Top 10 Best Avenged Sevenfold Songs

Avenged Sevenfold is a force of nature in the metal universe. With mind-blowing guitar solos that make Synyster Gates a living legend, and the drumming skills of The Rev forever etched in our hearts, A7X delivers a sonic experience like no other. Add M. Shadows' versatile vocals into the mix, and you've got the recipe for pure metal magic.

From tearing it up in underground venues to setting fire to the stage in jam-packed arenas, A7X has never lost their edge. They've redefined the heavy metal game with every new album, blending ear-shattering intensity with soul-stirring lyrics. Yeah, band members have come and gone, but one thing's never changed - their songs remain etched into the very fabric of our souls.
The Top Ten
1 Afterlife

It's just too creepy how well this song predicted how the future would turn out. The Rev screaming "I need another chance to live!", and him being found dead less than two years later, eerily follows the plot of the song.

We all want you back, Jimmy. That is only one of the infinite details that make this song perfect in my eyes (and ears, mostly ears).

The solo and harmonies are masterfully done, not to mention the rest of the song. The drumwork provides a spot-on beat with the killer bass lines, and M. Shadows uses just the right mix of cleanliness and grit to get that voice we all know and love.

Add the aforementioned epic soloing, and you have perfection. Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, The Reverend Tholomew Plague, M. Shadows, and Johnny Christ made some of the greatest works of their lives in this song.

If this were a rating system, rather than a voting system: Afterlife, by Avenged Sevenfold: 10/10

2 Nightmare

This is the best metal song of the decade. I love it to pieces. This is the first A7X song I ever heard. I will admit that Afterlife and A Little Piece of Heaven are incredible, but this is the best song ever. Here's my list:

1. Nightmare
2. A Little Piece of Heaven
3. Bat Country
4. Afterlife
5. So Far Away
6. Beast and the Harlot
7. Unholy Confessions
8. Second Heartbeat
9. Critical Acclaim
10. Almost Easy

I am now a huge fan of A7X. My favorite bands are Slipknot, A7X, System of a Down, and Korn. Metal forever!

Every year, our school has a different theme song. It all depends on this year-level-against-year-level activity, and the best performance gets to have their theme song played throughout the year. Three years ago, it was Thunderstruck. The other year, it was Seven Nation Army. Last year, it was Come Together.

This year, it's Nightmare. As last year's new student, I will never leave this school - the whole playlist is there.

3 A Little Piece of Heaven

A Little Piece of Heaven is a very special song, as all Avenged Sevenfold fans know. It's so unique and individual. Everything about it is brilliant, particularly those great choruses. It has its own unique style and is a brilliant song. In some ways, this song deserves an even better position on this remix. A Little Piece of Heaven, So Far Away, Seize the Day, Fiction, Chapter Four, Hail to the King, and Coming Home are all literally joint sixth for me. I cannot choose between them. They're all better than each other in different ways and are all brilliant songs. Despite Chapter Four and So Far Away coming so close, A Little Piece of Heaven has got to reach my top ten.

Avenged Sevenfold is a brilliant band. Particularly, their second studio album, Waking the Fallen, their fourth studio album, Avenged Sevenfold, and their fifth studio album, Nightmare, are epic albums that all fans of rock and metal should listen to. There are three songs in particular that come extremely close to reaching this top ten, and they are Chapter Four, Seize the Day, and So Far Away. So Far Away is a brilliant song.

The song Chapter Four also comes in a close twelfth place and is also a brilliant song with stunning drumming. And Seize the Day is great too.

Dear God comes close too.

Check out Fiction. It is underrated.

4 Bat Country

I remember when I first heard this song from a friend and I instantly fell in love with it. This song got me interested in A7X, so it has a very special place in my heart.

The Rev is like a machine! Shadows' voice gives you the chills - especially in the chorus, like holy sweet Jesus. Syn is so majestic. I mean, listen to that solo! The song is overall nothing but a little piece of heaven (hah, the reference). This song kicks ass. A7X ROCKS!

This song is just the best in my opinion. It has a hella fast-paced rhythm made by one of the best drummers of all time (forever), probably Syn's best solo of his career, Shadows' beautiful voice, and a very catchy yet complicated sound, making it all so much enjoyable.

I can easily listen to this song ten times in a row without changing it. It's that perfect to my ears.

5 Beast and the Harlot

Absolutely amazing and the most fun and entertaining song to listen to while depressed. This, probably in my opinion, is the best song they've ever produced alongside my next favorite, The Stage. Rev's drumming was relentless and exceptional as always. Loved M. Shadows' vocals here. They sounded a bit funny but adorable, unlike Bat Country's vocals, which sounded annoying though they were undeniably good. But not enough to be the best song off City of Evil, in my opinion, obviously.

In my opinion, I really don't consider Afterlife to be their best song when there are so many contenders for it, some of which are equally good or even better than the track. Yes, Afterlife has got very clean and beautifully delivered vocals, plus the sensational work from the instrumentalists. But if you have listened to Beast and the Harlot, the work, energy, and effort that were put here were totally at a heightened level.

6 So Far Away

This song makes me cry almost every time I listen to it. I believe it was the first full song that Syn wrote for A7X on his own. He poured his heart into this song. It means so much to me as it is written in memory of Jimmy (the best drummer of all time). Avenged Sevenfold writes songs packed full of emotion and meaning. This song came straight from the heart. I love you, Avenged. A7X foREVer.

What Metallica did with Nothing Else Matters in the '90s, A7X did with So Far Away in the 2010s. They knew how to make an amazing song that toned down the headbanging moments and focused more on softer tones. Also, the song itself is a great way to pay tribute to Jimmy The Rev, especially in its music video. Apart from that, this has to be the second-best song from Nightmare.

7 Critical Acclaim

There are better songs by them, but how are Beast and the Harlot and Almost Easy above Critical Acclaim? This song features Avenged Sevenfold sliding into progressive territory, which they do a lot, but it's remarkably present in this song. I love progressive rock/metal.

It starts with the organ intro, which evolves into the whole band. Then it shifts into the really heavy 3/4 riff. When the time signature goes back to 4/4, Avenged Sevenfold's signature verses and choruses kick in. Perfect balance of both worlds.

8 Almost Easy

From when you press play to the time the song ends, you go on a ride that will shake even the most basic metalcore listener to their core. Very good backup singers. M. Shadows' cadence is also displayed prominently and is his best on the album. Top 3 guitar solo in their catalog as well.

The perfect song for any fan of rock music. Overall, it is a very hard-driving rock song. But during the chorus, M. Shadows sings with a rock ballad-like intensity that really makes it something different. Not their best song, but right up there.

9 Seize the Day

I am of the older generation and was never a fan of millennial music, and still am not (Avenged Sevenfold is special and is an exception). My generation favorites include "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden, "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC, and "She's Gone" by Steelheart, etc.

I was one of those older generation people fixated on the view that, as my generation calls it, "manufactured bands" and "manufactured music" of the younger, newer generation can never have that raw quality so strong that they transfer that raw music passion to their fans unlike the old days. That kind of music is hard to find in this generation (once again, Avenged Sevenfold is an exception).

When I first heard "Seize the Day" on the radio, I was caught by surprise and was awestruck and amazed at the quality and obvious chemistry. For the first time, the generation we had called "manufactured" had proved this old man wrong, and I am very sure many others of my generation who heard this over the radio are too proud to admit it.

Until today, Avenged Sevenfold is the only younger rock/metal generation impressive enough to knock old men and women like us out of our beliefs. They are proof that the legendary old rock music can live and continue with a newer generation. "Seize the Day" is that proof. "Bat Country" is the only other proof. I have heard all Avenged Sevenfold songs up to their latest, "Wish You Were Here", and I have not heard a third rock masterpiece by any band yet since "Bat Country". But Avenged Sevenfold and "Seize the Day" have shown that a masterpiece made out of true raw passion can be found regardless of its generation. Quoting from the movie, Ratatouille: "Surprise Me!"

10 Save Me

This is the song Jimmy called his masterpiece, and it truly is a masterpiece. It has deep, emotional lyrics, an incredible double-bass beat, one of the best solos Syn has ever created (next to Afterlife), and the most powerful ending to any album they've ever created. And it's ranked 17th? You guys should really appreciate this song more. Shadows, Zacky, and Syn all said in an interview that it was their favorite song on Nightmare and that it went through tons and tons of work.

Although it deserves to be number 1 without question, I'm still happy to see it currently at number 12. I assumed it would be a buried gem, forgotten low within the 30s or 40s. This song is Nightmare's saving grace. As a true fan of this band, I can say that it was a mainstream, generic album compared to their prior work. This song stood out and corrected that, fittingly at the end of the album.

I don't know if they'll ever compose a song that makes me feel the way Save Me still makes me feel when I listen to it. If you like this band and haven't heard this song, do yourself a favor and listen to it right now.

The Contenders
11 Second Heartbeat

Always when I am full of stress from work or from any other negative thing in my life, I usually play this song a lot. It almost never bores me because the interplay of its guitars with strong bass is usually something very epic to listen to. I also enjoy a lot of Matt's vocals, whether he's screaming like a deranged madman or singing in a more normal style.

The truth is there is no other song by this band in which I can find consolation. This is the true definition of a great mix between progressive heavy metal and metalcore.

12 Buried Alive

1) Afterlife, 2) Nightmare, and 3) Buried Alive. For me, the shift is insane and that last part is just too delicious. You keep coming back to it.

This song deserves a place in the top 3, or at least in the top 5. Although this song doesn't feature beats by the Rev, it would have been the best A7X song with the Rev's beats. But still, this song manages to be perfect! It starts with melodic guitar plucking, builds up with a good riff, features powerful vocals by M. Shadows, and the variation in scale, beats, and speed is innovative! Well, it's at least my all-time favorite song. It inspires me a lot during bad times.

13 Hail to the King

Love this intro. The chorus is super catchy, and the solo is mind-blowing. I've got to say, Arin didn't do a bad job as the Rev's replacement. This song is getting my hopes up and destroying my fears that they were going to screw up this album, as many other bands are doing with their newest CDs (Linkin Park). Can't wait for them to release the CD!

If this is what Avenged Sevenfold comes back with after the Rev's tragedy, and they're bringing us this kind of quality songs back to us, we're in for one hell of an amazing album on the 26th. I bet all fans are looking forward to it based on this amazing single.

14 Unholy Confessions

I still remember the first time I heard about Avenged Sevenfold. Seriously, it was mentioned back then as one of the greatest progressive heavy metal bands. So, I decided to go home and listen to any song that came out on YouTube. Among them, Unholy Confessions caught my attention because of its title, so "old-fashioned religious."

When I heard it, I was stunned but at the same time surprised. I can't believe the lyrics were so breakable, the guitars so extreme, and the vocal handling just insane! To this day, this is still my favorite!

15 Chapter Four

To be honest, I prefer Chapter Four to Unholy Confessions, Hail to the King, Buried Alive, Second Heartbeat, Seize the Day, Save Me, Almost Easy, Critical Acclaim, So Far Away, Beast and the Harlot, Bat Country, A Little Piece of Heaven, Nightmare, and Afterlife. I feel that they are all excellent songs, but none of them have the same atmospheric level that Chapter Four managed to create by itself. Besides, its lyrics are a thousand times better, even if they are about the past history of Cain and Abel.

16 Dear God

My point with this song is that it is very good, and I have no problem with it, like many others do. Although it is something different from the rest of the songs on the album titled either as the band or City of Evil, it can also be said that it has a good lyrical base. Since it is not always the same thing, the video is also entertaining.

You see a tour of the band recreating some wasted time in a single music video. I also feel like the term catchy really applies to this song. There are a lot of good Avenged Sevenfold songs, but this one stole the show for me.

17 Welcome to the Family

Dude, this should not be down here! I swear there's got to be some kind of mistake. Welcome to the Family makes everyone feel like they belong, and it tells you that you're not alone in this world. Yet it manages not to sound boring and preachy. Heck, it's everything but boring and preachy! It's so catchy that I'm actually happy when I get it stuck in my head. Whoever put A Little Piece of Heaven before this is getting a fist in their face. That song is creepy.

One of their harder songs, but still has its slow parts and, of course, the typical amazing guitar solo in the middle. It reminds me of the way "Nightmare" and "Buried Alive" are laid out, probably because they are on the same album.

18 M.I.A.

Ok, I am a die-hard Avenged Sevenfold fan, and every one of their songs is great. Everyone says that every band has a best song, but I think every song is the best for Avenged Sevenfold. But if I really had to pick one song to be my favorite, it's definitely this song. It's an utter masterpiece. The power of his voice during Staring at the carnage... (the second time) is unbelievable.

Why? This is a great song and should be in the top 5, 10, or number 1 instead. This song has what it takes. My top ten list is:

1. M.I.A.
2. Afterlife
3. So Far Away
4. Almost Easy
5. Seize the Day
6. Dear God
7. Hail to the King
8. A Little Piece of Heaven
9. Buried Alive
10. Bat Country

Sometimes I sing all of these songs, especially M.I.A., and I say: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

19 I Won't See You Tonight

iTunes says I've listened to this song 1,429 times, which is about 214 hours if I'm doing the math right. This is my favorite song of all time, and nothing I can say here will do it justice. My favorite songs are the ones where the artist puts raw emotion into them, and if an adaptation of a friend's suicide note doesn't fall into that category, then I don't know what will. It's a powerful and emotional masterpiece, and there is not a single second in it I would change. A7X's first song I heard was Afterlife, and when I hear a song I like, I make it a mission to listen to every other song that band has made, and that's how I came across this work of art. I sincerely wish others would do the same, and hopefully, people are visiting this site to do just that. Please listen to this song, and I mean really listen: to every word, every note, every second of this song. Only then can you really appreciate a masterpiece like this. Wow, that got really mushy...

20 Shepherd of Fire

This song rocks. Black Ops 2 Zombies just went perfectly with it. It's the best Avenged Sevenfold song next to Afterlife. But personally, I think A Little Piece of Heaven is almost their masterpiece. This song is hardcore, insane, dangerously deep and dark, like a medieval ancient beast that has awoken and released its rock heart. This song is epic. The guitar solo, where it takes on the chorus's rhythm, is awesome.

I expected this to be way higher on the list, near the number one spot, but this is honestly way too low. This is definitely their best song, radio-wise, and it is a perfect blend between the magical work of their talent and not being too radio-friendly.

21 Scream

Honestly, this is my favorite one of their songs. The lyrics and the way the background accentuates them really flow together well. It's completely amazing, and I was shocked that it wasn't in the top ten comments.

Possibly one of the only Avenged Sevenfold songs that has a groove. It isn't a heap of boring content like most of their new album. The drum part is absolutely ballistic, and the solo is off the ever-loving chain. The main riff is ballsy as well.

This song is definitely in the top 3. I love everything about it, especially that epic solo by Synyster Gates. The 808s are a very nice touch and bring a much fuller experience.

22 Coming Home

I think this is a masterpiece. This song is amazing and has some of the best guitar work of any of their songs, ever. This song should definitely be #2. It is nearly as awesome as Afterlife and better than even Nightmare, in my opinion.

My Top 5 List for this Band:

1. Afterlife
2. Coming Home
3. Almost Easy
4. Heretic
5. A Little Piece of Heaven/Shepherd of Fire (I can't decide between these two)

Sorry, Nightmare, you're just not as good as some of these in my opinion.

Why this song is below Hail to the King, I can't even comprehend. Easily the best song on the album. I blame mainstream radio for not playing this song but choosing to play songs like Hail to the King instead.

Definitely in my top 5 favorite songs. If you haven't heard this song before, you need to YouTube it, now.

23 The Stage

I'm never much of an A7X fan for sure. But listening to The Stage made me a fan. After all, I'm a prog metal fan, and this song hits just right. Powerful vocals and instruments. The intro is kind of haunting, and I don't even have to say more about the guitar solo. Awesome bass and drumming too.

One of my all-time favorite Avenged Sevenfold songs. Synyster Gates gives some of the best riffs I've heard in all of their albums, topped only by Beast and the Harlot, in my opinion. Brooks Wackerman performs an outstanding drum beat, M. Shadows' vocals sound incredibly powerful, and the bridge of the song is simply amazing. Definitely deserves the number 3 spot, if not number 1.

24 Strength of the World

Incredibly tough to pick only one, but I'd have to go with Strength of the World simply because it is a flipping masterpiece and needs to be way higher than this. Like WAY higher.

The whole song is so beautifully orchestrated, and when it kicks in, it just becomes so emotive and powerful - the lyrics, the riffs, and oh, the solo. It just wrenches the heartstrings. No joke, I am usually crying by the end of the song. I reckon a song that manages to evoke that kind of emotion is one that deserves way better recognition.

25 Fiction

Nightmare is number 2? It's incredibly commercialized, along with most of the songs in the top ten. People need to get off their asses and listen to the rest of Sevenfold's music. I've been with A7X since they started out, and I can honestly say this song is beautifully composed and freakishly good. People need to learn that the best songs aren't always the singles and video releases!

This isn't a song. It's a masterpiece. Jimmy had that special gift of creating music like this. He was, and still is, the best writer ever. No one will ever be able to recreate his genius. Knowing his story and how he was taken from us just breaks me every time I hear this song. We love you, Jimmy. R.I.P.

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