Top Ten Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs

The Top Ten
1 Bullet with Butterfly Wings Bullet with Butterfly Wings Cover Art

Perfect. Billy Corgan crafts a masterpiece while trying to keep everything relatively simple. No intricate drum fills, no show-off riffs and a rather simple guitar solo. Just a rocking beat and badass lyrics about pure frustration to make the most awesome song ever!

Yes! The classic post modern disillusionment anthem. I have never heard a chorus with better lines as this.
Second choice is soma and third drown.

Although I love Tonight, Tonight and Zero I would have to say that Bullet with Butterfly Wings truly is there greatest song.

I wouldn't call myself a fan of this band overall, from what I've already heard at least, but this is a great song.

2 1979 1979 Cover Art

Nostagia at its best. 1979 is the single most beautiful and catchy song ever written by Corgan. Almost everything is perfect about this song. By almost, I mean that it is a little too short so I often find myself playing it 2 or 3 times in a row without actually getting enough of it. This song is certainly not characteristic of The Smashing Pumpkins which usually have a rougher edge to their songs but it is undeniably the greatest one they've ever written. People will listen to 1979 in 2079 or 2979 and it will still feel has fresh as it did upon its release over 20 years ago.

It's really hard for me to have a favorite song, but when I just saw the music video on Mtv with it's beautiful everything- it was just amazing to hear it for the first time. The drum track, the bass line, the loops, the guitar, and then about 40 seconds into the song the the melody gets deeper and UGH IT IS AN AMAZING SONG. AND THE FKING MUSIC VIDEO IS JUST AMAZING. God. If there is one song that just sums up everything about high school- it's this song. No, its not Teenage Riot, or Smells Like Teen Sprit, or any of that stuff- IT IS THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG.

1979 should not only be number one on this list, it should be a top ten song for most alternative rock song lists. The melody; so unique, smooth, clean, sharp. Even the lyrics have something to say to all generations. The video helps visualize, young people, being young. - GoodStuff

This is my favorite song of all time. It connects me to the child in me. Somehow it tells me "Hey, Alex, remember who you are" And I feel free, playful and blissful again just the way I felt back then. This is not just a song, it is the soundtrack of my dreams.

3 Mayonaise Mayonaise Cover Art

By far the best Smashing Pumpkins song. It's such a raw and emotional song that conveys such a feeling over you. The beginning is absolutely amazing as well. It starts off with an acoustic guitar solo kind of thing and then a huge wall of distortion and guitar comes in; it's beautiful. Everything that Billy's feeling when singing this, you can feel as well. A captivating and beautifully deep song.

This is the best song off Siamese Dream in my opinion, Soma and Cherub Rock are very close as well. But this is the magnum opus off Siamese Dream, with the excellent ballad to the start the entire thing off followed by the heavy distortion. Then Billy's coo just blends the entire thing together perfectly with D'Arcy's bass, Jimmy's percussion and James' riffs.

This is an epic song! Everything in it it's just perfect in the beginning and in the end is soft but then goes aggressive and powerful kind of melancholic too but, the right timing, the exact rhythm and great lyric I mean it has everything and should be number 1 or at least 2 but not lower than that the kind of song that touches your soul...

Very tough call, but I'd have to say this is best SP song. Melodic and innovative with the broken guitar screeches. Great lyrics I'm sure all of us can relate to. Not too heavy, not too dark, but with plenty of meaning and soul. And fun to sing along and get into.

4 Today Today Cover Art

It's just an AMAZING song! They made a great first impression on me with this one. I also love the sinfully simple music video which is great. This song in my opinion, is the diamond in the rough of the 90s.

This song is so amazing! It means a lot because it was the first song I learned on the guitar. Once I got it down, I had a magical feeling like no other. It means a lot, and it's a great song.

This was their first commercial success, and definitely the best song from Siamese Dream! I love the Smashing Pumpkins, and they are one of the reasons why I miss the 90s.

One of the best songs ever... Like literally it's so simple yet mind-blowing... Just a song that I would listen to when I'm really happy.

5 Disarm Disarm Cover Art

What the hell. Why is this not number one. I mean, this song is 500 times better than even 1979 and that's saying something. I could listen to this song non-stop for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. This song is just a drug, I need it and I need it every minute. 1979 may be their flagship song (which isn't number #1 either for some odd damn reason, instead Bullet With Butterfly Wings Is, which furthermore, compared to 1979, Today and this song, sucks some major crap *still good though, not saying it's bad*).

Tonight, Tonight is my #1, but this is just so criminally low that I had to vote for it instead. How can you argue with anything in Disarm? One of the most beautiful songs ever committed to tape, and that's no exaggeration, methinks. The string section, Corgan's vocals, the acoustic guitar... Everything just comes together perfectly.

What a shame this is so low, not just the best Smashing Pumpkins song by a mile, but definitely one of the best songs of all time, at least it's one of my favorites. Such great emotion and passion in this.

Come on guys this has so much more emotion than 1979. Get real. The song is about getting abused as a child and you guys would rather hear 1979 or tonight tonight. Those songs are boring. Vote for this one.

6 Tonight, Tonight Tonight, Tonight Cover Art

Say what you want - if you don't agree that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever you're not my friend anymore! The impressive intro is taking you to another music dimension... don't you just feel happy by listening to it?

"That life can change that you're not stuck in vain...believe in I believe in you, tonight". Soul filling, life changing, dream..I'm out of adjetives. The Pumpkins made the best music to ever grace this earth. And this is their masterpiece a long with 1979.

I never liked 1979, but that's besides the point. This song is easily one of the most well composed on this list and Billy's lyrics are given such power by the music (extremely powerful on it's own).

This song should be number 1 this... This song is one of the greatest songs ever created don't believe me then listen to it I'm sure you will agree with me:))

7 Cherub Rock Cherub Rock Cover Art

First Smashing Pumpkins song I've ever heard, my mind was blown away the first time I heard that heart-throbbing riff in the chorus. The fuzzy, uplifting, grunge sound to this song marks a new beginning in music at that time. What a song to open such a magnificent album. "Cherub Rock" is hands down their best song.

Mellon Collie is a great album and all, but I can't believe there's so much favoritism towards it over Siamese Dream. This was inarguably Corgan and company's greatest and most unique achievement, and Cherub Rock, though perhaps not as varied as some of the other tracks on the album, was a perfect opener.

This is easily the best song on Siamese Dream while Bullet With Butterfly Wings is best on Mellon Collie, I have to pick this one though, I prefer Siamese Dream slightly over Mellon Collie.

This is the first Pumpkins song I ever heard, and it's been my favorite song ever since. I personally think it's way better than Bullet With Butterfly Wings.

8 Zero Zero Cover Art

Number 7? really, what's the matter with you guys.
Zero is everything smashing pumpkins is about.
emptiness is loneliness and loneliness is cleanliness and cleanliness is godliness and god is empty, just like me

Intensity and Anger make this song great. Beautiful guitar.

The angst and bridge makes it the best

Only SP song that is worth a damn and is incredible at that

9 Soma Soma Cover Art

The most beautiful and haunting song I have ever heard. Beautiful guitar riff which starts from the very beginning. The Cure previously had my favorite guitar riff, with their beautiful The Forest. Soma blows that song out of the water. Introspective lyrics which refer to loneliness, and a lack of connection to those you wish so greatly to connect too. In this case Corgan and his ex-wife. These struggles eventually lead to the writer’s conclusion that those bond(s) will never occur, and he therefore puts those desires, and/or relationships to rest, which is what he means by sleep. He says to not wait for him, and I believe that he is letting his ex know that he will not be back, and for her to wait for him to come back is to waste time. While these desires are being pushed out of his conscious due to emotional repression, they are still in his subconscious which show up in dreams, as his soul desires to connect. Ironically the album is titled “Siamese Dream”. The lyrics fit the ...more

Sad not to see this closer to the top of the list. Without doubt this is Corgan's masterpiece, the greatest of all the great songs he wrote. In its ambition, its beauty, and its spine-tingling climax, this is surely the connoisseur's choice for best Smashing Pumpkins song ever. Magnificent. And the SOLO...

I have listen to this song about a thousand times, but I'will always be stunned by its perfection. Moreover, this song talks about loneliness, and that there is no real connection between two souls... Very dark, hopeless, and however, so powerful and vibrant! Every time I listen to this song "my belly stings"!

Awesome from start to finish. It goes in crescendo all the way, culminating in one of the most emotional solos of the decade and an impressive final chorus by Corgan. Filled with angst and pain but beautiful enough to enthrall.

10 Geek U.S.A. Geek U.S.A. Cover Art

It's like two songs in one, the beginning being a hard rock song and the ending being an epic climax to the song. My number one.

A fast energy-filled psychedelic punk song with well written lyrics and even better written guitar parts and drums.

I loved this song already, but it became my favorite after I watched the live version at Pinkpop 1992. Ten times better than the album version!

I love all the different solos could listen to it all day

The Contenders
11 X.Y.U. X.Y.U. Cover Art

The only other song I can think of that hits as hard as this is Hole's - I Think That I Would Die. Pure rage packaged into 7 minutes.

This song is the reason you should never piss off Billy Corgan

Amazing song, one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs ever...

Live versions are awesome, usually finales of concerts 96-97

12 Rhinoceros Rhinoceros Cover Art

So underrated.. But the toon is just something that can be stuck in your head all day. It's beautiful and this needs to be up higher!

The Bass in the intro and the breakdown after the bridge are so good.

She knows, she knows, she knows. Love this song.

Can't get this song out of my head. So amazing.

13 Hummer Hummer Cover Art

Begins with a weird sitar-sound and has a riff that sounds nostalgic to the sitar sound and then an incredible solo (which I think is even better than the one from "Cherub Rock") and then an instrumental guitar outro with a lot of delay that makes me imagine someone who's stranded on a raft in the middle of a sea, but they're happy and smiling because they're never gonna be harassed by people again. Definitely my favorite song after "1979."

This song is epic with a great intra into a very hard rocking part of the song then ending with a soft finish. Very unique in its structure with great guitar and drums. This is my favorite Pumpkins song after all these years.

In my opinion this is gotta be in the top 5. Billy Corgan has said this song was about his life and I believe it should be higher. What a great song. I can relate to it also.

This song really captures the tone and essence of the Siamese Dream album. I really think Hummer displays Corgans best vocal work.

14 Drown Drown Cover Art

It's not in the top 10 because it was on the Singles soundtrack so it's not "pure" or some such. I love this song and can listen to it over and over still 20 years after I first heard it.

Too low on this list. I absolutely love Today, Zero, Disarm, and Cherub Rock but history one should be higher (like 6/7 place)

One of their best.. The overplayed radio hits need to get out of the top 10!

One of their most underrated songs, one of the best of the 90's.

15 Stand Inside Your Love Stand Inside Your Love Cover Art

Legit, the best song I've ever heard.
Period. The most underrated and overlooked album ever and their 2nd best.

True, deserves a much higher place. This is such a beautiful song. Personally my number 1.

Definitely deserves to be higher. Such a great song about love.

Greatest love song. Every line in the verse is beautiful.

16 Thru the Eyes of Ruby Thru the Eyes of Ruby Cover Art

So underrated that it's criminal. This song has everything you want in a song. It summarizes the boldness and musical ambition of Mellon Collie perfectly.

Simply definition of perfectness.

Great song.


17 Bodies Bodies Cover Art

Hard to decide a favorite...but I had to vote for Bodies; it deserves much better than 39th. It's not a single, so it's really just a hidden gem for all the real fans.

Bodies is a close second for me. Jimmy just drives this song from start to finish in the way that only he can.

Honestly, I prefer "Bullets...", but I voted for "Bodies" because it was too good to be this low!

Lyrics, guitars, drums it all sounds so amazing when performed together. Overall best SP song by a mile

18 Muzzle Muzzle Cover Art

Best song ever write by billy, should be on the top ten!
This sond reflect his pain, his poetry and his vision of the world!

Brilliant lyrics. Ahead of his time. Top 3 for me.

My favorite song of all time

I love this song!

19 F*** You (An Ode to No One) F*** You (An Ode to No One) Cover Art

Needs to be way higher. One of the most blood pumping Pumpkins songs ever.

Love the drums on this one.

20 Bury Me Bury Me Cover Art

Gish is one of the best albums ever made, ever song on it is Hall of Fame material

21 Siva Siva Cover Art

This song shows exactly the unbelievable talent of Billy Corgan, pure epicness, that riff I will never forget.

Siva is amazing how is this so low this without a doubt should be in the top 10

This song is awesome it should be ranked a lot higher than 62

Sabbath influence and has some killer lead fills

22 I Am One I Am One Cover Art

One of the originals, top 5

23 Perfect Perfect Cover Art

Underrated... And a really cute song if in the right mood

I think the music fits the lyrics perfectly.

The title say all.

This song is just... perfect.

24 Ava Adore Ava Adore Cover Art

If you don’t think this os their bes song, you are *not* really a SP fan! This is their best song ever made. Period. No discussion possible!

This songs deserves at least one comment, no? What a fantastic start, what a great rhythm! One of my favorite musics ever made!

The beat is very awesome, it's like a cyber-swamp fantasy ambience.

Should be higher very good song and award winning music video!

25 Quiet Quiet Cover Art

That incredible solo! That riff! The screaming vocals live! It made me pick up the guitar back in the days and made me a definite Pumpkins fan. One of their best, albeit on their out-of-this world album Siamese Dream, it ain't easy to call it their absolute best. If you love this, check out the Vieuphoria live video on YouTube of Quiet!

You gotta love that bass. Best Pumpkins song ever!

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