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Top 12 Skindred Songs of All Time


Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

Skindred is a Welsh band that formed in 1998 with members Benji Webbe, Daniel Pugsley, Mikey Demus, and Arya Goggin. Their music is a great blend of heavy metal, alternative rock, and reggae, giving the band a unique sound that thousands have completely fallen in love with.

Skindred, which is a combination of "skinheads" and "dreadlocks," has performed at various festivals such as Leeds and Reading, Sonisphere, and Download, as well as touring around the world with other bands such as Soil, Breaking Benjamin, and Viza.

I saw them at Leeds Festival in 2013 and in concert twice in 2014 while they were touring, and they do a fantastic live show. Benji has unrelenting energy that gets everyone riled up and excited, and Skindred performs using a cool mix of genres that I and thousands of other fans love to revisit again and again. Here is a list of their top twelve songs.

12. "Doom Riff"

Album: Union Black
Year of release: 2011

This slightly grunge-style song is about peace and equality, rejecting racism and getting those in power to do the same. I particularly love that Benji is urging people to tell those "higher up" than us that the world needs healing. This is one song that is just fantastic to rock to at a gig.

11. "Stand for Something"

Album: Shark Bites and Dog Fights
Year of release: 2009

One of Skindred's earlier albums features the song "Stand for Something," a song about government control and a message to think for yourself instead of being a mindless sheep who just believes everything they're told. With an awesome music video and a powerful message, it's definitely one of Skindred's best songs.

10. "Game Over"

Album: Union Black
Year of release: 2011

Although the music video makes it look like a police car chase, I believe this song is more about overthrowing the powers that keep us down. However, it's going to take teamwork and togetherness to do so. I love the exciting beat of this tune, though those who dislike "screaming" in songs might disagree. "Game Over" is definitely a gem from the Union Black album.

9. "World's on Fire"

Album: Kill the Power
Year of release: 2014

I love the reggae beat in the verses of this song before that epic guitar riff. This is one of Skindred's songs that gets me all riled up and wanting to dance.

8. "Destroy the Dancefloor"

Album: Roots Rock Riot
Year of release: 2007

This song is one I wish would play in all the clubs! I completely fell in love with this metal dance song as soon as I first heard it, and it continues to be one of my favourites to this day.

7. "Pressure"

Album: Babylon
Year of release: 2002

The best song from Skindred's first album is "Pressure," a song with an epic intro and a video with a nostalgic '90s feel. I love the party feel to this tune, which is reminiscent of Skindred's early days and a style that a lot of fans refer to.

6. "Volume"

Album: Volume
Year of release: 2015

On their newest album is "Volume," which was positively received by a lot of their fans. I adore this gorgeous nu-metal-esque tune which not only sounds like a classic Skindred song but brings with it high quality and a modern feel. You're sure to fall in love with the insanely catchy chorus.

5. "Warning"

Album: Union Black
Year of release: 2011

Another song that's great to hear live, "Warning" is about not bothering someone when he's angry because that guy might just snap. This angry, metal tune is another song that brings back good memories and remains one of my favourites to this day.

You also hear some vocals from backup singer and bass player Daniel Pugsley in the chorus.

4. "Nobody"

Album: Babylon
Year of release: 2002

Another fantastic song from the Babylon album is "Nobody," which was also used as part of the soundtrack in the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. This exciting tune is one of their best that fans of the game as well as the band enjoy.

3. "Kill the Power"

Album: Kill the Power
Year of release: 2014

Kill the Power is a fantastic album, and this song is a mixture of hip-hop and metal with an awesome video. It's also another great one to rock to and pump your fist in the air while singing along at one of their gigs!

2. "Ninja"

Album: Kill the Power
Year of release: 2014

A favourite of the Kill the Power album is "Ninja," an insanely catchy metal masterpiece with one of the best music videos I've ever seen! The whole crowd went crazy when Benji announced they were singing it next, and it's a tune many fans consider to be their favourite.

1. "Ratrace"

Album: Roots Rock Riot
Year of release: 2007

I believe this is the song that put Skindred on the map. Back before they got as popular as they are now, they were filming in what looks like a personal studio, where they created the absolute perfect blend of reggae and metal that even my father, who dislikes rock music, loved!

"Ratrace" is Skindred's signature song, and although I love all of their music, it will always have a special place in my heart. If you only listen to one song today, make it this one!

With a steadily rising fanbase of people who appreciate Skindred's original sound, I'm glad I got to see them in 2014 back when they weren't as well-known. I was lucky enough to catch Benji for a photo and the guitarist passed me their song list after their gig.


I and other Skindred fans continue to look forward to more of their fantastic music and attend their concerts and tours. Which song of theirs is your favourite?

© 2017 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 02, 2017:

Thanks, Louise! They’re one of my favourites.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 02, 2017:

To be honest, I've never heard of this group before, but they sound really good.

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