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"Toxicity" is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. It was originally released on the Toxicity album (2001).

The writing credit for the song is Malakian/Odadjian/Tankian.

Although it never achieved the mainstream success of "Chop Suey!" and "B.Y.O.B.", Toxicity remains one of System of a Down's most popular songs among fans. It is known for its dynamic chorus, aggressive vocals, and prominent drum beat. The song was ranked #14 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

The song is in C minor key and is played on a dropped C tuned guitar.

"Toxicity" is a downloadable song for the music video game series Rock Band, and is a featured track in Guitar Hero: Metallica.


  • It made #53 on the Y2KROQ Top 200 Songs of the Century.

Music video

The video was directed by Shavo Odadjian.The beginning of the video shows the streets of Los Angeles, Californiamarker, then cuts to the band. Daron Malakian can be seen wearing a Los Angeles Kings jersey with his last name on the back most of the time in the video. During the verses, a projector shows homeless people lined against the streets. The end of the video is a reference to a Pantera music video.

Track listing

Toxicity (Maxi-Single)

Toxicity (Australian Tour)

Toxicity (UK Release)



Toxicity (7" Limited Edition Single)

Toxicity (Promo Single)


  1. "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1-4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by; last accessed September 10, 2006

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