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Toxicity is the second studio album by Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down. It was released on September 4, 2001 by American Recordings and Columbia Records. Produced by members Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian, the album debuted at number one on both the Billboad 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart.

Toxicity have received mass critical acclaim, making it into many end-of-year "best of" lists, such as being named SPIN Magazine's #1 Record of the Year. The album's lead single, "Chop Suey!" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.

The album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and has certified multi-platinum in the United States. It was the only System of a Down album to not feature the Parental Advisory label, with only minor profanities. However, a limited edition of the album containing a bonus CD with behind the scenes footage of the making of the album does feature the Parental Advisory label, while a different limited edition containing a DVD with the Toxicity music video and live footage also does not feature the label.

Track listing[]

Toxicity track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Prison Song"   3:21
2. "Needles"   3:12
3. "Deer Dance"   2:55
4. "Jet Pilot"   2:05
5. "X"   1:57
6. "Chop Suey!"   3:30
7. "Bounce"   1:54
8. "Forest"   4:02
9. "ATWA" (Air Trees Water Animals) 2:56
10. "Science"   2:42
11. "Shimmy"   1:50
12. "Toxicity"   3:40
13. "Psycho"   3:48
14. "Aerials"   6:11
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
8. "Johnny"   2:27

  • "Johnny", the Japanese bonus track, is placed as the eighth track on the album's Japanese edition, pushing all tracks 8-14 on the standard album's track listing one track number forward.

In other media[]

  • "Science" was featured in the 2002 video game ATV Offroad Fury 2.
  • "Shimmy" was featured in the 2002 video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
  • "Chop Suey!" was one of the playable songs in the 2008 video game Rock Band 2.
  • "X" was intended to be recorded for the band's 1998 self-titled debut album, but was re-worked for Toxicity.
  • "Toxicity" was one of the playable songs in the 2009 video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.