Best System of a Down Songs

Out of all of their amazing songs, which one is the most meaningful and deep and fun to listen to? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Chop Suey!
Even though the first two verses are exactly the same, the band delivers awesome instrumentals and make the song catchy enough, to a point where it doesn't even matter. Vote for Suicide (aka Chop Suey! ).
I didn't want to vote for this song because it's the easy choice, but it's the only choice to me. This song truly got me in to this band and have really loved their music ever since.
This... Is just awesome! Don't understand the naming of the song, and the lyrics say nothing about Chinese food, but other than that, the lyrics are awesome!
[Newest]What an amazing song!
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Every single one of their songs is great but this one just has a little bit more of that greatness.
The chorus is just incredible. Makes me dance involuntarily. I often have to stop myself dancing in public.
[Newest]The and only System of a Down song I've heard and it is epic. Especially the parts after la la la la la la la la

Great song... Suggestions and streamline never get love.. But this one says SOAD in my mind
Best song by System of a Down, no quetions asked


A masterpiece a true representative of Rock. There is a lot of work in this piece. It makes the hair of my skin react.
[Newest]The best according to me

Awesome song. The best part is the sitar played by daron in the last few minutes. This song has been an inspiration for me. This is surely one of my favourite songs by System of a Down. Serj tankian and daron malakian rocks! 1
This is by far my favorite song by system of a down. I don't understand what they are going for in this song though. My favorite pieces of this song are the lead guitar parts, by Daron Malakian, and the drums, courtesy of John Dalmayan.
probly one of my top favs


[Newest]This song is awesome! The intro sounds exactly like Forty-Six and 2 by Tool, but that's this song's only problem! Also, this song is super fun on guitar!

5Lonely Day
Cool song! Such a lonely day and its mine. Awesome vocals from daron malakian and shavo odadjian
What a wonderful song. It has a tune that just sticks in your head, one which you don't mind humming all day long. And with lyrics which make sense, that people can relate too without being too technical. Ah, best song by 'System of a Down' by far.
This is one of the best songs I've listened to! A song tat bring me chills in a lonely day! This gets into the list of songs tat redefined my world
[Newest]I always found this song boring. And Daron's voice is just too whiny.

So amazing the best song ever written

It starts out mysteriously and ends awesomely
everything in the middle is nothing but stunning genius

this song is not in the right place until it is number 1


No, no, no. This song has to be number 1. It's not as well known as Toxicity or Chop Suey but it's probably even better. A thoroughly enjoyable song in every way conceivable.
Amazing! So complicated its mezmerizing and hypnotizing. I LOVE IT
[Newest]I think this song literally change my life



It was 2nd once, where it deserved to be, how have people forgotten about this awesome song?
Sugar isn't in the Top 5?! What?! I'm so surprised, Chop Suey! Is nothing compared to Sugar, in my opinion. It's my favourite track of all, and you can't help but sing along to it. Definitely deserves to be in at least the Top 3!
[Newest]Not as good as Mind, Spiders, or Suggestions, but still awesome! It's classic System Of A Down, dark and funny.


This song is SO bloody addicting!
AMAZING STUFF. They make simple music but music which rocks! You guys rock! M/
A musical and lyrical masterpiece with some deep message in it.
Nice intro and powerful verses are creating are stressing the atmosphere of this wonderful rock song.
This is the most mesmerizing song of System of a Down ( at least I believe so). The tune, music and style is simply breathtaking. I wonder how these people can create such fantastic songs. I believe that it should be the second beat song after Chops Suey, which is also marvelous.
So people, Enjoy the song and try to place it in the second position.
[Newest]I don't like this song. Take Daron's vocals out and this song would be perfect.

9Holy Mountains
Such beautiful instrumentation combined with Serj's haunting vocals... VOTE FOR THIS ONE DANG IT!
Songs like these are very overlooked nowadays. It doesn't matter if it's only about the Armenian Genocide, this song has so many ideas that actually show to the masses what it's like to be in a situation as such. The trepidation that radiates from Tankian's lyrics is astounding, the way it suddenly escalates from a normal run in the city to death showers on every alleyway, on every building. It's length is perfect as a song, any more would truly discourage the message from one side or another. That's the real charm of this band, y'know? They don't need to have long passages or instrumental interludes to examine their point. They're as straight-forward as possible, every lyric song just evoking another emotion from within about how society or a group of people can be so corrupt, with their dadaist style showing up in every song, whether it be about drugs, sex, politicians, or just plan terror like this one. This band is something special that will be hard to replicate, and this song is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to this charismatic 4-piece.


you cannot vote other song before listening to this one first. its epic, it defines soad
[Newest]Haven't listened to this song in a while, but I remember it being awesome!

The bass riff and Serj's vocals are so ominous and haunting, that this is one of their masterpieces. The guitar solo is also very good.


This is Soad's best song and it is amazing. It starts of soft with a powerful bassline. It eventually reaches an epic climax that is so powerful and just cannot love.
Spiders is a great SoaD song and the bass riff is just amazing


[Newest]This song should be number 1

The Contenders

11Soldier Side
This song almost made me cry, and has some of the best lyrics and vocals, should definitely be int top ten songs
This is seriously under rated!
its should in top 10 at least.
lyrics are great!
one of the best songs I have ever heard!
One of the Best Freaking SOAD songs! M/ The perfect choice to make someone a System Of A Down Fan! The Music, the vocals... Its just so Damn FLAWLESS! M/
[Newest]One of their most loved songs ever made, should be higher than 11

12Lost In Hollywood
Easily their best song. Daron's voice, lyrics, and guitar work are incredible. This song has so much emotion in it.
Beats the hell out of the rest of the rest of the top ten excluding a few awesome tracks
Such a good and emotional song. Daron's vocals are excellent but for me it's Ser's backing vocals that make the song as good as it is. Plus Pewdiepie used it as the outro for his videos
[Newest]What how is this 12th? Should be second or third after chop suey

13Prison Song
This song is amazing.. IT DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP TEN! UPVOTE THIS. The beginning is the shiz! Definitely one of my favorites.
One of the heaviest songs of the heavy metal. It's amazing, even heavier than byob.
This song has the second most powerful lyrics of S.O.A.D. only losing to P.L.U.C.K. (Do you want something more powerful than to speak about genocide? ) The way that Serj sings is amazing, he mixed rap and heavy metal.
[Newest]Great song to drum to

great power of the music that can really touch one's hearth! Truely one of the best songs of SOAD
It's so emotional. It truly makes me cry. Just listen to it.
I can sing along with this song all day, and not be bored. One of their best!
[Newest]Well, this is the first song I've listened from them when I knew who they really are. This song was given to me by my love, she was/is a huge fan of System of a Down. Now she's gone, she never looked back. It's been almost a year. I miss her voice. So I decided to listen to this song and it made me cry. This song should be top 5 cause it's such a great song.

I love how this is song is still the hard rock and uniqueness that System of a Down is known for, but 's also soft rock, too. This song is a perfect combination of hard rock and soft rock in the same song.
This song is kinda like Chop Suey! But I still think it's great
I am a huge System of a Down fan and forest is by far the best song of all the albums
[Newest]I listening System Of A Down since 2002, this the best song

Okay-maybe this song shouldn't be number one - but it should at least be in the top ten or five
What? God, this is my favorite System of a Down, to me it should be number 1, but if not at least it should be in the top 10! DAM, this song is so awesome it always makes me dance also makes me spin and jump at the 'la la la la laa' part! POWERFUL!
The musicality in this song is amazing. One of my favorites. It wouldn't be number one but it deserves to be in the top 10.
[Newest]It's fit to be on reggae song cover. damn I like this song.

17Deer Dance
I know that isn't the best soad's music, but I vote in deer dance because I like
This song is just amazing, I love it! It has an awesome rhythm and serj's vocals just make it flawless! But still, its not their best...
Every time I get on this this song moves back on the list. This is my favorite song from them and one of their best, it desrves at least in the top ten.
[Newest]You can't stay bored on this song, it puts you in such a mood.. a DANCING mood! The beat and rhythm and amazing, should probably be in top 10

The live solo.. Purely epic

The solo just automatically puts this song in the top 10 list no matter what, watch the live performance of this solo by Daron.. And he does it while dancing around as well.

It's just an epic song with an epic album version, an epic live performance and an epic guitarist..

Love you Daron <3
this song is so awesome and the bass is incredible... soad better get back together like they promised!


This deserves to be in the top ten especially if you consider the live performance of it when daron does a sweet solo while dancing round the stage
[Newest]So strong, so coke, it must be in top 5!

19Violent Pornography
Should be in the top 3 definitely... It's one of the most original songs of the system... I'm never tired listening to it. Awesome.
Great song. I love to just scream out this song when I'm alone in my room, or just in a bad mood that day. This song makes me feel great, and alive. This song and Radio/Video along with Chop Suey are quite amazing. System Of A Down rocks! New listeners should start with albums Hypnotize and Mezmerize.
This one is the best in the mesmerize album after B.Y.O. B and Radio/Video, I love it very-very much
[Newest]Great, I love this song.

How can you find yourself not singing I-E-A-I-A-I-O every day after listening to this song? I find myself singing this song right before anything epics about to happen
This needs to be listed way higher! This song is yet another popularity boost that soad had. It is way better than some of the other ones before it!
This song definitely deserves to be in the top ten... To me it's better than Chop Suey and BYOB. Amazing song meaning, and if you listen to it once you're hooked. For me, my favorite part is the chorus, easy to understand, and it just plain sounds nice.
[Newest]I-E-A-I-A-I-O.. I-E-A-I-A-I-O.. WHY? Is this so low on the list?

Vote this song its better than all the songs before top 20 sure and better of question and sugar sure... How can't you vote this song its just perfect the lyrics the music
Slowly song but a good song
[Newest]Are you kidding me? I love Systems hard stuff, but Roulette is the best song ever done by the band. It's the one song when they rely entirely on their extremely talented harmonizing skills instead of their lively fun quirkiness.

Pure harmony to my ears, cleaning, driving everything, just makes my hands do the beat until the beautiful chorus arrives, summing up, opening your senses, touching... The whole song is like "you run, run, run, do things - now take a look how far and where you've gone... Then you want someone to kick you out of your mind because you hate these thoughts, you can't deny... "
This song feels like a music battle. Combine Serj's powerful vocals with Daron's much softer singing, and this song is one that will stick in your head for a long time. It does get a little repetitive, but it's performed so well, you won't even notice it. Not to mention, it has quite possibly the best instrumentals in a song by System of a Down. I'd be disappointed if this didn't get top 10, but I'm not counting on it. It's just not popular enough.


This is easily the most underrated System of a Down song. It has energetic verses with great harmonies in the chorus and bridge. It is actually my personal favorite song by them.
[Newest]This should be in top 10

23Mr. Jack
This song is great! Such a great guitar part and harmonization in the verses. This song deserves a better spot, in my opinion.
Fun to play Fun to listen to and gets you pumped like nobody's buisness
Should be Top. 10 along with A.D. D and Streamline.
[Newest]The chilling intro to this song makes it worth it, and it gets heavy later on. But this song totally deserves a spot in the Top 10.


Cool, in denial!
We are the cruel regulators smoking CIGARO CIGARO CIGARO

The songs rocks!


One of the best songs of System of a Down, heavy, fast and amazingly good. I thinks is just much better than many other songs in the list.
Why isn't this song higher? This has such hilariously addicting vocals, showing that System of a Down can be very serious with some of their songs, and have a blast with others. This is shown no better than in cigaro. I can't do this song justice, if you haven't heard it, you need to! THIS is System of a Down1


25Highway Song
Steal this Album is so underrated, to me it's just another great System of a Down album but somehow it doesn't get that much attention :/ anyways, this is probably the best song on STA
Steal This Album's best song, besides Boom!, of course! One of the few romantics they have.
THIS SONG! Easily my favorite song, not just by System of a Down, but my favorite song ever. The incredibly addicting background instrumentals combined with Serj's fantastic vocals that show how diverse he is makes for a perfect song. It may not be the best song, but it's easily my favorite.


[Newest]Best song on the best System of a Down album. Such an overlooked album.

26Sad Statue
Only true fans would know this song. But after looking at this list it seems like this isn't a list for true fans of the band. Chope Suey, BYOB, Toxicity, etc. Are good songs, but they aren't System of a Down's best.
What the hell is Sad Statue doing so far down the list? Have to agree with the below comment, this isn't a list for true fans. Sad Statue has one of my favourite guitar riffs ever, I literally can't get enough of it. This deserves to be higher!
Truly a wonderful song in every right. It does not deserve to be so low on this list. It deserves a place in the top 10 along with Radio/Video who also needs to be up there. How many System of a Down songs can one say they've listened to before they can judge them all?
[Newest]Just awesome can't say anymore

27Kill Rock 'n Roll
I don't freakin believe it! 42? this song is perfect... should be in the top ten definitely! it's the only system of a down song that I liked listening for the first time...
This is am amazing song! The range I'm it is great and it's nice and simple when you just want something easy to listen to!
This and Shimmy are way too underrated

The best system of a down song is chop suey but I'll vote for this one because I think it should be way up higher on this list.
Awesome song, it deserves to be much higher on the list - top 10 at least! But System of a Down is such a great band that even their less popular songs are fantastic!
this song is freaking awesome soad 4 ever


[Newest]What. Why is this ranked 24! Did Justin Bieber fans also vote?

Anyone who doesn't think this song is worthy of top ten hasn't listened to it
I vote it again because it's the best songs with a sad history
I love the guitar on this song, and the lyrics

[Newest]I love this song.

My favorite for many different reasons, but namely for its haunting rhythm and powerful lyrics. The melody is amazing too.


cool bass :D good shavo good job :) :DD cool lyrics and my favorite part is 1:00
I really enjoy this song. It's one of my favorites by them! I think this song should be in the top 20.

31Ego Brain
Honestly, this is my all time favorite song. Ever. I don't know why it's all the way at #36 but it's my favorite. The lyrics are beautiful, guitar is awesome. The song 36 should be #36 just because that would be super ironic. Not Ego Brain, best song ever!
Awesome song, its just a shame that it isn't as known as "Chop Suey" or "Aerials". It is an underdog, so it deserves to be voted, so it can shine on the top
Really Awesome way better than Chop Suey

Why isn't streamline in the top ten? This song is too good to be 34, its too good to be 24, its too good to be 14, and its too good to be 4. Streamline should be in the top three!
Oh my god I think I've lost hope on this band because this is by far second best System of a Down song (besides Hypnotize) and should be MUCH higher on this list
This song has such an awesome message and should really be considered to be on the top tens list.. I mean, its true. Goodbye's are long so we need to respect this song and vote, not as good at hypnotize but good enough


How on Earth is this not higher? I've never heard main riff like that before, way better than a lot of higher tracks on this list.
Definitely System of a Down's brand of bipolar songwriting
Underrated. why isn't it on top?!
[Newest]Daron's guitar and serj's vocals fit perfectly in needles, a great example of the bands chemistry

34Old School Hollywood

35Vicinity of Obscenity
This song is one of their best!


One of the best vocals of any System of a Down song. So diverse and unique, even for their standards. Plus John's percussion, is what makes this a damn good song.
Yeah, this is absolutely an AWESOME song by every point of view.
[Newest]Come sit on the milky seat!

Daron and Serj both sing together in the chorus, its the best part...!
"watch them all fall down" is the best line...!
How the hell is this not higher? It is way better than Chop Suey!
[Newest]My introduction to System of a Down, a powerful song.

This song releases the anger out of me. It's one of the best!

This song is amazing, because it one of the most Metal songs that System has made. I love it especially when Serj screams "Know" at the end of the song.
Best System of a Down song with temper, needless and honey in my opinion


Amazing song. Can't believe its not on top 10

29? This song should (must! ) Be in the top ten!
What! 28? It really nust be at 12 place at least =-=
I love this song! Amazing vocals everywhere, and the instumentals bust it out to where I want to go, dance, fight, then dance some more. System of a Down does not dissapoint me with this song, though, unfortunetly, it is a very underlooked one. More should listen, as I have.

How is this so low. It's one of the best in my opinion

It compares humans to popcorn; a mass produced waste of space. Should definitely be higher

This song is awesome! Definitely deserves to be ranked higher. Give it a listen and then vote! I think you might agree yeah

How is this song not higher... It has such a great meaning and the instrumental value to it is great
This song offers something different
Like a dream.. I was imagine my self on the video clip..
Shavo the great System of a Down's video Clip Ever, BRAVO SYSTEM! M/
[Newest]Come on guys this song is way better than soldier side and holy mountains. This song deserves to be in top 10

Such a strange, unique and great song. WOW. I love the all of first 2 albums...

Great song! I love the circus type of rhythm it has. Then how Serj's voice goes soft in the chorus. Such an addictive song! Love it.

No one, no one's gonna save us now, Not even God, no one saved us
No one's gonna save us...

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

This song is so beautiful...
Why is Tentative in 50th place? This song should be at least in the top 10's in my opinion! This song is great! Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?
This is one of System of a Down's most underrated songs. The lyrics not only have meaning, but it provokes emotions. And of course, it has an amazing tune as well! Should definitely move up into the top 10.
[Newest]One of my favorite songs by them! 48th place? That is a joke. Should be in the top 20.

Wow this is so underrated... It's insane. Possibly the best mosh pit song ever? Ultimate breakdown and fun as hell. It was a difficult choice (Ddevil was also a tempting underrated one). Then there's the verses which are hilariously awesome.
This is such a hilariously addicting song. I love singing the chorus, and I don't notice it when I do half the time! You can imagine the weird looks I get when I sing this...


You need to listen to this song live in YouTube before you get the full effect of it.

Short song but gets right to the point... Government needs to stop sending people to war!
How is this 33? This song is great and I think it has most meaning. The bottom line is money and nobody gives a **** 4000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation whikle millions are spent on bombs creating death showers/Why must we kill our own kind? Pure genius

This song is amazing guys, should be higher! The solo in this song is one of System Of A Down's best solos ever. Everything else is amazing. Should be in the top 20's. Vote!


Nuguns is awesome! It should be higher thatn 54! The solo in the song is amazing! I think it is one of my favorite songs of all-time by System of a Down!
This song is so underrated. Nuguns is actually in my top 10 best System Of A Down songs (my opinion. ) I wish that they would play this one live someday.

50A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
Great song. That's Enough.
Laugh out loud this is so underrated. You guys should really check this one out. You will like it if you like System of a Down.
People need to turn off the radio and buy records again... this and needles are, in my opinion, their best... come on system "fans"
[Newest]The best on this list

51Chic 'N' Stu
Are you serious? 56?!?! This song deserves at least the top 20. Its not well known but It's definitely my favorite.
Fist song I've ever listened from System of a Down
Come on? Really awesome song from Steal this Album! It should be on the list! WHAT A SPLENDID PIE! PIZZA PIZA PIE

52F**k the System
I love this song! Of course it is better when you listen to the clean version, but this song always puts me in a good mood. It is just so upbeat and awesome.
This is one of the best songs of System of a down. It talks about the pressure of the capitalist system (or just for me). It's a very deep and sticky song at the same time. It must be minimum in the top 3. This song can make me feel happy and excited, and helps me when I feel angry. It's reconfortably... Vote!
I came all the way down here just to vote for this song. Truly amazing! System of a Down rocks

53This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song
No way. How this is in 76
What?!?! This song should be number 1

54The Metro
Have any of you even heard this song? Sure it is a cover, but the cover changes the song in such a great way that it is almost impossible not to love it. Not the best song, but it is better than 60.
Why this song is here, IS JUST AMAZING
It should at least in top 20

Great song but very underrated. It's one of my favorite songs on Steal This Album!


57Jet Pilot
I think this is one of the best SOAD songs but too much underrated.


My favorite, sadly it is largely under the rader.

Great song! Should be a lot higher than 57.
This is my 2nd favorite song on Hypnotize after Holy Mountains. I'm glad System Of A Down started to play this song live!

59She's Like Heroin
This song is pretty weird but its awesome.
WHAT. THE. HECK. This is one of the best songs from Hypnotize, and it's this low!?


I just can't stop listening to it. It's so addictive, I Swear!

This is just sad. 66!? How is it not higher!? Seriously, the best songs by System of a Down are not getting any love...


62The Legend of Zelda
System of a Down has never played song like this
Well this song was short but its still badass, it should be in the 30s at least.

Great song off of Toxicity. Should be a little higher.
How can it be 6...

64Virgin Tea

65Soldier Side Intro


One of my favorite System of a Down songs. This should be at least in the top 20.
This song is great! It's not my favorite song by them but it should be around the top 30.

68Shame On a N****

69Stealing Society
59? Should at least top 5 list the best system of a down song! I'm sure that! La la la la la la.. unique voice from serj!
I can't believe this is so low. Easily the best "Daron Song" they've done. I would love to see it live one day.
One of my favorites from Hypnotize. Should be at least in top forty.

One of their best in my opinion

If this song was from toxicity, it probably be top 20-
One of the best songs. Can't believe how much underrated is it

Yeah, this is definitely their worst... Why must Aerials be disgraced with having this song right after it on the Toxicity album?


Come on guys! This song is so awesome in the way Serj shows vocal diversity in it... And AWESOME song meaning
So beautiful! I love the middle, when he sings in an oriental way. This song shows that System of a Down have so much things to bring to us.
This is one of the best songs from their 1st album, and is such a refreshing change from the normal unmemorable songs from the 1st album that just run together. WHY IS IT SO LOW?


[Newest]How is this too low, Just the lyrics and the voice screams are awesome



Great track. It should be higher on the list.
Wow, this song just got forgotten...



77Starlit Eyes


I'm Christian and I don't care if this song is against religion, it rocks
Honestly... My favorite! Can't believe its this low! WOW
, one of my favourite songs of System of a Down :(
[Newest]This one used to be so popular.. what happened?


Oh god, when this song gets to 1:17 I loose it. Awesome song. How is this in last place?!? I don't even like chop suey.

I don't know. Its just a perfectly explains human nature )

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