Greatest Blue Oyster Cult Songs

The Top Ten
1 (Don't Fear) the Reaper

Simply the best song by BOC. Combine the haunting lyrics, which tell us not to fear death, with the beautiful music produced by one of the best bands of the 70s, and this song is the result: a masterpiece.

I actually really like like this song. The one real suggestion I guess I would have to the band to improve the song is that it could probably use a little more cowbell.

Insane and packed with meaning. What more could one ask for? The greatest songs are those that cause a person to stop and think... and this song is one of the greatest.

There is probably no song that ever reached such an awesome level! Blue Oyster Cult are simply gorgeous, and nobody that truly knows rock can say the contrary!

2 Astronomy

This is ranked 2nd but somehow it's still underrated. Not in terms of ranking but in terms of the fact that you never hear this on the radio. This should be played on the radio as much as "Burnin' For You" but you never hear this though.

Number One! At least 5 Secret Treaties songs should be in the top 15! If I was banned for life to a deserted island and could only pick 1 Album, It would be Secret Treaties! For you later BOC fans that grew up to Reaper, Godzilla, Burnin Etc, All great songs and albums too, get the Secret Treaties remastered version and listen to the original 8 songs in order 3 times.
First at regular volume, second at medium high volume, and third time crank it up!
I guarantee you WILL BE HOOKED! Thanks!
P.S My First BOC concert: Feb. 1973. My most recent(never my last! ) June 2015! 68 total!

I have been a BOC fan since their second album, Tyrany and Mutation. Best all around album is Spectres. Best version of Astronomy is from their album Imaginos. (Their drummer is a genius. Listen intensely to that version as well as to Don't Fear the Reaper to discover what I am referring to). Best song is Golden Age of Leather. The melodies change throughout the song but they all tie in cohesively. Many masterpieces from them.

My dad is an astronomer. This album came out when he was a young teenager and he told me how he listened to it on repeat, not least this song. It's his favourite BOC song (perhaps for abvious reasons, but the song is good enough to be that despite of the title/subject)

3 Burnin' for You

This Song Makes Me Happy. I Just Don't Know Why. This Song Is Very Catchy, Awesome Vocals And Great Guitar And Drum works. This song Has to be considered one of the group's best. It rocks! Musically and lyrically. And Its One Of The Songs From Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. I Just Wonder Why This Type Of Music Can't Be Made Today?

Sick guitar solo's throughout! But that ending is just phenomenal! I am guaranteed to break the speed limit if I am listening to this song. And my rock goes all the way to 11 with this song!

Still much respect to Don't Fear The Reaper!

This Song is Clearly one of the Best! The First time I heard it I was very young and hated it, bet as I got older it became certainly one of the best songs ever in my personal opinion!

Great hooks, solo is amazing- Buck Dharma is the most underrated guitarist in hard rock. He never just solos for the sake of it- every solo has purpose and they are always unique.

4 Godzilla

Blue Oyster Cult is awesome to me because they sound slightly like the beatles and are extremely catchy.
Top 3
1. Godzilla
2. Burning For you
3. Don't fear the reaper

Blue Oyster Cult = myth
Godzilla = myth
it's simply obvious that this song would be such a masterpiece!
Blue Oyster Cult Rocks! Nothing more to say

My first Blue Oyster Cult song, and this also is what introduced me to Godzilla at like 5 years old.

Oh no, they say he's got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah!

5 I Love the Night

Haunting... So good! Buck's vocals are so smooth and his guitar work is second to none. One of the best tunes off of Spectres.

I love this song. Melodic and Haunting guitar hooks are so good.

A beautiful love song.

6 Flaming Telepaths

This is the epitome of BOC. Amazing musicianship, creepy vibe, erudite lyrics involving alchemy and transformation. Great vocals, amazing synth lead and piano work. Buck is amazing on guitar but what differentiates BOC from other hard rock bands is the role of the keyboards, particularly Allen Lanier's Piano and Organ work. This is a great song which leads right into Astronomy.

It's so hard to pick any one song to be a favorite, but if I had to at this point in time, Flaming Telepaths would be it.

I can't believe this track wasn't included already! It has to be one of their top 5 songs.

How do people listen to this song without falling in love with it? How?

7 Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll

So heavy for it's time, timeless riffing and the drums fit perfectly along with Albert Bouchard's vocals, huge live staple and the musicianship is flawless.

Agreed, this was pretty much America's first native Heavy Metal Song. Never get tired of this one! Crank it up!

Is there a more well known guitar lick? I can sing it word for word and that is a rarity.

Should be in the top 5

8 Veteran of the Psychic Wars

This song is like wings that will make you fly higher than clouds so you could look down at all the human race and feel something special. More than psychedelic. A perfect song. Maybe this should be in top 3? Or maybe that's just me...
Oh, please don't let theses shakes go on...

Amazing song. The live version found on the Extraterrestrial Live album is absolutely superb. The middle section is something to behold in awe.

I listened to this song so much this last summer. I wouldn't say it's better than reaper, but it really deserves to be in the top five at least.

This easily deserves to be in the top ten, if not top five. The live version is even better than the already great studio version.

9 Then Came the Last Days of May

Great song - and they DO play it live now (personally saw them perform it in Ohio early '14 and most recent YouTube clips of them live have this.. Thank God)! Already have my tix to see them in Atlanta on Oct 4th - gotta play it BOC! Also,... PLEASE play ETI (Extraterrestrial)!... Laugh out loud Thanks!

Buck says this song based on true story...maybe this is what makes this ballad so enthralling. Just wish it was a longer story...but as long as Buck extends it with his amazing guitar work...I'm of underrated BOC!

Great early catalogue song. Where's Flaming Telepaths, Veteran of the Psychic Wars and Harvester of Eyes? Two may to choose from. Great band.

I remember when they played this song at a concert in the late 70's in Jacksonville Fl. I want to say in 78. Great song. I can't understand why it never got much air time.

10 Black Blade

Epic rocker. Books are worth checking out. Hopefully will become a film series someday.

This song is wonderful.
Based on the Elric saga, a classic series of books.

Should be in top 10 list.. Best song.. Love the variations..

In my opinion black blade belongs in the top 10, but then all songs are based on someones likes, so even if you don't think so it does not make it so, A number one to some could be a 50 to another
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The Contenders
11 Shooting Shark

Another underrated song. The lyrics are so so amazing.

Songs amazing.. Really really good song

Excellent song so often overlooked.

Great song. Must be in top 10.

12 Harvest Moon

Almost unknown late offering. It's from the underappreciated Heaven Forbid album which just rocks- probably their heaviest album ever! Harvest Moon harkens back to that Reaper feel- an awesome Buck offering. If this song was released in the late 70's, it would have been a huge hit!

Awesome. Right up there with Burnin' For You and Don't Fear The Reaper. Underrated.

Can't put my finger on it , but this song has the it factor.

13 7 Screaming Diz-Busters

If you like hard rock and great guitar riffs and kick ass baseline, this is a must hear. One of my all time favorite rock songs

14 Before the Kiss, a Redcap

Its jazzy and rocks to the top. Its their best in my opinion. Love this song.

I want BOC to open a show with this, I think it is that good. One of their boogie rock songs.

Listen close. It is so good.

15 Joan Crawford

Epic song, "no no no, no no noo" amazing singing quality, blue oyster cult is honestly the best band that gave pure american phsycedelic rock.

"Joan Crawford has risen from the grave". Epic lyrics and the smoothness makes this song really special.

Love this song.

16 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

I like Revenge of Vera Gemini a bit more than ETI, but it is not even available to vote for!

The solo rules!

17 Fire of Unknown Origin

The original version of this song (which can be found on YouTube) isn't on any of the original albums, but is a bonus track on the CD of Agents Of Fortune. It is so much better than the more well-known version. It is really dark, and he sounds sick and crazy.

Heard this song in Supernatural Season 01 Episode 17 - Hell House.
This is an awesome song.

Best of B.O.C... I have no idea why it is behind. You have to listen to this song!

18 Debbie Denise
19 Career of Evil

One of the best song to start off an album in my opinion.

Sneaky underrated song which has aged like fine wine.

Wasn't one of my favs in my mid teens, but wow it sure is now. Just a great album.

20 Take Me Away

I remember this tune having limited airplay on album rock radio over 30 years ago, then never played afterwards. MSG in the 1980's had the tune What We Need, but I'd thought that it sounded like a tune that I'd heard before. It sounds very much like Take Me Away. I think B.O.C. should get more credit for this minor hit of their.

Great song- driving tune off The Revolution by Night. Has Randy Jackson (American Idol) guesting on bass- check out the slap work there!

Great vocal hook, and that breakdown bridge after the solo is brilliant!

Best BOC song by miles... so catchy and definitely worth a listen!

21 Sinful Love

I love you like sin, but I won't be your pidgeon. Crazy as it sounds , but it works.

22 Morning Final

Just love this song - a different type of vibe for BOC, and this adds depth to any performance.

23 R.U. Ready 2 Rock

The original studio version is okay, pretty good tune.. But the SEE live version really asks the question: RU Ready 2 Rock? 'Cause it does! Awesome set opener!

24 The Red and the Black

Energy is this song. Can't just listen to it. You HAVE to move. Great balance in vocals, bass, drums, and awesome guitar.

Such an epic song, will always remember the time I used to listen to this on my brand new sony Walkman when I was eleven years old... ! Rock on

Guitar bass and drums work perfectly together with well placed vocal breaks.

25 In Thee

Written by Keyboardist/ Guitarist Allen Lanier, In the was a minor hit off Mirrors- but it should have been bigger. Such a heartfelt song. Perfect ballad made for radio.

Very touching and meaningful, an underrated and forgotten rock ballad, this deserves to be a classic!

Love this song! Always thought it was more popular than it is.. Should be more known!

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