Top 10 Death Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Lack of Comprehension - Death

One of my favorite songs and Rammstein is not death metal. Lack of Comprehension is better than Feuer Frei. You can't compare Feuer Frei with Lack of Comprehension. Lack of Comprehension is better in all ways. Death is better than Rammstein in all ways.

I think Death has better songs, but this is the top Death song, so my vote goes with this song. Rammstein isn't even death metal. What the heck were people thinking? This list should be full of Morbid Angel and Death songs, otherwise, this isn't a good list.

Who comes up with these lists. Very weak. Rammstein? That is 100% lame. While I like Death, the genre offers so much more than this entire top 10 list. For those looking for something quality in the death metal genre, please ignore this entire posting. Abysmal.


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2 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse

This is actual death metal, sorry but Rammstein are NOT death metal.

Should be higher on the list. No wonder death metal is dead if more people think death does death metal better then carcass and cannibal corpse. I'm seriously confused...seeing other better death metal ranked so low I think most of you are missing the title of "best death metal songs" and adding in your favorite...metal songs. Look up procreation of the wicked mortician version or Anything from infinite annihilator.

I thought it Death Metal songs..
Just hehe. This is Brutal death metal song!
And if I know right Rammstein an industrial metal band. No?
I think Yes. Cannibal Corpse also the best Death Metal band ever!

This is the real death metal

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3 Crystal Mountain - Death

This is true Death Metal. #1 Death song, #1 Death metal song, and #1 song with harsh vocals (beating our stuff by Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Lamb of God, and others) - CaptDeadeye

This song has too many great parts not to be at the top. The Progressive riffs, the Comprehensible growling, the clean Acoustic solo... Everything.

The solos in it makes it very unique song and the vocals are just awesome and the fast drumming kick pedals in it..
And very awesome lyrics and meanings really :) should be in the 1st spot
On other Note :- Children Of Bodom, In Flames, Amon Amarth
Are Melodic Death Metal which is different than Death Metal.. - nooreldeen

Why cannibal corpse is everywhere in death metal? Is really brutality matter in music?
Death's lyrics are far beyond better than any lyrics.

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4 Heartwork - Carcass

Doesn't sound like death metal

One of the greatest and most complex death metal bands in my opinion. From their tough solo riffs to their medical textbook lyrics, these guys do it with style and a class of their own.

A great song! simply the best! P.S; Rammstein is not death metal!
this song deserve 2 be higher! and fools stop voting!

Deserves to be number 1. I'm sorry but Cannibal Corpse is too generic, overrated and boring. This is the stuff.

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5 Blackwater Park - Opeth

If Cannibal Corpse is death metal, this is classical music, but it isn't. This is death metal and cannibal corpse is overrated trash.

The fact that Cannibal Corpse is above Opeth on this list is baffling.

They made the heaviest song on the album the prettiest song on the album, and the most epic song on the album. That is an ultimate combo

Better than Cannibal Corpse. - Userguy44

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6 Only for the Weak - In Flames

This song is Nu Metal plain and simple! It is as Death Metal as "Like a Virgin". It's indeed only for the weak - MetalGurja

RAMMSTEIN ARE NOT DEATH METAL! This and hammer smash face by cannibal corpse are 2 of the best songs in the world! I love in flames!

Rammstein doesn't come close - Goatrek

This should be number 1

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7 Spirit Crusher - Death

Wow that's underrated

This song deserve more respect. Death is real death metal band. They showed path to other bands. Come on Chuck is the godfather of death metal with out him other wouldn't make it so far.

Hard to pick a single death metal song as the greatest -way too many-, but Spirit Crusher has it all, and it's by the creator himself, the reason why we have this amazing genre is so many of its various forms.
Saw them in Montreal in the mid-90s and although I never doubted his greatness, to see him pull off that music live was jaw-dropping (only Megadeth were as technically perfect live- in the Friedman/Rust in Peace days).

Why isn't this song higher?

it's an absolute masterpiece with a lot of progressive vibes in it and in my opinion it's way more interesting than Cannibal Corpse (please let me live)

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8 The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth

This is real death metal
The epic growling what nice background.
Soul melting song!

This song is good but not as good as TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GOD

Amazing Song.
This has to be the most hard-hitting metal song I have heard in a long time.
Really packs.

My boyfriend used to play this song in there band.. My head fall head bangs till the end of the song

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9 Pull the Plug - Death

Yup, chuck indeed

Chuck forever

Awesome song

Chuck is the death metal god

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10 Phobophile - Cryptopsy

Phobophile was the best song of none so vile, no doubt a masterpiece. With lord worm on vocals and flo on drums, and even a bass and piano solo within the first minute, undoubtedly the most technical death metal piece out

Cryptopsy at it's best, not the new deathcore version. Wild vocals, insane drumming and unforgettable guitar riffs

The best Technical Brutal Death Metal song ever, and best Canadian Death metal band ever!

Easily one of the best death metal albums out there. Completely insane track.

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The Contenders

11 Slowly We Rot - Obituary

Underrated underrated underrated

Why only top 10? For me it's the best death metal song ever!

I think this song deserves more. - GREYBOYY

Timeless classic!

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12 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

Great technical death metal song - AhmadRizal

Super original tech death with egyptian/babylonian/lovecraftian themes. the vocals are amazing and are done by both guitarists and the bassist. Plus the drummer is GEORGE KOLLIAS

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13 Needled 24/7 - Children of Bodom

Weird that this is higher than every time I die. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Alexei forever! Yeah, It's not famous like Metallica, Iron Maiden etc., But is very cool and gives us a new taste in the world of music. Every metal head should give it a try.

Its professional and hardcore than everything, everyband, alexi lahio he is cooler than everyone I love children of bodom I have all albums its not the best songs but its good.

Alexi laiho Rules m/ Hate Crew 4 ever

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14 Stabwound - Necrophagist

Some say Necrophagist is grindcore, but for me is Pure technical death metal... Also, this song should be number two, Fermented offal discharge should be on the top!

Pure Tech Death gold, should be higher on the list, and Only Ash Remains should be in the top 10 as well (or Diminished to Be)

Necrophagist is the real deal

It's not grindcore, it's technical death metal. - Metal_Treasure

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15 We Will Rise - Arch Enemy

Melhor do Arch Enemy

The Most Powerful song ever.
The meaning of the word EPIC!

Superb solos... Perfect notes and vocals... Great lyrics... ARCH ENEMY RULES...

My anthem! I love this song! Angela gossow is amazing!

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16 Kafir! - Nile

Deserve to be in top ten 100%.i love other songs more,but this one should be in top 10


Why is this masterpiece at #27? Come on guys, you aren't serious...Top 10 easily - Metal_Treasure

Sickest song ever

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18 Murmaider - Dethklok

Go into the Water is better. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Now I know that Dethklok may not be one of the most well known death met bands but I think they are one of the best. And where is gojira!?!

Gotta give it up to these boys, between Toki's riffs and Skwisgaars intense soloing, it's definitely something that deserves to be higher

Pretty good song, I like the ending when they sing like Murder! Murder! Murder! Murder! several times.

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20 Eaten - Bloodbath

Heavy. Brutal. Epic.

Amazing simply amazing. Although quite possibly Melodic Death Metal is my favorite genre of metal alas it is not Death Metal so neither is COB. This hear Bloodbath is as death metal as it gets.

This song should be #1! When I am trying to listen to the hardest of the hard at work, this song always hits the peak in a mix of Nile, Necrophagist, Amon Amarth, and more. I love how the list has non death metal in it.

This is by far the best death metal song. I don't get why this list is full of other genres. In Flames and Cob? Not even close to death metal. Go listen to this more death metal is not possible.

I love Bloodbath but IF and CoB ARE death metal. Whatever you would say about it - TheoDR

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21 God of Emptiness - Morbid Angel

You know, there were much better songs by morbid Angel, why this? - GREYBOYY

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22 Maze of Torment - Morbid Angel

Morbid angel are master of death metal

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23 Symbolic - Death

A very good song

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24 Flesh and the Power It Holds - Death

There is a reason that the genre is called death metal, Chuck will forever remain the master and commander of this RIP you are truly exceptional.

This song is epic! Great riiffs, drums, vocals. The song is also very progressive and melodic, but still really powerful. Simply the best death metal song.

Touch taste breathe consumed!

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25 Corporal Jigsore Quandary - Carcass

One of the most death metal songs by Carcass.This is not necessarily better than Heartwork, but is more death metal than Heartwork.

Just fantastic pure old death metal!

Great awesome band! If you've never listened to them MUST check this out and all the other songs

Good Upbeat Song Instantaneously Catchy great work from start to the finish

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26 Infected - Obituary

The entire album is a death metal masterpiece.

Pure death metal at its finest.

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27 Laid to Rest - Lamb of God

One of the best groove metal songs by one of the best groove metal artists, but 'tis not death metal - benhos

LoG is awesome but they are groove metal with harsh vocals not death metal

This is perhaps one of the greatest metal songs in modern times, and it's a shame it sits so far back. The riffing, vocals, arrangement and pretty much everything else are just perfect. This is my favourite lamb of god song and one of my favourite songs of all time. Should at least be in the top 20 and even then, not doing it justice...

Awesome song but not death metal

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28 Angel of Death - Slayer

This is called thrash metal

He/she did this to comment, in old days you had to vote to comment. - GREYBOYY

Awesome song (in fact, it may very well be the best song ever written), but this definitely isn't death metal. It would have won my vote for best thrash metal song, though.

I agree, but this is the band that basically influenced the whole genre

Well, it's metal and it has "Death" in the title so it's probably Death Metal. Speaking of which, where is Creeping Death by Metallica in this list? - MetalGurja


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29 Make Them Suffer - Cannibal Corpse

Death may be the first death metal band. But Cannibal Corpse have taken the sub-genre into new boundaries. And it's a great death metal song. I have never listened to death. But after listening to Cannibal Corpse I can say, Death Metal could never be better than that. And in my opinion, this deserves a way higher position above many non death metal songs. And yes, I like Make Them Suffer more than Hammer Smashed Face.

If you talking about death metal, cannibal corpse is the best...

You know what make them suffer is a million times better than hammer smashed face

This song is simply death metal and it deserve to be way higher thean all melodeath thrash or industrial songs up there

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30 Everytime I Die - Children of Bodom

Simply beutiful! Listen to it!

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31 Arise - Sepultura

what the hell is "Feuer frei" doing here, that's freaking industrial metal!
"Arise" is one of the greatest death metal songs ever, I love this song from the beggining to the end... and it's in 22th place! - rock2metal

This is NOT death metal, LOL. It is thrash metal all the way. - Metal_Treasure

This is thrash metal

The speed and power of this song makes your blood pump. It should be in the top ten

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32 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom

Listen to the beginning, listen to the middle, listen to the end.. a genius masterpiece made by the Children of Bodom... This should be much higher on the list...

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33 Disembowel - Autopsy

This band invited Death' Doom subgenre

Super rico oshe zi, amo esta cancion!

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35 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

I'm more the melodeath-guy and in my opinion this song is epicness pure. - Flav

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36 I C** Blood - Cannibal Corpse

Awesome song...don't mind the name - Ananya

"A Load Of My Lymph Will Quench This Bodies Thirst"
Awesome song
Not because it has some vulgarity in its name. But the song is totally awesome.
Awesome growls, awesome riffs

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37 Gravitational Lensing - Solution .45

I'm so happy to see is here, it's so death metal and YES it's catchy - Ananya

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38 Only Ash Remains - Necrophagist

This should be much higher than #97, it's too awesome - Metal_Treasure

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39 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

Amon amarth is an Epic melodic death metal band have to appreciate their music

Way better than Pursuit of Vikings

Embrace of the Endless Ocean

Amon AMarth over all

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40 The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Classical music + Death metal? PERFECT!

This song is awesome. Drummer F. Paoli is sick! - Metal_Treasure

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41 Abomination Reborn - Suffocation

All that is needed the said is awesome

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42 Shadowfear - Vader

This song is incredible and deserves to be higher than #229... - Metal_Treasure

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45 Bloodrocuted - Dethklok
46 Zombie Ritual - Death

One of the catchiest songs ever! Unlike a lot of the songs on this list, this one actually deals with what death metal is all about: death, gore, graves and bloodshed. - joshapkin

Drifting from the living, joining with the dead! - love this song

Best song

My favourite song from Death!

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47 No Remorse - Cannibal Corpse

This is actually written by Metallica in their first album kill em all

This song is awesome! Should definitely be number one, without a doubt... This is also my favourite cannibal corpse song, hands down - metal666slut

What's a cover song doing here. There are so many brilliant CC songs other than HAMMER SMASHED FACE

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48 The Moor - Opeth

Wow!...rotting here at #177...honestly, after scrolling down a few times I wasn't expecting this to feature in the list at all as I was certain that the list is a work of some robotic creatures... - Arhaan95

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49 Cast Down the Heretic - Nile

The best Nile song and one of the best death metal tracks I've ever heard. The riff and solo starting at 3:31 is one of the greatest moments in metal.

This song deserves to be higher

This song is amazing, one of my favorite by Nile. Drumming! - Metal_Treasure

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50 Lashed to the Slave Stick - Nile

One of the all-time greats. Part of it may be the Chief Woodenhead theme from Creepshow 2, but I think that actually makes it better. It sounds great.

This song should be in the Top 10 for sure, can't understand these lists.

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Top Remixes (29)

1. God of Emptiness - Morbid Angel
2. Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates
3. Phobophile - Cryptopsy
1. Only for the Weak - In Flames
2. Satellites and Astronauts - In Flames
3. Crystal Mountain - Death
1. Spirit Crusher - Death
2. Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
3. Drowned - Entombed

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