Our Top 10 Essential Steven Wilson songs list will attempt to cover various Steven Wilson projects. We hope by covering the various projects we will turn people on to some great music they might not be aware of. That is in essence the goal of this entire site anyways. We hope readers contribute to this article so that we can all celebrate the work of a modern day progressive rock God.
# 10 – Heaven Taste
There is no better way to start our top 10 Steven Wilson songs list than with a track from his early 90’s days with No-Man. The 20 minute epic instrumental “Heaven Taste,” was released on the band No-Man’s 1993 EP “Painting Paradise. ” This great track was written by Steven Wilson.
# 9 – Pariah
We opened our top 10 Steven Wilson songs list with one of his earliest works. We now jump to his most recent work as of this writing. Steven Wilson’s song “Pariah,” was released on his most recent album To the Bone. The album was released in 2017.
# 8 – Construct I
Steven Wilson’s collaboration with Dirk Serries resulted in a haunting album entitled Continuum I. The album was released in 2005. The album was split into three musical segments. “Construct 1,” was the opening segment.
# 7 – Harmony Korine
The song “Harmony Korine,” appeared on Steven Wilson’s first solo album entitled Insurgentes. The album was released in 2008. The song “Harmony Korine,” opened the album and was released as a single.
# 6 – Drag Ropes
“Drag Ropes,” was the opening track on the Storm Corrosion album. The Storm Corrosion album was a collaboration between Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt of the group Opeth. The album was released in 2012.
# 5 – Open Mind
The song “Open Mind,” was released on the debut album by the group Blackfield. The group is a collaboration between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen. The album was released in 2004. At times Steven Wilson’s music sounds like it was written in the early 1970s. The harmonies on this track sound like Crosby Stills Nash and Young and then bam! the beautiful 70s feel sound turns into a Metallica rage for a few bars and then back to the Jim Croce era.
# 4 – Postcard
The great Steven Wilson song “Postcard,” was released on Steven Wilson’s second solo album entitled Grace for Drowning. The album was released in 2011. The beautiful song “Postcard,” was released as the album’s first single.
# 3 – Lazarus
You cant compile a Steven Wilson Songs list that covers different aspects of his career without mentioning the band Porcupine Tree. The problem is, which Porcupine Tree song do we choose. Lazarus seemed to be a good choice. The song “Lazarus,” was released in 2005 on the Porcupine Tree album Deadwing.
# 2 – The Watchmaker
From the album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) This great Steven Wilson album was released in 2013. It is regarded by many to be his finest work.
# 1 – Routine
Steven Wilson has composed many pieces throughout his lifetime that can be considered masterpieces, but “Routine,” is on an entirely different level from anything that he has ever composed. When great songwriters age, the realizations of mortality often take their art to a new level. With age also comes a finer understanding of simplicity. It’s all there in the beautiful piece “Routine.” The Steven Wilson song “Routine,” was released on Steven Wilson’s solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. in 2015. It is the perfect way to end our Top 10 Steven Wilson Songs list.
Updated September 26, 2022
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