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?!

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!

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

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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.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. ^^ - Gehenna

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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.

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

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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...

This song feels like you are taken apart in pieces and put back together in harmony.

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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!

What a joke when I’m scrolling through and DON’T EVEN SEE THIS SONG IN THE TOP 10

My personal favorite Yes song with Close To The Edge, And You And I, The Gates Of Delirium, Awaken, Siberian Khatru, Heart Of The Sunrise, and few others very close

Easily top 3 with I’d say probably Close To The Edge and Awaken

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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.

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

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 Siberian Khatru

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

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

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9 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

10 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...

Close to the Edge is probably my favourite Yes album, but as a track this gem from Going for the One beats all 3 on CttE

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The Contenders

11 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.

This is so underrated. It is one of the best songs ever. Oh, and the piano...I’m thinking of playing that for my school talent show. This should be Number One!

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12 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.

13 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!

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!

The best!

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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.

So good! So catchy. Love it. - MaxPap

16 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!

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 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.

Best song ever! By far 🍻

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19 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.

20 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!

21 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.

22 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.

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

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

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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23 Don't Kill the Whale
24 Endless Dream

I feel like this song might be this low only because either fans don't know about it (I feel Talk is a lesser known Yes album) or old time fans don't care for the Rabin era Yes music. This song is definitely one of their top 5 best, it is my favorite Yes song. It is hardly at all like the other Rabin era Yes music. overall the song stays way more true to what Yes has been about since the 70s, a song about love, happiness, search for meaning in life, the beauty of life. just listening to this song is an enlightening experience. it's a Yes epic, reaching about 16 minutes in length. it's flawless. I don't know any other song that just makes you FEEL LIFE as much as this one does. - genesisyes

That intro it's just amazing.

Best song on talk.

Owner of a Lonely Heart was the first song I’ve ever heard from Yes, but it was Endless Dream that made me definitely love this band.
That part, starting from 10:00 mark, is the best part.
This song made me to listen almost all their musics (almost, because I only purchased that In a Word compilation album), and yeah, I love this band...because of Endless Dream.
Why Endless Dream ain’t that popular? Well, that 1994’s Talk was released at the height of grunge (bad timing). Had this album been released in 1970’s or 1980’s, Talk would have been one of Yes’ best albums, and Endless Dream would have been one of their best songs.

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25 Mood for a Day
26 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.

27 Beyond and Before
28 Harold Land
29 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.

30 Sweetness

I just can't believe this is so low... I just love this song, it's lyrics are beautiful and the sound is beautiful. - Mcflupy

31 Love Will Find a Way

This Song should be in the top ten list, check it out... Great song

32 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.

33 Machine Messiah

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

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

My favorite yes song...

34 Does It Really Happen?

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

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

35 No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
36 Into the Lens

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:

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

37 The Fish

It's so chill. Great. - AdamDestructorJr.

38 On the Silent Wings of Freedom

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

39 Survival

Oh my god! This is the best song on the self titled debut it should be at least at 20th or something! - SammySpore

Where is this song? It was on the greatest hits, and is an awesome instrumental by Yes!

40 Then

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

Underrated and incredible

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

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

41 Leave It

Great Song and a Great Music Video - original video released on MTV on I believe an April Fool's Day with several consecutive plays of slightly different versions of the video with more movement increasingly displayed. A true work of Genius! - Billyv

The voice harmony makes this their top song from 90125, certainly in their top 5 all time.

Only old songs in the top 10. The new YES rocks!

The Acapella version will give you chills. Magical blending of voices and masterful production by Trevor Horn - musicman4

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42 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

43 Soon

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

Our reason to be here

Very good song

44 Mind Drive

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

45 The Remembering

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

46 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

47 Future Times
48 Homeworld (The Ladder)

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

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

"Just the best one of YES"

49 Lift Me Up

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

This song had been my favourite, definitely Amazing

50 Shock to the System
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1. The Gates of Delirium
2. Does It Really Happen?
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1. Yours is No Disgrace
2. Starship Trooper
3. Heart of the Sunrise
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