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‘Rolling Stone’ names “Black Sabbath” greatest heavy metal song of all time

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Rolling Stone magazine has come out with yet another list that’s bound to spark debate from music fans. The latest reveals their picks for the 100 greatest heavy metal songs of all time, with artists like Black SabbathMetallica and Iron Maiden making the list. 

Landing at number one is Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath,” which the mag describes as a “true metal original,” noting of the tune, “It’s the feeling all metal bands have been chasing ever since and it still reigns supreme.”

And that’s not the only Sabbath tune on the list. In fact, three of their tracks make the top 10, with “War Pigs” at five and “Iron Man” at seven. Plus, “Paranoid” is at 13, and “Heaven and Hell” is at 31. And Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo classic “Crazy Train” lands at six, while “Bark At The Moon” is at 56.

Just behind “Black Sabbath” at two is Metallica’s 1986 classic “Master of Puppets,” which the mag notes “brought nuance and complexity to their speed-metal assault and opened up the entire genre to new possibilities.” 

Other songs in the top 10 include: Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” at three, Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law” at four, Slayer’s “Raining Blood” at eight, Dio’s “Holy Diver” at nine and Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills” at 10.

The complete list of 100 songs can be found at rollingstone.com.

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