Top Ten Best Deftones Songs

The best songs from one of the pioneering n-metal bands.

The Top Ten

1 Change (In the House of Flies)

This song deserves to be #1. If you want to introduce a friend to this phenomenal group and you only have one song to do it with - it is this one.
Honorable mention has to go to Diamond Eyes and Tempest. So many good songs.

First song I heard by them and still my favorite now

I'm listening to this song right now because it's the only one I know, plus it's in the movie coolers revenge, so it is amazing all by itself, plus the fact that this is a song that is a bit tricky on guitar, so it is my favorite, no doubt.

I know it's a lame choice to vote for their most popular song, but I genuinely believe this is the best song by them because it's accessible, whispering, howling, and wonderfully atmospheric. The structure is also not too repetitive. The lyrics are also highly memorable unlike most Deftones tracks. Best track.

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2 My Own Summer (Shove It)

Wow... just wow. This song is bloody brilliant! How can you possibly get better than this? How can this possibly not be number 1? It's amazing!

Just awesome.. Great lyrics, guitar and this you should be at number one for sure. It's just amazing

Shove it shove it shove it!

YES! This is definitely the best song on this album and the band's best song as well. Just gonna write more.

First song I heard from them incredible, the lyrics are just... Wow

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3 Digital Bath

This song is so melodic and dark I love it. This is their best song. - Soulstealer

Digital bath is a beauty. But where's good morning beautiful, damone, street carp?

Best deftones song? No... Best song of all time.

this song is absolutely incredible! every time I hear it I feel every emotion hit me at once like a wave. it gives the sensation of free falling and drifting away. very powerful, very moving, an absolute perfect representation of music with feeling.

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4 Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

This song is just so.. AMAZING..

In my opinion, the best Deftones song. There is so much raw energy and emotion on this song, and the heavy guitar and screaming vocals will keep this song in your head for a long time. - NorwegianWood

This must be first... This song and "Diamond Eyes" are my favorite! My favorite part: "I don't care where just FAR" great part!

The best song off of Around The Fur and perhaps Deftones' best song of their early years, even though it's my personal favorite Deftones' song of all time. One of my favorite riffs ever.

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5 Diamond Eyes

I like this song very much, it should be 2nd - BloDayBey

"Time will see us realign. Diamonds rain across the sky. And shower me into the same realm... " What a great song! Definitely one of their best!

Love The guitar hear, and the lyrics... Amazing, my favorite, White Pony is a great album, but this is better, and where is You've Seen The Butcher? , Other Incredible...

One of the BEST RIFFS EVER!, Excellent song

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6 Passenger

What a song. The dueling vocals between Chino Moreno and Maynard James Keenan work so good together. The lyrics are very dark, creating this awe striking atmosphere. Stephen Carpenter and Moreno are excellent on guitar and rhythm guitar, respectively. Abe Cunningham's drumming hits very hard. The song just comes together so well. The ending is a bit abrupt but that is merely a nitpick. This is, in my opinion, the best song Deftones have ever made.

Possibly the darkest and the best song they've ever made. When second chorus kicks in it's impossible not to get chills.

This songs has you hooked since the start. The lyrics may sound a little weird at first, but they become dark once you get into the song. Maynard and Chino are a perfect combination and they both give the song a sound of perfection, just as the entire White Pony album. For me, this song must be listen by anyone who adores atmospheric, strong, and shocking music.

This song is absolute perfection, as is all of White Pony. It's one of my favorite songs of all time. Maynard and Chino's vocals flow perfectly together. Musically this song is genius. Chino is an absolute genius with his lyrics and that's as evident as ever in this song. From the atmospheric intro to the abrasive choruses, this song is Deftones through and through.

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7 Minerva

What in the name of Minerva this is doing at number 8? This piece of art screams the kind of sensuality that won't attract unwanted public staring!

It is a very explosive, in your face song. You think it's going to be calm, then bam. Surprise.

An overlooked masterpiece from their overlooked album Deftones. Easily one of their best post-White Pony. - cjWriter1997

Every time I listen this song it makes me smile. I absolutely love this song. One of my personal all time favorites and should be #1!

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8 Bored

Great tune... Well put together... Awesome!

The raw youth and anxiety tone to this song helps me relieve the days I first listened to this song! BEST SONG!

Not a big fan of deftones but will say that this songs is truly amazing!

Definitely my favourite by Deftones, should certainly be higher.

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9 Leathers

This song is quite fresh but it has the potential to be a 'tones classic. I can listen to this track all day and never get bored, it fuses so much melody, emotion and and anger together. Just give it a listen

Best song on the koi no yoken album and that is saying a lot. Koi no yoken is an amazing album and there is not a single bag song on it. No song on it you say "eh I kinda like this song"... What you really say is "ok that song is the best on the album next song... No this song is the best on the album". Most deftones fans will probally hate me for this but imma say it... Koi no yoken is the best deftones album period.

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10 Rocket Skates

Damn epic with a lot of power riffs. Steph did excellent work

Deserves top 10


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The Contenders

11 Poltergeist

One of the best from Koi No Yokan

It has a beautiful ambient flow that makes the song seem like you falling

Hands down the best song on koi no yokan!

The chorus give me chills and chino's voice is epic

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12 Pink Maggit

This song gets all the feels without breaking a sweat. The fact that it's number 100 makes me question the depth of deftones fans.

You guys are dumb this song is actually really good

WHY IS THIS AT 100?! Yeah it isn't as catchy and dynamic and heavy but it just hits me so hard and makes me feel deep emotion that no other song, apart from be quiet and drive, can do *-*

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13 Head Up

Easily my favorite 'Tones Song. Sick riff, and so heavy it makes you want to jump up and get angry. My all time favorite song from this band. Max Cavalera being featured is awesome as well. Great song about D-Low. This id one song in my top ten songs ever. The vocals are just great and heavy, you can barely understand what he is saying, which makes it just as bad ass.y favorite from the greats, and also is a damn shame it is such an underground song from them, a real fan knows of this gem though.
And this is coming from a fan of all their work, Adrenaline to now.

This whole song is just intense, and it kicks in with the same power every time

I share the same opinion as the other commenter, it is my all time favourite Deftones song and It deserves to be much higher tnat 46! Massively underrated.

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14 Elite

Slipknot is my favourite band their songs 'wait and bleed' nominated at the grammy but the grammy went to 'elite' and I was so pissed and I said to myself I am gonna check this song but after checking it out I wasn't pissed not one bit. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE GUYS THIS SONGS IS THE TRUE BEAUTY OF METAL GENRE

Outright angry, extremely rough, pure Chino-Scream. This was a great triumph of nu metal. The instrumentation's put into an industrial level. Why this one of all songs made it to the GRAMMYs without any promotion is a mystery that will never be figured out, but oh boy, did this one deserve it.

Don't you dare tell me they weren't nu metal. Nu metal is not derogatory by default. It's only derogatory because Korn and Limp Bizkit exist.

RAWR! Awesome song! Get it now and you will believe me

How is this not number one you stupid dumbtards! This won a Grammy in 2001 for best Metal performance. I bet most of you kids weren't even alive at the time.

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15 7 Words

Should be much higher

I love this guitar sound

Amazing song.

This. this times a million. adrenaline is one of the greatest and heaviest nu-metal records ever.

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16 Sextape

This is one of the best Deftones song hands down it's the best to listen when you're high on weed you can get into deep euphoria, it's wonderful.

While listening for the first time, my eyes were filled with tears, because its very differently played and sung, incredibly unique and melodious
( Not the video though) - Ananya

A truly amazing song, its hard to believe its number 10, definetily my favourite deftones song, I love their early stuff like 7 words (can't believe it's not on the list) but this song is a simple MASTERPIECE, all about it it's beautiful, my body chills every time I listen to it with my headphones, should be at least n3

No 10 now but I'm sure this song will move up the ranks over time, it's one of their newest but definitely the most beautiful song they've ever written and Chino's voice is incredible on it. This and Digital Bath are up there with my favourite songs of all time

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17 Engine No. 9

Belongs in top 10

one of their heaviest songs amazing

This list is all wrong, we need Engine no,9, Root, Headup and 976- EVIL in the top ten.

This is the definition of nu-metal

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18 Tempest

No words are needed to describe how great this song is. If you just listen to it you will know why it deserves to be in the top 10

The riff after intro will explain everything about the song

Watch out the guitar riff b4 the chorus

Definitely at least in the top 10!

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19 Around the Fur

This song was stuck in my head for ages. I feel like I can relate to the song somehow, should I be different and maybe make a fool of myself to impress you? Or should I be like everyone else and be safe? Either way I want you to notice me somehow. That's how I interpreted it and I think it relates to a lot of people. - entersandman35

Seems as though th easier listening songs got the top votes. I prefer their heavier sound. I can name a few favourites but the chorus to this is explosive. So much energy in this!

The song that made me fall in love with this band.

By far man, this is the best Deftones song I've ever heard

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20 Hole in the Earth

Sat night wrist is so underrated! My favorite album of theirs and I've been a fan since ATF days!

Maybe not 1 but definitely should be higher

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21 Knife Party

Deserves to be way higher on the list. Simply a masterpiece, with chilling vocals.

"this song should be higher" doesn't do this song justice. I get goosebumps every time I hear the two opening chords. After that, it truly can't be described with words.

Best song, or at least the most underrated. Just listen to it, and come back singing "In this room, we're all anemic; in this room, anemic and sweet.."

I think the only reason this song is so low is due to people not knowing about it. Best song ever by deftones. I get chills every time.

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22 Back to School (Mini Maggit)

Should much higher on this list. This song is one of the greats from deftones

This is a good sounding song, but Chino even said he didn't want it on the album. It's just a shorter, much worse, way less deep version of Pink Maggit that buys into all that teenage angst and the "school sucks" kind of attitude. It was meant to be a big hit, and that's why it's not good. Chino just wanted to prove the record company wrong and he even says he regrets doing so. This is the only song on white pony that isn't perfect. Again, it's not necessarily BAD, it's just not good and has no real meaning other than school sucks and we're all edgy teenagers. - 10Jackson

First song I heard from them. The experience was reminiscent of melting into with the music and subsequently falling into depression from not being able to touch the music in any physical or emotional way. Shortly thereafer, I bought the album and came to appreciate the gloriousness of the unconditional love the music provided me.

Ok, what. Back to school is definitely one Deftones' top 10 best songs. In fact, its most likely one of their top 5 greatest songs. WHY IS IT SO DAMN LOW ON THIS LIST?

Read my new comment and definitely check out a video on YouTube called "the meaning behind pink maggit" and you will understand why this song is low. - 10Jackson

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23 Root

One of the sickest riffs created by the greats.

The best song on Adrenaline

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24 Beauty School

One of the most beautiful songs I ever listened to. Not only from Deftones, but also from any rock band. Definitely a favourite. It's a shame that not many people know about it besides fans - everyone should.

This is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard! Every time I hear it I have to completely stop what I'm doing and just listen 100%. Such an incredibly beautiful song, and deserves to be so much higher.

One of the best songs from the Diamond Eyes Album! I Can't believe it's not voted higher on this list! Truly a work of art!

Oh god, this song...what should I say? I just can't catch my breath when I listen to of the greatest songs of all time! - Ananya

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25 Beware

So chilling, Saturday Night Wrist is way too underrated.

Easily the most epic deftones song, definitely in the top 5 for me.

Dark, moody, and melodic, "Beware" easily clocks in as my favorite Deftones song.

Love this song dude, heavy and melodic

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26 Mein

Honestly incredible and I love that Serj is featured. Completely underrated song should be in the top 10

My two favourite vocalists in a song together, couldn't get any better. It's so soothing

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27 Deathblow

Gets me every time

Easily the best song from the Deftones album and wasn't even rated?

Sigh.. Korea above this? Seriously?

Best song by them 😡

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29 Lhabia

Not sure if should be nr. 1 but that creepy mumbling rap does something to me... Real great song, should be WAY higher

Easily should be in the top 15. Change in the house of flies only climed up because it's their most popular song. This song has everything, good lyrics and heavy and almost satanic black metal shrieks like in fireal.

That riff got me hooked and those shrieks

This was the skng that got me into Deftones. So catchy yet so original and deep and just so good

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30 You've Seen the Butcher

What a song man, the most subtle sexually explicit song ever. The video is destined to make you orgasm. Hear it all the time. Lyrics make so much sense and its bound to make you feel good.

First HD music video I ever bought. Otherworldly sensuality is all I can think of when I hear it.

This song should be number one

The best song of deftones

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31 Cmnd/Ctrl

I was so surprised to see this hadn't already been added to the list. Easily one of the coolest jams off Diamond Eyes, love the way Chino screams. It is like a chilled out version of Headup to me, which is my all time favorite.

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33 Rx Queen

This song is dark and melodic at the same time and produces a sound like no other that just can't be fully explained, it really tells a story and can be interpreted in quite a few different ways. This song is definitely underrated and should totally be more well known.

Come on how is this so low? At least in the top 20.

One of the best on their best album

Dun dun dun dun dun... I won't stop following youu

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34 Minus Blindfold

Some of these songs on Adrenaline as so underrated!

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35 Mascara

Really does put you into some sort of dark trance, does something that no other song can and sounds like nothing else you've ever heard

Don't know how this song can be so low on this list, it has a dark atmosphere and the riffs are amazing, underrated for sure

The beginning of this song is pure genius and this song is definitely underrated check it out

Fantastic song. Has an atmosphere unlike any other deftones song

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38 Feiticeira

I really love the voice of Chino in this song. Love it,

This is the song that got me hooked on Deftones. My personal favorite band. This song is amazing, and lyrically one of their best. Eerie song, gives me chills time and time again. Thank you Nick Diaz! 💯💯💯 And RIP Chi Cheng🙏 💙

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39 Swerve City

Damn 41st this track is so beautiful

Perfect rifts with a hard-hitting hook. Chino's vocals sound very defined in this song, but the chorus is what's filled with that primal and ethereal quality Deftones' songs tend to possess.

What, why is this song not even here? , this is 1st the guitar is heavy, everything is cool.

Reminds me when I was playing need for speed underground 2 (#_#)

My first deftones song in 2012 still my favorite

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40 Prince

Number one most underrated song ever. A song about himself and his fans. This should be top 10.

The most underrated song of Deftones

Should be at least in the top 5


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41 Teenager

Why isn't this song higher? It's super soothing and every time I hear it it calms me. Totally one of my favorite songs by deftones.

The heck no. 34?!?! This and 'Digital bath' are my all time favourite.

Teenager is on nr.42 which makes perfect sense if you've read "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy"

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43 Fireal

When I listen to this song and the chorus comes up, The vocals remind me of an alien being stabbed continuously and then Chino screams at it afterwards, I dunno why but the vocals just don't sound human, well-done Chino! - entersandman35

This should at least be in the top 5. Such an obscure song packed with much emotion.

One of the most emotional songs ever.

This song makes me smile every time

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45 MX

Sweet, haunting and violent.

I love this song, the woman's voice syits perfectly to the theme and it's so catchy in a slow dark way

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46 Korea

How this is way down here is insane. This and 7 words are quintessential old school Deftones. - lovetrump

Chino's best screaming. One of their heaviest tracks to date.

Should be a lot higher, one of my favorites!

The tension arc in the heavy bridge/second part of the song is the most exciting and melodic moment in Deftones discography!

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47 What Happened to You?

An amazing song about a couple throughout their life span. Initial romanticism, breakup, and a realization of being soul mates. The chorus... my God, if the chorus doesn't make you introspective on where your life had been and where it's going, I don't know what will make you have a deep thought ever in your life. Chino really hit this one out of the park, especially with Koi No Yokan. The entire album is a masterpiece in its own right. People can always lean on White Pony, but to put it simply, Deftones have evolved in to their own genre of music, and this song, with its thought-provoking and otherworldly demeanor in an all too real world subject, really exemplifies just how far they've come as individuals and as a group.

This is the best deftones song ever, I don't understand how its not higher...

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48 Needles and Pins

One of the best deftones song for me, from a very underestimated album

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49 Graphic Nature

What! This song needs to be number 1

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50 When Girls Telephone Boys

How is this song not on here? Yeah its not their best ever but its definitely stand out and one of the top 3 tracks off the Deftones album

One the heaviest in their catalog, should be in the top 20 at least!

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Top Remixes (33)

1. Pink Maggit
2. Minerva
3. Head Up
1. Passenger
2. Change (In the House of Flies)
3. Beware
1. My Own Summer (Shove It)
2. Root
3. Diamond Eyes

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