Best Porcupine Tree Songs

The Top Ten

1 Arriving Somewhere but Not Here Arriving Somewhere but Not Here Cover Art

This had a long stretch as my favourite song, which is pretty impressive seeing as I don't like metal. That's how great it is. Wrings a huge amount of feeling out of a simple chord progression. And God, that intro! Best thing since Floyd.

This is, along with Radioactive Toy, the BEST Porcupine Tree have produced and I like pretty much everything from the band.
It is complex, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand, sends shivers down the spine. I saw them play live several times, this was played once, and the entire audience stood in awe of the song and performance.
I really hope Steven Wilson decides to bring the group back together, there is a big PT shaped hole in the music world right now

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.

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

2 Anesthetize Anesthetize Cover Art

Innovative, gorgeous, unique, spellbinding. These words don't even do Anesthetize justice. I mean, this song basically defies categorisation. All three parts are awesome, but I would have to say Pt 1 is my favourite. In my opinion, more musically ambitious, complex and satisfying than Arriving Somewhere but Not Here (but that's a great song of course).

I have and always will have a very short attention span. I always need to be doing something else in the background of something, be it watching T.V. whilst doing homework, or listening to music whilst walking any distance from one place to the other. With the exception of this song, I have, on many occasions, just lie on my bed, perfectly still listening to this and ONLY this in all of its perfect 17 minutes. During this time I hang onto every word spoken by steven, absorb every drum and cymbal hit by gavin and just let the general atmosphere by this fantastic band take me on the emotional rollercoaster that I experience. I was looking for that song that would do this, and this ticks all the boxes. No other song can have me perfectly still in a trance. What can I say? Greatest song of all time.

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.

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..

3 Trains Trains Cover Art

Believe or not, heard it for the first time yesterday...I've played it 100 times since. The most achingly, beautifully crafted songs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Perfection

You don't talk, you don't think, you don't do anything at all while this song plays... Just enjoy! This should be at the top of the list. Wish I could vote this thousand times!

The catchy strumming that resonates in your head combined with the beautiful lyrics makes this my favorite song among the many of PT discography.

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

4 Lazarus Lazarus Cover Art

Try listening this song on a full moon night when the clouds are drifting through the sky painting an abstract picture on the waxed moon, and you'll experience your soul leaving your body behind, becoming one with the universe.. I guess that says it all..

This song is nothing compared to Porcupine Trees other work. I mean I can see why people would enjoy it, but come on, 4th? This song is a simple chord progression in straight forward time signature, I would call this song lame. Verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus. it gets old.

This a wonderful song with great depth. That warm, fuzzy feeling you feel when you listen to the perfect song. It happens every time when I listen to this song. It should be on the top!

This song features some of the most inspiring keyboards, and Steven Wilson's vocals really stand out. It is unlike most PT songs, and this makes it all the more valuable.

5 Russia on Ice Russia on Ice Cover Art

Russia on ice isn't only a damn beatiful and intense song, is a real story narred perfectly with the cryptic lyrics and the melody's crescendo, I really had to think hard to understand the metaphor of the "But Russia on ice is burning a hole", the Russia on Ice is the Alcohol, the Vodka that is burning his throat (the hole), damn, Steven is really a genius... all the song is about a drunked man that float with his mind in his thoughts (that are like COAL, (all my thoughts are like coal) so they feed the "flame" of the pain), and all the melody fits entirely the change of his feeling in the trip of the alcohol, infact start with a psichedelic intro (the start of the trip), changes in a metal melody (when he get mad by the alcohol) and finish with bells... That for me, represent the finish of the trip, and the start of the only thought that remain... The death...
Simply amazing.

A very different piece of music compared to any of the bands. Kind of a song to get lost into. Its progressive, its trippy and it can take you deeep!

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

This is UNDOUBTEDLY the best one. Others are good too but this song has redefined the meaning good music singlehandedly.

6 Dark Matter Dark Matter Cover Art

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.

This song has everything, a nice and soft intro riff that remains during most of the song, a riff that is extremely simple but the combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and perfect vocal melodies and lyrics makes an unique sound, wich is the reason why this song is so amazing. Even when it has a big Pink Floyd influence you perceive a whole new sound, a thruly original song and music of the 1990's with roots in progressive rock, as Wilson himself said it. Best Signify song and it has to be at least at the top 3 of PT's songs

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... �

My first encounter with Porcupine Tree, this was like an engraving of a deep cut in my brain that could never heal... And ever since I am hooked on their music. For me this is number 1, possibly of all music I heard so far (and I heard a lot of music)...

7 Way Out of Here Way Out of Here Cover Art

Have you guys listened to the live version of this (Live in Tilburg)? It sounds better than the album version! How they managed to do that is beyond me! Brilliant is an understatement

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

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

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

8 Blackest Eyes Blackest Eyes Cover Art

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.

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?

Has to be my least favourite off In Absentia. Its nothing special, an annoyingly catchy pop tune. Steven wilson has better material than this, in my opinion.

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.

9 Fear of a Blank Planet Fear of a Blank Planet Cover Art

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

A perfect example of a song that always strengthens your current mode, sounds uplifting when listened to on a joyful day and depressing when you're already at a down before listening

Interesting I don't know if I can think of songs that do that for me.

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

The Guitar Riffs, The Lyrics, The Sarcasm in the voice, The Pace of the song, Too many good things about the song!

10 The Sky Moves Sideways The Sky Moves Sideways Cover Art

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.

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

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

This song should be on the top.

The Contenders

11 The Sound of Muzak The Sound of Muzak Cover Art

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.

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.

It rings true... But the prophecy hasn't come to pass yet... Though the situation is arising, for all music that is worth my while is from people nearly twice my age...

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!

12 Shesmovedon Shesmovedon Cover Art

One of the most underrated songs ever.
You can listen to just the solo at the end and tell what the entire song is about.
Steven plays the notes like a man possessed.

I genuinely think this should be in the top 3, listen to it and u'd agree. There are multiple versions of this song, personally I think live version is far better than the studio version!

This is one the best of song by Porcupine Tree. in my opinion the live version of this song is far more better then album song. The ending guitar solo by Steven Wilson is just freakingly awesome.

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.

13 Even Less Even Less Cover Art

"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

This song deserves to be at least in the top 10

This song is never getting out of my mind.

14 Radioactive Toy Radioactive Toy Cover Art

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

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.

This is a song that probably has the best chorus I ever heard. I'm not even kidding. It definitely deserves a top 10 spot.

16 The Start of Something Beautiful The Start of Something Beautiful Cover Art

Such a beautiful song. Nothing like anything theyve ever done. You think its going to build up to a metal part like in Arriving Somewhere, but it fires you into a bridge that's melodic and perfect, building up to the final chorus. Amazingly put together song.

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.

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

17 Heartattack in a Layby Heartattack in a Layby Cover Art

This is one of the most underrated songs of PT. Such a wonderful melody and the lyrics are just perfect. God bless PT. They're absolutely magnificent!

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...

You must be jokeing!? This song never deserved such a bad ranking (well it sure is not the only one in this list). The lyrics are plain cute, like a poem you learn in the first years at school - the melody once heared will follow you the whole day.

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

18 Open Car Open Car Cover Art

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

Just ' Awesome!
Porcupine Tree is one of the best bands in activity nowadays.

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

Car sex you've got to love it if your a teen

19 Feel So Low

Second saddest love song I've ever heard.

The second saddest song I know, after a certain "Heartattack in a Layby".

20 The Incident The Incident Cover Art

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

Underrated song... Number 5 for this

55 minutes of pure awesomenes

21 Stranger by the Minute Stranger by the Minute Cover Art

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.

22 Time Flies Time Flies Cover Art

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!

Easily the best thing off a patchy album. Being a Pink Floyd fan, this one appealed to me greatly, and got me into Porcupine Tree

The best song off of their latest album and definitely one of the best songs PT have to offer. Has a 'Dogs' feel to it while remaining true to the tone established in 'The Incident'. It also has some of the strongest, most personal lyrics Wilson has written.

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

23 .3 .3 Cover Art

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.

70th, not even in top 20s?
The bass line is amazing and the way the song creates a mental picture of 'The Apocalypse' is just marvellous.

24 Strip the Soul Strip the Soul Cover Art

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.

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

25 Gravity Eyelids Gravity Eyelids Cover Art

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

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.

Best off the album

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