Korn has been making waves in the metal world since 1993 when the nu-metal outfit first released their demo, Neidermayer's Mind. This was quickly followed by their self-titled album in 1994 and 1996’s Life Is Peachy, and the rest is history. Since then, Korn, fronted by the enigmatic Jonathan Davis, has continued to make music that touches on a number of subjects and has tapped into a variety of styles. Collaborations with other artists like Skrillex, 12th Planet, Excision and Corey Taylor of Slipknot have helped Korn continue to innovate and experiment with their style to keep with the changing musical landscape. Despite some hesitation from old school fans about the evolution in their style, Korn fans from all over rejoiced at the rejoining of Brian “Head” Welch to the fold after an eight year absence. Since then, Korn has released two albums and continue to amaze audiences with their intensity, dedication and passion. So, here are our picks for the top 10 best Korn songs.
Vocalist Jonathan Davis has spoken out over the years about his experiences being bullied as a child and has participated in various efforts to help shed light on these issues. As part of special edition bonus disc for the band’s 11th album titled The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition, they released “Hater.” The video features fans talking their experiences with being bullied. It carries an important and powerful message that has touched a lot of fans around the globe.
This electronica-infused track comes off the band’s 10th studio album The Path of Totality. The song features production from famed EDM producers Skrillex and Kill The Noise. It peaked at No.5 on the U.S. Active Rock charts and No.6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. It's infectious and unlike many other songs in the band's repertoire.
8. "Rotting In Vain"
In a piece for Loudwire, Graham Hartmann wrote, "'Rotting in Vain' is led by a heavy groove and chaotic atmosphere, which later spirals into darker realms with Jonathan Davis' tortured vocals." The song comes from their 12th studio album Serenity In Suffering as the lead single off the record. It is dark, brooding, tortured and intense, making it that much more appealing to Korn fans everywhere.
Written by Jonathan Davis about the Columbine High School shooting through the eyes of the shooters. The song attempts to portray the angst, pain, and tumult that was likely brewing within them. It addresses the pain that can be caused when a person is bullied to the breaking point and tragedy that can occur when emotions are not properly managed.
6. "Love & Meth"
The video for this song was the first one to feature Brian “Head” Welch after his return to the group after departing in 2005. It touches on the dependent nature of addiction and references the band’s own previous struggles with drug addiction. In the video, there is a maestro who appears to be conducting, but it is clear that he is having his “strings” pulled and is mutating in the process. It is a dark, gritty, and powerful song with the ability to stir up any mosh pit.
5. "Coming Undone"
Reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, this song was released as the second single from the 2005 album See You On The Other Side. The video features the band in the desert literally “coming undone” as the world around them shatters. The song has been used in conjunction with a number of sports affiliations including TNA wrestling, baseball and a football video game.
4. "Did My Time"
This track was originally written as a promotional single for the movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The video for the song features Lara Croft star Angelina Jolie and clips from the film as well. While it only made it into the closing credits of the film and not the actual soundtrack, the song was included on the 2003 album Take A Look in the Mirror. In 2004, it earned Korn another Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” but this time they lost to Metallica.
3. "Make Me Bad"
The trippy sci-fi video for this song came with a high price tag and some high-profile cameos. Featuring appearances from the likes of Shannyn Sossamon and Brigitte Nielsen, it ranks as one of the most expensive videos in Korn’s catalog. It peaked at No.7 on the Billboard US Alternative Songs charts and was even performed on MTV Unplugged as an acoustic medley with The Cure’s “In Between Days” with The Cure as special guests.
2. "Here To Stay"
This hit won Korn the 2003 Grammy for “Best Metal Performance.” It was released as the first single off the 2002 album Untouchables. It received major radio play and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for "Best Rock Video." The song continues to be a staple in the bands live performances.
Released as the first single off the band’s self-titled debut album, “Blind” is a song that immediately livens up any Korn crowd. Originally written for the band’s first incarnation as Sexart, the song features heavy riffs and sharp cymbals. The debut album went on to see huge success, going 4x RIAA Platinum. Even more than 20 years after it’s release, the album and “Blind” continue to excite and encourage fans of all ages.