Best Progressive Metal Songs of All Time

Please leave your vote and comments. This is a really underrated genre IMO.

I know I've added a lot of DT songs but they are definetly by far the best prog-metal band out there.

The Top Ten

1 Octavarium - Dream Theater

The amount of greatness in this song is too high to describe in a short comment. This will change your life if you give it a chance.

Octavarium is one of the greatest songs of all time and by far the best song by Dream Theater. It slowly progresses from soft to heavy in it's 20 minute length

Masterpiece! Longest Song I ever hear.

Best progressive ever - h4di

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2 Lateralus - Tool

"feel the rhythm", this is quite an amazing song with amazing lyrics, vocals guitar work and drums (of course) This list should actually be called the best Dream Theater songs instead.

Only the best progressive song ever made... Not only for the music... But also for the incredible emotions that gives and for this lyrics...

No other songs would inspire me like this one did. " SPIRAL OUT KEEP GOING " such strong words.

The extent to which they bring spirituality in through music and get it on to you is what always makes Tool an unique and amazing spectacle

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3 Black Rose Immortal - Opeth

20 minutes of pure AWESOMENESS..! Trust me you will like it if you are a progressive metal head :D

Deserves To be First. A Magical Song, the Acoustic Part is just Amazing!

This 20 minute "magnum opus" is Progressive Death Metal with black metal elemets, its an awesome song which defines opeth's early style. The Epic riff played around 13.39 of the song will just give chills to any listener along with lyrics. There's burst of emotions in this song..

20 mins of pure EARGASM. Can't say more.

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4 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

This is by far the greatest song ever written in my opinion. I can not even begin to describe how much this song has changed my life, and how much it means to me. It's an emotional and epic 23 minute journey with some of the greatest lyrics ever thanks to Mike Portnoy. Thank you Dream Theater. - BlackSabbathIsLife

Better than Pull Me Under any day!

Definitely the best song Dream Theater ever did. Those were the days when they got inspirations and ideas.

One of the best songs DT ever did.

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5 Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater

Images and words changed my musical world. Every DT album is a monumental masterpiece. But when I heard pull me under and take the time on the radio I was totally blown away. I bought the album and figured maybe those were the only two good songs. Then by the sixth to seventh minute of Metropolis I nearly passed out. This song gave me hope that real music with real talent wasn't dead. Legendary epic - legendary album! Enough SAID!

This song incorporates so many elements yet knits them together so well. Definitely one of my favorite songs of all time

Easily the best progressive metal song...


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6 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche
7 The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater

Masterpiece. Not many other words can describe this. From start to end, never gets old, never drags on, blends heavy with beauty, happiness, sadness and then leaves you breathless at the end. Masterpiece.

This 1 is a classic, I mean from startin till the end, I mean, sure there's a lot of other good songs from dream theter. tool, symphony x but this 1 should be a lot higher. it expresses emotions and the last part is out of this world, the solos are awesome, continum by rudess is mesmerizing, overall 1 of the best and worth listening 2.

The whole list should be dream theater - Lord28

best. No word is enough to describe this.

8 The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X

One of Symphony X's best prog metal songs, the abstract detail that was put into this very song is just astounding, it definitely is one of the top songs along with the Odyssey and Through the Looking Glass.

Not afraid to admit I cried, it's so so good. From 18mins you'll need help picking your jaw up from the ground.

9 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

This is awesome, if you like this then you'll love beyond this life by dream theater and take the time

Well this song is more then best...
And those creators..

I am proud to say that I can perform this wonderful song!

This is not even top 150 DT songs. (I don't even know if they have 150 songs)

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10 Roads to Madness - Queensryche

The Newcomers

? Deadhead - The Devin Townsend Band
? Through the Looking Glass - Symphony X

The Contenders

11 Second Life Syndrome - Riverside

Love this song, and personally think Riverside are one of the most consistent bands around

A long epic that raises the tension till the end. Absolutely adorable.

12 Aniket Prantor - Artcell

I don't know how it came on top 10. But a lot of people love this song. Even those people who hate/don't like metal. It's a starter for prog metal. I started to listen it ever since I remember. I was getting into metal at that time. So I couldn't listen the full song, because it gets heavy at some point. But after few days I started to love the whole song. - zxm

Just Listen to this 16 minutes masterpiece and you will realize why this song should be in the list. Just mind blowing progression and the guitars and drums solo and vocal just awesome. Really One of the best prog. metal song I've heard.

When you will listen Aniket prantor you can be learn what is Progressive metal & what is Artcell?

If you don't know what is progressive metal then you should listen this. Proper example of Progressive metal

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13 White Walls - Between the Buried and Me

The final solo is the greatest solo I've ever heard in my entire life

This is one of the greatest songs of all time...
Man, just listen to last 4 min of this song, these 4 mins are the best tunes I've ever heard in my life...
That's enough I think...

14 Vicarious - Tool

this should be the freakin number one! and why do you people like so much dream theater? is a normal band, but tool, tool is a compendium of masterpieces. parabola, aenema and lateralus should be here...

This one is awesome, crude, powerful and energetic. Also features mystery and excelent imagination and lyrics.

One of the most realistic songs ever. Great guitar work. And hard hitting lyrics.

I love vicarious my favorite song by Tool

15 10,000 Days - Tool
16 Queen of the Reich - Queensryche
17 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree

Top 10. A piece of several parts, each part amazing

Porcupine Tree is amazing, however, I don't necessarily categorize them underneath the metal section. - naFrovivuS

Amazing song, should be in top 10 easily

18 Options - Going Nowhere - Anubis Gate
19 The Throne - Blind Guardian
20 A Voice in the Dark - Blind Guardian
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1. Options - Going Nowhere - Anubis Gate
2. Roads to Madness - Queensryche
3. Second Life Syndrome - Riverside
1. The Throne - Blind Guardian
2. A Voice in the Dark - Blind Guardian
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