Top Ten Styx Songs

Styx had some great songs, but I don't know which one was the greatest.

The Top Ten

1 Come Sail Away

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This is what is would sound like if the song did not fade away and the Styx just kept on playing. I have recently taken a break from the Styx and am about to try and get back on the horse. Let's see what happens.

AWESOME man, I mean the piano is just amazing to begin with, and the strong strengthens when the guitar enters and it just freaks me out how the hell do people do awesome songs like those bands in the 80's. However, I wouldn't say that Styx doesn't have better song like boat on a river (surprisingly still about water and sailing) and Renegade with an awesome riff, but this one speaks to me the most. After all you decide what's best depending on your opinion (I'd be ok with anything on the first ten list)

Bring it on Dennis deyoung Lawrence Gowan at wembley arena smashed the notes I am a journey fan I say styx did it for me that night.

Just love how most of the song is sad and emotional then it becomes happy. This should be a new genre: PopRock. - JakePlaid

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2 Renegade

Renegade is Styx's greatest song. How could it not be #1? Renegade is my favorite song ever. I love how it starts out kind of on the slow side & then Tommy Shaw yells out, "Yeah! " & the song just keeps getting better at that point. It just keeps getting better, & better. I hope Styx keeps going on making more songs like this.

Renegade it has the most real lyrics... Can you imagine getting ready to hang and what your mom would go through... Love Renegade

Love it! Am going to Styx concert this weekend... Can't wait. This song takes me back to high school

Their only great song

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3 Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

Blue Collar man is a song that's message still applies today. Also, it's introduction is outstanding.

I remember it when it first came out, and even today, I play the ass off it. It resonates raw energy, and our Country relies on it's Blue Collar Work Force's energy, to be a Country.

It touches my heart at the core like a GREAT song should.

If I had to pick a personal theme song for myself, this would be it!

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4 Lady

How can you go wrong with this song. It set the band on the path to stardom. It's lyrics tells a story and the melodies are tight

I'll never forget when a guy I had a crush on played this one song for me on a jukebox. It let me know how he felt about me in words he was too shy to say. VERY ROMANTIC song :-)

Lady was one of the anthems of my youth and Styx one of the most unique bands of the era. Lots of great memories associated with this one...

You can't think of my all time favorite band without mentioning this song as a favorite. This was always the first song people would mention. If you mention videos,most would say Mr Roboto. I myself loved Paradise Theatre. If you have the DVD, you know what I am talking about.

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5 Mr. Roboto

Styx had Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man but they're not as conceptual and operatic as this one) doom arigato mr roboto
P.S. best vocals from Dennis))

This is the very first song I remember hearing as a child, so it has always had a special meaning to me. I just love it!

Secret Secret, I got a Secret

Very Catchy lyrics and hooks!

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6 Babe

Love this song. Great music and lyrics. Takes me back to a great to a great memory of someone I loved and now is gone.

Babe captures my emotion greatest love song, it takes me back to the time I have spent with someone I loved. Still makes me cry sometimes at night when I'm listening to it in the middle of the night

Nothing against hard rock and progressive songs... I love Zeppelin for example... But for me, the most melodic, emotionally tugging and memorable of all their songs. As an analogy, "Ten Years Gone", "Thank You" and Going to California" were some of Zep's best stuff, even though their harder stuff got more air play.

I know some styx fans hate this song, but even though it is slow and a balled, it still shows true talent

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7 Too Much Time on My Hands

I really like this one! I can't believe its not in the top ten! It is more outside the box for these guys! They get away from the ballads with this one. Its got a strong groove and a great beat!

This song is always just good fun to hear. A mood elevator that never gets old :-)

Tommy Shaw at his finest. Excellent chorus and guitar work

This should be in the top 5 in my opinion.

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8 The Grand Illusion

I was sixteen when I first fell in love with their music. It always brings back wonderful nostalgic memories. This is an awesome album. I used to listen to their music on an eight track tape player in my car until it had worn out. Such a wonderful combination sounds & words. This is a magically musical album.

Great song and it's hard to pick but this would have to be my favorite of Styx. Going to their concert tonight.

First Album I ever bought, First song I ever listened to in head phones as a little kid sitting cross legged in front of and old Sylvania Hi-Fi. Not only does this song bring back great memories, It is a structural masterpiece.

I was 7 whin

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9 Crystal Ball

While I am completely a fan, this is truly the best Styx song ever. How different would our lives be if we could only have a Crystal Ball to help us through our difficulties... Or would it only make the pain worse.

I'm in love with this song! - Eaganbaseball29

Great Rock-n-Roll Ballad and Guitar Playing

The best Styx song by far THE BEST.

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10 Lorelei

I agree that this song should be in the top five. Driving guitar is what rock is all about and this song has it. Roll the windows down, crank it up and rock on.

I love the upbeat tempo to this song! Definitely deserves to be higher up possibly top 5!

This beautiful song has stayed with me a long time

Awesome Song!

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The Contenders

11 Suite Madame Blue

Suite Madam Blue is the best Styx song ever. The real question is, which is #2? Come Sail Away, Lady, Lorelei, Crystal Ball or Renegade? Or Light Up...

Honestly, I love all of Styx's songs, but I feel that this one is especially underappreciated.

How on God's green earth is this not in the top 10? Wow...

great song

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12 Castle Walls

This has always been my favorite. Their building melodies and they reach a brilliant finish. They tell a great tale. This was a great song in concert.

Brilliant, underrated song! Builds to a triumphant Pink Floyd/Ozzy-like symphony before launching you to the album's epic finale. Awesome track!

While not the best Styx song, this is perhaps the most underrated. I love how the tension builds during the instrumental part, and the guitar right after the chorus.

Simply the best! Just listen to it.

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13 The Best of Times

Just rediscovered this song after many years. Probably my favorite Styx song of all time. This should be a bar anthem right next to don't Stop Believin!

14 Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

This contains the best keyboard playing than all the other Styx songs in my opinion.

This song is probably their most progressive rocklike. As a Prog Rock fan it's natural that this one is my favorite. Throughout the song it shows off: vocals, insturmentation, quick tempo and slow tempo. What's not to like?

Love this band...many great memories cruising down the freeway blasting these songs...I love you guys...thanks for the memories!

15 Boat on the River

I love this song so much, ever since I heard it, it was my favorite song by Styx. Since I have heard every Styx song, I will keep this one as my favorite for all of eternity! I love it love it love it! - ethany

Come on, how is this not yet in the top 5? Or top 10? The lyrics are very peaceful, telling a story about a man's journey, and the instruments used were perfectly chosen. Renegade is another awesome song but by far overrated compared to Boat on the River.

Boat on the River is unlike any other song. And in a good way. When listening you can just close your eyes and be taken away to a boat on the river where the frown on your face disappears.

Tommy Shaw was awesome! This song became a legend to me and my friends. It was our anthem of sorts. Since 4 out 5 of us went into the Navy at the same time. I remember playing this song while stationed in Australia,it became a song that was asked for more than any other.

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16 Clair de Lune/Ballerina

This has to be the most beautiful Styx song. I love how it starts out with a soft, classical piano intro, but then the singing starts and the song changes completely. At that point it gets more and more awesome. It's such a sentimental song, with such poignant lyrics, and he song builds and builds, with Dennis DeYoung continuing to wail the the lyrics alongside the screaming guitars. It's the perfect power ballad.

When it goes into the string part it's on! "Dance for Me I beg you" sends chills up the spine then the solos/harmonies hit you like a ton of bricks and keeps on going.

This song has this soaring, wild interplay between the guitars and Dennis DeYoung's voice. - Raa396

A prog rock power ballad if there ever was one

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17 Rockin' the Paradise

This song is such a rock anthem. When I went to seem them is april 2013 in Springfield Mass they opened with this song and it was so powerful. This song is a mighty rock and roll classic in my book.

Terrific song, but it really has to be played right after AD 1928 for the best appreciation. I really think they should of just made them one song.

While probably (definitely) not in the top ten, it's a great song to just listen to or give to your friends who aren't in to music like Styx

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18 Light Up

This definitely deserves top 10 come on!

19 Born for Adventure
20 A Day

I am a Styx junkie from the late 70's and 80's, and notwithstanding all their great songs from my era "A Day", which features the late John Curulewski (Tommy Shaw's predecessor), tops my list. 'Tis a psychedelic "Come Sail Away" from an earlier era of Styx music. Give yourself a treat and get on over to YouTube and listen to it now!

This song is so proggy! It sounds like it could be by King Crimson.

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Top Remixes (9)

1. Clair de Lune/Ballerina
2. Castle Walls
3. Crystal Ball
1. Come Sail Away
2. Mr. Roboto
3. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2. Renegade
3. Rockin' the Paradise

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