This is a list of my favorite songs of the four metal bands I most frequently listen to: Amaranthe, Dragonforce, Dragonland, and Nightwish. Some commentary on my thoughts comes after the list for each band. This commentary is generally short, except in the section for Nightwish, for which it appears I am just gushing feelings even though I told myself I wouldn’t write too much.
It’s likely Within Temptation deserves to be here too, but I only recently started to have a liking of that band, and haven’t even listened to all the band’s music yet, so I don’t feel I should list out my favorites there yet. For now, I’ll just mention that I particularly like In the Middle of the Night, Memories, What Have You Done, Paradise, and The Truth Beneath the Rose.
There’s many more songs I like from most of these bands beyond the ones I’m listing here. For a song to make it onto the lists below, they have to be at least somewhat breathtaking. I considered adding Honorable Mention sections to these lists, but decided that would just make the lists too long. Also, numbering only starts somewhat down each of these lists, where I really want to point out the very best. I generally don’t like giving too many things a numerical ranking, because there should really be overlapping margins around these items; even where I start writing explicit numerical rankings, they’re still intended to be rather squishy orderings.
I have opted to follow more conventional title capitalization standards, even though the official names of many of these titles capitalize every word.
Finally, some songs I include in these lists are covers by the band of an original song by another band, which I decided I will list while not counting the song towards the total count of the list for the band.
Favorite 13 Songs of Amaranthe
Razorblade (8th track of The Nexus)
Supersonic (10th track of Maximalism)
Hunger (2nd track of Amaranthe)
Leave Everything Behind (1st track of Amaranthe)
Invincible (2nd track of The Nexus)
Call Out My Name (7th track of Amaranthe)
1.000.000 Lightyears (3rd track of Amaranthe)
5. Stardust (5th track of The Nexus)
4. Afterlife (1st track of The Nexus)
3. Automatic (4th track of Amaranthe)
2. Amaranthine (6th track of Amaranthe)
1. Infinity (12th track of The Nexus)
The Nexus: 6
Massive Addictive: 0
You may realize that my opinion of Amaranthe drops significantly for works after its 2nd album, The Nexus. I think my thoughts are best approximated as “it really got too much pop in relation to metal at that point”.
On a music video note, I like the double fade at the end of the video for Amaranthine.
And on a music-orthogonal note, I appreciate Amaranthe as a band where Danes and Swedes work together. I’m sure there was still plenty of room to continue the friendly rivalry, though.
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