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Top 33 Deftones Songs

Was originally planning on 30 but I found it too difficult to leave a few off. So 33.
33Deftones
Combat

The intro is a bit long, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
32My Own Summer (Shove It)

SHOVE IT SHOVE IT SHOVE IT
31Diamond Eyes

Fucking Meshuggah riffs.
30Elite

Heavy.
29MX

Those female vocals are sexy in a bit of a masochistic kind of way.
28Gauze

Gauze harkens back to Diamond Eyes moreso than any other track on KNY, but ups the quality a notch or two with Carpenter's subtle, angular riffs.
27Teenager

Teenager works incredibly well as the median between the more straightforward first half of White Pony, and the more drawn-out moody second half. It's also incredibly pretty by itself, for what it's worth.
26Pink Maggit
25Sextape

My only gripe with this song is the lack of distortion in the chorus, I think it would have added a little extra power behind this dainty, but undeniably gorgeous song.
24Beauty School

This is another song where Abe supplies a mostly simple, but really interesting drum beat as the song's backbone.
23Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event

I've always been allured to this one, it's certainly a bit anomalic as far as Deftones songs go.
22Bloody Cape

Perhaps the heaviest singular riff in the Deftones' discog. Oh, and Chino's freakout at the end is sickening.
21Around the Fur

The best of Sleazy, groovy, nu-metal Deftones.
20When Girls Telephone Boys

Interesting how I've ordered several of their heaviest songs one-after-the-other. Hm.
19Royal

The compactness of Diamond Eyes makes for some really brisk, heavy bursts of energy, none of them being more satisfying than the three-minute "Royal."
18Poltergeist

Clapping in 7 to open the song? Who do Deftones think they are, the Pat Metheny Trio?
17Rats! Rats! Rats!

Possibly the most sickeningly heavy Deftones have become; and it comes on what cumulatively may be their most subdued record. I'm not sure how Chino makes some of the sounds he does here without a pterodactyl.
16Leathers

One of the most powerful choruses the band have ever written surrounded by unspectacular verses and bridges. The scream before the final chorus is fucking vicious.
15You've Seen the Butcher

With groove so hard you'd think Deftones were PERIFFERY.
14Battle-Axe

One of the definite highlights on a bit of an odd album. Moderately-paced and distant.
13Lotion

This is my favorite Glassjaw song. But really, Lotion is an interesting track for Deftones on Around the Fur in that it resembles a hardcore song more than a nu- metal track.
12Kimdracula

A bit of a silly song name perhaps, but the song is anything but a gimmick. Kimdracula is actually one of the more unique songs in Deftones catalogue in that it's fairly simple, features mostly cleanly sung upper-register vocals from Chino, and doesn't stray from its mid-paced moody romp. Its consistent focus contributes to ne of Deftones' shortest, but most easily gratifying pieces of music.
11U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B, Select, Start

Man, I really wish Deftones had more atmospheric songs in the vain of this one, but then again, maybe that'd make the song's existence less esoteric (lessoteric?) I've found myself utterly entranced by this song on many an occasion; It's especially cathartic to listen to on long, rainy night drives; medicine for existential ennui.
10Passenger

I think they got Dave Grohl to do guest vocals on this song or something I don't remember really though.
9Hexagram

Th chorus has always vexed me with its aggressive lack of direction, but it somehow makes sense when splicing the ludicrously powerful verses. Chino's got some pretty ferocious roars here.
8Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

A delightful gem offering a sneak-preview of the atmospheric qualities that Deftones would begin expanding upon on albums that followed Around the Fur.
7Entombed

Entombed may be the prettiest song Deftones have ever written; sublime.
6Change (In the House of Flies)

One of the most powerful courses in Deftones' entire discography.
5Beware

Saturday Night Wrist had palpable atmospheric aesthetic of dread embedded within several of the tracks, this one being of note in particular. Beware is one of Deftone's longest tracks, eclipsing the six-minute mark, but it's quite simple structurally. The band remains mostly subdued and allows Chino to do his thing, hitting some of highest notes recorded during the titular cry in the chorus. In contrast the rest of the song, the outro is fucking heavy as fucking fuck.
4Rosemary

A slow-burning monolith that would have fit in nicely with the self-titled/SNW era of Deftones. Not coincidentally, their best song since then. The outro is a delightful burst of airy catharsis from the churning wall of riff preceding.
3Digital Bath

Abe lays down another one of his tight hip-hop grooves to kick off another sprawling shoegazey verse. Chino sounds particularly ominous here, with his wailing of "I feel like more" during the second chorus being especially notable.
2Cherry Waves

Heavy Deftones is fantastic, but I've mentioned that I find Deftones at their best when they ditch their heaviness, instead focusing on emitting dreary ambiance. Cherry Waves is a prime example of sinister, melodic Deftones. The instrumentation of the song elicits beautiful imagery from the lyrics - especially with Chi's wading bass in the verse and how Carpenter's distortion fully overcomes the rest of the band in the chorus while Chino simultaneously narrates on actual waves enveloping a body. Chino's undulation on the single word, "you", in the chorus is pristinely done, and elicits a bittersweet reaction when analyzed with the question Chino proposes. "If you would sink down beneath, I'd swim down. Would you?"
1Knife Party

Knife Party has really struck the proverbial chord with me since my very first listen several years ago. There might not be one single-song that better exemplifies the archetypes of Deftones' music than this one. What really elevates Knife Party to the prestigious number one spot for me though, goes beyond the immersive shoe gazing verses or the punchy, irate chorus; Rodleen Getsic's guest appearance as a wailing, apparitionistic voice is absolutely chilling, and adds a much more palpable feeling of terror to compliment Chino's ambiguous portrayal of violence and erotica. Enthrallingly powerful.
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