Our list of Ozzy Osbourne Albums Ranked Worst to Best shows just how quickly the Prince of Darkness found success with his solo career — and how massively influential his early LPs were on heavy metal.

The former Black Sabbath frontman struck gold — and platinum, and multiplatinum — with his 1980 solo debut Blizzard of Ozz, which sold a whopping 5 million copies in the United States, spawned era-defining songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" and thrust former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads to stardom. Osbourne and Rhoads would catch lightning in a bottle once more on 1981's triple-platinum Diary of a Madman, featuring classics such as "Flying High Again" and "Over the Mountain," before Rhoads' tragic death in 1982 at the age of 25.

Frequent personnel shifts did nothing to dull Osbourne's star, however. The singer scored several more commercial smashes throughout the '80s and '90s, including Bark at the MoonThe Ultimate Sin and No More Tears. In all, Osbourne's first seven albums went multiplatinum, and several of his other sidemen, such as stalwart six-stringer Zakk Wylde, quickly rose to guitar-hero status.

Osbourne's pace eventually slowed down because of various Sabbath reunions and health issues, and several of his late-career albums failed to match the glorious highs of his early work, to put it mildly. Still, the singer has given us plenty to chew on over the course of his illustrious career. Check out the following list of Ozzy Osbourne Albums Ranked Worst to Best.

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