Best Yes Songs

The Top Ten

Close to the Edge Close to the Edge Cover Art

Listening to this track in the car with my girlfriend today.
Listening silently thinking about jesus.
The organs kick in.
She yells 'wow, this is awesome'.
I nod my head.
Mutter divine

Amazing song. Can't think of any other yes song better than this.

I say that this is just as much of a masterpiece as Bohemian Rhapsody or Stairway To Heaven. It has an amazing sound, great lyrics, and it tells a story. How did this work of art become so underrated?!

Parents don't really listen to Yes as much as they would listen to Led Zeppelin and Queen. It's a shame most kids will have no clue who Yes are until they get into prog, and even getting into prog is rare nowadays. - AdamDestructorJr.

This is one of the greatest prog song I've ever heard; is just perfect my dear!

Roundabout Roundabout Cover Art

Amazing music. Incredible acoustic guitar intro!
I never get bored of listening this astral suite. Yes' best short song.

Easily one of my favorite songs of all time, as well as one of the greatest songs of all time. My face beams every time I hear that little keyboard bit at the chorus: "In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there... Bananananananananana." You know what I'm talking about. It also takes the spot for greatest keyboard solo of all time. Any Grand Theft Auto V fans who frequent the rock radio station is overjoyed when this song comes on.

Thank God JoJo's Bizarre Adventure sent me to this song, I love it!

Great Classic touch, Great Vocals, Great Instruments, Great Great Great Great.

Heart of the Sunrise Heart of the Sunrise Cover Art

Sitting at an outdoor theater a few years back - open air and Jon Anderson singing Heart of the Sunrise as it was echoing in the wind - life didn't get any better than that. It was beautiful... and made this my favorite.

Hard to pick between so many songs that all evoke fond memories, but this is one of the most poignant songs written. Great change of pace and the way the song comes full circle to the end make this a masterpiece. This was the band at its greatest, its zenith.

Heart of the sunrise? I think you mean the heart of Yes. Some bands have no heart but Yes has enough for the whole world.

Jon Anderson has the voice of an angel

The Gates of Delirium The Gates of Delirium Cover Art

This song tell me something...I do not talking about the first part, the middle before Soon is so accurated in put a great atmosphere. That make my favorite yes song.

This song has to be in the top 5 possitions. It's very deeply and it works good for be a 21 minutes long song.

The crescendo in this song is unrivaled. I get near-orgasmic goosebumps every time. Thi is my all time favorite song by Yes, perhaps my all time favorite song period.

This song is not an easy listen, even by prog standards, especially during the middle part of the song. It took me probably 10 times of listening to this to fully appreciate it. But once you can truly appreciate it this song is absolutely mind blowing. The last 5 minutes of this song is probably the most beautiful part of any song yes ever made.

Starship Trooper Starship Trooper Cover Art

Wow, this song is amazing. To me at least, the third part of this song (called "Wurm") sounds especially unbelievable. It seems kinda simplistic at first but it sounds genius nonetheless, and it builds until it has many different instruments going at the same time, and that guitar solo in the last minute or so is legendary. Ever since I first heard this song a couple of days ago (I know I'm kinda late to the party, but whatever), those chords will not get out of my head. I guess you could say I've got an EARWURM! Haha...sorry, hopefully some people understand that pun. Anyway, great song!

This is one of the greatest rock songs of all time, it is a timeless classic and is most certainly my favorite YES song. It is impossible not to love this song.

Being a fan of one, if not the greatest band, this still stands out amongst many fantastic tracks. I wish the quality of Groups like this were still around!

I am glad this song seems to go on forever because it should. It is pure YES. If you love YES, you have to admire this outstanding arrangement. It has so many great parts to it.

Owner of a Lonely Heart Owner of a Lonely Heart Cover Art

This song shouldn't be hated by the 70's Yes fans. I'm not saying it's underrated or anything, since many people clearly like it, but I think since it's short and more radio-friendly, many of the fans of Yes's older songs dismiss and even hate this song for not being like those, and being too mainstream. This is true to an extent, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. It isn't my favorite Yes song, but you can still love it even if it doesn't seem like an epic masterpiece like other songs. If you legitimately don't like this song, then that's fine, since it's just personal taste and there's nothing you can do to change that about yourself or anyone else. However, you should at least give it a chance to love the song for what it is and stop comparing it to the older songs without giving it a fair chance first. The different likes and dislikes of genres and types of songs aren't mutually exclusive, as you can still love both types of songs if you have an open mind, which shouldn't be a ...more

Worst song by yes. Nothing especial about it, compared to other songs by yes.

Calling it the "worst" song from Yes may be a little bit excessive. Yeah, it's poppy and, yeah, it strays from what Yes normally did, but it's a fine pop song compared to other pop songs. And in my opinion, this isn't even the worst song on 90125. Hearts, Our Song, and City of Love all suck worse than this song by a mile. - Aweso

4th? Just... Just no. I'm not hating on this song. I like it. But it does not deserve to be 4th place. It's like Another Brick in the Wall. Look what is below this.

5. The Gates of Delirium
6. And You and I
7. Starship Trooper
8. Awaken
9. South Side of the Sky
10. Siberian Khatru
11. Long Distance Runaround
12. I've Seen All Good People
13. Yours Is No Disgrace
14. Tempus Fugit
15. Ritual
16. I would put Owner of a Lonely Heart here.

I always have a problem with the short pop rock songs by prog bands. I always rank them somewhere, but then I think about the long, complex compositions below them and I think, "Is this really better than a 22 minute epic? " I don't know about this.

Classic song of the 80's my favorite from yes! Enjoy listen this awesome song fantastic! Amazing

And You and I And You and I Cover Art

Absolute raw power. Listened to this for the first time the night my cat who I loved died. Brought me to tears. Such an amazing song, before I'd heard this song, I'd heard ones like "yours is no disgrace" etc but I was still unsure. I'm a massive prog fan and after I heard this I thought "it's official, I'm a yes fan! "

And You And I is the single most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I want it played at my wedding, my funeral and all the best bits inbetween. It literally brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it, and to this day remains so powerful, so emotional to me, that listening to it gives me chills.

This was the first Yes song I heard and got me into one of my favorite bands. Close to the Edge is definitely one of the best albums ever made and this should be absolutely be above Owner of a Lonely Heart in terms of greater song.

Every time I hear this song, I lose myself. It just takes my breath away. The vocals are haunting, serene, and utterly fantastic. I find new meaning in the lyrics with every listen. A life changing, perspective altering masterpiece of sound.

Siberian Khatru Siberian Khatru Cover Art

Amazing synthesis of rhythm, texture, tone, contrast, aura. SO much music packed into one track!

If I had to choose only one YES song in solitary confinement for the rest of my life this would be my choice, sounds like I rated it high?

I think that's one of their best songs I would consider it a masterpiece

Great song, should be in the top 5

The Revealing Science of God The Revealing Science of God Cover Art

One of the most underrated Yes songs from an underrated Yes album. Amazing intro by Rick Wakeman and powerful lyrics by Jon Anderson as well as brilliant guitaring by Steve Howe and introducing Alan White, a great successor to Bill Bufford

The instrumentation is this song is astounding, the vocals are soaring AND have a deep meaning behind them, and it's 22 minutes long. Classic Yes from an album that deserves more credit than it's received

This song is to Close to the Edge like the March of the Black Queen is to Bohemian Rhapsody. Arguably the greatest contribution to music the band has made, except one gets far more credit than the other.

A great song to lose yourself within. It's the type of song that will temporarily allow you to forget your troubles.

South Side of the Sky South Side of the Sky Cover Art

Favourite yes song. Put together much like roundabout, except I believe this track superior. The bridge alone is absolute perfection. I would call this a perfect song.

Easily the best yes song. Yes, better than roundabout, and definitely owner of a lonely heart (I personally think that the song is not that good) but everyone member of yes has their part to it, and the piano is beautiful

Haha great when you're favorite is second to last. The Prophet is one of my favorites too, and it's not even on here.

Just got into Yes and prog in general. This is a badass song, especially when you realize it's from 1972.

The Contenders

I've Seen All Good People I've Seen All Good People Cover Art

13th are you kidding? Best vocal harmonies by far.

Best Yes Song... next I vote Owner of a Lonely Heart

One of my favorites

Awaken Awaken Cover Art

"Awaken" is the first song I heard that actually transplanted my brain out of my physical location. I remember that night vividly, as a teenager, lying on my bed, listening to this in the dark, and having the cyclical nature of the harmony (especially the central passage featuring the church organ and harp) spin my head around in way that could only be called lovingly intoxicating. Still gives me goosebumps every time I give it a serious listen. It's difficult to imagine a song inspiring more awe than this.

A true masterpiece. After a 4 minute musical meditation session comes "Master of images, songs cast a light on you...Master of soul, set to touch all impenetrable youth...be honest with yourself, there's no doubt, NO DOUBT". This is one of the greatest musical moments where light meets sonic vibration. The vibration of YES (and the feeling of yes! ) is well captured in this song.

I think this beats Close to the Edge...

It showcases Yes's instrumental prowess from Steve Howe's guitar to Rick Wakeman's keyboard. In all it brings the best parts of Yes into one song, and live it is even enhanced further an sounds even better.

Long Distance Runaround Long Distance Runaround Cover Art

Pretty good track, but why is this above South side of the sky and Siberian khatru, it's not a masterpiece or something.

This should be in the top 3!

Yours is No Disgrace Yours is No Disgrace Cover Art

Saw them open the Union tour with this one - all nine members jamming as the stage rotated - it was epic. Still my go-to Yes song.

One of the signature Yes tracks. One of the better tracks they've done.

This song needs to be in the top 5!

By far their best - Steve Howe's licks are nasty.

To Be Over To Be Over Cover Art

Probably my favorite Yes track.
Steve How's guitar playing is superb. This song plays in my head for days after each time I listen to it

Man, I love this song. The lyrics are so profound... "Do not suffer through the game of chance that plays; always doors to lock away your dreams... "

Geniunely made me cry.

Absolutely love this song. fills me with peace.

Perpetual Change Perpetual Change Cover Art

The album is full of great songs but this particular track is the best one in regards to development and production. Definitely the best track off the album.

Definitely their best. Listen to the studio version off the Yes Album, though. The anthemic keyboard intro, the bluesy countryfied Chet Atkins-like playing courtesy of Steve Howe at certain parts, the awe-inspiring lyrics, the vocal part at the beginning kind of reminds me of a Christmas song and that's interesting as well, and then it's a totally bizarre progfest til the end!

So good! So catchy. Love it.

Where is this. The highlight of the first Yessongs Disc to me, this is an underrated masterpiece.

Sound Chaser Sound Chaser Cover Art

Can't believe this is so low. The guitar work on this song is just absolutely phenomenal. I'm usually a sucker for Yes' 20 minute compositions, but Sound Chaser is definitely Yes' greatest achievement.

Absolutely the most phenomenal intro to any song ever. When the vocals come in, it becomes pure bliss.

No Yes production comes close to Sound Chaser, by far their best, hands down, period.

Steve Howe's guitar solo is GREAT!

Tempus Fugit Tempus Fugit Cover Art

Machine Messiah, and some song about camera. Drama is an album that marks the end of the seventies. Awesome travel music. Feels like a soundtrack to arriving in a new country alone.

I loved Yes in Year 3, and this was my favourite song.

This should be Number One!

So extreme

The Remembering The Remembering Cover Art

Their most underrated song and it's a masterpiece in my opinion, it is in my top 5.

One of my favourite. It's very underrated in my opinion.

Don't Kill the Whale
Going for the One Going for the One Cover Art

I remember hearing this the summer it came out (1977) and it blew me away. It is elevated a billion times with headphones. If you have not played this song LOUDLY with headphones, you are doing yourself a disservice. Since that day and to this day, it has been my favorite song. It is the tune by which all other music is judged, for me.

Machine Messiah Machine Messiah Cover Art

It's epic and a classic. Wonderful virtuosity but with heart and a story - what more could you ask for?!

It is the most heavy Yes song ever! The end is so heavy

My favorite yes song...

Wonderous Stories Wonderous Stories Cover Art

I can't believe this song doesn't even appear in the top 41 songs! In my opinion this is the best song ever!

Changes Changes Cover Art

An aural masterpiece like no other. "Changes" gives me chills, thrills, goosebumps, and spine-tingling sensations that I have never experienced before. The time signatures, both simple rhythms and shifting tempos, blend incredibly well. It is as if the the 10 greatest musicians got together to make the most electrifying, earth shattering, and addictive song in history. Have I mentioned that I like this song?

Definitely one of the better songs of the 80s-era Yes. I do prefer the version from 9012Live because there is less production, but the lyrics and vocal exchange between Rabin and Anderson are great nonetheless

So many changes in a song about changes seems very fitting and interesting. Changes in time signature, too. Way too much talent in this song. I'm not a hardcore Yes fan, but this can't be #14.

Stunning song. Great changes in vocals between Rabin and Anderson!

Parallels Parallels Cover Art

Ranked 51. Are you kidding? Imagine Rick Wakeman letting loose on the organ at the West Point Cathedral or some other awe-inspiring pipe organ with the rest of the band on the altar. My rock and roll fantasy.

This is Classic Yes having fun and just rocking out.

Great song especiaaly thanks to Rick's crazy church organ sound. Should be be in the top 10!

This song is so powerful.I'd always wished it was released as a single,but it didn't fit the "3 minute " radio format,I guess.

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