Top 10 Songs About Vikings

Vikings were Norse (Northern European) seafarers who raided and traded across Europe during the late 8th to late 11th centuries (aka the Viking Age). In old English the word for viking was "wicing"(pirate).
Vikings were brave warriors. In the 21st century vikings got attention thanks to historical TV drama series Vikings on History channel.

Songs about vikings often include Norse Mythology and the words Valhalla, Odin and Valkyries:
- Valhalla is the afterlife hall of the slain (the equivalent of 'Heaven' in Christian tradition)
- Odin / Oden is a god who also rules Valhalla
- Valkyries are females who bring people dying in a battle to the afterlife hall of the slain (Valhalla) and the god Odin.

Almost the entire Amon Amarth discography is about the vikings and there will be many songs by them on this list but I tried to make a diverse top 10 that includes other bands.
The Top Ten
1 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.

Hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new land.
To fight the hordes and sing, and cry.
Valhalla, I am coming.

Always sweep with, with threshing oar.
Our only goal will be the western shore.

2 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

This song is very important to me, because it's the song that got me into Metal. When it comes to songs about Vikings, this is an easy number one.

This song made me a death metal fan - I didn't like death growls before it. But I liked very much the riff to this song and I somehow forgot about the death growls that always bothered me before. Now growls don't bother me - they entertain me.

"Odin! Guide our ships
Our axes, spears and swords
Guide us through storms that whip
And in brutal war"

3 Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner
4 Valkyries - Blind Guardian

It's about a viking dying in a battle waiting for the valkyries to come and bring him to Valhalla (Heaven) and the god Odin.
"Here I lie bleeding
Odin, I await the
The battle rages on
When the battle is lost and the slain ones are chosen
Valkyries will guide us home
And finally I hear them say
Carry on
For Valhalla awaits you"

5 Great Heathen Army - Iced Earth

A song obviously referring to the Great Heathen Army that invaded England in 865 led by the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.

A metal song released in 2017:
"See the raven fly, it's Odin by our side".

6 I Am a Viking - Yngwie Malmsteen

A song of 1985. Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto
"I am a warrior, my mind is set to kill
Life or death is on the line
I am a slayer and you will taste my steel
I've got your life right in my hand

As the shores of my home disappear
I sail over the sea without fear
Dragon ships are charging through the waves
Just want to sail away, far away into the sea"

7 Cry of the Blackbirds - Amon Amarth

Raise your swords up high!
See the black birds fly!
Let them hear your rage!
Show no fear!
Charge your horses across the fields
Together we ride into destiny
Have no fear of death, when its our time
Oden will bring us home, when we die!
The ground trembles under us

8 Valhalla - Bathory
9 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

For many this is the best Amon Amarth song but I put it lower than The Pursuit of Vikings because this song is more about the vikings' Gods than the vikings.

10 Swedish Pagans - Sabaton

A great song of one of the ten best power metal bands.

The Contenders
11 Warriors of the North - Amon Amarth
12 Invaders - Iron Maiden
13 Back Through Time - Alestorm
14 Thousand Years of Oppression - Amon Amarth
15 With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth

No retreat, no remorse
Victory will be ours
Blood on steel, sacrifice
Victory will be ours

Under the winter skies
We stand glorious!
And with Oden on our side
We are victorious!

16 Guardians of Asgaard - Amon Amarth
17 Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth
18 Barbarian - The Darkness
19 Eldsjäl - Hel
20 The Lost Vikings - Deathklok
21 Valhalla Calling - Miracle of Sound
22 Valhalla - Crimson Glory

As we awaken and behold
The crystal seas and ships of gold
To the colored winds our sails arise
The distant shore before us lies
Winds of Odin whisper
Over silent waves, no trace remains

We have found a new horizon
Far beyond the stars that shine above

23 Halls of Valhalla - Judas Priest
24 Viking Death March - Billy Talent
25 Viking - Peter Hammill
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