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Top 25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Songs

Recently, I've been at my second King Gizzard concert in Munich and it sparked another obsession with their music. With the band's 24th studio album out this year ("PetroDragonic Apocalypse"), I think it is time to look back at the 25 best songs from their catalogue. Assembling this list I, of course, largely worked with my own opinion. At the same time though, I tried to factor in how classic these songs are, meaning the reception by fans and critics as well as the importance of them in the discography. It goes without saying that it was still impossible to get everything into this list – both because of my own opinion and because of the limited number of songs included – and trust me, I tried to make this a top 50, but it just gets to confusing putting so many songs of so many different genres into order. That's why you'll also get a huge list of honorable mentions tagged on to check out!

25. "Kepler-22b" (Omnium Gatherum, 2022)

Pre-released as the third single to King Gizzard's first double album Omnium Gatherum, Kepler-22b stands as one of the most stylistically unique tracks in the band's catalogue with its Hip-Hop beats, jazzy piano, lush production and spacey vocal arrangements. For such a catchy and (relatively) short tune, it might be difficult to connect to on first listen, but it's a song sure to grow on you.

24. "Road Train" (Nonagon Infinity, 2016)

The end is the beginning. Road Train is the final song in the tracklisting of King Gizzard's magnus opum album Nonagon Infinity. Formally that is, of course, because the song starts the new album anew, leading back into the opening song Robot Stop in a grandiose twist. Before said twist, the song might as well be categorized as King Gizzard's first forray into metal music with its savage vocal delivery and heavy, steady instrumentation that indeed sounds like a train rattling through a hellish landscape. 

23. "Catching Smoke" (Butterfly 3000, 2021)

The eventual result of the band not being able to regularly play together on organic instruments during the pandemic, is the album Butterfly 3000, where they instead opted to go Synth Pop. While the album doesn't quite give us that, as the band couldn't seem to completely say farewell to guitars and co., it certainly gave us a few upbeat pop bangers for summer 2021. The most accomplished and catchy of those is without a doubt the six-and-a-half minute long Catching Smoke. The song is accompanied by a hilarious music video and while being, in essence, an Alt-Pop track, King Gizzard still managed to work in loads of musical, precisely rhythmical, complexities. 

22. "Mars For the Rich" (Infest the Rats' Nest, 2019)

In 2019, King Gizzard delivered an environmentalist double punch of musically opposite concept albums. The second of those is their infamous and profound deep dive into Thrash Metal. While another song off the album is the quintessential piece communicating the message, Mars For the Rich is the song that sums up the album's cynical story. As the title says, the planet Mars is claimed by Earth's rich people, who are the only ones able to afford fleeing the planet as it becomes an inhabitable hell. The song's melodic opening riff is probably the most memorable on the album and one of the most iconic throughout their discography. 

21. "The Dripping Tap" (Omnium Gatherum, 2022)

King Gizzard fans went crazy when the band returned with this song in 2022. It had been a rough time since 2019s Infest the Rats' Nest for the band as their second and third microtonal albums K.G. and L.W. and the poppy synth odyssey Butterfly 3000 were only luckwarmly received. The Dripping Tap was the return to form that many people had hoped for: an 18 minute jam of psychedelic garage madness with a smooth and catchy Soul chorus tying things together. The song fastly rose to the highest rated single on the average music nerd's favorite online platform, Album of the Year. Why isn't the song any higher here, you might ask? Now, it will surprise you to hear that I'm one of the more critical fans when it comes to this song. To me, it doesn't quite justify its runtime as I perceive the instrumental sections to run just a little stale and repetitive after a time. But that is made-up for by the high energy and thrilling vocal hooks throughout. The Dripping Tap might not be a perfect record, but it's status in the King Gizzard discography is undeniable.

20. "Let Me Mend the Past" (Float Along – Fill Your Lungs, 2013)

Float Along – Fill Your Lungs is a defining album in King Gizzard's discography. While they couldn't enjoy their breakthrough yet, it lay down the fundamentals for their first internationally successful album I'm In Your Mind Fuzz. It also features the first big moment for the band's secret weapon, their most unique singer, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, mostly known as Amby.  He owns the tracklist's central song Let Me Mend the Past, a soulful psychedelic pop ballad. His vocal performance might be the most powerful in the band's entire catalogue and it is one of the most satisfying moments, when Amby steps down into the centre of the stage at a live concert to belt out this song.

19. "Her & I (Slow Jam II)" [I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, 2014]

This is the second best closing track in King Gizzard's discography and a great display of their capability to make a long and jammy track connect emotionally with audiences. Her & I is not a huge banger or a surprising twist to go out on at the end of an album, but a sweet and rewarding swan song to what is now known as their breakthrough album, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz. At its core, it's just a song about love. 

18. "The Lord of Lightning" (Murder of the Universe, 2017)

Murder of the Universe is King Gizzard's most conceptual work featuring lenghty spoken word passages and a triple album structure. While there are other songs on it that can be enjoyed outside the album context, there is only one that keeps all of its greatness in such an instance. The Lord of Lightning is  amongst the most epic songs the band has ever put to tape and a fan favorite in live settings. Its callback to the band's classic album Nonagon Infinity is clever and incredibly satisfying and the spoken word passages are perfectly utilized in this song. They're not overbearing but instead only contribute to the epicness. It was a must to include Murder of the Universe in this list and The Lord of Lightning is the definitive candidate to do so. 

17. "People-Vultures" (Nonagon Infinity, 2016)

People-Vultures is made by its gargantuan breakdown section. You know, on an album like Nonagon Infinity, where each song flows seemlessly into the next, repeats motifs from other songs and has an unfairly catchy chorus, for songs to stick out, they need that one ingredient that makes them better than their companions. For People-Vultures, it's said breakdown section that opens and closes the song – and of course, everything else about it is glorious too. 

16. "Planet B" (Infest the Rats' Nest, 2019)

I already teased towards this song: Planet B was, according to Stu Mackenzie, the first Thrash Metal song the band had written during 2017 or so, and it is the song the band based the entirety of Infest the Rats' Nest on. One could say, it sparked the whole Thrash Metal thing the band has going on and thus it lead to thousands of new fans discovering the band and ultimately to their newest album PetroDragonic Apocalypse. Yet, that is not the whole story as the song is also their most blatant environmentalist statement. The band had always incorporated those themes into their songs, but no song sees them declare so openly for climate protection. After all, "There is no Planet B" is one of the slogans you'll hear on Fridays For Future demonstrations – and not in relation to this song. In another world, this would be THE anthem of climate activists. 

15. Am I In Heaven (I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, 2014)

Well, this song may be about the Lord of Lightning from Murder of the Universe conquering our heavenly world, but it could also just be about climate change once again and how almost every human being alive right now is taking part in exploiting planet Earth. What's so interesting about this song is its innocent tone. The contrast between the verses and the hard-hitting chorus makes for such a cheery climax. This relationship between the clever lyrics and the music makes for one of King Gizzard's most compelling songs and another beloved banger of a closer for live sets (most notably the Live in Paris '19 version). 

14. "Float Along – Fill Your Lungs" (Float Along – Fill Your Lungs, 2013)

This is the last song on the list before we move into absolute classic territory, the creme de la creme of King Gizzard songs. Fittingly, it's also the closer I teased upon earlier, the best closer in their discography, in my opinion. Float Along – Fill Your Lungs is the counterpart to the album's opening track Head On/Pill. Both are lengthy and kind of jammy, but this song is like the comedown from the trip that started with the taking of the wrong pill on Head On/Pill. It's a meditative and carefree tracks that wants the listener to embrace life itself. Just float along and fill your lungs. The sitar that plays along is the cherry on top, making the song all the more ethereal and beautiful. Just float along and breathe a deep breath.

Honorable Mentions

  • Stressin' (Oddments, 2014)
  • Slow Jam 1 (I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, 2014)
  • God Is In the Rhythm (Quarters!, 2015)
  • The Bitter Boogie (Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, 2015)
  • Mr. Beat (Nonagon Infinity, 2016)
  • Open Water (Flying Microtonal Banana, 2017)
  • Sleep Drifter (Flying Microtonal Banana, 2017)
  • The Balrog (Murder of the Universe, 2017)
  • Tezeta (Sketches of Brunswick East, 2017)
  • The Fourth Colour (Polygondwanaland, 2017)
  • Beginner's Luck (Gumboot Soup, 2017)
  • Plastic Boogie (Fishing for Fishies, 2019)
  • Intrasport (K.G., 2020)
  • Static Electricity (L.W., 2021)
  • Shanghai (Butterfly 3000, 2021)
  • Gaia (Omnium Gatherum, 2022)
  • Iron Lung (Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushroom and Lava, 2022)
  • Hypertension (Laminated Denim, 2022)
  • Change (Changes, 2022)
  • Motor Spirit (PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, 2023)
  • Gila Monster (PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, 2023)
  • Flamethrower (PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, 2023)