Top 10 Steve Hackett Songs

Steve Hackett Songs

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In creating a top 10 Steve Hackett Songs list we are faced with the impossible task choosing only 10 songs from an artist who has had one of the most extraordinary careers in rock and roll history. While many rock fans are aware of Steve Hackett’s work as a member of Genesis,  some may be not aware of the abundance of material Steve Hackett has released as a solo artist. In 1975, while still a member of Genesis, Steve Hackett released his first solo album entitled Voyage of the Acolyte. Three years later Steve Hackett released his second solo album called Please Don’t Touch. From that point on, Steve Hackett has continued to release solo albums on a steady basis for over a forty year period.

The end of the 1970’s saw the release of the album Spectral Mornings in 1979. Steve Hackett’s continued to release albums into the 1980’s beginning with Defector in 1980 Cured in 1981, Highly Strung in 1983, Bay of Kings also in 1983, Till We Have Faces in 1984 and Momentum in 1988.

The grunge movement of the 1990’s had no effect of Steve Hackett’s continued output. Kicking Nirvana and Pearl Jam out of the way Steve Hackett released the album Guitar Noir in 1993, Blues with a Feeling in 1994, Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited in 1996, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1997 and Darktown in 1999.

At the turn of the century Steve Hackett released Feedback 86 in 2000 and then continued with To Watch the Storms in 2003, Metamorpheus in 2005, Wild Orchids in 2006, Tribute in 2008, Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth in 2009, Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011,Genesis Revisited II in 2012, Genesis Revisited II: Selection in 2013, Wolflight in 2015 and his most recent album as of this writing The Night Siren in 2017.

Besides his work as a solo artist and the years he spent with Genesis, Steve Hackett has performed on numerous other projects including many guest spots with the Hungarian Jazz fusion band Djabe. There was also the very cool GTR project in which Steve Hackett and Steve Howe joined forces to create a guitar album for the gods.

Steve Hackett has been a very busy man for a very long time. He loves by progressive rock fans. That adoration left us a bit intimidated in creating this Steve Hackett top 10 songs list. How could we pick just 10. So what we have done is chosen ten of our favorites that Steve Hackett has released in chronological order. We hope that the article serves as a starting point for those unfamiliar with his solo work. Let us know which are your favorite Steve Hackett songs.

# 10 – Ace Of Wands

This incredible progressive rock song was the opening track on Steve Hackett’s first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte. What a way to start a list. The album featured musicians, Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, John Acock, Sally Oldfield, Robin Miller, Nigel Warren, Percy Jones and Johnny Gustafson.

# 9 – Shadow of the Hierophant

We open our Top 10 Steve Hackett Songs list with the closing tack from Steve Hackett’s first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte. released in 1975. The song was written by Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford of Genesis.

# 8 – Narnia

The beautiful song Narnia was the opening track to Steve Hackett’s second solo album. The song featured the great Steve Walsh of Kansas on lead vocals. This one is stunning. If we were not doing this list in chronological order, this song would easily fit in the top one or two spots.

# 7 – Spectral Mornings

The Steve Hackett song “Spectral Mornings,” was released on his third solo album entitled Spectral Mornings. The album was released in 1979. The song “Spectral Mornings,” was the album’s closing track.

# 6 – Doll That’s Made In Japan

The Steve Hackett song Doll That’s Made In Japan was released on Steve Hackett’s album Till We Have Faces. The album was released in 1984. The Doll That’s Made In Japan was released as single from the album.

# 5 – Firth of Fifth

The Genesis song “Firth of Fifth,” was remade in a live setting and released on Steve Hackett’s solo album Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited. Bill Bruford on drums, John Wetton on vocals, it does not get much better than that.

# 4 -Twice Around the Sun

“Twice around the Sun,” was simply one of Steve Hackett’s most mesmerizing pieces. The song was released on the album Darktown in 1999.

# 3 -That Vast Life

This beautiful piece of music was released on the Metamorpheus album. The stunning CD was issued in 2005.

# 2 – Waters of the Wild

“Waters of the Wild,” was released on the 2006 album Wild Orchids. The album also featured a very cool version of the Bob Dylan song “The Man In The Long Black Coat.”

# 1 -Fifty Miles from the North Pole

We close our Top 10 Steve Hackett songs with a track from his most recent album as of this writing called The Night Siren. The great track “Fifty Miles From The North Pole,” has a sort of James Bond vibe to part of it. Very cool way to close this list. The song was released on the 2017 Behind The Smoke album.

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