Best Emerson, Lake & Palmer Songs


The Top Ten

1 Tarkus

The ultimate prog rock composition. Has it all: Emerson's trademark hammond and synthesizers, complex rhythms and fantastic percussions, wonderfully played bass patterns, Greg Lake's poetic voice, mysterious lyrics, silly mythological storyline and an overall futuristic feel. Why I'm giving this one the edge over Karn Evil 9 1st is the brilliant composition and execution of the keyboard parts and the overall more "compact" nature of Tarkus.

Why tf isn't this progrock essential in the top 10? It should in fact be number 1! Its ELP at their absolute best.
All the parts of it are masterful. And especially Aquatarkus, Stones of years and Battlefield.

Great epic! I especially love the way the music modulates during the second part, "Stones of Ages" and, of course, Emerson's incredible playing- that Hammond going for 20 minutes is orgasmic to my ears! - Led_Rush_Floyd

Tarkus is basically the ultimate prog rock epic. Contains all that an incredible song should have. Especially part IV: Mass. Tarkus is up there with Echoes, Octavarium, Close To The Edge, 2112, and Suppers Ready. - Beatlesboy9

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2 Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends

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3 Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 1

I'll Be There!

I don't get why part two is rated above part 1. Part one has part 2 and even more.

However, Karn Evil 9 is my favorite song altogether.

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4 Fanfare for the Common Man

This is truly epic and my personally favourite - FredTheGooner

Got to be somewhere!

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5 Hoedown UListen to Sample
6 Lucky Man


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7 From the Beginning UListen to Sample
8 Trilogy UListen to Sample
9 Toccata

Toccata. The truly innovative and versatile being the most underrated song ever. I can never get tired of hearing this. - Beatlesboy9

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10 Nutrocker UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Knife-Edge UListen to Sample
12 Still... You Turn Me On UListen to Sample
13 Bitches Crystal UListen to Sample
14 Jerusalem

This song is amazing. - SammySpore

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15 Take a Pebble

One of the best examples of the talent of these incredible musicians. Music at it’s best by those who knew how to play it.

The song of my life...

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16 Peter Gunn UListen to Sample
17 The Endless Enigma, Pt. 1

Great work, Mr Emerson R.I.P

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18 The Only Way (Hymn) UListen to Sample
19 Blues Variation UListen to Sample
20 Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression UListen to Sample
21 C'est la Vie UListen to Sample
22 Benny the Bouncer UListen to Sample
23 Abaddon's Bolero UListen to Sample
24 Tank UListen to Sample
25 The Barbarian UListen to Sample
26 Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression UListen to Sample
27 The Sheriff
28 The Three Fates UListen to Sample
29 Jeremy Bender UListen to Sample
30 Infinite Space (Conclusion) UListen to Sample
31 A Time and a Place UListen to Sample
32 Are You Ready Eddy? UListen to Sample
33 Fugue UListen to Sample
34 Living Sin UListen to Sample
35 For You UListen to Sample
36 Piano Concerto No. 1 UListen to Sample
37 Oh, My Father UListen to Sample
38 Drum Solo UListen to Sample
39 Watching Over You UListen to Sample
40 Hallowed Be Thy Name UListen to Sample
41 I Believe in Father Christmas

This the best Christmas song ever! Greg Lake said it was about the commercialization of Christmas. It’s also a beautiful song. Greg Lake has the perfect voice for it.

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List Stats

200 votes
41 listings
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1. The Only Way (Hymn)
2. Trilogy
3. Tarkus
1. Tarkus
2. From the Beginning
3. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 1
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2. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 1
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