Top Ten Alice in Chains Songs


The Top Ten

1 Would? Would?

A beautiful song with a great message. - SexGod

No arguments here. Definitely the best by far. Classic Alice in chains. Love it. But got me wrong should be here too I agree.

Yep. This is their best.

Perfect song.

2 Man in the Box Man 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

Spectacular song, this should be Number 1 - BloDayBey

I used to like Would? More but nothing slaps harder than Man in the Box. Awesome song

Great metal

3 Rooster Rooster

This is probably their best song, it's an awesome dark and serious song. - Soulstealer

The intro and power for this song is absolutely amazing. - UltraLunalaX

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

Should be #1. Amazing song.

4 Nutshell

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.

I don't like to chose the best songs of an artist's, especially the ones I highly respect and endlessly love, It's not easy for me to play favorites, but I can't help but notice how Nutshell stands out from AIC entire repertoire. 'If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead'..simple genius. Much softer from 'the usual' Layne' vocals, yet so him..This song is not only conceptual for its time, this masterpiece is toped off with endless emotions. You just can't help it, you literally feel the pain Layne was going through! 'Love. Hate. Love' is very similar in that retrospect for me.. 'Would? ' and 'Man in the box' and many others are definitely showcase of Layne's unmatched singing ability, but 'Nutshell' is a very compact yet absolutely fullfilling combination of what made him who he was - incredible talent, emotions, pain and his demons that we feel every time we listen to his voice.

5 Down in a Hole

This song makes me miss real music We need Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Soundgarden back!

Really good grunge

One of their greatest songs ever, just a really beautiful sad song. - Soulstealer

Best song ever!

6 Them Bones

I love the guitar riffs for this song. - UltraLunalaX

That riff is great though. - LightningStrike

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.

This song is amazing. I love the guitars and Layne's voice. - Userguy44

7 Angry 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.

This has always been one of my favorites. Everything about it is just amazing. Alice in Chains really is one of the greatest bands in the world.

8 No Excuses

Smooth, like a fine scotch whiskey, amazing artistry, passionate lyrics, applicable to today's generations, the haunting sections fade into one another, such a legendary band!

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

9 I 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.

My favorite song of all time. It has so many different genres of music wrapped into one song: acoustic, grunge, metal, and orchestral elements all make this completely unique. The lyrics are beautiful and Layne' Staley's voice has never sounded more powerful. Amazing.

10 Heaven Beside You

Alice in chains have always been a bit too metal for me. This is my favourite followed by Down in a Hole and Man in a Box - Tamasa1316

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.


The Contenders

11 Rain When I Die

I love every song on this album and facelift as well but this song has always been a personal favorite of mine. Bad thing no one can make good rock music like this anymore

Amazing song lyrically and musically. Very underrated song. - Soulstealer

This song is one of my favorites by AIC if not my absolute favorite by them. It has a beautiful guitar intro followed by both their softer and heavier sides showing diversity. Just a great song.

This song is what skeletons dancing sounds like, why isn't it in the top 10 you plebeians - theyo

12 Love, 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.

Awesome tune

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.

13 Dam That River

Too badass - HollywoodRose

This song was written by Jerry Cantrell after Sean Kinney broke a table over his head...

It deserves at least the second place of this list!

Got to be higher than 14th. Just pure energy and power.

14 Again

I love the tune and the beat of this song. Awesome!

Sounds better everytime you hear it.

How is this not in the top 10?

Incredible song. Shows how well Layne adapted his vocals to suit his unfortunate demise. At least we can all agree they don't make music like that no more!

15 We Die Young

Should be on the Top ten, it's 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

This and Bleed the Freak are my favorites - bobbythebrony

Heavy, intense, short and sweet. this was alice at their energetic peak.R.I. p mike and layne!

16 Rotten Apple

Unique, a master piece

Just a beautiful psychedelic haze of guitars and visceral vocals.

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.

17 Junkhead

This song isn't as popular as Would? But it's definitely better most people just don't know.

Better listen to this song than use heroine...

Great song.

People must know this song, definitely one of the best!

18 Bleed the Freak

This song's chorus is top 3/5 material

Should be in the top 5.

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"?

19 Sea of Sorrow

Should be at top ten, best jerry's solo ever!

This is the most underrated AIC single/song. - Soulstealer

This is top 3 for me!

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!

20 Got Me Wrong

This song always reminds me of Clerks. - JCHOW

Why so low?

Cantrell's vocals fit very well with the instruments in the song. Different from some of their other songs, coming off a bit softer and not as "dark" of a tone.

This should be top ten at least!

21 Don't Follow

This is a peaceful song with soul. Good meaningful lyrics. When it picks up speed it gets even better

The gem you're looking for

Only 1% votes? This should if been played on unplugged and it should be on their best of album - Sabbath

This should be in the top 5 without a doubt!

22 Grind

Excellent, one of their best songs, that riff is awesome!
The verse is awesome to, the staley and cantrell harmony is awesome!

This deserves at least top 10.

I have many favorite AIC songs but this is the one I always come back to.

23 Check My Brain

Good song. - HollywoodRose

Its an amazing song I love the starting of the song, I heard it in californication for the first time loved it since then!

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.

This song is criminally underrated, such a strong and steady start on their comeback, the hook in this song is perfect, without a doubt deserves top ten status or at least top 15, we need at LEAST one high ranking Will DuVall song on this list!

24 Dirt

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.

So many great 5 for me

Not the best, but really deserves a higher place.

This should definitely be TOP 10. One of the best AiC songs!

25 Sunshine

Structurally amazing 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.

Fun fact, this song is about Jerry’s dead mother.

To me its just the most soul shaking song. Everyone interprets things differently

26 Over Now

This song deserves at least top 10.

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

27 Sludge Factory

This should be number one.

Love this song

Possibly their heaviest track

Why is this Number 46? So much soul and power behind it.

28 Get Born Again

Great song, one of the best surreal horror music videos I've seen too. (I would say Spiders by System of a Down and most Tool videos would be among the others). - MaxStickies

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.

Should be way higher!

29 Your 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

Simple song but brings out the best of alice in chains.. Kudos to AIC

30 Confusion

I can feel Layne's pain when he sings.

Very underrated, probably the 2nd or 3rd best song from them in my opinion.

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

31 God Smack

Best song on dirt, which means they're best song, which means one of the best alt metal songs ever made

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

Unbelievable low rating for a song that spawned a band of the same name. Number 37, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Anyone that watches this song from one of their taped performaces with good audio will see what I mean. Should be in the top 10!

32 Frogs

This song is very underrated. It's a depressing, yet beautiful masterpiece and easily the best song of the self-titled album in my opinion. - ernestbeqiri1999

Very yummy song now I got jizz in me undies

The mtv unplugged version of this song is just outstanding, gives me chills whenever I hear Layne belt out "why's it have to be this way! " so powerful

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.

33 God 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

How can it be anymore perfect?

34 Black 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.

Such a melody!

35 Hollow

Has to be higher up. No doubt about that. Their heaviest song by a mile.

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!

Awesome guitar play that makes this the best! Come on guys vote. One of the best 2013 rock songs

36 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Fails to capture? Haha

Good Song. In my opinion though it fails to capture the very essence of alice in chains.

37 Shame 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.

This song is the best song of all time. words can't describe how it makes me feel

From start to finish this song is perfection one of their best and my personal favorite! The outro of the song is the cherry on top! This song is so underrated seriously.

Great change of pace song. This is the best of Alice when you're truly listening and immersing yourself in the music.

38 Head Creeps

One of their heaviest and darkest songs, but very awesome.


39 Choke

This one is so good, I can relate with the lyrics

40 Died


This is a great song that should at least be on the list

Looking through this list this band is underrated

Not only a very meaningful song but also one of their must powerful songs.

41 It 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.

Simplicity does the trick on his heavy slow alice classic

This is one of my favorite AIC songs. Such a heavy tune and it just has such a dark tone to it. Gotta love this tune. - sivart

42 Sickman

I understand that for overall popularity purposes, this song should not be in this list (which I base on the fact that with the exception of Love hate Love, this list reads like a billboard top single summary).
But for a list looking for songwriting and musicianship, this song is unquestionably one of their ten best, top 3 for me. (With Rotten Apple and Heaven beside You).
Unique. Unique riff, bridge, chorus, and harmony. Staley commits 100% emotion and soul into his performance, showing his full honesty about how he was psychologically during that time. And a very unique and phenomenal incorporation of Staleys wailing into the chorus.

Alice In Chains at its core. - AllFleshIsEqualWhenBurnt

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

43 Right Turn

Top ten

Easily belongs in the top 20. It's on their ESSENTIAL album for a reason!

Alice in chain with sound garden and mud honey, highlight of the sap EP

44 Stone

Sick and tasty riff - uziniga

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

This song is an absolute banger that guitar rift proves why this album is basically the sequel to Dirt since that’s where Dinosaurs are found lolol this is definitely a top 10 song, there needs to be more modern AIC tracks in the top 10, this one especially

Great song... should be higher

1 Comment
45 Brother


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...

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!

Most underatted song of the 90s

46 The 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.

47 All Secrets Known

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

48 Hate 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

This is a great song! Especially the riifs

49 A Looking in View

This song kicks ass and should be much higher on this list!

Too good...Deserves a higher rating

50 Take Her Out
8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Most Underrated Alice In Chains Songs Best Songs on Alice in Chains' Dirt Best Songs On Alice In Chains' Facelift Best Song On Alice In Chains Self Titled Album Best Songs On Alice In Chains Black Gives Way to Blue

List Stats

7,000 votes
88 listings
11 years, 223 days old

Top Remixes (77)

1. Angry Chair
2. Nutshell
3. Man in the Box
1. Rain When I Die
2. Love, Hate, Love
3. Down in a Hole
1. Rooster
2. Down in a Hole
3. Them Bones

View All 77


Song Legends {Episode 2} - Man In The Box (Alice In Chains)
RustyNails Rock/Metal Album Reviews #3- Band/Artists: Alice In Chains, Album: Dirt

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.