Muse Fans Name 'Knights of Cydonia' the Band's Best Ever Single

"Hysteria" gives its crown to 2006 release.

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Muse fans have voted the band's 2006 single, "Knights of Cydonia," the best release by the Westcountry three-piece in their 20 year career, Gigwise reports.

Fans have voted in their thousands this week in a Gigwise poll to pick the best Muse single of all time, and the "Black Holes & Revelations" single narrowly placed above earlier releases "Hysteria" and "Plug in Baby" to take the top spot. It was a tight-run race with the top three switching places contstantly. Votes were tied for second place between these two singles.

Placing fourth was the band's 2003 single, "Time Is Running Out" and "New Born," both of which shared third place in the poll. The poll is now closed, but you can see how votes were cast below.

"Knights of Cydonia" was the third single to be taken from "Black Holes & Revelations," reaching No.10 in the UK singles charts when it was released on 27 November, 2006. The inspirational track has proven a fan favourite ever since its release, thanks in part to its themes of determination and defiance, which have rung true with the devoted Muse fanbase.

Proving less popular with Muse fans and Gigwise readers, the band's 2010 single, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" was voted readers least favourite release. The stand-alone track was taken from the movie soundtrack to the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Also placing poorly were early tracks "Cave" and "Uno," which were second and third least favourites with and more recent releases, "Follow Me" and "Madness." See the five most, and least, popular Muse singles below.

Top 5
1. Knights of Cydonia
2. Hysteria
3. Plug in Baby
4. Time Is Running Out
5. New Born

Worst 5
1. Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)
2. Cave
3. Uno
4. Follow Me
5. Madness

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95 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Eirien
    I'm not a big Muse fan but Knights of Cydonia is an awesome song. How can you not love a space rock Morricone tribute?
    cha33 armstrong
    Is a great song no doubt but it is not my number 1
    MrWeatherHead
    For me personally it is my favourite. I dunno I like a lot of their songs it's hard to choose.
    twiggy3634
    I like the song too, but I think every song off of Origin of Symmetry and Absolution is better
    third(-)eye
    I don't get the Origin and Absolution circle jerk. To me Black Holes is far and away better than those.
    markyj666
    It doesn't matter about "every song off Origin of Symmetry and Absolution" being better. This is about singles released. Best single off Origin is New Born and best single off Absolution is Stockholm Syndrome. Thats my opinion anyway. Knights of Cydonia really makes me go mental at their live shows though!
    joplambrix
    It's a fantastic live song, crowds go nuts on it. But for album versions I still think Survival or Madness are best.
    Eifler121
    The Black Holes and Revelations song is probably my favorite, and then this. I used to think Muse was a good band. Then they started putting out songs like that victorious one and I can't take them.
    cyclonus
    Cave is very underrated, much better than their newer stuff including that Doctor Who theme tune knock-off Uprising
    SkylerB7
    I can't believe that Muse fans would vote Cave as second worst. That's nuts. Not my favorite but far far from second worst.
    rkroxpunk
    How the heck could anyone vote this as one of their worst songs?! This is literally the song that got me back into guitar, that outro is one of the greatest I have ever heard!
    From 47, you cannot hate this song....
    thes50
    Madness in the Worst 5, seriously? OK it was different to their usual style but why does different have to be bad?
    toasty333
    I don't like Muse very much, but this song seems like something that everyone can get into, from Metalheads to mainstream fans, to the bands loyal fans, that's probably why it won.
    metalifan
    I bet Neutron Star Collision was voted as their worst just because it was from a Twilight film
    Kueller917
    The lyrics are hilariously cheesy and the song is pretty generic (unlike say, Survival, which can at least be defended by being purposefully absurd). It looked pretty fun live but I'd definitely put it as one of their worst singles regardless.
    Pepitohammett
    The only thing I ever really liked about Muse are those riffs... and gentlemen, this song has a really amazing bunch of them, especially that last one... tasty.
    Terbasmin
    What the hell is up with that worst list? D: Cave rocks! I have a soft spot for Madness too and a guilty pleasure in Neutron Star Collision haha Muscle Museum tbh is their best single
    Krieger91
    Sorry but, as much as I like Knights Of Cydonia, my vtte would have gone to New Born as best. It's still awesome that both songs made on to the charts though.
    pfragger
    Citizen Erased? No one's mentioned this yet. And even though people don't agree with KoC, you have to admit the music video's the best one next to Panic Station.
    NightwishAngel
    Decent lists, but the only reason why they put Neutron Star Collision on the Worst is because it's association with Twilight. I think it was a decent song, but to me, Plug In Baby is their best
    Miltam
    EDIT: fug, didnt read 'single'. Yeah I agree with the list other than Madness being in the lowest 5
    robo37
    Cave is one of my favourites, it's only low because not a lot of people know it.
    Vinhair
    Because sadly, most muse fans hasn't even bothered checking out their earlier work after Black Holes And Revelations
    tonello
    Most Muse fans just haven't listened to Showbiz. most Muse fans have heard everything Symmetry onwards, but not a lot have listened to Showbiz. It's probably their worst album.
    Brands99
    have never hear Knights of Cydonia before, listened to it now. and HOW is this their best song???? i mean, i like muse, but this definitely cant be their best
    Nitnatsnok
    Wait... you like Muse but you've never heard of Knights of Cydonia xD wtf...
    Brands99
    Well im not a fan who listens to all their music, but iv heard their stuff on the radio, and its better than KoC
    guitarnoob_100
    Tbf, if you've only heard their stuff on the radio you're not really hearing the 'best' stuff they have to offer.
    a drummer
    Though it's definitely not my favorite, I think KoC represents who Muse are very well. If someone asked me "who is Muse?" This is probably the song i'd show em.
    joplambrix
    Just because these songs are at the botom of the list, doesn't make them bad, it just makes the others so awesome. Eventually something will end up in the last place.
    EqualOfHeaven
    'Stockholm Syndrome' is by far my favourite single and song by Muse in general. I really didn't like 'Knights of Cydonia' when I first heard it, and that really hasn't changed the more I've heard it. Same goes for Black Holes & Revelations in general, it's not really my cup of joe.
    paulgc4
    cave is amazing. i also like neutron star collision. it's corny but idgaf.
    D4CE
    Cave, Uno and Follow me don't deserve to be in the worst top 5.
    fallen881
    Please don't down vote. I do not get why so many people like this band. I literally thought knights of cydonia and the annoying pop song on the radio are the only ones they have. someone link me stuff thats good.I'm open minded. I love in flames to lynyrd skynyrd to taylor swift. I seriously dont get it.
    betojmd
    I don't like them either dude but why post this? taste is subjective you don't need to like something just cause other people do.
    symmetryerased
    Refer to their back catalog (dark and heavy ones). You'll appreciate them more. (Include their raw live performance) "Pre-Annoying light shows"
    guitarnoob_100
    Muse have so many great songs that aren't singles, I had to look up their catalogue to make sure of some.
    jamesrwhensley
    So eager to hear what they offer up next. They still have the potential to be phenomenal in the studio - And add in Matt's talk of returning to a 'straight rock' approach!
    Bliss101
    I agree pretty much with it. Miss Bliss there. And Uno is for sure not that bad. In my opinion MUSE has not 5 "bad songs".
    Legendary_Inc
    I forgot about Bliss! That's a great song. Along with Muscle museum and Stockholm Syndrome as mentioned about. Great riffs.
    Kueller917
    Favorite single I'd definitely go with Butterflies & Hurricanes as it's my favorite song from them all around. Was Map of the Problematique a single? If so I'd put that up there too.
    DeluZionZz
    Out of all songs Hysteria really deserves the top. Not only is there a large range of cool techniques used on both the rhythm and lead guitar, but the drums in the song also sound great. Knight of cydonia also, but it doesn't quite make the cut for me.
    daken_1
    Did you seriously just compliment Hysteria and forget to mention the bass?