Best The Mars Volta Songs

The Top Ten

Cassandra Gemini Cassandra Gemini Cover Art

This is what Volta will be remembered for, I agree. This is their 'footprint' on the grand genre of Progressive Rock. 32 minutes and it tells one of the most incredible stories along with some of the best musicianship and harmonic/dissonant dynamics I've ever seen.

How can someone make such a long track so perfectly, every part fits with the other and the progression for the last chorus is amazing, The Mars Volta is, definitely, one of the best progressive rock bands out there! Just listen to it all!

The first 15 minutes are pure rocking perfection, before the song slows down and slowly builds up, making way for such an amazing crescendo into the final, amazing sections of this masterpiece.

This song, is just insanely epic. This will blow minds for many years to come. Frances the Mute is a wild record. This bands is nuts

Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus Cover Art

This is a great pick for number 1. I think it sums up what this band was about. I really liked what they did with De-loused, this song (this album) took them to a completely different level. This is what I will remember whenever Mars Volta comes to mind.

It has every element of a Volta song. A nice melodic intro (that eventually comes full circle) that EXPLODES and becomes alive. Tempo changes, strange time signatures, English and Spanish lyrics. This is The Mars Volta. Great live song also.

It's a difficult tossup between this, Cassandra Gemini and Televators for me. While Cassandra Gemini may be an epic, though, Cygnus Vismund Cygnus is The Mars Volta's centerpiece.

Incredible guitar, Incredible bass, Brilliant vocals and it all works together to create the best mars volta song, but it's not so long that it makes you sick of it by the end.

You'd think that god came down from heaven to create a song like this. In actuality it's The Mars Volta.

Miranda, that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore Miranda, that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore Cover Art

Oh man, one of the saddest Songs in Rock History. But also one of the bests. It's confusing why this is only at number 22. Maybe it will change with your help.

Awesome song! Now lets enjoy the sweet smells of their toothless canals!

Wow why so low? Now lets all eat some glass!

Killer song, Now lets obey the noose like we used to!

Day of the Baphomets Day of the Baphomets Cover Art

Here's a stony analogy for you: If the Led Zeppelin song is a sonic representation of what it feels like to actually be on a "stairway to heaven," then this is the real Highway to Hell.

12? On a top 10 list? Hell no. Any time I need a tremendous energy boost I jam out into this song. Come on, there's a bongo solo, that's not top 10 worthy?

Absolutely nuts. Cedric's best work on the album.

There's just no words to describe it.

Tetragrammaton Tetragrammaton Cover Art

Amazing song with heart gripping arpeggios and melodies that give off the feeling of a mayan sacrifice. The first few bars of the song just climb and climb up scale until the blissful b section calms the tone into a melodic chorus. A pure piece of art to the ears. The many movements and technical organizations of the sections come off as classical in nature. Tetragrammaton is like an indigenous, pyschadelic, and jazz infused chaos. The equivilant of a "psychadelic"symphony. Tetragrammaton is the psychadelic music scenes version of a classical piece.

This is the one epic that I can really listen to on the run, most of the time I just have to sit down and truly listen to it, but this is an exception. This is easily one of the most complicated songs of all time

"The kiosk in my Temporal Lobe is shaped like Rosalyn Carter" is probably the silliest lyric I've ever heard from any serious band.

Id put this masterpeice in my top 10, maybe even 5 progressive rock songs. It has everything you need in that genre. Can't go wrong.

Cicatriz Esp Cicatriz Esp Cover Art

This song is just brilliant. They may have dragged out the ambient noises a little, but the ending makes up for that. My favorite song of all time by a large margin. I listen to it at least once a day.

Amazing song... With a great final. This is one of the great songs of the mars volta from de-loused album.
This guys have a good rock noise with a nice groove, riffts and something as I call rock with feeling.

Way better then those above it

The structure of this song reminds me of "push it" by Tool, I wish they shrunk the middle a little bit but fantastic ending and my favorite mars Volta song

L'via L'viaquez L'via L'viaquez Cover Art

This belongs in the top 5. It's musically perfect. Incredible solos and that scream into the smooth Spanish jam...

This song is drugs, and I'm talking about great drugs.

the very first I've heard and felt in love

Better than sex

Eriatarka Eriatarka Cover Art

Jazz chords wrung out to form frenetic anger, juxtaposed by beautiful, sweet sci-fi pop melodies.

Hard to articulate it without sounding like a ponce. It's just one hell of a song. Long-time favourite.

The beginning of this song just sends me to another world and really relaxes me. The part leading into the chorus always reminds me of the song, On the Brink - Coheed and Cambria, which is also great.

Fantastic use of tempo and dynamics with the contrast between the slow, melodic verse and the hectic chorus. Amazing drumming too.

Incredibly relaxing one second, speeding to another world the next. Pretty much sums up TMV and ditc

Drunkship of Lanterns Drunkship of Lanterns Cover Art

Of all the best Mars Volta songs listed here this one is the greatest one especially those listed from ditc. Just as awesome a song as roulette dares or inertiatic esp. Rock solid jam with a good amount of madness. Definitely deserves to be on here!

Seen them perform this live, now my life is complete!

The Widow The Widow Cover Art

Not sure how this is not in the Top 5. Most commercially viable song.

Great song! My daughter sang this for talent day at her school.

What they should sound like more often

The Contenders

Meccamputechture Meccamputechture Cover Art

This song is amazing and very underrated

Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) Cover Art

The buildup then the big guitar hit... Sends shivers!

Intense, heart breaking and powerful. one of the best songs of this decade so far.

Awesome socks!

In Absentia In Absentia Cover Art

Can't believe I had to add this song. It starts noisy and chaotic and then gradually ascends into something beautiful

Goliath Goliath Cover Art

The chorus is so awesome and catchy, and so it is the ending part. Brilliant solos ; should be in top 5

Only good song from them. Only problem is the singer

This song is my favorite off Bedlam

Viscera Eyes Viscera Eyes Cover Art

It's the juxtaposition of two riff's I'd never have put togeather, perfect example of texture in TMV's work.

Bass line during the last three minutes is sweet

Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt Cover Art

The little funkesque break ending with a repeat of the chorus and possibly the greatest part in any mars volta song. When cedric starts with "Who brought me here? " it sound like someone giving a speech and address everyone in his life

I love this song, rather new to the mars volta, but I was always a fan of at the drive in, I always thought it was just the guitarist in the mars volta, anyways this song has a great feel to it, great beat...

My personal favorite from Deloused

Should be at least in the top ten.

Televators Televators Cover Art

This music really should be first. Do you hear the fantastic amount of sounds that this music contais? One of the best Mars Volta Musics ever made...

Clearly the best. Cannot understand why it's not even in the top 10.

Pure poetry. Love the grace and emotion in this peice... Although same could be said for many other TMV songs...

What they should have sounded like more

Metatron Metatron Cover Art

Seriously, no one listened to this song?

Frances the Mute Frances the Mute Cover Art

Most people forget this song exist because it wasn't included on the album, however, the build up is incridible. The structure is extremely tension building. I highly reccomend listening to this, than going into the album. It makes Cygnus and the rest of the album even more amazing.

Love this song. I love how they slow it down and build it up. It really paints a picture of the album's story providing great background for it.

Easily a top #5, super underrated

Inertiatic Esp Inertiatic Esp Cover Art

Holy crap. I never stopped listening to this song. Its just perfect. I know it's their "single" and they're probably sick of playing it and cedric can't sing it, BUT if they started jamming to this song live, I would go absolutely nuts and start dancing like a madman. That's also why they wont let me back in golds gym, mars volta music gets me too pumped up

It's the most face melting song I've heard since one armed scissor.

Aegis Aegis Cover Art

The one good song off of noctourniquet

Concertina Concertina Cover Art

Best song by The Mars Volta. And that says something, because they have many great tunes.

Amazing power in guitar and voice.

Their best song should be higher!

Wax Simulacra Wax Simulacra Cover Art

There is a reason this won a Grammy. It's no Cassandra Gemini but it's definitely one of their best songs.

The most electrifying song I've ever heard

The drums m8
Gret use of time sig and experimental instruments

Ouroborous Ouroborous Cover Art

Song for all futures

Son Et Lumiere Son Et Lumiere Cover Art

On page 2 really!? One of their best

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