Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath 1970 Paranoid 45

Can you help me occupy my brain?

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970
  • Hot 100 chart debut: Nov 28, 1970
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #253 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • from the album Paranoid (1970)
  • Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler: "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."
  • written by Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)
  • produced by Rodger Bain
  • "Paranoid" is one of only two songs that made the pop singles charts for Black Sabbath - the other was "Iron Man" in 1972
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