Top Ten Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs

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1Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Perfect. Billy Corgan crafts a masterpiece while trying to keep everything relatively simple. No intricate drum fills, no show-off riffs and a rather simple guitar solo. Just a rocking beat and badass lyrics about pure frustration to make the most awesome song ever!

Best Lyrics with rocking beat, deserves the first position... Really hit song.. l

Hands down top dog
Mellon Collie was my introduction to gigging, Wembley Arena

My parents say this is their love song lol - Imreallyboredrightnow

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21979

How can this not be number 1?!? 1979 is the epitome of Billy Corgan's musical talent considering how he created the song within a matter of hours...

It's really hard for me to have a favorite song, but when I just saw the music video on Mtv with it's beautiful everything- it was just amazing to hear it for the first time. The drum track, the bass line, the loops, the guitar, and then about 40 seconds into the song the the melody gets deeper and UGH IT IS AN AMAZING SONG. AND THE FKING MUSIC VIDEO IS JUST AMAZING. God. If there is one song that just sums up everything about high school- it's this song. No, its not Teenage Riot, or Smells Like Teen Sprit, or any of that stuff- IT IS THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG.

This song is so amazing not just because it's awesome in general, but also because Billy Corrigan was known as the weird kid in high school, so when he sings this song he's actually talking about his high school life.

Best song ever, by anyone!

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3Mayonaise

Very tough call, but I'd have to say this is best SP song. Melodic and innovative with the broken guitar screeches. Great lyrics I'm sure all of us can relate to. Not too heavy, not too dark, but with plenty of meaning and soul. And fun to sing along and get into.

By far the best Smashing Pumpkins song. It's such a raw and emotional song that conveys such a feeling over you. The beginning is absolutely amazing as well. It starts off with an acoustic guitar solo kind of thing and then a huge wall of distortion and guitar comes in; it's beautiful. Everything that Billy's feeling when singing this, you can feel as well. A captivating and beautifully deep song.

This is an epic song! Everything in it it's just perfect in the beginning and in the end is soft but then goes aggressive and powerful kind of melancholic too but, the right timing, the exact rhythm and great lyric I mean it has everything and should be number 1 or at least 2 but not lower than that the kind of song that touches your soul...

I like this song but it's ranked too high

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4Today

What made pumpkins huge. Best intro ever. Song that reflects alienated early 90's teens.

This song is so amazing! It means a lot because it was the first song I learned on the guitar. Once I got it down, I had a magical feeling like no other. It means a lot, and it's a great song.

This was their first commercial success, and definitely the best song from Siamese Dream! I love the Smashing Pumpkins, and they are one of the reasons why I miss the 90s.

This is the song of all songs to me

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5Tonight, Tonight

Say what you want - if you don't agree that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever you're not my friend anymore! The impressive intro is taking you to another music dimension... don't you just feel happy by listening to it?

Its just magic, beautiful, really one of the most brilliant and beautiful songs I ever heard, all the instruments together gives you chills, really this words are few to describe the magic of this song

This song should be number 1 this... This song is one of the greatest songs ever created don't believe me then listen to it I'm sure you will agree with me:))

This is the best song ever

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6Zero

well this songs shows off all of corgan's powers: hate charisma, technique. just perfect should be number 1

Intensity and Anger make this song great. Beautiful guitar.

The angst and bridge makes it the best

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7Disarm

Tonight, Tonight is my #1, but this is just so criminally low that I had to vote for it instead. How can you argue with anything in Disarm? One of the most beautiful songs ever committed to tape, and that's no exaggeration, methinks. The string section, Corgan's vocals, the acoustic guitar... Everything just comes together perfectly.

What the hell. Why is this not number one. I mean, this song is 500 times better than even 1979 and that's saying something. I could listen to this song non-stop for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. This song is just a drug, I need it and I need it every minute. 1979 may be their flagship song (which isn't number #1 either for some odd damn reason, instead Bullet With Butterfly Wings Is, which furthermore, compared to 1979, Today and this song, sucks some major crap *still good though, not saying it's bad*).

Love this one... It's my ringtone

Very emotional song, hard to listen to it without tearing up

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8Cherub Rock

This is the first Pumpkins song I ever heard, and it's been my favorite song ever since. I personally think it's way better than Bullet With Butterfly Wings.

First Smashing Pumpkins song I've ever heard, my mind was blown away the first time I heard that heart-throbbing riff in the chorus. The fuzzy, uplifting, grunge sound to this song marks a new beginning in music at that time. What a song to open such a magnificent album. "Cherub Rock" is hands down their best song.

Mellon Collie is a great album and all, but I can't believe there's so much favoritism towards it over Siamese Dream. This was inarguably Corgan and company's greatest and most unique achievement, and Cherub Rock, though perhaps not as varied as some of the other tracks on the album, was a perfect opener.

Guitar riff is simply amazing.

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9Soma

Sad not to see this closer to the top of the list. Without doubt this is Corgan's masterpiece, the greatest of all the great songs he wrote. In its ambition, its beauty, and its spine-tingling climax, this is surely the connoisseur's choice for best Smashing Pumpkins song ever. Magnificent. And the SOLO...

I have listen to this song about a thousand times, but I'will always be stunned by its perfection. Moreover, this song talks about loneliness, and that there is no real connection between two souls... Very dark, hopeless, and however, so powerful and vibrant! Every time I listen to this song "my belly stings"!

Awesome from start to finish. It goes in crescendo all the way, culminating in one of the most emotional solos of the decade and an impressive final chorus by Corgan. Filled with angst and pain but beautiful enough to enthrall.

Ranked to high

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10Rhinoceros

So underrated.. But the toon is just something that can be stuck in your head all day. It's beautiful and this needs to be up higher!

The Bass in the intro and the breakdown after the bridge are so good.

She knows, she knows, she knows. Love this song.

Can't get this song out of my head. So amazing.

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The Newcomers

?Clones (We're All)
?To Forgive

This is by far their most touching and emotional song. Corgan's writing here is fantastic.

The Contenders

11Geek U.S.A.

It's like two songs in one, the beginning being a hard rock song and the ending being an epic climax to the song. My number one.

A fast energy-filled psychedelic punk song with well written lyrics and even better written guitar parts and drums.

I loved this song already, but it became my favorite after I watched the live version at Pinkpop 1992. Ten times better than the album version!

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12Hummer

Begins with a weird sitar-sound and has a riff that sounds nostalgic to the sitar sound and then an incredible solo (which I think is even better than the one from "Cherub Rock") and then an instrumental guitar outro with a lot of delay that makes me imagine someone who's stranded on a raft in the middle of a sea, but they're happy and smiling because they're never gonna be harassed by people again. Definitely my favorite song after "1979."

In my opinion this is gotta be in the top 5. Billy Corgan has said this song was about his life and I believe it should be higher. What a great song. I can relate to it also.

This song is epic with a great intra into a very hard rocking part of the song then ending with a soft finish. Very unique in its structure with great guitar and drums. This is my favorite Pumpkins song after all these years.

This is my favourite smashing pumpkins song, as one of their biggest fans I can only wonder why it or geek usa is not number one

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13Stand Inside Your Love

Definitely deserves to be higher. Such a great song about love.

True, deserves a much higher place. This is such a beautiful song. Personally my number 1.

Great song with too low rating... It should be in top 5

One of the best love songs of all time.

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14Thru the Eyes of Ruby

One of their best...should be higher.

Simply definition of perfectness.

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15Drown

It's not in the top 10 because it was on the Singles soundtrack so it's not "pure" or some such. I love this song and can listen to it over and over still 20 years after I first heard it.

How on God's green Earth is this not at least in the top ten?

One of their most underrated songs, one of the best of the 90's.

Should be top 5

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17X.Y.U.

The only other song I can think of that hits as hard as this is Hole's - I Think That I Would Die. Pure rage packaged into 7 minutes.

Live versions are awesome, usually finales of concerts 96-97

18Perfect

Underrated... And a really cute song if in the right mood

19Bodies

Bodies is a close second for me. Jimmy just drives this song from start to finish in the way that only he can.

Hard to decide a favorite...but I had to vote for Bodies; it deserves much better than 39th. It's not a single, so it's really just a hidden gem for all the real fans.

Lyrics, guitars, drums it all sounds so amazing when performed together. Overall best SP song by a mile

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20Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

When this song comes on, I want nothing to disturb the experience of the journey it takes me on.

Honestly breathtaking. The top 10 combined aren't anything to this masterpiece in my opinion.

Porcelina and Soma... two disarming songs which represents for me the finest of Smashing Pumpkins.

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