Shot in the Dark (song)

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"Shot in the Dark"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album The Ultimate Sin
Released 1986
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 4:16
Writer(s) Phil Soussan, Steve Overland, Chris Overland, Ozzy Osbourne
Producer(s) Ron Nevison
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"So Tired"
"Shot in the Dark"
"The Ultimate Sin"

"Shot in the Dark" is a song by heavy metal solo artist Ozzy Osbourne. It is the ninth and final track on his 1986 album The Ultimate Sin. A top-ten hit on Mainstream rock radio, the song also became his most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, peaking at number 68.[1] The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[2]

The song was reportedly written by bassist Phil Soussan along with fellow Wildlife bandmates Steve Overland and Chris Overland, before he joined Ozzy's band.[3] However, Osbourne was credited as a co-writer on the album sleeve. This issue has become a source of contention over the years, and in spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on Ozzy Osbourne greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with "Miracle Man." Both Just Say Ozzy (an EP containing an alternate version of "Shot in the Dark") and The Ultimate Sin were deleted from Ozzy's catalog in 2002 for claims of unpaid royalties from Soussan.

The song was covered by the British AOR band FM on their 2012 release Only Foolin' EP.[4] and also by Finnish melodic rock band Stala & So. on their 2013 album Play Another Round (as bonus track).


  1. ^ Ozzy Osbourne|Awards (Chart Placements) Retrieved 2-1-2014.
  2. ^ Garcia, Alex S. " - Ozzy Osbourne - "Shot in the dark [version 1]"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Interview with FM Vocalist, Steve Overland, Retrieved 3 December 2015
  4. ^ "FM: "Only Foolin' EP"". Rock United. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2014.