Top 5: Best Yes Albums

Yes, it’s time for another Top 5 to stir everyone up. What better way than the up-and-down career of Yes. This undoubtedly talented lineup from England has changed numerous times over the years, each with its own style and flair. With a career lasting nearly fifty years, and having released 21 albums over that span, Yes continue to tour in memory of their longtime bassist Chris Squire. Their sound has changed drastically over the years, so ranking them will surely leave some readers scratching their heads. But leave it to Crash And Ride Music to share with you their greatest albums.

So here it is: Crash And Ride Music’s Top 5 Best Yes albums:

5. “90125”

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Best songs: “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “It Can Happen,” “Changes,” “Leave It”

4. “Going For The One”

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Best songs: “Going For The One,” “Wonderous Stories,” “Awaken”

3. “Fragile”

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Best songs: “Roundabout,” “South Side Of Sky,” “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus),” “Heart Of The Sunrise”

2. “The Yes Album”

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Best songs: “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Starship Trooper,” “I’ve Seen All Good People”

1. “Close To The Edge”

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Best songs: “Close To The Edge,” “And You And I,” “Siberian Khatru”

I have a feeling the majority of Yes listener would agree with my #1. It is their masterpiece, one I feel that no other album rivals. What do you think of this Top 5? What albums make up YOUR Top 5?

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6 thoughts on “Top 5: Best Yes Albums

  1. Your choices are pretty commercial choices. 90125 is a fun pop-rock album, but it’s nowhere near the originality of their other work. The peak of their artistic freedom and arranging skills was actually Topographic Oceans, with Relayer close behind. I’d choose those albums along with Keys to the Studio (the studio tracks of Keys to Ascension 1 and 2), Close to the Edge, and Going for the One.

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  2. Though I like the fact you included 90125, and it represents a productive time in the band’s history, I would vote it to no 7 with Drama at 6. Then your no 2-4 each slip one notch to allow Relayer at no 2. Its my no 1 favorite, all fusion tinged w Patrick Moraz shredding, but agree CTTE is no 1 on any public list! Nice endeavor!

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  3. I’m not sure how “Tales from Topographic Oceans” and “Relayer” don’t make the top five….Without question Close to the Edge takes number one, followed by Tales, Relayer,, The Yes album, and the fifth spot would be a toss up between Going for the One, Fragile, and Tormato, which seems to get zero respect…..

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