10. Never Say Die! (1978)
Aiming for FM: The last album to feature Ozzy Osbourne, Never Say Die! is straight-up pop rock, primed for heavy rotation. But it’s not without its merits. Iommi’s guitar isn’t buried like it was on Technical Ecstacy, and the rigid melodies force his playing to be concise and punchy. Ozzy sings this hookier material with confidence (something he’d perfect on his solo LPs Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman).
Farewell, Ozzy Osbourne: Iommi and the rest of the band fired Osbourne in 1979, citing the singer’s obstinacy, unpredictable behavior, and excessive substance abuse — which Ozzy claims was no worse than that of his bandmates.
Average track length: 5:04
Best riff: “Air Dance”
Cover art deductions: Another Hipgnosis sleeve. I feel nothing when I look at it.