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

Chop Suey! Chop Suey! Cover Art

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

This was the first song that I heard from System Of A Down and I have loved it ever since... This was the song that got me into the band and it really is the best song! This song truly is one of the best metal songs I have ever heard... ! I can assure you that every person who likes metal songs hears this song as much as I do... that means daily! I listen to this song mainly because it just cheers me up! It deserves to be number 1!

Am I the only one who thinks the main riff of this song is copied from Slayer's Postmortem?

Toxicity Toxicity Cover Art

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

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

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.

B.Y.O.B. B.Y.O.B. Cover Art

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.

Aerials Aerials Cover Art

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

This song should be higher! This song is just pure epic, and I'd personally use this song as an example of a true Metal masterpiece. The song starts with a clean, but epic guitar intro. Then, the distortion come in along with Serj Tankian's awesome vocals, creating a haunting melody. On the second chorus comes Daron Malakian's higher-pitched vocals making the song even better. After the second chorus, the song gets really heavy and epic. This song is truly a legend among every rock genre. For anybody who's new to System of a Down, listen to this song. You'll never regret it.

Sugar Sugar Cover Art

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

It's just so fun. I dance along with Serj every time I hear it. And scream "Sugar!". I do that, too.

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!

Question! Question! Cover Art

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

Epic song. It's almost orchestral in the way it's performed. The chorus hits so hard, its amazing.

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.

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.

Hypnotize Hypnotize Cover Art

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!

Spiders Spiders Cover Art

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.

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.

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

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

Lonely Day Lonely Day Cover Art

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

No other song has captured the feeling of a lonely and depressing day with such magic. I have had a few days in my life feeling EXACTLY like this.

Soldier Side Soldier Side Cover Art

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!

The Contenders

Holy Mountains Holy Mountains Cover Art

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.

Compared to a lot of systems other songs, this song is very serious and conveys real emotions. Serj really goes all out for this song, screaming fire at the listener so that they feel the pain in his heart. I also love how this late in the game he took the lead vocals instead of letting Daron have them.

Lost in Hollywood Lost in Hollywood Cover Art

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.

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

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

Forest Forest Cover Art

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.

ATWA ATWA Cover Art

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

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

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!

Prison Song Prison Song Cover Art

Best message, best instramentals, very important song. Quality of songs like chop suey, but less recognition I guess. This is SOAD at it's best

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.

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.

Psycho Psycho Cover Art

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!

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

Best of the band for sure. The final section is epic and amazingly wonderful, featuring one of the best guitar solos of all time. Period.

I-E-a-I-a-I-o I-E-a-I-a-I-o Cover Art

Great song, verse is an actual tongue twister, but the chorus is a MUST to sing along to.

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.

Deer Dance Deer Dance Cover Art

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.

Mr. Jack Mr. Jack Cover Art

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

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

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.

Violent Pornography Violent Pornography Cover Art

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!

War? War? Cover Art

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,

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

Mind Mind Cover Art

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

Revenga Revenga Cover Art

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

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

Dreaming Dreaming Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

Needles Needles Cover Art

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?!

Daron's guitar and serj's vocals fit perfectly in needles, a great example of the bands chemistry

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