Best Melodic Death Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom

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!

Best melodic death metal song in the world!

I'm crazy about this song

This Song Will Be In My Play List Forever...
I Love It

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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

Love this song... Especially the dual guitar part at 2:35

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3 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.

I think it's the best melodic death metal song after Lethe. If you like melodeath Dark Tranquillity must be top in your list.

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4 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

Spirit song.fels like in war

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5 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}

This band is unique, special, different I don't exactly how to define it, but when I hear them, I can't stop.! IN FLAMES m/¡

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6 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

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!


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7 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

Way better than Pursuit of the Vikings

One of their best song

Amazing riffs

Sadda rakkhaa Thor vij great ho hi Jai Thor maharaj ki balls balle

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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.

no. 1

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9 Are You Dead Yet - Children of Bodom

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

Listen to this song it will change your life

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10 Only for the Weak - In Flames

Best song from the gods of melodic death metal!

This hit is even greater than The Quiet Place and Alias. The power in the bass and the yearning melody and song is what defines melodic death metal.

What? I've heard most of these songs in this list, they are all good but only for the weak is legendary

This song should be no. 1 - Gorphyx

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The Contenders

11 Heroes to Us - Kalmah

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.

Kalmah is the best band ever... Period...

Finally someone mentioned the heroes. Kalmah rules!

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12 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

13 Cry of the Black Birds - Amon Amarth

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

14 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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15 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

16 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Masterpiece. Akerfeldt has a Stimmung voice.

Eleven and an half minutes of pure eargasm.

17 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

18 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.

I think their best song is

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19 Hades - Kalmah

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


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20 Song of the Damned - Soilwork
21 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!

22 The World is Yours - Arch Enemy
23 Gravitational Lensing - Solution .45
24 Misery's Crown - Dark Tranquillity
25 Lack of Comprehension - Death

Its not melodic. - Ananya

26 War Eternal - Arch Enemy
27 Line of Least Resistance - Sybreed
28 Natural Born Chaos - Soilwork

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

29 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth
30 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/

Eluveitie is the besttt

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31 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?

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32 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

33 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!

34 My Apocalypse - Arch Enemy
35 Heartwork - Carcass

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.

It is the song that spawned melodeath period.

This is a Classic, it's a córner stone.

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36 Countless Skies - Be'lakor

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

This song should be top ten! It would be if more people have heard it!

Not gonna lie, this song made me cry

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37 My Curse - Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage are not melodic death metal, they're metalcore. BIG difference.

I started listening to Killswitch Engage and Metalcore through this song... This will always be the special one.

Best song not melodic death metal but only metal...!

Not melo death but truely an awesome song

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38 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

39 In Your Face - Children of Bodom

I think Sonic Syndicate (in "Denied") and Kilswitch Engage are not melodic death metal, are metalcore - rock2metal

I think quo vadis silence calls the storm is one of best melodic death songs

One of d best ever of COB

40 Death in Fire - Amon Amarth

Unbelievably underrated band, criminally underrated I would say. They are the highest amongst the top 3 melodic death metal bands of Dark Tr and Insomnium

God of melodeath...yeah sure

41 Downfall - Children of Bodom

Pure melodic death metal Alexi voice was at its highest pitch ever in the songs. Also there is the fast double bass, a dual solo and a dark atmosphere. (Nearly melodic black metal)

I love the song! The Keyboard into with the guitar Riff is unbelieveble! That should be in the top ten for sure!

42 Maha Kali - Dissection

This is one of the top melodic death metal song for me!
Its truly amazing! It should be at top 10
Listen and vote metalheads!
By Astaroth Mort (Baphomet's Wrath)

For my opinion, this song is truly awesome!
I think that there are better songs in the album Reinkaos...
But this one is still good

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43 Murmaider - Dethklok

Blacker than the blackest black times INFINITY

44 Unsung - Insomnium

The intro is awesome.. My favorite MDM band ever.. :D

45 Stabbing the Drama - Soilwork

awesome.. the vocals are super ragious

46 Hate Me - Children of Bodom

Has a melodious solo which is quite impressive and catchy, this song should be in top tens!

The intro is Sooo melodious (laugh out loud)!

47 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

48 Lethe - Dark Tranquillity
49 We Will Rise - Arch Enemy

Way underrated!

50 Thank You, Pain - The Agonist

This band was awesome before alissa switch to arch enemy...

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Top Remixes (12)

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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