Best Porcupine Tree Songs

The Top Ten

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

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

Sometimes there are not words to describe something like that... Amazing song!

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.

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.

2 Anesthetize Anesthetize Cover Art

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.

How is this not #1? ASBNH us amazing, but not many progressive rock songs can stand up to Anesthetize. Every second of it is pure brilliance. The emotions you feel, the melodies, and the metal riffs all are executed perfectly. This is one of the few prog rock songs I consider to be perfect.

3 Trains Trains Cover Art

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

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

4 Lazarus Lazarus Cover Art

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!

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..

5 Russia on Ice Russia on Ice Cover Art

This should be number 1 without a shadow of doubt! This is one of the best songs ever made!

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!

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.

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... �

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

And I say there is an intricate beauty in enigma and sadness. This song has the capability to blow your mind off.

7 Way Out of Here Way Out of Here Cover Art

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!

Insane solo. Amazing vocals. Out of this world.

8 Blackest Eyes Blackest Eyes Cover Art

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.

Caught me off guard the first time I heard it. Big Fan ever Since. Live shows are amazing.

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

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. - Powell

Very atmospheric and epic sounding song. How can I possibly dislike this?

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

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.

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

This song should be on the top.

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

The Contenders

11 The Sound of Muzak The Sound of Muzak Cover Art

Steven Wilson is (I'm guessing) a millionaire more than twice my age. But we'll let the irony go, because it's such great fun.

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!

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.

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.

Great song, it's the solo at the end that rips me up, growing and squirming brilliant stuff. Should number 2 at least.

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.

13 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

14 Even Less Even Less Cover Art

This song deserves to be at least in the top 10

This song is never getting out of my mind.

"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.

The full fourteen min. Song rules

15 Buying New Soul

Idek if I think it's their best song, it's just the one I've listened to the most

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.

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

I just discovers this one. Time signature changes give is great dramatic feel. Amazing song!

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!

17 Heartattack in a Layby Heartattack in a Layby Cover Art

I'm not sure an unreliable narrator has ever been more tragic

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 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.

18 Open Car Open Car Cover Art

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!

Awesome prog/alternative metal sound.

19 The Incident The Incident Cover Art

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

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

Second saddest love song I've ever heard.

21 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.

22 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.

23 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

It's by far one of the best Porcupine Tree songs. It represents all of PT. It's very dark, kinda slow sometimes, and really heavy. Just perfect.

24 Time Flies Time Flies Cover Art

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

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

25 .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.

It's a shame this gem from "In Absentia" is ranked so low.

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