Top 10 Songs with the Best Use of a Synthesizer

The Top Ten
1 Jump - Van Halen

No one said you need to write something super complex to get a good riff. I'd say this one has it all. It's catchy and really memorable. Many people know this song because of the synthesizer. My all-time favorite.

The synth in this song is clearly defined, and the song features fantastic vocals. Definitely the best synth song to be produced.

One of the most iconic openings to a song. One second in and pure adrenaline rushes through your body.

2 Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
3 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
4 Baba O'Riley - The Who

There really is no comparison. While many songs on this list definitely belong here, Baba O'Riley absolutely deserves the number one spot.

When I first heard the song, I thought it was an electric piano. Never thought it was a synthesizer.

Most original use for the synthesizer. Great song.

5 Dreams - Van Halen
6 Separate Ways - Journey

I remember hearing this in December 2020 when I was in the car with my dad, and I loved the synth intro.

7 Only Time Will Tell - Asia
8 The Final Countdown - Europe

One of the more iconic songs, led simply by the synthesizer melody, which makes it instantly recognizable.

Oh, I love this song. I'm addicted to the lyrics and know them by heart. Europe is definitely a one-hit wonder.

9 Take on Me - A-Ha
10 Tom Sawyer - Rush

Rush is just the best band ever and yet so underrated. No band has lasted so long in music with the same members and sounded so consistently good. Even when changing styles to stay contemporary with the ever-changing world of music, they manage to bang out tune after tune.

One heck of a song that can be led just with the synth. It has a great solo in the middle of the song with the synth.

The Contenders
11 The Show Must Go On - Queen
12 On the Run - Pink Floyd

Simply the most pivotal album music has ever heard. This song has raised the bar for synth work forever. It will be marked as a milestone for years to come.

The synths just illustrate stress and depression, which is the message of the song.

Come on! You can't get stoned and not love that!

13 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - The Eurythmics

So glad to see this one in the top 10. The entire track is synthesizer except for the beats and the bridges, which use minimal piano. A true masterpiece!

This one absolutely deserves a top ten spot. The main synthesizer tune is just so great to listen to.

14 Bliss - Muse

Muse is awesome. What else can be said? Matthew Bellamy has the voice of a god. This list is lucky to have such a good song on it. Why wouldn't someone vote for this song? You fools. You pressed the wrong button. Pay more attention!

The combination between the synth and rock guitar is awesomeness.

15 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran
16 Eclipse - Pink Floyd

Best artist ever. Best album ever. No contest - best ending to an album ever: Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

17 Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush
18 Oxygene Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre

I'll never tire of this. It carries you along with it. The moody bassline and the noise sweeps are fantastic.

The father of modern electronic music.

Excellent work, one of his best.

19 Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
20 I Ran - Flock of Seagulls

I love this song! It reminds me of high school. Best synth use ever!

21 The Phantom of the Opera - Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley
22 Wont Get Fooled Again - The Who
23 Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
24 Take My Breath Away - Berlin
25 Pulstar - Vangelis
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