Slipknot has remained on top of the music industry for over 20 years, showing that even a more niche genre can reach the top of the industry. With over 30 million albums sold, Slipknot shows no sign of slowing down, with their latest album “We Are Not Your Kind” releasing in 2019, and it has been revealed that Slipknot is working on album number 7 as I write this.
10. My Plague – Iowa (2001)
My Plague is best known for being part of the Resident Evil movie soundtrack, which resulted in one of my favourite music videos of all time. Blending a 2002 live performance of the band with footage of Resident Evil. As you can imagine, the combination works very well, and the song is a terrific headbang track too!
9. The Devil In I – .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
The first album without bassist Paul Gray, who sadly passed away in 2010. .5: The Gray Chapter is the grieving process in music form. The Devil In I is the standout track from this album and one that is definitely worth a listen.
8. The Heretic Anthem – Iowa (2001)
One of the best songs from 2001’s Iowa album, with one of the best hooks the band has ever written, “If you’re 555 then I’m 666.” Millions of angry teens screamed this along with the band in the early 2000s. This is Slipknot on top form.
7. Psychosocial – All Hope Is Gone (2008)
All Hope Is Gone was Slipknot’s most mainstream effort to date, at least when it came to singles. Despite being a heavy song, this is a song that connected with listeners, even ones that primarily didn’t listen to metal. You will notice a trend throughout this list, Slipknot has the ability to write mega hits that are fast, heavy, and aggressive, while also appealing to a wider audience than the core metal community that you would expect them to target. But, that is why Slipknot has remained one of the top acts in the world for over 20 years.
6. Duality – Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (2004)
After the Iowa album, it was Duality that helped continue Slipknot on the upward trajectory that they were on. Duality was a smash hit in 2004 and became an instant fan favourite and it is still a key part of any Slipknot fans playlist, it was also one of the first songs I learnt on guitar so I have very fond memories of it.
5. Spit It Out – Slipknot (1999)
If you’ve ever seen this song live, whether on video or as an audience member, you will understand why this song is so great. During the live version of the song, Corey Taylor is able to command an arena, stadium, or field full of people to get down on the ground and jump up to kick off the bridge of the song. If you’re ever at a Slipknot show and he tells you to get down, you make sure you get down on the ground because he will wait as long as he has to for you to do so, but it will be worth it.
4. Left Behind – Iowa (2001)
Left Behind was a major hit when it was released as a single in 2001. Being on rotation on rock radio, as well as music channels such as Kerrang, if you turned on the channel you were likely going to hear this song at some point in the very near future. And the video is freaky too, the kid pouring dirty water from the tap onto his cereal and then eating it always just weirded me out. Yes, more than the kid butchering animals. Regardless of which part of the video freaked you out, it was overall a very scary video for my 11-year-old mind to take in. But, I loved it and it helped make me a lifelong Slipknot fan.
3. People = S***- Iowa (2001)
The first full track from Slipknot’s second album Iowa, and what a way to kick off an album. People = Shit is loud, heavy, and makes you want to destroy your surroundings in a headbanging rage. Slipknot regularly opens their live shows with this song, a perfect way to get any crowd fired up for the mayhem that is about to ensue.
2. Wait and Bleed – Slipknot (1999)
The classic Slipknot song, which likely exposed you to heavy music in the late 90s if you were a new listener at that time. Wait and Bleed hit the world like a meteor and immediately catapulted the band to stardom and they haven’t looked back since. For an extremely heavy song it has a very catchy sing-along hook, which ultimately helped appeal to a larger audience, despite more extreme metal being very niche.
1. Unsainted – We Are Not Your Kind (2019)
In the number 1 spot we have the latest single from Slipknot, Unsainted from their 2019 smash hit album “We Are Not Your Kind.” After over 20 years of releasing albums, Slipknot has shown that they haven’t skipped a beat and can still bring just as much aggression as they could back in their early days. The riffs are heavy, Jay’s drums sound as good as anything Joey Jordison ever recorded, which isn’t a knock on Joey but a compliment to Jay. This is the best Slipknot has ever been, which says a lot considering their stellar back catalogue.