Best Porcupine Tree Songs

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The Top Ten

Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
No better song has come out from the PT stables. This song encompasses everything Porcupine Tree is about. I'll stick my neck out and say that it may be the best prog rock song of all time
Its very hard to make a Top Ten list to Porcupine Tree.. But this song is a complete trip, the gloomy intro.. The AMAZING unique riffs.
This is one of the songs that goes with everything. When you're stoned, drunk, depressed, happy, or whatever
The lyrics are deep as hell! You can understand the song in so many ways.
It was really hard to choose between all those songs, but this one is unique.
Definitely one of the best PT songs. Just epic music and lyrics. It summarizes what PT is all about.
[Newest]Best prog song ever

"When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK"
Just Epic... Minas
Awesome music... Guitar strumming and hammering's simple and catchy.. Lyrics maintains simplicity and stays in your head...
The feel of this song is beautiful. The rhythm just makes you curious.. Like the mind of a small child... Vaibhav
[Newest]That song is amazing!

This song should be way up to the top of the list.. Lyrics are simply awesome and meaningful, the fusion between the instruments played is outstanding (couldn't be better), 18 minutes that blow out your mind.. Three different parts of the songs are mixed together by sheer perfection..
If one's listening to Porcupine Tree for there psychedelic blend of music you simply can't find anything better then this.
A masterpiece by Porcupine Tree.. Simply a legend to add to in the list of all time best psychedelic songs..
This song is DEFINITELY number 1 from Porcupine Tree for me. I listen to this song every single morning. It has the most amazing dynamic changes, lyrical melodies, and rifts I've ever heard. I am a musician and music is my passion, mostly different type of rock. And this song along with a lot of their other songs just amaze me, the composing and writing talents of this band are amazing; let alone they are all amazing musicians alone. Porcupine Tree should be the biggest band in the world.
I have and always will have a very short attention span. I always need to be doing something else in the background of something, be it watching T.V. whilst doing homework, or listening to music whilst walking any distance from one place to the other. With the exception of this song, I have, on many occasions, just lie on my bed, perfectly still listening to this and ONLY this in all of its perfect 17 minutes. During this time I hang onto every word spoken by steven, absorb every drum and cymbal hit by gavin and just let the general atmosphere by this fantastic band take me on the emotional rollercoaster that I experience. I was looking for that song that would do this, and this ticks all the boxes. No other song can have me perfectly still in a trance. What can I say? Greatest song of all time.
[Newest]Psychedelic emotional roller coaster need I say more?

In Lazarus simplicity is beautiful. Such a sweet powerful song... A true one of a kind.
beautiful song... one that is different from the rest of their songs...
love it! just a perfect song!
[Newest]One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Period.

5Blackest Eyes
Man the first time I heard this song-i became a devotee of porcupine tree and steven wilson. The chorus is catchy and so is the blend of the raw acoustic sound with thunderous drumming and guitar. Blackest eyes forever! Anesthetize, strip the soul, lazarus are great songs but this one has to be the best. That's what I think.

LISTEN TO IT MAN! What are you waiting for?
awesome song! for some reason it makes me wanna burst into tears and laughter at the same time...
porcupine tree ftw!
Caught me off guard the first time I heard it. Big Fan ever Since. Live shows are amazing.
[Newest]This song is awesomeness.

6Dark Matter
Just around 2 months ago, this song was at the top. Now, it's so much behind that nothing much can be done to bring it back to where it was, where it belongs, the place it truly deserves. I don't mean to say Trains, or Lazarus are not good, they are awesome (esp. Trains)!
It's just that this song has so much feel to it that no song can ever match it. It is just out of this world!
To put it nicely (once again),
"Songs will come and songs will go...
Dark Matter flows...


Someone wrote that "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here encompasses everything Porcupine Tree is about. " I totally disagree with this assessment because I would categorize "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" as a great example of Porcupine Tree's later prog-metal stuff; but mainly because Steven Wilson directly said in a recent interview that Porcupine Tree is about expressing and understanding the darker side of existence. Thus "Dark Matter, " at least content wise, is the most potent representation of what Porcupine Tree represents.
Songs will come and songs will go...
Dark Matter flows...
[Newest]The Lyrics leave you with a sense of loss, the music gives you gooseflesh.

7Way Out of Here
I don't respond to earthly thing while I am listening to this songs. It takes me somewhere else.
What the hell #1 song is # 11! This song is soothing to senses! The intro, riffs, lyrics all are awesome! Vote guys!
The guitar solo takes me out to another world! Simply mind blowing... Should be withing the top 5!
[Newest]Insane solo. Amazing vocals. Out of this world.

8Fear of a Blank Planet
I'm surprised this song is not in the Top 5! This is an awesome song and Fear of a Blank Planet is itself a great album. The vocals in this song, the lyrics, the riffs oh Steven Wilson you're a legend. Great shift towards the half of the song and a mini drum solo by Gavin Harrison and then it gets heavy again followed by a great guitar solo. Then the ending is just perfect with Richard Barbieri giving the atmospheric feel not to forget Colin Edwin's awesome bass line throughout the song. This song deserves to be in the Top 5 at least
By far their best song and this should be in the top ten by far. It has a point and a cool sounding chorus and this is just a great song all around. Also pretty underrated
Vocals are simply amazing, the guitar at the beginning make me fly. A Masterpiece
[Newest]Great song from a great album with such deep meaning. This song should be way up in the list.

9Open Car
The way it starts, the chorus just drives me INSANE! Deserves top 3
What... This song should #1... What is wrong with you guys! Not even a vote for this... What a shame!
Awesome Song! <3 Love it.. True Music..
[Newest]Great song... Deserves to be in top 3!

10The Sound of Muzak
Music of the future will not entertain...
Epically awesome!
The time signature is weirdly sexy too.. !
Original sound, nice groovy drum beat and guitar riff and really catchy chorus; interesting lyrics too, best song I've heard by this band so far!


The song that tells me how great a drummer Gavin Harrison is! What great lyrics... Amazing! The "Arriving Somewhere" DVD has a fabulous live version of this song.
[Newest]This has to be some of Porcupine Tree's best.

The way Gavin grooves to a 7/4 time signature in the verses, is absolutely genius.

The Contenders

TOP STUFF! Magical song!

P.S. Listen to Sentimental before you listen to this...
Very underrated. Should be higher up in the list.

12Russia On Ice
This should be at number 1.. A rare combination of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, trance...
Russia on ice isn't only a damn beatiful and intense song, is a real story narred perfectly with the cryptic lyrics and the melody's crescendo, I really had to think hard to understand the metaphor of the "But Russia on ice is burning a hole", the Russia on Ice is the Alcohol, the Vodka that is burning his throat (the hole), damn, Steven is really a genius... all the song is about a drunked man that float with his mind in his thoughts (that are like COAL, (all my thoughts are like coal) so they feed the "flame" of the pain), and all the melody fits entirely the change of his feeling in the trip of the alcohol, infact start with a psichedelic intro (the start of the trip), changes in a metal melody (when he get mad by the alcohol) and finish with bells... That for me, represent the finish of the trip, and the start of the only thought that remain... The death...
Simply amazing.
Psychadelic rock at its best. The song is dark and mysterious and funky at times. The intro is damn nice!
[Newest]This song reminds me of Pink Floyd... Awesome! No words!

13Radioactive Toy
Best piece of PT's early work. This is the one that started it all, and it's fantastic
This can't happen "RADIOACTIVE TOY" @ NO. 17... After seeing this I got an heartattack in a layby :p and I'm now sleeping of no dreaming :P

Stereo version is super, but hearing it live was beyond belief.


Best base track ever! I'm really surprised its not even in the top ten
This the best and most trippy song ever
[Newest]I love the bass on this track! Cool song.

One of the best in psychedelic rock. The guitar solo is the best in this century. The lyrics is amazing with minimal words.
Love the Wilson songs about his struggles with relationships. Great guitar solo with a lot of emotion.
This song is just awesome. Intro, and guitar lead is just awesome. Drum rolls add stars to it.

16The Start of Something Beautiful
My favorite PT song! So beautiful, especially between about 5:00-6:30 and build up back into the final chorus... Amazing!
The bridge and ending of the song is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard!
The chorus has that PT heavy touch to it, but the ending of the song is just so beautiful, especially the way it builds up and then that solo :')

17Gravity Eyelids
Amazing song, sadistic feel to it, beautiful BEAUTIFUL chorus, and the riffs are absolutely stunning. WOW.
This is amazing song... N a great mix of psychedelic effect with metal... Wondering why its not in the list... Its after arriving somewhere but not here for me

18Even Less
Epic songwritern, should be in the top 3.

Awesome from beginning to end! The instrumentation is perfect, it all blends together. The chorus is life though 😊 It is regularly stuck in my head and is a great song for running to. I mean, that guitar solo near the end is wicked! My dad introduced them to me and I've been listening ever since, and this song is a staple of not only their album Deadwing, but of their whole catalog. Definitely my favorite PT song, surprised it isn't higher.

20Lightbulb Sun

21Buying New Soul
There has never been a better song than Buying New Soul. Everything about this song is perfect. At over ten minutes long it has the rare ability to make you wish it was even longer.
The intro is enchanting, its like your actually dead in peace... Should be at least in the top 5
Chills me to the bones, excellent stuff, love the double bass
[Newest]This is one of Porcupine Tree's most underrated songs

22The Sky Moves Sideways
This song easily makes into my top 3 list. There isn't any better song than this to take you on a 'space voyage' for more than half an hour! Each phase of the song is better than the rest.
What do you mean this isn't on the list? Awesomeness defined

23Bonnie the Cat
Masterclass song by porcupine tree, especially Gavin's 4/4 drum beat which gives the essence of odd time signatures. Pure modern prog rock.

Come on just don't give votes listening to only one song
I just love the lyrics! I can relate to them

25Sleep Together
This song is so intriguing! Why is it way down here! Please vote for it people!
Whenever I listen to the intro, I feel like I'm a criminal.
For me this is Nr. 1! Whats up?

My favorite song from PT, by far, which is saying a lot considering the amount of amazing songs they have. At 3:52 starts the best piece of Music I ever heard. And I'm actually more into Death, Prog Metal
Its a beautiful song... Simple chord progression but quality if the song is awesome...
Melodic, with a good build up
[Newest]Among the most richly textured rock songs I've ever heard.

27Cheating the Polygraph
Ah this is so hard! I was equally torn between this amazing song, "The Blind House" on "The Incident" and "Sleep of No Dreaming" on "Signify". They all have the killer hook choruses that PT is known for. Cheating has tight lyrics, sickeningly awesome guitar solos, some open breathing time. Of the 3 I mentioned, none of which are on this list, all deserve to be in the top 10, this one is the least mellow, most driving. I can listen to it over and over and still hear new licks in it.
Really amazing song from the Nil Recurring EP.

28My Ashes
I love mostly all of theirs like Halo, ASBNH, etc. But this one was too low. I mean, 35th?! Sure, other songs have more stuff than this, but My Ashes has arguably the best chorus I've ever heard, and those guitar waves and plucks and violins, and of course, Wilson's amazing vocals! VOTE FOR MY ASHES!
I can't believe My Ashes in so low here! This is one of the best ballads that I've ever heard, Lyrics is just amazing... VOTE FOR MY ASHES!
How? How is this so low? Jesus, this is one perfect song, maybe it is not porcupine tree's usual stile but still...
This takes me to another world, the chorus is wonderful

29The Incident
Has a tendency to meander a bit, but it affects me emotionally more than any other PT song. Honorable mention for Anesthetize.

30Heartattack In a Layby
You must be jokeing!? This song never deserved such a bad ranking (well it sure is not the only one in this list). The lyrics are plain cute, like a poem you learn in the first years at school - the melody once heared will follow you the whole day.
This song is genius. The only problem is that even if you're in a good mood, this song can make you gloomy. It's a melodic gloom though.
Come on we can do better this song must be at least in the top 5...

31Pure Narcotic
Magnificent lyrics and music, Totally captivating, melancholic romantic song
Can't believe this is so low on the list...
For me this the most beautiful song of the band after Lazarus.

32Mellotron Scratch
Should be up in the list because it's so simple yet so awesome. I don't understand why is such a song able to make someone cry, and it should be famous on the radios too, too bad underground songs aren't that considered...
Unreal ending with the blending of vocals... Sports Centers Honour Role Candidate, Top 10 FOR SURE!
The interweaving vocals are amazing.

33Stranger by the Minute

34Lips of Ashes
Such an ambient song! The trippiest of all from PT!
Weirdly Beautiful and Calming!


This is a vary special song! The arpeggio and the voice are perfect sinchronized

35Drown With Me
I can't believe this song wasn't on the list! It is amazing.


We lost the skyline version was awesome.

36Remember Me Lover
Dark, resentful and bitter. The perfect song to listen to if you're in the mood to brood, contemplate and reflect.

"I walked away, now remember me lover,
I told you lies, now remember me lover,
I took your money, remember me lover,
I ruined your life, now remember me lover"
Bitter lyrics with changing moods between metal and low key make this song unforgettable
This song got me into porcupine tree. Simply brilliant lyrics conbined with smooth music progressing as the song goes on!

37Don't Hate Me
This one must rated much higher than just 40 or something like that.
Come on, at least top 10 :)
Have you heard at this? It's simply astonishing.
Awesome! The lyrics are simply great poetry!
There is no don't hate me in the top 50 at least? What?
U guys aren't true pt fans :(

Why has deadening been forgotten? The album title is named after it, simply and odd interesting track.

39Stars Die
Clearly should be in the top 5. Their best song! It seems whoever is rating these songs only has listened to their newer albums, which is a shame. So many good songs on the older albums. One of the best uses of a audio sample in a song if not the best.
Clearly, should be in the top 5.
Utterly surreal.
This is why I loved PT in first place, :D

40A Smart Kid
Such an underrated song. The guitar solo is so beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Arguably, the song that has the best lyrics.

41Piano Lessons
Listen to it people and please vote
Best track in Stupid Dream so should be in top ten
Iam surprised to see #1 song in this position

Absolutely beautiful slide guitar! Heavenly song, truly a masterpiece.. I listen to it on loop daily..
Haunting. Gorgeous. First PT I heard, perhaps prejudiced by that fact, but definitely deserves higher placement.

43I Drive the Hearse
The catchy lyrics and the beautiful acoustic guitar creates a outstanding musical environment. Wilson came up with one of their best lyrics in despite of can be one of the saddest song he has written. That's what I think. Nevertheless PT has first-class music in almost all his songs. Cheers.

44Drawing the Line
Epic song off their latest album.

45Nine Cats
Best song by them, beautiful rhythm, and the acoustic version is also simply amazing.
One of their best... Deserves more attention..
Seriously? 49? Seriously? I mean serioously?


46Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled
Absolutely one of the best Porcupine Tree songs in existence. Really guys, it's excellent if you haven't listened to it yet, do it right now. You won't be disappointed.
The transition of Shesmovedon into Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled is so incredible that one song cannot be listened without the other. These two songs together form my favorite Porcupine Tree segment.

47Stop Swimming

How in the world can this song be so low? Top 10 is the least this song deserves. The lyrics, the slide guitar intro, the sheer serenity of the song; heavenly!
The best of porcupine tree...

49The Blind House
How did everyone forget this song? Very good chemistry. Very hardcore.

50Collapse the Light Into Earth
I cannot believe this song wasn't on the list.. I'm not saying its the BEST but truly deserves to be in the top ten.. It's so emotional that always makes me cry
Of acceptances and moving on. A mood for all those who loved and let it go.
Best one of porcupine tree...

51The Sound of No-One Listening

52Strip the Soul

53Voyage 34 (Phase 1)
The most trippy song by porcupine... I'm surprised too see its not even listed in list... Are you guys even listen their tracks... According it should be in top 5
Simply a wonderful trip!
My ultimate high song, it's perfect, sounds a lot like Pink Floyd, surprised that it's #41 really unfair

How is this not on the list? 20 minute masterpiece which conveys so many different emotions

55Where We Would Be
"Strange, how you never become the person you see when you're young" <cue epic guitar solo! >

56The Creator Had a Mastertape
It's a pity that I had to add this song to the list. Evil is the word! Killer bass riff. Out-of-this-world guitar riffs and mind blowing lyrics.
I love this song! It sucks that few people realize the awesomeness of this Porcupine Tree song...

My favourite Porcupine Tree track. Words are deep yet easy. Intro rift is amazing. It is reminiscent of how lost and lonely we are in life in the big city around the world.

58Wedding Nails
For me the best instrumental track from porcupine tree. Come on people vote for this song, this song should be way up.
Awesome instrumental, good for headbanging

59Octane Twisted
This song is just beautiful. It starts with some beautiful acoustic guitar, than moves into some fantastic vocals, and lastly progresses into some startling guitar riffs. I can't believe I have to add it to this list.
Promising of stevens latest albumn

60Phase II

61Nil Recurring

62Jupiter Island

63The Rest Will Flow

Seriously? Far from being in the top 10, this song isn't even on the list! The bass is cool, the chords in the middle are dream-like and the ending concludes the whole thing marvellously, leaving you speechless and feeling like in a dystopia!
It's a shame this gem from "In Absentia" is ranked so low.
70th, not even in top 20s?
The bass line is amazing and the way the song creates a mental picture of 'The Apocalypse' is just marvellous.


65How Is Your Life Today?


67Mesmer I


69Feel So Low

70The Nostalgia Factory
Just listen to it once, an extremely melodious song!


72Always Never
This wasn't even on the list? It's a great song, with soaring guitar lines and sweet riffs. The chorus is catchy too.


74I Fail

75Glass Arm Shattering

76Tinto Brass


78This Is No Rehearsal
I don't understand why this song is not even on list?
This song is so beautiful and the lyrics is simply amazing...

79What Happens Now?

80Sleep of No Dreaming
Purely the quintessence of early psychedelic PT period

81Time Flies
This song somehow evokes echoes of Pink Floyd Animals, but it has a more modern twist to it. It's not easy doing progressive these days, specially a slow song, but they managed to make it sound so crisp and with such a beautiful melody! The nostalgic lyrics and slow parts almost hint of a sad song, but it gets such a lift from the band that you can't help but feeling like running out the door and doing something to seize the day after you listen to it!
Reminds me of Pink Floyd which is amazing considering Floyd is one of my favorite bands.
This song should have been in Top 5... Awesome song... Love to hear it while traveling in metro...

82Ambulance Chasing

83Half Light
40? I'm disappointed in the PT fans of the world. Half light has been a close part of my life, along with many PT songs and frankly ranking them is just impossible and according to me stupid. But when I see a brilliant song like Half Light no where, it hurts me. Take out time and listen to PT, and only then vote.
Haven't anyone heard of dis song? Are you kidding? Its one of their most soulful nos! Gives me goosebumps
Amazing music amazing song everything is just perfect
[Newest]A very special song

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