Top Ten Deep Purple Songs

The Top Ten

1 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!

Best Deep Purple song by far!

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2 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

Best Song!

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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.

Yep, gotta be this one. Child in Time would be second for me. This song is so fun. - Metarock

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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

Just awesome

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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.

Perfect stranger is (whit "smoke on the water).. One of the greates songs (because Ian Gillans voice).. Ians voice and richie blackmore, of course..

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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.

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.

Epic rock art

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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.

The best? I don't know, but top 3 for sure!

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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 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!

Great, great and great

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12 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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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

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!

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 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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16 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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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

18 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

19 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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20 Kentucky Woman

Got to be psyched

21 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!

22 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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23 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

Come on,this song should be in the top ten.It has intro drum solo,then guitar solo,organ solo,especially bass solo,finally back to guitar solo!

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24 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

25 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

26 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

27 The Battle Rages On...

Awesome. Nothing else to add.

28 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.

29 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!

30 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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31 Demon's Eye

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

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32 Hallelujah
33 You Keep on Moving

Words can't describe this song

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

34 The Mule

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

35 Mad Dog

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

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36 Help

Slower haunting cover of the Beatles hit

37 Smooth Dancer

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

38 The Spanish Archer

This is an Amazing Heavy Metal Track Deep Purple created a gem with this one. This track is way underrated - STLRams1

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39 Nobody's Home
40 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

41 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

42 Never Before
43 No, No, No
44 Fault Line/The Painter

Another hidden gem made by the fantastic MK 1

45 Sail Away

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

46 Haunted

Should be higher. - zxm

47 Ramshackle Man
48 Emmaretta
49 Bad Attitude

Love this song chch

50 Loosen My Strings
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