Best Nightwish Songs


The Top Ten

1 Ghost Love Score

This is not only my favorite Nightwish song, but my favorite song from any band. It's an absolute masterpiece of music. It encompasses so many moods during its hefty running time, through its changes of pace, and inclusion of diverse instruments. I feel this song is almost too beautiful, that sometimes it makes me sad to think that one day when life vanishes from this planet, there will be no one left to enjoy this auditory perfection... And it deserves to exist forever. To me, it doesn't even feel like something that was written by mankind. It feels like it was a gift from another world, and it takes me there every time I hear it.

In my opinion this is Nightwish's best masterpiece (because let's face it, all of their songs are masterpieces in one way or another). It's so hard to describe how hauntingly beautiful this song is. The orchestral solo in the middle was genius; the subtle insertion of the choir almost sounds like a ghost or an angel. And then, of course there's the epic crescendo. It's amazing how they went from major key to minor key, from again major key to minor key. The tone of the song goes from slow, mournful, and haunting, to exciting and bombastic yet still beautiful. Tarja's vocals are to die for - it sounds so powerful, angelic, and other-worldly. The ending is very dramatic; it feels like being in an opera house. The entire song makes you imagine two dark, star-crossed lovers in a make-believe world. Definitely the most beautiful song Nightwish has ever composed. No wonder so many people mistake them for a "gothic" band.

If I would start to list all the reasons why this song reaches my top 1 from ALL the bands and songs I've listened to, I wouldn't be finished until Rocky XII comes out to cinemas. This is a true masterpiece, a triumph to Nightwish; every single one of them. It praises Tuomas' masterful songwriting, his keyboard, Tarja's magical voice (which I'll always follow when I Walk Alone), and all the instruments, added with symphony from the background..
I can't really praise this song enough. Every time when I listen to it (And I've done so for few thousand times, trust me), I fall into a dream where everything is possible. Ten minutes of pure magic.

The reason why I listen to Nightwish

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2 The Poet and the Pendulum

Possibly one of the Best and most distinguished Metal songs ears have ever witnessed, this song brought Symphonic Music and Pump-Up Metal to their very limits.

The Song kicks off as a perfect Symphonic Metal song with perfect music, vocals and a perfect lyrics, then it slows down to a very sad and heart touching Musical, then the tempo rises until we encounter 2 minuets of Extreme Metal Impact and one of the best riffs of all time, finally the songs end with a relaxing Symphony with some magical singing from Anette.

This song is unbelievable, incomparable and unstoppable, and one of the best Songs the world has ever known! - DJZeezo

14-minute masterpiece. This is the most epic, powerful and emotional their song!
Anette sang very well..

I love the intermittent shifts between each section of the song, especially Marco's extreme section of screaming. In one instance, your pulse is racing because of the hard-hitting instrumentals- the next, you realize you are drooling over Annette's mystically beautiful vocals. Never has music had such a profound effect on me. 'The Poet and the Pendulum' deserves the top spot not only in the 'Best Nightwish Songs List', but also in the 'Best Symphonic Metal Masterpieces'.

It's a masterpiece with AWEDOME vocals.

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3 Nemo

How come Nemo isn't at the top? Its a masterpiece, the sond and the video are just amazing!

I love this song it really has a beautiful sound! Anyone who disagrees is obviously crazy as hell, and they need a talking' to before they move on with life anymore!

First Nightwish song I ever heared. The mixture of opera vocals and heavy metal was quite strange for me but somehow it attracted me more and more, now I can say that Nightwish is my favourite band, with or without Tarja but Anette

When your brain decides if you like a song or not, various feelings and emotions are filtering, at the moment that you hear this song... Those emotions can be erased by the factors of the music and lyrics/meaning, in which Nemo excels in every way!

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4 Amaranth

Great song with fabulous lyrics and amazing music chores... Really deserves the spot...

Such a good flow and lyrics, amazing song always gives me goosebumps during chorus

I love this song so much! This is a song I could listen to repeatedly and never get bored with! Nightwish Rocks!

It is amazing. Enough said.

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5 Storytime

Coolest effects in the beginning giving it a dark theme you can hear in movies. Then the song is just awesome

How is this not #1? I agree with almost all of these comments. When the song first starts out, it's just like "oooh catchy", and when the lyrics start it's like "this doesn't really make sense but I like it" and by the chorus it's just "okay it mentions fairy tales and things like that, that's really cool" and the ending would be great except it exists. I never wanted this song to end, ever. Why couldn't this be another one of their 13-minute songs? P.S. this was my first Nightwish song! And I love what it does before the ending chorus!

Awesome songs. I don't really like symphonic metal but this song is awesome

Love the Allusions and theatrical vibe. The song that got me into Nightwish

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6 Wishmaster

Are you kidding me? You people really want to put the best gothic metal song on 12? Wishmaster is their best song amazing job from the female singer

Must me higher than this. Everything's just so good. One of the best songs from Nightwish. I love this song so much

Wishmaster is the best and emblematic song of NW.!

Best song of them all!

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7 Wish I Had an Angel

This song is such a masterpiece! I was taken with it from the moment I first heard it years ago. It's a shame really, that it had to be featured in Alone in the Dark, such a let down of a movie. This song stands on its own quite well, and is my personal favorite of Nightwish's pieces.

It's sad the movie it's featured in sucks. Awesome song can't lift the standard of a crappy game-turn-movie from Uwe Boll no matter what.


Love this...

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8 Planet Hell

Amazing song. RIP all those fallen warriors at the Falador Massacre of 2006!

Awesome song, this and Ghost Love Score are the songs that sum up Nightwish entirely. This for the general awesomeness of them as a modern rock band whilst Ghost Love Score represents their imagination, symphonic mastery and frankly their timelessness

Everything about this song is fantastic. From the dramatic choirs to Marco's powerful voice. Absolutely perfect.

The beats at the start and the lyrics all through out just take the cake

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9 Bye Bye Beautiful

Such an epic song! It will blow your mind! Find it, listen to it and love it!

The first time I watched this video, I didn't notice the women had changed into men. That said, this song is fantastic. Marco's growls complement Anette's vocals perfectly. Masterpiece.

This song so beautiful with anette'S vocal. because very epic and emotional song ever...

Bloody amazing.

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10 While Your Lips are Still Red

Most heart touching song ever
It makes my heart pump like an engine.

Very epic and very well made, the music is very smooth and relaxing and the vocals are simply phenomenal
And the lyrics is very meaningful and well written

My favorite song of all time and Marcus is my favorite singer, he's the best Metal vocalist of all time

I actually started to cry when I first heard this song. It's absolutely the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I love this song and I think Marcos voice is amazing. You can listen to this song hundred times and you still don't get fed up with it. I can't even describe how much this particular song means to me. It's sweet and touching and kind of sad. Beautiful. Masterpiece. I love this one. I really do.

With no doubt the best song they have made, pity it wasnt put on their main album

This should be number one - gtsamuel

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The Contenders

11 Ever Dream

I am dying inside that this isn't even in the top ten. The lyrics are beautiful, Tarja is beautiful and the instrumental is amazing. The most amazing Nightwish song ever. In my opinion.

Should be in the top 5 in my opinion, I'm sure the band members would agree as they always play it live...
All the other songs are amazing as well...

This song gets better evey time I listen to it.

Even if beautiful and one of my favorites, it's clearly not the best of their songs, but I'll vote it anyway, it deserves a higher spot. - patoezequiel

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12 The Pharaoh Sails to Orion

This is for me the best Nightwish song. One of their heaviest, with memorable keyboard sections, beautiful melodic chorus and overall very epic.

What the hell this song's not in the list?
Masterpiece on instrumental and melodic point of view

Awesome song, should be in the list, even thought there are other songs that are better in my opinion. I always enjoy listening to this.

Love this song. Should totally be higher.

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13 Phantom of the Opera

This should be the one in top 10's list... Gives me goosebumps :P

This song gave me goosebumps. So strong yet emotional. One of the best songs performed by Nightwish. This song should be in top 10

HOW on earth is this song at #17? It's a classic to me and was used in one of the best musicals ever produced... Deserves a spot in top ten

Phantom of the Opera is a Nightwish masterpiece. This is the what brought me into their realm...

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14 Passion and the Opera

One of the best guitar masterpieces I've ever heard, this song takes a true Opera song and fuses it with a fabulous piece of guitar playing, even the drumming and the bass are awesome

One of the best Metal songs of the 90's, that if it isn't THE BEST!

Thank you nightwish for this masterpiece.

One of the best song I've ever heard, great riffs and Orchestral vocals.
This song should be on the top 5 for sure! - ahmedhiari

You people can keep your Wish I Had An Angels and your Ghost Love Scores to yourselves. This is the best Nightwish song. For one thing its an actual metal song with a real riff behind it. Not just symphonic bull with Emppu strumming (as opposed to riffing) mindlessly while waiting for a paycheck.

Another gold found in oceanborn, damn, oceanborn is a gold mine! JUST TAKE THIS damn ALBUM TO THE TOP TEN ALREADY!

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15 Last Ride of the Day

Last Ride Of The Day has such a dark and gothic melody. The vocals are fabulous. Listening to the music, I feel giddy with all the eerie sensations. The metaphorical lyrics are really something. I could ponder their meaning for hours at a time! This song is an epic piece of music.

I don't see the reason why its not in the top ten. this song simply lifts my spirit! Thank you Nightwish

Epic, optimistic, makes you want to live, fight, run!

This song is an experience

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16 Master Passion Greed

Probably one of Nightwish's heaviest songs.

Oh come on this is really best

One of the sparks of amazement in DPP

17 The Greatest Show On Earth

Leave your opinions about preferred singers aside, this is undeniably nightwish's most ambitious song to date. What to know what makes this song so superior? If you listen to the instrumental version, it can still stand as a fantastic instrumental, and yet the vocals add so much more. it is a quintessential classic.

This song is magical. A masterpiece. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" is their best album to date as all the songs have a symphonic element. But the "Greatest Show On Earth" is something else, comprised of a full orchestra, a thing of beauty that causes the hairs on our skin to rise, and our hearts to beat in bliss. "The Greatest Show On Earth" is the best song ever, trumping music made by Beethoven and Mozart, to Frank Sinatra and Hank Williams, to the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

I've always thought "Ghost Love Score" was the best song anyone, let alone Nightwish, has ever come up with. Then "The Greatest Show on Earth" came by and totally blew me away. This song is truly second to none.

"We were here..."

Over time, I expect this one to be the #1 on the ranking. It's just that amazing.

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18 Dark Chest of Wonders

I start to love nightwish when I hear this song. To me, this is the best nightwish's song beside Bye Bye Beautiful, Amaranth and Nemo. My friend also love Nightwish and make as her favorite band after hear this song

One of my favorites. I don't know why this is below Nemo and Wish I Had An Angel, it is so much better than those two songs.

This one got me into listening to them... when I sew floor singing this one live I was amazed, I watched the song 10 times in a row because of floor performance

just my thoughts

When the keyboard comes in it sounds like a storybook just opened

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19 Over the Hills and Far Away

Absolutely the greatest Nightwish song for all times. Sang with feeling, passion and power! Absolutely love it!

Best song of nightwish and in the whole world! That melody is the best I ever heart!

It's a really amazing Song! I often hear it on the ocean and by the Sea or in Austria

This song is just haunting, the band was at full force, very strong when they recorded this! love um still

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20 The Kinslayer

Such a fast driving song, almost Iron Maiden sounding with the riff. Catchy, powerful, best Nightwish song.

This gets the adrenaline pumping, fast, powerful, perfect. Amazing drums and riffs. By far my favourite.

The guitar riffs in this song are insanely good.

21 The Islander

The much more grounded songwriting along with Marco's vocals make this a unique and special song in the band's vast discography, and it is undoubtedly my favorite.

Beautiful ballad. my favourite along with sleeping sun and turn loose the mermaids

I Just connect with this song so hard, it's almost sad.


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22 Stargazers

I am very offended to see that this, my favourite song from my favourite album by my favourite band, did not make it to the top ten.

An absolute hurricane of a song, beautiful and electrifying, also one of their hardest to play and sing. An epitome of old Nightwish for me.

In the beginning this song was a bit odd. But after hearing it a few times its on *my* personal top 10 list of metal songs.

Dada-dadan (dara-ra) DANANANAN NAN!
dada-dadan (dara-ra) DANANANAN NAN!
this is the intro tried my best lol.
a song full of energy, a perfect opening song for an album, makes you want more. it's like a rollercoaster ride, no, an astral ride, a journey in the cosmic caravan.
from second one to the last one, this is a masterpiece

23 Scaretale

The opening sets the mood incredibly, and then the band comes in to truly kick off this thundering roller coaster ride through a dark, dark fantasy land filled with carnival horrors. It goes from slow, dark and terrifying to lightning-fast at the start, culminating in an absolutely life-changing riff that starts at 2:07, and from there it continues at incredible speed until the lengthy breakdown. Listening to that part of the song is like taking a step out into the scariest, darkest fantasy wasteland you can think of. And then, of course, Marco has to introduce images of a circus of monsters and tormented souls, putting on a show to save themselves as the pendulum of fate swings ever closer. Then, at the end, the rest of the band reprises the more apparent heavy metal theme from the beginning of the song, before ending as the song begun - with the disturbing sound of children chanting to the haunting tune of an orchestra whose music makes them feel as if their song encompasses all of ...more

I love this song. It's so spooky and creepy! It made me laugh, and gave me a serious face at the same time!

Absolutely gives me the chills.

The best, recognize it!

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24 Sahara

This should be WAY higher. Amazing intro riff.

First Nightwish song I have ever heard. It got me into Nightwish, so I love it.

One of the best songs in dark passion play. one of the hopes of the new era.

25 Dead to the World

Can't believe the best song of Nightwish ranks number 33 =/

I am really confused! This is maybe ine of their best songs... Why is so down at the list... Vote people!

Marco's and Toumas's contributions to the song make it one of their best.

Wtaf is wrong with you people this is top3 for sure

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26 Ghost River

I only ever listened to this by accident, just leaving my phone to shuffle through songs. It's now my favourite song not just by this band, but out of anyone who ever wrote a tune. The chorus caught my ear 3 beats in, this song is incredible...

I voted this not because it's the actual best (I think that's ghost love score) but because this other ghost song deserves better than the very last place. at least top 10. peace!

My jaw dropped the first time I heard it. It's flawless! I can't believe it's the LAST of the list! This deserves to be on the top 10! It's a masterpiece!

This song is one of very few I’ve heard in my life which struck me on such a deep level that it felt like it was tearing at my very soul. It’s a truly beautiful piece made up of contrasting layers which come together to produce something magical.

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27 Bless the Child

Awesome song by Nightwish..
Tarja's vocals is simply mesmerizing..
Elvish band they are..
Really a song recorded in Heaven...

Makes you feel depressed, yet it's one of the best medicines for depression.

How can it be that this song is at such a low position? I am gonna say just this: When I die I want to be burried with this song playing!

28 Sleeping Sun

This is the most awesome song of Nightwish, epic, solemn and touching. An eclipse shows us what we truly are in times of darkness and how we can be the best and fight for what is right.

Sleeping sun is the most beautiful and emotional song I have ever listen to. Sad that it is 15. That person have a heart of stone.

How this song is as low as number 26 will always remain a mystery to me.

The lyrics are very calm, neither happy nor sad, and the melody is very soothing. Tarja's voice really shines on this track, especially at the end of the song when she so perfectly reaches the high notes.

Amazing song which truly shows Tarja's insane vocal range. I love this song - which shows the desparate and thrilling Nature of an Eclipse so accurately. This song is so haunting, brilliantly sung and well written - it is more than a song. It's the humble love letter from a mortal to the forces of Physics. Those who rated this song down, must be still sitting in Plato's Cave.
My favorite Nightwish-musical masterpiece along with Nemo, The Kinslayer, 10th Man down and End of All Hope.

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29 Creek Mary's Blood

Love this band -- and love this track most of all. Dripping in atmosphere, building up to a fantastically powerful finale

This song deserves a better place... father gorgive them for they know not what they do... very good song a top 5 for me. Beautiful and brilliant song.

30 Last of the Wilds

Brilliant instrumental, the one only Nightwish can do! A proof that even without the vocals the band has some sharp music skills. Personally one of my favorites by Nightwish.

This was the first Nightwish song I had ever heard and what began my love for gothic metal. Amazing melody...

For me one of the best instrumental song that I love the combination of the instruments

It must be in no1 in my view no one can hate it..this is the most amazing music I have heard in my entire life

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31 Beauty of the Beast

This song wasn't even on the list?

Beauty of the Beast is my favourite Nightwish song, for many reasons. It's hard to choose a favourite Nightwish song, because almost all of their songs are of comparable quality, but there is something about "Beauty of the Beast" that raises it above the rest for me. Nothing can tarnish how much I love this song. I hate to attribute adjectives to a song, because it can't adequately express my true thoughts, but I will say this: this song represents so many wonderful things at once and it is the reason why Century Child is my favourite album.

If only Nightwish realised this and started playing it live again...

It's without doubt a turning point for Nightwish in terms of composition. I dare saying that without this song there wouldn't be a Ghost Love Score or a Poet and the Pendulum. The epicness of the arrangements, Tarja singing in a more dramatic fashion, the focused riffs. This song is pure bliss in every aspect. The only thing I think this song should have is a more developed guitar solo. But it's a minor detail in a 10/10 song, which is in my opinion, together with the album Century Child, the peak of pre-mainstream Nightwish-era.

This song's complexity and the powerful voice of Tarja on this song should boost it very high, I am quite disappointed that this song is so low in the list. It should be the highlight of the songs that don't have the symphonic part recorded when played live.

My favorite Nightwish song, and I love that it's overlooked so it will never be overexposed. Complex, dark, atmospheric and incredibly beautiful. It's almost funny how much of nothing the 1st part looks like until the 2nd part starts and you feel like drowning in a maelstorm after sailing a calm sea. I've always stuck this song into the face of any person who said that Tarja can't do emotional singing.

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32 I Want My Tears Back

Great song, great melody, great lyrics... My favorite out of the old nightwish album Imaginaerum it's really good

This song is amazing. I'm surprised it isn't in the top ten... One of my favorite songs from Nightwish. The lyrics are great!

This song is great. It immediately starts strong and then it stays beautiful. I absolutely love the solo.

Again this my favourite among many

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33 Gethsemane

A classical masterpiece that strikes you as intelligent at first but then the more it progresses you find it superbly emotional at its best. The best mix has two different styles that somehow complement one another.

Very very beautiful and powerful song :) everyone should listen to it and it's very metallic and hardcore if you ask me and anyone who listened to it

My all time favorite song by Nightwish :) Just a masterpiece. I still get goosebumps while listening to this awesome song. - julianclaussen

This song is masterpiece symphonic metal... should be big three!

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34 End of All Hope

I see that there's better songs than this but for me this is the best of nightwish

Surprised this song isn't higher actually. I loved the entire Century Child album especially this and Bless the Child. Tarja has one of the best voices and most beautiful faces ever

35 Two for Tragedy

Such a beautiful masterpiece, Tarja's voice is just spellbinding and the solo is just perfect; not too fast or over complicated. Have no idea why this isn't in the list.

36 The Siren

A great song. Every time I listen to it it gives me chills.

It's as if you're dying under the burning sun of a desert and dream of siren over a vast ocean, calling for you to come to her.

Probably their most progressive work ever. Should lead the poll.

I just love the spirituality of this song so much.

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37 Song of Myself

This song is just too good for words. The heavy intro and powerful melody which leads into the outro at 76. Then a bunch of people telling their stories one by one. " Ever seen the lord smile? All the care for the world made beautiful a sad man? Why do we still carry a device of torture around our necks? Oh, how rotten your pre-apocalypse is All you bible-black fools living over nightmare ground. I see all those empty cradles and wonder If man will never change" that's just gold right there

Song of myself is one of the best ever, especially the 6 minute poem. Poet and the pendulum is still one of the best along with beauty of the beast and ghost love score but this one is a masterpiece.

Such an amazing, powerful song. Each of the four parts complements and contrasts each other perfectly. And the poetry at the end is divine...

The fact that this song is like 21 ranks lower than amaranth gives me a hearthache

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38 Edema Ruh

This is like the Come Cover Me of Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

Transquil music with inspiring lyrics. Almost 80s rock influence with impressive vocals and guitar solo.

39 Elvenpath

Love this song to bits. I used to listen to it in the background a lot when playing video games so I have a lot of amazing memories with this song~

40 The Riddler
41 Nightquest

What, this song is awesome to not even be mentioned. The piano rhythm of holopainen combined with the fast paced guitar riffs will surely drive anyone nuts. Probably unknown because it is only a bonus track on Oceanborn. Please listen to it )

42 Come Cover Me

How can this song be at this place? It deserves much better.

One of the most catchy Nightwish songs, no question about that. Should be head-to-head with Nemo.

Its a easy 10 in my books

43 Escapist

What's this doing way down here? This at least should be in the top five...

This song is just too good to be a just bonus track on Nightwish album ( Dark Passion PLay )

Just give it a listen. Really good.

This is one of the best of nightwish! :O listen to it and vote! This is just so underrated! Should be in top 5!

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44 Elan

Awesome song, sounds better every time you listen to it.

Amazing Floor, flutework was incredible...

Should be lot higher. The intro vocals of Floor's was very good. I liked that part when she sings "whooo-whoo". - zxm

45 Dead Boy's Poem

The most beautiful Power/Symphonic metal song ever written and played, deserves to be number 1. Tarja's voice is absolutely brilliant!

This one is the #1 by far.

The most wonderful song I have ever heard from them! Makes me want to fly! :-)

One of most beautiful songs in any genre, really needs to be at least in top 10

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46 She Is My Sin

This song is perfect in all aspects...
1. Perfect Tarja vocals... No one did it better.
2. Perfect lyrics and music
3. Sounds formidable and epic

This song is so epic. Very good drums job

The best Nightwish song

What this song is only at #42!

This, the most complex and layered anthem Nightwish has ever produced and its not in the top 10?

Something is wrong with this website where the Floor fanatics are down voting Tarja's amazing vocals, Jukka's complex druming and Tuomas' keyboards. My personal Nightwish Top 5

1) Kinslayer
2) She is my Sin
3) Everdream
4) Dark Chest of Wonders
5) Bless the Child

Honorable mentions

Planet Hell
Wish I had an Angel

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47 Alpenglow

Such a complex song. It really runs the gamut of styles.

48 Weak Fantasy

Heavy, and great song. we see floor jansen's heavy vocals in this and yours is an empty hope, which is nice. the name gives me chills, I mean its amazing like wouldn't you watch a movie named WEAK FANTASY come on, it's screaming 'i'm majestically brutal' and that "lust for FANNTAASSYYY! " part GOOD!
take this to a higher place than Elan or I will shoot you.

Beautiful powerful song.

49 Beauty and the Beast

We live in a world where some people are able to create that wonder, this ten minutes masterpiece (not to be confused with The beauty and the beast, be careful).
Please just listen to it, listen to it once... Just listen, and feel it inside yourself...
Let us recognize that in these poor times for well-build music, we are very lucky to have Nightwish, and specially Beauty of the beast, Ghost love score, etc.
Hail to them for that.

Masterpiece and unlike other longtracks it is really ONE song

50 White Night Fantasy

This song is made in a way that sounds so pure and I think Tarja sings it beatifully, silent parts, amazingly made chorus powerful and quiet at the same time, meanwhile comforting and feels magical as well.

What's wrong with you people. Listen to this song!

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