Then you missed my post from the previous page:
Negative Creep wrote:
I think it's pretty clear that, all things considered, Black Sabbath is the greatest metal song of all time.
And no, dont throw that "just because it came first" bullshit at me, 'cause there's more to it than that.
It's influence and impact are out of this galaxy. Think about the things that this song made possible. Every time you hear a metal artist say that they want to SCARE their audience, the influence of that goes directly back to Black Sabbath. And the evil/supernatural themes that also became so popular in metal throughout the 80's and beyond, clearly owe everything to this song as well. Horror/occult/Biblical overtones...this is the blueprint that made it all possible.
And it's impact is indescribable. Even Iommi himself talked about the enormous effect of the song in the early days:
"The critics hated us. Absolutely hated us. And they wouldn't play us on the radio. We really got slammed. And 'Black Sabbath'....my God, the looks on people's faces when we played that song. Everyone told us that it was very 'different'."
And it doesn't do THAT bad in popularity, being a huge crowd favorite that the band always played for a number of years (and even at the reunion).
Honestly, I love Hallowed as much as anyone else, but it's influence and impact are nowhere near the level of Black Sabbath.
And "musical and lyrical quality" is way too subjective...
War Pigs/Paranoid/Iron Man might be more popular, but Black Sabbath has WAY more influence and impact, and that's why we moved it to #1 for Sabbath on the top 10 songs index.