The Devil’s Music: 10 Songs Based Around the Tritone Interval

Black Sabbath — “Black Sabbath”

The song from which Black Sabbath take their name was apparently inspired by a vision that bassist Geezer Butler had of a ghostly “large black figure” filching a book that Ozzy Osbourne had lent him about witchcraft — so yes, of course the song incorporates the devil’s note. The iconic four-note riff has become a sort of template for Spooky Music™, but at the time the use of the tritone was unusual, and it’s an idea that pretty much every band Sabbath inspired has seized upon at some point.