Ozzy Osbourne Picks The Ultimate Metal Band And It’s Not Black Sabbath

In a new conversation with Classic Rock, Ozzy Osbourne surprisingly named Motörhead as the ultimate metal band, even over Black Sabbath.

Reflecting on his 1991 hit ‘I Don’t Want To Change The World’ from the album ‘No More Tears,’ Osbourne remembered the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, saying:

“Every time I sing this song now, I think of Lemmy. That was a Lemmy lyric, apart from, ‘I don’t want to change the world, I don’t want the world to change me.’ There’s one line, ‘Tell me I’m a sinner, I’ve got news for you. I spoke to God this morning, and he don’t like you.'”

Admiration For Lemmy’s Legacy

He went on to openly admire Motörhead, stating:

“That’s Lemmy, tongue-in-cheek. If anybody was to say to me, ‘Who would you say was the [ultimate] metal band?’ It would be Motörhead. Have you seen the Lemmy documentary? It’s f*cking great.”

The collaboration between Osbourne and Kilmister was not limited to just one song. Lemmy worked with Ozzy on his sixth solo album, ‘No More Tears,’ released on September 17, 1991. Together, they co-wrote other songs like ‘Desire,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ and ‘Mama I’m Coming Home.’

Lemmy’s Impact On Osbourne’s Music

Further emphasizing his admiration, Osbourne, in a May 2021 interview with BBC Radio, named Kilmister as his rock god, saying:

“My rock god is Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy was a guy – he shot from the hip every time. ‘That sucks,’ or, ‘I like that.’ I’m good at starting lyrics, but I can’t finish them. And he’d go – he’d write a bunch of lyrics for my songs – ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home.’ So, I’d give him a tape, and I had this book on World War II. I haven’t read it, and I told him, ‘Tell me what you think. And I have a bunch of these lyrics – whenever you can…’ I’m thinking, it’s gonna be a week.”

In a 2022 interview with Classic Rock, Osbourne shared that he had a conversation with Lemmy on December 28, 2015, just before the rocker passed away. Osbourne talked about Lemmy’s character and expressed the difficulty of losing loved ones.