Best Use of a Synthesizer in a Song


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

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

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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.

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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 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 V 1 Comment
19 Separate Ways - Journey
20 Take My Breath Away - Berlin
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Top Remixes

1. Pulstar - Vangelis
2. On the Run - Pink Floyd
3. Oxygene Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre



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