“Paranoid” – Black Sabbath


Even though Black Sabbath are considered kings of heavy metal, “Paranoid” is pure punk rock in my humble opinion. While Led Zeppelin were bragging about giving you every inch of their love, Sabbath was fretting about war-mongering politicians and generals (their classic “War Pigs”) and emotional breakdowns. “Paranoid” contains one of my all-time favorite lyrics: “Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry.” Damn, if that one line doesn’t sum up the downward spiral of the victim of a bully, I don’t know what does.