Mercyful Fate Songs Ranked

Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, and with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate was part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band’s inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate has released seven studio albums, two extended plays, and four compilations. Here are all of the Mercyful Fate songs ranked.

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20. Nuns Have No Fun (Nuns Have No Fun, 1982)

“Not only their best song, but one of the best songs of all time. I know people say that about lots of things, but believe me, I’m not exaggerating. If this was as well known as some stuff by Led Zeppelin, Queen, Metallica, AC/DC, etc. you could bet money it would be considered one of the best songs ever made.”

19. Black Funeral (Melissa, 1983)

“Some of their greatest story telling which starts so poignantly with that slow, somber bell. The first time I heard that intro, I felt I was in for something powerful. I underestimated that”

18. The Uninvited Guest (Into the Unknown, 1996)

“This song changed they way I viewed music. The perfection in which the players musicality is delivered makes a song that is complex seem effortless”

17. Welcome Princess of Hell (Don’t Break the Oath, 1984)

“Awesome. Beautiful. This song is a masterpiece. In my humble opinion it’s not just the greatest Mercyful Fate song, it’s the greatest song (period).”

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16. Witches’ Dance (Time, 1994)

“Since I started listening to this I don’t know I don’t like this song much but slowly, slowly something grab out of this song that I could never ever forget about this song… Is that intro of the song..”

15. Burning the Cross (Return of the Vampire, 1992)

“This is the most legendary song ever, not just in the metal category but in the world of music itself. There hasn’t been a single day since I listened to this song in high school and not heard”

14. A Corpse Without Soul (The Beginning, 1987)

“I wish King Diamond stayed with them and made more epic stuff, this song is one of my favorites as it has an awesome solo and comes from an awesome EP”

13. Nightmare (Don’t Break the Oath, 1984)

“The music of the song is so rocking. I will make you chill up every time. The lyrics are so touchy and good. This is the trademark of metal.”

12. Nightmare Be Thy Name (Time, 1994)

“Represents metal, one of master piece song that I ever heard in my living. Amazing lyrics, guitar work, sound quality perfect. The best metal song, drums wow… In one word masterpiece”

11. Devil Eyes (The Beginning, 1987)

“If someone has never heard of Mercyful Fate, this is the song you play for them. This song is so good words can’t describe. Not only one of the best song but one of the best ever”

10. Gypsy (Don’t Break the Oath, 1984)

“Everything in this song is just so perfect. The vocals, guitar and everything. The length is also just perfect and the guitar solo complements the song very nicely.”

9. Into the Coven (Melissa, 1983)

“I cannot listen to it just once! I never get tired of listening to it and every time, I wish I could play it myself.. you could say it’s the best song in the whole world!”

8. Is that You, Melissa? (In the Shadows, 1993)

“All the guitar solos are amazing! The whole song is full of excitement and the story behind the lyrics gives some mystery to it. The whole song is something you don’t expect. It’s so unique and awesome.”

7. Melissa (Melissa, 1983)

“”Melissa” is a very intelligent metal album: the compositions are complex, and despite I do not like the Satanic dimension of the lyrics, the lead singer King Diamond produces miscellaneous catchy theatrical & singular voice arrangements, which you will probably try to reproduce yourself!”

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6. Satan’s Fall (Melissa, 1983)

“The best Mercyful Fate song. It makes Evil look like crap and that song was great. Every person interested in metal should hear this record at least once (and all the way through at that) just to get an impression. Because this is really about as bloody good as it gets.”

5. Curse of the Pharaohs (Melissa, 1983)

“That guitar intro gives me chills every time I hear it. It’s such a badass song. Every song on here is a favourite of mine, but Curse of the Pharaohs is the one that usually sticks out in my mind the most. A bit ironic since it’s one of the most straightforward songs but everything about it is perfect. The riffs and the way they are presented is perfect, and that middle section couldn’t have been made any better if they tried. I also have some great nostalgia tied to the title track and the whole thing is an atmospheric masterpiece.”

4. Come to the Sabbath (Don’t Break the Oath, 1984)

“”Come to the Sabbath”, a horrifying tune which closes the album leaving the listener full of confusion and fear. The acoustically enhanced Come to the Sabbath is some of their greatest songs, and the lengthy title song is another well-developed gem, but every song has at least a great crushing riffset of some vocal part that sets it apart.”

3. A Dangerous Meeting (A Dangerous Meeting, 1992)

“A Dangerous Meeting” might just be my favorite metal riff ever.  Ever.  That’s quite an accolade, but it’s just so fucking epic, and a great way to introduce one of metal’s best-ever albums.”

2. The Oath (Don’t Break the Oath, 1984)

“One of the darkest most epic songs were ever written. King Diamond’s vocals at their best, absolute gem of a song. The Oath is probably the peak of the album’s epicness with an ominous organ intro and the bridge in the middle where King Diamond uses his high falsetto to mimic the guitar melody.”

1. Evil (Melissa, 1983)

“The album starts off with the brilliant “Evil”, which drags you in immediately with its brilliant guitar riff and rolling drum beat. From the very beginning you are banging your head along in time with the music. This is a super song, set off by the brilliant music but also King’s brilliant vocals, the surge between normal register and then the almost-comical over exerted high pitched melody.”