Top 10 Opeth Songs

The Top Ten

1 Ghost of Perdition Ghost of Perdition Cover Art

Took me less than ten seconds to love the song. The heavy guitar, the solo, the clean and heavy vocals, they all dominate!

This is by far Opeth's best song. It truly showcases their musicianship and synergistic songwriting, and exhibits perfectly the entire loud-soft spectrum. A solid prog-metal masterpiece.

Very good mix of cleans and growls. Also has nice variety of very powerful and nice and calm moments. A very dynamic song.

Combines the best of all their good qualities, some of the best clean AND growled vocals, some of the most catchy AND most complex music, great acoustic guitar AND electric, great lyrics, ten minutes of metal never went by so fast!

2 Blackwater Park Blackwater Park Cover Art

Perhaps no other song can rival the number of remember-worthy riffs packed in so small a time interval. How the song progresses with time is noteworthy with each riff bettering the previous one; the last two particularly being awesome.

Amazing band, amazing songs. Hard to pick one but this one is so dark and atmospheric. Heard it a million times, still not tired of it.

Even the clean parts are good. Not forgetting that the riffs and growls are epic!

Opeth is one among my favourite bands.. This song is simply amazing and very dark indeed.. The intro, riffs and vocals are great..

3 Burden Burden Cover Art

This song is untouchable when I first heard I almost cried... Its beautiful the piano solo great... Guitar solos pretty god like... And of course Mikael Akerfeldt is just simply made by the heavens

This song just reminds me why I'am in love with Opeth!

Vocals, pianos, guitars all come at ideal times. Such a perfect composition. Certainly the best of opeth..

An absolute masterpiece of progressive metal. The union of songwriting and music composition is beyond the reach of any others now. Well done Opeth. This will be one of the most legendary tunes of all time.

4 Black Rose Immortal Black Rose Immortal Cover Art

amazing mixture of soft and hard, slow and fast, clean and growled vocals, etc.
not to mention outstanding guitars

Great SONG. Really Long and well made. Opeth "The King Of The Metal"

This song really defines Opeth. They are a brilliant band, goes without saying. The basslines, the riffs, Mikeal's voice, the way it has been put together and the transitions! Just way up there with one of the best progressive death metal songs ever written.

This song is perfect. Black Rose Immortal is Opeth's best song in my opinion.
Advent and To Bid You Farewell are worthy of my top 10 Opeth songs too.
Morningrise is definitely in my top 3 Opeth albums, and is definitely Opeth's most underrated album.

5 The Moor The Moor Cover Art

I don't understand what this song is doing here it should be at the top with The Drapery Falls and Advent I think.

Great Variety!

Smooth intro, great acoustic riff and then the most epic transition to brutal vocals and the main riff...

This song competes with another for the top place in my humble opinion...

Best Opeth song to start off the best Opeth album in my opinion. Blackwater Park and Burden come in at a close 2nd and 3rd. But this is deffinetnly best.

I remember this was the very first song that got me very intensely engrossed into Opeth songs..Even before making a decision to listen this song, the cover art of the song's album really impressed me as I never saw such a beautiful and intriguing cover in my whole life...There is so much and something really deep and meaningful that the art depicts that it becomes very very difficult to interpret it exactly as the band intended it to...All and all a terrific song from an even terrific album...

6 The Drapery Falls The Drapery Falls Cover Art

I don't understand what this song is doing at the 9th place, it really should be somewhere in the top! The guitar rifs are just amazing, the vocals trembling,... The whole concept is just great!

As Opeth gradually transitioned from death metal to prog rock, the two genres converged into one of the greatest masterpieces ever- the Blackwater Park album. If I had to pick one quintessential Opeth song, it would either be this or Blackwater Park. They're both perfectly representative of Opeth's proficiency at any musical task they put their minds to. This somber, haunting masterpiece of a song is just a perfect blend of clean vocals and acoustic guitar with heavier and more powerful metal that somehow retains the mournful, brooding quality of the softer sections.

I just absolutely love this song. The way it moves from death metal vocals and guitars that make you want to headbang to beautiful clean singing melodies that make you want to cry at how amazing it is. My favourite song from Blackwater Park and this definitely deserves to be in the top 3 Opeth songs. Opeth rules!

I absolutely love this song, when I heard it live I didn't realized I was crying until Mikael finished the song, it's my favorite song from Opeth and they're one of my favorite bands, the vocals are so perfect, the guitar is heavy and powerful and the mixture of prog rock and death metal is so perfectly made in this song, it's a masterpiece

7 Deliverance Deliverance Cover Art

Hardest band ever to chose a "best" song, with so many legendary ones, but it have to be Deliverance.

Huge song, packed with memorable riffs, and a mesmerizing final.

Easily, one of the best songs ever.

Nice evolution (slow and fast) all over the song Opeth rules!

Opeth songs just feel like an adventure, the transitions, the changes in emotion just make them seem like an epic journey. Every song Michael has written is like that. Nothing but pure brilliance, genius and talent is needed to be able to pour that much feeling, emotion and story telling in to every sing he writes. For me (at least at the moment) this song showcases all this best. Listen to the whole thing and by the end you will not feel the same as you did before you started listening. Solos are excellent, and the riff in the middle where Michael sings cleanly is just Heavenly.

No Opeth playlist is complete without Deliverance.

The song is as quintessential Opeth as it gets; it is a lengthy track (almost 14 minutes long), and it features, among other things, multiple different segments (with their own distinct moods and narrative styles), some really catchy and brilliantly thought-out lyrics, a mix of pure melodic vocals and deep low-register death-growls, a multitude of really heavy solos and catchy riffs, and, of course, the necessary acoustic breakdown in the middle to spice it all up.

I love nearly every song by Opeth, but if I had to listen to only one single Opeth track, it would have to be Deliverance.

8 Bleak Bleak Cover Art

My favourite Opeth song (among many), first 3 minutes are wonderfully brutal death metal, before fading into a clean sing chorus. The guitars and vocals are amazing, with the jazzy solo section in the middle of the song (including an acoustic breakdown), before gradually fading back to the brutal metal side of the song for the finish.

Completely immersed in this masterpiece every time I listen to it.
Of course, that's the case with more than a few of their songs. From the grandeur of "All things will pass" to the intensity of "Moonlapse Vertigo", passing through the best outro in the history of music: "Deliverance".

This is a perfect song. From the rhythmic progressions to the soft melodies it has the whole package!

It was either this, Serenity Painted Death, Sorceress, April Ethreal, or To Bid You Farewell. Too bad they can't all occupy first place.

All their songs should be in first place

9 Harlequin Forest Harlequin Forest Cover Art

Absolute masterpice, excellently crafted and outstanding musicianship along with it's production. The contrast between growls and clean (yet dark) vocals, plus the intense groovy ending riff makes it my favourite track.

Amazing proggy song. WHY did I have to add this? It has some amazing riffs, not to mention brilliant singing. Also one of the best off of the Ghost Reveries album (one of my favourite Opeth albums).

The first 6 seconds are an incredible progression of guitar - vocals - drums - backing guitars - backing vocals. By the time the heavy parts kick in after 2 & a half minutes, you are already wrapped up and along for an incredible ride. The ending breakdown is the most amazing example of band timing I've ever heard. Start to finish, it is unbelievable.

Amazing variety. Amazing riffs. The end section of the acoustic interlude is awesome. Amazing drumming. Mikael's best vocal performance? Just superb. My favourite - but that always changes with Opeth right? I'm constantly discovering new things with repeat listens of this band.

10 To Bid You Farewell To Bid You Farewell Cover Art

Wow, To Bid You Farewell isn't on the list? It's easily in my top 5 songs overall.

It should be in top 3... Ranking doesn't matter anyway best basslines ever m/

This should be in the top 5... That mid song solo simply gives me shivers!

I have been listening to this song (among other Opeth songs in my playlist) every single day for the past I don't know how many years. Easily the BEST song Opeth made. This should be #1 for sure.

The Contenders

11 In My Time of Need In My Time of Need Cover Art

Amazing song. Very slow and smooth to start and its very enjoyable. Its very melodic like the King Crimson song "in the wake of poseidon" has that feel to it with the piano.

I love this song, Its different and original. Really touching, I love his voice. It's so unique and unlike anything I've ever heard.

Fell in love the second it began. Great song. Soft, slow and haunting. Amazing vocals, should be higher up in my opinion.

A very mature composition.. A flood of memories haunt my head every single time I listen to it.. My favourite after Burden..

12 Godhead's Lament Godhead's Lament Cover Art

This has it all at Opeth's best - complex and inventive drumming, layers of shifting melody, guitars swinging from brutal riffs to delicate finger picking, Akerfeldt's trademark clean/growling vocals and a haunting storyline which ties the whole thing together with the rest of Still Life. Mesmerizing.

This is the song that got me hooked on Opeth - at the 3 minute mark when everything changes and becomes more dynamic. It was at that moment that I realized Opeth was more than just any death metal band. They're far more dynamic.

Best opeth song. hard to say by FAR, but it's got everything you need. soft vocals, hard vocals, and tells a story. great tune

I can't believe the song is so low, it has one of the best guitar solos and the build up to the chorus is so epic. It makes you feel like you're in a different world

13 Face of Melinda Face of Melinda Cover Art

The roundhouse tapes version is the best progressive metal song ever!

I can't believe this one is down here.. Definitely one of my favorite songs of ALL-TIME! Great deep lyrics, great intro.. It's just so perfect!

I listen to this song every night before sleeping, it's a masterpiece, a sample of heaven.
Especially the roundhouse tapes very melodic

TOTAL masterpiece. My second favorite song after Black Rose immortal. Opeth has so many perfect riffs. Lots of them are in this song

14 The Baying of the Hounds The Baying of the Hounds Cover Art

EVERY WAKING HOUR.

I love the groovy bass lines on this album: especially in this song. A great balance of vocal styles and the epic journey that this song takes you on from beginning to end make this song my favorite of all time.

It's like every good thing of Opeth put into one song. I think Mikael saved all of his best riffs for this song.

The Baying of the Hounds is a song that I particularly like very much for its versatility, the melody and the rhythm. Everything is perfect, I do not know if it is the best song of the band but I find it very difficult to choose one.

11 minute epic. Epitome of Opeth's work. Killer riff's and vocals (clean and harsh). It grooves and dazzles in all the right places.

15 Hessian Peel Hessian Peel Cover Art

This song is too awesome to be number 16. Despite that it's still my all time favourite by Opeth, it's one of those songs that really grows on you, Watershed like most of their albums should be listened to as a whole to really appreciate them.

The whole song is pure chills, first it starts off with that hair raising acoustic intro, then moves into the beautiful melodic part where mike sings "will the children cry" leading into the satanic message and eerie but beautiful section that follows. That epic riff afterwards and then the calm before the storm everything gets quieter and the keyboard comes in and starts getting more intense then... BAM "LIGHT COMES ONN" the song is brutal as hell for a minute before going into the intense but softer "lock the children away from harm" part then after abit goes back to the brutal riffs and finishes off with the keyboard.

Overall the song is very progressive, and has everything I love about Opeth combined into one song. It starts ...more

I don't begrudge Opeth for changing their direction. Don't get me wrong I liked Heritage and love Pale Communion but after the disaster of Sorceress I went back an revisited 'old' Opeth and one of my least favourite albums at the time - Watershed. Wow how I was wrong particularly about this song which is rapidly becoming my favourite. It really is what Opeth should be about - growls and clean vocals, brutal riffs and soft interludes, changes in timing and pace, as well as mesmerisingly dark vocals. The backwards lyrics in this song are genius.

I think this is one of the best metal songs of all time. The heavy section caught me by total surprise the first time, and that riff at 6:30 is incredible.

The switch to the death riff was a bit sudden, but if there's one thing I love about Opeth, it's the clean and acoustic sections of theirs. And this song has lots of that.

16 Demons of the Fall Demons of the Fall Cover Art

This song is just amazing. I think it has some of the best heavy and soft moments out of all Opeth songs. Also, BWP (album) is overrated (I like it a lot, but still...). Burden is great, but it doesn't hold a special place for me when there are songs like Credence, To bid you farewell, In my time of need, and Isolation years to compete with it (other "clean" vocal songs. )

This is one of the best progressive death metal song out there. Surprised it isn't there in top ten.

This is the definitive Opeth song in their death metal phase. Absolutely terrifying performance.

First song I listened to. Immediately fell in love.

17 Harvest Harvest Cover Art

God... What this song is doing here... It should be in top 10... What a vocal and guitar work... Mind refreshing song... Clean, soft, pue devine

Mikael! Hail The Metal God! Beautiful composition by the metal maestro

What?! This song should be in top ten it has a relaxing effect. And it's like a melody for death. I'm not even talking about vocals and guitar... Harvest gives me feels.

I think it's the best song for learning and feeling how accords can influence the song.

18 Windowpane Windowpane Cover Art

Windowpane is the best soft/clean vocal Opeth song. Burden is so overrated. Blackwater Park is my favorite, but Windowpane should definitely be higher!

Can't you hear the combination between the drums, the guitars, and of course Mikael's heavenly voice? This easily belongs to the top ten.

This song is a masterpiece. My favourite opeth song

Chilling clean guitar, amazing drums and heavenly vocals make this song a masterpiece.

19 The Leper Affinity The Leper Affinity Cover Art

This song is so underrated! I love that dark riffing, but with the quirky prog rock nature. It was the first Opeth song I had ever heard, and is still one of their absolute best!

This is the song you show people to get them into Opeth. Great jazzy riffing and progressive elements blended with death metal.

Maybe should be on the 4th place all the songs of blackwater park was madness... The best progressive metal of all time!

A great example of what Opeth is, harsh progressive death metal with soft acoustic parts.

20 Porcelain Heart Porcelain Heart Cover Art

This song is higher on my all-time songs list than it is on this list

This is the song that made me feel Opeth was something different

Why this is not in the list? Come on guys you can't be serious!

The drum solo was as horrid to listen to as possible.

21 April Ethereal

Shocked I had to add this. This is without a doubt the most powerful piece of music in the whole entire real of music. The way the lyrics and music flow together like a story, the way the atmosphere takes you to a different world, and the way each riff continues to get better until the God-like outro which is the pinnacle of music altogether... This is not only the greatest Opeth song, but the greatest song ever created.

It is simultaneously the most beautiful and angry song I've ever heard. An absolute masterpiece, it being this low on the list is just wrong in so many ways.

How is this not number 1? Best Opeth song ever and one of the greatest songs ever made.

Not their best song but arguably should be top 10-15. It is truly magnificent

22 The Lotus Eater The Lotus Eater Cover Art

By far the Opest song! No contest! The vocals are superb - Akerfeldt pulls off the death growls and clean singing flawlessly. It's memorable because even the heavy parts are catchy... And there's a proggy instrumental section that sounds like super mario bros! Truly an awesome song. If you're trying to decide which Opeth song to try, pick this one.

Best thing I like bout this song is the lyrics, such a sense of mystery in them. The Lotus Eater? I know that's something bout Greek mythology or whatever, where on a Greek island the inhabitants ate lotus flowers and flutes to forget about their troubles and worries and sleep... Awesome song as well. Particularly grew on me after seeing it live.

It is Opeth at their best, Their creativity in this song is brilliant, The riffs in this song reminds me of middle-eastern music, very artistic fusion.

This is a masterpiece, great riffs and an awesome Mikael's solo, it should be in the top 10, in the end it's very hard to make a top ten list of Opeth, there entire discographie are great

23 Dirge for November Dirge for November Cover Art

One of Opeth's simpler songs, I still get emotional every time I hear it. The chord progression starting at 1:44 is in my opinion, their absolute best.

This is just one of those songs by Opeth that seem to be really underrated. Everything in this song is on point. One of their best.

This should definitely be in the top 10. An often overlooked track that might just be one of Opeth's most brilliant pieces.

Probable one of the darkest ones in their catalog. It is perfect and untouchable. its beautiful and depressing. best intro and outro I've ever heard

24 A Fair Judgement A Fair Judgement Cover Art

Their absolute best. Not as heavy as the rest of the album but the song dominates especially in the moments of quiet progression as well through the first class musical performances of the band members!

There are many Opeth songs that grip me by the heart but this one... It just leaves me speechless and brings tears of pure and flawless musical experience. The guitar solo gives me goosebumps again and again even though I have heard it million times. It belongs to my top 5 songs of all time. Thank you, Mr.A. & col.

Probably the first song I heard by opeth,
A true masterpiece and its incredibly interesting and challenging for the ear, the clean vocals, guitar, drums and the guitar solo in the middle are just amazing, easily my top 3!

My first Opeth song as well. Definitely my favorite. You have to be an epic mastermind to create such an epic song. Top 25 songs of all time by any rcck band ever in my opinion!

25 The Grand Conjuration The Grand Conjuration Cover Art

Catchy opening followed by a memorable riff that has one reminiscing a similar tune (in vocals) from the song 'Porcelain Heart'. Between an eerie background suited with Mikael's clean vocals and strong riffs matched with death metal growls, the contrasts are eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.

My favorite Opeth song. The lyrics, the growls, the clean vocals, and he instrumentals all go together real well to create a dark/eerie atmosphere for the story it tells.

I'm shocked that this is so low. I thought this was one of their most famous songs. Also where the hell is slither off this list. Slither was the only good song off of heritage.

What the hell is this song doing down here? This should be at least top 10!

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