10 best Cannibal Corpse songs - the ultimate list

There are many good Cannibal Corpse songs. The band’s discography is vast and there a quite a few songs that are considered classics. After listening to a bunch of their music again, I compiled this list of the 10 best Cannibal Corpse songs.

My relationship with Cannibal Corpse is pretty random. The album I’ve probably listened to the most is probably the 2000 live CD “Live Cannibalism”. Since I don’t really care for Chris Barnes’s voice, it’s a good way to hear the old classics with Corpsegrinder’s voice and better production. Cannibal Corpse has definitely been part of my musical evolution, especially as an extreme vocalist.

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Stefan Nordström - metal musician and content creator
  • Stefan Nordström
  • Musician, songwriter, content creator, digital freelancer
  • Stockholm, Sweden
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Cannibal Corpse studio discography

  • Butchered at Birth, 1991
  • Tomb of the Mutilated, 1992
  • The Bleeding, 1994
  • Vile, 1996
  • Gallery of Suicide, 1998
  • Bloodthirst, 1999
  • Gore Obsessed, 2002
  • The Wretched Spawn, 2004
  • Kill, 2006
  • Evisceration Plague, 2009
  • Torture, 2012
  • A Skeletal Domain, 2014
  • Red Before Black, 2017
  • Violence Unimagined, 2021

10 best Cannibal Corpse songs

Enough background – here’s my countdown of the 10 best Cannibal Corpse songs.

10. “Kill or Become” (A Skeletal Domain, 2014)

The line “Fire up the chainsaw, hack their fucking heads off” shows up now and then in my mind. This song really incredibly catchy in the most Cannibal Corpse of ways. A great way to start the list.

9. “A Skull Full of Maggots” (Eaten Back to Life, 1990)

One of the earliest Cannibal Corpse hits that came to define the band. It’s quite a simple and thrash metal-based tune, compared to the later sound, but it’s very intense and enjoyable.

8. “Staring through the Eyes of the Dead” (The Bleeding, 1994)

The opening riff of this song is super-memorable and I totally understand with this song is both a studio and live opening track.

7. “When Death Replaces Life” (Gore Obsessed, 2002)

Slightly overused tempos aside, I think this one of the most memorable Cannibal Corpse songs. First off, Corpsegrinder’s vocal performance is absolute unbelievable. Many of my friends tried to pull this one off in full, but it really requires a strong set of lungs.

6. “Hatchet to the Head” (Gore Obsessed, 2002)

“Gore Obsessed” is an underappreciated album, so here’s another tune from that one. It’s a very intense tune, culminating in the instantly memorable line “Swing of the hatchet, brings permanent damage”. I dig it a lot, and I’m surprised it’s not a part of their live setlist more often.

5. “Make Them Suffer” (Kill, 2006)

“Make them supper” memes aside, this is one of the most catchy Cannibal Corpse songs. The grooves and hooks are massive, and it’s pretty much impossible to not to nod your head along to this one.

4. “Devoured by Vermin” (Vile, 1996)

The 1-2-3-4 URRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! beginning of this song is one of my favorite Cannibal Corpse moments, especially on “Live Cannibalism”.

3. “Pounded into Dust” (Bloodthirst, 1999)

I can’t resist the chorus of this one. The way Corpsegrinder goes “pounded.. into.. DUUUUUUUUUST!” is one of my favorite vocal parts. And beyond the chorus, it’s just a super-intense tune.

2. “Stripped, Raped and Strangled” (The Bleeding, 1994)

You can’t put together a list of the best Cannibal Corpse songs without including this one. The opening riff is a pure death metal classic and the lyrics are as catchy as they are gruesome.

1. “Hammer Smashed Face” (Tomb of the Mutilated, 1992)

Sometimes the most famous song is actually the best, and I really believe that’s the case with “Hammer Smashed Face”. I mean, this is a great death metal song. It’s instantly memorable and there are so many riffs and part that are pure classic death metal.

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