Best The Mars Volta Songs

The Top Ten

1 Cassandra Gemini

All parts put together, this is their masterpiece, their epic, the song that the fans will always remember them by. Clocking at 32:32 is ridiculous.

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. - kempokid

It's amazing how memorable and catchy they made this song considering it's length! - oscarlye

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2 Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus

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.

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.

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. - kanadesong

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3 Tetragrammaton

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

Learn to play it and you will truly realise how great (and surprisingly structured) this song is

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.

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

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4 Cicatriz Esp

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.

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

Way better then those above it

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.

5 Miranda, that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore

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

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

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.

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

6 Drunkship of Lanterns

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!

7 Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)

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

Awesome socks!

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

8 Meccamputechture

The solo - benstewart1805

9 Eriatarka

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.

Simply the best

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.

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10 The Widow

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

11 Inertiatic Esp

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.

12 Wax Simulacra

The most electrifying song I've ever heard

The drums m8
Gret use of time sig and experimental instruments

13 L'via L'viaquez

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

the mix of the sultry, slow latin sounds and that guitar has me hooked. easily their best song.

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

excelent performance of latin jazz, john fusiante is a genius.

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14 Day of the Baphomets

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.

Ikey Owens!

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15 Viscera Eyes

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

16 Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt

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...

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

Should be at least in the top ten.

My personal favorite from Deloused

17 Televators

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

What they should have sounded like more

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...

Powerful melody.

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18 Cotopaxi

It embodies every element of a perfect hard rock song. It's heavy, it's loud, it's incredibly catchy and you can listen to it on an infinite loop and never get bored of it.

This is the song that I would play if someone doesn't know The Mars Volta. Should be in the top 10

19 Frances the Mute

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.

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.

20 Goliath

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

This song is my favorite off Bedlam

Only good song from them. Only problem is the singer

21 Teflon

The creepy, driving edge to this song paces along until the chorus, where an infectious hook goes round with the floor taken out. You're hopping on stones in a stream as a steady bass thumps beneath. But then when the bridge starts moving, the melody goes soaring, matched by octave-higher crooning, with the chords going around and gradually stepping ever higher, until the anthem reaches a climax in the final chorus. At last. And as if dripping, we fade into an eerie hum.

22 Son Et Lumiere

On page 2 really!? One of their best

23 Concertina

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

Their best song should be higher!

Amazing power in guitar and voice.

24 The Whip Hand
25 Since We've Been Wrong
26 Ouroborous
27 The Malkin Jewel
28 This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed

This is probably my favorite off of Deloused, albeit being the catchiest too.

Best song of mars volta ever

29 Metatron

Seriously, no one listened to this song?

30 Aegis

The one good song off of noctourniquet

31 Asilos Magdalena

My favourite song, and that is not just because I'm latin American

32 Vermicide
33 Ilyena

Awesome chorus, drums, and vocals. The guitar is funky and the song overall is well constructed, easily my favorite song by them.

No one can open a song like The Mars Volta

34 Agadez

Transitions are amazing. Great song, fast and full of energy.

That fretless bass line

35 Soothsayer

I love this song it's amazing

36 Molochwalker

An extremely underrated song, which also happens to be the song that got me into listening to TMV in the first place

The ending is just pure rock awesomesauce.

37 In Absentia

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

38 Cavalettas

This song is insanely underrated, as a longtime MV fan I'm still finding songs that I can easily become addicted to. It's got a classic chaotic Volta pace, mixed with a lot of nice jazz, and the ending is just phenomenal.

Awesome song

39 Desperate Graves
40 The Bible and the Breathalyzer
41 Zed and Two Naughts

In my opinion, Zed and Two Naughts is possibly the best 'song' they've come up with in the last, oh, five or so years. Not since Cassandra have I heard a more compelling piece. The fact that it's at a wonderfully listenable length of less than six minutes is another treat. Noctourniquet is an amazing album.

42 Clouds/Orchestrina

A ridiculously underrated, underrepresented "demo" (It's basically a finished song)

43 Postulate
44 Vicarious Atonement

This song is as eerie of an opener to an album as you will find. The very song that initially got me interested in The Mars Volta (I was late to the party...and what a party it was). I perhaps have a stronger liking for Cicatriz, L'via (Frusciante fan) and possibly even a few other tracks now, but in the first few weeks of listening to TMV, this is practically the only song that would get a play, Mars Volta or otherwise.

45 Aberinkula
46 Conjugal Burns
47 Halo of Nembutals
48 Luciforms
49 Abortion, The Other White Meat
50 Dyslexicon
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus
2. Tetragrammaton
3. Wax Simulacra
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1. Cassandra Gemini
2. Miranda, that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore
3. Eriatarka
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1. Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus
2. Drunkship of Lanterns
3. The Widow
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