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 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.

Lets go! One more time LDB (Long, Dull & Boring), LDB, LDB, LDB! - Vip3r

Get off of this site. Just shut down your account and never touch this site again. - SoulOfBlack15

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3 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 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!

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

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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

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.

Someone commented it to be a Musical Masterpiece...haha😂😂😂😂😂.. Is this even Music? People are living in their fantastical Mario World. - Vip3r

I can understand that your hindquarters are burning. Not to mention, you need a special ear transplant that can actually sense the sound of music. - Vip3r

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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

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.

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.

This song is Dream Theater. Everything about it is what Dream Theater is about. The classical inspiration of Overture which shows DT or more than just metal musicians, About To Crash which shows the emotions of joy and sorrow DT can mix into a song so well, War Inside My Head which shows the rock/metal side of Dream Theater with a mix of their classical inspiration, The Test That Stumped Them All which shows the down right heaviness of DT and how technical they can be, Goodnight Kiss showing the slow emotion side of DT and more so the prowess of John Petrucci and his guitar, Solitary Shell with their more radio friendly calm side, About To Crash (Reprise) with the aspect of musical themes they can expand on and Losing Time/Grand Finale with the finishing power of Dream Theater's music, how they emcompass every thing into one song that ends it all.

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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!

In my opinion, the second best song they’ve done with Mangini. - NightmareCinema

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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

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

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!

As one guy in a youtube comment section once said...
DUN DUN
DUDUDUN DUN
DUDUDUN DUN
DUDUDUN
DODODODO
WAWAWAWA

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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

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

It’s very complicated. James labrie’s voice can shine here and portnoy and myung really shine in the intro with the distorted melodic bass and the brutal double bass assault. Pretrucci then comes in with this harmony driven riff that just rules. Never liked a song by DT more

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10 The Spirit Carries On

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 :')

Only the solo towards the end was good...rest are an abomination..speaking about the lyrics even a 4 year old can write better - Vip3r

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The Contenders

11 Home

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.

Definitely best song - great vocals in chorus! good intro too - petrucci75hammet

This song is a MASTERPEICE! There is not better DT song on earth. I love the sitar effect in the beginning (kinda reminds me of Steve Miller). m/ - fireinside96

Boring.. it's Yawn Time, can even put a tortoise to sleep forever. - Vip3r

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12 Scene Nine: Finally Free

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.

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

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

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13 In the Name of God

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

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

Devilish.When the song kicks in, I get goosebumps...wish to hear it live someday.definitely top ten material.

12th Seriously?

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14 The Best of Times

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.

The solo is amazing! - V4noM

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15 Another Day

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!

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

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

This is by far one of Octavarium's best in my opinion - AdamDestructorJr.

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18 The Dance of Eternity

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?

18? come on people - V4noM

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19 Learning to Live

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...

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

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20 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

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

It deserves top ten and its one of their long songs like octavarium and a change of seasons it starts out with a very good intro and james voice was good the lyrics was amazing then there's a soft part in the middle then great solos and jamming and then james sings good lyrics at the closer ending and the song ends with Jordans amazing piano notes at the end this song is sort of like octavarium with the progressive masterpiece and over 20 minutes well at least dream theaters still got it. probaly my favorite dream theater song if not a close second

Just beautiful :")

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21 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.

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.

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

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22 Stream of Consciousness

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

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

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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!

I have to vote for this one because it was the first DT song I had ever heard, by my guitar instructor who introduced them to me. I immediately went out and bought the cd, yeah cd, this was like 10 or so years ago. And you know how when you hear a band for the first time, that first song from them, that first album, always holds that place in your heart, probably as your all time favorite? That's how it is for me. Train of thought, being my first album, is my favorite DT album. That being said... Where the hell is this dying soul?

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24 A Nightmare to Remember

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.

This song is the definition of epic. Goes from super intense to slow and mystical. Put headphones on, and listen to the whole thing through. You'll feel like you just woke up from a nightmare afterwards.

This is my favorite song

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25 Wither

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

Probably the best ballad of Dream Theater. - NightmareCinema

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26 Scarred

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!

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.

Scarred has a great bass intro which sets the mood and Labrie's vocals are some of the best on Awake.

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

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27 The Root of All Evil

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.

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.

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

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28 Take the Time

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

Amazing video and vocals from young LaBrie
The whole album is their alfa-omega

We need more of James LaBrie's vocals in this song, I'm talking about the intro. - AdamDestructorJr.

What an interesting first verse... - AdamDestructorJr.

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29 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..

#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

This song is downright poetic. - NightmareCinema

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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!

How is this not much higher on the list. It's a beautiful song.

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31 As I Am

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

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

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32 Under a Glass Moon

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?

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

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33 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 best instrumental DT song. It brings me to another universe.

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34 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!

? 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.

I'll get my peace of mind.. when you hear this 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

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!

Beautiful but very sad song.

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37 Twelve Step Suite

Does this count because there are 5 different songs in this

38 Misunderstood

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.

6DOIT, with the exception of the title track and The Glass Prison, is a ridiculously underrated album. This is an incredible song with a phenomenal progression!

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.

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39 This Dying Soul

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

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

Deserves to be so much higher! Last 2 and a half minutes are mind blowing

Definitely the best of the twelve step suite. - NightmareCinema

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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

When my parents told me I couldn’t make a new account, I went to my room and played this. When it got to the final movement, The Wasteland, I cried like I never have in my life. I think it’s safe to say I have a new favorite Dream Theater song. -MindCrime

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41 The Mirror

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.

Not my favourite, but definitely in my top 10.
Although most DT fans probably don't like the heavier songs as much as I do, that's understandable

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!

Why is this song at #109 in 2016? It's in my top 40 favorite's from DT.

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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

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.

Definitely in my top 10. The instrumental part in the middle is just excellent and the lyrics are very powerful too.

This is a fantastic song, very surprised it isn't rated much higher...

Should be in the top ten without a doubt.

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

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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 Hollow Years

Guys it's a fantastic song... Feel the song... Please vote... It's the second best song of dream theater in my opinion... And last thing is great lyrics...

Damn good song n really good lyrics, loved it!

What! Why this is out of ten

This one is a brilliant. Love the song, Love the music. just an amazing song

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50 The Shattered Fortress

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

How is this #47?

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