Best Symphonic Metal Songs


The Top Ten

1 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

This 10 minute masterpiece is what symphonic metal should be. A beautiful but haunting vocal performance accompanied by great riffs and an amazing orchestral arrangement. This is easily the best symphonic metal song ever recorded. This should defiantly be #1 The Poet and the Pendulum, Emerald Sword, and Our Solemn Hour are also top notch symphonic metal tracks.

I was skeptical because of all the obvious reasons. It's long and slow. Symphonic metal's draw is that it provides big awesome riffs without losing too much pace.

Well I was wrong to be skeptical. Just listen to the song. It's only ten minutes. You will not regret it.

Got me hooked the first time. I personally prefer Tarja's version, I think she was phenomenal.

Absolute perfection, Tuomas is a genius.

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2 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian nailed this subgenre and in no time became the best in the business. - Metal_Treasure

Deserves the number 1 spot - christangrant

3 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
4 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
5 The Throne - Blind Guardian
6 Emerald Sword - Rhapsody

Very good song. But whenever I hear this song it feels like I am listening Land of the Free - Gamma Ray. - zxm

7 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian
8 To Mega Therion - Therion

Deserves to be higher than 8 - Eorel

9 The Poet and the Pendulum - Nightwish

Masterpiece! Nothing else needs to be said

Love it to. One of the greatest songs ever!

Love it

10 Euphoria - Xandria

Pleasantly surprised to find it this high. - Elina

The Contenders

11 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian

Should be higher. - zxm

12 The Seven Angels - Avantasia

This song is an absolute journey, definitely take a listen!

13 The Phantom Agony - Epica
14 Nemo - Nightwish

It's beautiful, to say the least. Soaring music and a powerful message.

15 Wishmaster - Nightwish
16 Wish I Had an Angel - Nightwish

The highest level of crap period.

17 Gethsemane - Nightwish
18 Funeral in Carpathia - Cradle of Filth
19 The Phantom of the Opera - Nightwish
20 Blood of Kingu - Therion
21 My Confession - Kamelot
22 Heroes - Magni Animi Viri
23 Valkyries - Blind Guardian
24 Seven Widows Weep - Sirenia
25 Typhon - Therion
26 Energize Me - After Forever
27 Bye Bye Beautiful - Nightwish
28 The Pharaoh Sails to Orion - Nightwish
29 Whisper - Evanescence
30 Planet Hell - Nightwish

All three versions are great, but Anette's version is the greatest!

31 The Greatest Show on Earth - Nightwish
32 Holy Thunderforce - Rhapsody
33 What Have You Done - Within Temptation

In the beginning you might think this is club music. But after that you hear absolutelly new genre of music. Great song to start listening operatic metal!

Sheer class

34 Storm the Sorrow - Epica
35 Center of the Universe - Kamelot
36 Set the World on Fire - Symphony X
37 No Leaf Clover - Metallica
38 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
39 Stargazers - Nightwish
40 The Scarecrow - Avantasia
41 King of Kings - Leaves' Eyes

Leaves' Eyes best song. Both Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull had great vocals. - zxm

42 Dawn of Victory - Rhapsody
43 Warriors of the World United - Manowar
44 Reign of Terror - Rhapsody (Of Fire)
45 Sacrament of Wilderness - Nightwish
46 King of Kings - Manowar
47 Bathory Aria - Cradle of Filth
48 Heaven Torn Asunder - Cradle of Filth
49 Beyond the Veil - Tristania
50 The Love from a Dead Orchestra - Versailles
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Euphoria - Xandria
2. Nemo - Nightwish
3. Gethsemane - Nightwish
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
3. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Ghost Love Score - Nightwish
3. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

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