The Essential Ozzy Osbourne

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The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
Greatest hits album by
Released11 February 2003
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Live at Budokan
The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
Prince of Darkness
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

The Essential Ozzy Osbourne is a compilation album by British heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, released in 2003. It reached No. 81 on US charts[3] and No. 21 in the UK.[4] Tracks featured here from the first two albums are the re-recorded versions from recent reissues (see Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman) as well as the remixed Bark at the Moon tracks.[citation needed] The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on 5 February 2005 with an excess of 500,000 copies sold,[5] then certified Platinum by the RIAA on 3 March 2016.[6] This compilation was re-released in 2009 as a Limited Edition 3.0 package with an additional disc of bonus songs that were not on the original release.

Note on album tracks from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman: The album tracks are from the 2002 remasters, for which Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were partially re-recorded. The original drum and bass tracks were replaced with recordings by Osbourne's then-current bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, as a management response to legal action by original bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake for unpaid royalty fees.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Crazy Train"Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob DaisleyBlizzard of Ozz (1980)4:50
2."Mr Crowley"Osbourne, Rhoads, DaisleyBlizzard of Ozz4:55
3."I Don't Know" (live)Osbourne, Rhoads, DaisleyTribute (1987)5:00
4."Suicide Solution"Osbourne, Rhoads, DaisleyBlizzard of Ozz4:16
5."Goodbye to Romance"Osbourne, Rhoads, DaisleyBlizzard of Ozz5:32
6."Over the Mountain"Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Lee KerslakeDiary of a Madman (1981)4:31
7."Flying High Again"Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, KerslakeDiary of a Madman4:38
8."Diary of a Madman"Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, KerslakeDiary of a Madman6:12
9."Paranoid" (live)Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill WardTribute2:52
10."Bark at the Moon"Osbourne, Jake E. Lee, DaisleyBark at the Moon (1983)4:15
11."You're No Different"Osbourne, Lee, DaisleyBark at the Moon5:49
12."So Tired"Osbourne, Lee, DaisleyBark at the Moon4:02
13."Rock 'n' Roll Rebel"Osbourne, Lee, DaisleyBark at the Moon5:22
14."Crazy Babies"Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Daisley, Randy CastilloNo Rest for the Wicked (1988)4:14
15."Miracle Man"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, John SinclairNo Rest for the Wicked3:44
16."Fire in the Sky"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, SinclairNo Rest for the Wicked6:24
Total length:76:36
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Breakin' All the Rules"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, CastilloNo Rest for the Wicked5:13
2."Mama, I'm Coming Home"Osbourne, Wylde, Lemmy KilmisterNo More Tears (1991)4:11
3."Desire"Osbourne, Wylde, Castillo, KilmisterNo More Tears5:45
4."No More Tears"Osbourne, Wylde, Mike Inez, Castillo, John PurdellNo More Tears7:22
5."Time After Time"Osbourne, WyldeNo More Tears4:20
6."Road to Nowhere"Osbourne, Wylde, CastilloNo More Tears5:09
7."I Don't Want to Change the World" (live)Osbourne, Wylde, Castillo, KilmisterLive & Loud (1993)4:05
8."Perry Mason"Osbourne, Wylde, PurdellOzzmosis (1995)5:53
9."I Just Want You"Osbourne, Jim VallanceOzzmosis4:56
10."Thunder Underground"Osbourne, Wylde, CastilloOzzmosis6:28
11."See You on the Other Side"Osbourne, Wylde, KilmisterOzzmosis6:09
12."Gets Me Through"Osbourne, Tim PalmerDown to Earth (2001)5:04
13."Dreamer"Osbourne, Marti Frederiksen, Mick JonesDown to Earth4:44
14."No Easy Way Out""Osbourne, PalmerDown to Earth5:06
Total length:74:25
  • Some pressings omit track 12 on disc one ("So Tired"). On these editions, "Breaking All the Rules" is added to end of that disc (as the 16th track), and is thus omitted as the first track of disc 2.
Disc three (Limited 3.0 Edition)
No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."The Ultimate Sin"Osbourne, Lee, DaisleyThe Ultimate Sin (1986)3:45
2."Lightning Strikes"Osbourne, Lee, DaisleyThe Ultimate Sin5:14
3."That I Never Had" (live)Osbourne, Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, FrederiksenLive at Budokan (2002)4:15
4."I Don't Wanna Stop"Osbourne, Wylde, Kevin ChurkoBlack Rain (2007)3:59
5."Black Rain"Osbourne, Wylde, ChurkoBlack Rain4:42
6."Changes" (with Kelly Osbourne)Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, WardUnder Cover (2005)4:06
Total length:26:34


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] Gold 16,825[7]
Norway (IFPI Norway)[8] Platinum 40,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Caramanica, Jon (20 February 2003). "Ozzy Osbourne - Essential Ozzy Osbourne". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  5. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  6. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards March 2016" (PDF). RIAA. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Ozzy Osbourne" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  8. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Ozzy Osbourne – The Essential". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Essential in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Ozzy Osbourne – The Essential". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.