Open Mic: What’s The Best Synth Song Of All Time?

At the beginning of the 70’s, synthesizers were largely considered a novelty. There were dozens of novelty ‘switched on’ albums, ranging from Switched On Beatles to Switched On Buck.

By the end of the decade, though, Keith Emerson had blown minds with his synth solo on Lucky Man, Kraftwerk had created the template for synth pop and Moroder and Summer had transported dance music into the future with I Feel Love. Synths have had a prominent place in music ever since.

What’s the best synth song of all time? Is it one of the 70’s classics, something from the synthpop heyday or something more modern?

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103 thoughts on “Open Mic: What’s The Best Synth Song Of All Time?

  1. I have decided. The best synthesizer song is “Ghosts” by Japan. Its astonishing that it reached number 5 on the charts. I havent looked but Im sure it stuck out like a sore thumb among the rest of the lot in the top ten at that time. It has this power to compel me to sing along with it every time i playr it too!

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  2. Wow tricky to choose the best ever. Here is a few of my faves

    Clair de Lune by Tomita (Debussy tune on The Snowflakes are Dancing album)
    Acquiring the Taste by Gentle Giant (played entirely on Minimoog I think)
    Equinoxe 5 or Oxygene 4 by Jean Michel Jarre
    Pump Up The Volume by M.A.R.R.S
    Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb
    Rockit by Herbie Hancock

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  3. “Axel F” blew my mind as a kid when I realized it was just one guy and a synth. I’ve been obsessed with synth music ever since! 😀

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  4. The best synth song of all time????
    That is a BIG question!
    I just can’t pin it down to one!
    “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer with Giorgio Moroder.
    “Chariots Of Fire (Theme)” by Vangelis.
    “Popcorn” by Gershon Kingsley.
    “Funeral Music For Queen Mary (Theme From Clockwork Orange)” performed by Wendy Carlos..
    “Theme From Peewee’s Playhouse” by George McGrath, Mark Mothersbaugh and Peewee Herman (featuring Cyndy Lauper on vocal)…

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  5. Shake the Disease by Depeche Mode! (and many others by them)

    Or do samplers qualify as “synths”? (There’s synths in there as well..)

    Seems to me they set the high water mark (over and over again) for what you could achieve doing electronic music.

    Lots of great songs you all have listed though for sure!

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  6. In addition, there’s Entangled, and pretty much every other song on Genesis’s A Trick of the Tail. I love ELP and Yes and Rush and a ton of others, but A Trick of the Tail is my favorite melodic and lyrical album.

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