Top Ten Dream Theater Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 Octavarium Octavarium Cover Art

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.


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

Octavarium like all DT's long songs are like a roller coaster ride. You listen to multiple types of music in 1 and you just never get tired of listening to them. My Top 10 DT songs are:
1-3 Octavarium
1-3 Illumination Theory
1-3 In the Presence of Enemies
4. The Count of Tuscany
5. In the Name of God
6. Panic Attack
7. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. The Root of All Evil
10. The best of times
11. Honor Thy Father
12. A Change of Seasons
13. The Glass Prison

2 The Count of Tuscany The Count of Tuscany Cover Art

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

Probably my 4th best DT song behind
1-3 Octavarium
1-3 Illumination Theory
1-3 In the Presence of Enemies
4. The Count of Tuscany

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!

3 A Change of Seasons A Change of Seasons Cover Art

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

A Change of Seasons or Change of Time Signatures... the best song for me 2nd is Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

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.

4 Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper Cover Art

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

Masterpiece The guitar sounds great
The drums are good
And what can I say about the bass
Just WOW And WOW 10/10 No questions

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.

A song that's art of the best quality within its genre. You simply enjoy every second of the song, and it is hard to get bored. People that dislikes dream theater often says that they are good musicians that go brag around, I often use this song to show otherwise. And most of the haters get convinced. This song is musical power and technial power set together in a wave that can move mountains. Surely one of the best masterpieces that have ever faced the earth. And this is the easy way of saying it.

5 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Cover Art

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

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.

The longest DT song but you never get tired of listening to it. But it's just multiple songs put together in 1. Can't complain about that!

This song is moving, mixed emotions evoked cannot be explained. The song to me brings up feelings of fear, sadness, yet brings up a feeling of innocence, happiness, hope and magnificence. It expresses the thoughts, troubles and problems faced by those suffering from mental problems like autism or split-personality. Everything goes on inside their heads, their perceptions, the war inside their head. It sends vivid pictures and scenes floating by with different melodies in the song in my head. I thought the song was touching and meaningful.

6 Breaking All Illusions Breaking All Illusions Cover Art

Some fans claim Breaking all illusions is just a ripoff of Learning to live. But Learning to live is no longer in my Playlist.

Absolutely the most masterful thing DT has ever done. Goes through an incredibly wide variety of moods and themes while still staying cohesive, and the buildup at the end is one of the most epic things in all music.

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.

They said Breaking All Illusions is just a rip off of learning to live. But hey, I like breaking all illusions and I don't give a damn anymore about learning to live.

7 Panic Attack Panic Attack Cover Art

Best song to listen to when you're stressed and when you contemplate on committing suicide

If you're depressed, Panic Attack is the perfect song to describe your feelings. Not your typical DT song but still managed to hold its own. 1 of the 1st DT songs I've ever listened to along with octavarium.

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?

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

8 Pull Me Under Pull Me Under Cover Art

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.

This is the track that really set them off from a garage band to big time.

9 The Glass Prison The Glass Prison Cover Art

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!

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.

My favorite Dream Theater song of all time! The main reason is because it's arguably their heaviest song, and the heaviness goes on for 14 minutes! Love the lyrics, not only to this song, but to the ENTIRE 12-STEP SUITE! I don't know how it's only at #10, deserves a top 3 spot for sure.

After hearing this song, you will not find a single DT song better than this one. What I love about Dream Theater is that they are fantastic musicians, these 5 guys are musical masterminds, and they show their skills, and their skills are top-notch. Dream Theater definitely showcased their talents in this one!

Just being on 12-step alone makes this top 10 material, but... Just listen to the first 3 minutes and take in the ridiculous technicality. This is their heaviest, fastest and most technically complex song. But then, this goes on relentlessly for 14 minutes and constantly getting better the whole time, finally ending in an insane instrumental section (which is awesome to play on drums). You will not be dissapointed if you let this spend 14 minutes of your time.

10 The Spirit Carries On The Spirit Carries On Cover Art

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 :')

I'm not that sensitive, but this song keeps hitting the right string even after listening it a thousand times. Over all I prefer the harder song of DT, but this one stands out above evrything in the world.

The Contenders

11 The Best of Times The Best of Times Cover Art

I should've selected Honor Thy Father over The Best of Times. Very difficult to decide which one to leave out since both are great songs. Perhaps what brought The best of times ahead is because of Portnoy's emotions about this song.

DT's most iconic guitar solo perhaps. Portnoy put his heart into it.

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.

12 Scene Nine: Finally Free Scene Nine: Finally Free Cover Art

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.

This should be in the top five! It ties up so many loose ends in the albums plot and leaves you still wanting more.

13 In the Name of God In the Name of God Cover Art

Never get tired of listening to this song. I like the heavy parts.

This song is is so heretic and heavy. 1 of the best DT songs. Can't say anything more. I also like Honor Thy Father but I could only select 10.

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

This song definitely deserves to be in the top 10 man. Its amazing, and even has a secret in it. There is one point in the song which is secretly done in morse code really quietly, which translates to 'Eat my ass and balls' in English :P

14 Another Day Another Day Cover Art

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...

I have listened, listened, listened and still listening thousand time. All my heart goes to this song... Still from childhood. Teardrops fall from my eyes hearing this song.. It need to be 1st on the list...

You guys suck! Another Day is totally one of the bests of Dream Theater.. And my favorite song of them... This deserves to be in the Top 3!

24th? And this? Oh God... come on guys... This song has the EPICest solo ever, and it is such an amazing song! Come on...

15 In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1 In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1 Cover Art

Should be combination of Part 1 and 2. In some regard I like part 2 better as it's Psychedelic and heavier.

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

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

Shouldn't be divided between parts 1 & 2. They should be together. For me this is a toss between ITPOE, Illumination Theory and Octavarium as the 3 best DT songs ever recorded.

Sorry, it takes the cake. The guitar solo towards the ending is the best guitar solo I have ever heard in my life.

16 The Dance of Eternity The Dance of Eternity Cover Art

Am I seriously the only one around here who just enjoys listening to this instrumental and does not (only) adore it for its complexity & technicality?

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.

Like a collage of the best of their work, this song shows the best of their technician and progressive work, and for me is their best instrumental.

This is completely sick, that drum signatures, that bass solo, that Rudess surfing on the keyboard, completely amazing. Can't believe #18 when it's easily top 10 for all old and hard fans of DT.

Also, this song is played with percussion-only instruments in a Music School in Venezuela, go take a look on YouTube, and ask yourself, would it worth to play another ass-melody glamorous thing, or this blow-minding piece of destruction?

17 Space-Dye Vest Space-Dye Vest Cover Art

Their most haunting song aside with Disappear. Both awesome!

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.

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.

18 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.

Equally as good as Tuscany. 1st part is heavy. 2nd part is filled with emotions.

Another epic from DT. 1 of their best songs and never tiring to listen to. The middle part is kind of dragging though. Still 1 of my DT favorites.

A masterpiece. Brought tears to my eyes... rocking instrumentals.. awesome vocals... insane drums... ! The embracing circle and surrender trust and passion bring massive feels if you listen to it deeply enough. Only flaw is that the song is too short :( Has to be in DTs top 5... as of now in their top 2 or 3 for me

19 Learning to Live Learning to Live Cover Art

Wait for sleep + this. An intro to the heaven I must say. I fancy this song to be played at my funeral one day.

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.

The fact that this is #28 is a crime. This song is easily top ten, should replace as I am and pull me under with in the presence of enemies and in the name of god (not at those specific places though. Obviously anyone can vote on this list so it shows what their most known songs are rather than what really hard core fans think, but seriously...

20 Stream of Consciousness Stream of Consciousness Cover Art

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 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

The best instrumental after octavarium! Brilliant music and an astounding solo! Should be in top ten

Epic song delicate intro and awesome riffs:lyrics aren't necessary in a masterpiece like this fantastic, ten minutes of huge ear pleasure!

21 Endless Sacrifice Endless Sacrifice Cover Art

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.

22 A Nightmare to Remember A Nightmare to Remember Cover Art

I really prefer Sacrificed Sons over this song but couldn't find it. Same as ACOS, I usually skip this song on my Playlist nowadays. Nevertheless, a good song too.

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.

This song is possibly one of the few examples of modern metal taking on board the structures and compositional principles of classical music. The motifs are presented and developed in a really clever way.

At least 10 of my top 20 fav songs are by Dream theater, way to hard to pick a favourite, this song should be higher, and so should a change of seasons.

23 These Walls These Walls Cover Art

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

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

The music, the vocal and specially the lyrics of this song will take your mind to an upper level of feeling.

24 Wither Wither Cover Art

Not their best, but doesn't deserve to be so low! Its solo is awessome

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

25 Under a Glass Moon Under a Glass Moon Cover Art

1 metropolis 2 count of tuscany 3 dance of eternity 4 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
5 breaking all illusions 6 change of seasons 7 Take the time 8 Octavarium 9 stream of consciousness 10 Under a Glass Moon 11 pull me under 12 the best of times

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.

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.

How is this not in the top ten? This is fantastic from begining to end. Excellent solo, great song structure, and a catchy chorus. What else can you ask for from a dream theater song?

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