Best Use of a Synthesizer in a Song

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The Top Ten

1 On the Run - Pink Floyd

c'mon! you can't get stoned and not love that!

Simply the most pivotal album music has ever heard. This song has raised the bar for synth work forever and will be marked as a milestone for years to come.

Totally agree, this is techno!

2 Oxygene Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre

Excellent work, one of his best.

I'll NEVER tire of this. It carries you along with it. The moody bassline and the noise sweeps.

The father of the moderm electronic

3 Pulstar - Vangelis
4 Baba O'Riley - The Who

There really is no comparison. While many songs on this list definitely belong here, Baba O'Riley absolutely deserves the number one spot.

When I first heard the song I thought it was electric piano. Never thought it was a synthesizer. - zxm

Most original use for the synthesizer. Great song

Best use! Set the bar! Townsend used Synthesizers as an itegral part of the song strucuture as opposed to just some whizzy, fizzy gimmick. I mean those can be neat too... Best Townsend is the bomb!

5 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran
6 Jump - Van Halen

No one said you need to write something super complex to get a good riff. I'd say this one has it all. It's catchy, really memorable, many people know this song because of the synthesizer! My all time favourite.

It is electric, memorable... has different meanings depending on the listeners' mood... just dynamic, upbeat, exciting, wonderful music, wonderful singing... I'd put it in maybe my personal all time top 25.

The synth in this song is clearly defined and the song features fantabulous vocals. Definitely the best synth song to be produced.

It was all about synthesizer. - zxm

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7 Take on Me - A-Ha
8 Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
9 The Model - Kraftwerk
10 Emerge - Fischerspooner

The Contenders

11 The Final Countdown - Europe

One of the more iconic songs, led simply by the synthesizer melody which makes it instantly recognizable.

Oh I love this song I'm addicted to the lyrics know em by heart Europe are defensively a one hit wonder

12 Tom Sawyer - Rush

One heck of a song that can be led just with the synth. It has a great solo in the middle of the song with synth.

Rush are just the best band ever and yet so underrated, no band has lasted so long in music with the same members and sounded so consistently good, even when changing styles to stay contemprary with the ever-changing world of music they mannage to bang out tune after tune

13 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - The Eurythmics

So glad to see this one in the top 10! The entire track is synthesizer except for the beats and the bridges which use minimal piano. A true masterpiece! -

This one absolutely deserves top ten. The main synthesizer tune is just so great to listen to.

Best synthé song ever!

14 Bliss - Muse

Muse is awesome. What else can be said? Matthew Bellamy has the voice of a god. This list is lucky to have such a good song on it. Why wouldn't someone vote for this song? You fools. You pressed the wrong button. Pay more attention!

The combination between the synth and rock guitar is awesomeness

15 Eclipse - Pink Floyd

best artist ever. best album ever. no contest - best ending to an album ever: any colour you like, brain damage, eclipse.

Fail. This song doesn't have a synthesizer on it.

16 Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush

Awesome feel to it...it sounds like someone running up a hill

17 I Ran - Flock of Seagulls

Pure 80's! Thats All That Needs To Be Said!

I love this song! Reminds me of High School. Best synth use ever!

18 The Phantom of the Opera - Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley

Take my breath away! 111

19 Separate Ways - Journey
20 Take My Breath Away - Berlin
21 Wont Get Fooled Again - The Who

Not in comparison to BABA O riley. But a deserver of top 10 spot

22 We Belong - Pat Benatar
23 Are 'Friends' Electric? - Tubeway Army & Gary Numan
24 Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
25 Babylon Zoo - Spaceman

How anyone could leave this song out of the top ten is beyond me. - Tasslehoff

26 Cheri Cheri Lady - Modern Talking
27 Subdivisions - Rush

The badass intro. - zxm

Love the Oberheim in this track!

28 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

The intro with a synthesizer. But the chorus part was the best part. - zxm

29 Miracles Out of Nowhere - Kansas

Classic synth...nothing programmed...played by hand!

30 Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

Talking about synthi means talking about this little masterpiece, why isn't it mentioned here yet?

Because this list is such crap overall. so many songs that never should have appeared here, ever. this song is a classic - top 10 definitely.

31 Rio - Duran Duran
32 Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

Gary Wright was master of the synthesizer in the '70s and he's not even included as a contender? For shame!

I like at the end when its all synthesizer and the animal making noises etc it's a good song!

That's all the made up the band - synthesizers!

33 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Needs to be higher

34 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

have you heard this masterpiece! - rock2metal

35 Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
36 D'erlanger - Gekkou

nice piano, synthesizer effects - ronluna

37 Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses

very underrated. don't ever listen to guns n roses and axl rose's haters that this is crap - ronluna

38 Ooh to Be Ah - Kajagoogoo
39 Burn It Down - Linkin Park
40 Tainted Love - Soft Cell
41 West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

Um... So what ever hi I am late for work

42 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
43 A Remark You Made - Weather Report
44 Valerie - Steve Winwood
45 The Common Hours - I See Stars
46 3D - I See Stars
47 Project Wakeup - I See Stars
48 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

Only in the intro but who cares? Awesome synths

49 Somebody Told Me - The Killers
50 I'll Wait - Van Halen
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