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)

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.

Absolutely brilliant song. It is so complex, and yet so simple. It can be interpreted in so many different ways. One of my favorite songs of all time.

Such an amazing song from a great band. Reminds me about Queen of the Damned every time I hear it

I really dislike this band but this song specifically is an exception, unique sound like no other song I've heard

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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.

Blows every other song out of the water and takes you to a different world completely

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3 Digital Bath

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...

It haunts and soothes

Can't stop listening to that beauty!

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4 Passenger

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

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.

My favorite Deftones song. It has such an omninous and dark feel to it. Not to mention it also has one of my favorite singers in the song too, Maynard James Keenan.

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5 Diamond Eyes

"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

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.

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6 Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

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.

My Fursonal Favorite

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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.

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!

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

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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!

Love it. The rhythm on this one is stand out :D

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9 Poltergeist

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

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.

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10 Sextape

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

Lovely song with the most beautiful music video I've ever seen in my life.

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The Contenders

11 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

I love this song more than I love the pure thought of world peace...;P.

My favorite Deftones song followed by Knife Party, Hexagram and Rocket Skates. - cjWriter1997

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12 Rocket Skates

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

Deserves top 10


13 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.."

"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.

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14 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 *-*

15 7 Words

Should be much higher

I love this guitar sound

Amazing song.

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

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16 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.

17 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.

18 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.

W. T. F. How is this song no. 17? This song should be in the top 5 at least.

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19 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

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

21 Engine No. 9

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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22 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 the number 1 song of deftones.the start of song is amazing

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23 Back to School (Mini Maggit)

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.

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

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

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

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24 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

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25 Root

One of the sickest riffs created by the greats.

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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

27 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.

28 Rosemary

This song is just so amazing. It's like a journey through Chino's mind, the way the song flows through emotions. Kind of like a ballad, but so much better. Just, the ending lines "Just stay with me" so beautiful and then the heavy guitar crunch followed by notes of tranquility. It's like a nuclear bomb and then the resulting fallout. My favorite song is Passenger, but Rosemary deserves Top Ten.

Amazing song! Really puts you into a feeling you can't really explain just a purely awesome song! One of there best!

This is a true, complete, everything that deftones are all about encapsulated all in one song. There very best song.

I think Rosemary is one the greatest songs ever written.

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29 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!

Can't stop listening

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30 Deathblow

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

Sigh.. Korea above this? Seriously?

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31 Korea

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!

The essential heavy deftones song

32 Minus Blindfold

Some of these songs on Adrenaline as so underrated!

33 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.

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

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34 976-Evil

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.

Wet myself every time I listen it. Beautiful live!

35 Doomed User
36 Lucky You
37 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

38 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

39 Goon Squad
40 Savory
41 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🙏 💙

42 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!

43 Swerve City

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

44 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

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45 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"

46 Needles and Pins

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

47 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

48 MX

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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49 Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event

In this song deftones gives you their emotion in most calm and pure form, it brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it, it's just beautiful

50 Graphic Nature

What! This song needs to be number 1

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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
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