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!

Actually the original name was something among the lines of "suicide", but it was deemed too dark, despite the song essentially being fittingly dark. So they called it chop suey, which is a literal pun on chopping "suicide" from the title. - DensestPotato

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.

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

Shows the more Prog Rock/Prog Metal side of System Of A Down. The musicianship is fantastic, showing switching from time signatures and also showing the calmer riffs and calmer singing of Serj before showing the guitar bursts and Serj shouting before going over to that really aggressive part that you want to mosh to. Easily one of the best System of a Down songs. - DarkBoi-X

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

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!

The best anti war song ever. Both the chorus and the more aggressive parts are gold. - DarkBoi-X

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

5 Sugar

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

The song and video are cool

Amazing song.

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

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

Not a big System of a Down fan, but I've heard all their discography, and that's the most interesting song by them in my humble opinion.

They should make a sequel called Answer!

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.

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!

8 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

9 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!

10 Spiders

I think I just about prefer their two most famously songs, but this song is well worth a listen

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

Aragog would love this song.

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

12 Lost in Hollywood

It shows the more melodic side of System of a Down and it easily belongs in the Top 5. The vocals from both Serj and Daron are some of the most beautiful in Rock music. - DarkBoi-X

Their best song in my opinion. - BlueTelegraph

You maggots put your hands on the mouse and VOTE for this SONg RIGHT NOW!

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

13 Forest

Best song from Toxicity. - DarkBoi-X

So underrated

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

14 ATWA

Underrated. The aggressive and the calm parts are amazing. - DarkBoi-X

Highly underrated song. This is actually my favourite System of a Down song. - DarkBoi-X

Their best song. Better than Prison Song and Radio Video.

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

15 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

16 Prison Song

Prison song is amazing, and It was my first System of a Down song that I listened to. How Holy Mountains is above it, I don't know.

Top 10 no question

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

That's my favorite song

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

Every time I get on this this song moves back on the list. This is my favorite song from them and one of their best, it desrves at least in the top ten.

18 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!

Great song - Andrewjcavasos

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.

19 Mr. Jack

Such an underrated track from an underrated album. Just listen to it, it's their best song. - AiCFanboy123

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

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!

21 War?

One of the greatest anti war songs of all time. Not the best anti war song System of a Down have made(B.Y.O.B is better) but this song is underrated. And no, it's not anti-religion, - DarkBoi-X

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

It's not anti religion. Serj himself follows a religion that he describes as "a mix of Buddhism, Native American religions and Transcendentalism". - DarkBoi-X

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

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's the longest System of a Down song

It has the best energy

23 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

24 Dreaming

Criminally underrated. - Not_A_Weeaboo

The chorus is damnnn good. Rest of the song good too but the chorus is the best part of any System of a Down song in my opinion.

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

25 Needles

The riff is back-breaking! It should be higher!

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

26 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

Not too known, but one of their best songs

27 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.

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

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

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!

28 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!

29 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

30 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.

31 Streamline

This song is really great. So uplifting and strong

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

32 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!

33 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!

34 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.

35 Sad Statue

One of their catchiest songs with great guitar and bass!

What ridiculous def top 10

This is the best song. no doubt

How could it be this low?

36 P.L.U.C.K.

Iconic. Emblematic. Deserves too 10.Some days I feel like it's No1 but System of a Down have MANY great songs so...

This song started the trend of the most important song in the album being an acronym, and that's cool.

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...!

37 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 criticizes the government in a very funny way. Also by having a great drums

38 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

39 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

40 Shimmy

Shimmy to the break dawn!

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

41 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

42 Attack

My favourite.

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

Great song. They should play this live again.

Wow

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.

44 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

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

Pretty good song. Steal this album is underrated

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!

46 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

47 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

48 Science

Should be much higher

Science has failed our world if this is the last ranked System of a Down song. Come one now

Seriously, why the hell is this way down here? I think this is a highlight off Toxicity, which I feel is one of the best rock albums released. Shameful it's #47, even when accounting for all their other impressive work in their discography.

How is this song not higher... It has such a great meaning and the instrumental value to it is great

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 F**k the System

I love this song! Of course it is better when you listen to the clean version, but this song always puts me in a good mood. It is just so upbeat and awesome.

This is one of the best songs of System of a down. It talks about the pressure of the capitalist system (or just for me). It's a very deep and sticky song at the same time. It must be minimum in the top 3. This song can make me feel happy and excited, and helps me when I feel angry. It's reconfortably... Vote!

I came all the way down here just to vote for this song. Truly amazing! System of a Down rocks

It makes me CRAZY... Really MAD..

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