• Rob Halford has identified his favorite heavy metal song of all time – and he’s not exactly going out a limb in doing it.
  • The Judas Priest frontman says he feels Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” – a track that’s been praised by rock critics for years – stands head and shoulders above other songs in the genre. “‘Paranoid’ is my number one song,” Halford says. “It was one of these game-changing moments that we have in music because it brought out and brought forth a genre and a style of music that lit up the world. Particularly for me as a young musician at the time, ‘Paranoid’ just took off like a heavy metal rocket.”
  • Halford is currently working on his first solo album, which is expected to be a collection of blues standards.

Here is his Top Ten favorite songs:

1. Black Sabbath, “Paranoid”
2. Slayer, “Angel of Death”
3. Dio, “Holy Diver”
4. Metallica, “Ride the Lightning”
5. Motorhead, “Ace of Spades”
6. Ozzy Osbourne, “Bark at the Moon”
7. Pantera, “Walk”
8. Scorpions, “Blackout”
9. Rage Against the Machine, “Bulls on Parade”
10. David Bowie, “Space Oddity”


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