My Top 10 Favorite Deftones Songs

My Top 10 Favorite Deftones Songs

Since the purpose of this Blogathon is to raise money for Chi Cheng, bassist for Deftones, it’s only fitting that a post be made about their music. The Deftones have been around for over 20 years. Starting in 1988, I was only 6, and while, sadly, I wouldn’t learn about them for many years to come, it was well worth the wait.

Having been a fan since their first album, Adrenaline, I’ve seen first hand how the Deftones have changed and evolved. Sure some of it was due the vocal cord paralysis singer Chino Moreno suffered back in 2001, but I’m sure maturity had something to do with it. Lyrically, the Deftones have always been spot on, and with the talent of Chi, Stephen, Abe, and Frank, they form a force like none other.

In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite Deftones songs:

1. Cherry Waves

The first time I heard Cherry Waves, I was blown away. Off of their 2006 album, Saturday Night Wrist, Cherry Waves is a haunting song that is both beautiful and sad. Chino’s voice really shines through in this track, and the bass provided by Chi really takes the listener on a journey. If you can’t figure it out, lyrically the song is about trust. In the song Chino talks about somebody sinking underneath the waves, how he’d go in to save them, but is wondering if they would do the same for him.

2. Minerva

Off their 2003 self-titled album, Minerva is just stunning. From the music video in the desert, to the raw emotion in the lyrics. Again, another top notch track from Chino & The Gang, but there has always been something about Minerva that makes me a little down. I think a lot of it has to do with the way he says “I get all numb, when she sings that it’s over.”  Either way, I could listen to this track on repeat and not get sick of it.

3. Passenger

Chino + Maynard = amazingness. As a huge fan of both, you can imagine how giddy I got when I saw that Maynard would be featured on their White Pony album. This song, like Cherry Waves, takes listeners on a journey. The lyrics are both artful and descriptive, but it’s really Maynard who steals the show. I mean really, he’s freakin’ Maynard.

4. Korea

Again off of White Pony, Korea has always had that extra something for me. Maybe it’s that sound in the middle where it sounds like a katana blade swiping through the air, or the fact that if I listen to this song I just want to own people in a video game. Whatever it is, Korea strikes something inside of me unlike any other Deftones track I’ve heard.

5. Engine No. 9

This was the song that started it all. While I can’t remember how old I was, I just remember thinking that these guys were awesome. Off of their debut album Adrenaline, Engine No. 9 is just raw, angry, energetic, and just listening to it makes me feel exhausted. Should I ever get the opportunity to see them live, I’d have to hear this song.

6. Lucky You

Whenever I hear this song, all I can think about is sex. I know, I’m dirty, but just listen to it. His voice has this soft whisper quality that makes you think it’s business time, and the beat has this sexy slink to it. Men, if your girlfriend or wife likes Deftones, have her strip to Lucky You. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. You’re welcome.

7. Headup

Off of their second album, Around the Fur, Headup is a song that makes me want to just jump up and start breaking stuff. Not only do you have Chino giving it all, but you have Max Cavalera, the pipes behind Sepultura and Soulfly. While the song is uplifting and exciting, it’s actually a dedication to Cavalera’s deceased stepson, Dana.

8. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

I know, the Deftones didn’t write this song… The Smiths did. But you know what? I’m a huge fan of The Smiths, and Chino himself has said numerous times that The Smiths are one of his influences. Normally I don’t like covers, but this one is done perfectly.

9.  Hole In The Earth

Again from their album Saturday Night Wrist, Hole In The Earth is just in your face. It has this melodious flow to it, and you can’t help but want to sway along to it. It was an excellent choice in terms of them using it as their first single for this album. I know some people were skeptical about this album due to their sound evolving, but I think they hit it out of the park.

10. Bored

Another Adrenaline track, Bored has this hard guitar crunch intro, and then all hell breaks loose. Like Lucky You, Bored has this sexy swing to it, but I wouldn’t dub this as a strippery song. Sorry. It is though one of those songs where I love listening to it, and as the build-up comes, I just want to scream along with Chino.

  • Austin Alan

    Cherry Waves was PERFECT in both sound and meaning for that video I made

    It was hard, thinking about all Chi has been through while hearing those lyrics, made me almost cry several times while making the video

    • You have no idea how many times I’ve gotten misty eyed because of this. Seriously. In 2005 I lost a friend to a brain tumor, and it was fast. Hearing about Chi made me think of my friend Geoff, and I knew that I had to help and at least try and do something.

  • No Around The Fur?CMMND/CTRL should be on there too 😛

    • I haven’t listened to the newest album too much. It almost makes me feel dirty because I know Chi isn’t there. I did include songs that were off of the Around the Fur album, but compared to everything else on that list, it’s not in my personal top 10.

  • Erik Schermond

    Gotta agree with you on the “Passenger” bit. Maynard is definitely the best part but, in all fairness to the ‘Tones, putting Maynard with ANYONE is like if all the planets lined up and then a ninth GIGANTIC planet moved in between them and the sun. Maynard is my personal savior.

    • Oh am I glad you’re a part of our team now. For me, Maynard can do no wrong. He’s number one on my “if I ever got the chance to sleep with him, it’s not considered cheating” list. Everybody has one, but yeah. I adore the fuck out of Maynard, and when I met him back in 2009 I was a crying idiot in front of him because I couldn’t handle his awesomeness. No lie.

      For awhile I was so jealous of Tori Amos because she said how Maynard would call her at night and sing her to sleep. Lucky bitch….

  • eddyG

    Good list. I’ve also been a deftones fan since Adrenaline. I was suprised to read you haven’t seen them live yet. You have no idea what you are missing. Their albums are wonderful but it can’t compare to the live show. I’ve seen them 7 times now between Around the Fur and Diamond Eyes. Every show is something unique and special. I just got to see them last week in Miami Beach and I have to say although I did miss Chi’s energy they looked and sounded amazing. It’s nice to see Chino back in shape again so that he has the energy to really deliver. Anyway here would be my top ten favorite Deftones songs:

    1) Kim Dracula- Such a classic riff. I love Chino’s soaring vocals. Beautiful lyrics with meaning. This song just gives me a feeling no other can compare to.
    2) Korea- Of all their songs I feel like this one pushes the sexy/angry dynamic the furthest. The screaming is intense and I love the breakdown.
    3) Digital Bath- The most beautiful rock song I can imagine. The lyrics really showcase Chino’s feelings of vulnerability and longing. This song is an anthem for any great night in your life. The first time I ever kissed my girlfriend was to this song by coincidence. We made out the whole way through and it was a life changing experience.
    4) Hexagram- Hard to match the energy on this song. The frantic nature of the vocals and drums and the “worship/play” interchange works perfect. This is also my favorite song to see them perform live. Whenever he screams “and the crowd goes wild” and especially the last time he screams it the audience always loses their mind.
    5) My Own Summer- This is the song that showed me that deftones were a seriously good band. I liked Adrenaline a lot but I wasn’t sure if the follow up would be a disappointment. I could really relate to the feelings of isolation conveyed on this track. Not just a great deftones song but a classic rock song period.
    6) Prince- I love how this song builds up from the smooth, soft verses to the more energetic middle part “The mindset..of a killer” to the all out fury of the chorus. Great lyrics and perfect melody. I was so happy they played this song when I saw them last week. It would be higher on my list but it’s too new.
    7) Back to School- Another song with a great melody. At the time this song came out I was just finishing high school and even though for the most part I hated school back then this song made me really look back and cherish the good times and people. I love the sarcastic nature going at the “cliques roaming the halls all year,making me sick”.
    8) Dai the Flu- This song is the embodiment of the deftones sound in my opinion. Soft, sweet, and sexy one moment and hard, aggressive and frantic the next. Such beautiful lyrics. I love seeing girls react to this song.
    9) Bored- The song that first got me into deftones way back in ’95. An incredibly powerful and moving song full of raw angst and emotion. First time I heard the whisper to a scream style. The very end of the song where he is screaming and the last time he says “get bored” where it sounds like he is screaming it through clenched teeth is awe inspiring.
    10) Be Quiet and Drive- Such a feel good record. Another great love song that isn’t too soft. The hard breakdown and screeching in the middle balance the song out perfectly. Anyone who has ever longed for a change can relate. Also my girlfriend’s favorite deftones song.

    And if I had to include an honorable mention it would be their cover of the Duran Duran song “The Chauffeur”. I didn’t want to include it in my list because it’s not an original deftones song but I love their version. I saw them perform it live once and they stretched the ending out about an extra five minutes and it blew my mind.

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