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

The build-up at the end of this track is one of the most glorious pieces of rock music I have ever heard. Truly one of the best rock moments of all time.

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.

For me it would have to go:

1. Close To The Edge
2. The Gates Of Delirium
3. Starship Trooper
4. And You And I
5. Roundabout
6. Heart Of The Sunrise
7. Mood For A Day
8. The Revealing Science Of God
9. Awaken
10. Siberian Khatru
But then again, I love them all! - Harry_Lime

2 Roundabout

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

The #1

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

Excellent song but it’s only #2 because of its popularity

3 The Gates of Delirium

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.

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...

4 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.

You can feel the music envelope you when hearing the words "Sharp - Distance".

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!

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.

6 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.

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. - SammySpore

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

7 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.

8 Awaken

Easily top 5 maybe top 3

Listening to this just now for the first time in, maybe, 10 years! What can I say but tears in my eyes. An Awesome rock masterpiece that has everything. Would put this just ahead of the glory that is TFTO (esp Ritual and Revealing Science)

"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.

9 South Side of the Sky

Love the Piano - Glauberson

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.

10 I've Seen All Good People

One of my favorites

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

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

The Newcomers

? Siberian Khatru

Catchy bass and guitar riff! Love this song. - MaxPap

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?

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

? 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.

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.


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 Yours is No Disgrace

Simply the best

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!

13 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!

14 To Be Over

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.

15 Perpetual Change

So good! So catchy. Love it. - MaxPap

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 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!

17 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!

18 The Remembering

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.

19 Going for the One

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.

20 Don't Kill the Whale
21 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!

22 Believe Again

Best song from one of their less good albums. Totally beautiful. - LightningStrike

23 Mood for a Day
24 Parallels

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.

25 Beyond and Before
26 Harold Land
27 Fly from Here, Pt. 1: We Can Fly

25 minutes of flawless music, all building up to the ending with one last beautiful burst of genius. Brilliant.

28 Open Your Eyes
29 Machine Messiah

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 - SammySpore

My favorite yes song...

30 Wonderlove
31 No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
32 Does It Really Happen?

Great bass work by Chris & one of my favorite tracks on Drama. Should be higher on the list.

Honestly, this song overall is just okay. But the bass line in this song is so good! Chris Squire was a genius who just died way too young. - Aweso

33 Into the Lens

I have been deep interesting in vocoder because of this song,come on."I'm a camera,camera camera".

Memories, how they fade so fast
Look back, there is no escape.

I love this song at it shows amazing quality of the instruments and blends with the voice. I recommend this song to every Yes fan c:

34 Then

Underrated and incredible

There are three songs that should have been released as singles.. this song, THEN,.. SWEETNESS and SURVIVAL. Three great songs from Yes's early years and so underrated... actually sweetness was released as a single

Upvote this people! It's maybe their only masterpiece song!

How come this is not here and #1 yet? IT'S ABSOLUTELY A MASTERPIECE

35 On the Silent Wings of Freedom

Squire's big fat slobberingly greasy bass lines... WGSOMM!

36 The Fish

It's so chill. Great. - AdamDestructorJr.

37 Miracle of Life

Amazing song

38 I'm Running
39 Sweet Dreams
40 The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)

This song is probably my least favorite off of TFTO, just because of the first half of the songs' discordant melodies. That being said, the second half with Jon Anderson's vocals and Steve Howe's brilliant acoustic guitar is magnificent. - fractaled45

41 Time and a Word
42 Soon

This song leads one to the deepest trenches of imagination and bliss.

Our reason to be here

Very good song

43 Mind Drive

Amazing track that will be overlooked by most fans. It's right up their with many of their 70's masterpieces.

44 It Can Happen

One of the most underrated Yes song ever.

84 Germany live version was amazing!
The instrumental beginning to this song is magical

Great song

45 Future Times
46 Homeworld (The Ladder)

Great hooks - better than most all popular music made during the 1990s.

"Just the best one of YES"

AMAZING fantastic sound and lyrics. Honestly some of their best work has come from Keys to Ascension through Magnification. Up there with some of their masterpieces like Awaken and Gates

47 Turn of the Century

Try listening to this when you’ve just lost someone special and not be reduced to tears,absolutely beautiful

Utter more need be said.

One of my all time favourites. Just beautiful music, rare storytelling the best of the lighter side of Yes. All so delicate and lovingly unifying. "Like leaves we touch..." Need I say more.

Cannot be that underrated! gosh!
The first 2 minutes of the song are the best music that YES produced in their entire career.

48 Lift Me Up

A great 80's montage song. Powerful song to keep you motivated.

This song had been my favourite, definitely Amazing

49 In the Presence Of

Perhaps the last classic yes song for me. Beauty, lyrical so meaningful, and that ability to build the last passage of a song to a sublime conclusion that you never want to end. Steve's slide guitar, luscious orchestration, soulful bass and wonderful subtle harmonics, all from such a beautiful simple piano intro.

50 We Have Heaven

Get out of my head, thanks. - AdamDestructorJr.

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