Top Ten Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs

The Top Ten
1 Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Perfect. Billy Corgan crafts a masterpiece while trying to keep everything relatively simple. No intricate drum fills, no show-off riffs and a rather simple guitar solo. Just a rocking beat and badass lyrics about pure frustration to make the most awesome song ever!

Yes! The classic post modern disillusionment anthem. I have never heard a chorus with better lines as this.
Second choice is soma and third drown.

Although I love Tonight, Tonight and Zero I would have to say that Bullet with Butterfly Wings truly is there greatest song.

1979 was and still is a masterpiece! It moved me and I loved it.
But this song is one of the best songs of all time by any band...ever!

2 1979

Nostagia at its best. 1979 is the single most beautiful and catchy song ever written by Corgan. Almost everything is perfect about this song. By almost, I mean that it is a little too short so I often find myself playing it 2 or 3 times in a row without actually getting enough of it. This song is certainly not characteristic of The Smashing Pumpkins which usually have a rougher edge to their songs but it is undeniably the greatest one they've ever written. People will listen to 1979 in 2079 or 2979 and it will still feel has fresh as it did upon its release over 20 years ago.

This is my favorite song of all time. It connects me to the child in me. Somehow it tells me "Hey, Alex, remember who you are" And I feel free, playful and blissful again just the way I felt back then. This is not just a song, it is the soundtrack of my dreams.

Just a timeless classic. Excellent riff, emotional lyrics. One of the best songs of the 90s, period. One of the best songs ever recorded, period. Beats the overrated, overplayed, more radio-friendly "Bullet" senseless.

I Don't really feel nothing for other Smashing Pumpkins songs, either way 1979 may not be a truly great masterpiece but it's a modern song to loss minutes with alternative rock.

3 Mayonaise

By far the best Smashing Pumpkins song. It's such a raw and emotional song that conveys such a feeling over you. The beginning is absolutely amazing as well. It starts off with an acoustic guitar solo kind of thing and then a huge wall of distortion and guitar comes in; it's beautiful. Everything that Billy's feeling when singing this, you can feel as well. A captivating and beautifully deep song.

This is the best song off Siamese Dream in my opinion, Soma and Cherub Rock are very close as well. But this is the magnum opus off Siamese Dream, with the excellent ballad to the start the entire thing off followed by the heavy distortion. Then Billy's coo just blends the entire thing together perfectly with D'Arcy's bass, Jimmy's percussion and James' riffs.

This is an epic song! Everything in it it's just perfect in the beginning and in the end is soft but then goes aggressive and powerful kind of melancholic too but, the right timing, the exact rhythm and great lyric I mean it has everything and should be number 1 or at least 2 but not lower than that the kind of song that touches your soul...

I've been listening to and dreaming with it for more than 20 years, period.
I associate it with my youth and I use it to compare that me to the person I am now, as an adult.
I'll die with this song in my mind.
"When no one knows, where our secrets go..."

4 Today

It's just an AMAZING song! They made a great first impression on me with this one. I also love the sinfully simple music video which is great. This song in my opinion, is the diamond in the rough of the 90s.

This song is so amazing! It means a lot because it was the first song I learned on the guitar. Once I got it down, I had a magical feeling like no other. It means a lot, and it's a great song.

This was their first commercial success, and definitely the best song from Siamese Dream! I love the Smashing Pumpkins, and they are one of the reasons why I miss the 90s.

One of the best songs ever... Like literally it's so simple yet mind-blowing... Just a song that I would listen to when I'm really happy.

5 Tonight, Tonight

Say what you want - if you don't agree that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever you're not my friend anymore! The impressive intro is taking you to another music dimension... don't you just feel happy by listening to it?

"That life can change that you're not stuck in vain...believe in I believe in you, tonight". Soul filling, life changing, dream..I'm out of adjetives. The Pumpkins made the best music to ever grace this earth. And this is their masterpiece a long with 1979.

I never liked 1979, but that's besides the point. This song is easily one of the most well composed on this list and Billy's lyrics are given such power by the music (extremely powerful on it's own).

Its just magic, beautiful, really one of the most brilliant and beautiful songs I ever heard, all the instruments together gives you chills, really this words are few to describe the magic of this song

6 Cherub Rock

Thanks to Guitar Hero 3, this song got me hooked to the Pumpkins forever. Just amazing guitar pieces throughout, and probably the most solid vocals Billy's ever done! A pure masterpiece (and one of the most fun songs to play on GH3)!

First Smashing Pumpkins song I've ever heard, my mind was blown away the first time I heard that heart-throbbing riff in the chorus. The fuzzy, uplifting, grunge sound to this song marks a new beginning in music at that time. What a song to open such a magnificent album. "Cherub Rock" is hands down their best song.

Mellon Collie is a great album and all, but I can't believe there's so much favoritism towards it over Siamese Dream. This was inarguably Corgan and company's greatest and most unique achievement, and Cherub Rock, though perhaps not as varied as some of the other tracks on the album, was a perfect opener.

This is easily the best song on Siamese Dream while Bullet With Butterfly Wings is best on Mellon Collie, I have to pick this one though, I prefer Siamese Dream slightly over Mellon Collie.

7 Disarm

What the hell. Why is this not number one. I mean, this song is 500 times better than even 1979 and that's saying something. I could listen to this song non-stop for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. This song is just a drug, I need it and I need it every minute. 1979 may be their flagship song (which isn't number #1 either for some odd damn reason, instead Bullet With Butterfly Wings Is, which furthermore, compared to 1979, Today and this song, sucks some major crap *still good though, not saying it's bad*).

Tonight, Tonight is my #1, but this is just so criminally low that I had to vote for it instead. How can you argue with anything in Disarm? One of the most beautiful songs ever committed to tape, and that's no exaggeration, methinks. The string section, Corgan's vocals, the acoustic guitar... Everything just comes together perfectly.

What a shame this is so low, not just the best Smashing Pumpkins song by a mile, but definitely one of the best songs of all time, at least it's one of my favorites. Such great emotion and passion in this.

Come on guys this has so much more emotion than 1979. Get real. The song is about getting abused as a child and you guys would rather hear 1979 or tonight tonight. Those songs are boring. Vote for this one.

8 Zero

Number 7? really, what's the matter with you guys.
Zero is everything smashing pumpkins is about.
emptiness is loneliness and loneliness is cleanliness and cleanliness is godliness and god is empty, just like me

Intensity and Anger make this song great. Beautiful guitar.

Nihilist and raw

9 Soma

The most beautiful and haunting song I have ever heard. Beautiful guitar riff which starts from the very beginning. The Cure previously had my favorite guitar riff, with their beautiful The Forest. Soma blows that song out of the water. Introspective lyrics which refer to loneliness, and a lack of connection to those you wish so greatly to connect too. In this case Corgan and his ex-wife. These struggles eventually lead to the writer's conclusion that those bond(s) will never occur, and he therefore puts those desires, and/or relationships to rest, which is what he means by sleep. He says to not wait for him, and I believe that he is letting his ex know that he will not be back, and for her to wait for him to come back is to waste time. While these desires are being pushed out of his conscious due to emotional repression, they are still in his subconscious which show up in dreams, as his soul desires to connect. Ironically the album is titled "Siamese Dream". The lyrics fit the songs ...more

Sad not to see this closer to the top of the list. Without doubt this is Corgan's masterpiece, the greatest of all the great songs he wrote. In its ambition, its beauty, and its spine-tingling climax, this is surely the connoisseur's choice for best Smashing Pumpkins song ever. Magnificent. And the SOLO...

I have listen to this song about a thousand times, but I'will always be stunned by its perfection. Moreover, this song talks about loneliness, and that there is no real connection between two souls... Very dark, hopeless, and however, so powerful and vibrant! Every time I listen to this song "my belly stings"!

Awesome from start to finish. It goes in crescendo all the way, culminating in one of the most emotional solos of the decade and an impressive final chorus by Corgan. Filled with angst and pain but beautiful enough to enthrall.

10 Rhinoceros

So underrated.. But the toon is just something that can be stuck in your head all day. It's beautiful and this needs to be up higher!

The Bass in the intro and the breakdown after the bridge are so good.

She knows, she knows, she knows. Love this song.

Can't get this song out of my head. So amazing.

The Contenders
11 Geek U.S.A.

This song is just perfection, every single instrument makes you go 'Holy Crap!' Those quiet parts are nice, and make the heavy parts that much better. It's hard to find me a song with amazing bass, but this is it, best bass I've ever heard in a song period, drums are also kick-ass and the guitar is awesome. Vocals are the weakest part, but not to say they are bad at all.

It's like two songs in one, the beginning being a hard rock song and the ending being an epic climax to the song. My number one.

A fast energy-filled psychedelic punk song with well written lyrics and even better written guitar parts and drums.

I loved this song already, but it became my favorite after I watched the live version at Pinkpop 1992. Ten times better than the album version!

12 Hummer

This song is epic with a great intra into a very hard rocking part of the song then ending with a soft finish. Very unique in its structure with great guitar and drums. This is my favorite Pumpkins song after all these years.

In my opinion this is gotta be in the top 5. Billy Corgan has said this song was about his life and I believe it should be higher. What a great song. I can relate to it also.

One of the greatest "'classic format" rock songs ever. Seriously.
Great open, blows you away in the middle, tight end. 3 minutes long. Perfect!

This song really captures the tone and essence of the Siamese Dream album. I really think Hummer displays Corgans best vocal work.

13 Drown

It's not in the top 10 because it was on the Singles soundtrack so it's not "pure" or some such. I love this song and can listen to it over and over still 20 years after I first heard it.

Too low on this list. I absolutely love Today, Zero, Disarm, and Cherub Rock but history one should be higher (like 6/7 place)

One of their best.. The overplayed radio hits need to get out of the top 10!

One of their most underrated songs, one of the best of the 90's.

14 X.Y.U.

The only other song I can think of that hits as hard as this is Hole's - I Think That I Would Die. Pure rage packaged into 7 minutes.

Amazing song, one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs ever...

"And in the eyes of the jackal, I say KABOOM! "

This song is the reason you should never piss off Billy Corgan

15 Stand Inside Your Love

Legit, the best song I've ever heard.
Period. The most underrated and overlooked album ever and their 2nd best.

True, deserves a much higher place. This is such a beautiful song. Personally my number 1.

Definitely deserves to be higher. Such a great song about love.

Greatest love song. Every line in the verse is beautiful.

16 Thru the Eyes of Ruby

So underrated that it's criminal. This song has everything you want in a song. It summarizes the boldness and musical ambition of Mellon Collie perfectly.

Simply definition of perfectness.

17 Bodies

Hard to decide a favorite...but I had to vote for Bodies; it deserves much better than 39th. It's not a single, so it's really just a hidden gem for all the real fans.

Bodies is a close second for me. Jimmy just drives this song from start to finish in the way that only he can.

Honestly, I prefer "Bullets...", but I voted for "Bodies" because it was too good to be this low!

Lyrics, guitars, drums it all sounds so amazing when performed together. Overall best SP song by a mile

18 Muzzle

Best song ever write by billy, should be on the top ten!
This sond reflect his pain, his poetry and his vision of the world!

Brilliant lyrics. Ahead of his time. Top 3 for me.

I love this song!

19 Siva

This song shows exactly the unbelievable talent of Billy Corgan, pure epicness, that riff I will never forget.

What? One of the best songs absolutely.

This is a classic

20 Bury Me

Gish is one of the best albums ever made, ever song on it is Hall of Fame material

21 Ava Adore

This songs deserves at least one comment, no? What a fantastic start, what a great rhythm! One of my favorite musics ever made!

If you don't think this os their bes song, you are *not* really a SP fan! This is their best song ever made. Period. No discussion possible!

The beat is very awesome, it's like a cyber-swamp fantasy ambience.

Should be higher very good song and award winning music video!

22 Perfect

I think the music fits the lyrics perfectly.

The title say all.

23 Quiet

That incredible solo! That riff! The screaming vocals live! It made me pick up the guitar back in the days and made me a definite Pumpkins fan. One of their best, albeit on their out-of-this world album Siamese Dream, it ain't easy to call it their absolute best. If you love this, check out the Vieuphoria live video on YouTube of Quiet!

Pumpkins has a lot of badass riffs, but this probably takes the cake.

You gotta love that bass. Best Pumpkins song ever!

24 Whir
25 Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

Porcelina and Soma... two disarming songs which represents for me the finest of Smashing Pumpkins.

When this song comes on, I want nothing to disturb the experience of the journey it takes me on.

Honestly breathtaking. The top 10 combined aren't anything to this masterpiece in my opinion.

How's this not higher ? Someone explain

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