 single on the Hot 100 – it peaked at #28. The song was written by the lead singer of Motorhead and Zakk Wylde, Ozzy’s former guitarist.

#8 – Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train” – (1980)

From “All aboaarrrd” to Ozzy’s signature insane laugh to Randy Rhoads pounding yet somehow seemingly fun guitar, “Crazy Train” is the definitive Ozzy song. Like most metal songs, this song surely has some deep, underlying meaning… that nobody should or does care about. Sad, not-so-fun Fact: the ringtone version of this song (yes, Billboard actually tracks such things), was certified Double Platinum. Who cares? If you’ve never listened to Ozzy Osbourne, which is slightly understandable, this is the song to hear if you wanna know what his music is all about.