Best Genesis Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 Supper's Ready

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.

This song was almost the entire second side of Fox Trot. It was the first album with Phil Collins on drums and Steve Hackett on guitar. It is similar in structure to the second side of Abbey Road, but far beyond that album in complexity and musicianship. Phil's drumming on Apocalypse in 9/8 is spectacular and Steve Hackett's Guitar work and Peters vocals are excellent. It is a metaphoric concept song of Christ's return as written in Revelations. Very moving and creative.

Truly the best complete musical passage in the genre. Burn one, put on your headphones, crank it up n lay back for a total musical experience!

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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.

This song is just perfect. Tony Banks is my favorite part of this song.

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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.

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.

Genesis at their best

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4 The Cinema Show

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.

I never got bored listening to this track. It is a masterpiece of music. Must be my favourite track ever.

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5 Carpet Crawlers

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.

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.

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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6 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

This is number one - no question

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7 Land of Confusion

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!

My generation will put it right. Fantastic.

Forged By MUSIC KINGS in a volcano of most excellent notes and rhythm.

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8 Mama

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).

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...

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.

"So powerful and emotional. One listen and you are hooked! "

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9 The Knife

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.

My vote goes to The Knife. While I like songs like Suppers Ready and The Musical Box a little better, this song was the sound that was to be ‘Gabriel-Era Genesis’. It captured the Prog sound of genesis. - Beatlesboy9

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10 In The Cage

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

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.

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!

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The Contenders

11 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. - naFrovivuS

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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12 Watcher of the Skies

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)

Too bad they couldn't play the polyrhythmic part live...

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13 Duke's Travels

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.

14 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

15 Entangled

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

I want this song to be played at my funerals.

Sublime last 2 minutes

16 Turn It On Again

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

My opinion the best Genesis song ever

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17 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!

18 Home by the Sea

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.

I also agree this a great song,should be number one

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19 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.

20 Ripples

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

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


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21 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

22 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!

23 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

24 Duchess

Just such a good score.

25 Follow You, Follow Me

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

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.

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26 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!

27 In That Quiet Earth
28 In Too Deep

Love this song. Personal

Best memories of love past

29 Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Nobody heard that? A strong top 5 for me

Weird crazy beautiful and rushed.

30 The Battle of Epping Forest

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.

Peter Gabriel at its best

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

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31 After the Ordeal

Best Genesis song ever! I love the whole album it was on that being "Selling England By the Pound" Complete masterpiece & gem by one of the best bands in existence.

Amazing song, so unappreciated song! Everyone says "Firth of Fifth", "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" or "Cinema Show", but it's perfect even without text.

32 Cul-De-Sac
33 I Can't Dance

Uncanny song with awesome tune...

34 The Fountain of Salmacis

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

Best genesis song ever

35 That's All

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.

#32!? Are you serious!

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36 Get 'em Out by Friday

Totally underrated.

37 Seven Stones

The 2008 remaster really brings out the details in this very underrated song. It's smaller in scope than the most epic songs from the Gabriel era, but in return it feels focused and Gabriel gives an amazing performance.

Pretty early, but great vocals from Gabriel. Up there with the best Genesis tracks of all time.

Truly magnificent. An early masterpiece.

So underrated... sublime lyrics and melody

38 Afterglow

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.

My favourite.

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39 Mad Man Moon

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!

Why isn't this at least on top 10?

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40 Squonk

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"

41 Many Too Many

An awesome track that is often criminally overlooked probably because it appears "And Then There Were Three". This album is not particularly popular with Genesis fans and apart from "Follow You Follow Me", is almost ignored. However, tracks like "Many Too Many" provided that vital link between the "Wind And Wuthering" and "Duke".

42 No Son of Mine

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

Hard to pick an overall favourite, but this is definitely one of the ones I look forward to most on my compilation CD.

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43 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.

44 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...

45 Hairless Heart

This is actually one of my favorite songs in "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"

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46 Lilywhite Lilith

A wonderful sound throughout its juration, just a little too short to be up there with the classics, neverthelass an important cog in the wheel of the Lamb

47 The Lamia

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

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48 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)"

49 Fading Lights

Most epic Song Genesis ever did. Full of I don't know what to call it, but it is a lot... Don't know which Song should be better than this here. But I guess it is not very well known in Public.

Would have been a great way to end Genesis. (But I'm a big fan of Calling All Stations) - Darrell

Underrated song!

Playing this on my funeral "and you know these are the days of our lives, so remember". Not their best song ever but very appropiate.

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50 Fly on a Windshield

A few minutes of true Prog Rock at its finest. Should be right up there with the top few songs.

Searing solo by Hackett. Haunting tune, one of their best and that says a whole lot.

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