Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The 11 Best Modest Mouse Songs


You know what kills me? You know when you're watching a basketball game on TV and your favorite player is in the game and for some reason, the announcer can't get the player's name right? The annoucer keeps pronouncing the name with a silent E that isn't silent or accents a vowel that is supposed to be more on the soft side? And there's no way you can tell the announcer that they are screwing up the name. You just have to sit there and listen to the butchering. The same thing is bothering when it comes to the newest Modest Mouse release.

For some reason, no one knows how many albums Modest Mouse has released. How come every article I read can't get the number right. Seriously, do any of you reviewers own a computer with an internet connection? Are you still writing your reviews on binder paper? Do some research before you publish. The newest album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank, is their official 6th full-length album. Though it is never counted, Sad Sappy Sucker was the Mouse's first official album. And if you want to include all the releases (Eps and rareities comps) then we're looking at 10 albums. I don't know why it's been annoying me so much. But I had to say something. So I said it. Now here's...

The 11 Best Modest Mouse Songs

1. Trailer Trash (The Lonesome Crowded West)
2. Breakthrough (This Is A Long Drive For Someone)
3. Doin' The Cockroach (The Lonesome Crowded West)
4. Float On (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)
5. A Different City (The Moon and Antarctica)
6. The View (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)
7. Trucker's Atlas (The Lonesome Crowded West)
8. Bukowski (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)
9. Bankrupt On Selling (The Lonesome Crowded West)
10. Whenever You Breathe Out (Building Nothing Out Of Something)
11. Tundra-Desert (This Is A Long Drive For Someone)

Songs will be coming back soon...I promise.

44 comments:

Concepcion said...

I know it's difficult to limit the entire Modest Mouse catalogue to 11 best songs but how can you have a list and not include Teeth Like God's Shoeshine?!?

Jacob said...

bukowski over out of gas :( my head just exploded.

WhyMan? said...

I cannot believe you included "Breakthrough", yet did not include a song far better than it on TIALDFSWNTTA, because "Dramamine" is stunning.

Joshua Soans said...

DUUUUDE! March into the Sea's gotta figure man!

Matt said...

what about stiff animal fantasy?

MdPacilli said...

BURY ME WITH IT. cmon people.

ProPainScott said...

heres 12... 11 was too hard... these are the songs that isaac will be most remembered for a thousand years from now... until he writes better ones at least...

talkin shit about a pretty sunset
dramamine
doin the cockroach
night on the sun
float on
paper thin walls
third planet
parting of the sensory
spitting venom
the view
dashboard
people as places as people

lost-n-VA said...

Okay here it is:
Dramamine
Night on the Sun
Gravity Rides Everything
Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset
The View
Trailer Trash
Polar Opposites
Float On
Custom Concern
Willful Suspension of Disbelief

That was hard, I love em all

goshkaity said...

wow i would say my favorite 11 (in no particular order) are
-trailer trash
-alone down there
-teeth like gods shoe shine
-the world at large
-life like weeds
-talking shit about a pretty sunset
-lounge (closing time)
-cowboy dan
-what people are made of
-lives (this would definitely be my number one)
-float on (i guess)

jonathan said...

1. Teeth like gods shoeshine
2. broke
3. bankrupt on selling
4. the view
5. cowboy dan
6. edit the sad parts
7. king rat
8. night on the sun
9. what people are made of
10. lounge closing time
11. float on

i like goshs list a lot to

haightweston said...

well yours was good and its obviously hard but heres mine..roughly

1.Blame it on the tetons
2.the view
3.Trailer Trash
4.Night on the sun
5.never ending math equation
6.Baby Blue Sedan
7.3rd planet
8.I came as a rat
9.Black Cadillacs
10.Dramamine
11.Out of Gas
12.Wild packs of family dogs


c'mon you gotta have wild packs
that was really hard

tim said...

dude dramamine. best song ever what are you thinking.

Joe said...

World at large!
really well written song

dukefan5656 said...

I love this, I adore so many of their songs but Imma have to be the voice of reason and make the definitive list, and it goes as follows.

1. Trailer Trash
2. Dramamine
3. Heart Cooks Brain
4. Bankrupt on Selling
5. World at Large
6. Bukowski
7. Gravity Rides Everything
8. Ocean Breathes Salty
9. Paper Thin Walls
10. Float On

Honorable Mention goes to Dashboard for being a cool ass jam.

I was kidding about the definitive part, MM touches peoples hearts and souls in unique ways, and that is what makes them so great. Cheers to the trailer park trash from Oregon for being geniuses

dukefan5656 said...

I love this, I adore so many of their songs but Imma have to be the voice of reason and make the definitive list, and it goes as follows.

1. Trailer Trash
2. Dramamine
3. Heart Cooks Brain
4. Bankrupt on Selling
5. World at Large
6. Bukowski
7. Gravity Rides Everything
8. Ocean Breathes Salty
9. Paper Thin Walls
10. Float On

Honorable Mention goes to Dashboard for being a cool ass jam.

I was kidding about the definitive part, MM touches peoples hearts and souls in unique ways, and that is what makes them so great. Cheers to the trailer park trash from Oregon for being geniuses

Nayf said...

Trailer trash is undisputably in the top 11 for the majority of every modest listener, such a brilliant song lyrically and instrumentally :) the rest is subjective, grey ice water and world at large would be somewhere in that magic 11 for me.

Nicole said...

All amazing.
But I can't believe only one person put BLACK CADILLACS in their list.
That is one song I will never ever tire of.

sebastian said...

in order


1. talking shit about a pretty sunset

2.3rd planet

3.trailer trash

4. paper thin walls

5.gravity rides everything

6.polar opposites

7. dramamine

8. bankrupt on selling

9. history sticks to your feet

10.spitting venom

11.the view

12.the world at large

Gab said...

It's soooo hard to pick because I love anything that Modest Mouse makes, but if I had to pick 12 it'd be:

Night On The Sun
Trailer Trash
Gravity Rides Everything
Dramamine
Little Motel
3rd Planet
Birds Vs. Worms
Out Of Gas
Lives
Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
Spitting Venom
The View

Honorable mention to Bukowksi and Black Cadillacs. I tried to fit you guys in, but no room..

Dylan Holycross said...

@sebastian. Excellent choice. Talking shit is my favorite mouse too.

Shane said...

A lot of my favorite songs are not on anybody's list so here it is:

Mechanical Birds
It Always Rains on a Picnic
Worms v. Birds
Neverending Math Equation
Night on the Sun
Stars are Projectors
Life Like Weeds
Talkin Shit about a Pretty Sunset
Dramamine
Trailer Trash
All Night Diner
Cowboy Dan
Doin the Cockroach

Sorry, that's 13, but what can I say?

Shane said...

A lot of my favorite songs are not on anybody's list so here it is:

Mechanical Birds
It Always Rains on a Picnic
Worms v. Birds
Neverending Math Equation
Night on the Sun
Stars are Projectors
Life Like Weeds
Talkin Shit about a Pretty Sunset
Dramamine
Trailer Trash
All Night Diner
Cowboy Dan
Doin the Cockroach

Sorry, that's 13, but what can I say?

Nick said...

3rd planet please?
but they just about all blow my mind

Tyler said...

top 10 in no particular order...
3rd planet
never ending math equation
float on
ocean breathes salty
missed the boat
dramamine
fire it up
night on the sun
out of gas
the world at large

Deb said...

in order
1) Damamine
2) Teeth Like God's SHoeshine
3) Heart Cook Brain
4) Trailer Trash
5) Broke
6) Bury Me With It
7) Cowboy Dan
8) Bukowski
9) Custom Concern
10) Trucker's Atlas
11) Baby Blue Sedan

with honorable mentions going to King Rat, The Whale Song, 3rd Planet, Gravity RIdes Everything, and Fire It Up

Nicholas said...

The only reason I feel like I have to make a list is because nobody has included The Waydown or Here It Comes. So here goes in no particular order

1. The Waydown, obviously
2. Here It Comes, also obvious
3. Trailer Trash
4. Grey Ice Water
5. Never Ending Math Equation
6. A Life of Aquatic Sounds
7. Heart Cooks Brain
8. Edit the Sad Parts
9. Bury Me With It
10. Truckers Atlas
11. March Into The Sea

With honorable mention going to every MM song besides Dance Hall because I really can listen to every one of them over and over and over again and never get tired of it.

Shelly said...

This isn't a comment on this particular one but in general,do these go in order from the best to your least favourite or are they not in any particular order,also I feel sorry for you to be subjected to all this criticism,you can't please everyone.Appreciate the time you took to write these

acompleteunknown said...

Thanks Shelly. These usually go in order. But the list changes every time I do it. Sort of the fun aspect of doing the lists. Thanks for reading...spread the word.

savoie08 said...

This is my "best of" Modest Mouse. Obviously much larger than 11 songs, but why make such an impossible list?

1.Dramamine
2.Polar Opposites
3.Never Ending Math Equation
4.3rd Planet
5.Float On
6.Ocean Breathes Salty
7.March Into The Sea
8.Cowboy Dan
9.Interstate 8
10.Night On The Sun
11.Gravity Rides Everything
12.Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
13.Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
14.I Come As A Rat
15.Parting Of The Sensory
16.The World At Large
17.Trailer Trash
18.Satelite Skin

savoie08 said...

If I were gonna introduce someone to Modest Mouse, I wouldn't include their three cds(includes No One's First EP). I made a compilation today and it's as follows:

1.Dramamine
2.Custom Concern
3.Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
4.Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
5.Cowboy Dan
6.Trailer Trash
7.Polar Opposites
8.Bunkrupt On Selling
9.Never Ending Math Equation
10.Interstate 8
11.Broke
12.Baby Blue Sedan
13.Night On The Sun
14.3rd Planet
15.Gravity Rides Everything
16.Paper Thin Walls
17.I Come As A Rat

pimpim21 said...

1- Night On The Sun
2- Edit The Sad parts
3- Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
4- Doin' The Cockroach
5- The View
6- Gravity Rides Everything
7- Dramamine
8- Ocean Breathes Salty
...

freenergy said...

Not a single one of you included All Night Diner. Whuddafuck people!? And what about Perpetual Motion Machine!? Blasphemy!

freenergy said...

Not a single post here included All Night Diner, Perpetual Motion Machine, or Dark Side of the Moon! Blasphemy!

Modest Mouse makes me cry tears of joy

carmengw said...

Where the hell is Broke you crazies! Also, wtf, Interstate 8, and actually the whole Building Nothing out of something album needs to be in there. It is, in my opinion, one of their greatest works.

zombie angel said...

wow im a high scholl student doing a journalism project on madest mouse coming to austin and am trying to get the top 10 songs but you guys are true fans you each have a diffrent list of what the top 11 are exept for the guy who had 18 and the other who had 8 nice work tho

Luca said...

Ehhhh...

1. Dashboard
2. Float On
3. The Good Times Are Killing Me
4. The View
5. Ocean Breathes Salty
7. Missed the Boat
7. Third Planet
8. Gravity Rides Everything
9. Parting of the Sensory
10. The World at Large
11. You're the Good Things

c0nfizzl3 said...

1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
2. Spitting Venom
3. The Ocean Breathe's Salty
4. The Stars Are Projectors
5. Cowboy Dan
6. 3rd Planet
7. Night On The Sun
8. Parting of the Sensory
9. Life Like Weeds
10. Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset
11. Trailer Trash

Gankington said...

Not a single one of you included Styrofoam Boots in your lists... :C

Gankington said...

Not a single person included Styrofoam Boots on their list... :c

tyclor said...

Im doing a top 20, deal with it.
In order:

Doin the Cockroach
Karma's Payment
Styrofoam Boots
Broke
Parting of the Sensory
All Night Diner
Interstate 8
The Waydown
Trailer Trash
Grey Ice Water
Edit the Sad Parts
Spitting Venom
The Fruit that Ate Itself
The Good Times Are Killing Me
A Life of Arctic Sounds
Dark Center of the Universe
Baby Blue Sedan
Drammamine
Ohio
Long Distance Drunk

I could make a top 50 and Id still miss some good ones...
surprised nobody had Summer, thought that was a common favorite. Also surprised how different peoples lists are, proves how awesome this band is.
Modest Mouse forever and ever and ever

Meep said...

My top ten Modest Mouse songs in no particular order:

-Dramamine
-Dukes Up
-It Always Rains on a Picnic
-Ohio
-Polar Opposites
-She Ionizes & Atomizes
-Trailer Trash
-Summer
-Out Of Gas
-Lounge

Brad Sarson said...

nice list. it is too hard for me so i will agree with yours

Chad Davis said...

My top 11 goes as follows:
1. Trailer Trash
2. Bukowski
3. Cowboy Dan
4. The World At Large
5. 3rd Planet
6. Missed The Boat
7. Bankrupt On Selling
8. Gravity Rides Everything
9. Dramamine
10. Float On
11. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

Chris Roos said...

This is a pretty good list, but the only thing I would get rid of is Trucker's Atlas. It's a great song, but it really is just too long. I would replace it with another great song from that album, like Cowboy Dan, or Teeth Like God's Shoeshine.