Bullet For My Valentine came into existence in the late 1990s. Once upon a time, it was a cover band that specialized in Metallica and Nirvana. However, Bullet For My Valentine secured a record deal in the early 2000s, thus putting them on the path to making original music.
So far, the band has released seven studio albums. That should make it clear that it has a sizable audience. Otherwise, it never would have been able to reach this point. Of course, some of Bullet For My Valentine’s music stands over the rest, thus making them worthy of inclusion on this list.
Here is our opinion on the ten best Bullet For My Valentine songs released so far:
10. “Bittersweet Memories”
“Bittersweet Memories” comes from Fever in 2010. Given the name, interested individuals should have no problem guessing that the song is about a breakup. Fittingly, the relationship has become bitter through and through by this point. Instead, the sweetness comes from the narrator’s relief that the relationship is over.
9. “4 Words (To Choke Upon)”
This song has the distinction of being this band’s first single from its first studio album. For those curious, the titular words refer to the phrase “look at me now,” which sees repetition throughout. Subject-wise, this song is about the narrator getting one over those who looked down upon him in the past. It seems safe to say that it took inspiration from the band’s experiences on their way up.
8. “Hearts Burst Into Fire”
Bullet For My Valentine released “Hearts Burst Into Fire” in the late 2000s. Fire is often associated with overwhelming emotions. This song is no exception to this rule. It is named thus because the narrator feels a strong burst of passion whenever he thinks of his significant other. Something strengthened by their long separation from one another.
7. “Hand of Blood”
Interested individuals should know that Bullet For My Valentine released a couple of EPs before its first studio album. One was self-titled, while the other was Hand of Blood. This song would be the latter’s title track, which served as a fair number of people’s introduction to the band. Indeed, it is very much in line with Bullet For My Valentine’s name and image, thus making it well-suited for this particular role.
Speaking bluntly, “Alone” is an expression of purest hate. The narrator doesn’t make his relationship with the targeted individual clear. However, the context suggests that it was something deeply personal. In any case, the relationship has become twisted, so much so that the narrator will downright delight in the target’s deserved downfall. This subject isn’t uncommon for the genre. Even so, “Alone” deserves its place on this list because it is one of the better examples out there.
5. “Waking the Demon”
“Waking the Demon” has similar themes to the last song. That said, it is more narrative-driven because it is built around the idea of a bullying victim reaching their snapping point. The music video offers a very literal take on this. Its protagonist is a literal werewolf who lures his bully into the woods on the day of his change. Meanwhile, the song itself uses “demon” as more of a metaphor for the anger and aggression taking over.
4. “Scream Aim Fire”
Two of the three singles from Scream Aim Fire have already been mentioned on this list. The last would be the title track, which climbed higher than either of its counterparts by reaching the number 34 position in the United Kingdom.
This song is about war. It doesn’t seem to be about a particular conflict. The closest candidate would be the First World War because of the repeated phrase “over the top,” which was used to order soldiers to go on the attack by climbing out of their trenches.
However, trenches aren’t exclusive to the First World War. Instead, it is more accurate to say that “Scream Aim Fire” is about war as a hellish experience. In that context, the First World War is relevant because it did so much to bring that viewpoint into being.
3. “Your Betrayal”
By this point, interested individuals should have no problem guessing what “Your Betrayal” is all about. It might be a bit cliched. Still, the emotional power sells it well, thus making it the best of the bunch.
2. “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)”
“All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)” came out on The Poison. It always stood out because of its acoustic intro. As a result, some would argue that “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)” was the best song on that studio album.
Its performance on the charts supports that conclusion. The song peaked at the number 29 position in the United Kingdom. That means it is the highest-charting single released by Bullet For My Valentine. “Your Betrayal” bested it in the United States, but for various reasons, it fell very far from doing so in the United Kingdom because there was a 168-rank difference.
1. “Tears Don’t Fall”
“Tears Don’t Fall” would be another strong contender for Bullet For My Valentine’s best song. Its performance on the charts wasn’t quite as good as that of “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me).”
That said, it sold more than 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom and more than 150,000 copies in Germany, which couldn’t have happened without considerable enthusiasm. The song is more or less what people would expect. Interested individuals should nonetheless remember that it became one of the band’s staples for very good reasons.
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