Best Porcupine Tree Songs

The Top Ten

1 Arriving Somewhere but Not Here

No better song has come out from the PT stables. This song encompasses everything Porcupine Tree is about. I'll stick my neck out and say that it may be the best prog rock song of all time

Its very hard to make a Top Ten list to Porcupine Tree.. But this song is a complete trip, the gloomy intro.. The AMAZING unique riffs.
This is one of the songs that goes with everything. When you're stoned, drunk, depressed, happy, or whatever
The lyrics are deep as hell! You can understand the song in so many ways.
It was really hard to choose between all those songs, but this one is unique.

Definitely one of the best PT songs. Just epic music and lyrics. It summarizes what PT is all about.

This song summarizes PT

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2 Anesthetize

This song should be way up to the top of the list.. Lyrics are simply awesome and meaningful, the fusion between the instruments played is outstanding (couldn't be better), 18 minutes that blow out your mind.. Three different parts of the songs are mixed together by sheer perfection..
If one's listening to Porcupine Tree for there psychedelic blend of music you simply can't find anything better then this.
A masterpiece by Porcupine Tree.. Simply a legend to add to in the list of all time best psychedelic songs..

This song is DEFINITELY number 1 from Porcupine Tree for me. I listen to this song every single morning. It has the most amazing dynamic changes, lyrical melodies, and rifts I've ever heard. I am a musician and music is my passion, mostly different type of rock. And this song along with a lot of their other songs just amaze me, the composing and writing talents of this band are amazing; let alone they are all amazing musicians alone. Porcupine Tree should be the biggest band in the world.

This song wins just by sheer length. It's basically three songs that flow into each other really well and all three parts are great. Even if you dislike a part, the song changes and you might like it again. There's just so much content here that most listeners would likely be pulled in by at least one certain section. Part 1 is mysterious and tense, part 2 is heavy and moving, part 3 is very emotional, psychedelic and calming. In comparison to Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (which is also great but the two minute atmospheric intro is something that not everyone may like, has two solos, one of which being very long and the main melody becomes quite repetitive) I feel like Anesthetize's emotional sections are much more hard-hitting and the heavy sections are more interesting. I also really like its lyrics... and it's got such a long text with so much meaning to each line.

Absolutely brilliant.
I think I will stick my head out and say this is the most beautiful progressive metal song ever written.
The lyrics seriously makes you question everything around and honestly makes you have another perspective on life. In addition to the build up and the most aesthetic drummer in the world Gavin Harrison who just takes this song to another level. Not to mention the EPIC ending.
With all these ideas other bands probably would have made 6 songs out of Anesthetize.
Absolutely brilliant.

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3 Trains

Awesome music... Guitar strumming and hammering's simple and catchy.. Lyrics maintains simplicity and stays in your head...

"When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK"
Just Epic... Minas

The feel of this song is beautiful. The rhythm just makes you curious.. Like the mind of a small child... Vaibhav

Just Amazing - Glauberson

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4 Lazarus

In Lazarus simplicity is beautiful. Such a sweet powerful song... A true one of a kind.

beautiful song... one that is different from the rest of their songs...

love it! just a perfect song!


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5 Russia on Ice

This should be at number 1.. A rare combination of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, trance...

This song is something that David Gilmour might listen to and say, "If me or Pink Floyd as a whole would have composed this song, I'm afraid if we would have done justice to it like Porcupine Tree did"

This song reminds me of Pink Floyd... Awesome! No words!

Has to be one of the best songs of all time!

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6 Dark Matter

Someone wrote that "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here encompasses everything Porcupine Tree is about. " I totally disagree with this assessment because I would categorize "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" as a great example of Porcupine Tree's later prog-metal stuff; but mainly because Steven Wilson directly said in a recent interview that Porcupine Tree is about expressing and understanding the darker side of existence. Thus "Dark Matter, " at least content wise, is the most potent representation of what Porcupine Tree represents.

Just around 2 months ago, this song was at the top. Now, it's so much behind that nothing much can be done to bring it back to where it was, where it belongs, the place it truly deserves. I don't mean to say Trains, or Lazarus are not good, they are awesome (esp. Trains)!
It's just that this song has so much feel to it that no song can ever match it. It is just out of this world!
To put it nicely (once again),
"Songs will come and songs will go...
Dark Matter flows... � - rahulwankhede

Songs will come and songs will go...
Dark Matter flows...

It's ironic that this song isn't in the top 3.
The lyrics speak of the song itself. This is best underrated Porcupine Tree song. It's in the top 10, but is clearly better than anything except ASBTH and Anesthetize in my opinion. Even better than ASBTH which drags on.

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7 Blackest Eyes

Man the first time I heard this song-i became a devotee of porcupine tree and steven wilson. The chorus is catchy and so is the blend of the raw acoustic sound with thunderous drumming and guitar. Blackest eyes forever! Anesthetize, strip the soul, lazarus are great songs but this one has to be the best. That's what I think.

LISTEN TO IT MAN! What are you waiting for?

awesome song! for some reason it makes me wanna burst into tears and laughter at the same time...
porcupine tree ftw!

This is such a catchy song! Even though this track is about an insane psychopath (Ted Bundy) there's no flaws inside it at all. - Metalmaniakkk

I was hooked after hearing black eyes. to me, pt has tapped into the interplay between melancholy and mania conveying a kind of beauty in something bipolar about the human soul. I just love the contrasts between the two, brought together by layers of ambient backgrounds. I do not know how they flew under my radar for so long. My God, I just learned of PT here in 2016. Where have I been? Better late then never.

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8 Way Out of Here

I don't respond to earthly thing while I am listening to this songs. It takes me somewhere else.

What the hell #1 song is # 11! This song is soothing to senses! The intro, riffs, lyrics all are awesome! Vote guys!

The guitar solo takes me out to another world! Simply mind blowing... Should be withing the top 5!

With vocals like this, you almost don't need the instruments.

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9 Fear of a Blank Planet

I'm surprised this song is not in the Top 5! This is an awesome song and Fear of a Blank Planet is itself a great album. The vocals in this song, the lyrics, the riffs oh Steven Wilson you're a legend. Great shift towards the half of the song and a mini drum solo by Gavin Harrison and then it gets heavy again followed by a great guitar solo. Then the ending is just perfect with Richard Barbieri giving the atmospheric feel not to forget Colin Edwin's awesome bass line throughout the song. This song deserves to be in the Top 5 at least

By far their best song and this should be in the top ten by far. It has a point and a cool sounding chorus and this is just a great song all around. Also pretty underrated

Vocals are simply amazing, the guitar at the beginning make me fly. A Masterpiece

It may be insane but it has some funny lyrics
"I am through with pornography
The acting is lame
The action is tame
Explicitly dull
Arousal anulled"

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10 The Sky Moves Sideways

This song easily makes into my top 3 list. There isn't any better song than this to take you on a 'space voyage' for more than half an hour! Each phase of the song is better than the rest.

What do you mean this isn't on the list? Awesomeness defined

Definitely top 3, definitive PT, This song is such a trip... Awesome!

3rd favourite porcupine tree song. Puts me in a complete trance. The closest song to Shine On You Crazy Diamond you could possibly get. instrumentals are absolutely stunning, and so are the vocals.

The Contenders

11 The Sound of Muzak

Music of the future will not entertain...
Epically awesome!
The time signature is weirdly sexy too..!

Original sound, nice groovy drum beat and guitar riff and really catchy chorus; interesting lyrics too, best song I've heard by this band so far! - petrucci75hammet

The song that tells me how great a drummer Gavin Harrison is! What great lyrics... Amazing! The "Arriving Somewhere" DVD has a fabulous live version of this song.

Amazing! My personal favorite from PT. I love the meaning. Its about the dying art of music, how todays music is absolute crap and the only people who make good music are the old rock groups that still remain. I feel the same way. - Slipperyjack40

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12 Shesmovedon

Love the Wilson songs about his struggles with relationships. Great guitar solo with a lot of emotion.

One of the best in psychedelic rock. The guitar solo is the best in this century. The lyrics is amazing with minimal words.

Amazing song. The guitar riff is definitely one of the best I've heard in long time. The lyrics, are painful and talks about a heart ache. Amazing.

Such a beautiful song all around, especially the solo at the end - kempokid

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13 Radioactive Toy

Best piece of PT's early work. This is the one that started it all, and it's fantastic

This can't happen "RADIOACTIVE TOY" @ NO. 17... After seeing this I got an heartattack in a layby :p and I'm now sleeping of no dreaming :P

14 Even Less

This song is never getting out of my mind.

The full fourteen min. Song rules

"i had a stupid dream,that I could change things.." You did change things Wilson! You are the best musician of this century. And this is one of the best songs by PT. Do Listen if You haven't yet.

Beautiful epic! the 14 minute version of course. All the transitions are so smooth, and it goes from mellow ballad to acid rock! everything a song needs

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15 Buying New Soul

There has never been a better song than Buying New Soul. Everything about this song is perfect. At over ten minutes long it has the rare ability to make you wish it was even longer.

The chorus is simply amazing. It makes me wanna persist and do what I want to against all odds. It's the anthem for people who struggle against odds!

It takes a while to absorb this one.. But as you go on listening, you don't want it to stop. What ambient sounds, phenomenal.

I feel safe when I hear this song. I think that says it all...

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16 The Start of Something Beautiful

My favorite PT song! So beautiful, especially between about 5:00-6:30 and build up back into the final chorus... Amazing!

This song belongs in the top 10! It creates a beautiful atmosphere and the bridge is out of this world.

THIS has to be in the top 10! Leaves me in a trance every time... If there was any doubt that Gavin is one of the best out there, listen to the bridge again!

It is indeed something beautiful. If the section before the ending isn't enough to make you shed a tear then I don't know what will.

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17 Heartattack in a Layby

This is one of my favorite Porcupine Tree songs, and like it specially for the amount of ambience it contains. Ambience fully loaded!

This song is genius. The only problem is that even if you're in a good mood, this song can make you gloomy. It's a melodic gloom though.

This is definitely the saddest song in their discography and also the most beautiful... My favorite song of all time.

This has got to be my favorite song, not just by PT, but by any band I've ever heard of. The sheer sadness and beauty on this track is beyond words. Gives me a feeling of the deepest depresion yet the most hope at the same time, this song keeps me alive...

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18 Open Car

The way it starts, the chorus just drives me INSANE! Deserves top 3

What... This song should #1... What is wrong with you guys! Not even a vote for this... What a shame!

Great song... Deserves to be in top 3!

Really catchy riffing. Deserves a top 10!

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19 The Incident

Underrated song... Number 5 for this

Has a tendency to meander a bit, but it affects me emotionally more than any other PT song. Honorable mention for Anesthetize.

55 minutes of pure awesomenes

20 Feel So Low

Second saddest love song I've ever heard.

21 Time Flies

This song somehow evokes echoes of Pink Floyd Animals, but it has a more modern twist to it. It�'s not easy doing progressive these days, specially a slow song, but they managed to make it sound so crisp and with such a beautiful melody! The nostalgic lyrics and slow parts almost hint of a sad song, but it gets such a lift from the band that you can�'t help but feeling like running out the door and doing something to seize the day after you listen to it!

This song should have been in Top 5... Awesome song... Love to hear it while traveling in metro...

Wow give it a listen two to three times and I defy you not to love it, an absolutely astonishingly beautiful track and any pink floyd lovers entry into the porcupine tree world

Time flies is one of the greatest masterpieces I've ever heard. I even tripped on this song and it was pure bliss

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22 Stranger by the Minute

This song is something else. It feels like a song from your dreams. It's original, emotional, catchy and probably one of the more upbeat tracks you'll find in Porcupine Tree's dark discography.

23 .3

Seriously? Far from being in the top 10, this song isn't even on the list! The bass is cool, the chords in the middle are dream-like and the ending concludes the whole thing marvellously, leaving you speechless and feeling like in a dystopia!

Beautiful baseline. This is the kind of sound that I really love from porcupine tree, slow and melodic and the simple meaningful lyrics coming in at the middle are perfect. Amazing song

Porcupine Trees most beautiful song. Listening to it always makes me feel as if I'm flying near a snowy mountain above the clouds. Really the word to describe it would be soaring.

Bum bum bum bumbum bum lol I love this song and especially the sound at 4.04, it's amazing!

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24 Strip the Soul

Such a chilling track with an insane ending. It really gives this dark and murky atmosphere that I honestly love so much. One of my absolute favorites from PT. - cjWriter1997

Dark and haunting. Seeing the video was My introduction to PT. Been a fan ever since.

25 Prodigal

Come on just don't give votes listening to only one song

I just love the lyrics! I can relate to them

No idea how this song is all the way down at #29. Lyrically and instrumentally, this song is genius. Easily top 5, if not the best PT song.

26 Deadwing

Second favourite track of of deadwing behind Arriving somewhere. It's a 9 minute masterpiece that is highly unrecognized, I mean 41? Come on easily top ten. Edgy and creepy sounding chorus and some amazing fan theories about the plot. First time I heard this it convinced me to buy deadwing, one of their best albums.

Why has deadening been forgotten? The album title is named after it, simply and odd interesting track.

All this garbage taste, this is clearly should be in the top ten

Moody prog. love it

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27 Gravity Eyelids

Reminds me a lot of Arriving somewhere but not here, the way its slow at the beginning and then kicks you in the balls with some killer metal riffs.

Amazing song, sadistic feel to it, beautiful BEAUTIFUL chorus, and the riffs are absolutely stunning. WOW.

This song is just the best on In Absentia along with trains. The first part is relaxing and suggestive while the second is aggressive. The best part comes with the passage to 5/4 time signature.

This is amazing song... N a great mix of psychedelic effect with metal... Wondering why its not in the list... Its after arriving somewhere but not here for me

28 Synesthesia

This journey reflects the absurdity and meaninglessness of life in such a way that you want to dance.

29 Mellotron Scratch

Should be up in the list because it's so simple yet so awesome. I don't understand why is such a song able to make someone cry, and it should be famous on the radios too, too bad underground songs aren't that considered...

Unreal ending with the blending of vocals... Sports Centers Honour Role Candidate, Top 10 FOR SURE!

The interweaving vocals are amazing.

This is such a bittersweet song, I can't seem to get it out ouf my head...the lyrics are not something I connect to though, as a schizoid who is usually the one who dumps guys like that.

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30 Lightbulb Sun

Extremely underrated, easily one of the highlights of the Lightbulb Sun album, the chorus in particular is incredible - kempokid

It's doesn't have any reviews?! what people, it's an amazing song!

Don't understand how this is not top ten!

I don’t get why this song isn’t that appreciated by PT fans. I love this song and I honestly find it better than Arriving Somewhere.

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31 Stars Die

Clearly should be in the top 5. Their best song! It seems whoever is rating these songs only has listened to their newer albums, which is a shame. So many good songs on the older albums. One of the best uses of a audio sample in a song if not the best.

Just pure genius. Harmonics, lazy rolling drums, guitar work is just sublime. Pure soundscape music to lose yourself in complete with moon landing reference. Been a tree, Wilson, black field etc for years and love them all but this still rises above when I hear it.

Clearly, should be in the top 5.
Utterly surreal.

Criminal that this is not right up there, a real gem!

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32 Collapse the Light Into Earth

I cannot believe this song wasn't on the list.. I'm not saying its the BEST but truly deserves to be in the top ten.. It's so emotional that always makes me cry

Of acceptances and moving on. A mood for all those who loved and let it go.

Best one of porcupine tree...

33 Cheating the Polygraph

Ah this is so hard! I was equally torn between this amazing song, "The Blind House" on "The Incident" and "Sleep of No Dreaming" on "Signify". They all have the killer hook choruses that PT is known for. Cheating has tight lyrics, sickeningly awesome guitar solos, some open breathing time. Of the 3 I mentioned, none of which are on this list, all deserve to be in the top 10, this one is the least mellow, most driving. I can listen to it over and over and still hear new licks in it.

Really amazing song from the Nil Recurring EP.

34 Sleep Together

This song is so intriguing! Why is it way down here! Please vote for it people!

Just listen to the final part... Its too beautiful to handle it

Whenever I listen to the intro, I feel like I'm a criminal.

A sublime song. Seductive and dark. The end builds to a fabulous crescendo. Thrutchingly good stuff!

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35 Burning Sky
36 Sentimental

My favorite song from PT, by far, which is saying a lot considering the amount of amazing songs they have. At 3:52 starts the best piece of Music I ever heard. And I'm actually more into Death, Prog Metal

It's a beautiful song... Simple chord progression but quality if the song is awesome...

Among the most richly textured rock songs I've ever heard.

This should be among the top 5 best songs of PT... Amazing lyrics blend with perfect vocals... simply mind blowing to say the least.

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37 Normal

TOP STUFF! Magical song!

P.S. Listen to Sentimental before you listen to this...

Very underrated. Should be higher up in the list.

Should be way up the order.
A top 5 song for me.

Sentimental, trains and Normal, three fantastisch songs composed around the same SW guitar rhyhtm. Listen to iT as one song and iT is much beter dan Anesthetize. And certainly way out beter than the three parts of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

38 Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled

Absolutely one of the best Porcupine Tree songs in existence. Really guys, it's excellent if you haven't listened to it yet, do it right now. You won't be disappointed.

The transition of Shesmovedon into Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled is so incredible that one song cannot be listened without the other. These two songs together form my favorite Porcupine Tree segment.

38th. Seriously guys?

First part ruled

39 Lips of Ashes

Such an ambient song! The trippiest of all from PT!

Weirdly Beautiful and Calming! - SilverDope

This is a vary special song! The arpeggio and the voice are perfect sinchronized

40 Shallow

Whoa this song is way too far down on this list! Brilliant cross between Rush and Pink Floyd with a touch of Black Sabbath riffing thrown in for good measure! Needs to be at least in the top 10!

My favourite Porcupine Tree track. Words are deep yet easy. Intro rift is amazing. It is reminiscent of how lost and lonely we are in life in the big city around the world.

Dude this is one of their best songs why the hell is it at 58

Most pump up song I know. really reminds me of Tool, great riffs. super confused why this is at 57 and open car is 16, this song definitely deserves its place.

41 Piano Lessons

Listen to it people and please vote

Best track in Stupid Dream so should be in top ten

Iam surprised to see #1 song in this position

42 My Ashes

I love mostly all of theirs like Halo, ASBNH, etc. But this one was too low. I mean, 35th?! Sure, other songs have more stuff than this, but My Ashes has arguably the best chorus I've ever heard, and those guitar waves and plucks and violins, and of course, Wilson's amazing vocals! VOTE FOR MY ASHES!

I can't believe My Ashes in so low here! This is one of the best ballads that I've ever heard, Lyrics is just amazing... VOTE FOR MY ASHES!

How? How is this so low? Jesus, this is one perfect song, maybe it is not porcupine tree's usual stile but still...

Just the second verse makes this song top ten for me. Takes me somewhere else

Very trippy song. Definitely one of my favourite from PT so far. The keyboard sounds couldn't be better, SW really knows how to make a song sound perfected

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43 Hatesong

Stereo version is super, but hearing it live was beyond belief. - bellce0

Best base track ever! I'm really surprised its not even in the top ten

That bass, the intense solo, and just the mood the song creates. One one my favourite songs and guitar solos of all time.

that bass

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44 The Creator Had a Mastertape

It's a pity that I had to add this song to the list. Evil is the word! Killer bass riff. Out-of-this-world guitar riffs and mind blowing lyrics.

I love this song! It sucks that few people realize the awesomeness of this Porcupine Tree song...

Very creepy lyrics. I love this edgy tune

Strangely addictive

45 Halo

How can this track be 36?

Awesome from beginning to end! The instrumentation is perfect, it all blends together. The chorus is life though 😊 It is regularly stuck in my head and is a great song for running to. I mean, that guitar solo near the end is wicked! My dad introduced them to me and I've been listening ever since, and this song is a staple of not only their album Deadwing, but of their whole catalog. Definitely my favorite PT song, surprised it isn't higher.

46 Don't Hate Me

This one must rated much higher than just 40 or something like that.
Come on, at least top 10 :)
Have you heard at this? It's simply astonishing.

Awesome! The lyrics are simply great poetry!

There is no don't hate me in the top 50 at least? What?
U guys aren't true pt fans :(

First I've heared version from solo Steven album 4 1/2 with vocal of Ninet Tayeb. Then I went to root. Both version are excellent: bass, sax, mood and lyric. I can hear it again and again and...

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47 Fadeaway

How in the world can this song be so low? Top 10 is the least this song deserves. The lyrics, the slide guitar intro, the sheer serenity of the song; heavenly!

Sure it's the best porcupine tree ever

The best of porcupine tree...

The guitar intro takes me to a different world..
How can u people even ignore this song? It's a sin mates it's a sin

48 Nine Cats

Best song by them, beautiful rhythm, and the acoustic version is also simply amazing.

One of their best... Deserves more attention..

Seriously? 49? Seriously? I mean serioously? - Sheariah

This is d best one

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49 Bonnie the Cat

Masterclass song by porcupine tree, especially Gavin's 4/4 drum beat which gives the essence of odd time signatures. Pure modern prog rock.

50 The Blind House

How did everyone forget this song? Very good chemistry. Very hardcore.

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