Cream Songs Ranked

Cream was a British rock power trio formed in 1966 consisting of drummer Ginger Baker, guitarist/singer Eric Clapton and lead singer/bassist Jack Bruce. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world’s first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more current material such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”. Here are all of Cream’s songs ranked from worst to best.

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20. Sitting On Top of the World (Wheels of Fire – In the Studio, 1968)

“This song has been around and collected some blues ideas that keep people feeling like we are going to keep coming up with this stuff for as long as electricity keeps offering a past that was recorded. Then the basic idea will survive for as long as somebody can keep faking it. We know so many people, anybody could go this way.”

19. World of Pain (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“World Of Pain” is a song by album producer Felix Pappalardi and his wife Gail Collins, well tailored to Jack Bruce’s high vocal and prominently featuring Clapton’s newly discovered wah-wah pedal which he utilises to good effect, in itself a fine companion to Bruce’s own identically positioned “We’re Going Wrong” on side two.”

18. Dance the Night Away (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“A mostly forgotten, but exquisite gem, look it up and have a listen on YouTube, you’ll be glad you did! Clapton’s tribute to Roger McGuinn and the Byrds, SO amazing.”

17. Sweet Wine (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“Sweet Wine” is a wild song, which helps showcase Slowhand’s talent for guitar. Great composition. Clapton’s most bitingly incisive, fierce solo ever.”

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16. We’re Going Wrong (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“Probably the best song for me! What a song! I’m not talking about drum bit or guitar riff or the vocal here.. Because its self understood (all four section are the best). If you look at the lyrics, it just becomes the most auspicious, overwhelming and welcoming song in everyone’s life. Just ask urself… WE’re GOING WRONG? Defiantly at the moment!”

15. Wrapping Paper (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“This sounds far more like a hold-over from the set lists of either of their earlier bands than something a new band who considered themselves “the cream of British blues” would want to showcase on their very first outing. Still, for hard core Cream fans, it is essential on many levels.”

14. Politician (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“This absolutely needs to be number one. The live version is legendary, everyone gives it their all. Jack Bruce’s vocals are amazing. I really love the riff to this one. MASSIVELY underrated. One of my favorites from cream.”

13. N.S.U. (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“N.S.U.” is Cream doing what they do best, psychedelic blues rock with great screams from Bruce, a swell sounding guitar from Clapton, and a great drumming performance from Baker. “N.S.U.” has got a nice guitar riff and is another good track. good single.”

12. Spoonful (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“Jack Bruce tries to approximate the howl of the Wolf with his singing without quite carrying it off but there’s no doubt the band kick up a smoky storm behind him, particularly Clapton’s bluesy guitar and presumably Bruce’s wailing harmonica.”

11. Deserted Cities of the Heart (Wheels of Fire, 1968)

“This song is so amazing, makes you think and feel that you are in an apocalyptic atmosphere, the solo, the fast strumming of bruce in the acoustic, that bass lines and the Baker fast drumming, one of the hidden gems in the history of rock, totally underrated song.”

10. I’m So Glad (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“The riff! Clapton is just so beautiful! The riff is truly life changing! Believe this one is their best song! “I’m so Glad” is one of the band’s signature tunes (expanded upon in a great way on subsequent live versions) and is also repetitious to the point of submission, reaping the title of the song over and over again (the original version of this song was recorded in the early 1930’s).”

9. SWLABR (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“SWLABR” is an awesome B-Side. Fantastic guitar play from Slowhand, and Bruce’s powerful vocal is one of his best. Strange title though.”

8. Toad (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“The riff on “Toad” is a generic hard rock riff for decades to come. It’s one of the greatest drum solos and much better than Moby Dick. Also has a great guitar riff to it.

7. I Feel Free (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“This is probably my favorite Cream song. I love the melody, the lyrics, the harmonies and the strong performances from all involved. Doesn’t seem to get a ton of attention, maybe because it wasn’t on the band’s most well known album Disraeli Gears but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It has a nice psych pop flavor to it and it is really catchy.”

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6. Badge (Goodbye, 1969)

“I could listen to this on repeat for a good few hours. Catchy, fun, and featuring some irresistible guitar work from Clapton and co-writer George Harrison. Great tune, deserves the top spot. It is the best Cream song of all time. Clapton at his best and Bruce and baker are not shoddy either!”

5. Strange Brew (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“Strange Brew” fizzes along with Clapton’s guitar snapping, crackling and popping all over the place to the rock-solid rhythm of Bruce and Baker. “Strange Brew” is a song that identifies more with its era and is a good song overall.”

4. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“Pure Simple Brilliance! This song personifies the Legendary & Incredible Journey of the Mighty Odysseus! With tales of great solo’s, your naked ears are pleasured by cream sweetly singing.”

3. Crossroads (Fresh Cream, 1966)

“The greatest of all Cream songs…Ginger Baker at his best and Eric Clapton playing like the king he was. Amazing song, so much soul, everyone should hear this song. Really.”

2. White Room (Wheels of Fire, 1968)

“Without doubt the best Cream song there is. The awesome intro harmonies, and then that snare. Just one nod. And it explodes into that blistering riff. And the way Jack says “In A white room with black curtains, at the station…” You just know it’s the beginning of an amazing journey. Baker was immense in this song. Bruce was at his vocal best and the basslines are so good. And Clapton. Was more Clapton than ever.”

1. Sunshine of Your Love (Disraeli Gears, 1967)

“One of e best riffs in rock history ( and it was jack Bruce that came up with it not Eric) think its a joke Erin is always the one mentioned when jack was all Round the better musician and such a great singer”