Avenged Sevenfold Songs Ranked

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman. Avenged Sevenfold is known for its diverse rock sound and dramatic imagery in album covers and merchandise. Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on the band’s debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and continued this sound through their second album Waking the Fallen. However, Avenged Sevenfold’s style had evolved by the band’s third album and first major-label release, City of Evil, into heavy metal and hard rock style. The band continued to explore new sounds with its self-titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, died in 2009. Despite his death, Avenged Sevenfold continued on with the help of drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and released and toured in support of its fifth album Nightmare in 2010, which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, Avenged Sevenfold’s first number one debut. Here are all of Avenged Sevenfold’s songs ranked from worst to best.

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20. Shepherd of Fire (Hail to the King, 2013)

“This song is awesome! Perfect way to open up the new album and it’s a fantastic transition from Nightmare to the classic heavy metal A7X is bringing to the table in Hail to the King.”

19. I Won’t See You Tonight (Waking the Fallen, 2003)

“Absolutely beautiful musical composition, this is truly a song that builds to very dramatic moments with appropriate relationships between the piano and traditional rock instruments. Lyrics are rather depressing, and while perhaps not not on the same scale as other Avenged songs (Critical Acclaim, Remenissions & So Far Away come to mind for those wiser words) are still very meaningful and thought provoking. Not all Avenged fans may like the song, but anyone who appreciates musical craftsmanship should give it a listen.”

18. M.I.A. (City of Evil, 2005)

“This is one of the better war songs out there, since it covers life after a war, making it unique. The guitar riffs and solos absolutely rule, and M. Shadows voice versatility is on full display. Have to love this song if you are a fan of A7X!”

17. Welcome to the Family (Nightmare, 2010)

“Grabs you from the start, not a song you can stop halfway. I think it should be up there with bat country and nightmare. The drumming is amazing and the solos amazing, and it’s a really catchy song”

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16. Dear God (Avenged Sevenfold, 2007)

“There are many reasons I like this song the most. Unlike any other A7X songs, the melody is soft and the lyrics is touching and simple. One thing that definitely made up the songs is the guitar works, Synyster’s solo ( IT DOESN’T SHOW UP IN THE MUSIC VIDEO) is completely outstanding for its length and the emotion inside it. I’m sure he had put all his passion and soul in the solo. This is one of the most epic song in rock n roll history.

15. Chapter Four (Waking the Fallen, 2003)

“This song needs to be much higher. It has great guitar work, a killer drum-line by the late, great Rev, and some awesome vocals from Shadows, both clean and dirty. Best of all, it is based upon the Biblical story where the band got their name. While their new stuff is also awesome, this is an incredible song that often gets overlooked,”

14. Unholy Confessions (Waking the Fallen, 2003)

“Simply the best Avenged Sevenfold song, in my opinion. Really underrated, along with the album ‘Waking the Fallen’ as seen on this list. M. Shadows provides clean vocals along with screamed vocals on this song. The guitar riffs are both cool and catchy. This song has a really “heart-wrenching” story in it’s lyrics.”

13. Hail to the King (Hail to the King, 2013)

“If this is what Avenged Sevenfold comes back with after the Rev’s tragedy, and they’re bringing us this kind of quality songs back to us, we’re in for one hell on an amazing album on the 26th. I bet all fans are looking forward to it based on this amazing single.”

12. Buried Alive (Nightmare, 2010)

“This song has what I call “the ideal song format”. That’s any song which starts out nice and slow and makes you feel emotional, then as it goes on, makes you want to bang your head and shout the lyrics. Any song with this format is practically guaranteed to become one of my favorite songs ever, and that’s why this is my favorite A7X song.”

11. Second Heartbeat (Waking the Fallen, 2003)

“A staple song by the band any true fan will put this somewhere in their top 10 at the least. So much energy when the lead vocals come in and a very catchy and addictive chorus. Amazing drumming by the rev shines through very bright on this song.”

10. Seize the Day (City of Evil, 2005)

“One of the bands softer and more sentimental songs. Not a head banger by any means but it doesn’t have to be, for the bands instrumentals just release the necessary amount of emotion for it not to be melodramatic. One of Syn’s best solos to add the cherry on top.”

9. Save Me (Nightmare, 2010)

“Undoubtedly my favorite A7X song. The lyrics are absolutely fantastic, the guitar solo is great, and gotta love Mike Portnoy on drums for the session for this album, which is my favorite A7X album as well. The ending is so cool with “tonight we all die young” repeating for about the final 2 minutes. Great way to end the album and this masterpiece for a song”

8. Almost Easy (Avenged Sevenfold, 2007)

“From when the you press play to the time the song ends, you go on a ride that will shake even the most basic metal core listener to their core. Very good backup singers. M. Shadows cadence is also displayed in prominence and is his best on the album. Top 3 guitar solo in their catalogue as well.”

7. Critical Acclaim (Avenged Sevenfold, 2007)

“One of the bands best songs, so diverse from the start with the piano setting the time for the rest of the band to go off of. Great lyrics that speak to many people about war and problems in todays society. Guitar doesn’t do too much on the main riff but it gets the job done.”

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6. So Far Away (Nightmare 2010)

“This song make me cry almost every time I listen to it. I believe it was the first full song that Syn wrote for A7X on his own, he poured his heart into this song. It means so much to me as it is written in memory of Jimmy (the best drummer of all time). Avenged Sevenfold write songs packed full of emotion and meaning. This song came straight from the heart.”

5. Beast and the Harlot (City of Evil, 2005)

“Absolutely Amazing and most fun and entertaining song to listen to whilst depressed…This probably in my opinion is the best song they’ve ever produced alongside my next favourite The Stage…Rev drumming was relentless and exceptional as always…Loved M.Shadows vocals here sounded a bit funny but adorable unlike Bat Country’s vocals which sounded annoying though was undeniably a good song but not enough to be the best song off City Of Evil…in my opinion obviously…”

4. Bat Country (City of Evil 2005)

“I love this song and I have to say this although it is not so related… This song have awesome drum cover by the rev and I think the rev is the most talented man in this band… His vocals are great! Good in keyboards/piano! Plays a little on guitar… And of course… 1 OF THE BEST DRUMMER IN THE WORLD! I love you jimmy”

3. A Little Piece of Heaven (Avenged Sevenfold 2007)

“The perfect example of a great recording. There is nothing greater than just pure excitement and intense lyrics and rhythms. Not very often do you find something so violent and disturbing to be sang in such a tone that is positive, but in this song the tone and mood are just extraordinarily different and portray a new kind of feeling that is intend to scare and satisfy the listener”

2. Nightmare (Nightmare, 2010)

“This song was the first ever song that I listened of Avenged Sevenfold. And after that I more and more likely to listen songs of this band. Every song they sang are terrific. Music is superb. This song must be listened once by metal lovers. Everyday I listen this song and after life to”

1. Afterlife (Avenged Sevenfold)

“The string instruments are a beautiful incorporation and give this song great uniqueness, vocals are passionate and intense yet still retain that wonderful edgy metal-eques feel that A7X does so well, bass and drums are prominent and near perfectly support the guitar and vocals, and that solo is just awesome. This has become my go-to song right before sporting events and anything I need to be hyped for. Not my favorite metal song overall but I’ve really gotta hand it to A7X on this one.”