Top 10 Opeth Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Ghost of Perdition

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.

The opening to this song, with the quiet chords followed by blood-curdling growls exhibits the most terrifying and haunting pieces of metal music ever. listen to it with the lights out for the full experience.

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2 Blackwater Park

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.

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

Yep

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3 Burden

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..

This song is so emotional and the sound of the guitar is just perfect - Olive855

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4 The Moor

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.

Great song!

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5 Black Rose Immortal

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.

How is this not #1 I mean come on guys it is literally everything the band stands for

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6 The Drapery Falls

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!

Amazing song with some very beautiful quiet vocals

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7 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.

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

Highly complex song. Akerfeldt's voice transitions are simply incredible. The drum solos are sick and the drumming solos are just enough to prove how technical Martin Lopez is!

Incredible.. masterpiece.. beautiful.. those are only a few words that describe how great this song is. From all of the transitions, double bass drumming, and the deep growls by Michael as well as the clean vocals by him are what make him one of the best metal vocalists of the modern era. Besides, progressive metal is my personal favorite, and this song is a great example of why it is.

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8 Harlequin Forest

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). - GhostOfPerdition

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.

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 Ã…kerfeldt 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.

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9 Bleak

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.

an awesome mix of growls and clean vocals... and really influencing lyrics...

Amazing song whitch just gets better and better and reaching it's zenith with a fantastic sphearic episode. If this song could get better than that, then it would!

The best Opeth song for sure

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10 Godhead's Lament

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

"What would they care if I would stay? no one should know, oh-oh-oh."

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The Newcomers

? The Grand Conjuration

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.

This song contains my favorite riff of all time.

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? Soldier of Fortune

It's really wonderful! This should be the number one!

Even better than original track - Rhapsody

This song is a Deep Purple cover. - Metal_Treasure

The first song that I listen from this band
They fascinate me

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The Contenders

11 In My Time of Need

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.

I think it's the number one before borden maby

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12 To Bid You Farewell

Wow, To Bid You Farewell isn't on the list? It's easily in my top 5 songs overall. - djh101

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!

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

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13 Demons of the Fall

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.

THIS is their best all around song!

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14 Face of Melinda

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

The face of Melinda neath blackened hair...great song! One of their best...

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15 The Baying of the Hounds

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.

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.

Opeth at their best.

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16 Hessian Peel

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.

My first song of Opeth.
Dark with strong vocals and killing Guitar play

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17 Harvest

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.

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18 Porcelain Heart

This song is higher on my all-time songs list than it is on this list - danyul11

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

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

Man, this is the best Opeth song!

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19 The Lotus Eater

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

This is the weirdest list ever. I only think two of the top 10 songs deserve to be up there whereas this song and Windowpane and Harvest and a few others are way tf down here!

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20 The Leper Affinity

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.

This song is relentless, even when it calms down

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1. To Bid You Farewell
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