Best Yes Songs


The Top Ten

1 Close to the Edge

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

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?!

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

I've always thought so. It's always left me speechless, from the moment I saw the first leg of that album's tour. It was "Close to the Edge" I walked away with.

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2 Roundabout

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.

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

This is the very definition of progressive rock!

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3 Heart of the Sunrise

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

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4 The Gates of Delirium

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.

What a masterpiece. This song is so musical, so beautiful... It's impossible to match. So much emotion, so much music... the melodies, the harmonies... they engage you completely, and leave you with an amazing feeling...

Roundabout it probably my favorite, but this song is just so epic!

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5 Starship Trooper

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!


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6 And You and I

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.

The '5 minute mark is one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. But the whole song is one of my favorites.

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7 Owner of a Lonely Heart

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.

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

I love this songs! - Toucan

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8 Awaken

"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 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...

Howe is one

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9 Siberian Khatru

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

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

Simply the best song of all time! Amazing lyrics, rythim and everything. Greatest keyboard solo ever, really well made song!

Great song, should be in the top 5

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10 South Side of the Sky

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.


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The Contenders

11 Long Distance Runaround

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!

12 I've Seen All Good People

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

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

13 The Revealing Science of God

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.

14 Yours is No Disgrace

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.

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15 Perpetual Change

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!

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

16 Tempus Fugit

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!

17 Wonderous Stories

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

18 Sound Chaser

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!

19 Changes

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 - musicman4

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!

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20 Ritual

I'm really not sure why people don't appreciate Tales From Topographic Oceans as much as any other Yes album. This song is really, really good (however, not as good as "The Revealing Science of God" in my opinion). Songs from this album are meant for serious listening. "Ritual" is an absolutely wonderful song that takes focus and patience to enjoy.

Yep top 10 easily, the REMEMBERING very equal,., listen to the last 10 minutes of that and wonder about the playing!

All of the Tales from Topographic Oceans tracks should be in the top fifteen, in my humble opinion (:.

There are two reasons this song isn't at the top: 1) Close to the Edge :)
2) Not enough people listen to this! By far one of the greatest songs ever written in prog rock. Nothing can really describe this song: quite simply its just a masterpiece.

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1. The Gates of Delirium
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1. Yours is No Disgrace
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