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!

table - Catacorn

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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.

Absolutely their best song!

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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.

probly one of my top favs - 7beach77

Listened to this for the first time today and I’m loving it

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5 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

No, no, no. This song has to be number 1. It's not as well known as Toxicity or Chop Suey but it's probably even better. A thoroughly enjoyable song in every way conceivable.

It was a tough decision between this and Sugar, but I have to say that this song contains everything good about System Of A Down. While it has their trademark heavy drop tuned sound, it also has a bit of their softer side which blended together makes a perfect song. The lyrics are also just awesome. "Sweet berries ready for two ghosts" or something like that. Amazing.

This is the greatest example ever of eccentric time signatures being somehow made to work

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6 Sugar

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

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!

Should be 3rd

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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

This song "hypnotized" me. (Sorry for bad pun) This song is just so catchy and it's meaning really got me hard. Definitely one of my favorites.

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8 Spiders

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

Nothing against Chop Suey and Toxicity, but this song stands up with the best of theirs. Chilling

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9 Holy Mountains

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

This song is awesome. A lot of stuff from hypnotize/mexmerize and toxicity should have been in there. Deer dance, prison song, Shimmy, Science, Needles, Forest, and ATWA should totally be here, in addition to Tentative, U-Fig, Dreaming, Attack, RadioVideo, Revenga, Cigaro, etc. Boom, Spiders, Streamline, and IEAIaIO would also be cool. And Soil should be #2, after this awesome combination of Middle East tonality, haunting vocals, amazing lyrics, grooving bass, insane drumming, great guitar, and an overall awesome buildup of true music.

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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10 Lonely Day

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

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

I love this song - pitopang92

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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/

Extremely underrated and absolutely amazing. Full of tons of emotion. This should be higher on the list.

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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 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

yes

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14 Prison 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.

This song has the second most powerful lyrics of S.O.A.D. only losing to P.L.U.C.K. (Do you want something more powerful than to speak about genocide? ) The way that Serj sings is amazing, he mixed rap and heavy metal.

The only song I know of using silence as an instrument. Simply a masterpiece.

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15 Psycho

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

This has to be one of my favourite system of a down songs, the intro is awesome. this song is in my top ten S.O.A.D songs

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16 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.

When I first listened to this song, it was ok. I listened to it later on. I was mindblown at how amazing this song is! I seriously think this song should've been released as a single. Great song, shouldn't be this low!

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17 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...

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

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

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18 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!

THIS IS THE BEST SONG VOTE FOR IT

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19 I-E-a-I-a-I-o

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.

This songs ridiculousness is amazing. When you are angry you can scream on the "WHY?! s and on that bridge." I have had so much fun with my friends trying to sing this 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

An amaizing masterpiece

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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 song is so underrated in my opinion.
I love the fact that the lyrics can be explained in so many ways, and I enjoy spending my time trying to find various meanings to this song.

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22 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

THIS SHOULD BE AT TOP 5

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23 Highway Song

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

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

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24 Needles

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?!

Should be so much higher in the list, great song

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25 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's the longest System of a Down song

This song is complete and total mayhem all the way through.

GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWA-
OOH - TheMETALgiant

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26 Cigaro

Cool, in denial!
We are the cruel regulators smoking CIGARO CIGARO CIGARO

The songs rocks! - rock2metal

One of the best songs of System of a Down, heavy, fast and amazingly good. I thinks is just much better than many other songs in the list.

Why isn't this song higher? This has such hilariously addicting vocals, showing that System of a Down can be very serious with some of their songs, and have a blast with others. This is shown no better than in cigaro. I can't do this song justice, if you haven't heard it, you need to! THIS is System of a Down1 - Meko750

IT MUST BE AT TOP 10.

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27 Radio/Video

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!

So many amazing things on this song, the rhythm, Serj's vocal, it kind of reminds me of 80's rock mixed with a lot of things.

This song is so upbeat, and catchy. It is unique, compared to other songs. That's why this song is so special, and should be up voted more often.

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28 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

This song is mindblowing, right up there with Chop Suey!, BYOB and Toxicity as one of their best.

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29 Tentative

No one, no one's gonna save us now, Not even God, no one saved us
No one's gonna save us...

Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

This song is so beautiful...

Why is Tentative in 50th place? This song should be at least in the top 10's in my opinion! This song is great! Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?

This is one of System of a Down's most underrated songs. The lyrics not only have meaning, but it provokes emotions. And of course, it has an amazing tune as well! Should definitely move up into the top 10.

Serj and Daron's harmony at its best, combined with haunting lyrics and powerfully emotional vocals.

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30 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!

31 Streamline

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

Oh my god I think I've lost hope on this band because this is by far second best System of a Down song (besides Hypnotize) and should be MUCH higher on this list

The song is a work of absolute art

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32 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

God tier tune

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33 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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34 Sad Statue

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?

#31 really? This should be in top 10 easy... AMAZING SONG BY System of a Down.

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35 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!

36 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...!

Unacceptable! P.L.U.C.K. is probably their most passionate song they ever made. It is full of extreme energy and upon first listen you will already feel the rage, the passion, the anger in this song. #36 is unforgivable for a song like this. But I guess most System of a Down fans haven't had the chance to listen to it. So, what're you waiting for, listen to it! - cjWriter1997

Politically lying unholy cowardly killers - EpicHorrorMaster

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37 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

38 Suite-Pee

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

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

I really enjoy this song. It's one of my favorites by them! I think this song should be in the top 20.

The 2nd best breakdown in metal history - TheMETALgiant

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39 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...

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

Fight to put this song in the top 10!

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40 Suggestions

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

I don't understand such a great song with perfect vocals isn't higher.

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41 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!

My favorite song of system of a down.
after this I love X

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42 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

Awesome song. Very heavy

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43 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

44 Innervision

29? This song should (must! ) Be in the top ten!

Oh come on! This is quite frankly one of the best songs by them. Can't believe it's not at least top 15, let alone 45th place...

I had to scroll so far to get to this. This has to be a mistake. Let's get this up where it belongs

One of the most epic song system of a down has made.

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45 Bounce

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

It's such a hilarious masterpiece! Plus it is being featured in a children's movie for July 2016, LOL! Deserves to be in the top 10 spot

I really like this song

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46 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

47 Stealing Society

59? Should at least top 5 list the best system of a down song! I'm sure that! La la la la la la.. unique voice from serj!

One of my favorites from Hypnotize. Should be at least in top forty.

I can't believe this is so low. Easily the best "Daron Song" they've done. I would love to see it live one day.

BEST SONG EVERRR

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48 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.

Do you ever believe you get stuck in the SKY!

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49 This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm on This Song

This is my number 1 System of a Down song. Not my favorite album, but the song is wacky and very heavy.

No way. How this is in 76

What?!?! This song should be number 1

3th Best Song on Mezmerize after B.Y.O.B. and Question in my opinion. No way this should be 76 - BeeBlue

50 Attack

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

Great song. They should play this live again.

Wow

Awesome way to start of the second half of the double album. not sure why so low.

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