Top Ten Alice in Chains Songs

The Top Ten
1 Would?

Yep Would #1 and Nutshell #2. Graduated in 98 from a tight nit suburb city of Cleveland Ohio, Last of the Rockers/jocks/everyone. We ruled our class. Just seen some old friends at a funeral. One of our old buddies, HW state wrestling champ, Good/football/player, good looking kid. Chains just puts things at ease and perspective. Life goes by fast, remember to love, laugh and hold on to those cherished memories

Absolutely the best song of all time. Layne Staley was a genius. The harmonies that only he and Jerry Cantrell could create were brilliance. I will miss the old Alice until the day that I die. Got Me Wrong should definitely be in this lost. Brother too...

It's both subtle and distinctively striking simultaneously, this song truly conveys the versatility of the grunge genre, it is a mantelpiece work from a well accomplished band. Easily their best, just ahead of Man in the Box.

Agreed, this song fits the crown very well. Song is so beautiful and intense. This song creates total atmosphere of depression.. Layne Staley voice makes you shiver.. Amazing lyrics, had hard time figuring out the meaning though

2 Man in the Box

Great song great riff. Works well with the slower beat. Yes commercial but lead me to this band to discover their amazing unsurpassed talent. Rip Layne there will never be another

This is one of the best songs of alice in chains. Its vocalist gives a powerful effect. The guitar & drums combination gives an awesome flavour to this song. I love listerning to this aweaome heavy metal song everyday before going for work.. In short this is the best song of Alice in chains.

Would is an amazing song BUT the first time I ever heard this song I got goosebumps. This is the song that brought alice in chains to the masses in my humble opinion. Not to disrespect any of their other songs but this should be at the top of this list

How is this not number one? The tone of the song goes from high to low and high to low and the amazing guitar is based off of a talk box giving the song a much stranger yet more harmonious vibe

3 Rooster

This is the sole beam of light on Dirt. In the verses it tells the tale of a hard man begrudgingly fighting for a cause his country's people don't believe in, rejected at home and under constant threat of attack in the field. Briefly, it details the kind of atruggle that was built to break a person, but the chorus decisively refuses to be broken. "He ain't gonna die." On an album filled with visions of death, depression, addiction, unhindered cynicism, that chorus sticks it's fists in the air and screams for survival, if not redemption. This song if one of the more perfect artistic depictions of grit, perseverance, character, strength. It inspires.

Jerry Cantrell's father was a Vietnam veteran. He wrote this song to honor his dad by telling a story about his service in Vietnam. Cantrell has stated that his father went by the nickname "Rooster", which he had since childhood due to the way his hair stood up on end as a youth.

This song is amazing. The range in Layne's voice, the lyrics, the slow background music at first. You know we ain't gonna die, wife and kids and household pets. I listen to this daily and show all my friends. This is beautiful.

Wow. It's a very dark song for the war veterans who suffered from PTSD. I can't believe those soldiers are getting killed for fighting for their own countries. Why do we live in such a cruel and violent world filled with hatred?

4 Nutshell

I don't like to chose the best songs of an artist's, especially the ones I highly respect and endlessly love, It's not easy for me to play favorites, but I can't help but notice how Nutshell stands out from AIC entire repertoire. 'If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead'..simple genius. Much softer from 'the usual' Layne' vocals, yet so him..This song is not only conceptual for its time, this masterpiece is toped off with endless emotions. You just can't help it, you literally feel the pain Layne was going through! 'Love. Hate. Love' is very similar in that retrospect for me.. 'Would? ' and 'Man in the box' and many others are definitely showcase of Layne's unmatched singing ability, but 'Nutshell' is a very compact yet absolutely fullfilling combination of what made him who he was - incredible talent, emotions, pain and his demons that we feel every time we listen to his voice.

This is such an amazing accomplishment for an EP which they produced but I have to say that this is by far the best Alice in chains song to me. The emotion just hits me every time I hear this song and every time I hear layne sing in this song it just gives me chills.

Rift, lyrics, meaning, this song has it all. The unplugged version of this song is epic. The timing is immense as Layne appears literally when you actually want him to acknowledge the crowd cheering him!

Only Would is better, great guitars, an incredible composition, Staley is at one of his best vocal performances here. It's a pity this wasn't included in Dirt, but we can enjoy it in the EP Jar of Flies. Classic.

5 Down in a Hole

Often overshadowed by other Alice in Chains' classic hits. "Down in a Hole" may not have the same signature "Alice in Chains sound" - melodic, yet sludge-driven guitar riffs, or the rumbling, murky bass lines. However, the painfully sobering emotion throughout "Down in a Hole" is as deep and as heavy as any Alice in Chains song. Layne Staley's voice and Jerry Cantrell's guitar are in perfect synch, churning out a hopeless melody that embodies the entire album in just one song.

Almost every Alice In Chains song is awesome, but Down In a Hole is different. Even the smallest details like the thing (I don't know what you call that to be honest) Cantrell plays in the chorus in the part "Down in a hole, feeling so small". I say this is the best song of the grunge era with another song that isn't as popular as this, and that is Release by Pearl Jam.

This is their 2nd song which I heard after Nutshell, I have to say this songs is very emotional and powerful. You can hear the pain in Layne's voice especially in unplugged version. This song made me fall in love with Alice in chains and Layne Staley. And what a lyrics man, Jerry Cantrell is the soul of the band truly! Legends

This is song is just amazing. It touches your heart. Powerful and beautiful, bitter and sweet at the same time. But of course it is underrated because Layne didn't shoot himself on the head or because Jerry actually knows how to play the guitar and doesn't just strum random power chords...

6 Them Bones

Nothing compares to the only Heavy Metal song by Alice In Chains ... We are talking about "Them Bones" a classic of classics that never stops passing like an electric current that goes through my veins! It's hard to find another Alice in Chains song that can really be better than this one, sometimes I think that Man in the Box is just a commercial song compared to this quirky piece of Classic Heavy Metal artwork.

Perfection. No rips. Not tears. No faltering whatsoever. High pigment song with the most achingly righteous harmonies, plus odd time, vocal intensity, great guitar solo and great lyrics, too. It's my favorite.

Excitement! Just the music for Grunge lovers who wish to have superb harmonies, guitar riffs par excellence and a philosophical bent making us all a bit UNEASY.

Obviously my favourite one. Very strong vocals and guitar riff. All this along with beautiful and deep emontional lyrics creates excellent track. One of best in grunge history.

7 Angry Chair

One of the darkest most haunting songs out there! Layne Staley conveys his emotions into this song and he wrote the entire song; music and lyrics! This song is a masterpiece, along with many others by AIC!

This song always makes me reminisce over everything, and tones down my emotions. Greatest band there ever was in my opinion. Everything was so down to earth and relevant. AIC for life.

Such an incredibly dark piano riff and heavy guitars. Love the various melodies as well. Angry Chair, Dam That River, Hate To Feel are my top three.

This has always been one of my favorites. Everything about it is just amazing. Alice in Chains really is one of the greatest bands in the world.

8 I Stay Away

My favorite song of all time. It has so many different genres of music wrapped into one song: acoustic, grunge, metal, and orchestral elements all make this completely unique. The lyrics are beautiful and Layne' Staley's voice has never sounded more powerful. Amazing.

Grunge has always been my favorite genre: great guitar licks, great lyrics, and whatnot. But to hear a violin in the background of this song just MAKES this song what it is. I love listening to it. One of Alice in Chains's best songs. Should be in the top 10.

Love the strings, rare for this band which makes the song unique, and amazing vocals from Layne Staley. Definitely one of their best songs. To see it as just number 8 does not make sense so I wanted to put my word in.

One of the best songs of all time - definitely my favorite grunge song ever created. Check it out if you don't know it - from start to finish.

9 No Excuses

Beautiful song! It definitely got me started with this awesome band! Beautiful Guitars, beautiful bass part, beautiful (and distinctly haunting) vocals, beautiful EVERYTHING...

Smooth, like a fine scotch whiskey, amazing artistry, passionate lyrics, applicable to today's generations, the haunting sections fade into one another, such a legendary band!

Systematic drums, meaningful lyrics, haunting bass and a killer guitar solo, this great song should easily be number one on this list.

Best song by AIC. Although it was a tough pick between this one and "sludge factory" what can I say.. They're all AMAZING

10 Rain When I Die

This song is one of my favorites by AIC if not my absolute favorite by them. It has a beautiful guitar intro followed by both their softer and heavier sides showing diversity. Just a great song.

Jerry's guitar tone is absolutely incredible. The composition is perfect. This is one of the few AIC tones Jerry and Layne collaborated lyrically on. It's hauntingly beautiful.

I love every song on this album and facelift as well but this song has always been a personal favorite of mine. Bad thing no one can make good rock music like this anymore

First song I ever heard by alice in chains.
First love for alice in chains.
First favourite alice in chains song.

The Contenders
11 Love, Hate, Love

The best song from Facelift, by far.
There are some amazing live performances of this song, when Layne was in his prime. Have a look at the Live at the Moore in 1990 which is probably one of the best live vocal performance from a rock singer.

This is the most epic, intense, passionate song of all time! Layne's vocals are mind-blowing, his talent is raging. The guitar solo is beautiful too.

Amazing song! It was probably not a video and as popular as it should be cause the last 2 min of the song he just screams love hate love.

One of my favorite AIC songs... There is a video of him singing this from the 90's on YouTube... Amazing. Layne nails these powerful vocals, takes your breath away.

12 Heaven Beside You

Alice in chains have always been a bit too metal for me. This is my favourite followed by Down in a Hole and Man in a Box

Great song from greatly overlooked album. More unique than most of their material.

Best song off the "dog" album. Should at least be in the top ten.

This song (and Nutshell and Them Bones) is just perfect.

13 Rotten Apple

I agree that this song is underrated. Jerry Cantrell tool is also underrated generally speaking. Layne Staley is also of course. However-Would & Nutshell are my one and two. But ya. Being of this generation I'm embarrassed to say I actually forgot this track. Thanks!

This song literally sends chills down my spine every time. Starts with a great bass riff, has a great acoustic feel, and a very powerful message. The self-harmonized vocals are chilling yet expressive.

Alice in Chains is the my favorite band of the 90's, and I'm a die-hard '70's girl (think Queen, the Sweet, KISS, etc. )! AIC were beyond "just grunge" and their harmonies, particularly on this song, were painfully exquisite.

It has the talk box. enough said. Also, this is one of Layne's most disturbing works. This is in my top three Alice in Chains songs, up there with Frogs and Dirt. When I hear his voice growl in this song, it sends chills down my spine

14 Dam That River

Another one of their greatest songs. I love this one, along with many others. Alice in Chains has many great songs. They're an awesome band!

This song was written by Jerry Cantrell after Sean Kinney broke a table over his head...

It deserves at least the second place of this list!

Got to be higher than 14th. Just pure energy and power.

15 Again

Incredible song. Shows how well Layne adapted his vocals to suit his unfortunate demise. At least we can all agree they don't make music like that no more!

I don't really like much off the self- titled album, but this song is quite good. Not one of their best but should still be higher.

This should be in top 10. Are people stupid or what? This is just purely amazing

I love the tune and the beat of this song. Awesome!

16 We Die Young

Should be on the Top ten, it's their real Message, Man in the Box may be too, but this Song sure is their Main Message they wanted to deliver, Layne was the best example for it.

What? Guys vote it should be higher

Heavy and kicks ass

17 Junkhead

I agree this song is their best song, just the vocals, intensity of Laynes voice, the final stage of his life. Furthermore, it speaks to the world in it's simplicity and sound of the instruments with Laynes voice. It is the troubles of man all in one.

Every time I hear this it brings me back to the first time I tried perc's, it was life changing. This song always brings me back to that moment and brings back a small sense of euphoria. It also gives a direct look into the mond of lane stayle.

By far their best song. This song really led me to understand the extent of Layne's addiction, and how he felt.

Indeed this is a Killer song! It's definitely in my top 3!
Don't understand why it's rated this low?!

18 Sludge Factory

Why is this Number 46? So much soul and power behind it.

Can't believe its not on the top of the list!

This should be number one.

Love this song

19 Got Me Wrong

Such a fantastic song with incredible vocals and a killer chorus. It should definitely be on the top ten! It is AIC's most underrated song by far and doesn't get enough recognition!

Cantrell's vocals fit very well with the instruments in the song. Different from some of their other songs, coming off a bit softer and not as "dark" of a tone.

Easily their most underrated song as sap was a small record so didn't sell crazily. Should honestly be top 5.

For me, top 5. The vocal style works really well the song!

20 Dirt

One of my favorite songs! This should be a lot higher than 23. I love the emotion put into this song and the guitar riffs are just haunting.

Best line ever...One who doesn't care is one who shouldn't be.
Layne in beast mode.

Not the best, but really deserves a higher place.

So many great 5 for me

21 Don't Follow

This is a peaceful song with soul. Good meaningful lyrics. When it picks up speed it gets even better

Only 1% votes? This should if been played on unplugged and it should be on their best of album

This should be in the top 5 without a doubt!

A song I can feel. For me their best work.

22 Grind

Excellent, one of their best songs, that riff is awesome!
The verse is awesome to, the staley and cantrell harmony is awesome!

I have many favorite AIC songs but this is the one I always come back to.

This deserves at least top 10.

23 Bleed the Freak

Nice list... but this is my favorite. I love the way Layne sings it so much, especially the version on their live album. Facelift's such a cool album, though.

In my opinion this is the best one. I grew up listening to this album and every time this song came on I couldn't help but belt out the lyrics.

This song is #1, most powerful in my opinion, no such thing as a bad one but seems like mainstream created this list, where's "junkhead"?

The absolute peak of grunge, almost impossible to fault, right down to the guitar solo. Would is amazing, but Bleed the Freak is #1 in my opinion

24 Check My Brain

This song is criminally underrated, such a strong and steady start on their comeback, the hook in this song is perfect, without a doubt deserves top ten status or at least top 15, we need at LEAST one high ranking Will DuVall song on this list!

If it came out on the facelift record everyone would love it, people just like to think their hardcore fans by listening to just there early material.

This isn't the best song but it should at least be higher then seventh. I mean come on, its no Would? Or Rooster but it is better than Man in the Box.

Its an amazing song I love the starting of the song, I heard it in californication for the first time loved it since then!

25 Sunshine

Sunshine is my favorite from AIC. The chorus is haunting, guitar and bass are sublime, and Layne and Jerry have some of their best harmonies in this song. Definitely at least deserves a higher place.

The best vocal harmonies, the best riffs, the best vocals, the best solo, the best chorus, the most cathartic lyrics, and the most emotion in any AIC song. My favorite AIC song, and it should be ranked in the top 5 at least!

My favorite song, I see a young boy that's thinking about a dog that's been Mis treated and the boy relates and wonders where his father is and who is looking after him when he finally calls for his mother to come for him.

Memory set me free, I relate to this song.

Better than 12, 11, 10, 9. Great song and underrated. I'd say it should be in the top five. For me, it'd be number one. Also, no Sunshine on the list?

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