15 Best Of Alice In Chains Songs

Alice In Chains members left to right: Mike Starr, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney, and Mike Inez
Alice In Chains members left to right: Mike Starr, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney, and Mike Inez ( Source : twitter )

Best of Alice in Chains Songs are 1. Would? 2. Man In the Box 3. Nutshell and many more. Alice In Chains is part of the Grunge Big Four.

They are chiefly known for mixing grunge music and heavy metal sound. The late Layne Staley formerly led the band, but Mike Inez now leads it. 

The current members of the band include artists like Jerry Cantrell (vocalist), Sean Kinney (drummer), William Duvall (Rhythm guitarist), and Mike Inez (bassist). 

During their tenure, they have sold over 30 million records, nominated for 11 Grammys, and ranked 15th in Greatest Artists of Hard Rock by VH1. 

15 Best Of Alice In Chains Songs

Song NameYoutube Views
Would?134 million
Man In the Box146 million
Nutshell48 million
Rooster98 million
Them Bones31 million
Down In A Hole42 million
We Die Young14 million
I Stay Away25 million
Bleed The Freak22 million
No Excuses24 million
Voices13 million
Heaven Beside You15 million
Stone13 million
Love Hate Love10 million
Check My Brain7 million

1. Would?

Song Name:Would?
Spotify Streams:258 million

Would? is undoubtedly one of Alice In Chain best songs. It is from the album 1992 album "Dirt."

The single peaked at no. 21 in Billboard's mainstream rock tracks in 1992.

According to VH1 "Would?" was named 88th Best Hard Rock Song in the list of "100 Best Hard Rock Songs of All Time."

This track also went two times platinum in the US doing over 2 million sales. Also, it topped the charts in Australia, Europe, Finland, Canada, and the UK.

Originally, the track appeared as a soundtrack in the 1992 movie "Singles." Recently, the song was featured in Marvel's show The Punisher Season 2.

2. Man In The Box

Song Name:Man In The Box
Spotify Streams:302 million

Man in the Box is Alice In Chain best-selling song. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1992.

This single is from the 1990 album Facelift. It peaked at the No. 18 position on Billboard Mainstream Rock. Alice's single was widely recognized in the grunge genre.

In the list of VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs" the track is enlisted in the 19th position. It was certified triple platinum doing over 3 million certified unit sales.

Alice In Chains was the most listened metal artist in the 90s along with Metallica and Black Sabbath.

3. Nutshell

Song Name:Nutshell
Spotify Streams:168 million

Nutshell is a popular Alice in Chains track. The single is from the album Jar of Files released in 1994.

The song sold over 1 million units and was certified RIAA platinum.

The music group dedicates the track to Stanely. According to Inez, it was the no. 1 song for the artist as it still reminds their time of playing the music together.

According to The New York Times author Jon Pareles, Nutshell's arrangement reminded him of the Canadian musician Neil Young.

Similarly, Rolling Stone has ranked the song in the 2013 list of "The 10 Saddest Songs of All Time."

4. Rooster

Song Name:Rooster
Spotify Stream:176 million

Rooster is from their best-selling album Dirt released in 1992. According to Billboard, the song peaked at #7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

RIAA certified the track two times platinum in the U.S. It also was featured in Hungary at 35th position in the Top 40 singles chart. It did over 2 million certified sales in the US.

Likewise, the track is written by Jerry Cantrell for his father who fought in the Vietnam War and was nicknamed Rooster.

5. Them Bones

Song Name:Them Bones
Spotify Streams:116 million

Them Bones was recorded and released in 1992. The billboard featured the track in the top 24 during its peak.

This single sold more than 1 million units, it was certified platinum. It performed quite well in Australian, European, and UK charts entering within the top 100 singles of the country.

It was also featured as video game music and soundtrack for movies in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Grande Theft Auto: San Andreas, and ATV Offroad Fury.

6. Down In a Hole

Song Name:Down In A Hole
Spotify Streams:118 million

Down In a Hole is an often-played concert setlist of Alice In Chains. The power ballad is the last single from their fan-favorite album Dirt (1992).

According to Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, it peaked at number 10. Loudwire listed the track in the eighth position in the list of 10 greatest Alice in Chains songs.

Similarly, the song is covered by multiple Christian bands like Demon Hunter, who went on to publish the acoustic version of the song in their 2011 album "The World Is a Thorn."

7. We Die Young

Song NameWe Die Young
Spotify Streams:40 million

We Die Young is among Alice In Chains most popular song. It is from the band's single EP of the same title.

 It peaked at the #9th position in UK Vinyl Singles. The single became a top-five metal track during its debut.

The music video is also widely praised for its creative ability and performance. 

According to guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell, the inspiration for the song came after, the lyricist witnessed 10-11-year-old kids selling drugs in the streets which equaled to "We Die Young."

8. I Stay Away

Song Name:I Stay Away
Spotify Streams:49 million

I Stay Away is one of their top-rated tracks. It is the second single from the album Jar of Flies.

It was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

This song was featured at no. 39 at Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks during its debut in 1994. It later peaked at # 10.

According to Guitar World and Guitar Players, this song is positioned at no. 26 in the "Top 30 12-string guitar songs of all time." Cantrell, the guitarist of the band is among the greatest guitarist in the world.

9. Bleed The Freak

Song Name:Bleed The Freak
Spotify Streams:25 million

Bleed the Freak is a song from Facelift by the American band. The 1990 single is a well-known track of the band.

According to the songwriter, this song is about people who put you down:

"I put up with many years of you putting us down and watching us bleed, now I'd like to see you bleed some back"

He stated the meaning of the song in a Music Bank box set collective interview in 1999.

10. No Excuses

Song Name:No Excuses
Spotify Streams:84 million

No Excuses is a grunge and alternative pop track by the Seattle-based band. It is from Jar of Flies.

It is the No. 1 Billboard track that spent 26 weeks. The track went gold in the US and did over 500,000 certified sales.

A beloved track by both critics and the audience. "No Excuses" was about the difficult relationship between former lead singer Staley and guitarist Cantrell.

Song's lyrics go like this:

It's alright

There come a time

Got no patience to search

For peace of mind

11. Voices

Song Name:Voices
Spotify Stream:11 million

Voices is a beloved track by the grunge band Alice In Chains. It peaked at the #3 position in Mainstream Rock Tracks at Billboard.

Similarly, the music video of the song was quite popular during the initial time of its release. It featured the late singer Layne Staley and Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain.

Song's lyrics go like this:

Who am I, is this me

Am I one of the team

I've gone cold, hard to deal

The song has already garnered millions of views on Tiktok and Spotify.

12. Heaven Beside You

Song Name:Heaven Beside You
Spotify Streams:55 million

Heaven Beside You is an alternative rock song released in 1995. The track is about the band's songwriter Jerry Cantrell and his ex-girlfriend.

That said, the track is from the band's self-titled third studio album.

Billboard Hot 100 Airplay listed the chart at number 52. It reached the top 40 in the UK. Similarly, the track did sales of 500,000 certified units.

Likewise, the acoustic version of the track was also performed in the MTV Unplugged in 1996. The live album performed on MTV also went platinum in the US.

It has more than 15 million views on Youtube and millions of views on Spotify.

13. Stone

Song Name:Stone
Spotify Streams:16 million

Stone is one of the best songs of Alice in Chains. It is from the punk group's fifth studio album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013).

It accomplished no. 1 position in Billboard's mainstream rock chart and remained there for 20 weeks. The band also performed the song live in the show Jimmy Kimmel at L.A.

The track becomes no. 16 in the list of " Guitar World's 2019 list of 20 best guitar riffs of the decade."

Moreover, the song is loved by all people thus it is available on Deezer, Spotify, and Youtube.

14. Love Hate Love

Song Name:Love Hate Love
Spotify Streams:16 million

Love Hate Love is from the first album of Alice in Chain. RIAA certified the song platinum with three million sales in U. S.

The track also peaked at 42nd position on Billboard 200 chart. Similarly, It went triple platinum and sold more than 3 million units in the U.S.

The Song's lyrics go like this:

I want to peek at the skin on your face

Before the real, you lay to waste.

It has remained classic among the fans of Grunge, the song, and album are available in Deezer, Soundtrack, and Spotify.

15. Check My Brain

Song Name:Check My Brain
Spotify Streams:44 million

Check my brain is among the top singles of Alice In Chains. It is from their fourth studio album "Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)."

The Grammy Awards nominated the track for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in the 2010 awards. Loudwire also listed the track in the "Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century."

It is also quite a popular track that has millions of streams on Spotify, Deezer, and Soundcloud.

Some FAQs

What Genre Is Alice In Chains?

Alice in Chains is generally regarded as a Grunge band alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. However, they had more of a Metal background than most other bands in the Grunge scene.

Who Died In Alice In Chains?

Alice in Chains lost its frontman and lead singer Layne Staley on April 5, 2002. Years later, in 2011, original bassist Mike Starr would pass away as well.

What Does Alice In Chains Mean?

The members chose the name "Alice in Chains" as their band was originally meant to be a Glam Rock band where of the musicians would dress in drag. The late Layne Staley came up with the idea.

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