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! - 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'.

Every one argues who is better Tarja or Floor, but anette has the BEST SONG. - Sipjo

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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.

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.


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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

First Nightwish song I heard. It took some time till I finally found out which band it belongs to. Since then I have become a Nightwish fan and a heavy metal fan.

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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!

Most epic song of all time

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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

This was the first Nightwish song I had ever heard. I was 6 years old and have been hooked on Nightwish ever since. I love this song and I love how it sounded when Nightwish altered it to fit in Imaginaerum the movie. (Also, I'm a huge fan of the movie Imaginaerum! Probably because it was created by Nightwish. Nothing Nightwish creates is even remotely bad.)

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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.!

Heartborne, 7th Seeker
In me the Wishmaster

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7 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.

Wow, I never noticed. this song sounds like Weezer's Say it Ain't So. these lines

"Dear Daddy, I write you
In spite of years of silence
You've cleaned up, found Jesus
Things are good or so I hear
This bottle of Stephen's
Awakens ancient feelings
Like father, stepfather
The son is drowning in the flood
Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah" - zxm

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8 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...

Marco and Anette vocals are so good! - Disturbedpotato

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9 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 best song from Nightwish and my second favourite song ever

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10 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.

The best song, best sound! The best wishes Nightwish!

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The Newcomers

? Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan

I'm not sure I've heard anything more beautiful. Tarja's voice at it's most outstanding. This list does not display a correct representation of the Nightwish at their finest

I don't understand what he is singing but whatever it is I know it's beautiful. Great song.

The sound of Tarja is enough to make the song epic even if you don't understand a single word of it, but that's how music's supposed to be...this song is so soothing

This song is perfection. <3 probably the most beautiful song in the world. :')

The Contenders

11 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

So touching

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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 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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16 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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17 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

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 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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20 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.

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1. The Poet and the Pendulum
2. Ghost Love Score
3. The Pharaoh Sails to Orion
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