Top Ten Deep Purple Songs

The Top Ten

1 Child in Time

one of the best, if not the best song ever
starting off softly, you can hear the increasing power and emotion in the screaming, leading to the solo(witch is the best ever) continuing to increase in power
now expcting it to climax, you will only find it comming to an abrupt stop
still bown away by the sheer power of the solo and confused about the abrupt end, the first half of the song softly kicks in again
but this time afer the screaming it is transitioning to the outro in a typical Deep Purple way
now in the outro the screaming starts again, but now its different, sounding like its getting more and more out of control as its progresing
almost at the end you will hear the extreme uncontrolled insane powerfull screaming climaxing this musical masterpiece

this is what it felt like the first time listening to Child In Time
and it still feels the same every time I listen to it
now that is music

Perfect mixture of heavy metal and hard rock. Tons better than Smoke on the water. Actually this song should be compared to Stairway to Heaven or November rain.

Most epic song ever!
Sends chills over my spine EVERY TIME I listen to it

Unbelievable how you can make a song like this. - Userguy44

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2 Smoke on the Water

Legendary song!

Class apart! Bow down in respect for Sir Blackmore!

I love the guitar in this song. smoke on the water is the best from deep purple

this tune was stolen by many... this shows it's popularity... Deep purple Rocks!

Everyone knows this song. This should be number one

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3 Highway Star

This song is the epitome of rock and roll. Anyone that likes speed metal can thank Highway Star.

This song includes everything - great organ, great guitar, great vocals...

The Made In Japan version, of course. The energy and momentum of that performance is absolutely flooring.

Masterpiece. Vote it to get it above Smoke On The Water - Userguy44

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4 Burn

Amazing song! Great drumming they just blew their tops in this song... It should be on the top along with smoke on the water

The drumming in burn is the best drumming in a rock song ever. Smoke on the water, highway star and this song HAVE to be in top three! So I hope the people that haven't vote yet will follow me and vote for burn. IF NOT: I think the damned women will BURN you!

Lovely drum rhytim... It's has harmony and speed and POWER... I'm a drummer, and hack, I don't know any deep's song, until my friend forced me to cover up this song... And I like it very much.. BUT, this song always makes my drums go wild and splatter all around wahhahah

She said burn - Disturbedpotato

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5 Soldier of Fortune

In my opinion, this one share the 1st place with child in time. Do not forget that popularity of a song does not show that it is the best.

One of the greatest slow rocks tracks ever. Definitely belongs to first place.

great intro and great vocals

One of the most iconic slow rock ever, should be number 1

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6 Perfect Strangers

excellent riff great chorus and gillan's voice is at its best I believe that this should share the first place with smoke on the water and hush

The most underrated song ever... Epic song with a riff better than smoke on the water... And there's not a single doubt about their vocal excellence

This song gives me chills every time I listen to it. The vocals are simply amazing, the way Gillan makes his voice mysterious. As said above, it is a perfect song.

They peaked on this. The ultimate song, Gillan, Blackmore (is out like no other song, at least in the video, maybe only extremely focused). Just hits me like millions kilos of concrete :D

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7 Black Night

Not only is this song unique in every way possible, but it also is My favorite song of theirs! Screw smoke on the water! The lyrics are heart warming and you can tell that the instrumentation is at it's finest!

Black night is a long way from home. These lyricks are driving me insane

This song gets my blood pumping and it's made for that! Somebody wrote before me "it's more metal than rock - fine! "
Yeah, baby, bang your head - it's one of the best songs for this business! - Metal_Treasure

I saw purple in Sydney back in 84 when they played this song the place went nuts, play it loud! Purple at there best.

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8 Lazy

My fellow rockers. WHY is this masterpiece so low? Ian Gillan's vocals here is perfectly timed and perfectly uttered and the bluesy piano soloing of Paice is unmatched. Don't forget the blues-based guitar solo of Sir Ritchie Blackmore.! This should be number 2 or 3 cause it contains the DEEP PURPLE spirit and style. God damn you guys.


second best deep purple song, next to Child In Time
why is this so low?
should at least be above Smoke On The Water, that song is thier best KNOWN song, but not thier best

also why arent Anya, Burn, Gypsy's Kiss on this list

I constantly practice that wicked Pull-off part of the first solo. Wow, what a masterpiece this song truly is. My favourite for sure.

By far their best song

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9 Hush

The best Deep Purple's song with Rod Evans

Their first hit. One of the best debut songs I have ever heard.

I love this song... Smoke on the water is a legendary, but this is their best song ever.

I have, I know what you did last summer and this song is on it it's great - iggyjepsen

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10 Knockin' At Your Back Door

Such an EPIC intro, an EPIC solo, EPIC vocals (as expected from Gillan). Soo its an EPIC song. - fireinside96

this song has a different feel. the solo and and vocals take you back to 80's era. this is one of my favorite songs

Amazing chorus and vocals, awesome atmosphere! :D

This should be at top 5 at least

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The Contenders

11 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming

I think the song has the best intro. amazing voice of gillan

I love the solo by Steve Morse. It is impossible to get more feeling in one guitar solo than Steve Morse got here. I can listen to it for hours...

This song is full of feelings. It's one of the best musical compositions of "Deep Purlpe". The guitar solo is truely epic and has reminds me at a solo from Dream Theater (What ist really virtuosly).

One of the best songs ever.. must be in top 5

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12 When a Blind Man Cries

Everyone knows Smoke, but Metallica's cover of this brought me to the deeper side (Pun intended) of Deep Purple.

Great bands can play any form of music,deep purple prove themselves here

It's so beautiful song!

Perfect song

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13 Fireball

Agree, drums are awesome - it's double bass. Can you imagine, Ian Paice played double bass in 1971! Go beat Deep Purple when it comes to inventing metal and metal subgenres, and using advanced metal techniques in every area - vocals, drumming, guitars...

Lars Ulrich of Metallica attended one of the DP shows in Copenhagen, Denmark (he was 9-10) and was mesmerized by this double bass on Fireball (he saw such thing for the first time). - Metal_Treasure

THE prototypical hard rock song: very hard, heavy drums, heavy organs, fast beat, and overall a very compact rock song. This song defined hard rock for decades to come. Still wonderful to listen to when in a car, working out... so much energy and power!

Should totally be ranked higher. The drums totally blow out "Burn" The chorus is very exceptional!

THIS is the DP track I invariably find I'm humming when I'm working. Dunno why-but it gets the job done!

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14 Mistreated

The opening guitar line is so cool, straight in the amp no soup like all the guitarists today. Stunning original riff yet again from Ritchie and a great vocal too.

This and Led Zeppelin's Since I've Been Loving You are the best blues songs I've ever heard.

Amazing song by deep purple, one of their best (and one of my favorites with since I've been loving you and high hopes)

Mistreated at 109?! It has some of Ritchie's best guitar playing ever!

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15 Space Truckin'

"Made in Japan's" Space Truckin' is one of the few songs off the top of my head where live version is better than the recorded. The others: Midnight Rambler and Street Fighting Man from "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out" by the Rolling Stones, and Smoke on the Water from the same record.

This should replace Soldier of Fortune in 4th place and then the top 5 will be perfect. The studio version is amazing and Deep Purple always used this to end their live shows where they would stretch it out to 20 minutes.

Top five without a doubt. Simply a fun, jammin' rocking' tune. Why complicate music?!

Great song. I have this on rock band 4 and thought it would be harder

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16 Stormbringer

Not my favorite but it shouldn't be 18th, it should be at least 6th... The guitars are amazing and the vocals are incredible and incredibly catchy... Can't get the "RIDE THE RAINBOW! " out of my head - fidelcanojr

These guitars. That intro. Truly awesome! Always makes me feel like a stormbringer... Coming out of nowhere... Drivin' like a-rain

This is my favorite deep purple song. God the rift is so good and so heavy. Hands down the most underrated song in rock.

One of the best songs Purple have ever made!
The riff is so groovy, the vocals are great and the solo is just spetacular.

A true classic.

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17 Strange Kind of Woman

It's one of their best songs!

MIJ version of this song is one of the most entertaining pieces to have come from Deep Purple.

This song is wayy too good to be number 14! Amazing solo, amazing vocals, amazing tune

Should be #5 or #6!

18 Pictures of Home

A great epic song! Live version is a masterpiece! Jon Lord at is best. Deep Purple forever...

Jon Lord's favourite song of machine head, is one of the best purple songs

I like this song aplenty reason to love this song

This song is awesome. The drum solo in the beginning is enough to sell it for me.

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19 Speed King

I love DP and this song might not be a number 1 but it surely should be in the top 10 cause it's the first speed metal one, precedent to Highway Star and maybe even better than HS.

Come on guys! This should be number 3. It has a mind blowing intro, sheer speed, great lyrics and that call-and-answer solos are at the same time virtuoso and heavy. The live '84 version just blows you away.

Love all the references to other songs in the lyrics. - BrianScott01

20 Woman from Tokyo

Man, this song is amazing. Great vocals, great solo, nice keyboard all the way through, not to mention the great bass all the way through the song!

All the elements blend so beautifully that they make the song sound familiar to even those who haven't heard it before.

Such A Catchy Riff And In Guitar Hero 5 - rocker1796

Boi Swagger be talking bout Woman from Tokyo in 19th place. The lamb sauce is in those sauces. located on 1st place.

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21 Hard Lovin' Man

One of the first examples of speed metal in my opinion

0%? You're kidding! When the band reformed in '84 each member picked their favourite DP song for a Radio One special and this was Jon's choice - and he knew a thing or two about music! Perhaps it takes more time to appreciate than some songs but it's worth the effort. It's certainly risen in my top ten over the last forty odd years, maybe because it sounded a tad messy on the lo-fi mono record player we had back then. Surely the band's most breath-taking, exciting and simply OTT studio recording. Epic indeed.

Maybe the heaviest melodic guitar
Solo ever... And the best.

Agree - pure speed metal, and epic! All those gallops in current metal came from DP's speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

22 Kentucky Woman

Got to be psyched

23 Blind

47 songs and not a single entry for "Blind. " A pretty damn good song from one of their most underrated albums. Come on, peeps!

24 Son of Alerik

One of the most awesome hidden tracks in history. I've heard this song back when I was a little child, early steps into music. Blew my mind. 10 minutes of total epic music travel through space with a smile on your face.

Awesome instrumental. Ritchie Blackmore did great in this song. - zxm

I remember this song was newly added. And it came on 22. - zxm

Such a beautiful, masterful song, like the previous commenter said, 10 minutes of a awesomness.

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25 Hey Joe

It amazes me that this was not even on the list. Best song on their first album alongside hush. The 7 min version is the best cover (acc. to me), the starting is just majestic and Rod Evans as always kicks ass. Come on this should be at least in top 20.

Leaves did it first; Hendrix did it best

26 Hungry Daze

Deep Purple are again one step ahead - besides its awesome melody and riff, this song has some elements of symphonic (power) metal. Go beat Ritchie Blackmore when speaking of metal invention, and respectively - metal subgenres.

And Gillan even growls towards the end - it's so metal. - Metal_Treasure

27 Hallelujah

See the youtube video

28 The Battle Rages On...

Awesome. Nothing else to add.

29 Anya

Ritchie still had what it takes with one of his best solos ever. Then Deep Purple gave him the boot for his child outburst on stage, shortly after.

The spirit of freedom!

30 Bloodsucker

Used to play this on guitar all the time, quite tricky to master too. Heavy and funky in that unique purple way. Gillian is unbelievable.

I have somehow never heard this song until recently. Now I cannot get it out of my head.

31 Fools

Easily best song you have to listen to the entire song and overcome the 3 minute drum interlude. Once you know this puece better you will understand that this is what makes fools.

WUT is fools doing all the way down here

This song is Jim Fyruking amazing!

32 April

Not many people realize how creative were MK 1. With a perfect combination of classical and rock in various shades, this song is maybe the best song purple ever made. Trust me

April isn't just the best Deep Purple song--It's the single most under rated rock song ever. Basically a perfect song.

Absolutely incredible song. 114? This is one of their best songs. Please, if you scroll far down enough to see this, give it a listen!

This song is incredible, I can't believe why it's so down in this top. If everyone could give it a listen, I'm pretty sure it would be much more appreciated than the basic Smoke on the Water.

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33 Wasted Sunsets

Amazing and such a powerful song it was made in the eighties so that probably why it's not seen as a real classic but I rate it at least deserves a listen

Should be higher placed! A great tune with great vocals and guitar work.

The besy guitar solo I have ever listened.. You can feel all the emotion..

It's perfect - SoldierOfFortune

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34 Demon's Eye

Is it only me crazy about this song? It's one of my top 10-15. - Metal_Treasure

The best rock' n roll song... Amazing riff

35 You Keep on Moving

Words can't describe this song

This song is just astonishing, by far the best MK4 song

36 The Mule

Best version is the one on the Made in Japan release, not the ones from the Japan concerts.

37 Help

Slower haunting cover of the Beatles hit

38 Smooth Dancer

Powerful, great lyric, fantastic keyboards, from a very underrated slbum

39 Maybe I'm a Leo

Love this song, should be higher

Love the riff of this song

Maybe I'm a Leo but I ain't a liooonnn

40 Anthem

This song deserves to be on this list, and pretty high on it in matter fact.

Great Track from the 1969 group

Most underrated song of Deep Purple. And best song with Rod Evans. - zxm

41 Sail Away

The fact that Sail Away isn't in the Top Ten is a travesty unlike any the world has seen before.

Good riff, great song

42 Fault Line/The Painter

Another hidden gem made by the fantastic MK 1

43 Flight of the Rat

What on earth is this doing so low on the list!? Simply stunning piece of music and probably my #1.

Love that ending. And why is this only 94? It should be in the top 30, at the very least... - Metarock

Deep Purple was the first true heavy metal band AND speed metal band

Incredibly crunchy riff and blistering solo(s). The pace is frantic yet organised and has a satisfying heavy feel: One of the most underrated rock songs for its’ unmistakable quality. Up there with CiT for #1 purple track.

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44 You Fool No One

From The Made in Europe album, another one of Ritchie's great solos, that he plays with feeling and passion. Probably his best but then the song kinda tanks with the beginning of the drum solo.

At 27 it's clear the voters haven't heard the studio version and certainly not the rocking' live version from Made in Europe.

45 Mad Dog

This song is a amazing classic Metal song that Deep Purple should play more often

This song is insanely good

46 Haunted

Should be higher. - zxm

47 Nobody's Home
48 Bad Attitude

Love this song chch

49 Lady Double Dealer

Seriously why is all the MK3 songs so low? MK3 was ten times better than MK1 in my humble opinion.

50 Loosen My Strings
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