Best Genesis Songs

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The best Genesis songs ever written by the British rock group. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Supper's Ready
best 22 minutes in your life...

onat÷nol

This is one of the most underrated songs of all time. It's so good. It's even better than Bohemian Rhapsody. The only reason people don't have it held in such high regard is because 22 minutes is too much for their short attention span. Another reason is because this song is not for the simple-minded. It requires true music taste. Any idiot can listen to Bohemian Rhapsody. It's a great song, but require nothing special from the listener. This song, however, requires true musical taste and appreciation. Not any idiot can listen to this song.
This song was almost the entire second side of Fox Trot. It was the first album with Phil Collins on drums and Steve Hackett on guitar. It is similar in structure to the second side of Abbey Road, but far beyond that album in complexity and musicianship. Phil's drumming on Apocalypse in 9/8 is spectacular and Steve Hackett's Guitar work and Peters vocals are excellent. It is a metaphoric concept song of Christ's return as written in Revelations. Very moving and creative.
[Newest]I am a HUGE Pink Floyd fan. They are the band that got me into prog and are still my favorite band as of today. BUT, this beats anything that Pink Floyd has ever made. This song is unbelievable. There isn't a dull moment in this song and the last few minutes are so amazing. It saddens me that not many people listen to this because Genesis doesn't get a ton of attention and people don't have the patience to listen to a 23 minute song.

2Firth of Fifth
More than a song a masterpiece. Beautiful piano, organ solos and maybe one of the greatest guitar solo by Steve Hackett. Collins and Rutherford are dynamic and Peter Gabriel sounds really good. It could be 2nd after"Supper's Ready" and before all the commercial stuff.
Firth of Fifth is the best Genesis song in my opinion just ahead of Supper's Ready which is also fantastic. The song is a true masterpiece in its beautifully intricate piano opening, Gabriel's awesome singing and flute solo, Bank's powerful mellotron & organ exchange and then closing with one of the greatest and powerful melodic guitar (violin sounding) solo by Steve Hackett. Collins drumming is beyond superb and Ruthrford's powerful bass lines and bass petals are great as well. The lyrics are interesting as well and were by Tony Banks. One of the greatest Prog Rock songs ever. This song is right up there with Epitaph and Starless by King Crimson, Heart of the Sunrise and Awaken by Yes, and Jacob's Ladder and Cygnus x-1 by Rush. An absolutely epic song from an epic album Selling England By The Pound.
I actually think this one is the 2nd best Genesis song, but I voted for it because it was 4th on the list. This song showcases the whole band at their best and everyone's playing complements each other, with Tony Banks' keyboards, Rutherford & Collins' rhythm section, Steve Hackett's fantastic guitar solo and Peter Gabriel's epic lyrics make me feel like I'm listening to something eternal and ancient.
[Newest]I can see the "scene of death lying just below" and the most moving guitar solo from a prog rock band (Hackett the most underrated guitarist EVER! ). Oh, and Tony's piano intro is pretty good too.

3The Musical Box
This is the perfect example of a song played, instrumentally, at it's best. Great guitar work, great drums, and great keyboard playing. I'm just glad to see 'Invisible Touch' on the number one spot. Don't get me wrong, I like Phil Collins. He was a great drummer and even had great songs like 'Mama. ' But they went from an excellent progressive rock band, in which you could hear their talent, to a bubblegum music band. Again, I have nothing against Phil Collins, but I feel like they betrayed the musical structure of the band once the brilliant Peter Gabriel left. The people who vote 'Invisible Touch' as their best song don't know the real Genesis.
I can't believe The Musical Box isn't a top 10 song. Both a band and crowd favorite, played at pretty much every Genesis during the Peter Gabriel era, this is great work of hard-soft fast-slow dynamics. The layered 12-strings overlaid with Gabriel-Collins counterpoint vocal duet that starts around 7:40 on the studio track is the best 60 seconds of music ever recorded by Genesis. This is a great song!
Without this song my life will be incomplete! Great musical experience.

4The Cinema Show
Just loaded with great stuff. The "once a man, like the sea I raged" is just wonderful singing, it's got great Tony Banks keyboard, good 12-string stuff, and a great 7/8 part.
Incredibly atmospheric piece. The range of emotions conveyed by this single song is remarkable. This song, along with the brief Aisle of Plenty, offer a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic album.
Fantastic melodies, and just brilliant, sympathetic drumming from Collins. A masterpiece, and possibly the best Genesis track of all!
[Newest]Can't believe The knife isn't on the list

5Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
This is the definition of a perfect song; it's perfect. Despite being 8 minutes long (short for an epic), it's epic. The music is amazing and Peter Gabriel's voice wonderfully drives you through the music. I love the part where it goes "The captain leads his dance right on through the night" and then when he says "dancing on with the moonlit knight, knights of the green shield stamp and shout" and the whole band kicks in and kicks ass.

fidelcanojr

Genesis did several master works that are more important and of more depth than Moonlit Knight, but this piece manages to include all of progressive rock best characteristics within the minimum timeframe possible. It goes in all directions at once while maintaining full composure. Excellent!
Excellent song, Peter Gabriel's voice draws you right in and it has wonderful sound. I especially enjoy the part that goes, "there's a fat old lady outside the saloon. " Majestical.
[Newest]The fact I had to add this myself is crazy there best song by far

6Carpet Crawlers
What? 7th? Land of confusion and Invisible Touch don't deserve to be that high, this is such an epic song, it has everything it takes to be one of the best Genesis song
Should be a top five selection on every list! An intense, beautifully lyrical piece. A great song from one of the greatest concept albums of all time.
Epic, great description. Invisible Touch? Land of Confusion? Please... Think what you're saying. They don't even come close, but AfterGlow, well now...

7Mama
Gods. Love this band so much. It really is difficult to vote for one single song, when the have such a diverse portfolio. I chose Mama because it is a song that has always stuck with me; once I hear it, its in my mind for the entire day. Its just simply a masterpiece (not that the others are not).
Truly a masterpiece, at least, in my opinion. What can I say, it was love at first sight. But, in the end, the live version from 1987 is better in some ways than the studio version.
"home by the sea" is on the list! (that was my little joke)

Yeah, this song's pretty deep...

Guido

[Newest]Wonderful, wonderful song. Total emotion and stunningly put together.

8Land of Confusion
It was hard to choose the one and only the one. I love so many hits from Genesis but Land of Confusion always was/is special to me. Love it so much

Alexandr

It doesn't get any better than this! Mike Rutherford had the perfect riff and bass line when he composed this amazing Rock anthem! Perfect - just perfect!
My generation will put it right. Fantastic.
[Newest]This music box and MOMA all three are awesome From there Prog days to there pop days, from Peter to Phil this band is incredible

9The Knife
Awesome song. Many Genesis fans call it their favorite. Maybe its missing from the list because Collins wasn't with the band yet.
Come on, The Knife at 21?! This is the real Genesis. This song is so good. I love it so much. Invisible Touch is good, but it's not the real Genesis. The real one is with Peter Gabriel. Anyway, Phil Collin's drums on this song are awesome! Phil Collins was an excellent drumer. The guitar work on this song is also excellent, along with Peter Gabriel's vocals.
Phill Collins was not even with this band in 1970, when they recorded this.
This would do well as a Hunger Games anthem. My 19 year old daughter agrees; thus proving that Genesis is timeless, as is all great music.

10In The Cage
This is probably the least mentioned song when people consider Genesis greatest songs. However, it's the one song that sends a live crowd over the top when they play it. A song that bridges Gabriel and Collins era Genesis. Brilliant.
great musical technics, Rhythm-out-perfomer in second part... genius, very awesome
This song should Be on nummer 2. So supper's ready (seconds out version), the cage, cinema show (seconds out version) firth of fifth, musical box, carpet crawlers, moonlit knight, home by the sea I & II, one for the fine, ripples, the knife, mad man moon.

The Contenders

11Watcher of the Skies
I would put it number 3 after supper's ready and fifth of fifth, the rhythm is so powerful and it charges you more than any other song, the intro is just some masterpiece. Every time I listen to it I just keep replaying.
Just listen and you'll understand exactly why this song should be on this list. It should, in my opinion, be higher, at least near the top ten...
This song showcases the band's skill, how they can play above and beyond most bands. (listen to the genesis live version)
[Newest]Should be much higher. Perfection

12Afterglow
Probably the Quintessential Genesis Track. No coincidence that this was the finale of their live show for many years. Great tune and lyrics that build to an awesome climax.
How can you not have this on a Genesis top 10? It is their best song ever.
Afterglow and Fading LIghts are a toss up for me-both so hauntingly beautiful.
[Newest]This makes me cry. Enough said

13Dance On a Volcano
Not just one of Genesis' greatest achievements, but one of the greatest moments in all of prog, A Trick of the Tail's "Dance On a Volcano" is, without a doubt, the best single song the band cut with Collins at the mic. Beyond its breathlessly exciting, whiplash inducing 7/8 rhythmic structure and brilliant ensemble playing, this song features what are probably the best lyrics in any Genesis song. Sample verse: "The music's playing, the notes are right/Put your left foot first and move into the light/The edge of this hill is the edge of the world/And if you're gonna cross/You better start doing it right. " Sure, the instrumental coda's riff seems to cop from King Crimson's "Fracture, " but probably unintentionally. I simply cannot think of a more exciting six minutes within the genre, and it still works gets me worked up after literally hundreds of listens. Absolutely brilliant.
Love this song. first phil Collins song ever

14Invisible Touch
"I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. " - Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Greatest song ever. The rest can suck it!
To be honest, Genesis' songs didn't really gain my interest that much so far, I thought Phil Collins wrote better songs during his solo career and Peter Gabriel is OK but not quite as good as Collins in my opinion, and the only Genesis song that I actually like so far is this one.
[Newest]It's their only number one song for a reason. It's just that good!

15Entangled
Listen for the Glockenspiel on this gem... Fantastic.
Sublime last 2 minutes

16The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Surely an all time classic? Probably my absolute favourite Genesis track of all time.
Una delle cinque pi├╣ belle canzoni... AMAZING...

17Turn It On Again
Catches genesis right at the point when they were becoming more poppy and accessible but this is cerebral and just a great tune that bridges the Gap perfectly
Why so low down? This is a brilliant song should be at least number 2?

Gotta make quality better...
This list is all wrong this song should be in the top ten and even in the top five or three

18Los Endos
This is a phenomenal instrumental that is so powerful and moving. It is a great road song. When Genesis tied this with the drum duet and 'Dance on a Volcano' it became the perfect song. I can listen to it all day and night long. It makes you want more!
Phenomenal instrumental song, it should be in the top 5

19The Return of the Giant Hogweed
Hogweed probably doesn't get consideration because the idea is a little silly... but all 5 band members are fantastic on this track... particularly Steve and Phil. This song always gets me moving and grooving! At least top 20 material.

20Blood On the Rooftops
Very hard to choose... Firth of fifth has such a great guitare solo, Supper's is so great, the end of Entangled is so beautiful and the second part of the Cinema show is so amazing... so why choose Blood on the rooftops... just because listening to this song in October when the autumn is there is a spiritual step in the moment, a perfect one for me.
One of my favourite Genesis song on my favourite album, sadly never played live by the band. A moving masterpiece. Thanks mr Hackett!

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