Top Ten Dream Theater Songs


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The Top Ten

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.
[Newest]Defines boundaries of Music. Period
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2The 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!
[Newest]The intro is just from another world.
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3A 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 Crimson Sunset comes in. An absolute masterpiece
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.
[Newest]This is a true masterpiece that I've yet started to give the appreciation it truly deserves. Better than Octavarium in my opinion, simply because it's a matter of taste for me. I'm more into the stronger stuff so to speak

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.
[Newest]I used to like Dream Theater. Then I heard this song: from that point on I LOVED Dream Theater. It is easily my favourite song of all time. The musicianship show by Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Moore and LaBrie is incredible. Just because it isn't over 20 minutes long doesn't make worse than the likes of Octavarium or the Count of Tuscany.

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.
[Newest]Should be number 1 or 2.

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.
[Newest]This is one if the best first tittle songs

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.
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


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

8The 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!


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.


Just being on 12-step alone makes this top 10 material, but... Just listen to the first 3 minutes and take in the ridiculous technicality. This is their heaviest, fastest and most technically complex song. But then, this goes on relentlessly for 14 minutes and constantly getting better the whole time, finally ending in an insane instrumental section (which is awesome to play on drums). You will not be dissapointed if you let this spend 14 minutes of your time.
[Newest]This song is better than Pull me under!

9Breaking 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.

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


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/


[Newest]A masterpiece, that's all I have to say.

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


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...


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

12In the Name of God
Why is this so far down the list?! Top ten easily!


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

13The 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!
[Newest]This song should be in the top 10! Fantastic!

14Learning 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...
[Newest]Brilliant song. The instrumental section in the middle really shows off Dream Theater's creativity.

15Illumination 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
[Newest]Not my favorite but it needs to be top 10

One of the best songs by DT,... What its on 16... And the video is awesome...
And yes its better than the song pull me under
It takes you somewhere and makes you feel like you're floating.
In my opinion it's better than "Pull Me Under".
Great song overall; nice riff with guitar and piano
[Newest]One of the awesome song

17These 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


This song shouldn't be dropping, one of their best by far. Learning to Live needs to be higher on this list
[Newest]The music, the vocal and specially the lyrics of this song will take your mind to an upper level of feeling.

18A Nightmare to Remember
This and Count of Tuscany, easily, by far. From the by far best album DT released by now (in my humble opinion in league with Abbey Road). I absolutely agree that this instant classic takes on board structures and compositional principles of classical music. It is like a film in front of your eyes, you close them and sink in the story that is being told. Pity that JP did not used more death metal riffs (10:xx) as well as I only can dream about another blastbeats by MM. There is everything in this song, just like in the Count (you can find best parts of others they pulled off (Rush, Floyd, Opeth), just like when I sank deeper in DT world more than 10 years ago listening Words, SFAM, SDOIT) and then fantastic ToT (DT meets prog-Metallica) album. I could even find my favorite synth Beatlesque pop band of eighties, Tears for Fears, in their catalogue… Simply beautiful, instrumental version does not detract from music at all, a phenomenal effort.
This song is possibly one of the few examples of modern metal taking on board the structures and compositional principles of classical music. The motifs are presented and developed in a really clever way.
At least 10 of my top 20 fav songs are by Dream theater, way to hard to pick a favourite, this song should be higher, and so should a change of seasons.
[Newest]This song is the definition of epic. Goes from super intense to slow and mystical. Put headphones on, and listen to the whole thing through. You'll feel like you just woke up from a nightmare afterwards.

19Under a Glass Moon
I cry every time I hear the solo, just one of the best solos I've heard. And the lyrics are just outstanding. TOP 5!
How is this not in the top ten? This is fantastic from begining to end. Excellent solo, great song structure, and a catchy chorus. What else can you ask for from a dream theater song?
#15? Easily a top 5 song and I have NO IDEA why not very many people like this song.. Excellent guitar solo, and as always Mike Portnoy does a fantastic job on drums

Top 5 songs
5. Octavarium
4. Panic Attack
3. Under a Glass Moon
2. On the Backs of Angels
1. Pull Me Under
[Newest]Seriously #19!

Should be top 3 easily

20Another Day
Don't be a fool...
Don't believe in propaganda. Undoubtedly this is the best song of dream theater I've ever listened. It's awesome... Amazing... Fantastic... Wonderful... Mind blowing... It must be placed in number 1(not even this list but also in every music lovers mind).

Who made this absurd list.. Shame on him. They forgot to mention the best song in the top place.

Please listen the dream song of dream theater and browse the world of melody. Good luck fans...
I <3 all DT songs... but this song can drift away soul..
I have listened, listened, listened and still listening thousand time. All my heart goes to this song... Still from childhood. Teardrops fall from my eyes hearing this song.. It need to be 1st on the list...
[Newest]One of the my best song of dream theater.

21Stream of Consciousness
This and rush's la villa strangiato are the greatest instrumentals ever. This also contains some of the greatest riffs ever. Needs to be higher on list. Top 15 at least
The best instrumental after octavarium! Brilliant music and an astounding solo! Should be in top ten
Epic song delicate intro and awesome riffs:lyrics aren't necessary in a masterpiece like this fantastic, ten minutes of huge ear pleasure!
[Newest]Why #22? This is a top ten song AT LEAST if not top five.

22The 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.
I think Home is the Best Song ever though I voted for "the dance of eternity" Because no one seems to care about this song. But Please you have to listen do this again.

23The Root of All Evil
Perhaps it is because troae was written and released on octivarium, an admittedly softer and flowery sounding album to contrast the heavy metal bombast that was train of thought. Perhaps it was overlooked because of the epic title opus track. Or simply perhaps it was one record label/album too soon? With roadrunner promoting systematic chaos and portnoys, well dream theaters direction to make a ballsy metal album on systematic chaos. ( which absolutely worked). Unfortunately, the best song dream theater had made as of it's release simply was overlooked by core dream theater fans and unheard by the casual fans who were singing the praises of the u2 fm sounding I walk beside you or the new fans who were jamming away at the ultra manic and über heavy at times panic attack. The 2012 tour along with the lead track on score should elevate the root of all evil into the top 10 where it belongs. A song they succeeded on combining their prog virtuosic tendencies with balls out trashy heavy metal and catchy movable hooks sla master of puppets, hallowed be thy name, and jp's beyOnd the realms of death.
This is odd. Maybe after the 2012 tour is done, some of these classics will get bumped. On the otherhand, dream theater have made so many classics in so many styles that I guess 29 is a good number. In my young family, my 3 year old daughter, my 7 and 9 year old sons, and myself all try to play the drum intro on their "my first drum kits". And we all try to play the riffs and basslines from the first 2 minutes of this song. My 3 year old daughter sings the chorus. It's a dt classic for sure. THis is the song that has all my kids asking to go to "school of rock" for lessens. I just may go with them. In actuallity, all of the songs written for the 12 steps are incredibly right through the shattered fortress.
Great track from an awesome album

24Endless Sacrifice
Let me start off by saying "pull me under" is very good. Some people seem to think, that just because people like "pull me under", they have found out about Dream Theater through Guitar Hero and such, which is nonsense. Everyone has different tastes and we should all respect that. The only thing that is slightly strange is if you do not like a band with such, epic music. Most of my freinds are not able to sit through a song that is more than 5 minutes. They like things that are played on the radio and in the charts. Fair enough, I think. But they are missing out. Okay. Lecture over. Now let's get on to this epic song.
James Labrie has an awesome voice and sings really well on this one. It is almost like a ballad. The chorus is the best part though. Absolutely brilliant stuff. This one is actually pretty underrated. The lyrics are thought provoking and some of their best, John Petrucci's guitar is almost as good as it get's and Mike Portnoy's drumming is great as well. What a mistake it was to leave them and join Avenged Sevenfold! Is it their best? Mabye. There are a great deal to choose from, all of their albums being so long. But it is my favourite. Their three best ones apart from this are probably "Octavarium", "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" and "The Count Of Tuscany". To be honest, I'm pretty new to them.
Brilliantly composed. Jaw dropping guitar solo. Epic chorus. Simply mind blowing. should be higher up in this list.
This progressive song is just amazingly composed, gives me joy to hear it till the end. What an Energy!
[Newest]TOTALLY UNDERRATED! This should be number 1! The several minute instrumental segment in the middle of the song is absolutely mind-blowing.


25Space-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.

26The 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.
[Newest]"The Best of Times" is music at it's finest.

27Finally 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.
Perfect. Just perfect.
[Newest]Best song ever, they just need their instruments to make you feel what they want you to feel

28As I Am
Anything which can get better in this song is NOTHING...!
sheer masterpiece.. It should be in top 5..
Hail DT!
This is definitely one of the heavier Dream Theater songs but it is still a completely awesome song. It also has one of the best solos they have ever done. What an amazing song
Great Heavy Metal Prog Song
[Newest]While not their best song I just had to vote for this one because it should definitely be higher.

The best there is out there.. cool music video.. Dream Theater rules! Can't wait for their new album to be release sept 2011
What a song in a hindi movie the music director took the help of a tune at the end of this song and composed the entire song out of it best song must be ranked at the first position
Common, aren't there any real dream theater fans... How can you neglect this song which is easily top ten dream theater song
[Newest]Okay, let's face it: "Wither" isn't one of the better known songs on Black Clouds and Silver Linings because the other five are what most people think about when they hear the name of the album. But even though it's the lowest in the album, this song is just awesome.

30Honor Thy Father
Could someone explain for me why Honor Thy Father is so low on the list? This progressive metal masterpiece completely triumphs songs such as These Walls and The Spirit Carries On! From the moment the song starts you're aware that this 10 minute epic is pure insanity. Everyone has a key moment throughout the song, with epic drums and vocals keeping persistent, and Myung, Reeves, and Pertucci all having shining moments. A Dream Theater classic!
Very underrated. One of the most intense and creative songs by Dream Theater in terms of lyrics and technicality. I love how they compiled/fused various movie sound bits for the climactic part. The lyrics, like all DT songs, represent something very deep and complex. Once you hear "Don't cross the crooked step" in a growl, you know they mean business.
? How is this below Endless Sacrifice? And at #25? This is easily a top 10 song and the best from Train of Thought simply because I personally like heavier music, and Dream Theater delivers with this! Thumbs up to Mike Portnoy for very creative drumming, Jordan Rudess for neat keyboard effects, and the rest of the band for making this the best from their phenomenal album "Train of Thought"!

31Take the Time
Best keyboard work I think I've ever heard. Kevin Moore is brilliant with the atmosphere and melody on this one.
Amazing video and vocals from young LaBrie
The whole album is their alfa-omega
Why is this all the way down at 29? It certainly should be top ten.


32On the Backs of Angels
Just listen to this song once and you'll understand why it was their only grammy nominee, to be honest I think that "White Limo" by Foo Fighters isn't as good as this song.
I don't understand why the new songs are so underrated. I think some dumb 90's fans can't accept that sometimes things are changing. In my opinion the new album is the best album and OTBOA is a masterpiece. Never heard such a good construction.
It's insaner than the pull me under.
It must the top one.
The drummer is insane.
Well, everyone of them is insane.
And I'm insane!
[Newest]How is this not much higher on the list. It's a beautiful song.

33Hollow Years
Guys it's a fantastic song... Feel the song... Please vote... It's the second best song of dream theater in my opinion... And last thing is great lyrics...
Damn good song n really good lyrics, loved it!
What! Why this is out of ten
[Newest]One of the best solo I ever heard.

34Constant Motion
I thing nobody haven't lisntened this song :S this song has perfect intro
What the actual F?
I hated the DT because of their very long songs, thought they are boring, then one day I listened to this song by accident, it's a perfect song! What is it doing in the 26th position? Vote 4 it it's their best song and almost made me a fan of DT!
This music is perfect. Clean and cool!

35The Ministry of Lost Souls
A song an orchestra will have trouble covering.. ! Its an absolute stunner Takes you to a deep relaxing journey.. Deserves to be top 10.. I believe it's a bit underrated..
First song I heard by them. best there is. Can't believe this is not number one, or at least in the top ten. It's a complete masterpiece. Best song by them in my opinion. Has a wonderful plot and beautiful structure, melody and feel.
This is the most beautiful song Dream Theater has ever made. The entire song is amazing and its one of my favorite songs by dream theatre
[Newest]This song deserves a higher rank guys!

Scarred has a great bass intro which sets the mood and Labrie's vocals are some of the best on Awake.
Just recently listened to Awake a few times. This song is very underrated. Has a ton of emotion.

37This Dying Soul
How can this song be so far down the list?!?
It is one of my all time favorite songs, it deserves to be at the very least above 20.


Deserves to be so much higher! Last 2 and a half minutes are mind blowing
The most amazing song I've ever heard. That's all.

38Blind Faith
I'm kind of disappointed Blind Faith didn't make it in the top 10. Listening to it now it's a really solid song with pretty powerful lyrics. People must not like that it deals so strongly with religion.
Definitely in my top 10. The instrumental part in the middle is just excellent and the lyrics are very powerful too.
This is a fantastic song, very surprised it isn't rated much higher...

Should be in the top ten without a doubt.

39Fatal Tragedy
The chorus is so epic - I love the backup vocals, and the keyboard right after sounds amazing. Not my favorite DT song, but I thought this deserved to be far higher on the list.
Amazing riffs, great atmosphere and lyrics, crazy drumming, creative instrumental part and solo... Very underrated in my opinion. At least in the top 10 of DT
Should be much higher up on the list

40Hell's Kitchen
This, I think is their greatest track. Elegant and beautifully written Hells Kitchen is unique amongst dt songs. Have another listen, this song only gets better the more you hear it.
THE kick ass instrumental track. And the best part is its by DT/. Shocked not to even find it in the list.
The best instrumental DT song. It brings me to another universe.

My favourite dream theater song. How is this 42?!?!
What in the world is Voices doing so far down this list. This is top 10 DT for sure. One of JP's greatest lyrical efforts.

One of my favorite song of Dream T, and one of their most under rated song, people forgot that this song is part of the Images and Words, one of the best crafted album of all time.
#95? Are you guys insane? This song is a MASTERPIECE! It has my 3rd favorite guitar solo in it (behind Pull Me Under and Under a Glass Moon), however, this is very underrated...

In my Top 40 list of Dream Theater songs, I rank this #17, only behind the greatest songs by them
Great music.. Nice lyric.. Sacred hearts wont take the pain, but mine will never be the same~♪♫
[Newest]Best Dream Theater song...

43Bridges In the Sky
When I read that the 2012 tour was opening with "the sun" song. I wasn't entirely sold, don't get me wrong, it's an excellent song but before the concert, I would have picked 3 other tracks from the new album including On the backs of angels & Breaking all illusions. Well I'm glad I was wrong. The amazing thing about DT is they write 10 plus minute opus's yet the melodies, hooks, & especially the chorus's. And now that my 9 year old sings the sun chorus all day long, it just makes me smile. This is a classis DT epic track.
This song is so awesome. I can't stop listening to it!

44Beyond This Life
This will be on top 5! amazing intro riff and solos (that's insane) and tremendous song (the live versions are incredible too)
This has to be in the top ten. Amazing song!
What... This should be I'm the top tricking 5...

45The Answer Lies Within
People how can you not like this songs so much of raw emotions it is just amazing how they could make a song so beautiful as this
This song is the god of all prog songs... Just too good... James Labrie is very very good... Amazingly great.. I totally agree with the first guy's comment for this song
The meaning is deep... Slow song and peacefull

46The Enemy Inside
This is the first Dream Theater song I've heard. I'm in love with it. If this song is down here, I can't wait to listen to the others. I think it's brilliant, especially the rhythm.
Seriously, 73? This should be top 10.
Bet just nobody has listened to this track because it's the dream theater's best

47Overture 1928
Easily their best "short" song--encapsulates an entire album in 3 and a half minutes. Playing this track through Fatal Tragedy on the Scenes from Memory album is how I introduce people to Dream Theater.
My favorite instrumental by them. Not too long, not too short.

One of the best music ever
Mam at least 20 this and bridges in the sky is my favorite of adtoe 11 min. Of pure ausomeness thenew music is still great I hope that the debut album wasn't their final album they play long songs but very ausome

49Sacrificed Sons
This might possibly be the saddest songs I've ever heard (although any song about September 11th is going to be sad). All praise their sacrificed sons.
Definitely the most underrated Dream Theater song, along with Voices and Scarred.

Great song from Six Degrees, hints of Kashmir, great vocals, a touch of Echoes in the last few minutes. Listen to the lyrics and this is very much an overlooked piece
If this song is on place 48 ti's completely misunderstood
This music in 49 is misunderstood.

51Through Her Eyes
The whole ambiance the song sets with the vocal solo in the beginning and the transition to Labrie's vocals just gets you into a relaxed state and the guitar parts of the song are just phenomenal. The song seems to have taken some pink floyd influence and just about nailed every aspect of it.
Yes, it's so underrated and it's their most beautiful song!
The most beautiful song!

52Perfect Strangers

53Peruvian Skies
Heaviest song. Why is this so far down the list its of one of the underrated song I love this song in live version it plays Metallicas enter sandman
Criminally deep on this list.

54The Bigger Picture
Oh really! The old song always win. Why they never give a chance for such a new song from the Self Titled album? This song is great, amazing and beautiful! This should be in top ten, even though this song is a little bit short, but still the instrumental's are far better than any other old song.
A great and emotional song with deep lyrics and an epic chorus!
This songs too underrated, they actually do not give new songs a chance. 1 of their best
[Newest]One of the few songs I really appreciate from the new albums. So much emotion, so much euphoria overwhelming

55Lost Not Forgotten
Maybe not the best but this one deserves to be higher, awesome song and the drums are great

56Caught In a Web
The best off of the Awake album, closely followed by 60 and Erotomania. Also why is The Dance Of Eternity so low down?
Great song, good solo and vocals.

57Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
This song really is underrated. Of the 100 or so dream theater songs, this is in the top 30 for sure. The song has a thoughtful progression with its own energy, but isn't too speedy like Octavarium (which I adore and is about as much better than Pull Me Under as Shadows is better than any song on Train of Thought
Such an underrated song. Not very heavy, but fantastic composition and I can't believe that it's only at the 54th spot.
Fantastic proggresive song shoudl be top 15 at least

58Solitary Shell
This is a brilliant song written by John Petrucci, check out Live at Budokan Dream Theater album. It will just make you grow a better listener and a music lover
Must be much higher than at what it is placed now. Gem of a song by DT. Meant especially for the introverts.

An upvote to another legend overrated in this page.

60Enigma Machine
The instrumentals in this song are crazy! This song reminds me of an action packed spy movie
Words don't explain how insane this instrumental is

61Trial of Tears
My favorite one from Falling into Infinity which very underrated album in my view.
Can't believe this one is rated this low. One of the best less heavy songs this band has produced. A true masterpiece. Definitely in my top 10
Not my favourite, but this definitely deserves to be WAY higher.

62Ytse Jam

63Take Away My Pain
This song tops the list... Do you ever know how much this song means to Petrucci? And how great and meaningful this song is?... Whosoever made this list belongs to deaf and dumb community!
My Goodness, this one at 67? I was practically searching for this song in the list and was astonished. Sure to make close to top ten of this list
Am I blind or is this masterpiece really missing this list?!

By far the best song from Awake - great guitar work from Petrucci

65Strange Deja Vu

66Beneath the Surface
Personally, Scenes From a Memory and Octavarium were my favorite albums, but when I listened to A Dramatic Turn Of Events, I was just blown away. Like the albums I stated, this album sent me on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Beneath the Surface, was the only song that I'd replay over and over again. This song made me replay memories of relationships that I've had with people that have gone south, and this song actually made me cry. This song is underrated and deserves better than 67!
Cried like a little girl when I listened to and watched the blu-ray version of this song, and I want drunk. So powerful.
Sorry but this list should be checked once more... This song deserves at least a rank within 10.

67Wait for Sleep
Why has everybody forgotten the smooth touch and the divine quality of sound rendered to our ears in the early 90's by Kevin Moore through by DT?
OK, so its basically a mini-DT song compared to their greatest like Octavarium, Under a Glass Moon, Pull Me Under, Metropolis Part 1, and the Count of Tuscany, but its a fantastic song from Kevin Moore's piano part to LaBrie's vocals, its a great song
The piano bit also from learning to live is great

68To Live Forever

69The Dark Eternal Night
Just what MAN! This song is Masterpiece! Except the part in the middle of the song where it sung like an alien song. But the double bass is just the best! The solo! The shredding! This song is one of their masterpiece!
How is this song so far down? Listen to the guitar, and the vocals. It sounds demonic (in a good way)
The animation featured on the live in 08 dvd is bad ass enough to make this song higher
[Newest]This should be top 30 at least :/

70A Rite of Passage
This song has the greatest guitar riff that Dream Theater has come up with. It is a dark song and is well done by all the musicians. The music video features the last appearance of Mike Portnoy in a music video. I can't believe he will never be with Dream Theater ever again. The song is a perfect example of their song writing talents.


This is just sad. This is my second favorite song off of because & SL, behind Count of Tuscany of course. By far THE MOST underrated song on the list. Shame on you people.
What a Wonderful song, so sad it's so low
[Newest]Are you kidding me?!,68?

71Lines In the Sand
This song kind of passed by me when listening to Falling into Infinity for the first time, but then, the 1st time I see DT live they play it and wow, I was so blown away by the epic keyboard intro and the build up to which isn't the most technical solo ever, but Petrucci's most 'hit the nail with every single damn note' solo of 'em all. Labrie at the best I've heard him as well. Everlasting goosebumps throughout the whole song. Come on who's with me? You know what I'm talking about.
?... Why is this song not even listed?
It's a classic... Best song my far on the FII album. The musical interlude soars in this song... Send a chill up your spine? It's my favorite DT song along with Octavarium. I just can't believe how many dodgy songs are in the top 80... But this isn't listed!
This song shoul be in the top ten. Period

This has one of my favourite chorus' in any song I've ever heard! Yes, it's a deep song, and yes, it's a bit... of the hook, but so is the rest of the album. This is one of my favourite songs of all time... because of one chorus. Wow. And right now I'm blasting Numb (Linkin Park) through my head phones!
#71! This song made SDOIT album good and peacefully relaxing


74Scene Nine: Finally Free

75Surrender to Reason
My favorite song off Dream Theater (2013)

76One Last Time
Why this is not even in the top 50 is beyond me, it may be a short song, but the chorus and instruments all carry their own weight here. Definitely should be higher.

77Along for the Ride

78The Looking Glass
So damn catchy I love it
This needs to be higher

79Raw Dog

80Acid Rain
For the all fans of Dream Theatre band, please listen this song..! It will make you look like so handsome!

81This Is the Life
I don't know why this song is so low on the list. For me this is the best song from latest album. So emotional, amazing solos, great lyrics.
Beautiful song, amazing lyricism and musicianship, off the newest album but deserves a much higher place

Best song from "When Dream & Day Unite"


83The Mirror
This is one rocking tune. Not saying it should be in the top 10, but 87 is too low for this song.
Not my favourite, but definitely in my top 10.
Although most DT fans probably don't like the heavier songs as much as I do, that's understandable

84The Silent Man
Great atmosphere and pretty simple structure. The chorus melody is just epic, also thinking of the Erotomania solo. Should be way up to the top.

85Anna Lee
It's beautiful and sad and gentle. I love their ballads. This is one of my favourite songs of theirs'.

86Burning My Soul

87False Awakening Suite

88A Fortune In Lies

89Twelve Step Suite


91Only a Matter of Time

92Take Your Fingers From My Hair

93You Not Me

94Another Won

95The Big Medley
Wow I'm sad that I had to put this on the list myself but it's so cool how they combine all of these classic rock songs but all polished up with their own twist on them. This definitely shouldn't be #101

96Innocence Faded

97The Shattered Fortress
What. The. Heck. This is easily a top ten song!
Best by far.. Specially after 8 minutes
That intro is just sick..

98Never Enough
This song is awesome! This should definitely be in the top 25! Great riff, great lyrics, and a sweet chorus. Rock on Dream Theater!
The hook of the chorus is enough to repel this song right up there, let's do it guys and gals.
The first song I heard from DT, 'sounds really good, especially the intro... m/

99Build Me Up, Break Me Down
CRAZINESS! This song just amazing and it's NO 92 this song is sound of life
Love this song so much it should be so much higher. It's so underrated

Personal favorite of mine.
In my opinion, the perfect DT song.
Should be in every true DT fan's Top Ten.


No. 2 on my list after Another Day. What a great song!
Extremly underrated. Intense and full of energy. I only like A Change of Seasons more, but felt this needed a vote as it is so amazing.

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