Evanescence is a rock band that was founded in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The two founding band members are singer, keyboardist, and pianist Amy Lee and Ben Moody, a guitarist. In 2002, the band released their first album, ‘Fallen,’ followed by a second album three years later. After a three-year break, Evanescence came back onto the scene with a new lineup. The lineup has changed several times over the years, as Ben Moody left and some other past members include David Hodges, Will Boyd, Rocky Gray, John LeCompt, and Terry Balsamo. In addition to Amy Lee, the current lineup includes Tim McCord, Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn, and Jen Majura. Due to so many lineup changes, none of the albums released by Evanescence feature the same band members. Since the band was founded in 1995, Evanescence has released five studio albums, two live albums, two demo albums, two video albums, three Eps, one compilation album, 18 music videos, 18 singles, and nine promotional singles. Here are the 10 best Evanescence songs of all time.
10. Sweet Sacrifice (2007)
Originally, Evanescence planned to release ‘All That I’m Living For’ as the third single from the second album, ‘The Open Door.’ However, a combination of the band’s preferences and pressure from fans meant that they released ‘Sweet Sacrifice’ as the third single instead. Amy Lee said that this song was a better reflection of where the band was at in 2006.
9. My Heart Is Broken (2011)
In 2011, Evanescence released their self-titled third album, and ‘My Heart Is Broken’ is the second single from this album. It is one of the best examples of Amy Lee showcasing her talents as both a singer and as a female representative of hard rock. Lee wrote the song based on what she learned while working with a charity that supports the victims of sex trafficking.
8. Lost in Paradise (2011)
‘Lost in Paradise’ is a ballad written by Amy Lee that was inspired by the time she spent away from the bad, which was a time when she felt that life was simpler. It also covers the highs and lows of life with the band. Nick Raskulinecz, the producer of the band’s self-titled third album, encouraged them to include it on the tracklist. Some people have compared Amy Lee’s performance of this song to the style of the Icelandic singer Bjork.
7. What You Want (2011)
Evanescence took a break between their second a third albums, and ‘What You Want’ was one of the first songs released by the band after their return to the music industry. According to Return of Rock, this song is one of their best. The song is about Lee’s relationship with her long-term fans, and she reintroduces herself to them in the lyrics. This song’s biggest success was on the US Mainstream Rock chart, where it reached number eight.
6. Everybody’s Fool (2003)
Although ‘Everybody’s Fool’ was not released until 2003, it was actually written five years earlier. It eventually became the fourth and final single released from Evanescence’s debut album ‘Fallen.’ Amy Lee wrote the song about the over-sexualized and fake image that had become associated with female pop stars at the time. She was inspired by her younger sister’s desire to be more like women such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Lee wanted to change what she viewed as warped and damaging perceptions of womanhood.
5. Lithium (2007)
‘Lithium’ was the second single from the band’s second album, ‘The Open Door.’ In this song, Amy Lee showcases her powerful vocal talents. Lee wrote the song when she was 16, then used her original ideas as a base, to which she added metallic instrumentation. Although the title of the song suggests it is about a drug, it is really about making a comparison between the numbness of depression and the alternative of living in a medicated state.
4. Call Me When You’re Sober (2006)
‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ was the lead single from the album ‘The Open Door.’ Amy Lee wrote the song after splitting from Seether frontman Shaun Morgan because of problems relating to his addictions. The symbolic music video shows Lee dressed as Little Red Riding, and she takes control back from the Big Bad Wolf. The music combines elements of symphonic rock with electropop and soul.
3. Going Under (2003)
Kerang ranks ‘Going Under’ as one of the best Evanescence songs of all time. It was the second single released from Evanescence’s debut album ‘Fallen.’ While ‘Bring Me Back to Life’ brought the band to public attention, it was ‘Going Under’ that made them really stand out against the competition. However, it did not quite achieve the same level of commercial success, although it was a top ten hit in the United States, the UK, and Italy.
2. My Immortal (2003)
‘My Immortal’ was the third single released by Evanescence from their debut album, and it showed off a different style to their music. It is predominantly a piano ballad with a haunting feel, but it also features electric instrumentation. Amy Lee and original guitarist Ben Moody co-wrote this song, and it brought the talents of the two to the fore. ‘MyImmortal’ topped the charts in Canada.
1. Bring Me Back to Life (2003)
In terms of commercial success, ‘Bring Me Back to Life’ is the best Evanescence song. It also remains one of the most popular amongst the band’s fans and is one of their most internationally recognized releases. It was the first song released by the band from their debut album. The single instantly attracted attention as the band stood out in the popular metal world for having a powerful female vocalist and for the way they utilized gothic imagery in their music video. It topped the charts in the UK and Italy and reached number one on the Alternative Airplay chart in the United States. This song won a Grammy Award for the Best Hard Rock Performance, and it has been covered by artists including Katherine Jenkins, Gregorian, and Chris Daughtry.