Best Velvet Underground Songs

The Top Ten

1 Heroin

This song itself is a drug. Once you listen to it, you will get addicted to it.

Absolutely the best song of The Velvets, it transmits the euphoria and the narcotic dreamy effect of the smack

Great, great song. The transitions from quiet-slow to loud-fast is wonderful. The guitar part is amazing!

Indeed this song has traces of heroin effect. You will feel it once you have played this song full

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2 Sunday Morning

Really the best song, I think. It's the perfect song to listen to when you're in your bed, awake, just feeling good... I LOVE IT!

Should be first. A calm and relaxing song. - Feirceraven



3 Sweet Jane

Why I don't understand why not are the number one! Awesome song! The best of the velvet by far! Amazing guitar solo

The best then pale blue eyes.

4 Venus in Furs

One of the most sexiest rock songs I have ever heard. Lou Reed sounds so sexy when he says...

" Her mind furs, adorn, imperious"

And when he says...

" Taste the whip in love not given lightly. Taste the whip now pleaadd foor mee.

That dissonant viola sounds GOOD.

I liked the music, melody and vocals ( I like VU, don't get me wrong)
But the lyrics were repulsive. - Ananya

5 Pale Blue Eyes

This song may not be the "best" but this is simply beautiful and that's all that should matter.

Beautiful, beautiful... Such a sweet melody but it made me bawl my eyes out.

Reed's best lyrics, no contest.

Just captures the feeling of being with a wonderful woman, when you know it's wrong... but so right

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6 I'm Waiting for My Man

Lou described exactly what I once had experienced

7 Sister Ray

Pushed the limits of rock n roll as a genre, walking the fine line at most times between a long rock epic and a simple 'noise rock' jam. Lou and Sterling's guitar licks are strong, almost as if competing for the spotlight in the song. Cale's organ keeps things interesting and freaky, and Moe Tucker's drums keep everything from descending into pure chaos. The best 17 min song you'll find, mini version is best.

Perfect. Changed my kind 180 degrees of what I thought was rock and roll.

It's different of everything I've heard before. It's Velvet's craziest song

Best song of all time.

8 Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

Beautiful, well composed

9 All Tomorrow's Parties

That beggining is just awesome

10 White Light / White Heat

A really good song for the time.

The Contenders

11 Femme Fatale

My favourite is Heroin, but as Femme Fatale is my second, I can't stand seeing it so low on the list

12 Rock and Roll

Saw New York it is so cool to hear a non hard rock song about Rock and Roll

A happy song about how rock and roll saved his life. So underrated

13 I'll Be Your Mirror
14 Candy Says

This is the most sweet song ever written. It should be in the top in my humble opinion, my favorite song from the velvets.

15 What Goes On

This song is definitely deserving of being amongst they're best, it's a travesty that it's not even in the top 10!

In my opinion, it deserves to be in top 10 for sure! Please listen this if you haven’t

16 Who Loves the Sun

Come on, this is the best Velvet Underground song! It has got a whole new level of mysticism and beauty! Makes me wanna listen to it, again and again!

17 There She Goes Again
18 I'm Sticking with You
19 I'm Waiting for the Man
20 After Hours

This song feels like an entity of its own. It's unlike any Velvet Underground song ever recorded, it's like a dark, twisted nursery rhyme. I can't even describe how I feel during this song as it makes me both blissfully happy, and utterly depressed. It's their most beautiful song, and one of the best closing tracks of all time.

21 Run Run Run

The electric guitar solo says it all. Run Run Run Run Run!

22 I'm Set Free

One of sweetest guitar solo ever!

23 Stephanie Says

The way the song uses the double meaning of Alaska as a name and a place at the end is brilliant! ITS SO COLD IN Alaska!

Completely overlooked song. Should be at least top 20.

24 The Murder Mystery

No song can compare to this mastery. Maybe Heroin or Sunday Morning but nothing like this.

Great song - patrickfloyd

25 How Do You Think It Feels
26 European Son
27 That's the Story of My Life
28 New Age

This is a smoky and mysterious beauty in a selection of music.

29 The Gift

This'll ever be my first place... I can't believe it's so damn low... This is ART

30 Beginning to See the Light
31 Lady Godiva's Operation

I'm Waiting for the Man is my favourite VU song, but this comes close. John Cale said White Light/White Heat was anti-beauty, but I think this is about as beautiful as VU, or many other bands get. Although the lyrics are somewhat disturbing, the music and the singing, as well as the melody, which has echoes of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" are amazing.

32 I Heard Her Call My Name

Although Heroin and I'm waiting for the man are great, you have to give this solo credit

My vote is for this song. Proto-Grunge in 1968!

33 I Found a Reason

The best velvet underground song ever! Totally underrated. It makes me feel things I've never felt before. I always heave a deep sigh every time I listen to this song.

The best of their overlooked material! Those harmonies!

34 Foggy Notion
35 Ocean

An under appreciated song by velvet that is just simply beautiful.

36 The Black Angel's Death Song

Great viola driven song

Needs to be higher

37 Jesus
38 Here She Comes Now
39 Some Kinda Love

"Between thought and expression"... I mean are you kidding me?

40 Guess I'm Falling in Love
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1. Heroin
2. Sweet Jane
3. Pale Blue Eyes
1. Sunday Morning
2. I'll Be Your Mirror
3. White Light / White Heat
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