Top 10 Opeth Songs

The Top Ten

1 Ghost of Perdition Ghost of Perdition Cover Art

I was very tempted to vote BWP, but Ghost of Perdition really is the quitessential opeth song. All of Opeths best qualities consolidated into one nigh seamless masterpiece. Blackrose drags a bit near the end and in the middle, BWP lacks Akerfeldts clean vocals (not a bad thing). Slightly saddened that no more songs from Still Life are higher up on the list (the moor, face of melinda, moonlapse vertigo, godheads lament... Fine the whole damned album) But all in all, if you wanna know what opeth is all about in just one song, this is it.

Now I'm listening to this song. The growls are just too perfect and demonic. It feels like you are deep down in hell and Satan himself growls from Mike's mouth. And that epic guitar riff at 8 20 makes me close my eyes and imagine that I am immortal or something like this...!

I don't believe Satan and Hell etc. Exist, I just wanted to demonstrate how do I feel listening to this masterpeice

Opeth! All their songs are so good to select my favourite, however Ghost of Perdition is really scintillating, the bass lines, drums and rythmn coordination, all put together, The vocals dominate this song really, an excellent combination of growls and clean vocals! This band deserves more positve blogs and for ones who haven't heard this song, you donno opeth really! Opeth you guys are gods of metal

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

This song is packed front to back with some of the best riffs I have ever heard. It's heavy, aggressive, and awesome, yet extremely intricate and well put together. This song is a real testament to Opeth's incredible musicianship, especially their incredible guitarists. Mikael Åkerfeldt's growls are also the greatest I have ever heard, in my opinion. Progressive death metal MASTERPIECE.

The most brutal metal song that exists! They are a lot of sick brutal metal songs out there (Bleed by Messugah, Shortest Straw by Metallica, Rosetta Stoned by Tool,...), but this one takes them all! It's not the loudest nor the most technical, but the riffs are brutal and the growls are bloody perfect... Especially the first one... The first UGH! At 01:58.
My favorite Opeth song

I'm not such a big opeth fan I like the keeper infinity, deliverence and the Lotus eater but blackwater Park is another league its one of my the davourite metal songs. These are so mich great Riffs and its Vers atmospheric and dark.

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.

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

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.

Magnificent song with great rendition in vocals, guitars is simply gives the feel of heaven when you listen to this song. This is by farthest their greatest song.

Simply it just an amazing song.
the clean vocals, the heavy music, the atmospheric environment, the lyrics.. every thing in it is damn good... I love Opeth

4 Black Rose Immortal Black Rose Immortal Cover Art

I love this song so much! 20 minutes of pure beauty. This is one of their early songs; so it does have vocals somewhat sounding like black metal. But the instrumentals on this are genius. So many riffs packed into this song, both acoustic and electric. The whole song has kind of an evil medieval sound to it which really works well. Great song and really underrated compared to Blackwater Park, Ghost of Perdition, and Burden (those are great though) in my opinion.

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.

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.

One of the best songs I have ever heard in my life. No matter how much I listen to this song, I just never get bored of it. Opeth is the One of the BEST metal bands ever! *Addicted to Opeth*

5 The Moor The Moor Cover Art

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...

Don't get me wrong, Ghost Of Perdition is definitely one of OPETH'S better songs and sure fits within the all time top ten list but to put it at the top of the list is a bit injustice to the other greater songs. In my opinion it's not even the best song off Ghost Reveries and Harlequin Forest definitely knocks it down like a bulldozer. Songs like The Moor, The Drapery Falls, Demons Of The Fall are more deserving of the top spot (especially The Moor)

For me, the very best part in this song was the transitioning from softer atmospheric melody to a raging emotional outburst...that's very unique..The band itself is very unique indeed, I've been digging up a lot of progressive metal bands but none of them are remotely as versatile (but are very good) as Opeth with seamless variations...The band is the quintessence of Progressive Metal and are currenly in my opinion are the masters of it..

Why the hell is at this position... incomprehensible...Personally, my utmost favorite and go to song to listen to when in a lackluster state...its like a food that provides me energy...picks me up when down and depressed...there are plethora of other Opeth's songs that I adore but this one eclipses 'em by allsome distance...And also Still Life is my favorite album as well followed by Blackwater Park...

6 The Drapery Falls The Drapery Falls Cover Art

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 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

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!

The juxtaposition of beauty and aggression here are (in my opinion) totally unparalleled throughout the rest of Opeth's discography. From the delicate, tragic opening notes to the tremendous metallic swells, this is a winner in my books.

7 Bleak Bleak Cover Art

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".

Maan Ghost of Perdition isn't even the best song on the ALBUM (that's a toss up between Reverie/Harlequin Forest and Grand Conjuration in my opinion), let alone the discography. Rock Band kids, what can ya do.

This song has it all. From sweet but haunted to cripplingly cold and brutal, Opeth delivers big time with Bleak. Steve Wilson's vocals in the chorus are a huge plus; that man is a prog god. The song is a great showcase of everything Opeth does right: strong, full growls; melodic instrumental jams; lyrics that lure you in and then betray your trust. Akerfeldt says it best himself: "I am the Eros Ramazzotti of Sweden, and also a genius when it comes to music..."

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.

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

8 Deliverance Deliverance Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

While I like ever single Opeth song, this is the first one I ever listened to by them (as well as Hex Omega) but the complexity of this song is just astounding. The heaviness with the random acoustic breaks is just amazing. The brutality and softness that this song is made of is just unreal.

9 To Bid You Farewell To Bid You Farewell Cover Art

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.

Simply beautiful, and the Gilmouresque solo is one of my favorites off all time. This song really blends genres better than any other. Just sit back and let yourself get lost in the emotion this song evokes.

Easily in my top three. Surprised it's not higher on this list considering burden and in my time of need are so high.

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

10 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.

Just the fact that a death metal band can make a strong and amazing clean acoustic song is mind-blowing to me. Definitely my favorite song on Damnnation.

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

The Contenders

11 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.

This is definitely their most well-rounded work. The instrumentals in this song are amazing beyond describing. It combines progressive, hard rock, death metal, and classical all in one song. The guitar work, leads and riffing are amazing throughout, but the same can be said about anything that Mikael Åkerfeldt and Opeth produce. The Mikael's voice is especially beautiful during the middle part of the song, and the lyrics are pure art. This song evokes many feelings and a rich atmosphere, and is definitely one of their best songs ever.

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.

This song is really something else. This just may be Opeth’s most well-rounded song. It is like being transported to a dream, one that is hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing, yet also dark, terrifying and overburdened with immeasurable sorrow. It’s like riding through the dark woods and hills of medieval Europe on horseback. The guitar melodies are so rich and atmospheric, accompanied by beautiful and brutal vocals that give the song a regretful and macabre feel. Incredible instrumentation from the entire band; these guys can do so much more than just play, they can compose and tell a story. It’s up there with Ghost of Perdition as one of the most dream-like and epic songs that I’ve ever heard, while also being a brutal death metal jam.

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.

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

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

13 Face of Melinda Face of Melinda Cover Art

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

Why is this song not listed in the top ten!? Seriously guys, are you out of your minds? Best Opeth song ever!

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.

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.

This song has got some of the great riffs ever made.. The combination of death combination of death growls and clean vocals is what makes you to love Opeth.. Great song by a great band.. Love them m/

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.

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.

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.

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. )

It should be in top five it is very underrated! Opeth is the best progressive death metal band and they got one of the best vocals ever!
Most of screamers got bad soft singing voice but not all.. But Mikeal got one of the best singing voices I have ever heard.. My favourites 5 for opeth are:-
1-Blackwater Park
2-Demons Of The Fall
3-Dileverence
4-Black Rose Immortal
5-Ghost Of Peredition

I'd say there is no better opeth song then demon of the fall the guitars in the end just drive you into some other world... the song just throws me into a trance making me want to hear it again and again
Its sad it ain't in the top 10
Opeth m/

It's quite astonishing for me to witness this sheer mind-numbing of a song at #14...The transitioning to demonic riffs precisely at 1:47 is goosebump-ing and the growling vocals sounded like as if they were coming straight from the throat of Devil...

17 Harvest Harvest Cover Art

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.

The verse/chorus style is distinctly un-Opeth yet in a vast selection of great songs, Harvest is my top pick closely followed by 'Bleak', 'Deliverance', 'The Baying of the Hounds', 'Windowpane', Isolation Years... Damn! Too many to choose from!

This. song. is. the. best! PERIOD! I can't think of any other song that makes me lose my bonds with reality. such an epic piece by mr.akerfeldt. this song made me love opeth, will never be forgotten.

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

18 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.

19 Windowpane Windowpane Cover Art

Windowpane is one of the most 'beautiful' songs from opeth.. I'm sorry, that's the only way I can describe it.. The
Musical composition is just enchanting, and the lyrics about a girl he sees on a window.. Its just so beautiful. It is a perfect dose for someone who is listening to Opeth for the first time ^_^ Long live Mikael! Long live Opeth! :')

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.

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

20 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

21 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!

This is not the best in my opinion... But it rips my heart.

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.

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

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.

23 Dirge for November Dirge for November Cover Art

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

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.

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.

One of their most popular songs on YouTube - 2,000,000 views. Which is good going for Opeth. Considering they're not well known outside prog circles.

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