Top Ten Dream Theater Songs

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July 2, 2015 - This list shows the best songs of the gods of Prog Metal. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Octavarium
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.
Masterpiece.

Pull me under is a joke, it's just a decent song. Not worthy of the top ten that's fore sure.
[Newest]Were talking bout the greatest piece of music of all time!
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2Metropolis 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.

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!
[Newest]BEST. SONG. EVER. If you disagree I'll wrestle you.
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4A 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

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

7Home
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

[Newest]This is a long song.

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.
[Newest]Just because it's kinda new, this epic shouldn't be put under Pull Me Under. At least this song isn't voted mostly by Guitar Hero players.

9Panic 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

mneilan

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

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

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!


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

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

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

13Learning 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.

14In 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.
[Newest]The Most complete and fantastic song Dream Theater ever has produced.

15These 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
[Newest]The music, the vocal and specially the lyrics of this song will take your mind to an upper level of feeling.

16A 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]16 min song and 16 on the list

17Stream 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.

18Finally 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]This is one of my favorites as well. Amazing song and spectacular ending

19The 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.
[Newest]This is impossible to play in the drums because it changes time signatures every ten seconds. It includes 11/4 time. In case you are not a drummer, that's eleven beats in a measure.

20Illumination 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]To really feel the joy in life, you must suffer through the pain...

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