Paranoid (Black Sabbath song)

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"Paranoid"
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Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
B-side "The Wizard" (1970 original)
ReleasedAugust 1970 [1]
Format 7-inch single
Recorded1970
Genre
Length2:48
Label Vertigo
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"The Wizard"
(1970)
"Paranoid"
(1970)
"After Forever"
(1971)

"Paranoid" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song "The Wizard". It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. [1]

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About

"Paranoid" was the first Black Sabbath single release, coming six months after their debut album was released. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (from Guitar World magazine, March 2004):

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A lot of the Paranoid album was written around the time of our first album, Black Sabbath. We recorded the whole thing in about 2 or 3 days, live in the studio. The song "Paranoid" was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing. [4]

"Paranoid" eventually became the name of the album, and somewhat unusually, the word paranoid is never mentioned in the lyrics. Originally the band had wanted to call the album War Pigs after the song of the same name, but the record company persuaded them to use "Paranoid" instead because it was less offensive. [5]

"War Pigs" is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It is the opening track from their 1970 album Paranoid.

Legacy

"Paranoid" was ranked No. 1 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. [6] In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 11 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone ranked it number 250 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [7]

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The original Black Sabbath recording has been used numerous times in various films and television shows including Sid & Nancy , [8] Dazed and Confused , [9] The Stoned Age , [10] Any Given Sunday , [11] Almost Famous , [12] We Are Marshall , [13] The Angry Birds Movie , Suicide Squad , Kong: Skull Island and CHiPs , [14] and Bad Cat . The song was used in the video games Rock n' Roll Racing in 1993, Guitar Hero 3 , Madden NFL 10, and WWE 2K17 . The song was covered by industrial rock group The Clay People for the various artists compilation album Shut Up Kitty , released in 1993.

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Soft Cell was performing their cover of "Paranoid" on early live shows, before releasing their debut album; demo recording of the cover was released on compilation album The Bedsit Tapes in 2005.

In Finland, "Paranoid" has the same status as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" in the United States as a song the audience finds humorous to request during a concert. So regardless of a band or the style of music in question, somebody may shout "Soittakaa 'Paranoid'!" ("Play 'Paranoid'!") during a gig. [15] [16]

Personnel

Accolades

PublicationCountryAccoladeYearRank
NME United Kingdom"All Time Top 100 Singles" [17] 197641
Spin United States"100 Greatest Singles of All Time" [18] 198981
Radio Veronica Netherlands "Super All-Time List" [19] 198916
Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame

United States"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs
that Shaped Rock and Roll" [20]
1994*
Guitarist United Kingdom"Top 100 Guitar Solos of All-Time" [21] 199884
Rolling Stone United States"500 Greatest Songs of All Time" [22] 2004250
Q United Kingdom"1010 Songs You Must Own!" [23] 2004*
Q United Kingdom"100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!" [24] 200511
Q United Kingdom"100 Greatest Songs of All Time" [25] 2006100
VH1 United States"40 Greatest Metal Songs" [26] 20061
VH1 United States"100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" [27] 20084

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing

  1. "Paranoid" – 2:45
  2. "The Wizard" – 4:20
  1. "Paranoid" – 2:50
  2. "Rat Salad" – 2:30
  1. "Paranoid" – 2:50
  2. "Happy Being Me" [I] – 15:54
  1. "Paranoid" – 2:50
  2. "Evil Woman" – 3:25
  1. "Paranoid" – 2:50
  2. "Tomorrow's Dream" – 3:11
  1. "Paranoid" – 2:45
  2. "Snowblind" – 5:25

Note

Charts

Chart (1970)Peak
position
Australian Go-Set National Top 60 [29] 18
Austrian Singles Chart [30] 3
Canadian Singles Chart [31] 54
Danish Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart [32] 1
Irish Singles Chart [33] 12
Italian Singles Chart [34] 9
Netherlands Singles Chart [30] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart [30] 6
South African Springbok Radio Top 20 [35] 3
Swiss Singles Chart [30] 2
UK Singles Chart [30] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [36] 61

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