Top Ten Alice in Chains Songs


The Top Ten

1 Would?

Great song, (does AIC really have, by true definition, a "bad" song? But number one? No. Not if Sickman, Rotten Apple, Heaven beside You, or Got me Wrong fails to make the top ten. - AllFleshIsEqualWhenBurnt

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

Layne's voice is beautiful. - Userguy44

YES! This song kicks ass! It has such powerful meaning behind the powerful drums and Layne's voice... Love it.

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2 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

A powerful and rythmic song.

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?

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3 Rooster

Should be #1. Amazing song.

Jerry Cantrell's father was a Vietnam veteran. He wrote this song to honor his dad by telling a story about his service in Vietnam. Cantrell has stated that his father went by the nickname "Rooster", which he had since childhood due to the way his hair stood up on end as a youth.

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

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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 feel like this song completely embodies the dark side of grunge (it's already pretty dark, but even it has a darker side) - hughesj94

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5 Down in a Hole

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

Best song ever!

By far my favorite AIC song

So melodic

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6 Them Bones

That riff is great though. - LightningStrike

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

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. - Jazz101

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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.

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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

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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.

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10 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.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 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.

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12 Rain When I Die

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

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.

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13 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

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14 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.

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15 Dam That River

Too badass - HollywoodRose

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

So underrated. Another vocal masterpuece by Layne.

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

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16 Junkhead

Better listen to this song than use heroine...

Great song.

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

By far their best song. This song really led me to understand the extent of Layne's addiction, and how he felt.

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17 Again

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

How is this not in the top 10?

Sounds better everytime you hear it.

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!

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18 Bleed the Freak

Should be in the top 5.

In my opinion this is the best one. I grew up listening to this album and every time this song came on I couldn’t help but belt out the lyrics.

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"?

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19 Got Me Wrong

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!

This song needs to on top the list

Perfect song, great guitar pieces

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20 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!

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21 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!

A top ten song

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22 Check My Brain

Good song. - HollywoodRose

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!

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.

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23 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!

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24 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.

25 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

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26 Sludge Factory

Possibly their heaviest track

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

Can't believe its not on the top of the list!

This should be in the top ten

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27 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

28 Sunshine

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

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.

I just discovered this song and it's my favourite AIC song now! *-*

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

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29 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

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30 Confusion

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

One of the best songs of Alice in Chains

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31 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?

32 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!

33 Frogs

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

Why does it have to be this way? Amazing song.

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.

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.

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34 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

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35 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.

36 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.

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37 Choke

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

38 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.

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39 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!

40 Right Turn

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

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 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

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43 All Secrets Known

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

44 Head Creeps

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


45 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!

46 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!

47 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

48 A Looking in View

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

Too good...Deserves a higher rating

49 I Can't Remember

One of the best guitar riffs they ever wrote.

Just the bees nees

50 Take Her Out
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