Most Complex Songs of All Time

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These are the most complex songs of all time. Songs that have more than one meaning, or make you really think about why the artist wrote the song.

The Top Ten

1 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Not only it lasts 24 minutes but it also changes time signatures a lot of times.

This song is complex asf

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Not only the best song of all time, but certainly the most complex. Doesn't necessarily have a double meaning, that I know of though. - Alpha101

Reminded me of a Musical or a play. I loved how the song somehow told a story and how I immediatly fell in love with it.

3 Hotel California - The Eagles

Some believe that "Hotel California" is basically a replica of the Playboy Mansion. Others believe that the Hotel is full of drugs. But most, including me, don't believe in this nonsense, and just believe that the song is meant to be taken as, "you should always lie life to the fullest." - Alpha101

So basically you think the song's meaning is you should always be lying about your life as much as possible. - Skullkid755

4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

There are many different theories for what the meaning of the song truly is, a few of them really creepy. But it is a wonderful song! - Alpha101

5 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Some believe that the song was written about using heroin. But the song is really about Lennon's son Julian, after his parents broke up. - Alpha101

6 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

This is easily #1. I mean, 130 time signature changes in just 6 minutes? Surely no band has gone as complex as this. Dream Theater is amazing. - naFrovivuS

7 Walk This Way - Aerosmith

Some believe that the whole song is talking about sex, which makes sense if you listen to it closely. Also, when played backwards, "Walk This Way" turns into "Hail Satan." - Alpha101

8 Let It Be - The Beatles

Some believe that the song is about Jesus's mother, Mary. Others believe that "Mary" is actually marijuana. And some believe that "Mary" is Paul's mother, and that she came to him in a dream and said, "Let it be." - Alpha101

McCartney has stated that he had a dream about his mother (who died before hia rise to fame) during the Beatles' breakup in which she told him everything would be all right. - PetSounds

9 Car Radio - Twenty One Pilots

It's about Tyler getting his car radio stolen, not much complexity to that. Instrumental wise, bland as usual. Dream Theater below this? No. - naFrovivuS

The meaning is hard to uncover at first, but it is very complex and deep. - Alpha101

10 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

This song is so complex and long, with so many tracks that it alone required as much production time as the rest of the album. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Time - Pink Floyd

The Contenders

11 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater
12 Lateralus - Tool

This song is one of the most complex songs I've ever heard. Bohemian Rhapsody was legendary, but not as complex as this mind****.

13 Master of Puppets - Metallica
14 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
15 Imagine - John Lennon

The original meaning of the song is that, imagine what the world would be like if we all lived as one. It would be perfect. But some people believe hat Lennon mean that he believed in World Order, and that he was part of the Illuminati. - Alpha101

16 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles

Some believe that the song is about drugs. - Alpha101

17 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
18 American Pie - Don McLean

Virtually every single line has another meaning; see if you can figure them all out.

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19 Chance - Savatage
20 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Doesn't have a double meaning that I know of, but the song is really hard to fully understand. - Alpha101

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1. Octavarium - Dream Theater
2. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
3. And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
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1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Hotel California - The Eagles
Alpha101
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Hotel California - The Eagles
3. Octavarium - Dream Theater
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