The Top 10 Best Mellotron Songs

Ok… I KNOW… this has nothing to do with the guitar, and I know this is not a mellotron school…
but oh well… No matter how much in love I am with guitar: Mellotron has always been and will always be my all-time favorite sound.

So here’s the list of my top 10 favorite Mellotron songs.

  1. Transatlantic

  2. Duel With The Devil.

  3. Yes

  4. Heart Of The Sunrise

  5. David Bowie

  6. Space Oddity

  7. King Crimson

  8. In The Wake of Poseidon

  9. King Crimson

  10. In The Court Of The Crimson King

  11. The Beatles

  12. Strawberry Fields Forever

  13. Genesis

  14. Dance On A Volcano

  15. Moody Blues

  16. Nights in White Satin

  17. Beggar’s Opera

  18. Time Machine.

  19. King Crimson

  20. Epitaph.

If you have your list of favorite mellotron songs, post them here.
I wanna know about them. 🙂


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  1. Nicholas Says:

    Your missing an amazing band who used Mellotron expertly on one of my favorite albums of all time.

    “Spaceboy” by The Smashing Pumpkins is a wonderful tune with the instrument.

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:37 am
  2. vreny Says:

    Thank you for the suggestion Nicholas. I am listening to it right now. I have it in my iTunes. You’re right. I forgot about that one. As you can see from my list, I’ve always been more of a progressive and symphonic rock kind a guy haha. 🙂

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:45 am
  3. Mike Says:

    The Mellotron is my favorite keyboard sound, that’s for sure! I’m not sure there is any ‘Tron on Long Distance Runaround though. Did you maybe mean another Yes song – Heart of the Sunrise from the same album perhaps? Good Mellotron there!

    May 10th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  4. vreny Says:

    You ARE absolutely right Mike. No tron in Long Distance Runaround indeed. After seeing your post, I tried to figure out how on earth I could have accidentally typed the wrong song title. Turns out in my iTunes, that Long Distance Runaround is located right above the song Heart Of The Sunrise in my library (I am super bad with memorizing song titles, even of songs I am in love with), and I accidentally must have looked in the wrong line and written the wrong title when I went to my iTunes to figure out what “the title was again of the song with the awesome tron sounds that I like so much”, which indeed is Heart Of The Sunrise. Will correct that right away. Thanks mate. I REALLY appreciate you looking out for me and helping me get this right. 🙂 Yaaaay for awesome people!

    May 10th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
  5. Mike Says:

    Vreny, since some of the ones you mentioned are my favorites too, I’ll just add 10 more that I like.

    1. Yes The Revealing Science of God

    2. Yes The Remembering

    3. Yes The Ancient

    4. Yes And You and I

    5. Yes Siberian Khatru

    6. Genesis Blood on the Rooftops

    7 . Led Zeppelin The Rain Song

    8. Yes The Gates of Delirium

    9. Genesis Mad Man Moon

    10. Black Sabbath Changes

    On The Gates of Delirium the Mellotron doesn’t come in until about 19 minutes into the song but then it stays until the end and I think it is really good Mellotron!

    May 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am
  6. vreny Says:

    Hahaaaa…. THANK YOU Mike… you just gave me a lot of extra awesome “homework” haha. Can’t wait to listen to all those songs in between guitar students. Many of these I already have in my iTunes, but I need to listen to them again cause I somehow “missed” or “forgot” those have mellotron.
    Thanks mate.

    May 14th, 2012 at 11:24 am
  7. Mike Says:

    Vreny, feel free to send an e-mail when you check these out and let me know what you think. Some of these Yes songs are whole album sides (that gives you a hint how old I am)!

    May 14th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  8. vreny Says:

    Oh yeaaahhh… of course… in The Rain Song. Hard to find the time listening to all the songs… as they indeed are 20+ minutes long haha. 🙂

    May 14th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
  9. Mike Says:

    Vreny, did you check out Changes by Black Sabbath? It’s not long and the whole song is just Mellotron, piano, and Ozzie singing. Very different Black Sabbath song! And Mellotron throughout the entire song.

    May 18th, 2012 at 8:04 am
  10. vreny Says:

    Yes I did. Very unlike Black Sabbath indeed sonically and energy wise. Not exactly a band where you would expect Mellotron haha. I actually have that particular version of the song in my iTunes database. Ozzy did a great version of this song on one of his later solo albums, which have laying around the house somewhere. 🙂

    May 18th, 2012 at 3:26 pm