Top Ten Styx Songs

Styx had some great songs, but I don't know which one was the greatest.

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1Come Sail Away

AWESOME man, I mean the piano is just amazing to begin with, and the strong strengthens when the guitar enters and it just freaks me out how the hell do people do awesome songs like those bands in the 80's. However, I wouldn't say that Styx doesn't have better song like boat on a river (surprisingly still about water and sailing) and Renegade with an awesome riff, but this one speaks to me the most. After all you decide what's best depending on your opinion (I'd be ok with anything on the first ten list)

Bring it on Dennis deyoung Lawrence Gowan at wembley arena smashed the notes I am a journey fan I say styx did it for me that night.

A true Rock and Roll epic. Perfect vocals, evocative lyrics, some great piano work and a nice guitar riff. Definitely #1

Simply sensational, right up there with the best rock songs of its time. No words to describe the emotions related to this song

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Renegade is Styx's greatest song. How could it not be #1? Renegade is my favorite song ever. I love how it starts out kind of on the slow side & then Tommy Shaw yells out, "Yeah! " & the song just keeps getting better at that point. It just keeps getting better, & better. I hope Styx keeps going on making more songs like this.

Renegade it has the most real lyrics... Can you imagine getting ready to hang and what your mom would go through... Love Renegade

I love this song! I love how it starts of slow ^^ then burst out into catchy rifs. Really well done.

Gotta be #1. Classic Rock at it's best.

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3Mr. Roboto

Styx had Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man but they're not as conceptual and operatic as this one) doom arigato mr roboto
P.S. best vocals from Dennis))

Song was heard in the Universal Studios film, The Perfect Man, in 2005 due to the reason that Universal Music Group owns A&M Records. - playstationfan66

Mr Roboto is a terrible song. It marked Dennis DeYoung's destruction of the Styx era.


How can you go wrong with this song. It set the band on the path to stardom. It's lyrics tells a story and the melodies are tight

Lady was one of the anthems of my youth and Styx one of the most unique bands of the era. Lots of great memories associated with this one...

I'll never forget when a guy I had a crush on played this one song for me on a jukebox. It let me know how he felt about me in words he was too shy to say. VERY ROMANTIC song :-)

Love it when my husband sings this song to me when it comes on the radio.

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5Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

Blue Collar man is a song that's message still applies today. Also, it's introduction is outstanding.

I remember it when it first came out, and even today, I play the ass off it. It resonates raw energy, and our Country relies on it's Blue Collar Work Force's energy, to be a Country.

It touches my heart at the core like a GREAT song should.

Love this song almost as much as Renegade! Should be higher up!

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6Crystal Ball

While I am completely a fan, this is truly the best Styx song ever. How different would our lives be if we could only have a Crystal Ball to help us through our difficulties... Or would it only make the pain worse.

I'm in love with this song! - Eaganbaseball29

Great Rock-n-Roll Ballad and Guitar Playing

The best Styx song by far THE BEST.

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7Castle Walls

This has always been my favorite. Their building melodies and they reach a brilliant finish. They tell a great tale. This was a great song in concert.

Brilliant, underrated song! Builds to a triumphant Pink Floyd/Ozzy-like symphony before launching you to the album's epic finale. Awesome track!

While not the best Styx song, this is perhaps the most underrated. I love how the tension builds during the instrumental part, and the guitar right after the chorus.

How can this song not be number 1?

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Love this song. Great music and lyrics. Takes me back to a great to a great memory of someone I loved and now is gone.

Babe captures my emotion greatest love song, it takes me back to the time I have spent with someone I loved. Still makes me cry sometimes at night when I'm listening to it in the middle of the night

Nothing against hard rock and progressive songs... I love Zeppelin for example... But for me, the most melodic, emotionally tugging and memorable of all their songs. As an analogy, "Ten Years Gone", "Thank You" and Going to California" were some of Zep's best stuff, even though their harder stuff got more air play.

Remembering my first love..

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9Clair de Lune/Ballerina

This has to be the most beautiful Styx song. I love how it starts out with a soft, classical piano intro, but then the singing starts and the song changes completely. At that point it gets more and more awesome. It's such a sentimental song, with such poignant lyrics, and he song builds and builds, with Dennis DeYoung continuing to wail the the lyrics alongside the screaming guitars. It's the perfect power ballad.

When it goes into the string part it's on! "Dance for Me I beg you" sends chills up the spine then the solos/harmonies hit you like a ton of bricks and keeps on going.

This song has this soaring, wild interplay between the guitars and Dennis DeYoung's voice. - Raa396

Cute song for my cute girlfriend. - playstationfan66

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10Boat On the River

I love this song so much, ever since I heard it, it was my favorite song by Styx. Since I have heard every Styx song, I will keep this one as my favorite for all of eternity! I love it love it love it! - ethany

Come on, how is this not yet in the top 5? Or top 10? The lyrics are very peaceful, telling a story about a man's journey, and the instruments used were perfectly chosen. Renegade is another awesome song but by far overrated compared to Boat on the River.

Boat on the River is unlike any other song. And in a good way. When listening you can just close your eyes and be taken away to a boat on the river where the frown on your face disappears.

This should be in the top 5 definitely, it's so underrated...

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The Contenders

11Too Much Time On My Hands

I really like this one! I can't believe its not in the top ten! It is more outside the box for these guys! They get away from the ballads with this one. Its got a strong groove and a great beat!

This song is always just good fun to hear. A mood elevator that never gets old :-)

Tommy Shaw at his finest. Excellent chorus and guitar work

Way too low on the list

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12The Grand Illusion

I was sixteen when I first fell in love with their music. It always brings back wonderful nostalgic memories. This is an awesome album. I used to listen to their music on an eight track tape player in my car until it had worn out. Such a wonderful combination sounds & words. This is a magically musical album.

Great song and it's hard to pick but this would have to be my favorite of Styx. Going to their concert tonight.

First Album I ever bought, First song I ever listened to in head phones as a little kid sitting cross legged in front of and old Sylvania Hi-Fi. Not only does this song bring back great memories, It is a structural masterpiece.

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13Suite Madame Blue

Suite Madam Blue is the best Styx song ever. The real question is, which is #2? Come Sail Away, Lady, Lorelei, Crystal Ball or Renegade? Or Light Up...

How on God's green earth is this not in the top 10? Wow...

# 1 Styx song, # 2 is Crystal Ball

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14The Best of Times

Just rediscovered this song after many years. Probably my favorite Styx song of all time. This should be a bar anthem right next to don't Stop Believin!

15Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

This song is probably their most progressive rocklike. As a Prog Rock fan it's natural that this one is my favorite. Throughout the song it shows off: vocals, insturmentation, quick tempo and slow tempo. What's not to like?

This contains the best keyboard playing than all the other Styx songs in my opinion.

16Born for Adventure
17A Day

I am a Styx junkie from the late 70's and 80's, and notwithstanding all their great songs from my era "A Day", which features the late John Curulewski (Tommy Shaw's predecessor), tops my list. 'Tis a psychedelic "Come Sail Away" from an earlier era of Styx music. Give yourself a treat and get on over to YouTube and listen to it now!

This song is so proggy! It sounds like it could be by King Crimson.


I love the upbeat tempo to this song! Definitely deserves to be higher up possibly top 5!

Love this song this song should be number 2

19Just Get Through This Night
20This Old Man
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Clair de Lune/Ballerina
2. Castle Walls
3. Crystal Ball
1. Renegade
2. Come Sail Away
3. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
1. Come Sail Away
2. Mr. Roboto
3. Lady

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