Best Death Songs

The Top Ten
1 Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is amazing, but I have to say my favorite song off of Symbolic is Zero Tolerance. It's like Chuck Schuldiner's warning for all of us, there will be ZERO tolerance.

Overall, though, my favorite Death song is probably Within the Mind. It's so badass.

Perfect from start to end. The lyrics are easy to understand and are some of the best I've ever heard. Every time you hear this song, you find a different detail. I recently discovered how it starts with the hi-hat closed, but when the drum makes the fill and Chuck starts to sing, it becomes an open hi-hat and to me, it punches even harder. With these details of the drum, the acoustic Spanish guitars, the legendary solo, and the SHATTER THE MYTH, DON'T CUT YOURSELF,...

2 Flesh and the Power It Holds

The riff that opens this song makes your blood turn to pure ice under pressure. The lyrics are one of the most outstanding things I've ever heard in a song, with a description from which you can take a lot of meanings. Being honest, the length flies by when you listen to it.

This song is not only prog/death but also has very true feelings. It can almost bring you to tears sometimes.

Absolute progressive/technical death metal masterpiece. Insane riff variety and a killer solo to boot.

3 Lack of Comprehension

For me, this song is pure adrenaline, and I also like to listen to it during the middle of the night, since its rhythm is very captivating and original. At night, songs of this type are better heard. Another thing is that it has not even reached number 1 on the list, and that is clearly a much better song than "Crystal Mountain," which did not even surprise me as much as "Lack of Comprehension" when listening to it for the first time. So, please be real men and vote for this song to help her rise through the ranks.

4 Spirit Crusher

The first song that introduced me to Death and the first Death song I learned on guitar. I'm not a fan of death metal vocals, but the guitar work in this song just got me hooked. The riff after the breakdown is one of the best riffs of all time, in my opinion, and made me want to learn this on my guitar.

Obviously, this song deserves a better position here in this list because it's a very influential song. Maybe not like the top 5, but I think that 13th place for Spirit Crusher is not what this song deserves.

Absolutely the best Death song. So many amazing transitions and riffs.

5 Voice of the Soul

I'm going to tell you guys a story. Well, I don't really like death metal, some bands I really do, but then I saw the name of this song on YouTube and I almost started to cry. This man Chuck was a beautiful and talented man. This is their best song. I like Crystal Mountain too, but this song kills all songs, and if you don't agree with me, well...

Really, all Death songs are amazing, as far as the songs I know at least. I can vote for every single track on this list, but I will try to make this song take the lead. Songs may tell you a story, brothers, even some great songs can make you feel it, but this? This makes you live. This song will make you live inside its brute sorrow.

6 Pull the Plug

All in this song sticks in your head. Every time in the song, you are saying, Oh, it comes that cool part. Because this song is a complex of different parts, riffs, and styles that make perfection itself.

Death have so many amazing songs, it's impossible to pick a favourite. Chuck was a musical genius.

Badass riff... It kind of makes me think about Pantera's "Walk". It should definitely be in the top 5.

7 The Philosopher

I can never seem to get over the killer bass in this song. Besides that, it has amazing lyrics and (as usual) great riffs. The music video for this was pretty good too.

Every song Death has made is fantastic, but The Philosopher wins for me. Great lyrics, a fantastic solo, and Steve is just killing that bass line.

The Philosopher is, I think, the signature song of Death. Great Schuldiner vocals, great guitar riffs and solo, and yes, the drumming and the bass solo are very skillful and deadly. Rest in peace, Schuldiner.

8 Empty Words

This song is simply the best song ever made by a death metal band in my opinion. Epic intro, epic solo, Chuck's voice, everything is perfect!

Best Death song. It's so beautifully depressing. Their defining masterpiece in my opinion.

This and Zombie Inc by In Flames are the two best death metal songs ever!

9 Spiritual Healing

Extremely cool riffs and interesting structure. This song stands out as the middle point between Death's earlier OSDM sound and their later tech/prog-death stuff.

Such a great piece, full of killer riffs and crushing moments. The vocals were outstanding at the mid-section, especially that moment wherein the song gets atmospheric and eerie all of a sudden with Chuck growling "Spiritual Healing".

I love all of Death's songs, but I vote for this one because this album is insanely underrated in my opinion.

10 Perennial Quest

Only 2%? Not even Top 10? What is wrong with you people, this is their best song, in my opinion. It displays the talent and creativity of Chuck Schuldiner! Every Death song does that, but this one does it one of the best!

A beautifully philosophical song, incredible solo, and a gut-wrenching outro. The perfect track to end any album, and my personal favorite song of all time.

This is one of the first songs I actually heard by Death, and every part of it brings memories. So underrated and so amazing, I can't stress it enough.

The Contenders
11 Zombie Ritual

In my opinion, the best death metal song. The part after Chuck screams "Now you're in HELL" is a complete hell!

When Chuck growls "Drifting from the living, joining with the dead!" I just get an eargasm!

This is the best death metal song ever and should be on top, clear by miles!

12 Without Judgement

Perfect in every way. When I listen to it, my mind travels to a deep and faraway place where no earthly problems matter. At 1:10, Chuck growls "when pain is acknowledged!" and what follows is the best riff/drumming I've ever heard.

The main riff makes me want to cry because of its epicness. The lyrics are something that all of us are going to relate to at some point in life, and every time we listen to this song again, it's going to take on another meaning. That's why I love this song so much.

One of the top 3 songs of their classic album, Symbolic, dominates death metal!

13 Symbolic

The best intro for any album ever. The riffs in this song are symbolic, all of them without exception. How they managed the drumming and the time, as a wave. Love it.

This song is easily one of my favorites from this album. I love the intro.

The song that got me into Death. Will always remain my favorite!

14 Leprosy

The first Death song I ever heard and it's amazing! The blast beats are insane.

Not enough Leprosy on this list.

15 Story to Tell

This song surely deserves top 10! And it is in 23! Chuck would be amazed by seeing this! This song has everything! Story! The guitar is superb! The voice is superb! The music composition is just extraordinary! I love this song.

Amazing breakdowns, great lead, epic vocals - Perfect!

I think this song deserves to be in the top 5.

16 Zero Tolerance

This should be in the top 5 AT LEAST - has a sick drum intro from Hoglan as well as the main guitar riff!

"Where virtuous lives are sacrificed!" Love the solo that follows.

My favorite of all Death songs.

17 Evil Dead

The beginning is beautiful and spooky at the same time. The guitar is just out of this world. This is a masterpiece.

As much as I don't like death metal, this wasn't bad.

This needs to be in the top ten at least!

18 To Forgive is to Suffer

My favorite Death song, the two different melodies merging together is incredible and unique.

One of my personal favorite solos by them, and the riffs are amazing.

In my opinion, this is Evil Chuck's best solo next to Voice of the Soul.

19 Bite the Pain

Incredible thick sound from Chuck's B.C. Rich Stealth, and Marshall solid state. Such an amazing metal masterpiece!

20 Flattening of Emotions

This song is all of us, because at some point in our lives, we have been less than our dreams wanted us to be. All of this is followed with raw instrumentation that has a lot of complexity and soul at the same time. It's a masterpiece that is really underrated.

I used to think that Symbolic was the best Death album, but now I think that Human is a better album after listening to it, and this is easily the best song from Human. Underrated and belongs in the top 3.

Every song of Death is amazing. It's very hard for me to make a top ten. But I think this song deserves a bit more credit than Lack of Comprehension, which is also very good, by the way.

21 Scavenger of Human Sorrow

The technicality in person. The rhythm of this song is in a constant up and down, and it makes it feel like a wave contracting and expanding. Perfection.

Simply amazing, so powerful, and beautiful at the same time. Definitely deserves to be Number 1.

Amazing drumming, groovy bass, and face-melting guitar work! Chuck in his finest hour!

22 Suicide Machine

The lyrics of this song are all I need to put it in my top ten. So many people think that this is about suicide because of the title, but whoever investigated deeper had the conclusion of a Master of Puppets Pt.2, but I think this song is about animal cruelty. Now draw your own conclusions. One of the best solos too.

Great song, just like every other, vocals are amazing.

Good lyrics, the thrash riff blows your mind. Underrated.

23 Painkiller

Even though it's a cover, it's still my favourite music. The screaming is just amazing. Besides this one, my other favourite is Pull the Plug.

Greatest Priest cover in the world! Chuck's voice really adds to the epic nature of the song, proving he can do it almost as well, if not better, than Halford.

Great song to begin with, and Death just made it better. When I heard this for the first time, my mind was blown.

24 A Moment of Clarity

This song is amazing. From the solo to the main riff, to the drums, to the lyrics, just everything about it is awesome. The fade gives a good effect. The last lyrics during the fade just give me these chills, knowing that it was the end of the 'Sound of Perseverance' album, Death's last release, before Chuck's death.

Most underrated Death song by far. It deserves top 10 for sure. It has one of Death's best solos ever!

One of the best solos I've ever heard by any metal band.

25 Overactive Imagination

My current favorite Death song. The riffs and the vocals here have to be some of the greatest from the band, particularly from Chuck Schuldiner himself.

So brutal, yet so technical. And still, so melodic. Thank you, Death. This song is a must if you are just getting into heavier and faster music.

I mean... the title of this song describes perfectly what it is... OVERACTIVE is the word. I love it, magnificent solo too.

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