Top 10 Marilyn Manson Songs

Script written by Q. V. Hough. He’s the socially conscious rebel of shock rock. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 Marilyn Manson songs. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Be sure to also check out our list of the Marilyn Manson Biography: Life and Career of the Antichrist Superstar. Special thanks to our users René Padilla, courtslou009, Nelson Rivera Villavizar, Aryan Gornall, Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Pérez and Kennard Alvarico Padios for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Marilyn Manson Songs


He’s the socially conscious rebel of shock rock. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Marilyn Manson Songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Get Your Gunn”
Portrait of an American Family (1994)

Based on the murder of OB/GYN David Gunn, the shock rocker’s first single was partially blamed for the 1999 Columbine shootings, and has often been called one of the most controversial tracks of all time. Marilyn Manson burst upon the music scene with three minutes of shocking lyrics, and the glam rocker surprisingly appeared without any of his iconic makeup in the track’s music video. However, it wouldn’t be long until mascara and lipstick were #1 on his shopping list.

#9: “The Fight Song”
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000)

Directly after the Columbine massacre, Manson took a stand with this thrasher from his fourth album. Mocking college ‘fight songs’, Manson examines America’s obsession with the violence in youth sports such as football. The song also received some flak for its skeptical references to religion in the song’s chorus. While some listeners enjoyed the overall message, others simply embraced the idea of rocking with youthful exuberance. True rock n’ roll.

#8: “Rock is Dead”
Mechanical Animals (1999)


By 1999, Marilyn Manson was embracing his inner amber-bombshell and rattled the senses of devoted followers with the first single from his third album. Referencing alien babies, amphetamines and crucifixes in the opening lyrics, the man born as Brian Warner proved that he was going to shock with no regard for social norms. Teenagers went crazy over the religious headbanger, while philosophers stroked their beards with delight as they contemplated the Nietzschean influences. As one of the featured tracks on “The Matrix”, this track is extraordinarily extraterrestrial.

#7: “The Nobodies”
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000)


Snarling with a throaty chorus and slithering around in a stark music video, Marilyn Manson addressed post-Columbine American society with his final single from 2001. After the slow buildup of simple yet biting lyrics, the Ohio-born singer unleashed his lyrical fury surrounding television’s exploitation of violence. Appearing as a tree-like figure in the track’s music video, Manson originally wanted the video to feature the Jackass crew as well as take shots at haters such as U.S Senator Joseph Liberman.

#6: "This is the New Shit"
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)


A song controversial just from the title alone, the track mocks the current state of the music industy, using lyrics that come off as nonsensical. As one of Manson’s more commercial tracks, this catchy tune became a theme song of the ECW wrestling program and allowed legions of fans to scream out “rebel rebel party party” in unison. The musical stylings differed slightly from classical street corner soul singers, but Manson wore shiny gold teeth and offered the world a license to ill.

#5: “mOBSCENE"
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)


Marilyn Manson sported an elegant top hat for this Grammy-nominated track and reminded the young ladies of the world that it’s ok to get down with your bad self. Putting a spin on Oscar Wilde’s famous “Be Yourself” quote, the 2003 smash posed the controversial question of whether the mobscene is better than a sex scene. Perhaps we’ll never truly know the answer, but we now know that a theatrical production of this song would be gloriously obscene. You crazy cat, Marilyn.

#4: "Coma White
Mechanical Animals (1999)


Shortly before the end of the 20th century, Marilyn Manson released a contentious music video for this mega-popular promo single. Starring alongside his sweet love Rose McGowan, Manson took a magical realism approach to the JFK assassination with lyrical undertones of celebrity pill addiction and blurred reality. The pulled-back approach gently closed the Mechanical Animals album as the lipstick guru reached the height of his fame. “Coma White” pierced the psyches of fans and reminded critics that Manson wasn’t going anywhere.

#3: "The Dope Show”
Mechanical Animals (1998)


Manson shocked the world by exposing his androgynous breasts in this single’s iconic music video, and produced a spectacular blend of classic guitar riffs and industrial beats. With a lyrical arsenal aimed at America’s fascination with pop culture, Manson poked fun at the idea of fifteen minutes of fame with a surrealist flick. We are ALL stars in the Dope Show, and Marilyn Manson will forever be a nipple-less superstar of naked desert wandering. The track was nominated for a Grammy and caused parents to raise a curious eyebrow in fear of the unknown.

#2: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)”
Smells Like Children (1995)


Twelve years after Eurythmics released their most popular song, Manson produced his own fantastical version with two saucy additional lines. While Mr. Mayhem was still relatively unknown when the single dropped, it went on to be named the “scariest music video ever made” by Billboard. While “Tainted Love” and “Personal Jesus” may be more accessible Manson covers, the pure creep factor of this musical arrangement appealed to Manson and gothic rock fans alike, and the disturbing visual production left a lasting mark on all who dared to watch. Sweet dreams, Mojoholics, sweet…dreams.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

"Antichrist Superstar”
Antichrist Superstar (1996)

“Mechanical Animals”
Mechanical Animals (1998)

"I Don’t Like The Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)”
Mechanical Animals (1998)

“(S)aint"
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)

“Disposable Teens”
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000)

#1: “The Beautiful People”
Antichrist Superstar (1996)


With a rat-a-tat-tat-tat beat, whispering vocals and an unforgettable hook, Marilyn Man announced his industrial metal prowess with this Trent Reznor-produced classic. The philosophical references gave Manson’s lyrics a scholarly vibe, while the all-out moshfest had teenagers thrashing their heads with fury. Both primitive and sensationally modern, “The Beautiful People” kicked off Manson’s most famous album along with a new era of MTV music videos. The industrial rock track has been covered in many different genres and has become an unlikely anthem of modern youth rebellion.


So, do you agree with our selections? What is your favorite Marilyn Manson song? For more mind-blowing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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