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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. The song was ranked #14 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs [1].

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

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

During a performance at the 2005 Download Festival, Daron Malakian stated that the song was about Attention Deficit Disorder.

Music VideoEdit

The video was directed by Shavo Odadjian.
The beginning of the video shows the streets of Los Angeles, California, 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 listingEdit

Toxicity (Maxi-Single)Edit

All lyrics written by Serj Tankian. 
# TitleMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  Odadjian, Malakian 3:39
2. "X" (Live)Malakian  
3. "Suggestions" (Live)Malakian  
4. "Marmalade"  Malakian 3:00
5. "Toxicity" (Video)Odadjian, Malakian  

Toxicity (Australian Tour)Edit

All lyrics written by Serj Tankian. 
# TitleMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  Odadjian, Malakian 3:39
2. "X" (Live)Malakian  
3. "Suggestions" (Live)Malakian 2:44
4. "Sugar" (Video)Odadjian, Malakian  

Toxicity (UK Release)Edit

CD1Edit

All lyrics written by Serj Tankian. 
# TitleMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  Odadjian, Malakian 3:42
2. "X" (Live)Malakian 3:05
3. "Suggestions" (Live)Malakian 2:44

CD2Edit

# TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  TankianOdadjian, Malakian 3:41
2. "Marmalade"  TankianMalakian 3:02
3. "Metro"  John CrawfordCrawford 3:00

Toxicity (7" Limited Edition Single)Edit

All lyrics written by Serj Tankian. 
# TitleMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  Odadjian, Malakian 3:39
2. "Störagéd"  Malakian 1:19

Toxicity (Promo Single)Edit

# TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Toxicity"  TankianOdadjian, Malakian 3:39
2. "Prison Song"  Tankian, MalakianMalakian 1:58
3. "X"  TankianMalakian  

NotesEdit

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


External linksEdit

Template:System of a Down

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