Top Ten Best Joe Satriani Songs

The Top Ten

1 Surfing with the Alien

Surfing with the Alien was the one song that changed my whole view of what guitar playing is. Until then, I thought strumming a couple chords and playing an eight bar melody is good enough. My parents handed a Greatest of Joe Satriani CD, and this is the first one I heard. This song inspired me to create my own solos, and he is my role model. In short, fantastic song!

great masterpiece, is really his best song ever! the best part is in almost the ending, but all the song is awesome!
- rock2metal

Ultimately his most influential song

That song introduced me to Joe Satriani, it just got better from then

2 Always with Me, Always with You

I envy this man! So much soul in this song. It is the best Satch song that I have ever heard

This is such an unreal song! He pretty much sings through his guitar in every song, but this is so beautiful! I love him! :D and by the way, how is If I Could Fly not on the list? It's a masterpiece

Builds the joy slowly richly

Majestic guitar interpretation... the beginning of lounge music... The sound of a decade.

3 Summer Song

It actually rocks

It's really a good song, from "The Extremist" album that it entire good! But this one had to be my favorite from him! Nice intro and riff, then solo... Just awesome!

Great high energy song perfectly captures the excitement of summer. Great guitar/bass exchanges too in the bridge, not common in Joe's music. If only he would play Speed of Light publicly...

After a number of surgeries, this song gets me moving, no matter how much pain! They should play this over the whole rehab area!

4 Satch Boogie

I think that this should be on top tied with Surfing With the Alien. - freerunner770

Funful, rockful and a bit punk, it really rocks! - cankucuk17

Kind of cool even though I kind of HATE this guy. Its really fun to play on guitar hero. - moose4life19

It's just amazing how Joe combines country riffs and goes from amaazing riffs to blazing fast guitar play, with a whammybar dance. This guy really know how to treat that whammy.

5 If I Could Fly

I think this is one of those kinds which only Joe could have imagined and played. I don't think any one would ever had thought of this song and the melody is of "awesomeness" quality. Its wonderful to hear it any time and is a song to be heard by all the guitarists in the world.

The first 30 seconds of this song should get you hooked. The song with the most elegant melody, in my opinion.
A classic that certainly deserves more votes here.

As a guitarist as well as a listener, this has to be the best song to improvise to and in my opinion this beautiful song doesn't sound a lot like viva la vida. I love Joe Satriani's music and I'm absolutely no fan of cold play but I'm afraid I slightly disagree with Joe's accusations.

This song just brings you in the space and make you dream about amazing things! It gives you so much energy and happiness! You just want it to keep going forever and never stops!
My favourite one from far!

6 Cryin'

This is one of the best and most emotional pieces of Satriani, can't believe it's not in the top ten.

Its just Damn good for to hear

The song just touches your heart. The intro keeps buzzing in your head. You literally feel like crying after you listen to this great piece by the maestro Satriani.

Such an emotional song... its perfect... listening to this songs goes me to heaven, what a perfect song, guys do yourself a favor and listen to this song then you will understand how amazing is this

7 A Door Into Summer

Relatively new, but what a cracker of a song! Definitely a top 10!

8 Crushing Day

This should have been close to number 1 along with circles and echo! Best guitar player ever!

This is one of his best songs. It's very intense. Listening to it at full blast is amazing.

That unending intensity that just flies all over the fret board from 1:54 to 3:50 is just Joe "going off" at his best. Sheer joy - energy - passion - wicked flow of notes just pouring out in creative melodic hypnotic fashion. #1 for me, even above SWTA and Satch Boogie.

In my opinion the coolest of all of his songs very fast paced, it gets my vote, because it should be way higher.

9 Crystal Planet

It is a really nice compose and great playing, enjoy the enjoyment

Joe's unique note choice and gift for melody shines like a supernova on this track.

This is just out of this world.

This is one of my favorite compositions... It so rich with the joe sat flow and charm.. Very goog guitar licks.. Brilliant song

10 Flying in a Blue Dream

Possibly my all time favorite. This song is so incredibly amazing with some of the most intricate scaling and progressions I've ever heard, right up there with some of Steve Vai's best. Love this track

Should be top 5 easily with Surfing, Circles and Crying and Always With Me. Replay value is one of the highest of any songs I've ever heard. Improvisation potential is extremely high.

I can't believe none of you put this at the number 1 spot. This song is absolutely amazing.!

I feel like I'm flying in a blue dream just listening to this song


The Contenders

11 The Forgotten, Pt. Two

The best instrumental song ever written. A true masterpiece

Is there anything that comes close to the intensity of this song?
I have been hooked for more than 10 years. And I keep playing this song.

I thought picking one from Satch's collection would be difficult, but really, nothing matches the intensity and range of this one. Listening to it from beginning to end is an emptional rollercoaster. A true masterpiece

Simply the best song ever! I cannot stop listening this song after 7 years!

12 It´s So Good

My fave, this is the kind of song I wish I wrote, I am never proud of anything I do, but if I were to have written this song I would content that I left a good mark of myself in this world.

And so much fun to listen! The song honors it's name!

A catchy feel good tune

13 Is There Love in Space?

It's a good song!
My first satch song.. So gonna be special to me always!

14 Ice 9

My favorite great track

This and the Extremist are probably his best. Today at least. That'll probably change tomorrow.

Ice 9 is the best. It has killer riffs and solo is amazing.

15 Time

This song, written by Satriani, and in which ALL instruments are played by Satriani shows the true flare he can really display as a musician. Great song, constructive.

Incredible song, good intro riff 3:08 extra riff with 2 guitars

This song is more than just an audio experience for me.

Hi my time is Mahdi

16 God is Crying

Great guitar solo..

17 The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing

So beautiful! This song has everything! Rhythmic, chords, solo, melody that surpasse anything you can hear! His live performances of it are just huge!

Too many of his casual fan favorites. Songs like Crowd Chant and I Just Wanna Rock don't compare to this classic. A song Satch admits is one of his technically most difficult. - Savoie11

There may be songs with better melodies and hooks, but this one features his best playing from a technical standpoint. Definitely my favorite Satch tune.

This song is top ten quality in my opinion.

18 Circles

Oh man I love this song. Don't get me wrong, I mostly agree with this list in terms of the popular opinion. But Circles gets my vote, mainly because it should go higher than 10. It's so catchy, you gotta love it!

I love this song more than flying in the blue dream but I can call it a tie

Flying in a blue dream is still alpha but this one rocks

So hard to play

19 Clouds Race Across the Sky

Probably one of the most relaxing and yet technical songs Joe Statriani has ever done. Listen to it at least once a day.

20 Super Colossal

This song straight rocks like no other song I have ever heard in my entire existence. There are those other songs of Satch's (my personal FAVORITE guitarist ever) like Made of Tears or Alwaya with Me, Alwaya with You that are amazing, but this song rocks so freakin hard.

I used to listen to this at least 10 times a day when I was like 7 or 8. love it!

This song just takes you to another world... It's that good!

21 Echo

I think I've listened to this tune pretty much every day since I first heard it in 1990. The superbly simple and repetitive bass riff, the shuffling background guitar, the haunting harmonics, the moody guitar intro, and the excellent saxophone-sounding lead. It's not a shred-fest, it's emotion embodied into five or so minutes of superb music. This is my number one Satch piece, and one of my favourite tunes of all time.

Very badly underrated

22 The Extremist

This is an awesome song and should be in the TOP 10 for sure.

The extremist at number 17 are you kidding me... This should be up there

Surprised NOT to see this in the top 10

WHAT a RIFF man!
It will blow your hair away!... I'm now a permanent fan of Joe Satriani... Thanks to this song!

23 Crowd Chant

Riffs are insane

Not entirely sure how this tune wasn't in the top 5. He's seriously way ahead of his time.

24 I Just Wanna Rock

As the riff starts, you'll know a great song is gonna kick in. This is one of the greatest riffs I've heard from him. The solo jams through the song and you'll not be able to stop yourselves from jamming with it. My favorite from him. Joe is really a legendary guitarist.

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25 Andalusia

This song is absolutely amazing. Starting with the acoustic guitar in the beginning with a slower tempo then a couple minutes in, shredding the electric guitar. By far my personal favorite song by Satch.

The one of the two songs that he composed when thinkin' about Asik Veysel, the flamenco parts and th metal keep is really cool...

My personal favorite... The Spanish acoustic coupled with breathtaking electric guitar gives you a high that even weed cannot... Laugh out loud

Great Spanish guitar first, then turns into rock, one if Satch's best pieces

26 A Train of Angels

This is such a great instrumental piece, very powerful.

Awesome song! Amazing melody!

27 Made of Tears

I have to agree that the live version is the best, first time I heard it live I could not stop replaying it, love the intro and I think its cool as hell watching him play part of the song with his teeth!

The best song ever made by Joe Satriani

Live is a much better version just blows me away

Live it actually sounds better than the studio version. It also has a bit of Steve Vai-ness in it. One of Satriani's best without a doubt.

28 Raspberry Jam Delta-V

My personal favourite of all the satriani compositions.

A masterpiece, best song to wake up to all days!

29 S.M.F.
30 House Full of Bullets
31 Ten Words

Just falling in love with it always when listening

Pure emotional rock song.

Perfect song, the best of Joe

Something more than Best

32 Love Thing

My favorite song by Joe Satriani

Truly this song ia thing to love

This should be on a top 10

This one's a beauty.!.. I mean it definitely deserves top 5!

33 Musterion

Unique and beautiful. Can't believe Satch could still write music this amazing so long into his career. Most artists put out their best work in their first few albums, but Satriani is so consistent and in my opinion Musterion slightly edges anything he's put out in the past, balancing weirdness with elegance and beauty the way Joe only knows. I think as far as modern instrumentalists are concerned, Satriani has no rivals, just fans and students. Musterion should make that obvious if you are a slow learner.

What a race! Absolutely amazing song. Speechless.
I can't hold naming my other favorites (4): Dream song; Engines of creation; It's so good; and obviously If I could fly.
I should stop here because the list is to long!

Absoulute amazing song. My favourite solo of Joe Satriani.

34 Friends


This should be in the top 5! Great song!

Great song!
Should be much much much much much higher.

This is Joe Satrianis best song. No doubt.

35 Belly Dancer
36 Cool #9

This really should be in top ten. If I could have a personal theme song, id want this to be it because the main melody and solo are so cool, hence the title. Great song that I never get bored of and is a blast to play on guitar... Attempt I should say.

This is one of the best songs I have heard in a long time. The music lingers on your mind for a very long time. You can never forget its music.

Grand Theft Auto 3's backup Theme Tune

Great guitar well done Satch!

37 Revelation

#1. Listen to it every day. Doesn't get better than this...

Best song in my opinion. The melody is out of this world. Followed by always with me always with you.

Fantastic song, beautifully written melody. Just love it!

That should have really been there in the top ten's.
What a feeling!
Goosbumps on the 17fret bend. That goes from D to Em.
Great (y)

38 Hands In the Air

Awesome Riff

39 Searching

My favorite Joe Satch song by far

Shocked to see it at #35 but I guess that's just my opinion. My personal favorite:).

Beautiful ; the title explains it better than I can

The masterpiece of this album

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40 (You're) My World
41 Luminous Flesh Giants

Best head banging Satriani!

42 Starry Night

Being a guitar teacher myself I honestly don't care much for how fast he can play or what wizardy he's capable of. In fact I've taught plenty of students to play Satriani, but something things you can't teach. This song is Satriani best in my opinion. He has so much feel on this one..

Simple, Slow but great work... #1 for me

43 Why

Phenomenal use of equipment (harmonizer) and the best solo I have ever heard.

Awesome rhythm... Not too heavy not too light. Just epic!

Satriani's simplest songs but what a very good solo..

This is such an underrated song. Should be higher.

44 Professor Satchafunkilus
45 The Crush of Love

Love it

Please this is one of the best Joe satriani's songs ever!

This is an awesome song, and one of my favorites, this should be in the top 10.

Definitely top 10 song... At least top 20

46 Asik Veysel

Simply a great song with great riffs especially intro is awesome. It is very unique

ıt takes ıts name from aşık veysel. He was a turkish musician

47 Premonition

I can listen to this song 20 times in a row. The ride that the picking technique takes you on just feels like the guitar truly is singing... So much drama love it.

48 The Souls of Distortion

Ya this song is my favorite

This has been my theme song since my early-teens (now 31) and I still listen to it at least a few times a week...never gets old for me! My all-time favourite from a sea of awesome-Satriani-sounds!

Wow. I am just shocked this is not in even in the top 50.?

This should be top 5!

49 Big Bad Moon

An absolute crime that this is not in the top 5 songs. Very few of his songs rock more or have better solos than this one. What is everyone thinking? Have you forgotten?

29? What? This song screams "Rock 'n Roll" more than any of his others. And it's real catchy, just like his other songs. His singing is really good, and it makes you wonder why he doesn't sing that much. But I guess that would ruin his style.
And the music video for this song? BAD. ASS.

50 Until We Say Goodbye
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1. Surfing with the Alien
2. House Full of Bullets
3. S.M.F.
1. It´s So Good
2. Is There Love in Space?
3. Time
1. A Train of Angels
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