Monday, May 21, 2012

130 greatest fuzz songs of all times

You can never have too many fuzz pedals
After writing and reading so much about the various Fuzz pedals, schematics and the history around them, I thought it would be a good idea to build the ultimate playlist of songs which incorporate the Fuzz, The Ultimate Fuzz Playlist -

130 all time greatest fuzz songs

While some songs are very well known others are quite obscure and even rare. Nevertheless, they all present the fuzz effect in one way or another, mostly on electric guitar but also on bass and even keyboards (Mike Ratledge of Soft Machine). 
These kind of lists are always partial, of course, but the scope of material here is both wide and deep. I gathered a lot of smaller lists from all around the web and added some of my own. You are welcome to comment, correct or add your own ideas so that we can further lengthen the list.

Rating | song | artist | Year

I believe that most of the songs on the list can be found on Youtube or GrooveShark if you want to listen. I'll try to turn this list into a YouTube playlist in the future for better convenience.

If you are new to the world of fuzz listen to the first 10 songs and you'll get the idea. If you are well acquainted and consider yourself a fuzz master check out some of the really rare stuff here. There are some beautiful gems hidden down the track.

Some viewers complained that this list is mostly 60's and 70's and doesn't reflect the fuzz era of the 90's and the 21st century. Well, it is true that the 60's and 70's saw the emergence of fuzz pedals and exploited this sound to great extent and thus the fuzz purists would say that the 1st fuzz era is the real deal. Nevertheless, I did add a lot of newer stuff which, I believe, do justice to the fuzz idea, like Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus and the Mary Chain and other bands who really used fuzz pedals to the extreme).


|1|Blue's Theme|Davie Allan & The Arrows|1968|

|2|(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction|The Rolling Stones|1965|

|3|Spirit in the Sky|Norman Greenbaum|1969|

|4|Incense And Peppermints|Strawberry Alarm Clock|1967|

|5|The 2000 Pound Bee (Part 1&2)|The Ventures|1962|

|6|Pushin' Too Hard|The Seeds|1966|

|7|Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass|Buck Owens|1969|

|8|Mr. Soul|Buffalo Springfield|1967|

|9|Dark Eyed Woman (Album Version)|Spirit|1969|

|10|Think For Yourself|The Beatles|1965|

|11|Over Under Sideways Down|Yardbirds|1967|

|12|The devil's rumble|Davie Allan & The Arrows|1965|

|13|In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida|Iron Butterfly|1968|

|14|You're A Better Man Than I|Yardbirds|1967|

|15|You Don't Remember|Twentieth Century Zoo|1996|

|16|I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night|The Electric Prunes|1967|
|18|Heart Full Of Soul|Yardbirds|1967|
|19|Easy Money|King Crimson|1973|
|20|Rocket|Smashing Pumpkins|1993|
|21|Think About It|Yardbirds|1967|
|22|Evil Hoodoo|The Seeds|1966|
|23|Yekermo Sew|Mulatu Astatke|1970|
|24|Moonage Daydream|David Bowie|1972|
|25|Bluebird|Buffalo Springfield|1967|
|26|Shapes Of Things|Yardbirds|1967|
|27|The Pusher|Steppenwolf|1976|
|28|Iron Man|Black Sabbath|1970|
|29|Death Of An Electric Citizen|Edgar Broughton Band|1969|
|30|American Woman|Guess Who|1970|
|31|To Cry You A Song|Jethro Tull|1970|
|32|Diddy Wah Diddy|Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band|1965|
|33|Nothing To Say|Jethro Tull|1970|
|34|Purple Haze|Jimi Hendrix Experience|1967|
|35|Psychotic Reaction|Count Five|1968|
|36|Dropout Boogie|Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band|1967|
|37|Dole Song|Fresh Maggots|1971|
|38|Cherub Rock|Smashing Pumpkins|1993|
|39|Mayonaise|Smashing Pumpkins|1993|
|40|Journey to the Center of the Mind|The Amboy Dukes|1968|
|41|Sexo Galactico|Piel De Pueblo|1972|
|42|Let's Spend the Night Together|Muddy Waters|1968|
|43|21st Century Schizoid Man|King Crimson|1969|
|44|Sioux City Blues|Majic Ship|1969|
|45|The Nile Song|Pink Floyd|1971|
|46|Search Your Soul|The Shadows Of Time|1996|
|47|How Many More Times|Led Zeppelin|1969|
|48|Bad Little Woman|Shadows of Knight|1968|
|49|Just Like Honey|The Jesus and Mary Chain|1985|
|50|Sunshine Of Your Love|Cream|1967|
|51|Paranoid|Black Sabbath|1970|
|52|Action Woman|Litter|1968|
|53|Balloon Song|Fresh Maggots|1971|
|54|Driving South|Jimi Hendrix|1998|
|55|Cinnamon Girl|Neil Young|1969|
|56|Civilization Machine|The Plastic Cloud|1968|
|57|Tomorrow Is Plastic|Freeman Sounds & Friends|1970|
|58|Jammin|The Savage Resurrection|1968|
|59|Earthquake (Remastered)|13th Floor Elevators|1967|
|60|Thing in E|The Savage Resurrection|1968|
|62|Ramble Tamble|Creedence Clearwater Revival|1970|
|63|Surf-Ari|The Challengers|1966|
|64|I'm A Man|Q65|1965|
|65|Shake|Shadows of Knight|1968|
|66|Nobody But Me|Various Artists|1968|
|67|Mary, Mary So Contrary|Can|1969|
|68|I Think I'm Down|Harbinger Complex|1968|
|69|Fault Line|Deep Purple|1969|
|70|Communication Breakdown|Led Zeppelin|1969|
|71|Tom Cat|Muddy Waters|1968|
|72|The Width Of A Circle|David Bowie|1971|
|73|Almost Cut My Hair|Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young|1970|
|74|Futilist's Lament|High Tide|1969|
|75|The Gift|The Velvet Underground|1968|
|77|My Ancestors|Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family|1974|
|78|Moonage Daydream|David Bowie|1972|
|79|Father Cannot Yell|Can|1969|
|80|Nitrus|Dick Dale|1970|
|81|White Light/White Heat|The Velvet Underground|1968|
|82|I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar|The United States Of America|1967|
|83|Coming Down|The United States Of America|1967|
|84|Daddy's Blazin' BBQ|Pepe Deluxe|2003|
|85|I Wanna Be Your Dog|The Stooges|1969|
|86|Split [Part Two]|Groundhogs|1971|
|88|Hibou, Anemone and Bear|Soft Machine|1969|
|90|Hello, I love You|The Doors|1968|
|91|Fisherman|Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family|1974|
|92|The Musical Box|Genesis|1971|
|93|Pictures Of Matchstick Man|Status Quo|1968|
|94|Down by the River|Neil Young|1969|
|95|Pushed, But Not Forgotten|High Tide|1969|
|96|Soul Typecast|The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion|1993|
|97|Silver Rains|Ivory|1973|
|98|Revolution|The Head Shop|1969|
|99|Coast Road|Gravy Train|1970|
|100|Starless|King Crimson|1974
|101|machine Gun|Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys|1970
|102|Questions and Answers|T2|1970
|103|Rama|Cold Sun|1969 (any song on this great album)
|104|Bat Macumba|Os Mutantes|1968
|105|Explosive Corrosive Joseph|John Schroeder|1969
|106|Man With the Harmonica|Ennio Morricone|1968
|107|Don't Worry|Marty Robbins|1960
|108|Time (Solo)|Pink Floyd|1973
|109|Only Shallow|My Bloody Valentine|1991
|110|Polar Bear|Ride|1990
|111|Who was in my room last night?|Butthole Surfers|1993
|112|Train to Nowhere|Rare Earth|1969
|113|Sleepy Son|Sleepy Sun|2008
|114|Mother Sky|Can|1970
|115|Fu Manchu|Godzilla|1997
|116|Touch Me I'm Sick|Mudhoney|1988
|117|Voytek|The Heavy Eyes|2011
|118|Walkabout (Solo)|RHCP|1995
|119|Are You Gonna Go My Way|Lenny Kravitz|1993
|120|Fool in the End|Graveyard|2007
|122|I Don't Know Anything|Mad Season|1995
|123|Get Ready|Rare Earth|1969
|124|There's No Satisfaction|Vampires' Sound Incorporation|1970
|125|Sonic Youth|Starfield Road|1994

|126|Sonic Youth|100%|1992
|127|A Girl Like You|Edwyn Collins|1995

|128|Dead Meadow|Sleepy Silver Door|2000

|129|The Monks|Pretty Suzanne|1966

|130|My Bloody Valentine|Slow|1987

will soon add:
Beck ?? 

White Stripes ?? 

The Mars Volta ??
Pavement ??
The Flaming Lips ??
Ween ??
Fern Knight

Have fuzz !!


  1. I made a playlist containing (most) of these songs as well as some others -

    1. Thanks, I'll look into it and see how the 101 can grow.

  2. Fu Manchu - Godzilla
    Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
    The Heavy Eyes - Voytek
    RHCP - Walkabout (Solo)
    Lenny Kravitz - Are You gonna go my way
    Sleep - Dragonaut
    Queens of the stone age - Little Sister ( No one knows )
    Pink Floyd - Time (solo)
    Graveyard - Fool in the end

  3. uhumm the whole fucking rare earth get ready album should be here and there is not even one song from it in the whole list!!!!! Rare Earth - Get Ready 1969

  4. How about the awesome fuzzy bass from the monks 1966 track - Pretty Suzanne? , or the immense fuzz bass in Slow by My Bloody Valentine

    1. Right on, man. Great additions. Thanks. Will update the list.

    2. Forgot to add, " Echoes Part 1." By: Pink Floyd. During the guitar solo, there's fuzz. Freaking awesome guitar solo and fuzz!

    3. Sure thing. I couldn't add every fuzz song in rock history. I mostly tried to find those riffs and solos which for which the fuzz was absolutely part of the composition. Like those parts where it wouldn't be enough to get an overdrive or a heavy distortion. Where the fuzz is part of what made it what it is.

  5. Replies
    1. Of course....I thought it was already up there. What a great song in a great album.

  6. I like the Guess Who....'No Time' Back in early 70s there was this song with great fuzz guitar but the title is reather fuzzy It was called something like Tally Mallory and a witch named sally..or a dog named tally...or sally help me here please. Does anyone got an idea what I' talking about??

  7. The Beastie Boys' song "Gratitude" is all Univox Super Fuzz. It's even got a few cameos in the video.

  8. I would love to see the inclusion of which fuzz pedal was used for each song.

  9. Iommi didn't use Fuzz on those Black Sabbath tracks. He used a Dallas Range Treble Booster to overdrive his Laney amp.

  10. Yura Yura Teikoku, Japanese band fronted by Shintaro Sakamoto who often played his SG's through vintage Fuzz pedals (and often into Orange amps).