Top Ten Best Deftones Songs

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

The Top Ten

Change (In the House of Flies) Change (In the House of Flies) Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

At the first lines of the song I was almost bored, but when I've heard the chorus I stop for a moment until it ends. I always remember to hear it on YouTube anytime I go to the interne shop.

Digital Bath Digital Bath Cover Art

I never thought I would enjoy a song that happens to be about electrocuting a girl in a bathtub but here I am wrong.
Despite the theme, the music of this song is beautiful and even sad too. Both the music and the vocals make it sound like it's about some sort of tragedy.

With some artists, it can be difficult to find a single track that encompasses their entire sound. For Deftones, Digital Bath is that track. Sure, Deftones' catelog is much more dynamically diverse than what you find in Digital Bath, but it all culminates in the best song from their best album to date. It is an emotional roller coaster but lyrically and musically. Not an easy achievement.

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.

The emotion on this song is just amazing... I always like the heavy Deftones songs but there is something about this song that is mysterious and haunting and yet relaxing...

My Own Summer (Shove It) My Own Summer (Shove It) Cover Art

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!

Best deft ones song hands down. The screaming is excellent and theta contagious guitar riff will be stuck in your head for months

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

Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) Cover Art

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.

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.

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

Deftones is my all-time favourite band and this song is my all-time favourite song. I never get sick of it. should be number 1!

Diamond Eyes Diamond Eyes Cover Art

This is the first song I ever heard outside of rap in high school, which acted as a gateway, leading to many other great songs of theirs and that of many, many other bands. I've always been extremely grateful for stumbling upon this song years since. This will always be one of their best, whether out of sentiment or not.

"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...

You see that owl over there? Don't say no because you know it's there. Vote for this song else it will come at you in your sleep and go crazy on you! Ok?

Passenger Passenger Cover Art

Tool and Deftones are both some of the best bands in the genre of Alternative Metal(My favourite music genre of all time) so when Deftones get Maynard James Keenan from Tool on here, you know the song is gonna be great.

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.

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.

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.

Minerva Minerva Cover Art

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!

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!

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

Don't get me wrong, change is another awesome song but this should at least be # 2!

Bored Bored Cover Art

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.

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

7 Words 7 Words Cover Art

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

Awesome song all around starts off with a buzzing guitar riff then that sick bass line R.I.P. chi cheng

Should be much higher

I love this guitar sound

Poltergeist Poltergeist Cover Art

The most underrated and perfectly heaviest song of all Deftones songs. The guitar tone alone which resambles the tone from Meshuggah's album Koloss is the heaviest of all of their works. The rhythm and the riff from start to end is what a complete song of this genre would be apart from its heaviness and its beauty.

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

All time favourite Deftones song. Always makes me think of my car!

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

The Contenders

Rocket Skates Rocket Skates Cover Art

I can't decide between this and Change. Both are fantastic songs and also the best of Deftones.

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

Best song from Diamond Eyes easily.

Aggressive yet sensual.

Leathers Leathers Cover Art

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.

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

Pink Maggit Pink Maggit Cover Art

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 *-*

Engine No. 9 Engine No. 9 Cover Art

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

one of their heaviest songs amazing

This is the definition of nu-metal

A travesty that this is number 20...

Back to School (Mini Maggit) Back to School (Mini Maggit) Cover Art

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.

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.

Along with My Own Summer, Change, Bored, Diamond Eyes, etc. Back to School is truly one of the most awesome pieces from Deftones.

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.

Knife Party Knife Party Cover Art

"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.

"Ooh, I can float here forever
In this room
we can't touch the floor " - yea pretty much how I feel when I listen to this song. No other song I know makes me feel as weightless and free as knife party. And when Rodleen starts to sing...the song is hauntingly beautiful like something out of this world yet its also like the epitome of human expression all the same.

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.

Elite Elite Cover Art

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.

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

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.

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

Sextape Sextape Cover Art

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

For me, this is the best song, because it's really emotive, so beautifull, every time I hear this song I must pick up my guitar and start playing the song, and when Chino start singing I just start singing, almost crying because of the beauty of this song. It should be in N# 1

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)

Tempest Tempest Cover Art

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

Slow tempo, but totally reFuses to bore.
Moreno's as mesmerising as usual.
I'd rate it among the top 3, at least.

The riff after intro will explain everything about the song

The best song ever by deftones.
Most underrated song and the best one

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.

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!

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

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

Hole in the Earth Hole in the Earth Cover Art

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

Beauty School Beauty School Cover Art

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.

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

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!

Deathblow

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

Sigh.. Korea above this? Seriously?

Gets me every time

976-Evil 976-Evil Cover Art

A dreamy song with awesome lyrics. Definitely one of my favorite songs, cause I'm always getting the chills while hearing it.

Very underrated song - another one of their more melodic songs, which I really like. This song especially.

The chorus is incredibly beautiful and in my top 20 songs ever

Wet myself every time I listen it. Beautiful live!

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