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20 Fav Deftones Songs

I'm not saying these are "the best", just the ones I enjoy the most
Saturday Night Wrist

BEWARE - This song took the longest to grow on me of any Deftones song. Its sinister vibe, absolutely engulfing atmosphere, and punishing dynamics make it in my opinion the most complete and satisfying song in the band's catalog. They really sound more like a combined attack here more than on any other song, which is strange considering how the band was falling apart at the time. If there's any MVP in this song, it's gotta be Abe Cunningham, but everyone has a chance to shine here, whether it's Frank Delgado's jarring samples, Chino's stratospheric hook in the chorus, or Chi and Stephen's amazing use of dynamics. Flawless song.
Saturday Night Wrist

CHERRY WAVES - If it isn't already apparent, SNW is my favorite Deftones album, and for a while, Cherry Waves was the main reason for this. Its atmosphere is signature Deftones; dreamy, yet anxiety-inducing and off-balance in the verses due to one of the best tritones I've ever heard in a song. And who could forget that jaw-dropping hook?
White Pony

DIGITAL BATH - This is pretty much universally considered their #1 song, with the other contenders usually being from this same album. And it's for good reason. Digital Bath is an absolutely incredible tune featuring some of Chino's best lyrics and vocals, and one of my favorite drumming performances from Abe Cunningham.
Koi No Yokan

ENTOMBED - This song is a complete curveball by Deftones standards. Every song preceding this on KNY (perhaps excluding Romantic Dreams) is a calculated onslaught of downtuned, frantic guitars, slamming drums, and molten bass riffs, alternating with soaring, sugary hooks. Entombed is entirely the latter, and for me is one of the most emotionally effective songs in their discog. You won't really find another song by this band that uses '80s synths.
White Pony

KNIFE PRTY - What a song. If anyone had this as their #1 choice, I wouldn't even protest. It's that good. The forlorn vocals, astral guitar tone and amazing lyrics mold together to create a masterpiece of songwriting, topped off with THAT bridge.
Diamond Eyes

ROCKET SKATES - In which Deftones slam mercilessly into their instruments for 257 seconds and Chino delivers one of the most impassioned vocal performances of his career to create my favorite exclusively "heavy" track by the band.
White Pony

PINK MAGGIT - Another song I'd have absolutely no issue with someone else picking as their favorite. This is about as close to an epic as Deftones will ever get. The opening sequence of this tune has the power to stop my perception of time, and everything that needs to be said about the middle section has likely already been said.
Around the Fur

BE QUIET AND DRIVE (FAR AWAY) - I've never been as big a fan of this record as everyone else, but even casual fans of the band can see why this is a fan favorite.
Koi No Yokan

ROSEMARY - Another one of Deftones' longer, winding tracks, featuring heart-stopping dynamic changes and some of Stephen Carpenter's most impressive, varied playing.
Diamond Eyes

DIAMOND EYES - The catchiest chorus ever written in 11/8. Also, just an all-around flawless tune and a musical Xanax to everyone who was worried about the future of the band.
White Pony

PASSENGER - You know a band is amazing when a song like this misses out on the top 10. Amazing riffs and leads from Carpenter, a brilliant effort from the rhythm section, and of course, the spotlight of the song, a once-in-a-lifetime caliber performance from both Chino and Tool's Maynard James Keenan.
Around the Fur

MY OWN SUMMER (SHOVE IT) - Another fan favorite that needs no explanation. This is everything great about Deftones' heavier side - incredible vocals from Chino, enraged, in-your-face guitar and bass riffs, and relentless drumming.

BLOODY CAPE - Another heavy classic from Deftones, and my favorite song from the self-titled. The ending of this song has to be heard to be believed, and the buildup to it becomes more and more engaging with every listen.

HEXAGRAM - Both entries from the self-titled go back to back here on the list, and just because Hexagram comes first, that doesn't mean I consider it an inferior song in any sense of the word. This song is pure genius, from the time shifts that go over so well I didn't even notice them at first, to Chino's off-kilter and fearless vocal performance, to the amazing guitar tone. This is a Deftones classic for a reason and a great choice for a lead single.
Saturday Night Wrist

RIVIERE - Stephen Carpenter, ladies and gentlemen. This is his time to shine as he puts multiple amazing guitar effects to use, along with punishing heavier sections and an angelic opening sequence that is one of my favorite riffs Deftones ever put on record. Worthy of mention also is Abe Cunningham who shows an incredible amount of restraint while also going full-blast during the louder sections of this song.
Saturday Night Wrist

HOLE IN THE EARTH - It's this song where Deftones show you how they will take all of the misfortune and enmity in their lives at the time and turn it into their best album. Hole In The Earth still hits me deep down after countless listens. It's a charging, powerful almost-anthem with palpable emotion and an intriguing, more developed and even shoegaze-influenced softer side that gets explored much further on SNW and KNY, and unfortunately bungled a bit on Gore.
White Pony

CHANGE (IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES) - This is the song I would use to get someone into Deftones. It's heavy, but not too heavy, soft but not too soft, and absolutely 100% perfect. Every band member is in perfect chemistry with one another here and it all amounts to a fantastic piece of music.
Diamond Eyes

SEXTAPE - One of the few moments where Diamond Eyes slows down and takes a deep breath, featuring absolutely stunning guitar work from Stephen Carpenter and a beautiful vocal performance by Chino Moreno.
Saturday Night Wrist

KIMDRACULA - One of the catchiest tracks Deftones ever produced, and a perfect blend of SNW's unrelenting heaviness and contemplative shoegaze styles.

BORED - I realize that on paper there are plenty of Deftones songs superior to this one, but I couldn't help including it. Bored is a nostalgic track for me, and that opening guitar riff gets me amped like few other moments in the Deftones discog to this day. What a great tune.
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