Best Nightwish Songs

The Top Ten

1 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!

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

I'm sorry but this is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. One minute you are sitting there thinking how beautiful and majestic it is, next thing you know it explodes with force and power. Then you are simply mesmerized by Anette's angelic vocal, and it just takes you to another dimension of grandeur. Absolutely flawless by all means; it's perfect. It can be a real tear jerker. The most beautiful melody, the screaming, then the soft, sweet sound of Anette. Exquisite.

Actually as good as Ghost Love Score.
Difficult to choose... So I listen to them both.

2 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.

This song has is an amazing example of symphonic metal. Before you start thinking "Oh another uneducated fan of fake metal" do your research. This song has amazing rthymic structure and is an example of why metal doesn't have to sound bad to be good. Check out Floor's version for the full awesomeness.

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.

3 Nemo

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

This is the song that I play for people when I introduce them to Nightwish. Classic.

The only song where Tarja sounds equally awesome as Floor's version.

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!

4 Amaranth

Such a beautiful, uplifting song. My favourite of the Olzon era.

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!

5 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.!

This has to be one of the best metal songs ever written. It is unbelievably amazing and should be #1

6 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.


The most powerful song of the band

7 Storytime

A lot of pleasant whimsy in this track. My favourite from the album.

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

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.

Awesome song. Anyone who could really listen it would notice it.

9 The Pharaoh Sails to Orion

I feel Oceanborn in general doesn't get the recognition it really deserves. Either does this song, wich is by far one of their best. Energetic, melodic and epic; the very peak of the Nightwish symphonic power metal period.

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.

10 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...

I love this one. I love Marco's angry voice! This one rocks! Reminds me of Wish I had an angel, I don't know why.

The Contenders

11 Passion and the Opera

Quite possibly the greatest song ever written. Epic perfect guitar riffs and pitch perfect lyrics.

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!

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.

12 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

13 Last Ride of the Day

"It's hard to light a candle easy to curse the dark instead." My favorite lyrics.

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!

14 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 have been on the top. Amazing lyrics, amazing music. It's on my list of favorite songs that I can listen to innumerable times.

15 Phantom of the Opera

This was a really epic cover of the classic Phantom of the Opera theme. Like all of Nightwish's songs, it has a heavy feel to it but still has the beautiful opera/symphonic element to it. This song should be in the top 10 if you ask me.

Tarja's vocals are good here-the real treat is the cover done by Floor Jansen and Henk Poort on Beste Zangers.

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

16 The Greatest Show On Earth

Pleasing to the ear, a great message, when you hear it you can't help feel happy. Metal elements include voice distortion. The Better Version is only 17 minutes long.

Not only the best Nightwish song, but probably the best metal one

You really experience an epic journey listening to this song

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.

17 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.

18 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.

Every time I hear this song, I promise myself it’s going to be a good day. Even if it’s not truly what I hoped for the future, but I need to hold on to what I know. This song gives me so much love and life, in fact, it is what rooted me to the ground, when my brother sexually abused me. I just wanted to die, but this song made me feel warm and golden. This song means life and death to me, I had been so upset over my brother, and I just wanted to die. This song is truly beautiful.

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.

19 Over the Hills and Far Away

This song has everything: a key change! A guitar solo! An a Capella part! And enough of a folk-song vibe to really bring it all together

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

20 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

Poet and the pendulum and ghost love score are the two bets Nightwish songs but this has to be next, I cannot believe that Wish I had an Angel is higher than this.

21 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...

Incredibly beautiful heavy metal song with emotion and feeling. Absolutely one of the very best songs I have ever heard.

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 The Kinslayer

The first Nightwish song I ever heard, the one that got me into a band I would follow for 20 years. Fond memories.

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.

24 Sahara

Love the atmosphere of this track, and Olzon's performance here is top tier.

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 Ghost River

This song deserves a genre of its own. It is awesome and absolutely worth listening too (Floor's version obviously is better).

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!

26 Bless the Child

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

I am new to night wish and the genre but this song is brilliant it's the first song of there's I heard but it led me to greater wonders.I have always been a rock fan but this is something I've never heard awesome...

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!

27 Creek Mary's Blood

One of their most beautiful creations. It took me a while to warm up to it, but now I consider it one of their essentials.

I GREATLY prefer the instrumental version of this song, but I can't vote for that so I'll put my vote here. Three of my top 5 instrumental songs are by Nightwish (Last of the Wilds and Imaginaerum are the other ones)

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.

28 The Riddler

Magical chorus makes me dream away.

29 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 )

30 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 )

This one ranks among the Top10 in China. Couldn't deserve less.

Just give it a listen. Really good.

31 End of All Hope

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

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

32 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.

The first Nightwish song I'd heard with Tarja was this one. It's a masterpiece that I love.

33 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 agree, this song should top the list.Epic. Awesome. Haunting.

34 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

The absolute best Nightwish song ever. Tarja just nails it on the From Wishes To Eternity DVD and owns this song. Great drumming by Jakku with some sneaky little gems.

35 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.

And here we have it, friends: the new generations of Nightwish fans has arrived, the ones who either never heard Oceanborn or can't appreciate it because it's so different from their later works.

Before the era of massive choirs, Irish pipes and repetiti... ugh, I mean, wonderful orchestral arrangements, 'Sleeping Sun' (along with 'Wishmaster') had been Nightwish's signature song for many years: a deeply emotional, otherwordly beautiful ballad with a slightly melancholic feel and those terrific vocals that put the entire metal genre on the map for millions. It's not nearly as complex as some 'Poet and the Pendulum', but it's perfect in its own relative simplicity. It's not as difficult to sing as some other of their songs (in fact, it may be the easiest song on the album), but Tarja's voice fits the song so perfectly even the almighty Floor Jansen is inferior at performing it. It's a masterpiece, but it looks like it's becoming a forgottem masterpiece.

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.

This song drove me to Nightwish and to symphonic metal. Its now 29th - such a shame...

36 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! :-)

So sad... So powerful... So beautiful...

37 The Carpenter

I really like this one. I really think Tuomas should sing more!

How was this not on here already?

Perfect I cann't describe it it's just perfect

38 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.

This song should be rated much good than that. You guarantee you'll love the lyrics, anette and marco were awesome in vocals. Loved the keyboard solo by toumas

39 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.

40 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.

Anette's chance to shine. she did a spectacular job in this song. and at the end when they sing together with marco like "FALLEN MIRRORS ALL KINGDOM IN CINDERS! "
then, the creepy sounds from the background...
AHAH this song makes me murder my brother (if I had one)
this is a good thing, I AM NOT A PSYCHOPATH

41 Edema Ruh

The live's beauty is beyond my words.

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.

42 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~

43 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!

44 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

45 7 Days to the Wolves

This song is one of Nightwish's best songs. Hard to see it down here so low! I've listened to this song more than almost any other Nightwish song, and I've been listening to Nightwish since 2000.

#92 of 94. You must be kidding.
It's one their best. It's a bombastic, orchestral ballad with so much power it blows you away. I have a painting of arctic wolves in snow at night with dark blue skies and a silvery moon in my room. When this track started playing on the album I could almost see them running around and howl to the moon. This song bears such an emotion and imagination that it blows you away. In this particular song, Anette, who is my least favourite of the 3 singers (she's not bad but I just think she sounds more punk-ish than symphonic), is just as good as Tarja. An excellent track.

This song is so underrated. This deserves so much more recognition. It's a great song from start to finish. I could listen to it again and again and not get bored. It's so epic!

Amazing song. It should be #1.

46 Crownless

The guitar work in this song should automatically place it in the top 10.. Seriously guys...

Amazing song with even better ryth! The best from Tarja

47 The Crow, the Owl and the Dove

Love It! When I first heard it I completely fell in love with was almost like it was telling me a story or the meaning behind birds and such

This one of the best acoustic songs of nightwish!

Me and my girlfriend 's song. Love it.

48 10th Man Down

Super underrated Nightwish song, defiantly one of my favorites and it's amazing live too

Should be on top 5, most underrated songs.

The best song of Nightwish

This is a great song for me is the song number one of nihtwish

49 Moondance

I am devastated by seeing this unbelievably good instrumental in last place in a list of best Nightwish tracks of all time.

It should be number one, so vote with me and push this song to the top 10!

Beautiful and intelligent arrangement

This should be way higher..

50 FantasMic

Is a my favorite song!

"wish upon a star, believe in will! "

and that intro is just fantasmic.


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