Greatest Blue Oyster Cult Songs


The Top Ten

1 (Don't Fear) the Reaper (Don't Fear) the Reaper



The best song ever created. The best piece of music ever committed to recording.

I gotta have more cowbell!

2 Astronomy Astronomy

My favorite song.! - tan10vir

My favorite song ever!

Metallica's version has nothing to do with this, listen to the Some Enchanted Evening live version, and the Imaginos version too, both wonderful

A subversive ballad

Four doors at the four winds bar. This song is mysterious and amazing, it's the best song ever. Every version of this song rocks, but the original is the best version. A STAR!

3 Burnin' for You Burnin' for You

Just an awesome sounding song

Sick guitar solo's throughout! But that ending is just phenomenal! I am guaranteed to break the speed limit if I am listening to this song. And my rock goes all the way to 11 with this song!

Still much respect to Don't Fear The Reaper!

Not only is it a very catchy song with great vocals and excellent guitar work, it also may or may not have to do with the contraction of syphillis.

This Song Makes Me Happy. I Just Don't Know Why. This Song Is Very Catchy, Awesome Vocals And Great Guitar And Drum works. This song Has to be considered one of the group's best. It rocks! Musically and lyrically. And Its One Of The Songs From Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. I Just Wonder Why This Type Of Music Can't Be Made Today?

4 Godzilla

My first Blue Oyster Cult song, and this also is what introduced me to Godzilla at like 5 years old. - Stalin

Blue Oyster Cult is awesome to me because they sound slightly like the beatles and are extremely catchy.
Top 3
1. Godzilla
2. Burning For you
3. Don't fear the reaper

Blue Oyster Cult = myth
Godzilla = myth
it's simply obvious that this song would be such a masterpiece!
Blue Oyster Cult Rocks! Nothing more to say

Oh no, they say he's got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah!

5 I Love the Night

A beautiful love song. - tan10vir

My favorite

Beautiful song one of there best ballads along with last days of May the thing I love about blue oyster cult is they have a errie atmosphere to all there songs but this one captures that at it's best

Haunting... So good! Buck's vocals are so smooth and his guitar work is second to none. One of the best tunes off of Spectres.

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6 Harvest Moon

Almost unknown late offering. It's from the underappreciated Heaven Forbid album which just rocks- probably their heaviest album ever! Harvest Moon harkens back to that Reaper feel- an awesome Buck offering. If this song was released in the late 70's, it would have been a huge hit!

Awesome. Right up there with Burnin' For You and Don't Fear The Reaper. Underrated.

7 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll

Should be in the top 5 - donickcary

Agreed, this was pretty much America's first native Heavy Metal Song. Never get tired of this one! Crank it up!

So heavy for it's time, timeless riffing and the drums fit perfectly along with Albert Bouchard's vocals, huge live staple and the musicianship is flawless.

First song I heard by them, one of my personal favorites

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8 Veteran of the Psychic Wars

Best opening.

This was the only song from these guys that I listened too - Gehenna

I love this one! :D - Gehenna

Amazing song. The live version found on the Extraterrestrial Live album is absolutely superb. The middle section is something to behold in awe.

9 Career of Evil

One of the best song to start off an album in my opinion.

10 Flaming Telepaths

Sounds even better live!

It's so hard to pick any one song to be a favorite, but if I had to at this point in time, Flaming Telepaths would be it.

I can't believe this track wasn't included already! It has to be one of their top 5 songs.

How do people listen to this song without falling in love with it? How?


The Contenders

11 Then Came the Last Days of May

Another classic of BOC! This song should be within Top 5 of BOC playlist. - tan10vir

It's this or Astonomy. I lean toward this

The best song in my book but they never play it live at least at the concerts that I have attended

Great early catalogue song. Where's Flaming Telepaths, Veteran of the Psychic Wars and Harvester of Eyes? Two may to choose from. Great band.

12 Sinful Love
13 Black Blade

Epic rocker. Books are worth checking out. Hopefully will become a film series someday.

The Black Blade is your master and is awesome!

In my opinion black blade belongs in the top 10, but then all songs are based on someones likes, so even if you don't think so it does not make it so, A number one to some could be a 50 to another
thank you

Should be in top 10 list.. Best song.. Love the variations..

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14 The Vigil

The Vigil IS Blue Oyster Cult! It is the heavy song from the more poppy Mirrors- an album that was maligned when released, but like fine wine, holds up real well today. The Vigil has that iconic Buck opening riff and it is a creepy, powerful song with dual lead vocals- a strength of BOC. The band with two lead vocalists (Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma) and two (Albert and Joe Bouchard) that also sing lead on many songs. It's like having 4 bands in one!

If you ask all the true BOC fans which is their best track, I'm sure this will be the number one choice. It's obviously their greatest song, no doubt about it.

A Masterpiece

Best B.O.C. song without question and of course one of the greatest songs of all time. Why is it never played on the radio?

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15 Shooting Shark

Another underrated song. The lyrics are so so amazing. - tan10vir

Excellent song so often overlooked.

So underrated

Songs amazing.. Really really good song

16 Teen Archer

Probably their best song, a rarity, a short song with an epic melodic arc.The keyboard solves could not be better, and the ascending guitar licks that precede the final (and impressively looser) last verse are just phenomenal. If you don't know it, learn it.

17 Fire of Unknown Origin

The original version of this song (which can be found on YouTube) isn't on any of the original albums, but is a bonus track on the CD of Agents Of Fortune. It is so much better than the more well-known version. It is really dark, and he sounds sick and crazy. - Raa396

Heard this song in Supernatural Season 01 Episode 17 - Hell House.
This is an awesome song.

Best of B.O.C... I have no idea why it is behind. You have to listen to this song!

This is seriously their best song, don't always go on the site rankings. this song is kickass. heard it from supernatural also

18 7 Screaming Diz-Busters

If you like hard rock and great guitar riffs and kick ass baseline, this is a must hear. One of my all time favorite rock songs

"... When Duster's dust becomes the sale. And Lucifer, the light..."

19 Before the Kiss, a Redcap

Its jazzy and rocks to the top. Its their best in my opinion. Love this song.

Listen close. It is so good.

I want tolishan this song man

20 In Thee

Very touching and meaningful, an underrated and forgotten rock ballad, this deserves to be a classic! - petrucci75hammet

Love this song! Always thought it was more popular than it is.. Should be more known!

Written by Keyboardist/ Guitarist Allen Lanier, In the was a minor hit off Mirrors- but it should have been bigger. Such a heartfelt song. Perfect ballad made for radio.

21 Joan Crawford

Love this song. - tan10vir

"Joan Crawford has risen from the grave". Epic lyrics and the smoothness makes this song really special.

The beginning is the best part can't stop replaying

Epic song, "no no no, no no noo" amazing singing quality, blue oyster cult is honestly the best band that gave pure american phsycedelic rock.

22 Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver

This is one of their most heaviest songs- if you play guitar, the riff is intoxicating! Was made for the movie Heavy Metal, but wasn't picked- and I can't figure out why.

This song just flat out rocks! The entire Fire of Unknown Origin album is just awesome.

Heaviest Blue Oyster Cult song ever!

23 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

The solo rules!

24 Debbie Denise
25 Take Me Away

Great song- driving tune off The Revolution by Night. Has Randy Jackson (American Idol) guesting on bass- check out the slap work there!

Great vocal hook, and that breakdown bridge after the solo is brilliant!

I remember this tune having limited airplay on album rock radio over 30 years ago, then never played afterwards. MSG in the 1980's had the tune What We Need, but I'd thought that it sounded like a tune that I'd heard before. It sounds very much like Take Me Away. I think B.O.C. should get more credit for this minor hit of their.

26 The Red and the Black

Such an epic song, will always remember the time I used to listen to this on my brand new sony Walkman when I was eleven years old... ! Rock on

Energy is this song. Can't just listen to it. You HAVE to move. Great balance in vocals, bass, drums, and awesome guitar.

Guitar bass and drums work perfectly together with well placed vocal breaks.

Greatest hard rock song ever and also best BOC song.

27 R.U. Ready 2 Rock

The original studio version is okay, pretty good tune.. But the SEE live version really asks the question: RU Ready 2 Rock? 'Cause it does! Awesome set opener!

28 Morning Final
29 M.E. 262

Loved this song since the first time I heard it in 1975.

This is way too low - Knucklewood

The epic Angriff of stratospheric faux-swashbuckling, survival and a valiant rhythm.

30 Monsters

Great recalling intro riff and stunning jazzy part.

Unique song that shows how versatile BOC is. The riff is huge, the jazz break is just crazy! Too cool...

Epic! Starts with a crushing riff courtesy of Buck Dharma, later it goes into a Mos Eisely cantina-style jazz interlude, then into a catchy chorus
(with creepy vocal harmonies), and the lyrics are about gangbanging a chick on a spaceship as it blasts off into outer space.

31 Nosferatu

Horror movie lovers should love this song. Amazing music. - tan10vir

The best horror song along with Tattoo Vampire and some others! One thing though, Allen reaped the piano with grace. Joe's writing and singing yet created another masterpiece.

Haunting song about the famous vampire. Creepy!

32 Dominance and Submission

That guitar solo is my justification for why this song should be #3

This song is too underrated should be number 3

Top 10 song

One of their best. The Call and response is mesmerizing, especially live! A great storyline too.

33 Golden Age of Leather

A seriously underrated gem that packs some serious punch. Can't believe Godzilla starts "Spectres" instead of this. The glimmer of chromium steel in a damn desert, enough said.

This is so so GOOD!

34 Fireworks
35 After Dark
36 Harvester of Eyes
37 Buck's Boogie
38 Perfect Water

One of my all time favorite songs. - tan10vir

A Buck Dharma masterpiece. Perfect. One of their best songs- should have been a huge hit.

This song need to be more famous because it's awesome!

My favorite Blue Oyster Cult song

39 Lips in the Hills

This song rulz all! Bow Down! - fireinside96

40 Dance On Stilts
41 Dancin' In the Ruins

Poppy goodness from the underrated Club Ninja album

What a Great song, and just 47

42 Vengeance (The Pact)

Vengeance (The Pact) & Golden Age Of Leather - Those are the best Ones for me!

One of their creepiest songs- I LOVE it! The Fire of Unknown Origin LP is a must have for any fan of hard rock. Vengeance (The Pact) is one of the highlights.

43 See You in Black

Great driving song off Heaven Forbid, a solid album that most people don't know about. It's a favorite.

This is BOC on steriods! I can't say enough about the entire Heaven Forbid album. This song is power, pure and simple. Warning- if you are driving the car, this one can get you a speeding ticket!

44 Sole Survivor

Banger song

57? huh. I always liked this one. - HollywoodRose

45 Transmaniacon MC

The song that kickstarted the Blue Öyster Cult in 1972!

46 Cold Gray Light of Dawn

Awesome song from the late 90's era B.O.C. !

47 Subhuman
48 The Great Sun Jester

Buck's solos are uplifting- truly heavenly.

"He'll never ever laugh again... OOHH NOOO! "

It couldn't get any more macabre, dark and emotionally fulfilling than this.

49 Stairway to the Stars
50 Eye In the Hurricane
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1. (Don't Fear) the Reaper
2. Harvest Moon
3. Career of Evil
1. I Love the Night
2. (Don't Fear) the Reaper
3. Burnin' for You
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