Best Death Songs

The Top Ten

1 Crystal Mountain

This album, more specifically this song just brings back so many memories of me and my dad. It's a masterpiece and the best death metal song to grace my ears. And the emotional value I get from it seals the deal for me.

This song is so amazing. - DarkBoi-X

Greatest death metal song that ever made - TuhindeFreak


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2 Flesh and the Power It Holds

The intro is so catchy with the drums and the lyrics are amazing

What great lyrics this song has.
R.I.P Chuck

That main riff is so yummy

I think this song is the best example of the type of music chuck was tryring to write. Therefore, I think it's death's best.

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3 Voice of the Soul

The most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard in my life. Chuck Schuldiner was a genius.

It's funny that I would vote for a soft instrumental as the best song by a death metal band, and believe me, I love their entire discography. But it's as simple as this: There is no piece of music that I've heard that surpasses Voice of the Soul.

I'm gonna tell you guys a story, well...I don't really like death metal, some bands I really do but then I saw the name of this song on YouTube and I almost started to cry, this man Chuck was beautiful and talented man, this is their best song, I like Crystal Mountain too but this song kills all songs and if you don't agree with me, well...

I usually don't enjoy instrumentals too much, but this one is epicly good.

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4 Lack of Comprehension

The best Death line up ever has shown in this song! a acoustic intro followed by killer riffs, melodic solos, and rhythmic drums. Of course this procedure seems to be the formula for good death songs, but Lack Of Comprehension created this formula! - nausea_87

It's so hard to pick one, but this is it. It's the perfect mix of melodic and brutal, going straight from the most epic and pretty melody, straight to the most unsettling, and then back. And that's all within one riff.

Beatiful brutality!

Lack of comprehension, thriving on your cliche, compelled by self resentment... words of a poet. Its hard to chose out of chucks infinite display of talent his genius, just barely beats empty words for me

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5 Spirit Crusher

Absolutely the best Death song. So many amazing transitions and riffs.

If you don't like this song, ypu are a SPIRIT CRUSHER!

First song that introduced me to death and first death song I learnt on guitar. I'm not a fan of death metal vocals but the guitar work in this song just got me hooked. The riff after the breakdown is one of the best riffs of all time in my opinion and made me want to learn this on my guitar

What?! Come on, Spirit crusher should be the second one!

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6 Pull the Plug

I always thought it was a motorcyclist on the album cover before - Alkadikce

Killer opening riff, solid vocals

One of their more brutal songs

The best death metal song

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7 Empty Words

Any song from Symbolic is worthy. - DarkBoi-X

Why this song is not in the top 5?!

This song is simply the best song ever made by a death metal band in my opinion. Epic intro, epic solo, chuck's voice, everything is perfect!

Their best song in my opinion

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8 Zombie Ritual

Best opening and awesome speed

In my opinion the best death metal song, the part after Chuck screams "Now you're in HELL" is a complete hell!

This the best death metal song ever should be on top cleared by miles!

Best death song ever guitar is epic

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9 The Philosopher

you know so much about nothing at all

I can never seem to get over the killer bass in this song. Besides that, it has amazing lyrics and (as usual) great riffs. The music video for this was pretty good to.

The main reason I vote for this one I think is because of beavis and butthead

My favorite, but just by a little bit, all their songs are extraordinary

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10 Symbolic

That opening riff though

This is the song that got me into Death Metal - V4noM

The spine-chilling intro..enough said! - Arhaan95

The song that got me into Death. Will always remain my favourite!

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The Contenders

11 Without Judgement

This, The Philosopher and Lack of Comprehension are the esentials for begginer death fans

Perfect in every way. When I listen to it, my mind travels to a deep and far away place where no earthly problems matter. At 1:10 Chuck growls "when pain is acknowledged! " and what follows is the best riff/drumming I've heard. EVER - BronzeWolf96

One of the top 3 songs of their classic album Symbolic, dominates death metal!

Without judgement what would we do?!

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12 Spiritual Healing

Such a great piece full of killer riffs and crushing moments. Vocals were outstanding at the mid-section especially, that moment wherein the song gets atmospheric and eerie all of a sudden with Chuck growling "Spirituaaal Heaaling". - Black_Abbath

The 'Practice what you preach' section: completely mind-blowing!

The absolutely greatest death album

I love this song one of deaths best intros if not the best this song should be in the top 5

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13 Perennial Quest

Only 2%? Not even Top 10? What is wrong with you people, this is their best song in my opinion it displays the talent and creativity of Chuck Schuldiner! Every Death song does that but this one does it one of the best! - V4noM

Best song. Hands down - V4noM

A beautifully philosophical song, incredible solo, and a gut wrenching outro. The perfect track to end any album, and my personal favourite song of all time.

One of the most epic/badass solos, and one of the most beautiful outros I have ever heard. My favorite by them.

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14 Zero Tolerance

This song is not Top 5?


This should be in the top 5 AT LEAST - has a sick drum intro from Hoglan as well as the main guitar riff! - petrucci75hammet

This is my favorite song of my favorite album

My favorite death song on my favorite death album

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15 1,000 Eyes

Amazing riffs, amazing solos, amazing song!

Love the guitar riff in the first verse!

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16 Story to Tell

This song has one of the best solos I've ever heard in my life (and I'm a necrophagist fan) chuck was a monster on the guitar and with sound compositions

Should be top 1

This song surely deserve top 10! And it is in 23! Chuck would be wondered by seeing this! This song has everything! Story! The guitar is superb! The voice is superb! The music compose is just extra ordinary! I love this song m/

One of their most heartfelt songs but still pure death metal, simply amazing

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18 Leprosy

I love Chuck's opening scream!

one of the highlights of their sophomore album

First Death song I ever heard and it's amazing! The blast beats are insane

Not enough Leprosy on this list.

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19 Painkiller


Greatest Priest cover in the world! Chuck's voice really adds to the epic nature of the song proving he can do it almost as well if not better than Halford

Great song to begin with, and Death just made it better. When I heard this for the first time, my mind was blown.

Eh? Why isn't this in the top 5? I am discusted that my favourite death song is not in that top 5! Come on people, vote it up, seriously... jeez.

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20 Evil Dead

Top 10 at least

Maybe the best off Scream Bloody Gore (with the exception of Zombie Ritual) it absolutely kills and the guitar at the beginning is on a spiritual level

The beginning is beautiful and spooky at the same time. The guitar is just out of this world. This is a masterpiece.

As much as I don't like death metal, this wasn't bad. - Caleb9000

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21 Suicide Machine

This is my #1 death song and I think that crystal mountain sucks

Is that too much to ask?

Good lyrics, thrash riff blows mind. Underrated.

Are you kidding me? #20? Easy top 3. - spchetan11

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22 Scavenger of Human Sorrow

Simply amazing, so powerful, and beautiful at the same time. Definitely deserves to be Number 1.

Amazing drumming, groovy bass and face melting guitar work! Chuck in his finest hour!

Complex, fast heavy, and meaningful, chuck schuldiner at his absolute best! RIP

Awesome song. My favorite by them

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23 Born Dead

Death metal masterpiece

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24 To Forgive is to Suffer

I remember in high school I listen to this song for the first time and couldn't stop listening to it in each class

One of my personal favourite solos by them and the riffs are amazing

I love this song! should be top 5

In my opinion, this is Evil Chuck's best solo next to Voice of the Soul

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25 Beyond the Unholy Grave
26 Mutilation

Should be wayyy higher. Its loud, shocking, and abrasive what more could you want from a Death song?

Maybe one of the most underrated death's songs!

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27 A Moment of Clarity

This song is amazing. From the solo to the main riff to the drums to the lyrics, just everything about it is awesome. The fade gives a good effect. The last lyrics during the fade just gives me these chills knowing that it was the end to the 'Sound of Perseverance' album, Death's last release, before Chuck's death.

One of the best metal solos I've ever heard.

One of the best solos I've ever heard by any metal band.

Most underrated Death song by far. It deserves top 10 for sure. It has one of Death's best solos ever!

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28 Bite the Pain

Beware of the sharp edged weapon called human being - deathmetachuck

Very underrated here

Starting with very sad melody riff

THe first death song liked totally made me a fan

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29 Overactive Imagination

So brutal, yet so technical. And still, so melodic. Thank you Death. This song is a must if you are just getting into heavier and faster music.

Their most progressive song ever.

This deserves the top 10. Seriously

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30 Left to Die

Some of Chuck's best vocals! - winner333

Heavy and brutal

One Of Bests - Glauberson

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31 Destiny

How is this not at number one? It is by far one of the most amazing songs by Death. And it has a more than beautiful beginnings. Okay now I'm just ranting to get the minimum content.

Beautiful acoustic intro, killer switch to death metal, awesome bass guitars, great lyrics!

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32 Scream Bloody Gore

From The Album Scream Bloody Gore (1987)

Chucks screaming and the riffs are amazing. if you don't headbang to this song somethings wrong with you

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33 Flattening of Emotions

This is their best song in my opinion. Great drumming, amazing riffs and a sick bassline. I mean every Death song is awesome but this one has to be the best.

Every song of Death is amazing, it's very hard for me to make a top ten. But I think this song deserves a bit more credit then Lack of Comprehension, which is also very good by the way.

Greatest riff


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34 Living Monstrosity

The album is spiritual healing not individual toughts patterns

Sick solo section! - CosmicSea

I love the lyrics. - Caleb9000

Sounds like Slayer a lot. Nice lyrics

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35 Infernal Death

More like life


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36 Denial of Life

This song from beginning to end is the definition of badass. One of my personal favorites off of "Scream Bloody Gore", my favorite death album

How can be this song out of top ten? It's the best song by Death! Heavy, great riffs, brutal vocals and drums! Better than Crystal Mountain 100times!

What? This is the heaviest Metal song ever, this was #10, how it's 13 now? This song is so much better than symbolic (song). - GREYBOYY

Agree, it's a badass song and also my favorite from my favorite album :D

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37 Together as One

Epic technical brutality.

Very underrated - Left2Die

Amazing song with awesome chorus; very underrated

This has to be their most underrated song - Metalhead666

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38 Forgotten Past

Ohhh, The drum plays sooo crazy!

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39 Secret Face

Lol I finally understand, don't look at the ranking, each death song is the best there is no ranking between them trust me

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40 Cosmic Sea

My favorite song of all time

Come on guys... I know every songs by this band are awesome!
But Cosmic Sea 57th I don't think so...

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41 Genetic Reconstruction

It should be in the top 10 or at least in the top 20

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42 Mentally Blind

Excellent mid-tempo!

Too underrated this needs to be top 10 the guitars are amazing

Very genius great solo also

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43 Altering the Future

Great Solo... Great song

How this one is not top 3?

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44 In Human Form

This is a flawless flowing song, the way chuck measure the vocals with those riffs just so brilliantly catchy

Every song in this album deserves to be at least #20

The most underrated Death song, one of the best!

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45 Within the Mind

Is this a bonus track? - germshep24

Awesome riffs.

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46 Misanthrope

Got me into them, beast of a track and totally underrated.

Fast, heavy andabsolutely great song. Can't belive it's so low on the list.

It's the most exciting death metal that I ever heard!

Insane one. Great riffs. Underrated.

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47 Open Casket

I have to add this!?! This is one of the best Technical Death Metal song I've ever heard. Maybe it should be placed at 10 replacing Suicide Machine - Nord666

The solo it's a masterpiece

The drums are just amazing, u don't get beats like that often its just so unique. I think this death's best drum song. The lyrics are so meaningful (that goes for all death songs though). This is one of my top 3. Being so low on this list proves all death songs are top 10 :D


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48 Sacred Serenity

There is a perfect calming part in that song. While riffs going on harshly, it being soft suddenly.

The best one of Death band. No doubts

52th? Really guys?

The first lead on this solo is so badass. I think this song deserves to be higher up on the list

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49 Low Life

A killer, a taker, a fighter is what you are!

How can be only 53?

Fake... is a word... you represent
Your existence. On. Earth... I resent

Awesome riffing and vocal rhythm there, and the solo section absolutely smokes, James seems to have brought the best out of Chuck in my opinion. Best death album and lineup

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50 Nothing is Everything

So underrated. It deserves to be in top 10

Staring beyond the wall a thousand times over

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Top Remixes (33)

1. Voice of the Soul
2. 1,000 Eyes
3. Killing Spree
1. Misanthrope
2. Story to Tell
3. Denial of Life
1. Crystal Mountain
2. Lack of Comprehension
3. Empty Words

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