Best Top 10 Smashing Pumpkins Songs
There are not as many rock bands that are quite as symbolic of the 1990s alternative rock scene as Chicago’s Smashing Pumpkins. The band is famous for its intense arena rock-inspired sounds and for its lyrics that spoke to Generation X. The group’s grunge and dream pop-inspired sound and will to experiment on occasion have especially won them many fans over the years.
While the band has been around since 1988, the one consistent in the band has been its lead singer, lead guitarist and main songwriter, Billy Corgan. The group became famous in the 1990s when Corgan brought local Chicago musicians James Iha, D’Arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlain together to fill out the band.
Over the years the band has headlined the Lollapalooza music festival, sold millions of records and has dealt with plenty of departures with Corgan being the last original member left. The band even split up for a bit of time in the early 2000s. Today the Pumpkins continue to tour and perform with Corgan leading the way. The band has especially embraced many experimental sounds and even some heavy metal influences with one album even featuring drums by Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee.
This listing of the Smashing Pumpkins’ ten best songs showcases plenty of big hits as well as a few surprises.
Best Top 10 Smashing Pumpkins Songs
- Cherub Rock
The opening track to the band’s Siamese Dream album, Cherub Rock has become a modern-day rock anthem. The pounding guitars and Corgan’s lyrics of defiance and power have made this a popular song that the band continues to play at live shows to this day. The song was especially written by Corgan about his disdain for much of the rock community that he had been a part of for so long.
This song is about the feeling of alienation and apathy that was found throughout Generation X in the 1990s. The song immediately paints images of a night out on the town and certainly has a great reflective sound to it.
- Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Billy Corgan’s lyrics in this famous song are about the pressure to perform and to be someone you’re not. It’s about trying to move forward to change the world even if it means being stuck in one place. It’s a song that still speaks to today’s youth a generation later.
This is one of the quietest songs in the Pumpkins’ catalogue and it continues to be an all-time favorite. The song is not only about an impossible love but also the rage that people hold in their lives. It proves that everyone’s loved by someone but deep down everyone is ready to burst out and change for good. The lyrics were especially inspired by the tough relationship that Corgan had with his parents. The song’s lyrics are especially emotional and vibrant but have also brought controversy as the BBC banned the song in the United Kingdom for a period of time.
- I Am One
The first song off of their first album, this is a highly-charged song that immediately reminds people of Black Sabbath’s early work. The intense guitars of Corgan and Iha both have great sounds and both charge forward. This song is about four minutes long but live versions of the song have been known to go for at least ten minutes.
- Geek U.S.A.
A deep track from Siamese Dream, this goes through many movements from a fast-charging upbeat tune to a lighter and more atmospheric song and back again. The song has themes of unity, division and vengeance all in one complicated piece that rewards the listener every time one hears it.
- I Of the Mourning
Recorded after Hole’s Melissa Auf der Maur joined the group as its new bassist, this song holds a great nostalgic tone. It is about growing up with music and learning how to play. The song brings in a real emotional vibe to it and reminds people to stay young while they can.
- Thru the Eyes of Ruby
There are plenty of great deep tracks all around Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness like the intense Bodies and X.Y.U. and the airy Galapagos but Thru the Eyes of Ruby may be the best of those deep cuts. The song builds up to an intense and soaring sound as Corgan sings about staying young, being yourself and refusing to stay within the rules. It has especially become a live favorite among many of the band’s biggest fans.
- Bring the Light
This song comes from an album released after Corgan’s extended hiatus from the band. While Jimmy Chamberlain was the only original member of the band when this was released, it still has a powerful feel that makes it fit in perfectly with many of the Pumpkins’ classics. The heavy metal-influenced sounds of this song make it an intense number.
- For Martha
This last song was recorded following Chamberlain’s temporary departure from the band. Soundgarden and Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron plays drums on this one. It is a rather emotional song where Corgan pays tribute to his mother Martha and how she was important to his development and his love for music. The song has a light sound that builds up throughout to create a true classic that means so much more.
List Of Best Top 10 Smashing Pumpkins Songs
|Cherub Rock||Billy Corgan||Siamese Dream||1993|
|1979||Corgan||Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness||1995|
|Bullet With Butterfly Wings||Corgan||Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness||1995|
|I Am One||Corgan, James Iha||Gish||1991|
|Geek U.S.A.||Corgan||Siamese Dream||1993|
|I of the Mourning||Corgan||Machina/the Machines of God||2000|
|Thru the Eyes of Ruby||Corgan||Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness||1995|
|Bring the Light||Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlain, Roy Thomas Baker||Zeitgeist||2007|