Best Genesis Songs

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21The 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.

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22Dance 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

23In That Quiet Earth
24I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

Genesis first hit after I got my own place to live. Fantastic memories of a fantastic summer aged 19. Love this song! I have no idea what it's about of course but isn't that part of its charm?

Son is fantastic and chorus is a real orgasm for me... I can't stop listening to it. Genesis is never enough

Why is this song so down in the list? This is one of the best songs of Genesis By far! The chorus is epic!

25Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Nobody heard that? A strong top 5 for me

Weird crazy beautiful and rushed.

26Abacab

It's the best Genesis song. The most complete. It has a vocal part, excellent lyrics: Phil Collins does the main vocals and chorus. And an instrumental part with good battery, guitar and organ.

Fabulous, one of my definite faves. Excellent keyboards, excellent vocals, etc. Wonderful stuff. Is it Rutherford on the keyboards? Thought it was Banks! Laugh out loud

Phill Collins drumming is really good here. Rutherford on the keyboards is just outstanding. This song got me into early genesis. This album is a must for anybody!

Most awesome song. Shows just how tight they can be. Musically brilliant!

27After the Ordeal

Best Genesis song ever! I love the whole album it was on that being "Selling England By the Pound" Complete masterpiece & gem by one of the best bands in existence.

28The Battle of Epping Forest

My personal top three are all ranked lower than 30th on this list. I guess I just have weird taste. I'm voting for this one because it's currently ranked the lowest of the three. I can understand why nobody would vote for it as their favorite -- it's not as epic as Supper's Ready, not as dynamically varied as Firth of Fifth, not as sweeping and breathtaking as some moments on Wind & Wuthering, and (especially) not as catchy as Follow You, Follow Me or anything they did in the '80s. However, I think The Battle of Epping Forest represents the spirit of Gabriel-era Genesis better than any other single song. (If I try to ignore my bias in favor of this song, I have to admit that it's kind of a caricature of Gabriel-era Genesis. )

This shouldn't be this low. This is my favourite Peter Gabriel preformance and the lyrics are hilarious.

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29Domino, Pt 2

This song is awesome, with elements of older Genesis in a newer Genesis song. I love almost all Genesis songs and love both the Collins and Gabriel eras just about equally, but this song was always particularly amazing to me. Part 2 is better than Part 1 in my opinion, but they both contribute to my overall increased love for this song.

Fantastic, nothing more has to be said. Commercial with a sense of progressive elements. Genesis at their most popular.

Yup, agreed. A classic and probably ties in place with Abacab and Mama for me.

The best one on the Invisible touch record

30The Fountain of Salmacis

One of my favorites, such a creepy story and beautiful symphonic sound.

31Seven Stones

The 2008 remaster really brings out the details in this very underrated song. It's smaller in scope than the most epic songs from the Gabriel era, but in return it feels focused and Gabriel gives an amazing performance.

Pretty early, but great vocals from Gabriel. Up there with the best Genesis tracks of all time.

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32Get 'Em Out by Friday
33Follow You, Follow Me

My parents wedding song. heartfelt and caring, truly genesis at their finest

Favorite "message" song. Complex mix with very simple, heartfelt lyrics

Cone on people number 88? This is one of the most beautiful and sincere love songs ever deserves more recognition

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34The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Surely an all time classic? Probably my absolute favourite Genesis track of all time.

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35I Can't Dance

Uncanny song with awesome tune...

36Afterglow

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.

This makes me cry. Enough said

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37Squonk

Why is this so low? Best song of "A Trick of the Tail"

38Mad Man Moon

Magical beautiful track. Reminds me of being at school in the 70's. Love playing this track watching the moon in the winter sky, surrounded by the clouds. Still listen to this album every October / November on my way to work and back home.. Just loose yourself with the lyrics & instrumental.. Pure genius even without Peter Gabriel..

This is my number 1 favorite song by Genesis. It is a masterpiece!

Great story with great music for each character

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39Many Too Many

An awesome track that is often criminally overlooked probably because it appears "And Then There Were Three". This album is not particularly popular with Genesis fans and apart from "Follow You Follow Me", is almost ignored. However, tracks like "Many Too Many" provided that vital link between the "Wind And Wuthering" and "Duke".

40Back in N.Y.C.

Most underrated Genesis song of all time. This with Hairless Heart is so powerful. Gabriel really lets go and produces some of the most fearsome vocals. My personal favourite on The Lamb along with The Lamia and In The Rapids - camillon1

Still remember listening to it for the first time. Caught me like heroin. Impossible to sing along with Peter´┐Ż's vocals, and impossible to move your head with the beat too.. Amazing.

When you've listened to enough prog rock, there comes a point at which 7/8 doesn't feel all that awkward anymore. (Usually. There are exceptions. ) I stripped the vocals from this song and used it for karaoke once with no problems. I didn't even have to think about the time signature; I just did what came naturally.

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