Best Genesis Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 Supper's Ready

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

best 22 minutes in your life... - onatönol

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.

One of the best songs ever

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2 Firth of Fifth

More than a song a masterpiece. Beautiful piano, organ solos and maybe one of the greatest guitar solo by Steve Hackett. Collins and Rutherford are dynamic and Peter Gabriel sounds really good. It could be 2nd after"Supper's Ready" and before all the commercial stuff.


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.

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.

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3 The Musical Box

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.

A genesis classic!

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!

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

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4 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

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. - fidelcanojr

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!

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

The fact I had to add this myself is crazy there best song by far

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5 Land of Confusion

Hands down best song by genesis

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."

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 - Alexandr

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!

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6 The Cinema Show

Not a song, a symphony is better put.

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.

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.

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.

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7 Mama

Now listen to me Mama!

The sort of Grandmaster Flash laugh is too awesome

This song is amazing. Phil's vocals are so good and the synthesizers. - Userguy44

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).

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8 Invisible Touch

"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)

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.

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

Invisible Touch is undoubtedly the BEST GENESIS SONG EVER. It has a lively tune and a catchy chorus.

Undoubtedly? In my opinion there are much better songs. I mean, it isn't a bad song, but all this prog stuff is much better in my opinion. - DarkSideOfDragons

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9 Carpet Crawlers

Great Song.

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

Should be a top five selection on every list! An intense, beautifully lyrical piece. A great song from one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

This is one of my top Genesis (or any other) song. It is perfectly symmetrical, and that's all I can say about that...

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10 The Knife

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

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.

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.

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The Contenders

11 In The Cage

Now... THIS is Genesis. - ICader

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.

One of their best songs. Tony Banks keyboard work on this is amazing!

great musical technics, Rhythm-out-perfomer in second part... genius, very awesome

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12 Watcher of the Skies

Awesome beat, the bass line and drumming kill me every time.

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)

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13 The Return of the Giant Hogweed

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.

Well this song is certainly coming true today - VaticanCameos

This song got me into Prog

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

14 That's All

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

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.

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.

This should be in top ten at the very least, if not the number one song.

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15 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.

Catches genesis right at the point when they were becoming more poppy and accessible but this is cerebral and just a great tune that bridges the Gap perfectly

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? - ICader

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16 Ripples

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

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.

It is so difficult to choose the greatest Genesis song ever because there are so many examples of unbelievable musicianship - but in the end I chose Ripples because of its beauty - but only just ahead of Suppers Ready, Firth of Fifth, Afterglow, Entangled, Los Endos, Many too Many, Invisible Touch and many more

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17 Home by the Sea

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! - ICader

No Question, Top 10!

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".

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18 Mad Man Moon

What is this doing at #37? One of the greatest songs of all time. - MaxPap

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.

One of my top 5 songs. Cements Tony Banks as a true genius. - Marklubeski

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..

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19 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!

20 Domino

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

21 In Too Deep

Love this song. Personal

Best memories of love past

22 Squonk

Best genesis song ever! Sqounk

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.

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

23 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!

24 Follow You, Follow Me

Why on earth is this so low? - galaxyfox

My parents wedding song. heartfelt and caring, truly genesis at their finest

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

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

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25 Cul-De-Sac
26 The Fountain of Salmacis

Underrated as hell

the crescendo is incredible

love it

One of my favorites, such a creepy story and beautiful symphonic sound.

Best genesis song ever

27 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Surely an all time classic? Probably my absolute favourite Genesis track of all time.

This is a classic. Should be higher, at least Top 20. - DarkSideOfDragons

Una delle cinque più belle canzoni... AMAZING...

28 The Battle of Epping Forest

It is the highlight of the legendary "Selling England by the Pound", I have absolutely no idea how only 0.8% would vote for this masterpiece. I must admit that Suppers Ready is propably even better. Nevertheless, this should be number 2 for sure

My personal top three are all ranked lower than 30th on this list. I guess I just have weird taste. I'm voting for this one because it's currently ranked the lowest of the three. I can understand why nobody would vote for it as their favorite -- it's not as epic as Supper's Ready, not as dynamically varied as Firth of Fifth, not as sweeping and breathtaking as some moments on Wind & Wuthering, and (especially) not as catchy as Follow You, Follow Me or anything they did in the '80s. However, I think The Battle of Epping Forest represents the spirit of Gabriel-era Genesis better than any other single song. (If I try to ignore my bias in favor of this song, I have to admit that it's kind of a caricature of Gabriel-era Genesis. )

This song is probably lower on this list because for a Genesis song, it is not as interesting as others on SEBTP, at least for most of it. What makes this song so so worth it, however, are the last 45 seconds to a minute. The conclusion to this song is definitely one of the most mind blowing of all of Genesis's catalogue, in my opinion second only to the ending of supper's ready. It raises goosebumps every time I hear it.

Are you kidding me, I thought this one would've at least been top ten!

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29 Duke's Travels

Duke's Travels: Society's King (or should I say DUKE AAA-) of underration. This is one of the gem instrumentals of Genesis. It was epic, it pulled it all together for the album, epic, open to interpretation, epic, and they didn't need the studio to say they needed to wrap it up (until the next song). It was a perfect climax to a great album.

Did I mention it was epic? - ICader

Very underrated but probably appropriate to be in top 15 or so given the other strong Genesis works. The drumming throughout Duke is really strong...

For me my intro to genesis, just wow. the drums the percussion in the intro the build up! for me number 1.

If you were to take out two or three of the more commercial songs and ballads (Misunderstanding, Alone Tonight) from Duke, it would be a classic prog rock album. Duke's Travels and Duke's End are a brilliant climax, perhaps even on a par with the end of Supper’s Ready. Underrated.

30 Dance on a Volcano

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

31 No Son of Mine

Should really be higher

Should be number 1 on the list

I agree that this is a great song. Heart breaking story and excellent music. - Marklubeski

This song really deserves to be higher.
Great song with mesmerizing lyrics and an amazing finale.
Phil is amazing on the vocals.

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32 Blood on the Rooftops

Very hard to choose... Firth of fifth has such a great guitare solo, Supper's is so great, the end of Entangled is so beautiful and the second part of the Cinema show is so amazing... so why choose Blood on the rooftops... just because listening to this song in October when the autumn is there is a spiritual step in the moment, a perfect one for me.

One of my favourite Genesis song on my favourite album, sadly never played live by the band. A moving masterpiece. Thanks mr Hackett!

33 I Can't Dance

Uncanny song with awesome tune...

34 Afterglow

What album cover is that? - ICader

Probably the Quintessential Genesis Track. No coincidence that this was the finale of their live show for many years. Great tune and lyrics that build to an awesome climax.

How can you not have this on a Genesis top 10? It is their best song ever.

Afterglow and Fading LIghts are a toss up for me-both so hauntingly beautiful.

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35 Throwing It All Away

This is my favorite Genesis song. Should be top 10 in everyone's list. If you haven't listened to it, this is a must.

Beautiful song

36 Back in N.Y.C.

Most underrated Genesis song of all time. This with Hairless Heart is so powerful. Gabriel really lets go and produces some of the most fearsome vocals. My personal favourite on The Lamb along with The Lamia and In The Rapids - camillon1

Still remember listening to it for the first time. Caught me like heroin. Impossible to sing along with Peter�'s vocals, and impossible to move your head with the beat too.. Amazing.

When you've listened to enough prog rock, there comes a point at which 7/8 doesn't feel all that awkward anymore. (Usually. There are exceptions. ) I stripped the vocals from this song and used it for karaoke once with no problems. I didn't even have to think about the time signature; I just did what came naturally.

37 Robbery, Assault and Battery

"Hello son I hope you're having fun"
"You've got it wrong sir, I'm only the cleaner"
With that he fired, the other saying as he died,
"You've done me wrong, " it's the same old song forever, forever
Robbery Assault and Battery
The felon and his felony

38 One for the Vine

39? You gotta be kidding me. Much better than all the songs made after that. - MaxPap

This song is 90 spots lower than it should be

This has always been one of my favorite epic Genesis tracks (though I like their short songs too). One of the best songs Tony Banks ever wrote, along with Firth of Fifth and Afterglow.

Are you kidding me? This one is a true masterpiece with fantastic heart touching piano solos and a majestic outro. Come on, let's be serious: How come this is in the 37th place on this list, but the good yet commerically successful Land of Confusion is 3rd? You can't compare One for the Vine and Land of Confusion because they're different. But One for the Vine is way better than Land of Confusion (just my opinion).

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39 The Colony of Slippermen

Should be far higher up the list - amazing keyboards and drumming. One of their very best.

Amazing keyboard riffage also Peters vocals are so silly "to see dr dyper reformed sniper he will whip off your winddream wiper (Balls)"

40 Entangled

Listen for the Glockenspiel on this gem... Fantastic.

I want this song to be played at my funerals.

Sublime last 2 minutes

41 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
42 Aisle of Plenty
43 The Lamia

Super underrated! Beautiful song! One of the best guitar solos by steve hackett!...
Should be top 10

I consider this to be the most beautiful song off of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", due to the chilling nature of the creatures that meet Rael, as well as Tony's flowing keyboard work and Peter's soft vocal work. You don't know how to act when listening to this song. One minute, you're awestruck, then frightened, then woeful. You go through the same feelings that Rael does in this story during this song. - c0mf0rta61ynum6


Pure poetry...Beautiful song with strong lyrics... one of the best ever...

44 Misunderstanding

I thought this was their most popular song. I really do like early 70s the most with Gabriel singing more than the later Genesis, but I'm very surprised at Misunderstanding's rank. Supper's Ready and Firth of Fifth are obviously their classics and my favorites, but come on, at least top 20 for this one?! Nice chorus with backing vocals and a good beat throughout.

45 Los Endos

This is a phenomenal instrumental that is so powerful and moving. It is a great road song. When Genesis tied this with the drum duet and 'Dance on a Volcano' it became the perfect song. I can listen to it all day and night long. It makes you want more!

A very atmospheric and uplifting instrumental. Great way to close out a great album. I also love the nod to Supper's Ready: "There's an angel standing in the sun."

Phenomenal instrumental song, it should be in the top 5

46 Dodo/Lurker

One of the best songs from their pop era.

Hands down, the best Genesis song ever, should be number 1 just based on inventive melodies, dynamic arrangement and emotive vocals. It's not a song it's a trip.

Dude this song is musical genius

47 Heathzaze

Most beautiful song ever, nearly makes you cry...

Shouldn't be that far... one of the best post Gabriel song

Awesomwe sparce music and clever lyrics

'Beware the fisherman
Who's casting out his line
Into a dried up riverbed
But don't try to tell him
Because he wont believe you
Throw some bread to the duck instead
Its easier that way

48 Man On the Corner

Subtle yet powerful dish served up with a pungent yet odorless finish. Classic genesis yet not...

Outstanding and Underrated Song

Amazing intro and great tune!

49 Your Own Special Way

Just a great song. I recently discovered the live acoustic "unplugged" version. It's magnificent and was performed long before "unplugged" shows became popular.

Masterpeace - totally underrated

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