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

Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner Cover Art
The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

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

Valkyries - Blind Guardian Valkyries - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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" - Metal_Treasure

I Am a Viking - Yngwie Malmsteen I Am a Viking - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

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"
- Metal_Treasure

Great Heathen Army - Iced Earth Great Heathen Army - Iced Earth Cover Art

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

Valhalla - Bathory Valhalla - Bathory Cover Art
Cry of the Blackbirds - Amon Amarth Cry of the Blackbirds - Amon Amarth Cover Art

Raise your swords up high!
See the black birds fly!
Let them hear your rage!
Show no fear!
Attack!
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 - Metal_Treasure

Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Swedish Pagans - Sabaton Swedish Pagans - Sabaton Cover Art

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

The Contenders

Warriors of the North - Amon Amarth Warriors of the North - Amon Amarth Cover Art

We are the warriors of the north
Notorious and brave
We're old but strong as before
And we don't fear the grave

From the south an army rises
They ride under cross of gold
From the shades we're called
In a time of crisis
To defend the king now weak and old - Metal_Treasure

Back Through Time - Alestorm Back Through Time - Alestorm Cover Art

We came across a strange device
A mystic portal into another time
Where vikings ruled the land and sea
Such mighty treasure they did hold
We killed them all to steal their gold!

[Chorus]
You put your faith in Odin and Thor
We put ours in cannons and whores
Your viking gods won't save you now
When pirates strike from the starboard bow - Metal_Treasure

Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth Cover Art
Invaders - Iron Maiden Invaders - Iron Maiden Cover Art
Thousand Years of Oppression - Amon Amarth Thousand Years of Oppression - Amon Amarth Cover Art
Barbarian - The Darkness Barbarian - The Darkness Cover Art
Eldsjäl - Hel Eldsjäl - Hel Cover Art
The Lost Vikings - Deathklok The Lost Vikings - Deathklok Cover Art
Valhalla - Crimson Glory Valhalla - Crimson Glory Cover Art

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 - Metal_Treasure

With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth Cover Art

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! - Metal_Treasure

Guardians of Asgaard - Amon Amarth Guardians of Asgaard - Amon Amarth Cover Art
Halls of Valhalla - Judas Priest Halls of Valhalla - Judas Priest Cover Art

Fierce is the gale
From the north sea
We drink and rejoice from the chalice
Holding the course
Through long nights and days
The ice and the hail bear no malice
Tow the line
Keep it fine
Every man seeks this end - Metal_Treasure

Viking Death March - Billy Talent Viking Death March - Billy Talent Cover Art
Viking - Peter Hammill
Up on the Mountain - King of Asgard
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