Best Melodic Death Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom is a great band and Angels Don't Kill deserves to be up here too.

So many Children of Boredom's songs on this list makes me cringe. They are the worst ever melodic death metal band. The top ten should have at least 3 songs each from Kalmah and Insomnium.

This song kicks ass and hard

I remember banging my head and the headache which followed the first time I heard this all-time killer...
And trust me headaches from metal music makes you happy!

2 Mortal Share - Insomnium

Insomnium is a great band with some of, if not the best melodies in melodeth. This is an epiphany of Insomnium's greatness and definitely one of the greatest examples of Melodic death Metal. My personal favorite with one of the best apprehensive intros with the riff starting alone and the drums growing in intensity, Great stuff!

Beautiful song with truly poetic and with meaningful lyrics. True to the melodic death metal genre at the same time. A real melody and masterpiece that sets a new standard in music.

Good song. I like 'The Killjoy' and 'The Day It All Came Down' more though

What an intro... it kills me!

3 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

Incredible song. Their best song by far and probably the best melodic death metal song ever. - RogerMcBaloney

Great song. Everything from the vocals to the instruments is just perfect.

yes - Mandude2122

Way better than Pursuit of the Vikings

4 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

This is the song that helped me become a death metal fan. - Metal_Treasure

The only guy I know who can growl so hard that he's gonna spit his insides out..! GUYS and they sure know how to bang their heads...

Awesome song. I remember listening to this band while reading 'Eaters of the Dead' by Michael Crichton (really fit in with the story of Vikings.

I can listen to this song a million times!

5 Lost to Apathy - Dark Tranquillity

One of the very first metal bands I started with, and they still sound just as good as ever. It seems a lot of metal bands today that were once great have been releasing semi-good albums. (hypocrisy, dimmu borgir, soulfly, insomnium etc.)

In my opinion, this is one of the best bands out there and I am surprised Dark Tranquility is not much much higher on this list! I mean seriously! We are talking about the creators of death metal here!

This is my favorite song of all time, bar-none. I love ALL types of music and bands, it all depends on my mood. Lost to Apathy is the one song that it doesn't matter what "mood" I'm in, I LOVE it. Whether I'm working out, angry, working, need a song to put me to sleep, this song will always be great choice.

In my opinion one of the best songs ever made. It should take the place of the two metalcore songs (what? ) on the list and be in the top eight at the least.

6 Darkest Time - Norther

Norther are absolutely amazing... Their newest stuff is absolutely brilliant and they are definitely worth a lesson for anyone out there searching for a new band to listen to

Fantastic improvisation. This is called true melodic death metal. This is one song you can listen to all times. Fantastic stuff norther!

The best song ever of course

As a scientist, I express it like that: Darkest time=Best Norther Song Norther = Best melodic death metal band = COMPLETE AWESOMENESS

7 Colony - In Flames

Colony is B.M.D.M.S. E! Best. Melodic. Death. Metal. Song. EVER! I mean, WOW! Every single time, I hear my brother listening to this song. I ask him why is he listening to this, and he only says: BECAUSE IT'S THE BEST IN FLAMES SONG EVER! IT'S THE FATHER OF MELODIC DEATH METAL! I listened to it. My brother was right

My favourite song of the album. This deserves the top spot. Jotun should be number 1, though. Bar the metalcore, this is a nice list.

In flames are great new /old whatever they are the gods of melodic death metal... Crawl through knives}

I think this is more melodic than the Insomnium. Mortal share is the best death metal, but not so melodic.

8 Nemesis - Arch Enemy

Surely Arch Enemy should be in the top 10. This song is one of my very first MeloDeath metal songs and will forever be one of my favorites. It is the absolute EPITOME of an angry song. You want to give off some steam? Listen to this, man. You will not be disappointed.

just hear it, and you will be a different person - rock2metal

This is just an awesome song! This song is what got me into melodic death and just death metal. You will never get tired of listening to this song.


9 Cry of the Black Birds - Amon Amarth

A very good song by AA.. Good Growling.. And great Composition.
- GJ-Metal24/7

10 Only for the Weak - In Flames

Best song ever

This song defines Power Melody And Metal!

Best song from the gods of melodic death metal!

This song should be no. 1 - Gorphyx


The Contenders

11 Heroes to Us - Kalmah

I'm sorry but this will always be the best melodic death metal band with wintersun,norther right below

Why isn't my favorite melodic death emtal band kalmah higher? I'm disappointed

Kalmah deserve much more than what they are getting. Their music is persistent in quality. Over the years, from Swamplord to Seventh Swamphony, they have maintained there playing style. Enriched with break-taking riffs and meaning lyrics. THEY FAR BY DEFINE THE GENRE, THAN ANY BAND.

Awesome solo. Kalmah is the best.

12 Countless Skies - Be'lakor

Be'lakor is the best band, this is debatably their best album, and this is the best song on that album. It has great progression and is even better in the full scale of the album. Vote for this - Coryman55

Not gonna lie, this song made me cry

This song is just amazing.. The leads give that same feeling as like when you listen to songs like dance of death.

I can't believe I had to add this song.. You all have lost your senses
The list is made up of worst songs I've ever heard

13 Are You Dead Yet - Children of Bodom

This is what melodic deathmetal should sound like

Amazing solo! and best COB chorus... Dis song is surely one of the best melodeath songs ever... COB RULZZZZ! - Slashhead

Children of Bodom (with no doubt) are the kings of melodeath! - rock2metal

I hadnt listened the first song but I have no doubt that this song is the g8est song in the history of both children of bodom and melodic death metal

14 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

Surely should be among top melodic death metal songs of all time

It's a bit Lo-Fi, but the riffs are just plain cruel. Imminently listenable and enjoyable by even non-metal fans. Check out Cold, Blinded by Fear and the title track.

Hey, doesn't anyone notice this great song from one of the best melodic DM in the earth?

I still vote At The Gates to be the best melodic DM band. GO!

15 Withering Away - Kalmah

As far as repeat listens go, it's pretty hard to rival Kalmah, in particular the first 2 albums and the last, 12 Gauge -Hook the Monster's solo-yikes! And let's not forget The Blind Leader's solo from TWR.

Kalmah is not ONE of the best melo death bands out there... It is THE best melo death band ever!

A song to remember, no doubt. This song is mdm for sure.

Hell yeah!

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16 War Eternal - Arch Enemy

Brilliant for venting off anger

17 Trigger - In Flames

That chorus makes me slip into other dimension and just listen to it and repeat it over and over till I fall asleep.

Eh, I don't think this should be so high up. It has a really cool intro, but then it just kinda goes downhill

Hands down the best song out

18 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Masterpiece. Akerfeldt has a Stimmung voice.

Eleven and an half minutes of pure eargasm.

19 Hexed - Children of Bodom

An excellent example of melodeath - great riffs, chorus, drumming, solos, and the bass outro. Children of Bodom released an awesome album in 2019. - Metal_Treasure

20 Into the Woods - Insomnium

Insomnium is great too but In Flames deserve to be the number 1
Into The Woods is 1 of their best song

21 Lethe - Dark Tranquillity

Best of the best

That bass though.

22 Song of the Damned - Soilwork
23 Black Widow - Children of Bodom

This is one of COB's hidden gems. One of those songs you discover and it grows on you and you can't stop listening!

Piano Intro is Epic

24 Deadnight Warrior - Children of Bodom

Killswitch engage isn't even melodic death metal o.0
They are metalcore, not even close to o.0

COB are the kings of all melodic death metal as well as all the metals..!
Their songs are preferred by metal listeners as well as non listeniers... the songs they write and sing are the best songs and they drink and sink which makes them even better...!


Instead of in flames I think this song should be on top.

The greatest death metal song ever

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25 Transience - Shylmagoghnar
26 Gravitational Lensing - Solution.45
27 Lack of Comprehension - Death

Its melodic

Its not melodic. - Ananya

28 The Night Eternal - At the Gates
29 Line of Least Resistance - Sybreed
30 Jester Script Transfigured - In Flames
31 The World is Yours - Arch Enemy
32 The Black Lodge - In Mourning

Best song ever!

33 Natural Born Chaos - Soilwork

The melodic part with clean vocals is like those in metalcore. I wonder if this song is melodeath at all. - Metal_Treasure

Soilwork found the perfect balance of aggression and melody on this album. Heavy, experimental, and just damn excellent.

34 Angels Don't Kill - Children of Bodom

Fantastic intro, awesome lyrics...

This song is just... wow

This song, triple corpes hammer blow, and laser cannon deth sentince (dethklok) are my faves.

When the song starts you know there's something specil.
Alexi - Awwesome

35 Weather the Storm - Insomnium

Best melodic death metal songs I ever heard. Very very underrated. Should be number one. Insomnium is the best metal band. Really cool songs

Why is it so below in the list? This song that enlightens a fire inside me every time I listen to it... why is it so underrated?

You can never judge my spirit, you can never judge my soul.

This song should be one of Insomnium's best. Also why is "The bitter end" so underrated.. That catchy melody is just breathtaking.
This song's lyrics is so deep and touching it's amazing I'm not even joking. Read it up. Think about it. close your eyes and lose yourself.

A very very good bank indeed.

36 Morphogenesis - Scar Symmetry

Scar Symmetry is an amazing band! This song is one of plenty of their best. Perhaps it's not higher because the genre is not 100% melo death metal?

This is a really good song! I'm surprised that this isn't higher on the list!

37 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth
38 The River - Insomnium
39 Inis Mona - Eluveitie

Class apart...! It is truly a master piece... One does not simply leave out INIS MONA... This song has everything excellent vocals, growling and to top it off, the use of bagpipes and flutes are extraordinary

One of the best songs ever. Amazing bagpiper and flute usage and awesome vocals!

Awesome Song.. I'm just keep listening this track! M/

Are you ducking kidding me?! Eluveitie is the best!

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40 Heartwork - Carcass

What's this doing all the way down at #39?

Carcass were amongst the pioneers in terms of bringing melodic death metal into the limelight, and Heartwork is often considered a magnum opus in terms of landmark albums for the genre. The titular song has fantastic guitar work and just grabs you with its energy.

This REALLY should be higher. - BloodyThunderX

A truly essential track and key piece of Melodeath history.

I think Carcass's Heartwork deserves to be in top ten songs because it's really amazing. - GREYBOYY

Carcass is a solid band for me.

41 Hades - Kalmah

I just have to share the fact that 19 out of top 20 are either Swedish or Finnish bands.

Why is this so low? This song is in a other league compared to most of the songs rated higher.

This is what I call melodic-death metal.

Kalmah are so much better than Bodom it's not fair

42 Sorg - Sacrilege

Absolutely beautiful instrumental - FromScytheToSceptre

43 Denied - Sonic Syndicate

Listen to it and you will be a CHANGED man! Amazing tuning and best of Sonic syndicate. vocals are outstanding. they are COOL and RULE. Chorus is AMA

44 Monochromatic Stains - Dark Tranquillity

I would like to know why lost to apathy, the best metal song ever made, isn't even mentioned on this list.

One of the best melodeath songs... Push

45 The Day It All Came Down - Insomnium
46 Nothing to No One - Dark Tranquillity
47 Death is the Beginning - Mors Principium Est
48 Grind Denial - In Mourning
49 Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism
50 Cradle of Insanity - Serpent
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List StatsCreated 14 Dec 2009
Updated 10 Oct 2019

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Top Remixes (14)

1. Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom
2. Weather the Storm - Insomnium
3. Lost to Apathy - Dark Tranquillity
1. Banquet In the Darkness - Intestine Baalism
2. Grind Denial - In Mourning
3. Cradle of Insanity - Serpent
1. Blackwater Park - Opeth
2. Song of the Damned - Soilwork
3. Gravitational Lensing - Solution.45

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