Top Ten Deep Purple Songs

The Top Ten

1 Child in Time Child in Time Cover Art

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

This is one of THE greatest songs ever written, by anyone! Listen to the variety of versions Purple played during the Mk2 period; truly a fantastic mixture of musicianship, music colour asnd emotion. Gillan stood head and shoulders above ALL other singers during the early 70's. Blackmore was just incredible and Lord (RIP) was an immense influence on the Purple sound. Incredible song, that testifies to the genius of the band. Written within a few weeks of this version of the band getting together. This song has NO PEERS.

2 Smoke on the Water Smoke on the Water Cover Art

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!

The live version from Made in Japan is the definitive version of this song. Studio version sounds anemic in comparison.

3 Highway Star Highway Star Cover Art

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.

This is the template of how a classic Deep Purple song is: Fast, heavy, and LOUD!

With lyrics that will make you crazy, an organ solo that will make you feel like the best driver ever, and a guitar solo that will make you go absolutely INSANE, this song truly is among the best songs of all time.

4 Burn Burn Cover Art

Genius riff and songwriting. Such quality playing was never heard before at that time.

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

5 Perfect Strangers Perfect Strangers Cover Art

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.

Love love love this song! My favorite of all time!

6 Soldier of Fortune Soldier of Fortune Cover Art

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

There's just NO WAY that this should be below Child In Time! Screw that song if there's any song that should be right below Smoke on The Water, then its Soldier of Fortune... A great song when you've just been deserted whom you never thought would do so...

7 Black Night Black Night Cover Art

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!

When I first checked this list a month ago, Black Night was number 8. Now 21. What happened?

8 Lazy Lazy Cover Art

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.

LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY!

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.

Not a Deep Purple fan per se. I'm more of a blues fan. I was getting out of my car and this song came on and I was wondering who it was. Had to stay and listen to the whole song. Super impressed. Great song. New respect for Deep Purple.

9 Hush Hush Cover Art

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

10 Knockin' At Your Back Door Knockin' At Your Back Door Cover Art

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

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

This song got me into deep purple, I thought they were just some smoke on the water, but they are the most underappreciated band of all time and this song is the best, no matter what anyone says

Amazing chorus and vocals, awesome atmosphere! :D

The Contenders

11 Fireball Fireball Cover Art

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).

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!

One of the most underrated DP tracks. Listen to the drums, they're gonna blow your mind!

12 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming Cover Art

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).

Wonderfully emotive. Smouldering, dynamic and evocative, topped off with Steve Morse's explosive finale.

13 When a Blind Man Cries When a Blind Man Cries Cover Art

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!

This song makes me feel many feels.

14 Mistreated Mistreated Cover Art

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

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.

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!

15 Space Truckin' Space Truckin' Cover Art

"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?!

At 13? Y'all doing it seriously very wrong...

16 Stormbringer Stormbringer Cover Art

Please. This is a Kick Butt. Deep Purple is credited with the first Heavy Metal album of all time (Machine Head), and you all can't give the Stormbringer album it's due? Please. Go back to your cave.

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

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.

17 Kentucky Woman Kentucky Woman Cover Art

1. Hush @ 2. Kentucky Woman both with psychedelic flair

Got to be psyched

18 Pictures of Home Pictures of Home Cover Art

One hell of an overlooked gem from an album highly esteemed by rock and metal fans alike---great keyboard work and a flawless solo, these guys were so ahead of their time.

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

19 Strange Kind of Woman Strange Kind of Woman Cover Art

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!

20 Speed King Speed King Cover Art

Child In Time is their best for me, but that is top. And this should be 2nd. The intro and energy with Gillan at his prime blew me away as a 15 year old 35 years ago and I still get a massive buzz of this song. BURN at #3 for me.

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.

21 Hard Lovin' Man Hard Lovin' Man Cover Art

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.

22 Woman from Tokyo Woman from Tokyo Cover Art

Purple at their- tender and ferocious in equal measure. Not their very best but a fabulous trouser splitting rock song

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

23 Blind Blind Cover Art

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 Son of Alerik Cover Art

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.

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

This song is quite simply ten minutes of Awesomness. A absolute MASTERPIECE by deep purple. This song should have gotten MUCH more recognition. This and Solitaire are definitely deep purples most underrated songs. Listen to them and you will see for yourself. Son of Alerik dhould definitely be Nunber 1. Never get tired of listening to it.

25 Hungry Daze Hungry Daze Cover Art

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.

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