Top Ten Alice in Chains Songs


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The Top Ten

No arguments here. Definitely the best by far. Classic Alice in chains. Love it. But got me wrong should be here too I agree.
YES! This song kicks ass! It has such powerful meaning behind the powerful drums and Layne's voice... Love it.
Incredible song can listen to it all day long intense lyrics which almost makes me cry because I've been through this and I have had 3 friends almost od on coke and 2 are in rehab oh yea I'm only 17
[Newest]This song carries the memory of the fallen members of grunge rock. Andrew Wood, Cobain, Mike Starr, etc

2Man in the Box
How is this not number one? The tone of the song goes from high to low and high to low and the amazing guitar is based off of a talk box giving the song a much stranger yet more harmonious vibe
This is one of the best songs ever, besides being their #1. The range of the vocals alone is fantastic, not to mention the great guitar work.
This song is perfect. There is absolutely nothing else to say. How is this not number one?
[Newest]This song should be number one. The vocals are amazing and it goes from high to low tones throughout the song. One of the best alternative rock songs in the world.

So simple and powerful. Even though Chains has a good number of great songs, Nutshell has to be the best of them all.
Haunting harmonics layed over with guitar solos that tug at your heart strings. There's no reason this shouldn't be voted one of the best songs of all time.
Only Would is better, great guitars, an incredible composition, Staley is at one of his best vocal performances here. It's a pity this wasn't included in Dirt, but we can enjoy it in the EP Jar of Flies. Classic.
[Newest]Always cry whenever I hear this one. Staley really was at a very low point in what was left of his life, and this is probably his best contribution at that point.

too much power with a great story behind it
it has a mystic kind of intro that builds up for the power that certainly copes with it
Has a great intro, and I love the effect that is used on the amplifier. I think this song made alice in chains for who they are. They might of not made it if it were not for this track
Rooster has got much more emotion than any other AiC's song. Also, the pause to power rock parts are blowingly amazing.
[Newest]Whoa, this low? That is SO wrong. This is their best. No doubt about it.

5Down In a Hole
This song makes me miss real music We need Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Soundgarden back!
One of my favorite songs of all time, especially the unplugged version. An beautiful masterpiece that tears me up every time I hear it
my favourite, always makes me cry, so beautiful, so sad... Layne we miss you!

[Newest]Often overshadowed by other Alice in Chains' classic hits. "Down in a Hole" may not have the same signature "Alice in Chains sound" - melodic, yet sludge-driven guitar riffs, or the rumbling, murky bass lines. However, the painfully sobering emotion throughout "Down in a Hole" is as deep and as heavy as any Alice in Chains song. Layne Staley's voice and Jerry Cantrell's guitar are in perfect synch, churning out a hopeless melody that embodies the entire album in just one song.

6Them Bones
Perfection. No rips. Not tears. No faltering whatsoever. High pigment song with the most achingly righteous harmonies, plus odd time, vocal intensity, great guitar solo and great lyrics, too. It's my favorite.
Such a magnificent song. Got me into 'Chains, and one of Jerry's best solos. Great harmonies too.


Excellent song. Great harmonies in the chorus, chugging, heavy guitar riffs during the verses, awesome, catchy odd time- it truly has it all!

7Angry Chair
One of my favorite songs incredible incredible song deep distorted lyrics dark guitar riffs incredible
Such an incredibly dark piano riff and heavy guitars. Love the various melodies as well. Angry Chair, Dam That River, Hate To Feel are my top three.
It is a good song, because it teaches everyone to hate everything. If the world hated a little more we'd be in a better place.
[Newest]Absolutely stunning chorus. Most memorable song from the album

8No Excuses
Systematic drums, meaningful lyrics, haunting bass and a killer guitar solo, this great song should easily be number one on this list.
Beautiful song! It definitely got me started with this awesome band! Beautiful Guitars, beautiful bass part, beautiful (and distinctly haunting) vocals, beautiful EVERYTHING...
Best song by AIC. Although it was a tough pick between this one and "sludge factory" what can I say.. They're all AMAZING
[Newest]That drum line! Blows me away every time

9Love, Hate, Love
Amazing song! It was probably not a video and as popular as it should be cause the last 2 min of the song he just screams love hate love.
One of my favorite AIC songs... There is a video of him singing this from the 90's on YouTube... Amazing. Layne nails these powerful vocals, takes your breath away.
This is the most epic, intense, passionate song of all time! Layne's vocals are mind-blowing, his talent is raging. The guitar solo is beautiful too.
[Newest]Good song, love since first time I heard this!

10I Stay Away
Grunge has always been my favorite genre: great guitar licks, great lyrics, and whatnot. But to hear a violin in the background of this song just MAKES this song what it is. I love listening to it. One of Alice in Chains's best songs. Should be in the top 10.
I just love this song, my favourite with down in a hole and rooster... tears that soak a callous heart... the music is so beautiful.
One of the best songs of all time - definitely my favorite grunge song ever created. Check it out if you don't know it - from start to finish.
[Newest]Perhaps the most intelligent metal song ever written. The strings really send it to a new level.

The Contenders

11Rotten Apple
I agree that this song is underrated. Jerry Cantrell tool is also underrated generally speaking. Layne Staley is also of course. However-Would & Nutshell are my one and two. But ya. Being of this generation I'm embarrassed to say I actually forgot this track. Thanks!
This song literally sends chills down my spine every time. Starts with a great bass riff, has a great acoustic feel, and a very powerful message. The self-harmonized vocals are chilling yet expressive.
It has the talk box. enough said. Also, this is one of Layne's most disturbing works. This is in my top three Alice in Chains songs, up there with Frogs and Dirt. When I hear his voice growl in this song, it sends chills down my spine

12Bleed the Freak
the lyrics are so powerful and the whole quality of the song is amazing... the chorus just makes you scream THESE STAND FOR ME... NAME YOUR GOD AND BLEED THE FREAK
This song is #1, most powerful in my opinion, no such thing as a bad one but seems like mainstream created this list, where's "junkhead"?
Nice list... but this is my favorite. I love the way Layne sings it so much, especially the version on their live album. Facelift's such a cool album, though.
[Newest]The best song by Alice in Chains. Its almost like a better version on would?.

13Rain When I Die
The harmonies on this is incredible you could really feel the pain in laynes voice
Jerry's guitar tone is absolutely incredible. The composition is perfect. This is one of the few AIC tones Jerry and Layne collaborated lyrically on. It's hauntingly beautiful.
Masterpiece, gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. How isn't it in top 5?

14Heaven Beside You
not only is this the best song... but... yeah, it's just the best.
The first time I Heard this song, I immediately loved it. It's just excellent
This song (and Nutshell and Them Bones) is just perfect.
[Newest]Why is this so low? It should be in the top 5 in my opinion.

15Check My Brain
Its an amazing song I love the starting of the song, I heard it in californication for the first time loved it since then!
Great comeback.. Thumps up if you like this song.. Maybe not there best but definitely deserve in the top 5 position.. They still got it
If it came out on the facelift record everyone would love it, people just like to think their hardcore fans by listening to just there early material.
[Newest]One of their best. Should be on top 3.

People must know this song, definitely one of the best!
Indeed this is a Killer song! It's definitely in my top 3!
Don't understand why it's rated this low?!
Should be way higher come on guys. Pun intended

Sounds better everytime you hear it.
I don't really like much off the self- titled album, but this song is quite good. Not one of their best but should still be higher.

18Dam That River
It deserves at least the second place of this list!
This song was written by Jerry Cantrell after Sean Kinney broke a table over his head...
Heavy stuff from there best album, Dirt

19Got Me Wrong
This song needs to on top the list
This should be top ten at least!
Perfect song, great guitar pieces

20Don't Follow
This is a peaceful song with soul. Good meaningful lyrics. When it picks up speed it gets even better
Only 1% votes? This should if been played on unplugged and it should be on their best of album


This should be in the top 5 without a doubt!
[Newest]Definitely their most beautiful song

21We Die Young
Should be on the Top ten, its their real Message, Man in the Box may be too, but this Song sure is their Main Message they wanted to deliver, Layne was the best example for it.
This is alice on his best
Heavy, intense, short and sweet. this was alice at their energetic peak.R.I. p mike and layne!
[Newest]Heavy and kicks ass

22Sea of Sorrow
I can't believe this isn't in the top ten. I've been listening to Alice In Chains for about a month or something and yes I've only heard "Facelift" so far. But sea of sorry, man in the box, and love, hate, love are some of the best tracks on that record!
How can you say you can't believe its not in the top ten when you haven't heard their other albums... you really should! It's a great song, only problem is, they have so many better ones!

One of my favorite songs! This should be a lot higher than 23. I love the emotion put into this song and the guitar riffs are just haunting.
Not the best, but really deserves a higher place.
This should definitely be TOP 10. One of the best AiC songs!

24It Ain't Like That
Everything about it is genius. The lyrics, the music, the vocals, the chemistry, the production. Watch Layne sing it live and your mind will be blown. Insane energy.

25Your Decision
Great great comeback by AIC... haunting tune
Really great, listen to lyrics and tune also rhythm of the song, you will definitely recognize this
Love it! Definitely my number 1 Alice in Chains song

My favorite song, I see a young boy that's thinking about a dog that's been Mis treated and the boy relates and wonders where his father is and who is looking after him when he finally calls for his mother to come for him.

Memory set me free, I relate to this song.
Better than 12, 11, 10, 9. Great song and underrated. I'd say it should be in the top five. For me, it'd be number one. Also, no Sunshine on the list?


To me its just the most soul shaking song. Everyone interprets things differently
[Newest]This is one of my all time favorites. Vastly underrated.

Excellent, one of their best songs, that riff is awesome!
The verse is awesome to, the staley and cantrell harmony is awesome!
I have many favorite AIC songs but this is the one I always come back to.

28God Am
Great track by Alice in Chains. Although I recommend you listen to the live version off of Live. It is a much better take than their studio effort.
So haunting, so full of bitter truth.
The beginning riff is haunting

29Sludge Factory
Why is this Number 46? So much soul and power behind it.
Can't believe its not on the top of the list!
One of the best songs of aic, I love the unplugged version.

30Over Now
I'm sorry, but my vote has to go to this song. This is the only Alice in Chains song where Jerry Cantrell used Open D tuning, and he does perfect. The whole self titled album had a really depressing feeling, but when I got here I cried, because it was that beautiful.
Very underrated, needs to be higher in this list, it has very good guitars and makes me feel good somehow, one of the best songs R.I. P Layne Staley
Weirdest emotional journey. The riff is one of my faves, it's so hard to explain! It's kinda a happy riff through a sad song which destroys you from the inside

Definitely my favourite Alice in Chains song to listen to, but it's also a great, calm song to play on guitar if you know how. Easy, and a crowd-pleaser. Why this isn't in at least the Top 10 is beyond me!
I don't know if the world is going mad or what... A sure to be top 5 song of alice in chains si sitting so low I can't imagine please please listen 1st carefully and I know you will vote ty...
Best alice in chains song ever don't know why this isn't in the top 10 great solo
[Newest]Should be top ten. Maybe the best lyrics of any Alice song!

32Hate to Feel
I'll admit it is my second time voting, this is such an underrated song! It has so much emotion coming from layne following his fathers footsteps.
Love the harmonies, the descending chord progression, the shifting meters.
It's way much better than the position it's stuck in

33A Little Bitter
Must be a mistake #32?!?!? No no you mean 3 and 2 consecutively right?

34Black Gives Way to Blue
In memory of Layne Staley... Deserves to be higher on the list. It shows that even without Layne Alice in Chains still is a good band.
Great song and fitting to close out the album.

This song has almost a hurt sound in the vocals. The way the guitar slowly plays the riff as Layne asks why it has it be this way is beyond epic.
This is one of my favourite songs of all time... Not just by AIC. If the studio version is too alternative listen to the unplugged version. Both versions are perfect in my opinion but the unplugged is more easy to like.
You can't ask more from a song. The misery breaks my heart, but it's the most beautiful sound. I love this song so much.
[Newest]Such an amazing atmospheric song. Worth the listen.

New but brilliant. Loving the bass line and lead parts. Good vocals too.

37Shame In You
This song is perfect Alice. The harmonies are pitch perfect, the dual guitar solo at the end amazing, and one of my favorite songs to relax and listen to of all time.
Great change of pace song. This is the best of Alice when you're truly listening and immersing yourself in the music.
All you have to do is listen to it, by far the most emotionally touching song of all time

38God Smack
Can't believe this is rated so low on the list. This song must be the most twisted Alice In Chains song ever. Layne's sterling swerving vocals just mesmerize and make the song truly remarkable...
This song is unbelievable; Layne's voice is untouchable. They didn't put any effect on his voice, it just has this miserable, aching vibrato. Amazing song, deserves to be much higher on the list

This has to be in the top 20s at least!

40I Can't Remember
One of the best guitar riffs they ever wrote.

41Get Born Again
MOST AMAZING SONG EVER. This, Would? , Bleed the Freak, Frogs, and Rotten Apple. Oh! Don't forget Rain When I die. You know, there's just too many favorites from the greatest band of all time.
Awesome tune, I'm not quite sure I can put this in top 10... But it's knocking on the door.

42Right Turn

43Nothin' Song

44Lab Monkey

45A Looking In View
This song kicks ass and should be much higher on this list!

46What The Hell Have I
Alice has incredible songs, granted, but how is this so far down the list? The main lick is just so groovy, the chorus is slamming - apparently, a very UNDERRATED song.
Wow seeing this song so low rated either means alice in chains has too many good songs or no ones ever heard this song its amazing.
Top Ten Alice, many great songs... But this is one of the best no doubt!

47Take Her Out

This song is amazing! Deserves to be in the top ten without a doubt. The harmonies between Duvall and Cantrell prove Duvall can hold his own as the new Layne. The lyrics are beautiful, and the song overall is soothing, emotional, and melancholy.
What is this masterpiece doing down at 37th?! It's a shame people vote before listening to all songs, because clearly this would have been in the top 10 had people given it a try. Please, please listen to the godly riffs, crunching beat and easily the best AIC chorus before voting! You'll realize what you have been missing out on all this while!
Is the AIC new song, this song sounds dark influenced by cantrell, a very nice work from Alice In Chains :')
[Newest]Awesome guitar play that makes this the best! Come on guys vote. One of the best 2013 rock songs

49Brush Away
This song deserves to be so much higher than #46. Such a darkly beautiful song, and just the dirtiest riffs the last 90sec.
#46 are you joking! One of my favourite song. Great, great stuff. Badass band.

50Real Thing
Great riff, kicks ass
Great song. Just a killer rocking riff.
Hard rock song very fun to listening

51The Last of My Kind
Wow. The heaviest song from their latest album and it's not even on this list? This world makes me sick.
Down in a hole is my favorite, but this may be my second. Shame on AIC fans for having it down here. Phantom Limb is also too low, but that may be because the album is new.

52Alone (feat. Pearl Jam)
beautiful song, but it's not an Alice in chains' one! It's from Downface!


this song makes is so emotional



54Low Ceiling

55Phantom Limb
The definition of a sledgehammer riff, complimented by sharp vocals and a super eerie atmosphere.

The most honest and true song ever written about dealing with the plight of addiction... Layne's sincerity in every word gives me shivers up my spine every time... Definitely should be in the top ten at least... !
Not the best but it still shouldn't be so low on the list... I really love this song and it's definitely on my top 15... Maybe even top 10
One of the best songs of Alice in Chains

57I Know Somethin (Bout You)
So damn underrated. The energy in this one is ridiculous.
This GEM off of Facelift should be top twenty at least...

58Killing Yourself

59Put You Down

Not only a very meaningful song but also one of their must powerful songs.
This is a great song that should at least be on the list

61Lesson Learned

62The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Good Song. In my opinion though it fails to capture the very essence of alice in chains.

63Love Song
So majestic... A masterpiece


65Breath On a Window

66When the Sun Rose Again

67Queen of the Rodeo
Great song never recorded but it's on Live and Music Bank definitely worth a listen or 10 laugh out loud
Featuring hilarious lyrics probably written while the band were drunk or stoned out of their minds, this song shows how great AIC is: Even when they're messing around, they can produce a masterpiece like this.

68Swing On This
This song probably has the best bass line besides Rotten Apple. I find it hard to believe that it's not on this list.

69The Killer Is Me

70Smells Like Teen Spirit
What moron put this on here?
This is a nirvana song. Why is it here?

71Pretty Done

72Hung On a Hook

73Acid Bubble

74Lying Season

75So Close
There most underrated song by far.

76Iron Gland

Beast song with an insane chorus. In fact, the new album is unimaginably brilliant. In my opinion, almost as good as Dirt. Listen to Hollow and Stone as well
Amazing song, best from the new album!

78Private Hell
Best from the BGWTB, and one of the best AIC songs!

79Am I Inside
Haunting, and almost foreshadowing to staley's downfall
This song is very different comparing to other aic songs. The melody and the lyrics make a breathtaking, dark combination. The vibe of this song is.. Damn, I can't describe it. People, who are going through very dark times understand it best. Am I Inside has always been my favourite aic song.
One of the most depressing songs ever in terms of the tone of the instruments and lyrics... but is also refreshingly beautiful at the same time.

80All Secrets Known
Best song on an amazing comeback album. The guitar riff at the beginning is mesmerizing as I builds!

81Chemical Addiction
There was a song Alice In Chains did called Chemical Addiction and although not found on any album was certainly a worthy tune worth mentioning from them.
WHYY is this last? Awesome song.

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