Best Progressive Metal Songs of All Time

Please leave your vote and comments. This is a really underrated genre IMO.
The Top Ten
1 Octavarium - Dream Theater

The amount of greatness in this song is too high to describe in a short comment. This will change your life if you give it a chance.

Have you ever heard a song that was so good that you didn't know what to do after it finished? This happens to me every time I hear this song.

Octavarium is one of the greatest songs of all time and by far the best song by Dream Theater. It slowly progresses from soft to heavy in it's 20 minute length

The fact that this song can be so amazing mile being 25 minutes long just proves that it's the best Prog Metal song of all time.

2 Lateralus - Tool

What? I like Tool, don't get me wrong, but the people who voted Lateralus at #10 probably are not fans of Progressive Metal more than they are just Tool fans.

Only the best progressive song ever made... Not only for the music... But also for the incredible emotions that gives and for this lyrics...

I don't believe in god! But I belive that, this masterpiece,is the best song I've ever heard...every second of this song have pure meaning...every thing about it is amazing...TOOL and OPETH are better thsn D.T by far...

Following our will and wind, we may just go where no one's been. This song is all you need to go by in your life.

3 Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater

Just euphoric, I cannot believe there are people in this world who have not experienced the absolute passion of listening to Dream Theater.

Images and words changed my musical world. Every DT album is a monumental masterpiece. But when I heard pull me under and take the time on the radio I was totally blown away. I bought the album and figured maybe those were the only two good songs. Then by the sixth to seventh minute of Metropolis I nearly passed out. This song gave me hope that real music with real talent wasn't dead. Legendary epic - legendary album! Enough SAID!

Metropolis is incredible and one of my favorite dream theater song. The album rocks becaue this song and pull me under. Surrounded was good two
Top dt songs
10 as I am
9 in the name of god
8 ministry of lost souls
7 the count of tuscany
6 six degrees in the turblence below
5 panic attack
4 octavarium
3 pull me under
2 the presence of enemies
1 metropolis pt 1 the miracle sleeper

I can't even stop listening to this song! There's so many awesome parts on this song. Just one of the best prog songs ever.

4 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

This is by far the greatest song ever written in my opinion. I can not even begin to describe how much this song has changed my life, and how much it means to me. It's an emotional and epic 23 minute journey with some of the greatest lyrics ever thanks to Mike Portnoy. Thank you Dream Theater.

If ACoS is below #1, then it is to low. Purely incredible from start to finish. A Change of Seasons definitely does what few 24+ Minute songs will ever do: It keeps you engaged, and then leaves you wanting to hear more.

Definitely the best song Dream Theater ever did. Those were the days when they got inspirations and ideas.

Just like Octavarium just a awesome song. Really long but whenever I listen to it, it just flies by fast.

5 Black Rose Immortal - Opeth

This 20 minute "magnum opus" is Progressive Death Metal with black metal elemets, its an awesome song which defines opeth's early style. The Epic riff played around 13.39 of the song will just give chills to any listener along with lyrics. There's burst of emotions in this song..

Wow man, Opeth this below in the list? What? Dream theater is way overrated... Dream Theater has the worst fan-base that's why 12 years old american pricks vote for D.T... Just check out the riffs in this song and the blackwater park.

Deserves To be First. A Magical Song, the Acoustic Part is just Amazing!

An unparalleled masterpiece.

6 The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater

This 1 is a classic, I mean from startin till the end, I mean, sure there's a lot of other good songs from dream theter. tool, symphony x but this 1 should be a lot higher. it expresses emotions and the last part is out of this world, the solos are awesome, continum by rudess is mesmerizing, overall 1 of the best and worth listening 2.

Masterpiece. Not many other words can describe this. From start to end, never gets old, never drags on, blends heavy with beauty, happiness, sadness and then leaves you breathless at the end. Masterpiece.

Just good, nothing else need be said.

7 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree

This is one of the most metal Porcupine Tree song.

8 White Walls - Between the Buried and Me

Really underrated track, has a great opening riff, one of the best guitar solos I have ever heard and an epic conclusion. this was the first btbam song I ever heard and I am still amazed by it. Octavarium is still my favourite song but white walls is pretty close.

This is one of the greatest songs of all time...
Man, just listen to last 4 min of this song, these 4 mins are the best tunes I've ever heard in my life...
That's enough I think...

The closer to what will be considered a classic and essential album for decades. It's the perfect song.

The final solo is the greatest solo I've ever heard in my entire life

9 Visions - Haken

Should be more well known. Great Progressive Metal song.

10 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche
The Contenders
11 The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X

One of Symphony X's best prog metal songs, the abstract detail that was put into this very song is just astounding, it definitely is one of the top songs along with the Odyssey and Through the Looking Glass.

This wins because of the choir.
The lyrics are pretty good too
Symphony X need to make a new album soon. And it better have something over 17min

Not afraid to admit I cried, it's so so good. From 18mins you'll need help picking your jaw up from the ground.

12 Second Life Syndrome - Riverside

A long epic that raises the tension till the end. Absolutely adorable.

From my Top 5, this is a epic song.

Love this song, and personally think Riverside are one of the most consistent bands around

13 Roads to Madness - Queensryche

Sheer sublime genius...they really don't write them like this anymore

14 Vicarious - Tool

This one is awesome, crude, powerful and energetic. Also features mystery and excelent imagination and lyrics.

One of the most realistic songs ever. Great guitar work. And hard hitting lyrics.

15 Panic Attack - Dream Theater

First Dream Theater song I ever listened to, so obviously holds a special place in my heart. This song is just gorgeous in every second of it.

4 DT songs in the top 5? That's awesome but Lateralus should be Number One and this should be at least in the top 10. And some Opeth!

I personally love this song, I wish it'd be a bit higher on the list though.

Love the bass solo in the intro. Like every DT song its just great.

16 Swim to the Moon - Between the Buried and Me

One of the bands best songs, I think this deserves in the top 10 although I'm alsoa huge fan of Opeth, Dream Theater and Tool. White Walls is better and is more technical but swim to the moon has in my opinion better lyrics and a beutiful chorus. Really underrated track and really underrated band, should be more btbam songs on this list in the top 25

17 10,000 Days - Tool

Not the most technically impressive/overwhelmingly heavy, but deserves at least top 3, as it's possibly the perfect manifestation of grief and the deepest, most human emotions, in any song. Highly recommended for Floyd fans.

18 Aniket Prantor - Artcell

I don't know how it came on top 10. But a lot of people love this song. Even those people who hate/don't like metal. It's a starter for prog metal. I started to listen it ever since I remember. I was getting into metal at that time. So I couldn't listen the full song, because it gets heavy at some point. But after few days I started to love the whole song.

Just Listen to this 16 minutes masterpiece and you will realize why this song should be in the list. Just mind blowing progression and the guitars and drums solo and vocal just awesome. Really One of the best prog. metal song I've heard.

I don't know how does Bengali song come on top 20 but this song deserves to be in here.I'm damn sure that, it will provide the best enjoyment for the progressive metal listener. You can try also Akromon by Cryptic Fate.

When you will listen Aniket prantor you can be learn what is Progressive metal & what is Artcell?

19 The Sleep of Restless Hours - Disillusion

Awesome song. Should be higher.

20 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

This song literally got me into prog. If I didn't play it on guitar hero I wouldn't ever have started to listen to these guys.

Amazing. Dream Theater win all Progressive Metal song, with Pull Me Under. The Live Concert is more better, great and blazzing.

I am proud to say that I can perform this wonderful song!

Well this song is more then best...
And those creators..

21 Queen of the Reich - Queensryche
22 Crystallised - Haken
23 Options - Going Nowhere - Anubis Gate
24 The Czar - Mastodon

One of the first Mastodon songs I listened to and my favourite for a reason.

Mastodon is the best new progressive metal band and this song should be in the top ten

25 The Odyssey - Symphony X

What a masterpiece of a song. At 24 minutes not a single minute feels drawn out. The perfect example of what a progressive metal epic, or even any song should be. Excellent musicianship, a great story that drives the lyrics, and really catchy riffs. Russell Allen is one of the best metal singers out there, and I'm not saying Michael Romeo is better than Petrucci...but damn, he can give him a run for his money on certain songs. This is easily in my top ten favorite songs of all time...and with every listen I feel I can make a case for putting it in the number one spot.

I have an extreme amount of love for Dream Theater, but Symphony X touches me in a way that no other band ever has. Not only does Symphony X have the best metal singer alive (although I may not ALWAYS agree with his stylistic choices), but the musicianship of every single member is absolutely incredible and their compositional style is unmatched. And while I expect The Odyssey will not be the most voted Symphony X song for various reasons (most of all the length of the song), I just have to give this absolute masterpiece my vote because it is conceptually brilliant the. Entire. Time. Long live Symphony X. ONTO THE UNDERWORLD

Who ever just voted blindly for their favorite song of their favorite band should really listen to this song and then vote again because it should be number one by light years from all the songs in this list it's pure liquid progressiveness at its best awesome keyboard, guitars and best vocals from Russell Allen.

I respect other choices on here for sure, but no song has ever left me as utterly gobsmacked as this one. 15 years after first hearing it, I still regard this as the best song ever made. The riffs, the transitions, the story, the solos, THAT epic finale. urmughurrr.

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