Best Steve Vai Songs


The Top Ten

1 For the Love of God

I was just out of words when I heard it the second time. So lot of emotions and an epic song. I cannot describe that feeling. It feels like you are just one and your position cannot be described and that song is going on. Like I'm in a dream. I'm sleeping and when the song is over I'm full of energy. Mind blowing awesome song. Definitely God like.

Emotion X 1000 love of god! At it's bestt! It's the best instrumental song ever if you are in the right mood! Devotion at it very best and I almost cry listening to it WONDERFUL SONG! ViVa STEVE VAI!

I thinks it's the best. Don't just watch the life performance but also the music video. I definitely think "Tender Surrender" is the next best and almost if not equal to "FTLOG"

Never felt emotions like I have from this song.

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2 Tender Surrender

Now this is an underated song, not to mention steve vai at its best, great intro, great feel and an incredible ending, with the best wah sound you would ever hear.

This is definitely number one. It has all of Steve Vai's best tricks and signature moves, and has just an amazing solo, with awesome wah and a great sound and feel. This is definitely the best of steve vai.

My first encounter with this song was thus (keep in mind I had only heard Steve Vai's name in passing), minute one- wow, I actually like this riff (that's saying a lot I'm a bit of a music snob). minute two holy canolli, this guy's got soul, minute three- this is the best guitar solo I've ever heard, period. minute four-I can't comprehend how each phrase keeps builds on the last. Minute five-I must know who this Vai Is. Via. Dude is I must become him or he must become me, minute six- Just kidding there is no minute six.

This a beautiful and epic demonstration of all of the unique and masterful techniques Vi has in his repertoire, not to mention the sumptuous nip slips in the music video

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3 Whispering a Prayer

The song touches you on so many levels. It describes so much in so less space. And every time you hear it it keeps getting better.

This song is criminally underrated. It is beautiful in so many ways and really showcases how much emotion can be conveyed through a song. You rock Steve!

Absolutely beautiful... when he don't mess it up and go off on one of his mad whammy expressions, alive in a ultra world album for this song most definitely

Most beautiful at all.

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4 Lotus Feet

It's not all shredding and fancy tricks just a beautifully crafted song, played to perfection. Masterpiece.


5 Die to Live

Amazing song. The ideas in the song are beautifully expressed. Playing it might not be technically as difficult as some of his other stuff from the list but composition wise this might be his best, be it the 7/8 time signature used in the most part of the song or the chord changes, the song sounds like it's been composed by a western classical maestro.

Great song. The longer version on "Where The Wild Things Are" DVD is even better than the studio version.

6 Boston Rain Melody

Amazing song! I don't understand why he don't play this live.

7 I Know You're Here

Personally I feel this is best from him

8 Blue Powder

Love this song probably in the top 3 vai tracks

This is a great ballad. Its about peace and happiness stuff.

9 Bad Horsie

Bad Horsie is such an atmospheric track. You've got that big meaty riff, the smoking bluesy lead parts with that perfect wah tone, not to mention Vai's classic tremolo acrobatics! Awesome tune.

A badass riff, awesome bass, great skills and guitar techniques, tapping, skillful drums and makes you feel like you wanna go to a shooting yard then go hold a rifle and just start shooting some bottles cause you're a badass when you hear this sum of perfect bad sounds in this masterpiece.

This is not the number one Vai track only because I think Tender Surrender appeal to a broader audience.

It's just pure...perfection.

10 Building the Church

Real Illusions: Reflections is the first studio album since Steve Vai's 1999 studio release The Ultra Zone. The album was released on February 22, 2005. It is the first piece of a three-part concept album about a town visited by the godsent Pamposh and his construction of the Church.
"Lotus Feet", the seventh song (which is to be the most emotional - see The Seventh Song), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song was recorded live in the Netherlands in 2004 during Vai's "The Aching Hunger Tour".

This is Insanely the Best

Awesome song must be give respect if you listen to the live version so many skills techniques and whammy stuff and even the tapping section a very challenging song from 2.55 to 3.25 is awesome awesome whammy stuff nobody can use the whammy like in this song and like steve vai he is the king of whammy bar

The techniques used in that is no words

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The Contenders

11 Now We Run

Amazing, really ' gets you pumping. Especially the live version. Absolutely amazing.

12 The Crying Machine

This song is so underrated

13 Juice
14 The Audience Is Listening

I love this song so much it's his best riff in my opinion and is done flawlessly. Via is a Guitar god.

This is by far my favorite Vai song, I love the wah in the melody

The best riff and intention

This was the first song I heared when I was 1 year old! I LOVE IT so MUCH!

15 Erotic Nightmares

A very energetic song.

Should be way higher. Like I mean way higher.

Favorite song off of passion and warfare

16 Natural Born Boy

Its hard to have a Best but this is certainly my favorite. - fireinside96

17 Melissa's Garden
18 Liberty

Very expressive and meant in everyway...

19 Speeding (Vault Version)
20 Touching Tongues
21 Sisters

I would of thought this song would of been higher on the list. It's an amazing song

A good vibe in such a short track. Amazing sound based around chords and the change midway through the song really defines this track.

Reminds me a lot of my favorite song, Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix. This song just seems so perfect and shouldn't be down here at 22

What's this doing all the way down here? 26?!?

22 Mjolnir Mix

Halo 2 theme anyone?

Halo 2!

23 Oooo
24 I'm the Hell Outta Here

Definitely the best of the best solo by Steve

Very underrated

25 Call It Sleep
26 The Attitude Song

I prefer the Visual Sound Theories version, but the studio version is cool.

A little obscure, but I like it... its different to anyone else

27 Weeping China Doll

Brilliantly created and continually referenced melody. I love how many variations on the same idea he creates. One of my favourite non 7th song.

28 Hand On Heart
29 Windows to the Soul

How can this be down at 49 it may not be the best part of a flawless album like tender surrender and for the love of god but that's because it isn't from a flawless album. It is the single most passionate and melodic piece of music ever to be written and after a couple of listens you can't disagree

This deserves to be in the top 5 at least! My favourite and by far one of the most soulful Steve vai songs ever! Highly Underrated.

This is as far as soloing on one theme his all time greatest and most emotional song. You just feel his love for his beloved. Great passionate song. Techniqually this song contains more than you will be able to understand and achieve in a lifetime of guitar playing.

One of the most beautiful melodies I have heard

30 Kill the Guy with the Ball / the God Eaters
31 Incantation
32 Racing the World
33 The Animal

Just an utterly sexy riff.

34 The Blood & Tears

Not that good. But should be in the top 20 at least. The way he fused Hindu chants with his own brand of virtuosity is commendable.

35 Answers

So much melody...

36 Taurus Bulba

Taurus bulba should have been somewhere and the top 10!

37 Eugene's Trick Bag
38 There's Something Dead in Here
39 Air Guitar Hell
40 The Reaper
41 The Boy From Seattle

The one I like the most.

42 Frank
43 Creamsicle Sunset

Picture Yourself eating an orange creamsicle watching the sun set over the pacific... This song captures that great feeling. - Dyronius

44 The Moon and I
45 Fire Wall
46 Freak Show Excess
47 Fried Chicken
48 Head - Cuttin' Duel
49 Butler's Bag
50 Blues for Dust
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