Best Progressive Metal Songs of All Time

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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.

Absolutely amazing! It's insane how you can fill 24 minutes without anything seemingly too drawn out (except the first 20 seconds)

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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.

Most perfect band
most perfect progressive metal ever made by humankind
LOVE IT!

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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!

Wow man, Opeth this below in the list? What? Dream theater is way overrated... Dream Theater has the worst fan-base that's why 12 years old american pricks vote for D.T... Just check out the riffs in this song and the blackwater park.

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..

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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...

It's the definition of prog metal itself!

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6 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche
7 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.

8 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.

best. No word is enough to describe this.

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

? I Don't Believe in Love - Queensr├┐che
? The Sleep of Restless Hours - Disillusion

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?

Oh it came to top 10. - zxm

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13 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.

I love vicarious my favorite song by Tool

14 10,000 Days - Tool
15 Queen of the Reich - Queensryche
16 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree

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

Amazing song, should be in top 10 easily

17 Options - Going Nowhere - Anubis Gate
18 The Czar - Mastodon

Mastodon is the best new progressive metal band and this song should be in the top ten

19 The Odyssey - Symphony X

I have an extreme amount of love for Dream Theater, but Symphony X touches me in a way that no other band ever has. Not only does Symphony X have the best metal singer alive (although I may not ALWAYS agree with his stylistic choices), but the musicianship of every single member is absolutely incredible and their compositional style is unmatched. And while I expect The Odyssey will not be the most voted Symphony X song for various reasons (most of all the length of the song), I just have to give this absolute masterpiece my vote because it is conceptually brilliant the. Entire. Time. Long live Symphony X. ONTO THE UNDERWORLD

Who ever just voted blindly for their favorite song of their favorite band should really listen to this song and then vote again because it should be number one by light years from all the songs in this list it's pure liquid progressiveness at its best awesome keyboard, guitars and best vocals from Russell Allen.

What a masterpiece of a song. At 24 minutes not a single minute feels drawn out. The perfect example of what a progressive metal epic, or even any song should be. Excellent musicianship, a great story that drives the lyrics, and really catchy riffs. Russell Allen is one of the best metal singers out there, and I'm not saying Michael Romeo is better than Petrucci...but damn, he can give him a run for his money on certain songs. This is easily in my top ten favorite songs of all time...and with every listen I feel I can make a case for putting it in the number one spot.

I respect other choices on here for sure, but no song has ever left me as utterly gobsmacked as this one. 15 years after first hearing it, I still regard this as the best song ever made. The riffs, the transitions, the story, the solos, THAT epic finale. urmughurrr.

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1. Options - Going Nowhere - Anubis Gate
2. Roads to Madness - Queensryche
3. Second Life Syndrome - Riverside
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1. The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater
2. 10,000 Days - Tool
3. Black Rose Immortal - Opeth
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1. Octavarium - Dream Theater
2. Lateralus - Tool
3. Vicarious - Tool
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