Heaven and Hell (6:58)

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“Heaven and Hell” is the title track to Black Sabbath’s ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell. It was written mainly by Tony Iommi, but as with almost all Black Sabbath albums, credit is given to the entire band. The lyrics were written entirely by then-newcomer Ronnie James Dio. The song has been performed by several bands of which Iommi and Dio are members including Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell

Ronnie James Dio himself cites it as his over-all personal favorite song of his career, the one that he feels most proud of.

In an interview for VH1’s “Heavy: The Story of Metal,” Dio stated that the song is about the ability of each human being to choose between doing good and doing evil, essentially that each person has “heaven and hell” inside themselves. When the song has been performed live by Black Sabbath, Dio or Heaven and Hell, it’s usually stretched out with an extended guitar solo, audience participation, ad libbed lyrics and/or additional lyrics regarding angelic and demonic apparitions and personal judgment. There is also a bootleg version sung by Ian Gillan. Tony Martin also sang it many times live with Black Sabbath as well as with his solo band.

Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who was a session keyboard player during the recording of this album, is said to have been responsible for this song’s famous bass line. The bassline closely resembles the bassline of “Mainline Riders” by Quartz, of which Nicholls was a former member.


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  • YoQueSe666

    On the title track of Black Sabbath’s ninth record, Dio asks age-old questions about good versus evil, all while its perfect blend of hard rock and heavy metal makes you stomp your feet to an irresistible beat. Thanks to multiple cover versions, it has become a heavy metal classic and also proved Sabbath could be just as powerful with Dio at the helm...watchmojo

    Yesterday 3:29am Reply
  • mauesndkj


    9 Jul 5:57am Reply
  • mariolitoro

    i live in helll

    7 Jul 12:18am Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    "i absolutely hate the bass line" It's not his best, but I wouldn't call it bad at all. It's a bit repetitive, but overall it's nice and it works.

    3 Jul 12:30pm Reply
  • bialawrona

    So wonderful that it gives me shivers. Wish I could sing it like THAT...

    2 Jul 9:15am Reply
  • weeps22

    Fool, fool!

    2 Jul 7:26am Reply
  • sahand_sj

    @ozzmansabbath it's because Ozzy can't sing this!! Dio>Ozzy

    16 Jun 3:26pm Reply
  • bahur

    i absolutely hate the bass line. the worst bass line Geezer ever did.

    16 Jun 9:02am Reply
  • ozzmansabbath

    Ozzy is always better than dio wish Ozzy would sing this song !!

    27 May 1:51pm Reply
  • muerto14


    22 May 6:04pm Reply
  • cerealkiller_x

    this song is just amazing, Dio's voice is pure passion

    8 May 5:32pm Reply
  • vinman76

    I seen the Heaven and Hell tour... Excellent!!!!!!

    9 Apr 1:50pm Reply
  • j_Belanger

    dio > ozzy

    6 Apr 10:37pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Hail Dio!

    5 Apr 3:02am Reply
  • JBoydCruz


    23 Mar 8:32pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Dio singing always good.

    20 Mar 4:25pm Reply
  • PlushyCow

    Sounds like a fun concert to be at. Dio must have been a cool dude.

    18 Mar 2:16am Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    The "Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1982" version is amazing.

    15 Feb 1:59pm Reply
  • DanStu1990

    All Hail Dio

    3 Feb 6:31pm Reply
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    14 Jan 4:13pm Reply
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