Top 10 Best Porcupine Tree Songs

The Top Ten
1 Arriving Somewhere but Not Here

It's very hard to make a Top Ten list to Porcupine Tree.. But this song is a complete trip. The gloomy intro. The AMAZING unique riffs.
This is one of the songs that goes with everything. When you're stoned, drunk, depressed, happy, or whatever.

The lyrics are deep as hell! You can understand the song in so many ways.
It was really hard to choose between all those songs, but this one is unique.

This had a long stretch as my favourite song, which is pretty impressive seeing as I don't like metal. That's how great it is. Wrings a huge amount of feeling out of a simple chord progression. And God, that intro! Best thing since Floyd.

When you are stoned, this song will isolate you from the rest of the world, as if you are viewing something which you shouldn't and you're screaming yourself that you hoped to arriving somewhere but not here.

2 Anesthetize

The most emotional and melancholic PT song, no doubt (for me). At 46 I heard that for the first time, and my fave band is RUSH, so there seems to be a gap inside me after the pass of Neil Peart. Anesthetize filled that gap somehow and I keep listening to it as a new gem on my Spotify playlist. Impeccable drums and synths combinations.
Some other songs are also great, some are brilliant, but this one has that special seasoning that plays with my mood and vibe.

This song wins just by sheer length. It's basically three songs that flow into each other really well and all three parts are great. Even if you dislike a part, the song changes and you might like it again. There's just so much content here that most listeners would likely be pulled in by at least one certain section. Part 1 is mysterious and tense, part 2 is heavy and moving, part 3 is very emotional, psychedelic and calming. In comparison to Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (which is also great but the two minute atmospheric intro is something that not everyone may like, has two solos, one of which being very long and the main melody becomes quite repetitive) I feel like Anesthetize's emotional sections are much more hard-hitting and the heavy sections are more interesting. I also really like its lyrics... and it's got such a long text with so much meaning to each line.

3 Trains

You don't talk, you don't think, you don't do anything at all while this song plays... Just enjoy! This should be at the top of the list. Wish I could vote this thousand times!

Believe or not, heard it for the first time yesterday...I've played it 100 times since. The most achingly, beautifully crafted songs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Perfection

Awesome music... Guitar strumming and hammering's simple and catchy.. Lyrics maintains simplicity and stays in your head...

4 Lazarus

Try listening this song on a full moon night when the clouds are drifting through the sky painting an abstract picture on the waxed moon, and you'll experience your soul leaving your body behind, becoming one with the universe.. I guess that says it all..

This song is nothing compared to Porcupine Trees other work. I mean I can see why people would enjoy it, but come on, 4th? This song is a simple chord progression in straight forward time signature, I would call this song lame. Verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus. it gets old.

This a wonderful song with great depth. That warm, fuzzy feeling you feel when you listen to the perfect song. It happens every time when I listen to this song. It should be on the top!

5 Russia on Ice

Russia on Ice isn't only a damn beautiful and intense song; it's a real story narrated perfectly with cryptic lyrics and a crescendo in the melody. I really had to think hard to understand the metaphor of "But Russia on ice is burning a hole." The Russia on Ice symbolizes alcohol, the vodka that burns his throat (the hole). Damn, Steven is really a genius... The entire song is about a drunken man who floats with his mind lost in his thoughts (which are like coal, as in "all my thoughts are like coal"), fueling the "flame" of his pain. The melody perfectly matches the changes in his emotions throughout the alcohol-induced journey. It starts with a psychedelic intro (the beginning of the trip), shifts into a metal melody (when he becomes consumed by the alcohol), and ends with bells. To me, the bells represent the end of the trip and the start of the only thought that remains... death.

Simply amazing.

6 Dark Matter

Someone wrote that "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here encompasses everything Porcupine Tree is about. " I totally disagree with this assessment because I would categorize "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" as a great example of Porcupine Tree's later prog-metal stuff; but mainly because Steven Wilson directly said in a recent interview that Porcupine Tree is about expressing and understanding the darker side of existence. Thus "Dark Matter, " at least content wise, is the most potent representation of what Porcupine Tree represents.

This song has everything, a nice and soft intro riff that remains during most of the song, a riff that is extremely simple but the combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and perfect vocal melodies and lyrics makes an unique sound, wich is the reason why this song is so amazing. Even when it has a big Pink Floyd influence you perceive a whole new sound, a thruly original song and music of the 1990's with roots in progressive rock, as Wilson himself said it. Best Signify song and it has to be at least at the top 3 of PT's songs

7 Way Out of Here

Have you guys listened to the live version of this (Live in Tilburg)? It sounds better than the album version! How they managed to do that is beyond me! Brilliant is an understatement

What the hell #1 song is # 11! This song is soothing to senses! The intro, riffs, lyrics all are awesome! Vote guys!

I don't respond to earthly thing while I am listening to this songs. It takes me somewhere else.

8 Blackest Eyes

Man the first time I heard this song-I became a devotee of porcupine tree and steven wilson. The chorus is catchy and so is the blend of the raw acoustic sound with thunderous drumming and guitar. Blackest eyes forever! Anesthetize, strip the soul, lazarus are great songs but this one has to be the best. That's what I think.

LISTEN TO IT MAN! What are you waiting for?

I was hooked after hearing black eyes. to me, pt has tapped into the interplay between melancholy and mania conveying a kind of beauty in something bipolar about the human soul. I just love the contrasts between the two, brought together by layers of ambient backgrounds. I do not know how they flew under my radar for so long. My God, I just learned of PT here in 2016. Where have I been? Better late then never.

Has to be my least favourite off In Absentia. Its nothing special, an annoyingly catchy pop tune. Steven wilson has better material than this, in my opinion.

9 Fear of a Blank Planet

I'm surprised this song is not in the Top 5! This is an awesome song and Fear of a Blank Planet is itself a great album. The vocals in this song, the lyrics, the riffs oh Steven Wilson you're a legend. Great shift towards the half of the song and a mini drum solo by Gavin Harrison and then it gets heavy again followed by a great guitar solo. Then the ending is just perfect with Richard Barbieri giving the atmospheric feel not to forget Colin Edwin's awesome bass line throughout the song. This song deserves to be in the Top 5 at least

By far their best song and this should be in the top ten by far. It has a point and a cool sounding chorus and this is just a great song all around. Also pretty underrated

The Guitar Riffs, The Lyrics, The Sarcasm in the voice, The Pace of the song, Too many good things about the song!

10 The Sky Moves Sideways

This song easily makes into my top 3 list. There isn't any better song than this to take you on a 'space voyage' for more than half an hour! Each phase of the song is better than the rest.

This song should be on the top.

3rd favourite porcupine tree song. Puts me in a complete trance. The closest song to Shine On You Crazy Diamond you could possibly get. instrumentals are absolutely stunning, and so are the vocals.

The Contenders
11 The Sound of Muzak

Amazing! My personal favorite from PT. I love the meaning. Its about the dying art of music, how todays music is absolute crap and the only people who make good music are the old rock groups that still remain. I feel the same way.

The song that tells me how great a drummer Gavin Harrison is! What great lyrics... Amazing! The "Arriving Somewhere" DVD has a fabulous live version of this song.

It rings true... But the prophecy hasn't come to pass yet... Though the situation is arising, for all music that is worth my while is from people nearly twice my age...

12 Even Less

"I had a stupid dream,that I could change things.." You did change things Wilson! You are the best musician of this century. And this is one of the best songs by PT. Do Listen if You haven't yet.

Beautiful epic! the 14 minute version of course. All the transitions are so smooth, and it goes from mellow ballad to acid rock! everything a song needs

This song is never getting out of my mind.

13 Buying New Soul

There has never been a better song than Buying New Soul. Everything about this song is perfect. At over ten minutes long it has the rare ability to make you wish it was even longer.

It takes a while to absorb this one.. But as you go on listening, you don't want it to stop. What ambient sounds, phenomenal.

This is a song that probably has the best chorus I ever heard. I'm not even kidding. It definitely deserves a top 10 spot.

14 The Start of Something Beautiful

Such a beautiful song. Nothing like anything theyve ever done. You think its going to build up to a metal part like in Arriving Somewhere, but it fires you into a bridge that's melodic and perfect, building up to the final chorus. Amazingly put together song.

THIS has to be in the top 10! Leaves me in a trance every time... If there was any doubt that Gavin is one of the best out there, listen to the bridge again!

It is indeed something beautiful. If the section before the ending isn't enough to make you shed a tear then I don't know what will.

15 Shesmovedon

Amazing song. The guitar riff is definitely one of the best I've heard in long time. The lyrics, are painful and talks about a heart ache. Amazing.

One of the most underrated songs ever.
You can listen to just the solo at the end and tell what the entire song is about.
Steven plays the notes like a man possessed.

I genuinely think this should be in the top 3, listen to it and u'd agree. There are multiple versions of this song, personally I think live version is far better than the studio version!

16 Radioactive Toy

Best piece of PT's early work. This is the one that started it all, and it's fantastic

17 Heartattack in a Layby

This has got to be my favorite song, not just by PT, but by any band I've ever heard of. The sheer sadness and beauty on this track is beyond words. Gives me a feeling of the deepest depresion yet the most hope at the same time, this song keeps me alive...

You must be jokeing!? This song never deserved such a bad ranking (well it sure is not the only one in this list). The lyrics are plain cute, like a poem you learn in the first years at school - the melody once heared will follow you the whole day.

This is one of my favorite Porcupine Tree songs, and like it specially for the amount of ambience it contains. Ambience fully loaded!

18 Open Car

What... This song should #1... What is wrong with you guys! Not even a vote for this... What a shame!

Just ' Awesome!
Porcupine Tree is one of the best bands in activity nowadays.

The way it starts, the chorus just drives me INSANE! Deserves top 3

19 Feel So Low

The second saddest song I know, after a certain "Heartattack in a Layby".

Second saddest love song I've ever heard.

20 The Incident

Has a tendency to meander a bit, but it affects me emotionally more than any other PT song. Honorable mention for Anesthetize.

Underrated song... Number 5 for this

21 Time Flies

This song somehow evokes echoes of Pink Floyd Animals, but it has a more modern twist to it. It's not easy doing progressive these days, specially a slow song, but they managed to make it sound so crisp and with such a beautiful melody! The nostalgic lyrics and slow parts almost hint of a sad song, but it gets such a lift from the band that you can't help but feeling like running out the door and doing something to seize the day after you listen to it!

The best song off of their latest album and definitely one of the best songs PT have to offer. Has a 'Dogs' feel to it while remaining true to the tone established in 'The Incident'. It also has some of the strongest, most personal lyrics Wilson has written.

Easily the best thing off a patchy album. Being a Pink Floyd fan, this one appealed to me greatly, and got me into Porcupine Tree

22 Stranger by the Minute

This song is something else. It feels like a song from your dreams. It's original, emotional, catchy and probably one of the more upbeat tracks you'll find in Porcupine Tree's dark discography.

23 .3

Seriously? Far from being in the top 10, this song isn't even on the list! The bass is cool, the chords in the middle are dream-like and the ending concludes the whole thing marvellously, leaving you speechless and feeling like in a dystopia!

Porcupine Trees most beautiful song. Listening to it always makes me feel as if I'm flying near a snowy mountain above the clouds. Really the word to describe it would be soaring.

Beautiful baseline. This is the kind of sound that I really love from porcupine tree, slow and melodic and the simple meaningful lyrics coming in at the middle are perfect. Amazing song

24 Prodigal

No idea how this song is all the way down at #29. Lyrically and instrumentally, this song is genius. Easily top 5, if not the best PT song.

Incredible riff and songwriting. Should easily be top 3.

I just love the lyrics! I can relate to them

25 Deadwing

Second favourite track of of deadwing behind Arriving somewhere. It's a 9 minute masterpiece that is highly unrecognized, I mean 41? Come on easily top ten. Edgy and creepy sounding chorus and some amazing fan theories about the plot. First time I heard this it convinced me to buy deadwing, one of their best albums.

Why has deadening been forgotten? The album title is named after it, simply and odd interesting track.

It's by far one of the best Porcupine Tree songs. It represents all of PT. It's very dark, kinda slow sometimes, and really heavy. Just perfect.

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