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View Poll Results: Who's Sabbath's greatest singer?
Ozzy 15 48.39%
Dio 11 35.48%
Ian Gillain 1 3.23%
Glenn Hughes 1 3.23%
Tony Martin 3 9.68%
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:48 PM   #1
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Who's the best Sabbath vocalist?

I'm totally certain this has never been discussed before. Is it...


Ozzy Osbourne on:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol.4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
13 (2013)


Ronnie James Dio on:

Heaven and Hell (1980)
Mob Rules (1981)
Dehumanizer (1992)
The Devil You Know (2009)


Ian Gillain on:

Born Again (1983)


Glenn Hughes on:

Seventh Star (1987)


Tony Martin on:

The Eternal Idol (1987)
Headless Cross (1989)
TYR (1990)
Cross Purposes (1994)
Forbidden (1995)


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Old 01-12-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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As vocalists, I have to say my favourite is Ray Gillen, but I guess there's not much Sabbath to be heard from him. In terms of albums, it's Dio for me.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:25 PM   #3
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Thought about that too, hell even Rob Halford sang for Sabbath, but for simplicity's sake, only the singers on albums here.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:45 PM   #4
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Tony Mother Flipping Martin, that's who.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:51 PM   #5
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Ozzy of course. Just throwing this out there but Tony Martin was a great singer, he just wrote lame lyrics (or was geezer still doing them then?). Forbidden is a really good song with a great riff and I'd like to hear a 70's era Ozzy sing it or have a 70's era Geezer re-write the lyrics.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:01 PM   #6
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Dio all the way. His work with Sababth might not be considered 'classic' Sabbath, but he was the greatest singer of them and Heaven & Hell is a classic song no matter what!
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:02 PM   #7
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I like Dio, too.
Ozzy has never really appealed to me on a vocal level. Even with his solo stuff, it was the riffs that I dug. If it wasn't for the revolving door of guitar players and Sharon, his solo career would have fallen flat, I think.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:18 PM   #8
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I like all of their singers but I'll definitely have to go for Dio, with Martin a dangerously close second.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:19 PM   #9
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Ozzy of course. Just throwing this out there but Tony Martin was a great singer, he just wrote lame lyrics (or was geezer still doing them then?).


Nope, Tony Martin wrote his own lyrics.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:22 PM   #10
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Ozzy has never really appealed to me on a vocal level. Even with his solo stuff, it was the riffs that I dug. If it wasn't for the revolving door of guitar players and Sharon, his solo career would have fallen flat, I think.


I think it's fair to say that Ozzy was technically one of the worst vocalists in history. But also one of the most iconic ones, if not the single most iconic one. Tony Martin was a much better singer, but sadly no rock star at all.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:41 PM   #11
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Ozzy - His vocals on Fairies Wear Boots and War Pigs are just stellar. I will admit Dio was a better singer but I think Ozzy was the perfect fit for the sound
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:55 PM   #12
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Dio had better skills as a vocalist... but Ozzy had a solid 8 albums and is the better Sabbath vocalist. It's not always about skill, it's about attitude. And Ozzy was a badass just like lemmy before he met Sharon

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Old 01-12-2015, 06:19 PM   #13
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Ozzy's fit the music better
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Old 01-13-2015, 03:45 AM   #14
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Ozzy - His vocals on Fairies Wear Boots and War Pigs are just stellar. I will admit Dio was a better singer but I think Ozzy was the perfect fit for the sound

His vocal on Dirty Women was really good.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:04 AM   #15
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Hard to say. Either Ozzy or Dio was quite great.

I have never listened to non-Ozzy and non-Dio Black Sabbath music. Can't complain much about it.
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:27 AM   #16
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I have listened to Ozzy and Dio only when it comes to Sabbath and I will pick Dio every time in any case...I think Iommi wrote the better riffs/songs when Ozzy was around, but when you compare vocals there is none better than Dio.
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I gotta vote Ozzy. When I think of Sabbath, I hear him singing. Heaven and Hell is a great album, but it didn't sound or feel like Black Sabbath to me.
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