Top Ten Dream Theater Songs

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This list shows the best songs of the gods of Prog Metal.

The Top Ten

1 Octavarium

When true musicians here someone speak of the legends of DT, they can faintly hear the soft whispers of the the musical gods playing Octavarium in there ears, this song is number one. All the people that voted "Pull Me Under" are only musicians when it comes to Guitar Hero, otherwise they would have never heard of DT.
Favorites: Octavarium, Metropolis pt.1, Entire Scenes from a Memory, surrounded, Count of Tuscany (Ending makes me tear up every time) etc.

Fantastic! It brings you to a different dimension. It shows their true potential and what they're capable of.

Masterpiece.

Pull me under is a joke, it's just a decent song. Not worthy of the top ten that's fore sure.

I might be the only one but I feel this song is very overrated, every time this song comes on I get excited, because this is the Dream Theater song your supposed to love, but every time I finish it feeling let down from the whole thing, there just isn't much going on in it beyond the story, not much changes with the instrumentals or vocals it just drones on so much that the lyrics just sound like it is being repeated over and over again. It feels to me like they could have done better with this song
Whereas DT other long songs leave me feeling like I listened to a masterpiece - germshep24

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2 The Count of Tuscany

The best adventurous song by DT, has so much feeling in the music. has to make top 10.

Very melodic outstanding chorus, I was once searching for this song and I heard the first melody it has at the begging and there I found it its just one of my DT favorites

This song makes me (infact made, never listen to it again) laugh so hard that I had to go for the Endoscopy checkup the next day for severe stomach disturbances. - Vip3r

This song should be in the top 10 easy. An outstanding intro, chorus and verses makes this one of my all time favourites. Not to mention the superb lyrics and solo!

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3 A Change of Seasons

This song actually feels like you're shifting through seasons. It is a MASTERPIECE. Being who I am, a musician into all kinds of genres from Progressive to Experimental and Jazz fusion. This song is Iconically the Best in the World. Every aspect is crystal. Just Brilliant.

Anyone who puts The Count of Tuscany or Octavarium over A Change of Seasons needs to re-evaluate things. The Count has the ending and beginning that are iconic, but the middle section drags on a bit and seems like it was slightly forced (see the last half of A Nightmare to Remember or Beyond this Life). Octavarium also drags a bit at the beginning with Rudess on the continuum. Everything about A Change of Seasons screams masterpiece. The lyrics are beautiful (oddly enough it was Portnoy with some lyrics that weren't about alcohol addiction), the themes are woven together with expertise, and there isn't a moment where you think the are just showing off how extremely talented they are. Every part of Change is necessary to the story being told. The main theme recurs throughout the song (something Octavarium and Count cannot claim). Plus, how are you going to stop the train when it's coming full force at 18:37 in? I've heard this song countless times, yet I still get chills when the ...more

This song is beautiful. Seriously. When I listen to the lyrics I feel an almost unbearable mixture of sadness, joy and anger. And musically it's near perfect. Every note is thoughtfully placed.

This is simply the best song ever

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4 Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper

Fantastic, took a long time to get the love for this song going, but once its there, your hooked I love the complexity of the breakdown from myungs superlative bass solo, this is musicianship at its utmost! Hats off to them, the whole song is perfect

This song is RIDICULOUS. It deserves to be #1

People are voting just because the songs are long... Come on guys, a change of seasons and the count of tuscany are great but octavarium is nothing especial...
My personal top 10
1- metropolis
2- dance of eternity
3- caunt of tuscany
4- panic attack
5- pull me under
6- change of seasons
7- breaking all illusions
8- as I am
9- the best of times
10- stream of consciousness

MUSICAL MASTERPIECE! Everything is perfect in this song! Petrucci's playing is phenomenal, Myung's bass is incredible, and Labrie's vocals have never been better then they were on this song. Oh, and did I mention Portnoy's awesome drums? This song is the band's magnum opus for sure.

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5 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

This song has everything that I want from a dream theater song X10. crazy solos, catchy tunes, sick drums, Some of the best vocals that James has ever done and sooo much more. And also, some of the most interesting lyrics I have ever heard. it takes up the stories of 6 different people with mental disorders. About to crash is about a perfect teen girl who falls into a deep depression. War inside my head is about a person with schizophrenia and paranoia. Goodnight kiss is presented in the form of a letter from a mother inside a mental institution to her daughter. And my favorite when it comes to lyrics, Monday morning lunatic is separated into 2 verses. the first is about a kid who's seen as a little special and nothing more, daydreams a lot and likes to be alone. But nothing thinks that there is something wrong with him. hi's just special. The second verse is about the same boy but grown up. he still behaves the same way but now he's seen as a danger to himself. They speak of him as ...more

Boy! Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence..Where do I begin?..The very first song (and still favorite of 'em) that sparked off the attention and gravitated me towards this band's discography. The song captures and traverses the listener through an unforgettable roller-coaster journey. The way they've incorporated, merged, and executed chain of events seamlessly reflects immense devotion towards attaining stellar musicianship. The duration of the track may have wore out some folks or even ardent fans but not me because it evokes indescribable overwhelming sensations that even after having listened to it on multiple occasions, time flies by like a breeze of fragrance.. - Arhaan95

I'm sorry, but this song has everything. Soft ballads, heavy riffs, blistering instrumentals, soaring vocals, and all else that Dream Theater is so known for. Sure, I suppose you can say that it is split up into 8 separate tracks on the CD, but they all make up one kick-ass 42-minute song. If you're looking for Dream Theater in one song, this is it.

Personally, as of this moment, this epic is my favorite Dream Theater (mostly because I haven't gotten around to listening to Octavarium yet). From beginning to end, it is a masterpiece. The best version is the live recording from Score.

Edit: My new favorite is Metropolis Pt 1 - CaptDeadeye

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6 Breaking All Illusions

I absolutely agree with the guy above me. The guitar solo is the best one I've heard in my entire life, it has so much feeling in it! You can almost hear Petrucci speak through his guitar. Myung did a great job in this song as well. His bass sounds incredible in this one. (As a bassist, I am still wondering: How can he even play that stuff? OO) Not to forget he wrote the lyrics which are awesome. The intro makes me feel almost ecstatic and the chorus is just epic.
This is now the song, after all those years, where I can say: This is their best! I've been waiting so long for a song like this.

This is one of the best songs I've ever heard. The lyrics are perfection, James' voice is incredible and he makes it even better with the feeling he puts into singing it. The new drummer, Mike Mangini, is amazing, I haven't listen that much to classic Dream Theater so I can't comment on him being better than Mike Portnoy, but I can say that the new one is really good. The guitar solo isn't necessarily my favorite of all time, but it is most definitely in my top 10, it is simply fantastic. The feeling in it is just amazing. The best parts of this song for me is the intro, the 'Life's biggest battles' part, the chorus and the solo. If you haven't heard this song before, I can't recommend it enough.

I love this song! The intro is amazing, especially when Rudess joins in, and Petrucci is just rocking pretty much through the whole song. If you thought the intro sounded good, wait till you hear the solo!

So yes! I mean, most people think that their most well known songs like "Pull me under", "Octavarium" or so, are their best songs, and although they're orgamic and extremely good, for me "braking all illusions" is their finest because it gathers all the elements that make dream theater who they are and protect it in and incredible and epic way; lyrics, melodic hooks, prog sections, metal, masterful soloing, all in 1 piece of music.

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7 The Glass Prison

5 guys with great skills make a masterpiece of prog metal!
if you think DT sucks, that's because you're a Justin Bieber fan! - rock2metal

This is the TRUE progressive METAL - 0xDeadBeef

This song has really got everything. It's the perfect combination of Prog and Heavy. This song is definitely the best job Dream Theater has done of mixing both of those elements of their band. - Valor

Listen to the version of this song from the Mike Portnoy instructional video "In Constant Motion" that goes right into "This Dying Soul".

After hearing this, you will be a changed person forever. - Norwood

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8 Pull Me Under

I actually found out this song by YouTube NOT GUITAR HERO so everybody stop bitching about how people discover music.. shouldn't we be proud that we can all unite under the same band and talk about dream theaters greatness...

I just read a review in classic rock magazine in 2001 which told of dream theaters style, within 3 months I had the full back catalog plus 2 of the bootleg series. I despise comments like just because of guitar hero. It doesn't matter how you hear the music just as long as you do and you enjoy. I also only heard of my chemical romance because of guitar hero and subsequently bought 2 albums. I would still put this song at number 1 in the list even if my personal favourite is under a glass moon, because it will easy anyone reading this into the musical masterpiece that is dream theater.

Either this or any other images and words song, and who cares if it was on guitar hero dream theater fans are dream theater fans, I love you all no matter how you got introduced.

THE BEST OF AN AMAZING CATALOGUE OF TUNES

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9 Panic Attack

The drums in this song are extremely spacy and spastic.

A brutal assault from Dream Theater. It's a complete contrast to the rest of Octavarium, which is rather mellow in comparison. This is probably their heaviest song since The Glass Prison. It's very Portnoy-driven, and here, he makes excellent use of those two kick pedals he's armed himself with.

Heaviest since Glass Prison? You know Train of Thought came in between, right? - Songsta41

This song is a beast.
Along with In The Name Of God and Honor Thy Father this song really pumps you up and its so melodic

Great Song Its Their Best - mneilan

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10 The Spirit Carries On

Simply beautiful song, the same goes for the whole album

Its soft slow song than other DT song.
Remind me of listening Extreme-more than words for the first time in their album.

Probably the most underrated DT song ever.
HOWEVER, for those poor souls who never try to understand the true meaning of a song, here is a quick step-by-step guide to how to love this song:
1) List the whole album "Scenes from a Memory"
2) Understand the story/lyrics
3) Listen this song again
4) Cry whenever you hear JPs solo
5) Great succes!

damn! the solo at the last minute is super hyper arch mega ultra awesome! wow! petrucci, you made me cry once more :')

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The Contenders

11 Home

Scenes from a Memory is the best album in the history of rock. HOME is my favorite from that album.

This was actually the first track I heard of 'em knowingly and it blew me away. This whole album is awesome. It is the first album with Rudess in the line-up and there's just no way you cannot see the new heights they reach with each track, specially this one. The slow intro that builds up to a wonderfully heavy riff, the vocals, the guitar solo, the keyboard solo, the quotes form Metropolis Pt. 1. It has everything that defines Dream Theater to me. The album kept me so hungry for more that I bought Six Degrees the day it came out (I was in 8th grade so I had to save up). Additionally, I later noticed that Scenes From A Memory was used as the soundtrack to the DBZ: History of Trunks special. To this day I still find that it's all killer with this track. Everything works.

Tiring but a good song if you're suffering from Insomnia..will put you to sleep instantly - Vip3r

Basically Tool's Forty Six & Two if it was done by Dream Theater. It's a pretty good song still. One of my favorites by this band - cjWriter1997

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12 Scene Nine: Finally Free

To be honest, I don't know why Finally Free is below The Spirit Carries on. - Gamefreak23788

Are you kidding me? Seriously? Finally Free is in my top ten DT songs. It always will be. This is the icing on the cake for Scenes From a Memory. You hear The Spirit Carries On, then just when you think it can't get any better or emotional, this song comes on. It's absolutely flawless. And I have to point out the vocals. I think this is James LaBrie's best song to date. The way he sings it... I wouldn't want any other person doing it. Perfect song.

This song deserves better place.

Perfect. Just perfect.

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13 The Best of Times

The solo is amazing! - V4noM

This song has changed my understanding of music. The guitar solo for this song is about 3 minutes at the end, and this is by far one of the best solos of JP if not the world. This song deserves to be on the top.

Wow, this is easily one of Dream Theater's best songs. There is absolutely no reason why this should be at number 38, nor is there any reason why "Pull Me Under" Should be at number 2. It should at least be at number 18, right under "Forsaken. " Honestly, I don't understand the logic behind this list.

Come on! This song is a masterpiece. I can't help but cry at the end of this song because of the level of passion and emotion that goes into this piece. It may not be the most musically complex but the guitar solo at the end is nothing short of virtousity. This song deserves to be in the top ten. "Pull Me Under" is a good song but "The best of times" is a masterpiece. It should be right up there with Octavarium.

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14 In the Name of God

This was my first Dream Theater song. - CaptDeadeye

Why is this so far down the list?! Top ten easily! - TakinUrDignity

12th Seriously?

The weirdest solo section they have ever done, but it fits so well. I don't get it. - AdamDestructorJr.

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15 Another Day

This song is easily top 3

Just... perfect!

Don't be a fool...
Don't believe in propaganda. Undoubtedly this is the best song of dream theater I've ever listened. It's awesome... Amazing... Fantastic... Wonderful... Mind blowing... It must be placed in number 1(not even this list but also in every music lovers mind).

Who made this absurd list.. Shame on him. They forgot to mention the best song in the top place.

Please listen the dream song of dream theater and browse the world of melody. Good luck fans...

Such a good song... Its solo is definitely in my top 10.

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16 In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1

Honestly, this list wad made before Systematic Chaos came out because it had a new epic (25:35) called In The Presence Of Enemies. This is in the top five as far as most dream theater fans are concerned. Coming from most real Dream Theater fans, Pull Me Under might be in the lower top ten, but not #1. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A HATE COMMENT. I am just coming from the average actual Dream Theater fans point of view. Not from the general public's point of view. Anyways, there is a survey on some website with thousands of voters that is:

1. Octavarium
2. A Change Of Seasons
3. Metropolis
4. In The Presence Of Enemies
5. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

However, my personal opinion is

1. Octavarium
2. A Change Of Seasons
3. The Glass Prison
4. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
5. In The Ptesence Of Enemies - moose4life19

Yeah, but it's had two more years than The Count of Tuscany to get votes, and that used to be #2 - Songsta41

Show's the technical power of Mike Portnoys drumming, and the beauty and art that is petrucci's guitar playing, also, it is a song of great lyrical meaning relavent to life, Classic DT

Long Live Dream theater

Epic battle of good and evil. A lifetime full of notes, riffs, intros, changes, chorus's, altogether you get 2 brilliant songs to open and close the album. Portnoys vision of making great prog metal with balls & relevance is fully realized. Perfect 10. Dark master... - anthonymnmdagostino

When both parts combine, this cracks my top ten DT songs. - NightmareCinema

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17 These Walls

This song touches my soul like no other. Can't think of any other song that can inspire me like it does. This song really needs to be in the top 10 at least. DT's most evocative solo, massive chorus that's on par with In the Name of God's, best hi-hat work from MP and by far the most poignant lyrics in a DT song. It's not as well known as their other stuff but it's the real deal.

Awesome song, my personal favorite, when I listen to it I just want to tear down the walls its really amazing.

According to the top 10s, it seems as though the best dream theater songs are those that pass the 10 minute mark... This song, despite being 7 minutes long, is literarily epic... My personal favorite - fidelcanojr

This song shouldn't be dropping, one of their best by far. Learning to Live needs to be higher on this list

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18 Learning to Live

Excellent composition. It's like listening to 5 songs in one.

Learning to Live>everything else on this list

Such a fantastic song SHOULD be on the top ten of Dream Theater best songs. Its true that compiling the 10 best songs of D. Theater is impossible but this is a total classic. It is probably in the top 10 metal songs ever. "The way your heart beats makes all the difference in learning to live"

Top ten song for sure... Panic attack although good should not be in the top ten. This song has everything you want from dream theater. The outro is just absolutely breath taking.

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19 Space-Dye Vest

Dream Theater always strike me for their technical superiority and virtuoso musicianship but I have always found them a little too over produced and somewhat emotionally sterile... Something I'm pretty much will piss a whole lot of Dream Theater fans off and I know loads to disagree. This song on the other hand and for whatever reason has a great deal of punch to it, perhaps it's the (relatively) simple structure compared to other DT songs, but whatever... To me this song feels more REAL.

I can't in good faith call this "Dream Theater's best song, " for this is a Kevin Moore work through and through.

However, it's still one the most intriguing and emotionally heavy pieces of music I've ever heard.

Might not be their best song; but it's very personal and moving. Also The Instruments fit together perfectly and create beautiful sound

This song is a prime example of what Dream Theater was missing when Kevin Moore left. Only Scenes From a Memory can compete with Images and Words and Awake, and part of that is keyboards. Jordan Rudess is technically amazing, but he lacks the knack for song-writing that Moore brought to the table.

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20 The Dance of Eternity

18? come on people - V4noM

Second favorite song of all time

Certainly one of the most complex songs ever released by Dream Theater. Certainly not as emotionally complex as songs, such as Octavarium or A Change of Seasons, but 104 time signature changes in just 6 minutes makes this one of their shortest songs, and certainly their most complex musically. John Myung has an excellent bass solo, and Rudess has my favorite keyboard solo from any Dream Theater work. It's such a memorable song, and you can listen to it over and over again. It's difficult for it to get old or stale, but that can be said for much of their other music as well.

The complexity of this song along with John Myung's insane bass solo with sextuplets and the everchanging time signatures can't be beat. This was used as one of the "test" songs for their new drummer auditions.

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21 Illumination Theory Illumination Theory

Octavarium is actually my favorite, but I think this ultimately deserves to be in the top ten at least. What with the false ending, the orchestral interlude, the ultimate theme, it was legitimately one of the best songs I've ever heard, and really just an all around amazing experience to listen to. I know how difficult it will be to vote this all the way up to the top of the list, and all of the songs currently on top of the list are pure masterpieces, each of which has given me chills and a deeper appreciation for the greatest group of 5 musicians ever to grace the Earth with their presence, but this absolutely deserves to be among them.

I disagree; the song is very diluted with long ambient sections that are meant to arbitrarily extend the song's length. - Gamefreak23788

One of the most underappreciated Dream Theater songs. This song is definitely more prog than it is heavy, but it's great. Jordan's keyboard solo about 14 minutes in is AMAZING. Best song off of self titled. - Valor

Just beautiful :")

Masterpiece for sure.

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22 Stream of Consciousness

I don't know why but I have a deep connection with this song

Serving as a continuation of Vacant, this one hits me hard. This is their longest instrumental, and it doesn't even need words to be as meaningful and emotional as it is. As Vacant is about the helplessness associated with a loved one in coma, this song's a really fitting expression of the crazy thought traffic going through the mind of someone who goes through that. Around the end of the 8th minute, this song gives me chills with the climactic build-up and keyboard/guitar solos. It's dark and heavy, but it goes on to become chillingly fluid and full of sorrow in a crazy climax toward the finale. Definitely worth a listen.

This is only Dream Theater song that's still existing in my music library since the first time started listening to them some 5 years ago. Love that transition, which starts at 5:07 as well as that sound (hard to describe) from 7:13 till 7:31 (that's my favorite part).
I absolutely and dearly love this instrumental. Currently my favorite instrumental song.If it wasn't for this song, I would've battered, shattered and dumped Train of Thought CD in the garbage bin. - Vip3r

This and rush's la villa strangiato are the greatest instrumentals ever. This also contains some of the greatest riffs ever. Needs to be higher on list. Top 15 at least

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23 Endless Sacrifice

Let me start off by saying "pull me under" is very good. Some people seem to think, that just because people like "pull me under", they have found out about Dream Theater through Guitar Hero and such, which is nonsense. Everyone has different tastes and we should all respect that. The only thing that is slightly strange is if you do not like a band with such, epic music. Most of my freinds are not able to sit through a song that is more than 5 minutes. They like things that are played on the radio and in the charts. Fair enough, I think. But they are missing out. Okay. Lecture over. Now let's get on to this epic song.
James Labrie has an awesome voice and sings really well on this one. It is almost like a ballad. The chorus is the best part though. Absolutely brilliant stuff. This one is actually pretty underrated. The lyrics are thought provoking and some of their best, John Petrucci's guitar is almost as good as it get's and Mike Portnoy's drumming is great as well. What a ...more

Brilliantly composed. Jaw dropping guitar solo. Epic chorus. Simply mind blowing. should be higher up in this list.

This progressive song is just amazingly composed, gives me joy to hear it till the end. What an Energy!

TOTALLY UNDERRATED! This should be number 1! The several minute instrumental segment in the middle of the song is absolutely mind-blowing. - thekoolkritic

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24 A Nightmare to Remember

Why is this not higher? This is Dream Theater pouring everything they've got into one masterpiece. A dash of their typical style of prog metal, a pinch of opeth-style death metal, a tad bit of Dimebag Darrel style riffs, a small handful of incredible solos, and a drop of slow acoustic metal style music make this song one of dream theater's best tracks. - CaptDeadeye

This is my favorite song

Not good! Tedious - Vip3r

The Portnoy growls in this song are hilarious and awesome at the same time. - NightmareCinema

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25 Wither

Probably the best ballad of Dream Theater. - NightmareCinema

The best there is out there.. cool music video.. Dream Theater rules! Can't wait for their new album to be release sept 2011

What a song in a Hindi movie the music director took the help of a tune at the end of this song and composed the entire song out of it best song must be ranked at the first position

Common, aren't there any real dream theater fans... How can you neglect this song which is easily top ten dream theater song

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26 Scarred

TOP TEN PEOPLE! - rujudan

What in the world is Scarred doing here at #29? This song is an epic, and an incredible song written by the band, while the lyrics, though talking about depression, are absolutely beautiful, and James LaBrie has his best vocal performance on this song, period. There is no comparison, as LaBrie shows tons of emotion, and has never done a better job than on this, my personal favorite, Scarred.

I show you my hands, you don't see the scars? Maybe you'll leave me here to burn!

That line just gives me goosebumps!

Severely underrated, top 15 material for me. James’ singing here is pristine, but when is his singing anything but perfect? - NightmareCinema

This is one of the most overlooked Dream Theater songs of them all. Along with A Mind Beside Itself, this song helps make Awake a classic.

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27 The Root of All Evil

Octavarium and A Change of Seasons are my favorites but I had to vote for this because it deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

Perhaps it is because troae was written and released on octivarium, an admittedly softer and flowery sounding album to contrast the heavy metal bombast that was train of thought. Perhaps it was overlooked because of the epic title opus track. Or simply perhaps it was one record label/album too soon? With roadrunner promoting systematic chaos and portnoys, well dream theaters direction to make a ballsy metal album on systematic chaos. ( which absolutely worked). Unfortunately, the best song dream theater had made as of it's release simply was overlooked by core dream theater fans and unheard by the casual fans who were singing the praises of the u2 fm sounding I walk beside you or the new fans who were jamming away at the ultra manic and über heavy at times panic attack. The 2012 tour along with the lead track on score should elevate the root of all evil into the top 10 where it belongs. A song they succeeded on combining their prog virtuosic tendencies with balls out trashy heavy ...more

This is odd. Maybe after the 2012 tour is done, some of these classics will get bumped. On the otherhand, dream theater have made so many classics in so many styles that I guess 29 is a good number. In my young family, my 3 year old daughter, my 7 and 9 year old sons, and myself all try to play the drum intro on their "my first drum kits". And we all try to play the riffs and basslines from the first 2 minutes of this song. My 3 year old daughter sings the chorus. It's a dt classic for sure. THis is the song that has all my kids asking to go to "school of rock" for lessens. I just may go with them. In actuallity, all of the songs written for the 12 steps are incredibly right through the shattered fortress.

Pull me under above this track? ? ? I don't think so.

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28 The Ministry of Lost Souls

An emotional journey of a song, start off with an eerie intro consisting of major, minor and augmented chords, break into a poignant chorus, and enter in seamlessly into an 8 minute polyrhythmic solo-a-thon between 2 of the greatest ever: Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci. In the midst of the fiery battle, you have Mike Portnoy slamming Meshuggah-esque rhythms and Petrucci riffing it out. Finally, we end on one of the most beautiful outro guitar solos ever. Every time I see people commenting on songs saying: "this is the greatest song ever" I always ask myself: "Will this song ever be able to impact me the way The Ministry of Lost Souls does? " Most of the time those comments reinforce my belief that our culture does not have the slightest clue why their favorite song is their favorite song. Every part of this song has dynamics, and progresses beautifully, even the instrumental section. You start off slow and sad, get gritty and fast, and end on an ominous note. If you hear an 8 bit ...more

A song an orchestra will have trouble covering..! Its an absolute stunner Takes you to a deep relaxing journey.. Deserves to be top 10.. I believe it's a bit underrated..

This song is downright poetic. - NightmareCinema

#28? This is embarrassing to find this song this low on the list. The best song Dream Theater has ever made, hands down! Incredible vocals, lyrics, keyboard parts, and drumming. Not to mention the very catchy guitar part to close the song... It makes me tear up every time it's just so beautiful

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29 Take the Time

James flexing his vocals!

Great chorus!

What an interesting first verse... - AdamDestructorJr.

Best keyboard work I think I've ever heard. Kevin Moore is brilliant with the atmosphere and melody on this one.

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30 On the Backs of Angels

Just listen to this song once and you'll understand why it was their only grammy nominee, to be honest I think that "White Limo" by Foo Fighters isn't as good as this song.

I don't understand why the new songs are so underrated. I think some dumb 90's fans can't accept that sometimes things are changing. In my opinion the new album is the best album and OTBOA is a masterpiece. Never heard such a good construction.

It's insaner than the pull me under.
It must the top one.
The drummer is insane.
Well, everyone of them is insane.
And I'm insane!

Both, music and lyrics are awesome, talking about our modern society is and saying as well about recent events such as the 2008 crisis, doing all this philosophy with beautiful metaphors.

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31 Under a Glass Moon

That solo...

Sucks to be my neighbours when I listen to this song (I will loudly try to song along).

This song showcases Petrucci's genius through one of the best guitar solos ever, while having a very catchy melodic structure that makes the song all the more interesting. Definitely a Top 10 if not a Top 5 Dream Theater song, and one of my personal favorite songs ever.

I cry every time I hear the solo, just one of the best solos I've heard. And the lyrics are just outstanding. TOP 5!

If this solo of all things can break you, I can't imagine what you'll be like listening to Sacrificed Sons' solo. - AdamDestructorJr.

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32 Hell's Kitchen

This is indeed their best instrumental song. I love it partly because it doesn't take a half an hour to listen to the whole thing! (but don't get me wrong people I still love the longer songs) the drumming is insane, I can't believe that it was not on the hardest songs to play on the drums list. (oh yeah, sure, pull me under is TOTALLY harder than this one!...sarcasm)

The intro paints a picture of the ocean in my head every time I listen to it... No really listen to the intro and just simply think of the ocean and the music will take you there!

This, I think is their greatest track. Elegant and beautifully written Hells Kitchen is unique amongst dt songs. Have another listen, this song only gets better the more you hear it.

THE kick ass instrumental track. And the best part is its by DT/. Shocked not to even find it in the list.

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33 Honor Thy Father

Could someone explain for me why Honor Thy Father is so low on the list? This progressive metal masterpiece completely triumphs songs such as These Walls and The Spirit Carries On! From the moment the song starts you're aware that this 10 minute epic is pure insanity. Everyone has a key moment throughout the song, with epic drums and vocals keeping persistent, and Myung, Reeves, and Pertucci all having shining moments. A Dream Theater classic!

An aggressive masterpiece. The infamous rapping verse is hilarious and awesome. - NightmareCinema

? How is this below Endless Sacrifice? And at #25? This is easily a top 10 song and the best from Train of Thought simply because I personally like heavier music, and Dream Theater delivers with this! Thumbs up to Mike Portnoy for very creative drumming, Jordan Rudess for neat keyboard effects, and the rest of the band for making this the best from their phenomenal album "Train of Thought"!

Very underrated. One of the most intense and creative songs by Dream Theater in terms of lyrics and technicality. I love how they compiled/fused various movie sound bits for the climactic part. The lyrics, like all DT songs, represent something very deep and complex. Once you hear "Don't cross the crooked step" in a growl, you know they mean business.

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34 As I Am

This song is flawless, and it's also the Best.
Pull me Under and Another Day are also top notch.

Anything which can get better in this song is NOTHING...!
sheer masterpiece.. It should be in top 5..
Hail DT!

This is definitely one of the heavier Dream Theater songs but it is still a completely awesome song. It also has one of the best solos they have ever done. What an amazing song

Great Heavy Metal Prog Song

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35 The Great Debate

How is this not higer up? A lot of bands tack social issues, but Dream Theater takes on Stam cell research and makes a great song out of it. Just listen to the intro, this songs needs a lot more love. Top 25 easily.

36 Through Her Eyes

Beautiful but very sad song.

The whole ambiance the song sets with the vocal solo in the beginning and the transition to Labrie's vocals just gets you into a relaxed state and the guitar parts of the song are just phenomenal. The song seems to have taken some pink floyd influence and just about nailed every aspect of it.

Yes, it's so underrated and it's their most beautiful song!

The most beautiful song!

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37 Twelve Step Suite

Does this count because there are 5 different songs in this

38 Misunderstood

Shows much humbleness. When you turn back to this song, you'll see how they really are one of the greatest band world ever has.

One of the best metal ballad ever. handsome

Great song from Six Degrees, hints of Kashmir, great vocals, a touch of Echoes in the last few minutes. Listen to the lyrics and this is very much an overlooked piece

I don't know if this song is my absolute favorite (and I wouldn't doubt if I've voted for another song on this list before) but the lyrics are excellent and it definitely deserves to be higher on the list.

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39 This Dying Soul

This does not deserve to be this low, the best off of ToT, and the best of the twelve step suite. - Valor

Definitely the best of the twelve step suite. - NightmareCinema

How can this song be so far down the list?!?
It is one of my all time favorite songs, it deserves to be at the very least above 20. - yurrmomm123

I'm with the other commenters, this song is criminally low.

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40 Trial of Tears

My favorite one from Falling into Infinity which very underrated album in my view.

Come on people. Trial of Tears is an amazing song! It is one of the songs next to Lines in the Sand and Hell's Kitchen that saves FII from sinking too low! One of Myung's greatest masterpiece! At least put it in the top 15 or 20, not 46. The lyrics are charming, Labrie is at his best here. Myung and Portnoy are main players and rock out the entire song. What about the back to back Petrucci/Sherinian solo? I fall in love with those solo's every single time.

Can't believe this one is rated this low. One of the best less heavy songs this band has produced. A true masterpiece. Definitely in my top 10

Not my favourite, but this definitely deserves to be WAY higher.

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41 The Mirror

Kind of like floating through the abyss of your nightmares...with a beer in hand. - AdamDestructorJr.

This was the first Dream Theater song to really get heavy. It's simple, but effective. Kevin Moore's contributions to the ominous tone of the song should not be overlooked. It's something Rudess couldn't figure out until A Nightmare to Remember.

Poetic and with an ambiance feel to it, this dark tasting adrenaline will spike on your tongue, leaving you forget possibly some aspect of yourself while breezing through a crazed parade of your own self-demise.

This is one rocking tune. Not saying it should be in the top 10, but 87 is too low for this song.

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42 6:00

Personal favorite of mine.
In my opinion, the perfect DT song.
Should be in every true DT fan's Top Ten. - RushmanJon91

Not my favorite, but this is definitely one of Dream Theater's better songs. - Owengresham

No. 2 on my list after Another Day. What a great song!

Extremly underrated. Intense and full of energy. I only like A Change of Seasons more, but felt this needed a vote as it is so amazing.

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43 In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 2

The second part of In The Presence of Enemies vastly outshines the first. It has a slow build, a haunting vibe, epic vocals and lyrics about a metaphorical battle between the Heretic and a Dark Masters cult. For some reason, people look down on this album and song, and I seriously just don't get it. This song alone is reason enough to love this album. This is a bonified Dream Theater classic and proof that they are still songwriting masters this late into their career.

44 Overture 1928

Easily their best "short" song--encapsulates an entire album in 3 and a half minutes. Playing this track through Fatal Tragedy on the Scenes from Memory album is how I introduce people to Dream Theater.

My favorite instrumental by them. Not too long, not too short.

How the hell it onli 38! It unbelivible song! My favorite

45 I Walk Beside You

This should be AT LEAST in the top 20! Definitely Top 5 in my opinion.

Should be higher.

Definitely not their best song but come on, 97?! This and Strange Deja-vu should be a LOT higher!

46 Outcry

Wow I'm absolutely mind blown by two things 1. This song which is epic every time I hear it I get chills down my spine, the chorus and intro riffs are absolutely insane petrucci is a genius, and the lyrics are so powerful and meaningful, 2. This list is completely inaccurate there are so many better songs that the ones I see in the top 20 or even the top 40, why is forsaken so high and songs like outcry, the bigger picture, through her eyes, etc.

One of the best music ever

Such a great and powerful song.

Just ashamed that this song is so low on the list.
Most underrated DT song. Come on people!

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47 Blind Faith

This song is amazing!

The most underrated song from DT. In my opinion, it kinda sounds like a Tool song, which isn't a bad thing. This is a softer track, but one of the best off of Six Degrees. - Valor

James is a fantastic lyricist-they should let him in on the songwriting process more often. - NightmareCinema

I'm kind of disappointed Blind Faith didn't make it in the top 10. Listening to it now it's a really solid song with pretty powerful lyrics. People must not like that it deals so strongly with religion.

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48 Lie

This was the song which initially got me into DT - the lyrics are great to start with, with a catchy groovy chorus. Then the instrumental sections in the middle and the end, in particular Petrucci's shredding, blew me away and introduced me to a whole new level of music writing! - petrucci75hammet

By far the best song from Awake - great guitar work from Petrucci

49 The Shattered Fortress

Top 20 at least. - AdamDestructorJr.

This may be a reprise of most of the 12 step suite, but it is one of the few Dream Theater 10 min+ power songs which doesn't have one or another luls in the music. But still, it definitely doesn't deserve #45...

What. The. Heck. This is easily a top ten song!

Best by far.. Specially after 8 minutes

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50 Disappear

Not the biggest dream theater fan, so I might see their music differently to the big fans of them, and I know this song is relatively simple for them, however just the pure emotion it conveys makes it a favourite for me. No other song brings more emotion to me than Disappear.

This has one of my favourite chorus' in any song I've ever heard! Yes, it's a deep song, and yes, it's a bit... of the hook, but so is the rest of the album. This is one of my favourite songs of all time... because of one chorus. Wow. And right now I'm blasting Numb (Linkin Park) through my head phones!

In my opinion, this is the only Dream Theater song that effectively brings a heavy hitting amount of emotion without sounding lame.

#71! This song made SDOIT album good and peacefully relaxing

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