Best Buckethead Songs

Counting down the greatest songs from the master shredder.

The Top Ten

1 Soothsayer

So sick... continue to be blown away by the fact that vocals are made unnecessary by this guy. Some moving, thrashing, electrifying stuff!

That opening guitar riff is pure beauty.

Just wondering, shouldn't this be a list with buckethead solo songs, instead of "We are one" or "the ballad of buckethead? And Soothsayer is in my opinion his best song. I like all his songs though(at least the ones I've heard(He has over 500 solo songs, I don't think I'm even close to all yet)) my personal list would look like:
1. Soothsayer
2. Too Many Humans
3. Final Wars
4. Escape from Inbred Mountain
5. Jordan
6. Welcome to Bucketheadland
7. Frozen Brains Tell No Tales
8. I Love My Parents
9. She Sell Sea Shells by the Slaughterhouse
10. Nottingham Lace

I asked Santa to give me Buckethead's hands 'cause I was jealous of him. Instead, on Christmas, I got a CD of his greatest hits. I asked santa, why? Santa replied, I can't give you god's hands. I am happy with the CD's now!
1) Soothsayer
2) Final Wars
3) Jordan
4) Whitewash
5) Nottingham Lace

BUCKETHEAD YOU ROCK!

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2 Nottingham Lace

Simply the best solo in this world played by the greatest guitarist alive. I just love this song!

The intro is class apart but the whole song is great...

The solos in the end are breath taking!

Has to be the best song!

This is solo have a story...best

The solos are just too amazing in this songs! Although Soothsayer is an incredible song, Nottingham lace is both emotional and electrifying. Simply Buckethead's best in my opinion!

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3 Jordan

How is this not top?

Hasn't nobody heard this song? Shame on them, this song is so sick with a sexy solo and was played for Guitar Hero II. I became a crazy Buckethead fan after hearing this sick baby! - BehindHappiness

The first song I ever heard from Buckethead. My friend asked me to go to a concert and I just said alrighty. Thought it would have been fine enough, but holy moly. He played this song and I just lost it. He. Is. The. Bomb.

Jordan's a great song but the other two above it too deserve to be there love this song makes me super excited

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4 Padmasana

This song is really wonderful. I am totally cool with Soothsayer being number 1. But this song deserves the number 2 place most definitely. It lifts up my soul every time I hear it. It's so beautiful that it will get to your heart and make it wet. I listen to this song every night when I sleep. So relaxing and soothing.

I am feelin so strange y a so powerful song with a terrifying degree of power in its silence progression is so low on charts should be placed much above friends!

For me Padmasana I the most emotional song.. Try to listen to this song.. Even you are happy.. It will almost makes you cry

Man this song took me to another world seriously it should be on top 3

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5 Whitewash

this was the first song I heard by him. automatic instant fan. I consider myself to be a huge fan of guitar players. and this guy is the most unique by far. in my humble opion... he is simply the best I've ever heard. and I always had jimmy page, and eddie van halen, at the top of my list. but this guy is the best... hands down.

When I play this on my itunes I feel like all my problems are forgotten, when it ends, they all come back to me. I remember when I was twelve I used to listen to this song before bed, it was my lullaby. I pity those people who can't appreciate Buckethead's music.

The studio version is a little boring, but his live performances are the most amazing performances I've ever heard, it's so beautiful and deep. Pure badassness, his absolute best piece.

My first song of Buckethead... Never gets old!

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6 Welcome to Bucketheadland

Probably his most influential song... - ch153

Buckethead top 10:- 1. Soothsayer 2. Nottingham lace 3. Seige engine 4. Welcome to bucketheadlandheadland 5. Jordan 6. Lebron 7. Unrestrained growth 8. Asylum of glass 9. Golden eyes 10. Machete

SHOULD BE AT NO 3

Why did I just discover this guy! I'm almost 50 years old...was my head in a sand hole all this time!?! lol

7 Siege Engine

Most intense and best song in my opinion though Coats of Claud is creeping up and may surpass this one day for me. I am also a big fan of Worms for the Garden.

Simply the Best, along with Eerie canal.

Just seen him in Detroit at the majestic... he played Siege Engine and I loved it, hadn't heard it before... don't know why... but it's now my favorite and I got Albino Slug on order.

This song is a bit like Soothsayer and it's just as emotional as Soothsayer. One of my favorite parts is at the beginning of the solo where he bends a bit more emotionally than he does in Soothsayer. - Gigan

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8 Final Wars

Greatest metal guitar solo ever made!

It just simply starts of with this bad ass metal-riff that makes me want to pick the guitar and play along! And off-course the solos are tremendously epic!

Amazing song best guitar solo ever made!

9 Big Sur Moon

You can definitely see Paul Gilbert's teaching in this. This and The Echo Song are very similar, and are both awesome. A bit more length on it would be great.

This is the best instrumental ever

Unbelievble technique and harmony

Awesome song
By Awesome artist
With Awesome Teaching

10 King James

When I 1st time heard this song I almost repeated this song 70 times, just awesome, BUCKETHEAD at his best. Its 2nd best solo after soothsayer by buckethead. According to me 1. Soothsayer 2. King james 3. Siege Engine. - arijit-hellseekerdas

One of the best songs I have ever heard in my entire life. When it comes to CSS I know most people choose Soothsayer as the best song on the record, but personally I think this one is better (althought Soothsayer is an epic song as well). It's like all of Buckethead's best features packed into one, with both heavyness and slowness, emotion and just plain jamming, etc. Absolutely amazing work by Buckethead m/

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11 Pepper's Ghost

This is my favorite Buckethead song. This may be weird to many of you, but I don't cR. It sounds very mysterious through the middle, and it gets heavy from time to time as well. But it's all tied together by a soothing and catchy riff.

22!? What! Pepper's ghost is simply amazing, beautiful, dark, misterious and full of energy! It's a shame it's too underrated, it should be at least top 5 in my opinion!

12 Separate Sky

This is his best song (or at least my favorite one). Everyone thinks that soothsayer is his best song but this one is WAY BETTER than soothsayer. You should really listen to it when you get the chance to. It's my favorite song off of my favorite album by him called: A Real Diamond In The Rough. - siege

Great ending but that's all.

13 In the Hollow Hills
14 Electric Tears

#41?! Are you kidding me?! This is probably one of his BEST songs!

15 Baptism of Solitude
16 We Are One

This song has Serj Tankian from System of a Down. and there one of the best modern heavy metal bands ever. and is the best song with vocals on it

17 Scraps

WHY isn't THIS IN THE LIST? - sirpyrosexy

18 Tide
19 Sea of Expanding Shapes Sea of Expanding Shapes
20 Sail on Soothsayer

Very soothing

A follow up to the ever popular "Soothsayer". Again this is dedicated to his aunt Suzie on the account of her death. I don't play the guitar but every time I listen to Bucket's songs like this I wish I did.

One of the best slow paced track by buckethead... It's a shame that it lies on 19th position

Some amazing guitar work here (as always). Great follow up to what is currently number 1 on this list. - IronSabbathPriest

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21 Destroyer: Speed Flux Quadrant / Inclusion / Exhaust Release

^same
THIS SONG IS AN EPIC! - sirpyrosexy

22 I Love My Parents

This needs to be higher

The first time I heard this song, I actually had to stop listening because I almost started crying. The very beginning of it with the single guitar can cause any one to feel emotional. But when the violins start up, you may want to have some tissues ready. Beautiful piece of music.

This piece is so emotional. I cry when I hear it. While I didn't expect this to be number one, I am glad Guitar Hero fan boys haven't managed to push Jordan to number one.

To be fair, the man himself has said that he believes Jordan to be his magnum opus.

I cried. This song was just that emotional. For a shredder, Buckethead can really tug at your heartstrings. Which is why he's been my favourite guitarist for a long time. - imnotdead

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23 Washed Away Washed Away
24 Lurker at the Threshold

Please listen to all the parts this song is just pure... Buckethead, that's the best way I can describe this beautiful masterpiece will take you to musical nirvana. Besies who doesn't like Ctulu

25 Rise of the Blue Lotus
26 Hearts Delight
27 Too Many Humans

In my opinion his best song

Definitely his best song! Heck, even one of my all-time favourite songs in the world! All the notes are just spot on, I recommend this to all of you who haven't heard it yet!

Its one of the simple solo which attracts my attention good one

Such Emotional Tracks!

28 Funbus
29 Lotus Island

Needs to be WAY higher.

26?!?! Top 5 AT LEAST!

Deserves an higher position! So sick and beautiful!

What the hell is this doing so low?... - espyorkshireman

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30 The Fairy and the Devil

One of my favorite songs!

Sublime. Wish it was longer.

31 All In the Waiting
32 Star Wars
33 Ghosts of Broken Eggs
34 Sketches of Spain (For Miles)

Why is this not on the top 3, I have no clue; But all I know is, that for me, sketches of Spain will remain one of the most beautiful songs I'll ever hear It indeed brings about flashes of a place, I've not seen Spain, but I can imagine how beautiful it is

Slept comfortably in the altitude of 4600 meters for one and half hours, while listening to this song on repeat. Can't believe why this song is not in the top 3! I

I love this song is the tears

35 Inferno

The best Buckethead track out there for me. When my friends hear "buckethead" or see his picture they instantly decide his music is not for them. They come to the conclusion that his music will just be some heavy, head banging, black metal which is just loud sounds and that the only reason some people listen to him is because it seen as "cool". They can't be farther from the truth. Bucket is so diverse in his music that he can play a hard thrashing track about slaughterhouses, blood and gore and the next minute he'll play the most beautiful melodious music you will ever hear. Inferno shows his range and surprises most of my friends since I start them off with a few fast songs then unleash Inferno and Whitewash on them. They are amazed and naturally a few have already become fans. The way the guitar solo tells a story and meshes with the bass is heavenly. As the lead guitar takes you through the stages and climax of the story the bass has an almost subconscious ...more

My favorite Buckethead song. The raw, deep emotion in this song really gets me every time.
This, Whitewash, Dawn Appears, and pretty much everything on Electric Tears and Colma is all you need to see that Buckethead is one of the best musicians of all time.

Just beautiful!
It's a shame Buckethead fans don't know about this hidden gem.

36 Frozen Brains Tell No Tales

Awesome guitar work, the riffs and the random quirky pieces of catch phrases, then the solo comes blooming in with "HE'S GOT A BUCKET ON HIS HEEAD! "
Beautiful song.

37 Binge and Grab

Starts with a catchy riff which has this awesome sound because of the one C#m chord which is the only minor chord in that riff (which gives it an awesome feeling), not to mention the awesome melodies in it.
Second riff is awesome as well and with the breakdown after it, it's just perfect!
The fast part that starts the solo fits well there. Solo has kinda like three parts: first is a happy-groovy solo, then some heavy shredding and finally emotional finish with smooth transition to the first riff!

It has the antics of a child. Remember your first bicycle ride, that's what it feels like.

38 For Mom

It's a touching piece, One of the best in the category of slow and sentimental ones.
Please try it out

39 Mrs. Beasley

This is one of his saddest songs. Every time I listen to it I can feel my heart beating (and not in a good way). It's a very sad and very emotional song. I would recommend it if you haven't heard it. Even you will feel his emotion. - Gigan

40 Gory Head Stump

The intro riff is sick

Its cool. I like it.

41 The Ballad of Jerry Mono
42 The Way to Heaven

This should be in the top 10 at least! I have no idea what songs like "We are one" and "padmasa" are doing up there. I wonder what experiences made buckethead write this song. The song title is very thoughtful. When I listen to this I wonder if I'll go to heaven or not.

Really good song, it expresses a lot of feelings. - thealternative

I keep going back to this one in my collection of BH songs. Great intro, should be higher.

43 The Rising Sun

This song gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. Deserves to be higher on this list. Definitely among my personal top 5 Buckethead tunes. Simply amazing melodies & out of this world playing from the man.

You gotta be kidding me... Check this out. It deserves to be in top 10.

Just absolutely love this one, can just play it over and over again

This is one of his best. Definitely deserves to be in the top 10

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44 Big D's Touch

It deserves to be in the top... Melodious composition... KUDOS! BRIAN PATRICK CAROLL

45 Jump Man
46 Spell of the Gypsies

Too good riff, expressing moods by guitar.
The guitar god. What a riff played with ease and simplicity beyond imagination.

47 The Redeem Team

You will listen to this song once, and it will get stuck in your head forever. Just listen to that riff...

48 Squid Ink
49 Blue Slide Blue Slide
50 Asylum of Glass

If this rank 40 song got stuck in my head I fear what damage soothsayer do to me...

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