Best Yes Songs

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1Close to the Edge

Listening to this track in the car with my girlfriend today.
Listening silently thinking about jesus.
The organs kick in.
She yells 'wow, this is awesome'.
I nod my head.
Mutter divine

I say that this is just as much of a masterpiece as Bohemian Rhapsody or Stairway To Heaven. It has an amazing sound, great lyrics, and it tells a story. How did this work of art become so underrated?!

This is one of the greatest prog song I've ever heard; is just perfect my dear!

My favorite Yes song I remember listening to it a lot the music message are good.

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2Roundabout

Amazing music. Incredible acoustic guitar intro!
I never get bored of listening this astral suite. Yes' best short song.

Easily one of my favorite songs of all time, as well as one of the greatest songs of all time. My face beams every time I hear that little keyboard bit at the chorus: "In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there... Bananananananananana." You know what I'm talking about. It also takes the spot for greatest keyboard solo of all time. Any Grand Theft Auto V fans who frequent the rock radio station is overjoyed when this song comes on.

Great Classic touch, Great Vocals, Great Instruments, Great Great Great Great.

This song changed my life!

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3Heart of the Sunrise

Sitting at an outdoor theater a few years back - open air and Jon Anderson singing Heart of the Sunrise as it was echoing in the wind - life didn't get any better than that. It was beautiful... and made this my favorite.

Hard to pick between so many songs that all evoke fond memories, but this is one of the most poignant songs written. Great change of pace and the way the song comes full circle to the end make this a masterpiece. This was the band at its greatest, its zenith.

Heart of the sunrise? I think you mean the heart of Yes. Some bands have no heart but Yes has enough for the whole world.

Jon Anderson has the voice of an angel

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4The Gates of Delirium

The crescendo in this song is unrivaled. I get near-orgasmic goosebumps every time. Thi is my all time favorite song by Yes, perhaps my all time favorite song period.

This song is not an easy listen, even by prog standards, especially during the middle part of the song. It took me probably 10 times of listening to this to fully appreciate it. But once you can truly appreciate it this song is absolutely mind blowing. The last 5 minutes of this song is probably the most beautiful part of any song yes ever made.

What a masterpiece. This song is so musical, so beautiful... It's impossible to match. So much emotion, so much music... the melodies, the harmonies... they engage you completely, and leave you with an amazing feeling...

By far the most underrated group ever! Yes music changed how I live my life. God bless

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5And You and I

Absolute raw power. Listened to this for the first time the night my cat who I loved died. Brought me to tears. Such an amazing song, before I'd heard this song, I'd heard ones like "yours is no disgrace" etc but I was still unsure. I'm a massive prog fan and after I heard this I thought "it's official, I'm a yes fan! "

And You And I is the single most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I want it played at my wedding, my funeral and all the best bits inbetween. It literally brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it, and to this day remains so powerful, so emotional to me, that listening to it gives me chills.

This was the first Yes song I heard and got me into one of my favorite bands. Close to the Edge is definitely one of the best albums ever made and this should be absolutely be above Owner of a Lonely Heart in terms of greater song.

Not only the best Yes song of all time, the best rock song of all time!

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6Owner of a Lonely Heart

Classic song of the 80's my favorite from yes! Enjoy listen this awesome song fantastic! Amazing

Worst song by yes. Nothing especial about it, compared to other songs by yes.

Wonderful #5 in Yes's History, Change's 1

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7Starship Trooper

This is one of the greatest rock songs of all time, it is a timeless classic and is most certainly my favorite YES song. It is impossible not to love this song.

Being a fan of one, if not the greatest band, this still stands out amongst many fantastic tracks. I wish the quality of Groups like this were still around!

I am glad this song seems to go on forever because it should. It is pure YES. If you love YES, you have to admire this outstanding arrangement. It has so many great parts to it.

Has one of the most unique, mesmerizing endings to a song I have ever heard. Very stand out song. Really makes you feel like you are in space

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8Awaken

"Awaken" is the first song I heard that actually transplanted my brain out of my physical location. I remember that night vividly, as a teenager, lying on my bed, listening to this in the dark, and having the cyclical nature of the harmony (especially the central passage featuring the church organ and harp) spin my head around in way that could only be called lovingly intoxicating. Still gives me goosebumps every time I give it a serious listen. It's difficult to imagine a song inspiring more awe than this.

I think this beats Close to the Edge...

Fan for 40 Years and now choose one? I love Roundabout, Close to the Edge and The Gates but this one is like a warm shower on a cold day.

This is their greatest masterpiece and probably the best prog piece ever written. The second half where it slowly builds up to a climax is absolutely incredible.

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9Long Distance Runaround

Pretty good track, but why is this above South side of the sky and Siberian khatru, it's not a masterpiece or something.

10Siberian Khatru

Amazing synthesis of rhythm, texture, tone, contrast, aura. SO much music packed into one track!

Simply the best song of all time! Amazing lyrics, rythim and everything. Greatest keyboard solo ever, really well made song!

For me this song is the best of Yes, the live version in the Yessongs is my favourit

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The Contenders

11South Side of the Sky

Favourite yes song. Put together much like roundabout, except I believe this track superior. The bridge alone is absolute perfection. I would call this a perfect song.

Haha great when you're favorite is second to last. The Prophet is one of my favorites too, and it's not even on here.

Just got into Yes and prog in general. This is a badass song, especially when you realize it's from 1972.

Come on. Owner of a lonely heart above this?

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12I've Seen All Good People

The current song I'm listening to by Yes is always my favorite. A band that has been with me from the very beginning. Epic.

Song brings back great memories.. but my ultimate favorite is the song about chess and I can't remember it..

Best song ever. The first song I heard of this band and while I love all their music, this one stole my heart.

Such a well written relaxing song. Beautiful!

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13Yours Is No Disgrace

Saw them open the Union tour with this one - all nine members jamming as the stage rotated - it was epic. Still my go-to Yes song.

One of the signature Yes tracks. One of the better tracks they've done.

By far their best - Steve Howe's licks are nasty.

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14Changes

Definitely one of the better songs of the 80s-era Yes. I do prefer the version from 9012Live because there is less production, but the lyrics and vocal exchange between Rabin and Anderson are great nonetheless - musicman4

So many changes in a song about changes seems very fitting and interesting. Changes in time signature, too. Way too much talent in this song. I'm not a hardcore Yes fan, but this can't be #14.

Epic. This might be the best mix of Rabin and Anderson's voices.

Loved it the 80's was awesome.

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15Tempus Fugit

Machine Messiah, and some song about camera. Drama is an album that marks the end of the seventies. Awesome travel music. Feels like a soundtrack to arriving in a new country alone.

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16Sound Chaser

Absolutely the most phenomenal intro to any song ever. When the vocals come in, it becomes pure bliss.

No Yes production comes close to Sound Chaser, by far their best, hands down, period.

Steve Howe's guitar solo is GREAT!

17Wonderous Stories

I can't believe this song doesn't even appear in the top 41 songs! In my opinion this is the best song ever!

18Perpetual Change

Definitely their best. Listen to the studio version off the Yes Album, though. The anthemic keyboard intro, the bluesy countryfied Chet Atkins-like playing courtesy of Steve Howe at certain parts, the awe-inspiring lyrics, the vocal part at the beginning kind of reminds me of a Christmas song and that's interesting as well, and then it's a totally bizarre progfest til the end!

Where is this. The highlight of the first Yessongs Disc to me, this is an underrated masterpiece.

19The Revealing Science of God

One of the most underrated Yes songs from an underrated Yes album. Amazing intro by Rick Wakeman and powerful lyrics by Jon Anderson as well as brilliant guitaring by Steve Howe and introducing Alan White, a great successor to Bill Bufford

The instrumentation is this song is astounding, the vocals are soaring AND have a deep meaning behind them, and it's 22 minutes long. Classic Yes from an album that deserves more credit than it's received

This song is to Close to the Edge like the March of the Black Queen is to Bohemian Rhapsody. Arguably the greatest contribution to music the band has made, except one gets far more credit than the other.

20Ritual

I'm really not sure why people don't appreciate Tales From Topographic Oceans as much as any other Yes album. This song is really, really good (however, not as good as "The Revealing Science of God" in my opinion). Songs from this album are meant for serious listening. "Ritual" is an absolutely wonderful song that takes focus and patience to enjoy.

Yep top 10 easily, the REMEMBERING very equal,., listen to the last 10 minutes of that and wonder about the playing!

There are two reasons this song isn't at the top: 1) Close to the Edge :)
2) Not enough people listen to this! By far one of the greatest songs ever written in prog rock. Nothing can really describe this song: quite simply its just a masterpiece.

If you have heard and seen this live, unforgettable.

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