Ozzy Osbourne Named 'Greatest Rock Star In The World'

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was named as the "greatest rock star in the world today" by the readers of the U.K. music magazine Kerrang!

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was named as the "greatest rock star in the world today" by the readers of the U.K. music magazine Kerrang!

In hailing Ozzy as the world's greatest rock star, Kerrang said: "In June he proved why he's the biggest musical star in the firmament. He sang like the devil himself [during an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival with Black Sabbath]: wild power thundering from his mic."

Ozzy's Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi also landed in the top ten, with Kerrang! magazine describing him as "a metal god with a backbone of pure steel".

Iommi was diagnosed with cancer late last year, forcing Sabbath to drastically curtail its touring plans and move the recording of the band's new album to London, so that Iommi could remain close to his doctors.

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    simon19096
    Tbh the whole thing doesn't mean much when the douche from BVB got third
    Darth_Pietrus
    Gotta have some respect for the man, he's 70 and still tours the world, (ozzy could never sing but his presence is enough) Love the way he walks across the stage now xD
    Guitareffect
    Dont get me wrong, i like Ozzy, but this seems like a publicity stunt. Who the hell decides who is the best? It all varies.
    TheExterminator
    teknoman wrote: He sang like the devil himself I always thought that the devil would have a very deep and raspy voice... Whitechapel style.
    The Devil sings in a dumbed-down, commercial -core band that only attracts 13 year old girls? ... Naaah.
    wjd329
    And you people who say he's washed up, old, crazy, or whatever just bug the shit outta me! It DOESNT matter what hes like NOW!...the guy is a legend. He can be whatever the hell he wants. He's already established himself and has a legacy. That's the problem with this younger generation of music fans....always waiting for the "next best thing" that you don't even understand what it means to have respect and appreciate where all YOUR shit came from. If Steve Jobs were still alive would you say "Jeez Steve, the IPod totally sucks now that we've got IPads and IPhones." etc. The IPod was still a genius invention when it came out and paved the way for all the new stuff. Same deal here. It doesn't matter what Ozzy is now...he's f**kin Ozzy Osbourne! Gee, Roger Waters you haven't done anything cool since dark side of the moon. Ya know what I'd say to you retards?....."so what, I f**kin wrote dark side of the moon bitches!"
    wjd329
    I suppose I just have to chime in here....first of all, Ozzy DEF deserves to be on the list, and way up there. Maybe not the winner but still up there. And all these bitches who complain about the way he sings?...you're f**kin high! The guy can sing and he does have a decent range. Not only that but NO ONE sounds like Ozzy. Whenever you hear his voice, especially if it's a song you've never heard, you just KNOW it's him. That's distinction. A stand-out. He's an icon for the whole CONCEPT of rock music for Christ 's sake! You can't argue it, it's just a fact. And I'm not even an Ozzy fan! I like a bunch of his songs but don't follow him too much. As far as the Dave Grohl s**t goes....sorry fellas, he IS highly overrated. Great musician and guy all around but seriously people?...he isn't a rock god. Not yet anyway. He is a radio friendly rocker....no different than Nickelback, just more talented and doing what he does for the RIGHT reasons, not selling out. Seether? Totally different category bcuz they are just NOW (with latest album) becoming radio friendly. Go back to their earlier work, except Broken, and it'll knock you on your ass.
    Supersonic1
    Also, why are the Gallager brothers not both tied at number one?! This is an outrage!
    kill it
    total joke this guy can't sing anymore, walks like he's 100, can barely speak and needs to hire pro songwriters to record an album.
    chris_m_7fold
    BVB or Black Veil Brides are a world renowned band that only recently came to fame, they have a very loyal and respectful fan base that promote anti-bullying and camraderie among rockers and have recieved support from alice cooper and motley crue. i dont see why people need to hate on them
    DexterF
    "Somebody released a top-something list" serves no other purpose than get certain names to appear and are pure PR manipulations.
    samthemusicman
    There are two men that I would place higher than ozzy, either Lemmy or Keith Richards, both of them are much better rock stars, in my opinion that is...
    Supersonic1
    Kain Highwind wrote: Most_Triumphant wrote: Obviously Paul McCartney is the best. He's more pop than rock tbh
    Yeah? And Ozzy is metal.
    teknoman
    He sang like the devil himself
    I always thought that the devil would have a very deep and raspy voice... Whitechapel style.
    zomgguitarz1234
    I personally hate ozzy because it seems like he sort of piggybacked his way to fame off black sabbath, and then trash talked the band that made him famous. He didn't even write the lyrics, and he probably didn't write anything in his solo band either.
    JoshPillar96
    ''I wonder what redneck/hillbilly magazine this poll was in.'' For your information, it was in Kerrang, one of the main rock magazines thats been around for 30 years and is still going strong, thank God.
    ShredKing123
    One of the best ok but Jimmy Page ****s all sooo....no competition with the god of rock
    Skuzzmo
    TheExterminator wrote: link no1 wrote: People are complaining about this? Pretty sure he deserves to be there. 1) He was an original member that helped to shape metal 2) He wrote songs that are still popular and well known today 3) He has had some of the most memorable stage acts around (no, not the bat thing, accidents don't count) 4) He is one of the biggest influences to many artists in many genres of music, even to this day 5) He is a darn talented singer with one of the most recognizable voices around. 6) He has done enough abusive substances to kill a large country 7) He lived his life doing, well, whatever. Why? Because the fame and money could have stopped at any moment, so may aswell get f**ked up and do everything before it happens. Lemmy, is that you? If so: 8) Still makes good music, and didn't turn into a joke at the end of the 90's like Ozzy did. 9) Didn't get his balls cut off by a she-bitch. 10) One of the only - if not THE only - true rockstars left.
    Well played sir, well played.
    calstercal
    And to the guy who said BVB promote anti - bullying. Every band has promoted that at one point, BVB say they don't intend to save lives (Although its great if they do!)
    calstercal
    Its Kerrang, the list is bound to be terrible. The guys from bmth and bvb will be deemed as the coolest most hard rocking guys in music. It's all fan voted, and they have completely forget about music from the past 50 years.
    spiff-corgi
    I bit a head off a bat the other night. It was like eating a crunchie in a bit of chamois leather. - Ozzy Osbourne on biting the head off a bat.
    Jimmyboba
    chris_m_7fold wrote: BVB or Black Veil Brides are a world renowned band that only recently came to fame, they have a very loyal and respectful fan base that promote anti-bullying and camraderie among rockers and have recieved support from alice cooper and motley crue. i dont see why people need to hate on them
    Because their music is piss poor?
    TheExterminator
    link no1 wrote: People are complaining about this? Pretty sure he deserves to be there. 1) He was an original member that helped to shape metal 2) He wrote songs that are still popular and well known today 3) He has had some of the most memorable stage acts around (no, not the bat thing, accidents don't count) 4) He is one of the biggest influences to many artists in many genres of music, even to this day 5) He is a darn talented singer with one of the most recognizable voices around. 6) He has done enough abusive substances to kill a large country 7) He lived his life doing, well, whatever. Why? Because the fame and money could have stopped at any moment, so may aswell get f**ked up and do everything before it happens.
    Lemmy, is that you? If so: 8) Still makes good music, and didn't turn into a joke at the end of the 90's like Ozzy did. 9) Didn't get his balls cut off by a she-bitch. 10) One of the only - if not THE only - true rockstars left.
    theblackwell
    link no1 wrote: People are complaining about this? Pretty sure he deserves to be there. 1) He was an original member that helped to shape metal 2) He wrote songs that are still popular and well known today 3) He has had some of the most memorable stage acts around (no, not the bat thing, accidents don't count) 4) He is one of the biggest influences to many artists in many genres of music, even to this day 5) He is a darn talented singer with one of the most recognizable voices around. Never heard the song before? You still know it's Ozzy. His vocal range is also better than people think, it's just UG is filled with idiots that think they know things. 6) He has done enough abusive substances to kill a large country 7) He lived his life doing, well, whatever. Why? Because the fame and money could have stopped at any moment, so may aswell get f**ked up and do everything before it happens. All this and more. He makes most other musicians lives seem boring and uneventful. He is the definition of rock star. You know what...Read 'I am Ozzy', then argue that he shouldn't be number 1.
    Well said man.
    Air_Stryker
    As much as I generally hate "World's greatest" etc. opinion polls, this isn't really one I can argue with. Considering his talents, success, influence and sheer perseverance to live through s**t that would kill 99.9% of other people; there aren't a lot of rockstars around on a par with Ozzy =D
    theblackwell
    BVB are a talented group, but not a single one of them should be in any list referring to the greatest rock stars. Ever.
    ZealXarah
    Did I srsly just ****ing read that nickelback is more talented than the foo fighters?? wtf is wrong with the world, how many people on ultimate guitar actually play guitar? The foo fighters use interesting chords aside from the standard major and minor. Foo fighters may have a popesque sound to their music but last time I checked Dave Grohl was the only person (I've heard of anyway) to record his drum tracks one drum at a time for maximum clarity. He played with john paul jones in them crooked vultures and his guitars always have bitchin harmonies wtf? nickleback? NICKELBACK!!? Fuckn srsly? Bitch you best be trollin
    link no1
    People are complaining about this? Pretty sure he deserves to be there. 1) He was an original member that helped to shape metal 2) He wrote songs that are still popular and well known today 3) He has had some of the most memorable stage acts around (no, not the bat thing, accidents don't count) 4) He is one of the biggest influences to many artists in many genres of music, even to this day 5) He is a darn talented singer with one of the most recognizable voices around. Never heard the song before? You still know it's Ozzy. His vocal range is also better than people think, it's just UG is filled with idiots that think they know things. 6) He has done enough abusive substances to kill a large country 7) He lived his life doing, well, whatever. Why? Because the fame and money could have stopped at any moment, so may aswell get f**ked up and do everything before it happens. All this and more. He makes most other musicians lives seem boring and uneventful. He is the definition of rock star. You know what...Read 'I am Ozzy', then argue that he shouldn't be number 1.
    funkymonk23
    Cool story bro. I really couldn't give a **** less about who some douchebag thinks is the greatest rock star in the world. I love Ozzy, but those type of statements don't mean shit.
    jbob145
    Lemmy deserves it more than Ozzy because lemmy is still going balls to the wall.
    Slap-happy
    So we;re all going to start fighting over something that is completely subjective, based on opinion and highly influenced by modern trends, tastes, media exposure and opinions...? meh...
    TheFly_1990
    ProgJazzMath wrote: Root Beer wrote: Dave Grohl, bitches. Dave Grohl is the king of radio rock. Why the hell do you guys worship him? Foo Fighters are no better than Seether or Nickelback. Hell, Nickelback has more talent than those guys do. Frigg off.
    I'm gonna get shot to hell for this, but I couldn't agree more
    BudSlayer
    ProgJazzMath wrote: Root Beer wrote: Dave Grohl, bitches. Dave Grohl is the king of radio rock. Why the hell do you guys worship him? Foo Fighters are no better than Seether or Nickelback. Hell, Nickelback has more talent than those guys do. Frigg off.
    Regardless of what you think of Foo Fighters Nickleback is far worse, Dave could probably shit a Nickleback song.
    schirripar
    It's all subjective. I think the real story should be the lack of modern day rock stars in comparison to years past. Who cares which one is the biggest.
    MetalFreakje
    say what you want, no disrespect to ozzy but i'd say Lemmy is way more a rockstar than ozzy!
    Woffelz
    Everyone in the UK can watch the Classic Albums: Black Sabbath: Paranoid on BBC iPlayer. There's also a documentary about Ozzy's road to sobriety on there. Just thought some of you may be interested.
    Kain Highwind
    tbh, I'd say Dave Grohl or Josh Homme probably What has Ozzy done in the past 15 years besides mumble incoherently in his reality show and WoW commercials?