My Top Ten Favorite Songs (In No Particular Order)

Ten miscellaneous songs from various genres that have had a profound impact on me in some way. Non-votable.
This list is a non-votable list and the content of the list reflects the opinion of its author.

The Top Ten

1 Second Heartbeat - Avenged Sevenfold

Some of this band's greatest guitar work, and one of the few songs longer than five minutes that I don't mind one bit sitting through and then cycling on repeat. I especially love the second solo and the usage of clean vocals on the chorus provides a great overall balance. In my opinion, the hands down best song from their metalcore years and a defining set list song for the band.

2 The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash

I love Biblical imagery and I love The Book of Revelation, so what greater way to convey a love for the apocalypse than the Man in Black himself singing about judgment day? It also helps that this song was at the end of one of my favorite movies, Logan.

3 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

Yet another song about the apocalypse, this is a great song with epic riffs and great lead vocals. The lead guitar work is fantastic and so intricate and I love all the highs that M. Shadows and Zacky Vengenace are able to hit. If you are ever able to isolate the multiple vocal tracks in this song, it is definitely worth doing just to hear the different highs and lows that the lead singer and the rhythm guitarist hit.

4 The Mortician's Daughter - Black Veil Brides

Most underrated power ballad I have ever heard. This band gets a lot of hate, but this song is straight from the heart and I hope to sing it to my future wife someday.

5 Floods - Pantera

This song is interested to say the least. Weird may be an even better word. I just love how unique it sounds, especially for Pantera. I love the eeriness of Phil's vocals as well as the effects they used. Nice mix of heavy and melodic riffing. I keep going back to this song for whatever reason because it just stands out.

6 Let the Sparks Fly - Thousand Foot Krutch

This is the first Christian rock song I ever nerded out to. This is the song that got me into that whole sub-genre of rock and will always stand the test of time as having one of the catchiest, albeit meaningful choruses I have ever heard.

7 96 Quite Bitter Beings- CKY

The greatest guitar riff of all time. The band that got me into wanting to play music in the first place. enough said.

8 Rose of Sharyn- Killswitch Engage

Howard Jones is a devout Christian and it's amazing to see that he made good use of that during his time in Killswitch Engage. Great meaning behind the song and also a great vocal arrangement. That chorus gives me cold chills! I can't wait until I get to meet God face to face and I hope everyone else gets that opportunity as well. While definitely not a Christian band, there's song they've put out that display the faith of at least some of the members,and I think it's neat that there's an open freedom to express yourself lyrically in this band. I see similar sentiments with bands like Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Saving Grace, blessthefall, Sleeping with Sirens, Papa Roach, Of Mice and Men, and Memphis May Fire, all of which I like to refer to as "pseduo-Christian" bands, meaning they may not be Christian, but reference it from time to time in their songs.

9 Beautiful Things- Gungor

Just an amazing song about spiritual formation and the process of salvation that takes place in one's life. Just a beautiful composition that is beyond words.

10 Creeping Death - Metallica

I love the fact that this is a dark, creepy song about God killing all of the first born in Egypt in the book of Exodus. I also love the fact that it has a great mixture of menacing vocals and headbanging guitar riffs from James Hetfield. Best song on the album and one of the best songs in their catalog.