Fragile Songs Ranked

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 26 November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced founding member Tony Kaye after the group had finished touring their breakthrough record, The Yes Album. Fragile received a positive reception upon its release, and was a commercial success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. An edited version of “Roundabout” was released as a single in the US in January 1972, which reached No. 13. Fragile has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million copies in the US. It has been remastered several times since its release, some containing previously unreleased tracks. Here are all of the Fragile songs ranked.

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9. Cans and Brahms

“‘Cans And Brahms’ is simply awesome. It’s one of those songs which justs gives me a good feeling. Obviously, Wakeman is just so incredible.”

8. Five Per Cent for Nothing

“‘Five Percent For Nothing’ is mostly hear to showcase Anderson’s pretentiousness. Just see the title, without it, there would be no major loss.”

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7. Mood for a Day

“‘Mood For A Day’, as a bassist and drummer, guitar based sounds don’t usually turn me on, but this one is an exception. Terrific and surprising important to the album.”

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6. We Have Heaven

“‘We Have Heaven’ is another “filler”, but I like to believe it’s necessary. Now, I prefer my progressive albums to be like one long song. Or, actually be one long song. Fragile definitely does not represent this. Which is a minor disappointment. But, this is one of the greatest fillers of all time. Without doubt.”

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5. The Fish

“‘The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)’, speaking of pretentiousness… this one is actually worth looking up though. Nothing to special though, especially for this magical band.”

4. Long Distance Runaround

“The main part rocks harder than Yes have ever rocked, the whole band locked into a claustrophobically tight rhythm, and when that piano break I talked about earlier hits, it cues some beautiful and eerie vocal harmonies. Special mention must also be made for the sly “Long Distance Runaround,” which has some cool guitar work and a fun rhythm.”

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3. South Side of the Sky

“‘South Side Of The Sky’ is the pinnacle of this record at this point. Although repeatitive, and similar to Roundabout, it is in a league of it’s own, and is often considered as one of the greatest songs by many people, for good reason.”

2. Heart of the Sunrise

“‘Heart Of The Sunrise’ is fantastic. The bass is a killer among murdurous instruments. Very grand song, but not unlike Roundabout, South Side Of The Sky, or any other song by Yes…”

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1. Roundabout

“‘Roundabout’ is amazing. It’s the most popular Yes has ever done, for obvious reasons. It’s run it’s course with me, and it’s quite repeatitive, but other than that it’s one of my favorites.”