Top 10 Songs with the Best Use of a Synthesizer

The Top Ten
1 Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen Cover Art

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.

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

One of the most iconic openings to a song. One second in and pure adrenaline rushes through your body.

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.

2 Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Cover Art
3 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art
4 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

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

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!

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

Most original use for the synthesizer. Great song

5 Dreams - Van Halen Dreams - Van Halen Cover Art
6 Separate Ways - Journey Separate Ways - Journey Cover Art

I remember hearing this in December 2020 when I was in the car with my dad and I loved the synth intro.

7 Only Time Will Tell - Asia Only Time Will Tell - Asia Cover Art
8 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe Cover Art

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

9 Take on Me - A-Ha Take on Me - A-Ha Cover Art
10 Tom Sawyer - Rush Tom Sawyer - Rush Cover Art

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

The Contenders
11 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen Cover Art
12 On the Run - Pink Floyd On the Run - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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!

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

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.

14 Bliss - Muse Bliss - Muse Cover Art

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 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran Save a Prayer - Duran Duran Cover Art
16 Eclipse - Pink Floyd Eclipse - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

17 Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush Cover Art
18 Oxygene Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre

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

Excellent work, one of his best.

19 Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
20 I Ran - Flock of Seagulls

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

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

Take my breath away! 111

22 Wont Get Fooled Again - The Who Wont Get Fooled Again - The Who Cover Art
23 Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
24 Take My Breath Away - Berlin Take My Breath Away - Berlin Cover Art
25 Pulstar - Vangelis Pulstar - Vangelis Cover Art
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