Best Porcupine Tree Songs

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1Arriving 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.

Almost number 1, this really captured me.

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2Anesthetize

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.

This song should be the best

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3Trains

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

You don't talk, you don't think, you don't do anything at all while this song plays... Just enjoy! This should be at the top of the list. Wish I could vote this thousand times!

Unique... Unlike any other song I've ever heard... That's all I can say... It's pure awesomeness...

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4Lazarus

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...

Try listening this song on a full moon night when the clouds are drifting through the sky painting an abstract picture on the waxed moon, and you'll experience your soul leaving your body behind, becoming one with the universe.. I guess that says it all..

One of the most soothing songs I've ever heard! Simple yet very powerful

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5Dark Matter

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.

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... � - rahulwankhede

Songs will come and songs will go...
Dark Matter flows...

This one and Untitled are, by far, the last songs I'd want to listen to on my death bed. They're that good.

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6Russia On Ice

This should be at number 1.. A rare combination of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, trance...

This song is something that David Gilmour might listen to and say, "If me or Pink Floyd as a whole would have composed this song, I'm afraid if we would have done justice to it like Porcupine Tree did"

This song reminds me of Pink Floyd... Awesome! No words!

This one can't be the 6th, almost top or second top.

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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!

This is supposed to be at the top!

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8The 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! - petrucci75hammet

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.

This is the real sound of muzak I mean its amazing

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9Blackest 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.

This song is awesomeness.

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10Buying 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 chorus is simply amazing. It makes me wanna persist and do what I want to against all odds. It's the anthem for people who struggle against odds!

It takes a while to absorb this one.. But as you go on listening, you don't want it to stop. What ambient sounds, phenomenal.

I feel safe when I hear this song. I think that says it all...

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11The 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.

Definitely top 3, definitive PT, This song is such a trip... Awesome!

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12Radioactive 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

13Fear 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

This song is quite weird. But I like it. I think it's about kids on drugs or something like that. The video's also pretty messed up. - IronSabbathPriest

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14Even Less

This song is never getting out of my mind.

The full fourteen min. Song rules

"i had a stupid dream,that I could change things.." You did change things Wilson! You are the best musician of this century. And this is one of the best songs by PT. Do Listen if You haven't yet.

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15The 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!

This song belongs in the top 10! It creates a beautiful atmosphere and the bridge is out of this world.

Goosebumps.. Every single time! This song is an absolute beauty. definitely in top 3 for me..

Come on! This song deserves to be in top 3.

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16Gravity 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

17Open 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!

Great song... Deserves to be in top 3!

Car sex you've got to love it if your a teen

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18Shesmovedon

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.

Brings colour to music, two thumbs way up!

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19Heartattack In a Layby

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.

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.

Come on we can do better this song must be at least in the top 5...

How is this song so low! Just listen to it with lyrics... Goosebumps guaranteed!

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20The Incident

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

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1. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
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