Dream Theater is in some ways a throwback to the progressive rock era. However, their sound was also a testament to the heavier sounds of bands like Metallica and Megadeath. No other band in history ever combined the sounds of metal and progressive rock with the virtuoso playing that is performed by the band. Dream Theater is an original sounding band that stands alone in their own category. As bands like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Metallica and Renaissance probably inspired the members of Dream Theater, it stands now that band like Muse and Mars Volta are probably heavily inspired by the songs of Dream Theater.
Our top 10 Dream Theater songs list is just a subjective viewpoint of our favorite Dream Theater songs. The article also serves as all our best songs articles serve as an introduction to the band for those who are not familiar with the band’s material. You can help us do that by letting us know your list of favorite Dream Theater songs in the comments section.
# 10 – Pull Me Under
We start out our Top 10 Dream Theater songs list with one of the band’s most popular songs. The great track Pull Me Under was released on the band’s Images and Words album. The record was released in 1992. Pull Me Under was the album’s opening track.
# 9 – Octavarium
Th suite “Octavarium,” was the closing group of track on the band’s album “Octavarium.” The record was released in 2002. This one just gives us chills.
# 8 – The Astonishing
In 2016, Dream Theater released a concept album that was simply a complete masterful work of art. We understand that this is a top 10 songs list, but in our number 8 position we nominate the entire album because every piece of music on the record is part of a whole work. This one brought me back to the 1970’s. Thank You Dream Theater. Below is just a snippet from the album. Please go out and buy this CD. Support the band so that they continue to make a living releasing great music.
# 7 – Peruvian Skies
The song’s great Metallica sounding opening greets the listener with musical clues that this one is going to be sweet. Nothing like a great moody power ballad to enlighten the senses. “Peruvian Skies,” was released on the band’s Falling Into Infinity album. The record was released in 1997.
# 6 – Illumination Theory
The opening segment of this wondrous track brings me to tears every time I hear it. The segue from the intro into the main theme smacks me in the face as John Petrucci tares it up. Can it get any better?
# 5 – Another Day
Just two words, John Petrucci. Once again, John Petrucci. Enough said.
# 4 – The Enemy Inside
The killer track The Enemy Inside was released in the band’s 12th album entitled Dream Theater. The song demonstrates the influences bands like Queensryche, and Iron Maiden had on the band. Tell me this one does not raise your blood pressure. Wow!
# 3 – Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper
The musical composition and recording “Metropolis—Part I: ‘The Miracle and the Sleeper’ ” was released in the band’s Images and Words album. The great record was released in 1992. The album is a work of art in so many ways. It’s difficult to describe music like this just as it was challenging to define The Beatles Revolver, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. You simply can’t define greatness, you can only sit back and enjoy it.
# 2 – Change Of Season
This work is simply stunning. It’s amazing that we live in a world where hip hop and cheesy teen model type bands garnish all media attention, when there is music like this still being composed, recorded and released. If anyone ever mentions that there is nothing good coming out anymore,tell them to buy a Dream Theater record.
# 1 – Constant Motion
This may not be the most progressive song the band Dream Theater ever released but the guitar and bass riff just knocked us out. While we love the riff, it’s the guitar solo that stands as one of the greatest moments in rock and roll history no matter what genre we are talking about. For that magical moment in this amazing track ,we bow to the band, and label this one as our number one selection on our top 10 Dream Theater songs list. The song was released on the band’s Systematic Chaos album in 2007.