Top 10 Opeth Songs

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1Ghost of Perdition

Took me less than ten seconds to love the song. The heavy guitar, the solo, the clean and heavy vocals, they all dominate!

This is by far Opeth's best song. It truly showcases their musicianship and synergistic songwriting, and exhibits perfectly the entire loud-soft spectrum. A solid prog-metal masterpiece.

Very good mix of cleans and growls. Also has nice variety of very powerful and nice and calm moments. A very dynamic song.

I listened to this song several times and It didn't make me like opeth but just a little better.

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2Blackwater Park

Perhaps no other song can rival the number of remember-worthy riffs packed in so small a time interval. How the song progresses with time is noteworthy with each riff bettering the previous one; the last two particularly being awesome.

Amazing band, amazing songs. Hard to pick one but this one is so dark and atmospheric. Heard it a million times, still not tired of it.

Opeth is one among my favourite bands.. This song is simply amazing and very dark indeed.. The intro, riffs and vocals are great..

Every song from the album "Blackwater Park" is absolutely breath taking so it's hard to vote for one song but if I have to choose one then this will be the song that I can think of so this is for me the best OPETH song

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3Burden

This song is untouchable when I first heard I almost cried... Its beautiful the piano solo great... Guitar solos pretty god like... And of course Mikael Akerfeldt is just simply made by the heavens

Vocals, pianos, guitars all come at ideal times. Such a perfect composition. Certainly the best of opeth..

An absolute masterpiece of progressive metal. The union of songwriting and music composition is beyond the reach of any others now. Well done Opeth. This will be one of the most legendary tunes of all time.

An absolute masterpiece. They've written some awesome songs over the years, but this one's just incomparable.

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4The Moor

I don't understand what this song is doing here it should be at the top with The Drapery Falls and Advent I think.

Great Variety!

Smooth intro, great acoustic riff and then the most epic transition to brutal vocals and the main riff...

This song competes with another for the top place in my humble opinion...

Best Opeth song to start off the best Opeth album in my opinion. Blackwater Park and Burden come in at a close 2nd and 3rd. But this is deffinetnly best.

The sight of summer, upon my return, fifteen alike since I was here... Bathed in deep fog, blurring my trail, snuffing the first morning rays. Do I need to say more? No, just Moor

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5Black Rose Immortal

amazing mixture of soft and hard, slow and fast, clean and growled vocals, etc.
not to mention outstanding guitars

Great SONG. Really Long and well made. Opeth "The King Of The Metal"

This song really defines Opeth. They are a brilliant band, goes without saying. The basslines, the riffs, Mikeal's voice, the way it has been put together and the transitions! Just way up there with one of the best progressive death metal songs ever written.

How is this not #1 I mean come on guys it is literally everything the band stands for

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6The Drapery Falls

I don't understand what this song is doing at the 9th place, it really should be somewhere in the top! The guitar rifs are just amazing, the vocals trembling,... The whole concept is just great!

As Opeth gradually transitioned from death metal to prog rock, the two genres converged into one of the greatest masterpieces ever- the Blackwater Park album. If I had to pick one quintessential Opeth song, it would either be this or Blackwater Park. They're both perfectly representative of Opeth's proficiency at any musical task they put their minds to. This somber, haunting masterpiece of a song is just a perfect blend of clean vocals and acoustic guitar with heavier and more powerful metal that somehow retains the mournful, brooding quality of the softer sections.

I just absolutely love this song. The way it moves from death metal vocals and guitars that make you want to headbang to beautiful clean singing melodies that make you want to cry at how amazing it is. My favourite song from Blackwater Park and this definitely deserves to be in the top 3 Opeth songs. Opeth rules!

I absolutely love this song, when I heard it live I didn't realized I was crying until Mikael finished the song, it's my favorite song from Opeth and they're one of my favorite bands, the vocals are so perfect, the guitar is heavy and powerful and the mixture of prog rock and death metal is so perfectly made in this song, it's a masterpiece

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7Deliverance

Nice evolution (slow and fast) all over the song Opeth rules!

Opeth songs just feel like an adventure, the transitions, the changes in emotion just make them seem like an epic journey. Every song Michael has written is like that. Nothing but pure brilliance, genius and talent is needed to be able to pour that much feeling, emotion and story telling in to every sing he writes. For me (at least at the moment) this song showcases all this best. Listen to the whole thing and by the end you will not feel the same as you did before you started listening. Solos are excellent, and the riff in the middle where Michael sings cleanly is just Heavenly.

Highly complex song. Akerfeldt's voice transitions are simply incredible. The drum solos are sick and the drumming solos are just enough to prove how technical Martin Lopez is!

The outro of this song is probably the greatest outro of any song ever. They closed with this when I saw them live in Melbourne, Australia - what a perfect ending to and incredible gig.

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8In My Time of Need

Amazing song. Very slow and smooth to start and its very enjoyable. Its very melodic like the King Crimson song "in the wake of poseidon" has that feel to it with the piano.

I love this song, Its different and original. Really touching, I love his voice. It's so unique and unlike anything I've ever heard.

Fell in love the second it began. Great song. Soft, slow and haunting. Amazing vocals, should be higher up in my opinion.

A very mature composition.. A flood of memories haunt my head every single time I listen to it.. My favourite after Burden..

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9Bleak

My favourite Opeth song (among many), first 3 minutes are wonderfully brutal death metal, before fading into a clean sing chorus. The guitars and vocals are amazing, with the jazzy solo section in the middle of the song (including an acoustic breakdown), before gradually fading back to the brutal metal side of the song for the finish.

an awesome mix of growls and clean vocals... and really influencing lyrics...

Amazing song whitch just gets better and better and reaching it's zenith with a fantastic sphearic episode. If this song could get better than that, then it would!

This song should be the top or maybe at #3

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10Harlequin Forest

Amazing proggy song. WHY did I have to add this? It has some amazing riffs, not to mention brilliant singing. Also one of the best off of the Ghost Reveries album (one of my favourite Opeth albums). - GhostOfPerdition

The first 6 seconds are an incredible progression of guitar - vocals - drums - backing guitars - backing vocals. By the time the heavy parts kick in after 2 & a half minutes, you are already wrapped up and along for an incredible ride. The ending breakdown is the most amazing example of band timing I've ever heard. Start to finish, it is unbelievable.

Amazing variety. Amazing riffs. The end section of the acoustic interlude is awesome. Amazing drumming. Mikael's best vocal performance? Just superb. My favourite - but that always changes with Opeth right? I'm constantly discovering new things with repeat listens of this band.

There is so much beauty in this track. Every riff is a joy. And that outro slays me every time, especially when they play it live.

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The Newcomers

?Will O the Wisp
?Reverie / Harlequin Forest

There's something about this song that cannot be heard! A feeling of being hung in the middle of life and death, where the night is long and the sun is gone, forever!

The Contenders

11Godhead's Lament

This has it all at Opeth's best - complex and inventive drumming, layers of shifting melody, guitars swinging from brutal riffs to delicate finger picking, Akerfeldt's trademark clean/growling vocals and a haunting storyline which ties the whole thing together with the rest of Still Life. Mesmerizing.

This is the song that got me hooked on Opeth - at the 3 minute mark when everything changes and becomes more dynamic. It was at that moment that I realized Opeth was more than just any death metal band. They're far more dynamic.

Best opeth song. hard to say by FAR, but it's got everything you need. soft vocals, hard vocals, and tells a story. great tune

I can't believe the song is so low, it has one of the best guitar solos and the build up to the chorus is so epic. It makes you feel like you're in a different world

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12To Bid You Farewell

Wow, To Bid You Farewell isn't on the list? It's easily in my top 5 songs overall. - djh101

This should be in the top 5... That mid song solo simply gives me shivers!

It should be in top 3... Ranking doesn't matter anyway best basslines ever m/

The most complete song of opeth I must say...simply 10 minutes on the other side.

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13Demons of the Fall

This song is just amazing. I think it has some of the best heavy and soft moments out of all Opeth songs. Also, BWP (album) is overrated (I like it a lot, but still...). Burden is great, but it doesn't hold a special place for me when there are songs like Credence, To bid you farewell, In my time of need, and Isolation years to compete with it (other "clean" vocal songs. )

This is one of the best progressive death metal song out there. Surprised it isn't there in top ten.

This is the definitive Opeth song in their death metal phase. Absolutely terrifying performance.

THIS is their best all around song!

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14Face of Melinda

The roundhouse tapes version is the best progressive metal song ever!

I can't believe this one is down here.. Definitely one of my favorite songs of ALL-TIME! Great deep lyrics, great intro.. It's just so perfect!

I listen to this song every night before sleeping, it's a masterpiece, a sample of heaven.
Especially the roundhouse tapes very melodic

This is one of the best songs ever! I can't believe it's 15!

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15Harvest

God... What this song is doing here... It should be in top 10... What a vocal and guitar work... Mind refreshing song... Clean, soft, pue devine

Mikael! Hail The Metal God! Beautiful composition by the metal maestro

What?! This song should be in top ten it has a relaxing effect. And it's like a melody for death. I'm not even talking about vocals and guitar... Harvest gives me feels.

I think it's the best song for learning and feeling how accords can influence the song.

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16The Baying of the Hounds

EVERY WAKING HOUR.

I love the groovy bass lines on this album: especially in this song. A great balance of vocal styles and the epic journey that this song takes you on from beginning to end make this song my favorite of all time.

It's like every good thing of Opeth put into one song. I think Mikael saved all of his best riffs for this song.

11 minute epic. Epitome of Opeth's work. Killer riff's and vocals (clean and harsh). It grooves and dazzles in all the right places.

Awesome lines when it enters the middle of the song the description of more

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17Hessian Peel

This song is too awesome to be number 16. Despite that it's still my all time favourite by Opeth, it's one of those songs that really grows on you, Watershed like most of their albums should be listened to as a whole to really appreciate them.

The whole song is pure chills, first it starts off with that hair raising acoustic intro, then moves into the beautiful melodic part where mike sings "will the children cry" leading into the satanic message and eerie but beautiful section that follows. That epic riff afterwards and then the calm before the storm everything gets quieter and the keyboard comes in and starts getting more intense then... BAM "LIGHT COMES ONN" the song is brutal as hell for a minute before going into the intense but softer "lock the children away from harm" part then after abit goes back to the brutal riffs and finishes off with the keyboard.

Overall the song is very progressive, and has everything I love about Opeth combined into one song. It starts ...more

I think this is one of the best metal songs of all time. The heavy section caught me by total surprise the first time, and that riff at 6:30 is incredible.

I like the melody of this song but I wish don't become heavy metal I don't like the yell

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18Windowpane

Windowpane is the best soft/clean vocal Opeth song. Burden is so overrated. Blackwater Park is my favorite, but Windowpane should definitely be higher!

Can't you hear the combination between the drums, the guitars, and of course Mikael's heavenly voice? This easily belongs to the top ten.

This song is a masterpiece. My favourite opeth song

Underrated song, the best of Damnation in my opinion - R3C

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19Porcelain Heart

This song is higher on my all-time songs list than it is on this list - danyul11

Why this is not in the list? Come on guys you can't be serious!

This is not the best in my opinion... But it rips my heart.

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20Dirge for November

One of Opeth's simpler songs, I still get emotional every time I hear it. The chord progression starting at 1:44 is in my opinion, their absolute best.

This is just one of those songs by Opeth that seem to be really underrated. Everything in this song is on point. One of their best.

This should definitely be in the top 10. An often overlooked track that might just be one of Opeth's most brilliant pieces.

One of the most overlooked tracks in their discography

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1. To Bid You Farewell
2. In My Time of Need
3. Godhead's Lament
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1. Face of Melinda
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1. The Night and the Silent Water
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