Top 10 Opeth Songs

The Top Ten
1 Ghost of Perdition Ghost of Perdition Cover Art

Blackwater Park it's really Awesome,! But Ghost of Perdition it's on level aheads. There's not comparison at all, this song 4 the win!

So many legendary stuff man! But this one is little more effective than others I think. If I would make a list of my favorites, it would be like this:
1. Ghost of Perdition
2. Blackwater Park
3. Black Rose Immortal
4. Harvest
5. The Moor
6. Sorceress
7. Reverie/ Harlequin Forest
8. The Drapery Falls
9. Burden
10. Eternal Rains Will Come

God, I ran out of space...

Opeth! All their songs are so good to select my favourite, however Ghost of Perdition is really scintillating, the bass lines, drums and rhythm 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

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

2 Blackwater Park Blackwater Park Cover Art

The way this song is constructed from start to finish is just awesome! I feel like Ghost of Perdition might have been Opeth's biggest musical success as a Death Metal band, but here comes Blackwater Park, a song with an incredibly dark but engaging atmosphere and intentionally louder but also more playful. With the mix between Death and Black Metal, what more can you claim from Opeth if you already have something really valuable coming from them, because as I said this is the best jewel of the band and one of the greatest Heavy Metal songs

It contains a warm but noisily dark atmosphere and rather disconcerting lyrics, for me Blackwater Park is the best Opeth has done in years!

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.

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.

... And the gold medal for best solo goes to ... ... Burden from Opeth!
The silver medal for best solo goes to ... ... Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd!
And the bronze medal for best solo goes to ... ... Drive Home from Steven Wilson!

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.

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 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.

I love the complexity. I love the transitions. Opeth is the best progressive band, followed very closely by Dream Theater. Either way, metal forever! Judas Priest, Opeth, DT, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath.

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 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.

As I sit here listening to this song, I realize it is more than just that. It is the purest form of artwork. The vocals, guitar and drums combine for the ultimate pleasure! If you haven't heard this song, listen to it!

7 Bleak Bleak Cover Art

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.

Not sure why this isn't much, much higher. As awesome as Opeth is in the throwback, progressive rock category, they truly thrive in their black/death metal roots. Bleak definitely rivals the title track on Blackwater Park as a riff-driven, yet haunting, sheer epic, even ahead of The Drapery Falls.

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".

8 Deliverance Deliverance Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

Not only is great as a heavy song, the transitions are just amazing. The solo's are very memorable, I love the more classic rock feeling riff with the clean vocal part, and then that outro nothing can compete with that

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.

Wow! 11? Seriously? What lacking does it have?
this song is truly amazing. Starts slowly and builds up so melodically that it will take you to another level.

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

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

Their best song. The culmination of all their talent in songwriting, storytelling, riff-crafting, and musicianship. Boasts the single most beautiful and haunting passage (they are the trees...) in a discography chock full of such moments. More than any other Opeth song, Harlequin Forest takes you on a dark, sorrowful, but beautiful journey. Every note is perfectly placed, every lyric perfectly suited to telling this story. All of it combines to create a truly masterful composition.

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.

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.

In my opinion Opeth are at their best when they can make a song that mixes growling, clean vocals, heavy riffs and acoustic melodies. This is one the best examples of this. The first two and a half minutes are great examples of Mikael's clean vocals over a catchy riff. Then after a short bowling heavy part it goes back into a beautiful acoustic part. Great song, my favorite from them after The Drapery Falls.

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.

Very low down the list, the best song from Still life after The Moor. In fact, it should be above Bleak, Deliverance and Ghost of Perdition.

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 melody is just brilliant! The lyrics are very seductive but somewhat sad too, and the truth is that there are very few Opeth songs that know how to handle it as well as this one, it is difficult to find great masterpieces like Face of Melinda, his acoustic guitar is incomparable!

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


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

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.

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

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.

This song got me into opeth, no matter now I think ghost of predition is the best opeth song this song will alwas remain in my thoughts forever.

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. )

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 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
4-Black Rose Immortal
5-Ghost Of Peredition

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

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 just pure amazing. The clean vocals is soft and brilliant! This song should be part of top ten!

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!

I wonder why it didn't make it to the top 10!
Awesome transitions, sensational acoustic passage, Opeth are Godly!

19 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.

So low!
This is the most calm song by opeth that gives me instant chills
So underrated, you gotta listen to this

Pure awesomeness!

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

20 Porcelain Heart Porcelain Heart Cover Art

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.

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

Man, this is the best Opeth song!

21 April Ethereal April Ethereal Cover Art

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.

Great song, stunning like a rock and harsh as a way open up for demons.

22 The Lotus Eater The Lotus Eater Cover Art

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.

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.

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 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!

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

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!

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!

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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