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.

Never felt emotions like I have from this song.

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"

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 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

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.

3 Whispering a Prayer

Most beautiful at all.

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

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

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

Love this song probably in the top 3 vai tracks

9 Bad Horsie

It's just pure...perfection.

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.

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.

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

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

It is a good one more perfect and can give relief to us this according to me the best.


The Contenders

11 The Crying Machine

This song is so funky, it is one of my favorite songs. Not as epic as Lotus Feet, Liberty, or For the Love of God - but right next to them.

This song is so underrated

12 Now We Run

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

13 Juice
14 The Audience Is Listening

The best riff and intention

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

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

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

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.

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

22 Mjolnir Mix

Halo 2!

Halo 2 theme anyone?

23 I'm the Hell Outta Here

Very underrated

Definitely the best of the best solo by Steve

24 Oooo
25 Call It Sleep
26 Windows to the Soul

Soulful and nice melodic technic, best sound

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.

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 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.

1 Comment
27 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

28 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.

29 Hand On Heart
30 Kill the Guy with the Ball / the God Eaters
31 Taurus Bulba

Taurus bulba should have been somewhere and the top 10!

32 Incantation
33 Racing the World
34 The Animal

Just an utterly sexy riff.

35 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.

36 Answers

So much melody...

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 Midway Creatures
46 Feathers
47 Fire Wall
48 Freak Show Excess
49 Fried Chicken
50 Head - Cuttin' Duel
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. For the Love of God
2. Tender Surrender
3. Whispering a Prayer


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