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Paranoid is a song by Black Sabbath that appears on the band’s second album Paranoid. Supposedly, the members of Black Sabbath put together this song in 15 minutes based on a solo by Tony Iommi. This song was only meant to be a “filler”, but became one of Black Sabbath’s most well known songs: the band members were sent back to the studio to record one more song because the record company deemed the album was too short, and planned to quickly record a filler song, but eventually wrote and recorded “Paranoid”. The record company changed the album’s name from War Pigs, as it was originally intended, to Paranoid out of fear of a backlash from supporters of the Vietnam War.

“Paranoid” was released as a single and received regular airplay on mainstream radio. The single, with “The Wizard” on the B-side, was released in the UK in July 1970 and it reached the number 4.

Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne continued to play this song in concert during his career as a solo artist.

“Paranoid” was ranked #34 on VH1’s 40 Greatest Metal Songs. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 11 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone ranked it #250 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is #1 in the book The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time


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Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind
people think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify

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  • abipolarninja

    haohmaru < Nothing

    28 Aug 12:58am Reply
  • muerto14


    17 Aug 12:31am Reply
  • torrerick

    still souds great

    13 Aug 10:03am Reply
  • cannibal_ism666

    I love the bass [2]

    3 Aug 5:08pm Reply
  • neiker234

    I love the bass

    11 Jul 2:51pm Reply
  • razor_sharp7

    love the guitar

    6 Jul 12:17am Reply
  • jardo1


    5 Jul 6:48pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    “Iron Man” may have the cult status and association with a popular Marvel superhero, but it’s “Paranoid” that’s cited time and time again as essential to heavy metal. Tony Iommi’s dynamic riffs meld flawlessly with Ozzy’s trademark vocals and Geezer Butler’s tormented lyrics to create a dark and heavy blues-rock sound unlike anything heard before. With work like that, Black Sabbath set the blueprint for the genre and countless subgenres with their music. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 12:37pm Reply
  • MetalMackenzie1


    15 Jun 12:43am Reply
  • Marichelita

    "Can you help me... occupy my brain..." [1]

    1 Jun 11:25pm Reply
  • Blackbizarr


    1 Jun 8:06pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Great great GREAT solo.

    18 May 7:07am Reply
  • silversurfer250

    As the title suggests, this song is about a man who is paranoid. The driving guitar and bass create a nervous energy to go along with Ozzy's lyrics. Geezer Butler explained the song's meaning to Mojo magazine June 2013: "Basically, it's just about depression, because I didn't really know the difference between depression and paranoia. It's a drug thing; when you're smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can't relate to people. There's that crossover between the paranoia you get when you're smoking dope and the depression afterwards."

    17 May 1:41pm Reply
  • kstuart12

    A metal classic

    4 May 6:24pm Reply
  • Halldrymm

    Not bad for a pop song, not sure if it will catch on. [2]

    16 Apr 6:22pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    So much metal!

    11 Apr 12:59pm Reply
  • robsonyoroku

    Still waiting for the day when someone will find out where Iommi hid his time machine. He was far ahead of his time, he's still ahead of our time.

    10 Apr 12:27am Reply
  • SystemOfANeff

    "Can you help me... occupy my brain..."

    19 Mar 11:03pm Reply
  • erathedark

    think i first heard this Song when I was 4 Years old or something like that :)

    8 Mar 11:48pm Reply
  • kerouu

    guitar hero feelings

    7 Mar 7:18pm Reply
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