Top Ten Deep Purple Songs

The Top Ten

1 Child in Time Child in Time Cover Art

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.

Probably the only ten-minute song that can hold my attention for its entirety, With those chilling screams, incredible guitar solos, and extremely clever structure, this song was way ahead of its time, and I am forever wishing I could forget it just so that I could experience it for the first time again.

Epic song. It is far better than smoke on the water and makes me feel so insane. It should only be compared with other epic songs like stargazer, stairway to heaven, aqualung. By far the best song of Deep Purple. I find it hard to explain its "mightyness" with words.

It's a 10 min long epic... Granted smoke on the water is class apart because its unique.. But 10 mins... Dude... Even smoke on the water couldn't mesmerise like this song does.. And the climatic way in which this song progresses literally gives you goosebumps

2 Smoke on the Water Smoke on the Water Cover Art

Good as Child In Time is, this song is a clearly more number 2 material song than Highway Star we gotta' accept it, even if it hurts.

Highway Star sounds like a very cliché noisy song that actually is getting many advantage when it doesn't deserves it. Smoke on the Water is the greatest song from Deep Purple

This song helped us to get into Deep Purple. But there are other better songs of their's than this. You just have to listen more songs of their's.

Legendary song!

Class apart! Bow down in respect for Sir Blackmore!

3 Highway Star Highway Star Cover Art

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.

I'm a metal maniac, OK. And this is my favorite DP song because it's a template for metal music. It's iconic - based on Bach-like chord sequences, this song was the best prototype of metal music. No speed metal and even thrash without this piece (thrash is speed metal mixed with hardcore punk).

To me, this is Deep Purple's best. Smoke on the Water is in first? I get that the riff is iconic, and it IS a good song after all, but I've always liked Highway Star more, as well as many other songs by them.

I think it's great to see Child in Time above Smoke on the Water. Now, if we could get Highway Star above it too, that would be even better.

4 Burn Burn Cover Art

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

Ritchie Blackmore is God. The solos are just so epic. Thinking about the amount of skill he has just blows my MIND. Along with this the drums and the awesome lyrics makes it one of my favorite DP songs

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

5 Perfect Strangers Perfect Strangers Cover Art

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.

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

Definitely a noteworthy song. Those who haven't given it a listen must. perfect guitaring and I can't think of a better voice to go with it. Don't find an all round perfect song these days.

This is the BEST DP Song ever!. Was one of their final and "newer" songs when it came out in the 80's after nothing new from them in many years! Great Great Song!

6 Soldier of Fortune Soldier of Fortune Cover Art

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...

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.

It excites a spark within me! The perfect song with beautiful lyrics. Should have been on the top of the list! Love it!

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

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!

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!

Undoubtedly the best.. The groovy part is awesome..
Feel like dancing on stage while covering this song.. And the most acceptable amaong the audiences too..

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

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.

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.

Deep Purple was anything but lazy when creating this tune. Hands down the best seventies rock tune with organ. Great shuffle beat. Great guitar solo. AMAZING organ solo intro. love this song.

Just learn playing it. got somewhere bad in te song but after I play it twice it goes like nothing great track great melody great improvising great job ritchie you got it man just enjoying playing it sounds great

9 Hush Hush Cover Art

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

Awesome song done! I would put this one #2 on the list after Smoke on the Water.

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

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

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

Always makes me feel good, seems like DP knocking at my back door

This Is so perfect, should be in top 5!

This should be at top 5 at least

Feel it coming

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!

This should be the number 1 DP song. This song defines what driving hard rock is all about, like the other comments mentioned. For me, it's been my number 1 DP song since I heard it for the first time in 1970. At 65, it still moves me. I love it!

What the hell is this song doing at 13? The opening drum solo is epic along with the drumming throughout the song. The organ solo in the middle is just so god. The hook always make me feel nostalgic and warm inside :)
"oh..my love it's a long way! Where you are from it's a long way! "

12 When a Blind Man Cries When a Blind Man Cries Cover Art

Any would be or up and comming vocalist should listen to this.
If there is any finer vocal committed to vinyl then I, ve yet to hear it,
And I, m ancient and listen to everthing
An absolute masterclass in singing, timeless and trandsends all boundries and era, S.
I implore you, if you, ve never heard this, do anything you have to to hear it
You will not be disapointed

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

I've heard that Richie didn't like it don't know why
His performence really stands out

This song makes me feel many feels.

13 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming Cover Art

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.

Better than Smoke On the Water. Best song without Ritchie Blackmore. David Gilmour of Deep Purple.

14 Mistreated Mistreated Cover Art

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.

Great voice control, fantastic guitar climax, excellent drumming, good tempo;one of the best purple songs ever from mk 3. Great depression break up song

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

19 Strange Kind of Woman Strange Kind of Woman Cover Art

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

It's one of their best songs!

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.

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.

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.

Love all the references to other songs in the lyrics.

21 Hard Lovin' Man Hard Lovin' Man Cover Art

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.

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

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

One of the first examples of speed metal in my opinion

22 Woman from Tokyo Woman from Tokyo Cover Art

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!

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

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

Awesome Riff. Awesome vocal. Awesome Drums. Awesome Keyboards. Awesome Bass. Iconic Song and yet another great piece from DP. Love them.

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

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.

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.

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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