Top 10 Best Deep Purple Songs

The Top Ten
1 Child in Time

This is one of THE greatest songs ever written, by anyone! Listen to the variety of versions Purple played during the Mk2 period; truly a fantastic mixture of musicianship, music colour asnd emotion. Gillan stood head and shoulders above ALL other singers during the early 70's. Blackmore was just incredible and Lord (RIP) was an immense influence on the Purple sound. Incredible song, that testifies to the genius of the band. Written within a few weeks of this version of the band getting together. This song has NO PEERS.

Sorry guys. There may be some good moments in this song, but Ian's falsetto gets on my nerves after a few minutes. This is definitely not Deep Purple's best song by a long shot. Smoke on the Water, Highway Star, Space Truckin', Lazy, Woman from Tokyo, Burn, just to name a few are all better songs. Just my opinion. Also, I believe that Deep Purple is one of the best rock bands of all-time. Child in Time is just not their best song.

Probably the only ten-minute song that can hold my attention for its entirety, With those chilling screams, incredible guitar solos, and extremely clever structure, this song was way ahead of its time, and I am forever wishing I could forget it just so that I could experience it for the first time again.

Just listened to this classic on my iPod for the first time in awhile. Then thought I might google best Deep Purple songs and found some sites have this as low as number five or six. No...this is the number one. Play it loud, I'm in my sixties but still with great hearing...just play it loud.

2 Highway Star

Child in Time may have a better moody and anti war construction but Highway Star does even better with their guitar solo and having also the catchiest lyrics in all of DP's discography.

Kinda diissappointed to know that CHild In Time plagiarized other song to get its own construction, Then Highway Star it0s more original and the best.

This is pure talent- Amazing song. Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord are on fire! So is, Ian Gillain and Ian Paice. This is a song I would highly recommend when you're driving super fast also you might want to be careful because you end up hearing this song 120 decibels. Great song from a great album.

This is the template of how a classic Deep Purple song is: Fast, heavy, and LOUD!

With lyrics that will make you crazy, an organ solo that will make you feel like the best driver ever, and a guitar solo that will make you go absolutely INSANE, this song truly is among the best songs of all time.

3 Smoke on the Water

This song helped us to get into Deep Purple. But there are other better songs of their's than this. You just have to listen more songs of their's.

Legendary song!

Class apart! Bow down in respect for Sir Blackmore!

Good as Child In Time is, this song is a clearly more number 2 material song than Highway Star we gotta' accept it, even if it hurts.

The live version from Made in Japan is the definitive version of this song. Studio version sounds anemic in comparison.

4 Burn

The drumming in burn is the best drumming in a rock song ever. Smoke on the water, highway star and this song HAVE to be in top three! So I hope the people that haven't vote yet will follow me and vote for burn. IF NOT: I think the damned women will BURN you!

Lovely drum rhythm... It's has harmony and speed and POWER... I'm a drummer, and hack, I don't know any deep's song, until my friend forced me to cover up this song... And I like it very much.. BUT, this song always makes my drums go wild and splatter all around wahhahah

Ritchie Blackmore is God. The solos are just so epic. Thinking about the amount of skill he has just blows my MIND. Along with this the drums and the awesome lyrics makes it one of my favorite DP songs

Amazing song! Great drumming they just blew their tops in this song... It should be on the top along with smoke on the water

5 Perfect Strangers

This song gives me chills every time I listen to it. The vocals are simply amazing, the way Gillan makes his voice mysterious. As said above, it is a perfect song.

The most underrated song ever... Epic song with a riff better than smoke on the water... And there's not a single doubt about their vocal excellence

Eight votes only on this track? This is dissappointing! I hoped more of a "true" list of one my all time favorite hard-rock bands.

Definitely a noteworthy song. Those who haven't given it a listen must. perfect guitaring and I can't think of a better voice to go with it. Don't find an all round perfect song these days.

6 Soldier of Fortune

There's just NO WAY that this should be below Child In Time! Screw that song if there's any song that should be right below Smoke on The Water, then its Soldier of Fortune... A great song when you've just been deserted whom you never thought would do so...

In my opinion, this one share the 1st place with child in time. Do not forget that popularity of a song does not show that it is the best.

It excites a spark within me! The perfect song with beautiful lyrics. Should have been on the top of the list! Love it!

One of the greatest slow rocks tracks ever. Definitely belongs to first place.

7 Black Night

Not only is this song unique in every way possible, but it also is My favorite song of theirs! Screw smoke on the water! The lyrics are heart warming and you can tell that the instrumentation is at it's finest!

This song gets my blood pumping and it's made for that! Somebody wrote before me "it's more metal than rock - fine! "
Yeah, baby, bang your head - it's one of the best songs for this business!

I really like the guitar riff, the rhythm, the solo as well as the vocals!
A little similar to a classic metal song!

I saw purple in Sydney back in 84 when they played this song the place went nuts, play it loud! Purple at there best.

8 Lazy

My fellow rockers. WHY is this masterpiece so low? Ian Gillan's vocals here is perfectly timed and perfectly uttered and the bluesy piano soloing of Paice is unmatched. Don't forget the blues-based guitar solo of Sir Ritchie Blackmore.! This should be number 2 or 3 cause it contains the DEEP PURPLE spirit and style. God damn you guys.

Not a Deep Purple fan per se. I'm more of a blues fan. I was getting out of my car and this song came on and I was wondering who it was. Had to stay and listen to the whole song. Super impressed. Great song. New respect for Deep Purple.

Deep Purple was anything but lazy when creating this tune. Hands down the best seventies rock tune with organ. Great shuffle beat. Great guitar solo. AMAZING organ solo intro. love this song.

I constantly practice that wicked Pull-off part of the first solo. Wow, what a masterpiece this song truly is. My favourite for sure.

9 Hush

I love this song... Smoke on the water is a legendary, but this is their best song ever.

Awesome song done! I would put this one #2 on the list after Smoke on the Water.

Best song ever...riding down the road singing like I was in. The Band...

Their first hit. One of the best debut songs I have ever heard.

10 Fireball

Agree, drums are awesome - it's double bass. Can you imagine, Ian Paice played double bass in 1971! Go beat Deep Purple when it comes to inventing metal and metal subgenres, and using advanced metal techniques in every area - vocals, drumming, guitars...

Lars Ulrich of Metallica attended one of the DP shows in Copenhagen, Denmark (he was 9-10) and was mesmerized by this double bass on Fireball (he saw such thing for the first time).

THE prototypical hard rock song: very hard, heavy drums, heavy organs, fast beat, and overall a very compact rock song. This song defined hard rock for decades to come. Still wonderful to listen to when in a car, working out... so much energy and power!

What the hell is this song doing at 13? The opening drum solo is epic along with the drumming throughout the song. The organ solo in the middle is just so god. The hook always make me feel nostalgic and warm inside :)
" love it's a long way! Where you are from it's a long way! "

This should be the number 1 DP song. This song defines what driving hard rock is all about, like the other comments mentioned. For me, it's been my number 1 DP song since I heard it for the first time in 1970. At 65, it still moves me. I love it!

The Contenders
11 Knockin' At Your Back Door

Song that's as underrated as underrated can be, glad to see it's moving up the list. Guitar riff especially is superb

This song got me into deep purple, I thought they were just some smoke on the water, but they are the most underappreciated band of all time and this song is the best, no matter what anyone says

Masterpiece should be in the top 5 at least.

This Is so perfect, should be in top 5!

12 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming

I love the solo by Steve Morse. It is impossible to get more feeling in one guitar solo than Steve Morse got here. I can listen to it for hours...

Wonderfully emotive. Smouldering, dynamic and evocative, topped off with Steve Morse's explosive finale.

This song is full of feelings. It's one of the best musical compositions of "Deep Purlpe". The guitar solo is truely epic and has reminds me at a solo from Dream Theater (What ist really virtuosly).

Change of plan. This is my favorite song now. With close to soldier of fortune.

13 Space Truckin'

"Made in Japan's" Space Truckin' is one of the few songs off the top of my head where live version is better than the recorded. The others: Midnight Rambler and Street Fighting Man from "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out" by the Rolling Stones, and Smoke on the Water from the same record.

This should replace Soldier of Fortune in 4th place and then the top 5 will be perfect. The studio version is amazing and Deep Purple always used this to end their live shows where they would stretch it out to 20 minutes.

Top five without a doubt. Simply a fun, jammin' rocking' tune. Why complicate music?!

Great song. I have this on rock band 4 and thought it would be harder

14 Mistreated

The opening guitar line is so cool, straight in the amp no soup like all the guitarists today. Stunning original riff yet again from Ritchie and a great vocal too.

This and Led Zeppelin's Since I've Been Loving You are the best blues songs I've ever heard.

Mistreated at 109?! It has some of Ritchie's best guitar playing ever!

Amazing song by deep purple, one of their best (and one of my favorites with since I've been loving you and high hopes)

15 When a Blind Man Cries

Everyone knows Smoke, but Metallica's cover of this brought me to the deeper side (Pun intended) of Deep Purple.

This song makes me feel many feels.

It's so beautiful song!

Great, great and great

16 Pictures of Home

One hell of an overlooked gem from an album highly esteemed by rock and metal fans alike---great keyboard work and a flawless solo, these guys were so ahead of their time.

A great epic song! Live version is a masterpiece! Jon Lord at is best. Deep Purple forever...

This song is awesome. The drum solo in the beginning is enough to sell it for me.

Jon Lord's favourite song of machine head, is one of the best purple songs

17 Stormbringer

Please. This is a Kick Butt. Deep Purple is credited with the first Heavy Metal album of all time (Machine Head), and you all can't give the Stormbringer album it's due? Please. Go back to your cave.

Not my favorite but it shouldn't be 18th, it should be at least 6th... The guitars are amazing and the vocals are incredible and incredibly catchy... Can't get the "RIDE THE RAINBOW! " out of my head

This is my favorite deep purple song. God the rift is so good and so heavy. Hands down the most underrated song in rock.

One of the best songs Purple have ever made!
The riff is so groovy, the vocals are great and the solo is just spetacular.

A true classic.

18 Woman from Tokyo

Man, this song is amazing. Great vocals, great solo, nice keyboard all the way through, not to mention the great bass all the way through the song!

All the elements blend so beautifully that they make the song sound familiar to even those who haven't heard it before.

Purple at their- tender and ferocious in equal measure. Not their very best but a fabulous trouser splitting rock song

Awesome Riff. Awesome vocal. Awesome Drums. Awesome Keyboards. Awesome Bass. Iconic Song and yet another great piece from DP. Love them.

19 Kentucky Woman

Got to be psyched

20 Strange Kind of Woman

MIJ version of this song is one of the most entertaining pieces to have come from Deep Purple.

It's one of their best songs!

This song is wayy too good to be number 14! Amazing solo, amazing vocals, amazing tune

21 Speed King

Fantastic instrumentals, love the crazy guitar mayhem leading to the serenity of the organ interlude then into a vocal attack by Gillan with "Good golly Miss Molly".Should at least be in the top ten, very surprised.

Child In Time is their best for me, but that is top. And this should be 2nd. The intro and energy with Gillan at his prime blew me away as a 15 year old 35 years ago and I still get a massive buzz of this song. BURN at #3 for me.

Come on guys! This should be number 3. It has a mind blowing intro, sheer speed, great lyrics and that call-and-answer solos are at the same time virtuoso and heavy. The live '84 version just blows you away.

I love DP and this song might not be a number 1 but it surely should be in the top 10 cause it's the first speed metal one, precedent to Highway Star and maybe even better than HS.

22 April

This song is incredible, I can't believe why it's so down in this top. If everyone could give it a listen, I'm pretty sure it would be much more appreciated than the basic Smoke on the Water.

Absolutely incredible song. 114? This is one of their best songs. Please, if you scroll far down enough to see this, give it a listen!

April isn't just the best Deep Purple song--It's the single most under rated rock song ever. Basically a perfect song.

Everyone listen to April and maybe the nyou understand why Deep Purple is one the greatest bands of all times and Ritchie Blackmore real is guitar virtuoso.

23 Hard Lovin' Man

0%? You're kidding! When the band reformed in '84 each member picked their favourite DP song for a Radio One special and this was Jon's choice - and he knew a thing or two about music! Perhaps it takes more time to appreciate than some songs but it's worth the effort. It's certainly risen in my top ten over the last forty odd years, maybe because it sounded a tad messy on the lo-fi mono record player we had back then. Surely the band's most breath-taking, exciting and simply OTT studio recording. Epic indeed.

Agree - pure speed metal, and epic! All those gallops in current metal came from DP's speed metal.

Maybe the heaviest melodic guitar
Solo ever... And the best.

24 Blind
25 Hungry Daze

Deep Purple are again one step ahead - besides its awesome melody and riff, this song has some elements of symphonic (power) metal. Go beat Ritchie Blackmore when speaking of metal invention, and respectively - metal subgenres.

And Gillan even growls towards the end - it's so metal.

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