What’s there to say about Ozzy Osbourne that hasn’t already been said? Ozzy Osbourne is truly one-of-a-kind, and we thank the spirit of rock and roll for allowing the musical magician to bestow upon us an array of kick-ass hits. Let’s take a look at the top five songs from Ozzy Osbourne’s discography.
“Mama, I’m Comin’ Home”
The song appeared on Ozzy’s third studio album No More Tears in 1991. While Sharon Osbourne claims the song was written about her, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and metal multi-instrumentalist Zakk Wylde co-wrote the powerful tune. Tom Fletcher produced the track, which is still known as Ozzy’s only Top 40 hit.
“Diary of a Madman”
Performed in the rare time signature of 7/8, the song titled was taken from a 1963 film of the same name, which starred gothic film actor Vincent Price. Both musically and lyrically, the song was written to portray the dark dwellings of Osbourne’s mind. The song also appeared on the album of the same name in which guitarist Randy Rhoads was last featured on before his death in 1982.
Released in 1980 as the second single from Ozzy’s debut album Blizzard of Ozz, the song was written by Ozzy himself alongside band members Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley. If the song title doesn’t completely give it away, “Mr. Crowley was written as an ode to occultist Aleister Crowley who founded the Thelemite religion.
“Bark at the Moon”
Daisley, who played with Ozzy Osbourne between 1983 and 1987, co-wrote this high-vocal, upbeat song along with guitarist Jake E. Lee and Ozzy himself. The song, however, was marked with credit given only to Ozzy, and in 2003, Sharon Osbourne and Daisley engaged in a lawsuit under the premise of lost royalties for Daisley.
“Over the Mountain”
As the famous opening track for 1981’s Diary of a Madman, the song was released as a single in the UK and US, though it only charted in the US, peaking at #42 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for that year. Drummer Franki Banali claims to have brought the drum beat to life, though no source has officially confirmed it to be true.