When System Of A Down released Toxicity in 2001, the metal band probably had little clue it would become one of the 21st century’s more popular records. After all, Toxicity – and SOAD in general – isn’t exactly easy listening. Granted, the band’s 1998 self-titled debut album did set the stage for a wave of hype for the sophomore effort, but any way you slice it, Toxicity – and by proxy its massive single “Chop Suey!”, rank as some of the biggest moments of rock and metal in the last 20 years. That’s what makes the milestone that “Chop Suey!” just hit even more special.
The song now joins Linkin Park’s “In The End” and a select few others as being one of a few rock and metal videos with over a billion Youtube views. Some of the others? Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, so you know “Chop Suey!” is in good company. Who knew lyrics are grabbing a brush and putting on a little makeup would go so far?