Best Steve Vai Songs

The Top Ten
1 For the Love of God

It's undeniable that this is Vai's best song. I've been to a few live concerts, and I always get pumped up, hyped, happy, etc in all them, but when I saw For the Love of God live it was so powerful, way more powerful than anything I've ever listened before, this song is simply amazing. The music video playing in the background gave it such a power as well, there's nothing to unlike about this song.

I was just out of words when I heard it the second time. So lot of emotions and an epic song. I cannot describe that feeling. It feels like you are just one and your position cannot be described and that song is going on. Like I'm in a dream. I'm sleeping and when the song is over I'm full of energy. Mind blowing awesome song. Definitely God like.

2 Tender Surrender

My first encounter with this song was thus (keep in mind I had only heard Steve Vai's name in passing), minute one- wow, I actually like this riff (that's saying a lot I'm a bit of a music snob). minute two holy canolli, this guy's got soul, minute three- this is the best guitar solo I've ever heard, period. minute four-I can't comprehend how each phrase keeps builds on the last. Minute five-I must know who this Vai Is. Via. Dude is I must become him or he must become me, minute six- Just kidding there is no minute six.

This song is my personal favorite. The intro sounds almost feminine-like and sensual. Then as the song progresses the raw shredding and high climax... then back to the soft feminine side... Finishing with an awesome Thunder-like effect. Rate: 100%

3 Whispering a Prayer

This song is criminally underrated. It is beautiful in so many ways and really showcases how much emotion can be conveyed through a song. You rock Steve!

The song touches you on so many levels. It describes so much in so less space. And every time you hear it it keeps getting better.

Absolutely beautiful... when he don't mess it up and go off on one of his mad whammy expressions, alive in a ultra world album for this song most definitely

4 Bad Horsie

Bad Horsie is such an atmospheric track. You've got that big meaty riff, the smoking bluesy lead parts with that perfect wah tone, not to mention Vai's classic tremolo acrobatics! Awesome tune.

This is not the number one Vai track only because I think Tender Surrender appeal to a broader audience.

A badass riff, awesome bass, great skills and guitar techniques, tapping, skillful drums and makes you feel like you wanna go to a shooting yard then go hold a rifle and just start shooting some bottles cause you're a badass when you hear this sum of perfect bad sounds in this masterpiece.

5 Building the Church

Real Illusions: Reflections is the first studio album since Steve Vai's 1999 studio release The Ultra Zone. The album was released on February 22, 2005. It is the first piece of a three-part concept album about a town visited by the godsent Pamposh and his construction of the Church.
"Lotus Feet", the seventh song (which is to be the most emotional - see The Seventh Song), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song was recorded live in the Netherlands in 2004 during Vai's "The Aching Hunger Tour".

6 The Crying Machine

This song is so funky, it is one of my favorite songs. Not as epic as Lotus Feet, Liberty, or For the Love of God - but right next to them.

7 Now We Run

Amazing, really ' gets you pumping. Especially the live version. Absolutely amazing.

8 Lotus Feet

It's not all shredding and fancy tricks just a beautifully crafted song, played to perfection. Masterpiece.

9 Juice
10 The Audience Is Listening

I love this song so much it's his best riff in my opinion and is done flawlessly. Via is a Guitar god.

The Contenders
11 Erotic Nightmares

Should be way higher. Like I mean way higher.

12 Melissa's Garden
13 Die to Live

Amazing song. The ideas in the song are beautifully expressed. Playing it might not be technically as difficult as some of his other stuff from the list but composition wise this might be his best, be it the 7/8 time signature used in the most part of the song or the chord changes, the song sounds like it's been composed by a western classical maestro.

Great song. The longer version on "Where The Wild Things Are" DVD is even better than the studio version.

14 Liberty

Very expressive and meant in everyway...

15 Boston Rain Melody

Amazing song! I don't understand why he don't play this live.

16 I Know You're Here
17 Natural Born Boy

Its hard to have a Best but this is certainly my favorite.

18 Blue Powder

This is a great ballad. Its about peace and happiness stuff.

19 Sisters

A good vibe in such a short track. Amazing sound based around chords and the change midway through the song really defines this track.

Reminds me a lot of my favorite song, Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix. This song just seems so perfect and shouldn't be down here at 22

I would of thought this song would of been higher on the list. It's an amazing song

20 Speeding (Vault Version)
21 Touching Tongues
22 Mjolnir Mix
23 The Animal
24 I'm the Hell Outta Here
25 Windows to the Soul

This is as far as soloing on one theme his all time greatest and most emotional song. You just feel his love for his beloved. Great passionate song. Techniqually this song contains more than you will be able to understand and achieve in a lifetime of guitar playing.

How can this be down at 49 it may not be the best part of a flawless album like tender surrender and for the love of god but that's because it isn't from a flawless album. It is the single most passionate and melodic piece of music ever to be written and after a couple of listens you can't disagree

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