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Top 53 Staind Songs of All Time

Formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Staind came to prominence in 2001 with their hugely successful third album, Break the Cycle. This brought their hard rocking, Post-Grunge Metal sound to a far wider audience, firmly putting them on the musical map.

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Lead singer Aaron Lewis is responsible for most of the lyrical songwriting, which often deals with the bleaker aspects of life. Lewis doesn’t hold back, taking you on a journey into the darkest recesses of his mind, whilst forcing the listener to address their own issues alongside him.

However, the heavy subject matter has resonated with a wide audience over the years. The band has had multiple chart-topping hits, gaining a legion of dedicated fans. So, whether you’re a fan already or new to the band, here is our selection of the top 10 Staind songs of all time based on their order of release. Enjoy!

Top 10 Staind Songs of All Time

Top 53 Staind Songs of All Time

[nb]1[/nb] Mudshovel (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuAC9YIC2Bs[/yt]

“Mudshovel” was included on their 1999 album Dysfunction, released as the band’s third single from that LP. The song is a Post-Grunge track that features heavy guitar riffs, and Aaron Lewis’s voice stretching to breaking point. The lyrics of the song are, once again, pretty bleak. Anger, pain, and despair are the order of the day. 

The emotional intensity is ramped up to 10 on this one…

Lines like, “I’m digging my own grave with a shovel I made – I’m digging it deeper just to see how low I can lay,” should give you an idea of the general mood here. The overall composition of the song is intense. There is a good balance of brooding guitar riffs alongside warped melodies and punchy drums that keep the song moving forward.

“Mudshovel” is a kick-ass track. And it is a great example of Staind’s earlier signature sound, which was a lot heavier back then. It’s a standout track on the Dysfunction album and climbed as high as #10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart on its release.

[nb]2[/nb] It’s Been Awhile (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=araU0fZj6oQ[/yt]

“It’s Been Awhile” is probably Staind’s most recognizable song. It was released as the first single from their 2001 album Break the Cycle. The song was written by lead vocalist Aaron Lewis.

The track is known for its powerful lyrics, which deal with themes of loss, regret, and reminiscence. They are written in a very personal and raw way and are a reflection of Aaron Lewis’s struggles with addiction. The song’s chorus is particularly memorable. The line, “It’s been awhile since I could stand on my own two feet again,” resonates with many listeners who have struggled with similar issues.

Musically, the song features a simple yet effective arrangement… 

The song starts with a simple guitar riff and builds up to a powerful chorus with a driving drumbeat, and a memorable guitar solo. Overall, “It’s Been Awhile” is a great song. It showcases Staind’s ability to create powerful and emotive music that resonates with listeners. It’s a textbook example of Lewis’s ability to write a song that’s very private and yet highly relatable in the same instance. 

It was Staind’s biggest hit song peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Furthermore, it spent an incredible 20 weeks in the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.

[nb]3[/nb] Outside (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVQpfoqsY8Q[/yt]

“Outside” was the second single released from Break the Cycle. It is considered one of the most popular Staind songs and is a firm fan favorite to this day. A live acoustic version recorded with Fred Durst made it to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

The song features that classic Staind combination. Quiet verses lead into a chorus full of loud and heavy guitar riffs alongside Aaron Lewis’ emotive vocals. The lyrics describe an outsider’s feelings of alienation and frustration. It’s an introspective and thought-provoking affair, dealing with themes of rejection and the search for acceptance. 

“Outside” showcases Staind’s ability to blend Hard Rock with emotional lyrics and is a must-listen for fans of the band and newcomers alike.

[nb]4[/nb] Fade (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-9VnIba_qQ[/yt]

“Fade” was another hit track from their five times platinum album Break the Cycle. It was the third single from that album and achieved #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It’s another track highly critical of modern-day parenting skills. Or the lack of them. Lewis reflects on how his parents were too busy to be there for him, leaving him feeling like he didn’t have any reliable adults in his life to turn to. On the plus side, now that he is older, he doesn’t feel the same level of rage and has been able to let some of the anger fade.

Not that you would know that from the level of ire in Lewis’s vocal delivery. Neglectful parenting is something that an increasing number of people have experienced in the modern world, allowing this song to resonate with fans all over the world.

[nb]5[/nb] For You (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT8bhhDCPQc[/yt]

Staind cranked the volume and rage levels up on the fourth single from their breakout third album, Break the Cycle. It’s another edgy one dealing with themes of parental neglect. It’s from the perspective of a child whose parents ignore and belittle him to the point that he no longer feels like a human being. 

Lewis conveys feelings of hopelessness and despair in one of his most powerful vocal performances to date. A heavy guitar riff features throughout alongside a punching drum beat and crashing cymbal hits to amplify the anger to previously unseen levels. It’s a great one to let off some steam to.

The public liked it, propelling the track to #3 on both the Billboard Mainstream Rock and the Alternative Airplay charts. It also broke into the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at #63.

[nb]6[/nb] Price to Play (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ON6mQKUe8[/yt]

This track is a great example of what Staind does best: delivering blistering tunes alongside lyrics that examine the cold hard truths of life. “Price to Play” is a reflection on the taxing physical and mental nature of life as a working musician. Constantly touring and being wrangled back into the studio when you’d rather be doing anything else. 

The song’s lyrics can be applied to any aspect of existence where there is a personal cost to pay to engage in this thing called life. It was the lead single from 14 Shades of Grey and shot to #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and a respectable #66 on the Billboard Hot 100.

[nb]7[/nb] So Far Away (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_0NWNKEpQU[/yt]

It’s not all doom and gloom. “So Far Away” is brimming with positivity in comparison to many of Staind’s most famous songs. It was released as the second single from the band’s fourth studio album, 14 Shades of Grey. The song is a grateful expression of the success the band has achieved. 

Lewis muses on learning from his mistakes and appreciating the situation he has found himself in. His impressive vocal range rides high over a typical quiet verse/loud chorus arrangement that the band is famed for.

The song was a big hit for the band spending 14 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It also broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, climbing as high as #24.

[nb]8[/nb] Right Here (2005)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkuFYZgHq8[/yt]

“Right Here” is the standout track and first single from the band’s fifth studio album, Chapter V. On its 2005 release, it became their third-best performing single, reaching #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and peaking at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is a testament to unconditional love. The protagonist will be “right here waiting” no matter what situation arises or how badly he is being treated. Whether this is a good life strategy is debatable, but Lewis sounds like he means what he is singing. When they put their mind to it, Staind can pull off a sentimental power ballad as well as anyone. “Right Here” is proof of that.

[nb]9[/nb] Believe (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRH4XlbfRnM[/yt]

We’re almost at the end of this list of the Top 10 Staind songs of all time. So, let’s have a more recent track from their sixth studio album, The Illusion of Progress. Lyrically, “Believe” is about as quintessentially Staind as a song can get. It’s another story full of emotion about a man down on his luck who just needs the people around him to believe that he can turn things around.

It was the first single from The Illusion of Progress just breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 at #83. However, it spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. “Believe” is proof that Staind can still produce powerful and emotive music years after their initial success.

[nb]10[/nb] Something to Remind You (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9F244ztjxA[/yt]

“Something to Remind You” was released as the fourth single from their seventh studio album, Staind, in 2011. The song is an emotional ballad that features powerful vocals from lead singer Aaron Lewis, accompanied by a simple guitar melody. 

The lyrics deal with the pain of a man near the end of his time on earth, looking back over what became of his life and the damaged relationships he’s leaving behind. Critics generally praised the song for its emotional depth and powerful vocal performance. The song is a departure from the band’s usual heavier guitar sound and chooses to showcase Lewis’s raw and emotive singing instead.

The song wasn’t a huge commercial success, only reaching #34 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Despite this, “Something to Remind You” is a powerful and emotional ballad that stands up there as one of the band’s best later efforts.

[nb]11[/nb]Spleen (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnlhufVvF2w[/yt]

[nb]12[/nb]Open Your Eyes (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsPf0BjdX54[/yt]

[nb]13[/nb]Epiphany (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8cEzdjLn60[/yt]

[nb]14[/nb]Home (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja-u3xKXkYM[/yt]

[nb]15[/nb]Can’t Believe (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaFvJNoimOw[/yt]

[nb]16[/nb]Crawl (1999)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgmTNlhnccA[/yt]

[nb]17[/nb]Pressure (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ej19MnKQ1k[/yt]

[nb]18[/nb]Waste (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl1wqLx7Df8[/yt]

[nb]19[/nb]Take It (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ShNO5YqZI[/yt]

[nb]20[/nb]Let It Out (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHiqQdBSWtg[/yt]

[nb]21[/nb]Change (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAdqvb_eVeI[/yt]

[nb]22[/nb]Me (2001)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOQhFPkdI_4[/yt]

[nb]23[/nb]Falling Down (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txtu1NNuwTY[/yt]

[nb]24[/nb]Everything Changes (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVc9CeO83o8[/yt]

[nb]25[/nb]Save Me (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbUapmHDgb0[/yt]

[nb]26[/nb]Reply (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7JG6p1BP0s[/yt]

[nb]27[/nb]Please (2003)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlmdLVILCZw[/yt]

[nb]28[/nb]Devil (2005)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmLwDvcJxC4[/yt]

[nb]29[/nb]Tangled Up in You (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHx9IuUW0Es[/yt]

[nb]30[/nb]Rainy Day Parade (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdXr2fIHdUg[/yt]

[nb]31[/nb]The Way I Am (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3exGGeeVJcU[/yt]

[nb]32[/nb]Break (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZeEalWcAqU[/yt]

[nb]33[/nb]Paper Jesus (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0arSO3dPu-w[/yt]

[nb]34[/nb]The Truth (2008)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCm1Z_Ii8k[/yt]

[nb]35[/nb]Now (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcZyWer1zOE[/yt]

[nb]36[/nb]Wannabe (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlJ0qPZlOtc[/yt]

[nb]37[/nb]Not Again (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_hyHSZ7bQw[/yt]

[nb]38[/nb]Eyes Wide Open (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDVBvrw4HEg[/yt]

[nb]39[/nb]Failing (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9KPY4N7Tc[/yt]

[nb]40[/nb]Wanna Be Dead (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcZyWer1zOE[/yt]

[nb]41[/nb]Something’s Missing (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9txQpu6D7dc[/yt]

[nb]42[/nb]Take a Breath (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2Uh_x2px8I[/yt]

[nb]43[/nb]Layne (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpROCr46Skk[/yt]

[nb]44[/nb]Wannabe (Acoustic) (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlJ0qPZlOtc[/yt]

[nb]45[/nb]Self Destruct (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GMC9W37hsA[/yt]

[nb]46[/nb]Rainy Day Parade (Acoustic) (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdXr2fIHdUg[/yt]

[nb]47[/nb]Open Wide (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEUumTZFBo[/yt]

[nb]48[/nb]Bring the Noise (feat. Fred Durst) (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcfSAXksePc[/yt]

[nb]49[/nb]Black (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEaLxw3Gpp8[/yt]

[nb]50[/nb]Bonghits for Breakfast (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpBE-gK_3eE[/yt]

[nb]51[/nb]Outside (Acoustic) (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9U-ldQXbDc[/yt]

[nb]52[/nb]Schizophrenic Conversations (Acoustic) (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIRWZnxIIyE[/yt]

[nb]53[/nb]This Is Beetle (2011)

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XhGQisD040[/yt]

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Final Thoughts on the Top 10 Staind Songs of All Time

So, there you have my list of the Top 10 songs by Staind. The band hasn’t released any new material since 2011. But 2023 saw Staind announce new touring dates, and a new album was released in 2023. It will be interesting to see what such a long hiatus will have done to their sound.

In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you think of this list. And please feel free to add any songs that you think we should have included.

Until next time, happy listening.

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