That Metal Debate: That Metal Show‘s Top 5 Black Sabbath Riffs

by (@_bobina)

This week on That Metal Show, we welcomed The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. We rocked out with TMS alum Frank Hannon, who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. We also asked Tom Morello to stop by our TMS Top 5 segment and help us come up with the Top 5 Black Sabbath riffs of all time.

Over the past 40 years, the legendary Tony Iommi has given us such a magnitude of amazing riffs that it’s nearly impossible to cut the list down to a mere five. How do you choose from the iconic “Heaven and Hell” riff (which fans sing along to in stadiums), the punishingly heavy, haunting riff of “Black Sabbath,” and the “Iron Man” riff, which is arguably the most recognizable of all time? After much debate, the boys were able to narrow down the TMS TOP 5 Sabbath Riffs. Here’s what they came up with:

TMS Top 5 Black Sabbath Riffs
1.     “Symptom of the Universe”
2.     “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
3.     “Iron Man”
4.     “The Mob Rules”
5.     “Sweet Leaf”

Watch the full episode below and leave a comment with your own Top 5 Sabbath riffs! And don’t miss the SEASON FINALE of TMS, with guests Vinnie Paul, Styx, and guest shredder Steve Stevens, this Saturday (5/19) at 11 p.m. EST on VH1 Classic.

BONUS! We also put together this Spotify playlist for you guys to help you pick out your own personal lists!