Top Ten Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs


The Top Ten

1 Bullet with Butterfly Wings

The world is a vampire

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!

Best Lyrics with rocking beat, deserves the first position... Really hit song.. l

Hands down top dog
Mellon Collie was my introduction to gigging, Wembley Arena

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2 1979

Bullet with Butterfly Wings is good, but... come on. This is their best song and it isn't even close.

Their only great song, but it's really is exceptional.

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

Best song ever created

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3 Mayonaise


Best song and best album.

No way "Bullet'' is #1. Still a top ten song, but...not number one. "Mayonaise'' incorporates the entire Smashing Pumpkins sound into one song. Their ballad types stuff, their heavy stuff, etc. All in one song.

Beautiful song.

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4 Today

Great song all around even lyrics. - Soulstealer

Number 3 for sure

What made pumpkins huge. Best intro ever. Song that reflects alienated early 90's teens.

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.

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5 Tonight, Tonight

Damn so damn good

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?

Its just magic, beautiful, really one of the most brilliant and beautiful songs I ever heard, all the instruments together gives you chills, really this words are few to describe the magic of this song

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:))

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6 Disarm

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 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*).

Amazing song...loved it again when Neutral Milk hotel covered it and changed the lyrics to 2 headed boy.

Love this one... It's my ringtone

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7 Cherub Rock

Best opening song for an album after Around the World by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Pick of the bunch. Should be #1 by a long mile

Nope, should be number 3.

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.

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8 Zero

well this songs shows off all of corgan's powers: hate charisma, technique. just perfect should be number 1

Intensity and Anger make this song great. Beautiful guitar.

The angst and bridge makes it the best

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

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9 Soma

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.

This song has it all. The tender emotional clean parts and the heavy distorted catchy parts and a awesome solo. Every Pumpkin fan knows this song because it's just awesome.

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10 Rhinoceros

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.

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The Contenders

11 Geek U.S.A.

Surprised to see this outside the top 10. It's a perfect 10.


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.

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12 X.Y.U.

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.

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

"And in the eyes of the jackal, I say KABOOM! " - cjWriter1997

13 Hummer

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."

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 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.

This is my favourite smashing pumpkins song, as one of their biggest fans I can only wonder why it or geek usa is not number one

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14 Drown

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

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.

How on God's green Earth is this not at least in the top ten?

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

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15 Thru the Eyes of Ruby

Every time I met someone who loves SP from the beginings there is a consensus around the Ruby and Soma: the best 2

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.

One of their best...should be higher.

Simply definition of perfectness.

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16 Bodies

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

Who rates these songs? This song should be top 5 at least

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

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.

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17 Stand Inside Your Love

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

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

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

Great song with too low rating... It should be in top 5

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18 I Am One

One of the originals, top 5

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

Needs to be way higher! One of the most blood pumping Pumpkins songs ever. - cjWriter1997

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20 Muzzle

I love this song!

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

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!

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21 Bury Me

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

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22 Perfect

¡this song is not good, because is perfect!

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

I think the music fits the lyrics perfectly.

The title say all.

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23 Siva

The absolute best of their early sound

Ffs should be way higher... - espyorkshireman

What? One of the best songs absolutely.

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

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24 Ava Adore

Absolutely mesmerizing song, I can listen to it over and over

Just amazing. Simply amazing song.

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

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

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26 Galapogos

How is this 18th in the list. Has to be at least in the top 10, one of their best songs hands down.

18th is just an insult to this song, one of their best

Lyrics are just perfect

Top 10 at least

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27 Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

An epic journey of a song!

When this song comes on, I want nothing to disturb the experience of the journey it takes me on.

Honestly breathtaking. The top 10 combined aren't anything to this masterpiece in my opinion.

Epic song, top 10

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28 Landslide

The song is very great!
It's the song with the most feeling

Covered by Fleetwood Mac, this song is beautiful.

Wrong. Fleetwood Mac song covered by The Pumpkins of course. But great cover! - Agent_Cooper

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29 Quiet

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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30 Thirty-Three

Doesn't deserve to be so far down

One of the most beautiful songs

Slaps and kicks

This is crazy this song is this low, this is top 5 easy in my book.

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31 Jellybelly

Definitely one of the best songs on the first disk (or side two, for those lucky souls with the original vinyl. 'Jellybelly' hits hard with it's unmistakable intro and subsequent feeding into one of the best riffs that Corgan and Iha ever churned out. Chamberlin's drumming is completely on point, too, as well as D'Arcy's bassline providing great texture and adding to the almost-chaotic charisma this track carries.

Also, some of Billy's most clever lines are housed here. Overall, a track I would indeed highly recommend to any listener, whether new or familiar, out of SP's extensive catalog.

This is the best SP song of all time. It's the perfect blend of catchy and heavy. Billy originally intended for Jellybellyto be the first single from Mellon Collie but changed his mind at the last minute. Great song!

One of their best songs

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32 Snail

How is Snail not even on this list? The last minute of that song is true awesomeness.

Should be ranked higher - Imreallyboredrightnow

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33 Rocket

The guitar walks up & down my spine until I can't stop shivering, then hits me with the finishing move near the end there.

#30? Are you kidding me? Every time I hear the VERY beginning of this song I am excited. The whole song is solid and I feel it is one of their harder songs. And the video is fun too.

My favourite, great lyrics and melody, should definitely be higher. The guitar riffs and fills get me every time!

This should be among the top 5 at least.. it takes a real 90's kid to understand why

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34 Love

God I love this song

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35 Tristessa

How is this not on the list? - Kilopoppy

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36 Tales of a Scorched Earth

Wut? No one has added this song to this list yet? How can this be? THis is like the Pumpkins' most hardcore song ever. Silly foolish people not voting for the most hardcore Pumpkins song ever.

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37 Where Boys Fear to Tread

Better than tarantula

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38 Dross

Awesome songs from Machina II

39 Here Is No Why

Incredible song. Other bands would give their left arm for a song this good. Shows how good the pumpkins are for it to be 39 on the list

I can't believe this is so low on the list. I personally thing this is their best song.

Such an underrated song!

Best song no doubt. Sitting in between Jellybelly and Zero on the album, it seems to be missed by many. If was given a chance, would be loved by everyone. Try this song. You're still looking for a reason

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40 To Forgive

This is by far their most touching and emotional song. Corgan's writing here is fantastic.

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41 Silverf**k

Agreed, during their best era of touring

Best set closer ever

Best Jam Song in 1993/94/96/97

What the hell is this song doing at number fooking 77?

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42 The Everlasting Gaze

Gotta love that bass

Not enough people appreciate this song. It is truly perfect. This should be much further up in the list.

This is one of their if not the most dynamic and powerful songs.

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43 Luna


I'm in love with a girl named Luna... and I love this song

Come on, this music is perfect, lets put it higher

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44 Tear

This song is amazing. I can't even describe it but it is a must-listen if you haven't heard it yet. - evoxpisces

This song has some creepy, dark atmosphere!

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45 The End is the Beginning is the End

This song deserves to be higher. The sound is amazing and perfect. Look it up on YouTube and click on the watchmen video. Not trailer amazing, the one were the guys being hit by electrisity.

The only good thing from Batman and Robin. And how bad the film was is the reason why this song never got any love. This has to be my absolute favorite Smashing Pumpkins song next to Cherub Rock, and I personally think this needs to be in the Top 10. Come on, it won a Grammy people!

Best one! No kidding, this song got me into them actually!

This should be number 3... Number 1 and 2 should be swapped

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46 We Only Come Out at Night

Probably my second favorite track off Melancholy, right behind 1979 - mtndewlord

Not the best, but it should at least break the top 50

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47 The Beginning is the End is the Beginning

Hands down, much better than THE END IS THE BEGINNING IS THE END. Love, love, love this song so much! It just has this cool vibe to it that makes you feel BADASS.

Love This Since I Watch Watchmen Hands Down Top Smashing Pumpkins Song Best Lyrics with rocking beat, deserves the first position

Is One Of My Favorite Smashing Pumpkins Song After I Watched Watchmen

So amazing, at least deserves to be higher than The End is the Beginning is the End.

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48 Panopticon

One of the best off the new album! Great riff - wolphert

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50 Doomsday Clock

Mad person. song on transformers soundtrack

This should be 1st! I love this tune! Especially when it plays in the scene where Megan Fox is carting Bumblebee around and he's just being awesome!

Why the hell isn't this a number one?

Yes this is just their great
Song of all time!

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