Best Genesis Songs

The best Genesis songs ever written by the British rock group.

The Top Ten

1 Supper's Ready Supper's Ready Cover Art

If someone says something like "this song is too long for nothing" or "this song should only be the willow farm part" then they didn't understand the song. Every part is important and this is why this song is just amazing. It's not only my favorite genesis song or my favorite rock progressive song, but also the best song ever recorded. I listened to it at least 200 times and I'm only 19 years old. I have a few friends who understand true music, but the rest are just ignorant who loves new music. They can't understand the complexity of songs like this and it makes me sad. You can't just chill and listen to it if you never heard it. You have to be focus pay attention. It requires a certain level of intelligence.

Well, personally, I think this deserves a number one. It's an amazing song, something that I could explain and is supposed to be the point of this comment, but won't be. However, Genesis has such an astonishingly wide variety of songs to choose from. Ask me about Home by the Sea. Without any comparison, and on any given day, number one. In the Cage, same rules: number one. I Can't dance, same rules: definitely NOT number one. (In my opinion, Genesis should have included only about half of the songs on We Can't Dance in that album (Fading Lights, Driving the Last Spike, Jesus He Knows Me), and just left it at that.) My point is, and what I'm trying to explain to everyone about the hardest Top 10 list ever conceived, is that Genesis has songs not only for everyone, not only for the testy test of time, but also, (for the most part,) amazing songs. These songs are not only so amazing in their diversity, but the talent, epicness, and creativity behind them. Not amazing just in essence, I ...more

I have read all the comments and all I can add is this: I am a 56 year old man who first came to Genesis with Wind and Wuthering. I adored "One For the Vine." Still do. I bought SEBTP and came to love it more than any other Genesis album. I first listened to Supper's Ready about 6 months ago.

I primarily listen to classical music. It has given me more joy and understanding than anything else in my life. I was totally unprepared for Supper's Ready. I listened because I had read online that it was widely considered to be Genesis' magnum opus. I was skeptical but curious.

I listened to that astounding masterpiece 5 times, in the middle of the night, and then I woke the wife!

In my opinion, Supper's Ready is the greatest rock composition of all time. It's impact rivals the impact of the classics. A truly wondrous achievement.

This is one of the most underrated songs of all time. It's so good. It's even better than Bohemian Rhapsody. The only reason people don't have it held in such high regard is because 22 minutes is too much for their short attention span. Another reason is because this song is not for the simple-minded. It requires true music taste. Any idiot can listen to Bohemian Rhapsody. It's a great song, but require nothing special from the listener. This song, however, requires true musical taste and appreciation. Not any idiot can listen to this song.

2 Firth of Fifth Firth of Fifth Cover Art

Firth of Fifth is the best Genesis song in my opinion just ahead of Supper's Ready which is also fantastic. The song is a true masterpiece in its beautifully intricate piano opening, Gabriel's awesome singing and flute solo, Bank's powerful mellotron & organ exchange and then closing with one of the greatest and powerful melodic guitar (violin sounding) solo by Steve Hackett. Collins drumming is beyond superb and Ruthrford's powerful bass lines and bass petals are great as well. The lyrics are interesting as well and were by Tony Banks. One of the greatest Prog Rock songs ever. This song is right up there with Epitaph and Starless by King Crimson, Heart of the Sunrise and Awaken by Yes, and Jacob's Ladder and Cygnus x-1 by Rush. An absolutely epic song from an epic album Selling England By The Pound.

Apart from that, the verses are grating. But the interlude building up to the climax, that makes me forget everything else. Damn it.
Eargasm every time.

I actually think this one is the 2nd best Genesis song, but I voted for it because it was 4th on the list. This song showcases the whole band at their best and everyone's playing complements each other, with Tony Banks' keyboards, Rutherford & Collins' rhythm section, Steve Hackett's fantastic guitar solo and Peter Gabriel's epic lyrics make me feel like I'm listening to something eternal and ancient.

Maybe one of the most masterfull progressive rock songs ever created. Transitions from it's upbeat complex piano intro to it's catchy verse to it's dark flute interlude is just plain genius. The way it expands on it'self so naturally but is able to change it's mood and atmospheric intensions continues to amaze me. Also, Firth of Fith's influence on future progressive rock and even progressive metal is virtually unmatched by any song in it's time period partly due to Hacketts atramentous guitar solo.

3 The Musical Box The Musical Box Cover Art

This is the perfect example of a song played, instrumentally, at it's best. Great guitar work, great drums, and great keyboard playing. I'm just glad to see 'Invisible Touch' on the number one spot. Don't get me wrong, I like Phil Collins. He was a great drummer and even had great songs like 'Mama. ' But they went from an excellent progressive rock band, in which you could hear their talent, to a bubblegum music band. Again, I have nothing against Phil Collins, but I feel like they betrayed the musical structure of the band once the brilliant Peter Gabriel left. The people who vote 'Invisible Touch' as their best song don't know the real Genesis.

I can't believe The Musical Box isn't a top 10 song. Both a band and crowd favorite, played at pretty much every Genesis during the Peter Gabriel era, this is great work of hard-soft fast-slow dynamics. The layered 12-strings overlaid with Gabriel-Collins counterpoint vocal duet that starts around 7:40 on the studio track is the best 60 seconds of music ever recorded by Genesis. This is a great song!

One of my favourite genesis songs ever, second after suppers ready in my list.

Without this song my life will be incomplete! Great musical experience.

4 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight Dancing with the Moonlit Knight Cover Art

This is the definition of a perfect song; it's perfect. Despite being 8 minutes long (short for an epic), it's epic. The music is amazing and Peter Gabriel's voice wonderfully drives you through the music. I love the part where it goes "The captain leads his dance right on through the night" and then when he says "dancing on with the moonlit knight, knights of the green shield stamp and shout" and the whole band kicks in and kicks ass.

Genesis did several master works that are more important and of more depth than Moonlit Knight, but this piece manages to include all of progressive rock best characteristics within the minimum timeframe possible. It goes in all directions at once while maintaining full composure. Excellent!

Excellent song, Peter Gabriel's voice draws you right in and it has wonderful sound. I especially enjoy the part that goes, "there's a fat old lady outside the saloon. " Majestical.

I would rate this in the top 4 but #8 is close as well.. Unbelievable musicianship. This is one of the true Genesis Masterpieces

5 Land of Confusion Land of Confusion Cover Art

This song is very important to me because when my dad gave me his old case of CDs the Genesis Greatest Hits one stood out the most and growing up listening to songs like "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" and "Misunderstanding", I needed to listen to more of their music. The first couple of tracks were nothing special to me, but Land of Confusion really stuck with me. Not to mention, the lyrics in this song are truly remarkable. I will never forget "The Man of Steel, the men of power, are losing control by the hour."

good song, there's another version by disturbed. both this, and the version by disturbed are perfect, no tonly in the sound, but the lyrics are so true in today's world, it has become a land of confusion!

It doesn't get any better than this! Mike Rutherford had the perfect riff and bass line when he composed this amazing Rock anthem! Perfect - just perfect!

It was hard to choose the one and only the one. I love so many hits from Genesis but Land of Confusion always was/is special to me. Love it so much

6 The Cinema Show The Cinema Show Cover Art

Genesis is MY FAVORITE BAND of all time! I am still hoping Phil is able to come back for one more tour with them. Got to see them on the MAMA TOUR and they were fantastic. They had the best light show I have ever seen in concert. This is one of my favorite arrangements (The Cinema Show) along with countless others. Your just at peace listening to their music.

Incredibly atmospheric piece. The range of emotions conveyed by this single song is remarkable. This song, along with the brief Aisle of Plenty, offer a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic album.

Just loaded with great stuff. The "once a man, like the sea I raged" is just wonderful singing, it's got great Tony Banks keyboard, good 12-string stuff, and a great 7/8 part.

Fantastic melodies, and just brilliant, sympathetic drumming from Collins. A masterpiece, and possibly the best Genesis track of all!

7 Mama Mama Cover Art

I had always written Genesis off (I had heard more of the Collins than Gabriel work) until I came across this. The 'Genesis' album starts off really well with this and the next two songs starting the album off perfectly.

Cut from the same cloth as Gabriel's work during this time and yet forward looking - perhaps the closest Genesis would ever be to melding the past with the present. This is the song that is ground zero for Gabriel Vs. Collins - its one of the very few tracks that both sides can agree on and it is for that reason that it should be included. Now if only the rest of that album was this good...

Gods. Love this band so much. It really is difficult to vote for one single song, when the have such a diverse portfolio. I chose Mama because it is a song that has always stuck with me; once I hear it, its in my mind for the entire day. Its just simply a masterpiece (not that the others are not).

Truly a masterpiece, at least, in my opinion. What can I say, it was love at first sight. But, in the end, the live version from 1987 is better in some ways than the studio version.

8 Invisible Touch Invisible Touch Cover Art

To be honest, Genesis' songs didn't really gain my interest that much so far, I thought Phil Collins wrote better songs during his solo career and Peter Gabriel is OK but not quite as good as Collins in my opinion, and the only Genesis song that I actually like so far is this one.

Okay, to be honest, this is among one of my least favorite songs they've released. I've never been a fan of the pop sound, and to be frank, this is about as pop as the 20th century could get. Awful song. These comments saying it's their best honestly baffle me.

"I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. " - Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)

It's so good! It was between this and I can't dance. To be fair all of genesis's songs are awesome!

9 Carpet Crawlers Carpet Crawlers Cover Art

And I think even better on the Live across Europe album. Saw it live in Manchester where it ended the show, best song of the entire night. Awesome. Still second to Supper's Ready though, all time favourite song.

With complete concentration, sing along to this while you read the lyrics. It will be very difficult to find anything better. If you are an old Genesis fan, you will appreciate this.

Have you heard the live version from Seconds Out 1977 concert? The studio version probably deserves to be here at Number 4 but the live version is, in my opinion, clearly at Number 1.

What? 7th? Land of confusion and Invisible Touch don't deserve to be that high, this is such an epic song, it has everything it takes to be one of the best Genesis song

10 The Knife The Knife Cover Art

Come on, The Knife at 21?! This is the real Genesis. This song is so good. I love it so much. Invisible Touch is good, but it's not the real Genesis. The real one is with Peter Gabriel. Anyway, Phil Collin's drums on this song are awesome! Phil Collins was an excellent drumer. The guitar work on this song is also excellent, along with Peter Gabriel's vocals.

Phill Collins was not even with this band in 1970, when they recorded this.

Awesome song. Many Genesis fans call it their favorite. Maybe its missing from the list because Collins wasn't with the band yet.

This would do well as a Hunger Games anthem. My 19 year old daughter agrees; thus proving that Genesis is timeless, as is all great music.

Out of curiosity, when did Phil join Genesis? Who were the true originals?

The Contenders

11 Watcher of the Skies Watcher of the Skies Cover Art

I would put it number 3 after supper's ready and fifth of fifth, the rhythm is so powerful and it charges you more than any other song, the intro is just some masterpiece. Every time I listen to it I just keep replaying.

Just listen and you'll understand exactly why this song should be on this list. It should, in my opinion, be higher, at least near the top ten...

This song showcases the band's skill, how they can play above and beyond most bands. (listen to the genesis live version)

Amazing and scary intro to the song. Ends in a fashion that you wish every song did, epic!

12 In The Cage In The Cage Cover Art

This is probably the least mentioned song when people consider Genesis greatest songs. However, it's the one song that sends a live crowd over the top when they play it. A song that bridges Gabriel and Collins era Genesis. Brilliant.

This song should Be on nummer 2. So supper's ready (seconds out version), the cage, cinema show (seconds out version) firth of fifth, musical box, carpet crawlers, moonlit knight, home by the sea I & II, one for the fine, ripples, the knife, mad man moon.

So much going on in this one. The TSL version is my favorite, although it's fun to compare the different live versions through the years, for tempo, range and such. Every time I've heard this live, it's been a highlight.

Has all the mad brilliance of Supper's Ready with the tight composition of the Musical box. This was the song which made me listen to Genesis.

13 The Return of the Giant Hogweed The Return of the Giant Hogweed Cover Art

Hogweed probably doesn't get consideration because the idea is a little silly... but all 5 band members are fantastic on this track... particularly Steve and Phil. This song always gets me moving and grooving! At least top 20 material.

This song got me into Genesis and needs to be higher than 21st.

Well this song is certainly coming true today

This song got me into Prog

14 Turn It On Again

Fizzes with energy, a clever and unconventional song - the chorus is so catchy, yet it doesn't come in until the end of the thrid minute - and yet the song is so convincingly played, they carry it off brilliantly.

Why so low down? This is a brilliant song should be at least number 2?

Gotta make quality better...

This list is all wrong this song should be in the top ten and even in the top five or three

No matter what, there's always going to be people that think the list is all wrong, even if Turn it On Again is either in the top ten/five/three. Which is not a bad thing. People ARE entitled to their own opinions, after all.

What was the point of my comment again?

My opinion the best Genesis song ever

15 That's All That's All Cover Art

I know a majority of the voters are fans of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, but Phil Collins' version has given us some great songs. Phil Collins is one of my favorite musicians and Genesis is one of my favorite bands. Abacab, Genesis, Invisible Touch, & The Duke are extremely good and underrated albums.

Misunderstanding, That's All, In Too Deep, I Can't Dance, Follow You Follow Me... Seriously I don't trust this list if most of these are not in the top 10.

Damn I love it! The lyrics, Collin's voice and the chord progression between bass and piano!

I do like the Peter Gabriel era more, but That's All may just be my favorite song of Genesis.

16 Abacab

It's the best Genesis song. The most complete. It has a vocal part, excellent lyrics: Phil Collins does the main vocals and chorus. And an instrumental part with good battery, guitar and organ.

Fabulous, one of my definite faves. Excellent keyboards, excellent vocals, etc. Wonderful stuff. Is it Rutherford on the keyboards? Thought it was Banks! Laugh out loud

Phill Collins drumming is really good here. Rutherford on the keyboards is just outstanding. This song got me into early genesis. This album is a must for anybody!

Most awesome song. Shows just how tight they can be. Musically brilliant!

17 Follow You, Follow Me Follow You, Follow Me Cover Art

This is such a great song and should be in any top 10 Geneis songs list. It's a different sort of love song but that's what makes it so special, never get tired of hearing it and I think that's when you know you're listening to a truly wonderful song.

Surprised to see this top ten single in 1978. Only peak at 26.
This single showed how Genesis could mix there music.
I thinks should be Top Ten!

Cone on people number 88? This is one of the most beautiful and sincere love songs ever deserves more recognition

Favorite "message" song. Complex mix with very simple, heartfelt lyrics

18 Dance on a Volcano Dance on a Volcano Cover Art

Not just one of Genesis' greatest achievements, but one of the greatest moments in all of prog, A Trick of the Tail's "Dance On a Volcano" is, without a doubt, the best single song the band cut with Collins at the mic. Beyond its breathlessly exciting, whiplash inducing 7/8 rhythmic structure and brilliant ensemble playing, this song features what are probably the best lyrics in any Genesis song. Sample verse: "The music's playing, the notes are right/Put your left foot first and move into the light/The edge of this hill is the edge of the world/And if you're gonna cross/You better start doing it right. " Sure, the instrumental coda's riff seems to cop from King Crimson's "Fracture, " but probably unintentionally. I simply cannot think of a more exciting six minutes within the genre, and it still works gets me worked up after literally hundreds of listens. Absolutely brilliant.

Love this song. first phil Collins song ever

Top ten for me

19 Ripples Ripples Cover Art

This song is not usually my preferred style but its beauty, intelligence, depth, stylishness and range make it a truly fantastic piece that I never tire of, and still get tingles after all these years.

This is great song. After listening to it so many times, I began to realise that Ripples may actually be about Helen of Troy. One of the all time greats.

Beautifully sung. Very poignant. Lyrics are so true. The piano representing the ripples. Everything about this song is perfect

My god this song came on the radio and I was instantly hooked. So melodic...Phil Collins has such a unique voice

20 Home by the Sea Home by the Sea Cover Art

I agree, this song should have been one of the songs used at the induction, not the rot dished up by PHISH. Not only was his performance GARBAGE, but his song choice (No REPLY, WHAT THE! ) didn't highlight the incredible band Genesis have been. This is the song that brings the crowd alive at live concerts along with The Cage.

This is the song aside from "In the Cage" that drives their concerts. This song got me into Genesis and Progressive Rock. Should have been played at their induction into the Hall of Fame instead of "No Reply".

Fantastic piece that builds and releases. This song goes well live. Great instrumental middle without being boring. How this song isn't higher on the list I'll never know.

The true spirit of the past and modern eras of Genesis, in a slightly psychedelic yet EPIC combination, Ladies and Gents, please welcome:
Home by the Sea!

21 Mad Man Moon Mad Man Moon Cover Art

Number 36?! Have'nt Genesis fans or voters here listened enough to this one?

Right, Supper's Ready, Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show (few more) could "compete" with Mad Man Moon in "quality", and maybe they could be somewhat more complete, but Mad Man Moon contains the essence of what distinguishes Genesis from all the rest, and which is not measurable nor describable: ***INTENSE BEAUTY***.

Specially the choruses in "... Just birds, could dwell so high..."

If I had to choose just one song in all the great music I've listened to (and it's very much, I assure you, including VdGG/PH, King Crimson, Yes, Classical... ) it would be Mad Man Moon.

I thank God to allow me to live in a time and a planet where I've been able to listen to all this great music.

The piano work by Tony Banks alone should push this up much higher than 36. Maybe the problem is that this song fits neither the classic Peter Gabriel era nor the Classic Phil Collins era. Having elements of both eras it doesn't truly fit with the fan base of either. There truly are a lot of very great songs from all eras of Genesis and my personal favorites would span the entire history of the band. Still, Mad Man Moon is my personal favorite because of the piano work.

Magical beautiful track. Reminds me of being at school in the 70's. Love playing this track watching the moon in the winter sky, surrounded by the clouds. Still listen to this album every October / November on my way to work and back home.. Just loose yourself with the lyrics & instrumental.. Pure genius even without Peter Gabriel..

This is my number 1 favorite song by Genesis. It is a masterpiece!

22 Domino Domino Cover Art

This song is awesome, with elements of older Genesis in a newer Genesis song. I love almost all Genesis songs and love both the Collins and Gabriel eras just about equally, but this song was always particularly amazing to me. Part 2 is better than Part 1 in my opinion, but they both contribute to my overall increased love for this song.

Fantastic, nothing more has to be said. Commercial with a sense of progressive elements. Genesis at their most popular.

Yup, agreed. A classic and probably ties in place with Abacab and Mama for me.

The best one on the Invisible touch record

23 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

Genesis first hit after I got my own place to live. Fantastic memories of a fantastic summer aged 19. Love this song! I have no idea what it's about of course but isn't that part of its charm?

Son is fantastic and chorus is a real orgasm for me... I can't stop listening to it. Genesis is never enough

Why is this song so down in the list? This is one of the best songs of Genesis By far! The chorus is epic!

what is this doing so low?

24 In Too Deep In Too Deep Cover Art

Best memories of love past

Love this song. Personal

Another top 10!

25 Squonk Squonk Cover Art

Quite relieved to see another fan of this one! I kept scrolling down, wondering if I missed it higher up. The mere fact that Genesis thought of and chose to write a song about such an eerie (and eerily-relatable) creature as the pitiful squonk is genius, all by itself! Add the mesmerizing, musical flow that IS Genesis to the lyrics' brilliantly-brief tale, and WOW! Just, WOW! Love this band sooo much.

My favorite Genesis song.
Put Phil Collins on the map for me.
Should be ranked higher

Why is this so low? Best song of "A Trick of the Tail"

Best genesis song ever! Sqounk

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