Best System of a Down Songs

Out of all of their amazing songs, which one is the most meaningful and deep and fun to listen to?

The Top Ten

1 Chop Suey!

Even though the first two verses are exactly the same, the band delivers awesome instrumentals and make the song catchy enough, to a point where it doesn't even matter. Vote for Suicide (aka Chop Suey! ).

I didn't want to vote for this song because it's the easy choice, but it's the only choice to me. This song truly got me in to this band and have really loved their music ever since.

This... Is just awesome! Don't understand the naming of the song, and the lyrics say nothing about Chinese food, but other than that, the lyrics are awesome!

I would never say it was the best. There aren't any bad System of a Down songs, of course, and this one is amazing, but nowhere near the top for me.

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2 Toxicity

Great song... Suggestions and streamline never get love.. But this one says SOAD in my mind

Best song by System of a Down, no quetions asked - theTwister

A masterpiece a true representative of Rock. There is a lot of work in this piece. It makes the hair of my skin react.

Top of the tops!

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3 B.Y.O.B.

Every single one of their songs is great but this one just has a little bit more of that greatness.

The chorus is just incredible. Makes me dance involuntarily. I often have to stop myself dancing in public.

BRING YOUR OWN BEER...
OR
BAKE YOUR OWN BREAD...
SYSTEM IS COMING BACK IN 2011,
WAY TO GO FOR THESE GUYS!

It is such a message that they could pass trought millions of peoples in a magnificent way!

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4 Aerials

Awesome song. The best part is the sitar played by daron in the last few minutes. This song has been an inspiration for me. This is surely one of my favourite songs by System of a Down. Serj tankian and daron malakian rocks! 1

This is by far my favorite song by system of a down. I don't understand what they are going for in this song though. My favorite pieces of this song are the lead guitar parts, by Daron Malakian, and the drums, courtesy of John Dalmayan.

Absolutely love the guitar in this song. It just makes me want to headbang so much

probly one of my top favs - 7beach77

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5 Sugar

THE KUMBUCHU MUSHROOM PEOPLE SITTING AROUND ALL DAYYYYYY! Perfect song to scream when your angry - ozlacs

Amazing song.

It was 2nd once, where it deserved to be, how have people forgotten about this awesome song?

Sugar isn't in the Top 5?! What?! I'm so surprised, Chop Suey! Is nothing compared to Sugar, in my opinion. It's my favourite track of all, and you can't help but sing along to it. Definitely deserves to be in at least the Top 3!

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6 Question!

So amazing the best song ever written

It starts out mysteriously and ends awesomely
and
everything in the middle is nothing but stunning genius

this song is not in the right place until it is number 1

- CaptainComedy17

God Question! is so unbelievably underrated. The intriguing acoustic intro, the crazy yet unique as hell riff, John's drumming is out of this world with each new part of the song, and don't even get me started on the melodic, beautiful chorus with some of Serj's best vocals. Every section to this song feels like a new tune but blended together so well to make a melodic, yet headbanging metal track. Don't get me wrong, I love songs like Chop Suey! and Toxicity to pieces, I think I speak for most when I say they're the songs that got me into System of a Down, however they have nothing on Question! Nothing short of a masterpiece.

This song is pure masterpiece!

Masterpiece

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7 Hypnotize

This song is SO bloody addicting!
AMAZING STUFF. They make simple music but music which rocks! You guys rock! M/

A musical and lyrical masterpiece with some deep message in it.
Nice intro and powerful verses are creating are stressing the atmosphere of this wonderful rock song.

This is the most mesmerizing song of System of a Down ( at least I believe so). The tune, music and style is simply breathtaking. I wonder how these people can create such fantastic songs. I believe that it should be the second beat song after Chops Suey, which is also marvelous.
So people, Enjoy the song and try to place it in the second position.
Enjoy-----
Alexandre

I've loved Hypnotize ever since I heard it. It at least deserves to be second place. For System Of A Down is the best band I know. And for everyone out there who does not believe System Of A Down is a good band, well, your all just country bum nuts!

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8 Spiders

Aragog would love this song.

The bass riff and Serj's vocals are so ominous and haunting, that this is one of their masterpieces. The guitar solo is also very good. - NorwegianWood

This is Soad's best song and it is amazing. It starts of soft with a powerful bassline. It eventually reaches an epic climax that is so powerful and just cannot love.

Spiders is a great SoaD song and the bass riff is just amazing - NorwegianWood

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9 Lonely Day

Cool song! Such a lonely day and its mine. Awesome vocals from daron malakian and shavo odadjian

IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES AND ACHE TO MY HEART - THEY NAILED THIS ONE - EVERYONE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER CAN RELATE - AWESOME

What a wonderful song. It has a tune that just sticks in your head, one which you don't mind humming all day long. And with lyrics which make sense, that people can relate too without being too technical. Ah, best song by 'System of a Down' by far.

This is one of the best songs I've listened to! A song tat bring me chills in a lonely day! This gets into the list of songs tat redefined my world

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10 Holy Mountains

It's my favourite song by System of a Down. It's just perfect.

Such beautiful instrumentation combined with Serj's haunting vocals... VOTE FOR THIS ONE DANG IT!

you cannot vote other song before listening to this one first. its epic, it defines soad

I know all System of a Down songs and I love them all and System of a Down is my favourite band but I think this is their best song... this song is unbelievable especially when serj says fredom.

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The Contenders

11 Soldier Side

Man, I love this song so much, even more so do I love the meaning behind it. It's an extremely powerful song that means a lot more than just a song, it's a story that reflects upon the fact that there are many soldiers who die fighting for their company behind a very greedy nation that hides behind propaganda and etc. Even the first line is just so powerful. A beautiful interpretation that not all soldiers make it home, yet they die on the land that they fight for, and though they may not be dead yet, there's no guarantee of survival in war. The "God is wearing Black" line even more powerful than the first. God mourning his sons that he's lost to the hell on earth that is war. Even the soldiers' perception, "Wondering when Savior Comes, Is He Gonna Be Saved? " is a beautiful line in this song. Implying that the soldier has committed the mortal sin of killing a fellow human, not knowing if he'll be redeemed when he dies. Overall, just.. a beautiful song.

This song almost made me cry, and has some of the best lyrics and vocals, should definitely be int top ten songs

One of the Best System of a Down songs! M/ The perfect choice to make someone a System Of A Down Fan! The Music, the vocals... Its just so Damn FLAWLESS! M/

This is seriously under rated!
its should in top 10 at least.
lyrics are great!
one of the best songs I have ever heard!

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12 Forest

I love how this is song is still the hard rock and uniqueness that System of a Down is known for, but 's also soft rock, too. This song is a perfect combination of hard rock and soft rock in the same song.

This song is kinda like Chop Suey! But I still think it's great

I am a huge System of a Down fan and forest is by far the best song of all the albums

It's great. Builds up.

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13 Psycho

MY FAVOURITE
probably the best band in the world, but they're too good to perform together

The live solo.. Purely epic

The solo just automatically puts this song in the top 10 list no matter what, watch the live performance of this solo by Daron.. And he does it while dancing around as well.

It's just an epic song with an epic album version, an epic live performance and an epic guitarist..

Love you Daron

this song is so awesome and the bass is incredible... soad better get back together like they promised! - Okami

This deserves to be in the top ten especially if you consider the live performance of it when daron does a sweet solo while dancing round the stage

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14 Lost in Hollywood

Easily their best song. Daron's voice, lyrics, and guitar work are incredible. This song has so much emotion in it.

For me, it's between this song and Hypnotize. This was the first song I heard from them, and I've only listened to this song from them for a long time till months afterwards I checked out more of their songs. It's ironic how I loved this band from this song in particular because it is the calmest or one of the few calm songs they have recorded, without knowing these guys almost always do angrier songs like BYOB and Bounce. Now I have literally all of their recorded songs in my iTunes and System of a Down is my go-to rock music band, all the time! Even after listening to all of their songs or maybe 98% of them, this one, along with Hypnotize which I heard eight months afterwards, is still my favorite song of System of a Down, all rock, and arguably one of my favorite songs out of all genres.

Such a good and emotional song. Daron's vocals are excellent but for me it's Ser's backing vocals that make the song as good as it is. Plus Pewdiepie used it as the outro for his videos

Beats the hell out of the rest of the rest of the top ten excluding a few awesome tracks

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15 Prison Song

This song is the first song I ever listened to, and this shouldn't be below Aerials

That's my favorite song

This song is amazing.. IT DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP TEN! UPVOTE THIS. The beginning is the shiz! Definitely one of my favorites.

One of the heaviest songs of the heavy metal. It's amazing, even heavier than byob.

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16 Deer Dance

I know that isn't the best soad's music, but I vote in deer dance because I like

This song is just amazing, I love it! It has an awesome rhythm and serj's vocals just make it flawless! But still, its not their best...

Battalions of riot police with rubber bullet kisses, baton courtesy, service with a smile!

You can't stay bored on this song, it puts you in such a mood.. a DANCING mood! The beat and rhythm and amazing, should probably be in top 10

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17 I-E-a-I-a-I-o

Great song - Andrewjcavasos

How can you find yourself not singing I-E-A-I-A-I-O every day after listening to this song? I find myself singing this song right before anything epics about to happen

This needs to be listed way higher! This song is yet another popularity boost that System of a Down had. It is way better than some of the other ones before it!

This song definitely deserves to be in the top ten... To me it's better than Chop Suey and BYOB. Amazing song meaning, and if you listen to it once you're hooked. For me, my favorite part is the chorus, easy to understand, and it just plain sounds nice.

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18 War?

I'm Christian and I don't care if this song is against religion, it rocks

Actually I can't really decide which one better between war, spiders, aerials, radio/video, and hypnotize. They got many many great songs. But I love war recently, that's why I vote for war. But seriously this song should be at least at the top ten. I really enjoyed the song of their live performance and the extended play version.

Honestly... My favorite! Can't believe its this low! WOW

I'm Muslim But This Song Rocks I Can't Deny It.

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19 ATWA

great power of the music that can really touch one's hearth! Truely one of the best songs of SOAD

It's so emotional. It truly makes me cry. Just listen to it.

I can sing along with this song all day, and not be bored. One of their best!

Well, this is the first song I've listened from them when I knew who they really are. This song was given to me by my love, she was/is a huge fan of System of a Down. Now she's gone, she never looked back. It's been almost a year. I miss her voice. So I decided to listen to this song and it made me cry. This song should be top 5 cause it's such a great song.

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20 Violent Pornography

Should be in the top 3 definitely... It's one of the most original songs of the system... I'm never tired listening to it. Awesome.

Great song. I love to just scream out this song when I'm alone in my room, or just in a bad mood that day. This song makes me feel great, and alive. This song and Radio/Video along with Chop Suey are quite amazing. System Of A Down rocks! New listeners should start with albums Hypnotize and Mezmerize.

This one is the best in the mesmerize album after B.Y.O. B and Radio/Video, I love it very-very much

I love watching the reactions on my friends' faces when I tell them the name of the song, then after they have heard it they fall in love. I can't understand why it's not in the top ten (as of my writing), but hopefully that will soon change!

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21 Mr. Jack

This song is great! Such a great guitar part and harmonization in the verses. This song deserves a better spot, in my opinion.

Should be Top. 10 along with A.D. D and Streamline.

The chilling intro to this song makes it worth it, and it gets heavy later on. But this song totally deserves a spot in the Top 10. - NuMetalManiak

This is disappointingly low. Serj and Daron show their fantastic vocal diversity in this song, making it incredily addicting and I always find myself coming back to it. If it wasn't for Highway Song, this would be my favorite song from Steal This Album! - Meko750

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22 Mind

Mind is one of the best system of a down songs and it is by far the heaviest. THE GUITAR RIFF IS SO SIMPLE BUT SO AWESOME. Serj sounds amazing and shavo's bass sounds great. And also, John dolmayan is one of the greatest drummers ever. The drum part for this song is amazing.

This song releases the anger out of me. It's one of the best!

It has the best energy

It's the longest System of a Down song

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23 Dreaming

Pure harmony to my ears, cleaning, driving everything, just makes my hands do the beat until the beautiful chorus arrives, summing up, opening your senses, touching... The whole song is like "you run, run, run, do things - now take a look how far and where you've gone... Then you want someone to kick you out of your mind because you hate these thoughts, you can't deny... "

This song feels like a music battle. Combine Serj's powerful vocals with Daron's much softer singing, and this song is one that will stick in your head for a long time. It does get a little repetitive, but it's performed so well, you won't even notice it. Not to mention, it has quite possibly the best instrumentals in a song by System of a Down. I'd be disappointed if this didn't get top 10, but I'm not counting on it. It's just not popular enough. - Meko750

This is easily the most underrated System of a Down song. It has energetic verses with great harmonies in the chorus and bridge. It is actually my personal favorite song by them.

This is a very underrated song. The Harmonies are beautiful, but also very fast and powerful. I could listen to this song on an infinite loop and never get sick of it. And I would kill to see a live performance of this song!

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24 Needles

Best System song ever.

How on Earth is this not higher? I've never heard main riff like that before, way better than a lot of higher tracks on this list.

Definitely System of a Down's brand of bipolar songwriting

Underrated. why isn't it on top?!

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25 Revenga

The best system of a down song is chop suey but I'll vote for this one because I think it should be way up higher on this list.

Awesome song, it deserves to be much higher on the list - top 10 at least! But System of a Down is such a great band that even their less popular songs are fantastic!

this song is freaking awesome soad 4 ever - enriquebarajasramirez

How the hell is this all the way down hear? Oh yeah, because System of a Down are so good even their songs down here are better than most other bands

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26 Highway Song

So underrated. In my opinion this is better than Chop Suey! - TheMETALgiant

Steal this Album is so underrated, to me it's just another great System of a Down album but somehow it doesn't get that much attention :/ anyways, this is probably the best song on STA

Steal This Album's best song, besides Boom!, of course! One of the few romantics they have.

THIS SONG! Easily my favorite song, not just by System of a Down, but my favorite song ever. The incredibly addicting background instrumentals combined with Serj's fantastic vocals that show how diverse he is makes for a perfect song. It may not be the best song, but it's easily my favorite. - Meko750

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27 Old School Hollywood

This song is pretty catchy. One of my favorites from Mezmerize / Hypnotize era.

That riff makes me headbang every time! Why is so low? :l

OLD SCHOOL HOLLYWOD, WASHED UP HOLLYWOOD!

28 Roulette

Vote this song it's better than all the songs before top 20 sure and better of question and sugar sure... How can't you vote this song its just perfect the lyrics the music

Are you kidding me? I love Systems hard stuff, but Roulette is the best song ever done by the band. It's the one song when they rely entirely on their extremely talented harmonizing skills instead of their lively fun quirkiness.

Slowly song but a good song

This has got to be the best song I've heard from System of a Down. Absolute musical perfection.

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29 Streamline

This song is really great. So uplifting and strong

The song is a work of absolute art

Why isn't streamline in the top ten? This song is too good to be 34, its too good to be 24, its too good to be 14, and its too good to be 4. Streamline should be in the top three!

This song has such an awesome message and should really be considered to be on the top tens list.. I mean, its true. Goodbye's are long so we need to respect this song and vote, not as good at hypnotize but good enough - Uvilla123

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30 Kill Rock 'N Roll

I don't freakin believe it! 42? this song is perfect... should be in the top ten definitely! it's the only system of a down song that I liked listening for the first time...

Fight to put this song in the top 10!

This is am amazing song! The range I'm it is great and it's nice and simple when you just want something easy to listen to!

This and Shimmy are way too underrated

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31 Darts

Such a strange, unique and great song. WOW. I love the all of first 2 albums...

Strange lyrics but that is what makes System of a Down great

MAESTRO, MI SCAPPA LA CACCA!

32 Radio/Video

I love the guitar layering. It sounds so beautiful and melodic during the middle section; especially with Serj and Daron's singing in the back.

One of the catchiest riffs of all time. Overall a very creative and original song.

Okay-maybe this song shouldn't be number one - but it should at least be in the top ten or five

What? God, this is my favorite System of a Down, to me it should be number 1, but if not at least it should be in the top 10! DAM, this song is so awesome it always makes me dance also makes me spin and jump at the 'la la la la laa' part! POWERFUL!

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33 Bounce

Off the rails. Makes me want to punch people and do windmills

I really like this song

Wow this is so underrated... It's insane. Possibly the best mosh pit song ever? Ultimate breakdown and fun as hell. It was a difficult choice (Ddevil was also a tempting underrated one). Then there's the verses which are hilariously awesome.

This is such a hilariously addicting song. I love singing the chorus, and I don't notice it when I do half the time! You can imagine the weird looks I get when I sing this... - Meko750

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34 Sad Statue

How could it be this low?

Only true fans would know this song. But after looking at this list it seems like this isn't a list for true fans of the band. Chope Suey, BYOB, Toxicity, etc. Are good songs, but they aren't System of a Down's best.

What the hell is Sad Statue doing so far down the list? Have to agree with the below comment, this isn't a list for true fans. Sad Statue has one of my favourite guitar riffs ever, I literally can't get enough of it. This deserves to be higher!

Truly a wonderful song in every right. It does not deserve to be so low on this list. It deserves a place in the top 10 along with Radio/Video who also needs to be up there. How many System of a Down songs can one say they've listened to before they can judge them all?

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35 P.L.U.C.K.

How the hell is this not higher? It is way better than Chop Suey!

Daron and Serj both sing together in the chorus, it's the best part...!
"watch them all fall down" is the best line...!

PERFECT SONG, DARON AND SERJ HAD A FALL OUT ON WHO IS LEAD SINGER BUT BACK IN THE DAY THEY WERE NO FALL OUTS THAT IS WHAT MAKES A SONG LIKE THIS SO SPECIAL

Not only is it one of their best songs, it is also heavy and very meaningful

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36 Cubert

It compares humans to popcorn; a mass produced waste of space. Should definitely be higher

This song makes me laugh and scares the crap out of me at the same time. A true masterpiece

Has a very system-ish sound, very underrated

37 Boom!

Short song but gets right to the point... Government needs to stop sending people to war!

What it�'s their best song, should be much higher on this list!

How is this 33? This song is great and I think it has most meaning. The bottom line is money and nobody gives a **** 4000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation whikle millions are spent on bombs creating death showers/Why must we kill our own kind? Pure genius

38 Shimmy

This song is awesome! Definitely deserves to be ranked higher. Give it a listen and then vote! I think you might agree yeah

The best System of a Down song... (just listen again)

Shimmy is best :P

39 Vicinity of Obscenity

This song is one of their best! - leinad0116

One of the best vocals of any System of a Down song. So diverse and unique, even for their standards. Plus John's percussion, is what makes this a damn good song.

Yeah, this is absolutely an AWESOME song by every point of view.

Silly lyrics, but it sounds amazing, especially when the roaring comes in toward the end, it's like a different dimension - mtndewlord

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40 Attack

How is this so low. It's one of the best in my opinion

Great song. They should play this live again.

Wow

That's a very low rank for such a nice song... Hm.. O.o?

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41 Ego Brain

Honestly, this is my all time favorite song. Ever. I don't know why it's all the way at #36 but it's my favorite. The lyrics are beautiful, guitar is awesome. The song 36 should be #36 just because that would be super ironic. Not Ego Brain, best song ever!

Awesome song, its just a shame that it isn't as known as "Chop Suey" or "Aerials". It is an underdog, so it deserves to be voted, so it can shine on the top

Really Awesome way better than Chop Suey

This is my favourite song by them, it just sounds so awesome.

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42 Bubbles

This is just sad. 66!? How is it not higher!? Seriously, the best songs by System of a Down are not getting any love... - Meko750

43 Peephole

Great song! I love the circus type of rhythm it has. Then how Serj's voice goes soft in the chorus. Such an addictive song! Love it.

I absolutely love this song. It is kind of underrated though... Should be in the top 20.

Easily top 10 quality, but it's not mainstream enough to be that high up, unfortunately.

Admittedly it's not their best, but I'd say it's top 10 material.

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44 Suggestions

THE SHIPS ARE MULTIPLYING DAY AFTER DAY SIR!

Come on guys! This song is so awesome in the way Serj shows vocal diversity in it... And AWESOME song meaning

So beautiful! I love the middle, when he sings in an oriental way. This song shows that System of a Down have so much things to bring to us.

This is one of the best songs from their 1st album, and is such a refreshing change from the normal unmemorable songs from the 1st album that just run together. WHY IS IT SO LOW? - Meko750

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45 Know

This song is amazing, because it one of the most Metal songs that System has made. I love it especially when Serj screams "Know" at the end of the song.

Best System of a Down song with temper, needless and honey in my opinion - Pelayo_gb

Love the drums in the beginning. CURSED EARTH!

Amazing song. Can't believe its not on top 10

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46 A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)

Great song. That's Enough.

Laugh out loud this is so underrated. You guys should really check this one out. You will like it if you like System of a Down.

People need to turn off the radio and buy records again... this and needles are, in my opinion, their best... come on system "fans"

Why is it so low? This is easily top 15 quality, maybe not top 10 though. Certainly higher than 55!

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47 Suite-Pee

sick song

My favorite for many different reasons, but namely for its haunting rhythm and powerful lyrics. The melody is amazing too. - Brace5

The 2nd best breakdown in metal history - TheMETALgiant

cool bass :D good shavo good job :) :DD cool lyrics and my favorite part is 1:00

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48 Soil

Anyone who doesn't think this song is worthy of top ten hasn't listened to it

Solid. You can tell this is System of a Down at its prime...and at its best. The metal is strong in this ones.

I vote it again because it's the best songs with a sad history

I love the guitar on this song, and the lyrics

Perfect

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49 DDevil

This song gets very addicting - DoroExploro13

I like this song. I am fan...

Hell yeah I love this song "The devil is so lovly so lovly" hahahha that part never gets old

50 X

Great song off of Toxicity. Should be a little higher.

Admittedly it's not their best, but it's one of their better songs.

How can it be 6...

Korn of a Down! :D

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