Top Ten Dream Theater Songs

This list shows the best songs of the gods of Prog Metal.

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When true musicians here someone speak of the legends of DT, they can faintly hear the soft whispers of the the musical gods playing Octavarium in there ears, this song is number one. All the people that voted "Pull Me Under" are only musicians when it comes to Guitar Hero, otherwise they would have never heard of DT.
Favorites: Octavarium, Metropolis pt.1, Entire Scenes from a Memory, surrounded, Count of Tuscany (Ending makes me tear up every time) etc.

Fantastic! It brings you to a different dimension. It shows their true potential and what they're capable of.


Pull me under is a joke, it's just a decent song. Not worthy of the top ten that's fore sure.

Simply the best song I ever listened... wonderful.

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2A Change of Seasons

This song actually feels like you're shifting through seasons. It is a MASTERPIECE. Being who I am, a musician into all kinds of genres from Progressive to Experimental and Jazz fusion. This song is Iconically the Best in the World. Every aspect is crystal. Just Brilliant.

Anyone who puts The Count of Tuscany or Octavarium over A Change of Seasons needs to re-evaluate things. The Count has the ending and beginning that are iconic, but the middle section drags on a bit and seems like it was slightly forced (see the last half of A Nightmare to Remember or Beyond this Life). Octavarium also drags a bit at the beginning with Rudess on the continuum. Everything about A Change of Seasons screams masterpiece. The lyrics are beautiful (oddly enough it was Portnoy with some lyrics that weren't about alcohol addiction), the themes are woven together with expertise, and there isn't a moment where you think the are just showing off how extremely talented they are. Every part of Change is necessary to the story being told. The main theme recurs throughout the song (something Octavarium and Count cannot claim). Plus, how are you going to stop the train when it's coming full force at 18:37 in? I've heard this song countless times, yet I still get chills when the ...more

This song is beautiful. Seriously. When I listen to the lyrics I feel an almost unbearable mixture of sadness, joy and anger. And musically it's near perfect. Every note is thoughtfully placed.

This song is so emotional and technical, it's the best song I've ever heard! - Opister

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3The Count of Tuscany

The best adventurous song by DT, has so much feeling in the music. has to make top 10.

Very melodic outstanding chorus, I was once searching for this song and I heard the first melody it has at the begging and there I found it its just one of my DT favorites

This song should be in the top 10 easy. An outstanding intro, chorus and verses makes this one of my all time favourites. Not to mention the superb lyrics and solo!

The best intro of all time

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4Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper

Fantastic, took a long time to get the love for this song going, but once its there, your hooked I love the complexity of the breakdown from myungs superlative bass solo, this is musicianship at its utmost! Hats off to them, the whole song is perfect

MUSICAL MASTERPIECE! Everything is perfect in this song! Petrucci's playing is phenomenal, Myung's bass is incredible, and Labrie's vocals have never been better then they were on this song. Oh, and did I mention Portnoy's awesome drums? This song is the band's magnum opus for sure.

A song that's art of the best quality within its genre. You simply enjoy every second of the song, and it is hard to get bored. People that dislikes dream theater often says that they are good musicians that go brag around, I often use this song to show otherwise. And most of the haters get convinced. This song is musical power and technial power set together in a wave that can move mountains. Surely one of the best masterpieces that have ever faced the earth. And this is the easy way of saying it.

Everything about this song is perfect. It's loaded with insane backing instrumentals and features perfect lyrics about a very interesting story. Deserves to be high up. - Songsta41

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5Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

This song has everything that I want from a dream theater song X10. crazy solos, catchy tunes, sick drums, Some of the best vocals that James has ever done and sooo much more. And also, some of the most interesting lyrics I have ever heard. it takes up the stories of 6 different people with mental disorders. About to crash is about a perfect teen girl who falls into a deep depression. War inside my head is about a person with schizophrenia and paranoia. Goodnight kiss is presented in the form of a letter from a mother inside a mental institution to her daughter. And my favorite when it comes to lyrics, Monday morning lunatic is separated into 2 verses. the first is about a kid who's seen as a little special and nothing more, daydreams a lot and likes to be alone. But nothing thinks that there is something wrong with him. hi's just special. The second verse is about the same boy but grown up. he still behaves the same way but now he's seen as a danger to himself. They speak of him as depressed and going in and out of sanity. They don't clarify if the grown up boy is still just a little special and is being judged by society or if he's actually mentally disturbed and was so as a kid to, but didn't get the help that he needed.

I'm sorry, but this song has everything. Soft ballads, heavy riffs, blistering instrumentals, soaring vocals, and all else that Dream Theater is so known for. Sure, I suppose you can say that it is split up into 8 separate tracks on the CD, but they all make up one kick-ass 42-minute song. If you're looking for Dream Theater in one song, this is it.

This song is moving, mixed emotions evoked cannot be explained. The song to me brings up feelings of fear, sadness, yet brings up a feeling of innocence, happiness, hope and magnificence. It expresses the thoughts, troubles and problems faced by those suffering from mental problems like autism or split-personality. Everything goes on inside their heads, their perceptions, the war inside their head. It sends vivid pictures and scenes floating by with different melodies in the song in my head. I thought the song was touching and meaningful.

Simply put, One of the best songs I ever heard in my entire life.

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6Pull Me Under

I actually found out this song by YouTube NOT GUITAR HERO so everybody stop bitching about how people discover music.. shouldn't we be proud that we can all unite under the same band and talk about dream theaters greatness...

I just read a review in classic rock magazine in 2001 which told of dream theaters style, within 3 months I had the full back catalog plus 2 of the bootleg series. I despise comments like just because of guitar hero. It doesn't matter how you hear the music just as long as you do and you enjoy. I also only heard of my chemical romance because of guitar hero and subsequently bought 2 albums. I would still put this song at number 1 in the list even if my personal favourite is under a glass moon, because it will easy anyone reading this into the musical masterpiece that is dream theater.

Either this or any other images and words song, and who cares if it was on guitar hero dream theater fans are dream theater fans, I love you all no matter how you got introduced.

You guys need to stop hating on Guitar Hero. So what if this song was in the game, Raining Blood was in Guitar Hero, does that make it a bad song? Anyways Pull Me Under is a classic example of prog metal.

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7Panic Attack

A brutal assault from Dream Theater. It's a complete contrast to the rest of Octavarium, which is rather mellow in comparison. This is probably their heaviest song since The Glass Prison. It's very Portnoy-driven, and here, he makes excellent use of those two kick pedals he's armed himself with.

Heaviest since Glass Prison? You know Train of Thought came in between, right? - Songsta41

This song is a beast.
Along with In The Name Of God and Honor Thy Father this song really pumps you up and its so melodic

Great Song Its Their Best - mneilan

This is such a kick ass song, everything just really fits in this one

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8Breaking All Illusions

I absolutely agree with the guy above me. The guitar solo is the best one I've heard in my entire life, it has so much feeling in it! You can almost hear Petrucci speak through his guitar. Myung did a great job in this song as well. His bass sounds incredible in this one. (As a bassist, I am still wondering: How can he even play that stuff? OO) Not to forget he wrote the lyrics which are awesome. The intro makes me feel almost ecstatic and the chorus is just epic.
This is now the song, after all those years, where I can say: This is their best! I've been waiting so long for a song like this.

I love this song! The intro is amazing, especially when Rudess joins in, and Petrucci is just rocking pretty much through the whole song. If you thought the intro sounded good, wait till you hear the solo!

After listening over and over to this song I can honestly say that this song is among my 3 favorite dream theater songs. The 3 songs are (from past to present) : learning to live, then octavarium and the recent is breaking all illusions. DT is my favorite band of all times and john petrucci is for my opinion the greatest guitar player of all times. I also like Jordan rudess - he is one of the best keyboard player ever.

Simply brilliant from start to finish. Guitar solo and the mechanics of the song are absolutely phenomenal.

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This was actually the first track I heard of 'em knowingly and it blew me away. This whole album is awesome. It is the first album with Rudess in the line-up and there's just no way you cannot see the new heights they reach with each track, specially this one. The slow intro that builds up to a wonderfully heavy riff, the vocals, the guitar solo, the keyboard solo, the quotes form Metropolis Pt. 1. It has everything that defines Dream Theater to me. The album kept me so hungry for more that I bought Six Degrees the day it came out (I was in 8th grade so I had to save up). Additionally, I later noticed that Scenes From A Memory was used as the soundtrack to the DBZ: History of Trunks special. To this day I still find that it's all killer with this track. Everything works.

Definitely best song - great vocals in chorus! good intro too - petrucci75hammet

This song is a MASTERPEICE! There is not better DT song on earth. I love the sitar effect in the beginning (kinda reminds me of Steve Miller). m/ - fireinside96

This is a long song.

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10The Glass Prison

5 guys with great skills make a masterpiece of prog metal!
if you think DT sucks, that's because you're a Justin Bieber fan! - rock2metal

Listen to the version of this song from the Mike Portnoy instructional video "In Constant Motion" that goes right into "This Dying Soul".

After hearing this, you will be a changed person forever. - Norwood

My favorite Dream Theater song of all time! The main reason is because it's arguably their heaviest song, and the heaviness goes on for 14 minutes! Love the lyrics, not only to this song, but to the ENTIRE 12-STEP SUITE! I don't know how it's only at #10, deserves a top 3 spot for sure.

After hearing this song, you will not find a single DT song better than this one. What I love about Dream Theater is that they are fantastic musicians, these 5 guys are musical masterminds, and they show their skills, and their skills are top-notch. Dream Theater definitely showcased their talents in this one!

The double bass and guitar shredding a minute in will give you shivers.

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The Contenders

11In the Presence of Enemies

Honestly, this list wad made before Systematic Chaos came out because it had a new epic (25:35) called In The Presence Of Enemies. This is in the top five as far as most dream theater fans are concerned. Coming from most real Dream Theater fans, Pull Me Under might be in the lower top ten, but not #1. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A HATE COMMENT. I am just coming from the average actual Dream Theater fans point of view. Not from the general public's point of view. Anyways, there is a survey on some website with thousands of voters that is:

1. Octavarium
2. A Change Of Seasons
3. Metropolis
4. In The Presence Of Enemies
5. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

However, my personal opinion is

1. Octavarium
2. A Change Of Seasons
3. The Glass Prison
4. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
5. In The Ptesence Of Enemies - moose4life19

Yeah, but it's had two more years than The Count of Tuscany to get votes, and that used to be #2 - Songsta41

Epic battle of good and evil. A lifetime full of notes, riffs, intros, changes, chorus's, altogether you get 2 brilliant songs to open and close the album. Portnoys vision of making great prog metal with balls & relevance is fully realized. Perfect 10. Dark master... - anthonymnmdagostino

Show's the technical power of Mike Portnoys drumming, and the beauty and art that is petrucci's guitar playing, also, it is a song of great lyrical meaning relavent to life, Classic DT

Long Live Dream theater

One of the most unique songs Dream Theater has written. Definitely deserves a top 10 spot.

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12The Spirit Carries On

Its soft slow song than other DT song.
Remind me of listening Extreme-more than words for the first time in their album.

damn! the solo at the last minute is super hyper arch mega ultra awesome! wow! petrucci, you made me cry once more :')

Probably the most underrated DT song ever.
HOWEVER, for those poor souls who never try to understand the true meaning of a song, here is a quick step-by-step guide to how to love this song:
1) List the whole album "Scenes from a Memory"
2) Understand the story/lyrics
3) Listen this song again
4) Cry whenever you hear JPs solo
5) Great succes!

Song always gets me emotional

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13In the Name of God

Why is this so far down the list?! Top ten easily! - TakinUrDignity

This song definitely deserves to be in the top 10 man. Its amazing, and even has a secret in it. There is one point in the song which is secretly done in morse code really quietly, which translates to 'Eat my ass and balls' in English :P

Devilish.When the song kicks in, I get goosebumps...wish to hear it live someday.definitely top ten material.

The Most complete and fantastic song Dream Theater ever has produced.

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14Finally Free

Are you kidding me? Seriously? Finally Free is in my top ten DT songs. It always will be. This is the icing on the cake for Scenes From a Memory. You hear The Spirit Carries On, then just when you think it can't get any better or emotional, this song comes on. It's absolutely flawless. And I have to point out the vocals. I think this is James LaBrie's best song to date. The way he sings it... I wouldn't want any other person doing it. Perfect song.

This song deserves better place.

This should be in the top five! It ties up so many loose ends in the albums plot and leaves you still wanting more. - IronSabbathPriest

This is one of my favorites as well. Amazing song and spectacular ending

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15Learning to Live

Such a fantastic song SHOULD be on the top ten of Dream Theater best songs. Its true that compiling the 10 best songs of D. Theater is impossible but this is a total classic. It is probably in the top 10 metal songs ever. "The way your heart beats makes all the difference in learning to live"

Top ten song for sure... Panic attack although good should not be in the top ten. This song has everything you want from dream theater. The outro is just absolutely breath taking.

The fact that this is #28 is a crime. This song is easily top ten, should replace as I am and pull me under with in the presence of enemies and in the name of god (not at those specific places though. Obviously anyone can vote on this list so it shows what their most known songs are rather than what really hard core fans think, but seriously...

It bring you a new experience world of the music, their masterpiece ever

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16These Walls

Awesome song, my personal favorite, when I listen to it I just want to tear down the walls its really amazing.

According to the top 10s, it seems as though the best dream theater songs are those that pass the 10 minute mark... This song, despite being 7 minutes long, is literarily epic... My personal favorite - fidelcanojr

This song shouldn't be dropping, one of their best by far. Learning to Live needs to be higher on this list

The music, the vocal and specially the lyrics of this song will take your mind to an upper level of feeling.

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17The Dance of Eternity

Certainly one of the most complex songs ever released by Dream Theater. Certainly not as emotionally complex as songs, such as Octavarium or A Change of Seasons, but 104 time signature changes in just 6 minutes makes this one of their shortest songs, and certainly their most complex musically. John Myung has an excellent bass solo, and Rudess has my favorite keyboard solo from any Dream Theater work. It's such a memorable song, and you can listen to it over and over again. It's difficult for it to get old or stale, but that can be said for much of their other music as well.

The complexity of this song along with John Myung's insane bass solo with sextuplets and the everchanging time signatures can't be beat. This was used as one of the "test" songs for their new drummer auditions.

Like a collage of the best of their work, this song shows the best of their technician and progressive work, and for me is their best instrumental.

This is completely sick, that drum signatures, that bass solo, that Rudess surfing on the keyboard, completely amazing. Can't believe #18 when it's easily top 10 for all old and hard fans of DT.

Also, this song is played with percussion-only instruments in a Music School in Venezuela, go take a look on YouTube, and ask yourself, would it worth to play another ass-melody glamorous thing, or this blow-minding piece of destruction?

How would you even begin to write something like this.

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18The Best of Times

This song has changed my understanding of music. The guitar solo for this song is about 3 minutes at the end, and this is by far one of the best solos of JP if not the world. This song deserves to be on the top.

Wow, this is easily one of Dream Theater's best songs. There is absolutely no reason why this should be at number 38, nor is there any reason why "Pull Me Under" Should be at number 2. It should at least be at number 18, right under "Forsaken. " Honestly, I don't understand the logic behind this list.

Come on! This song is a masterpiece. I can't help but cry at the end of this song because of the level of passion and emotion that goes into this piece. It may not be the most musically complex but the guitar solo at the end is nothing short of virtousity. This song deserves to be in the top ten. "Pull Me Under" is a good song but "The best of times" is a masterpiece. It should be right up there with Octavarium.

Every time I hear this... It makes me cry. :')

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19Illumination Theory

Octavarium is actually my favorite, but I think this ultimately deserves to be in the top ten at least. What with the false ending, the orchestral interlude, the ultimate theme, it was legitimately one of the best songs I've ever heard, and really just an all around amazing experience to listen to. I know how difficult it will be to vote this all the way up to the top of the list, and all of the songs currently on top of the list are pure masterpieces, each of which has given me chills and a deeper appreciation for the greatest group of 5 musicians ever to grace the Earth with their presence, but this absolutely deserves to be among them.

It deserves top ten and its one of their long songs like octavarium and a change of seasons it starts out with a very good intro and james voice was good the lyrics was amazing then there's a soft part in the middle then great solos and jamming and then james sings good lyrics at the closer ending and the song ends with Jordans amazing piano notes at the end this song is sort of like octavarium with the progressive masterpiece and over 20 minutes well at least dream theaters still got it. probaly my favorite dream theater song if not a close second

A masterpiece. Brought tears to my eyes... rocking instrumentals.. awesome vocals... insane drums... ! The embracing circle and surrender trust and passion bring massive feels if you listen to it deeply enough. Only flaw is that the song is too short :( Has to be in DTs top 5... as of now in their top 2 or 3 for me

A masterpiece! James voice after that orchestral interlude is just amazing.

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20Space-Dye Vest

Dream Theater always strike me for their technical superiority and virtuoso musicianship but I have always found them a little too over produced and somewhat emotionally sterile... Something I'm pretty much will piss a whole lot of Dream Theater fans off and I know loads to disagree. This song on the other hand and for whatever reason has a great deal of punch to it, perhaps it's the (relatively) simple structure compared to other DT songs, but whatever... To me this song feels more REAL.

I can't in good faith call this "Dream Theater's best song, " for this is a Kevin Moore work through and through.

However, it's still one the most intriguing and emotionally heavy pieces of music I've ever heard.

By far Dream Theater's best song lyrically. No guitar solos, no odd time signatures, just pure emotion... And a lot of voice samples.

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