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All songs start with a rating of 1600 which rises or falls according to how they fare against other songs in matchups. Only songs that have been in at least ten completed matchups appear in the leaderboard and factor into album averages.

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Average Song Rating by Album

RankAlbumAverage Song Rating
1Carrie & Lowell (2015)2015
2The Age of Adz (2010)1918
3Seven Swans (2004)1846
4Illinois (2005)1828
5All Delighted People EP (2010)1822
6Michigan (2003)1792
7Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single) (2015)1791
8Chicago (Demo) (Single) (2016)1740
9Exploding Whale (2015)1695
10The Avalanche (2006)1629
11Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (2006)1530
12Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X (2012)1511
 Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI (2012)1511
13A Sun Came (2004)1492
14Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III (2006)1490
15Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII (2012)1488
16Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV (2006)1481
17Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II (2006)1463
18Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I (2006)1430
19The BQE (2009)1406
20Enjoy Your Rabbit (2002)1402
21Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX (2012)1395
22I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII (2012)1366

Top Songs

RankSongScore% Won
1“The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!”
from Illinois
214296%
2“Casimir Pulaski Day”
from Illinois
213595%
3“Chicago”
from Illinois
208792%
4“Death with Dignity”
from Carrie & Lowell
208492%
5“I Want To Be Well”
from The Age of Adz
206990%
6“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”
from Illinois
206590%
 “Should Have Known Better”
from Carrie & Lowell
206591%
7“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
from Carrie & Lowell
205287%
8“Impossible Soul”
from The Age of Adz
205092%
9“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
from Illinois
204988%
10“John My Beloved”
from Carrie & Lowell
204789%
11“Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition - Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)”
from Illinois
204691%
12“Romulus”
from Michigan
204591%
 “Fourth of July”
from Carrie & Lowell
204588%
13“To Be Alone with You”
from Seven Swans
204284%
14“The Only Thing”
from Carrie & Lowell
203691%
15“Futile Devices”
from The Age of Adz
202690%
16“Eugene”
from Carrie & Lowell
201691%
17“Age of Adz”
from The Age of Adz
200281%
18“Carrie & Lowell”
from Carrie & Lowell
199889%
19“Seven Swans”
from Seven Swans
198788%
20“Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!”
from Illinois
198584%
21“Jacksonville”
from Illinois
198080%
22“Drawn to the Blood”
from Carrie & Lowell
196782%
23“For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”
from Michigan
195584%
24“The Owl And The Tanager”
from All Delighted People EP
193483%
25“All Of Me Wants All Of You”
from Carrie & Lowell
193284%
26“The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
from Illinois
193073%
27“Blue Bucket of Gold”
from Carrie & Lowell
192384%
28“Djohariah”
from All Delighted People EP
191484%
29“Vito's Ordination Song”
from Michigan
191378%
30“I Walked”
from The Age of Adz
189978%
 “Get Real Get Right”
from The Age of Adz
189981%
 “Vesuvius”
from The Age of Adz
189986%
31“All Delighted People (Original Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
189882%
32“The Transfiguration”
from Seven Swans
189476%
33“All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands”
from Seven Swans
188474%
 “The Dress Looks Nice on You”
from Seven Swans
188473%
34“The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier - Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)”
from Illinois
188378%
35“Enchanting Ghost”
from All Delighted People EP
187580%
36“Too Much”
from The Age of Adz
187480%
37“Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)”
from Michigan
187275%
 “Sister Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
187275%
38“All for Myself”
from The Age of Adz
186480%
39“Now That I'm Older”
from The Age of Adz
185579%
40“Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”
from Michigan
184871%
41“The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)”
from The Avalanche
184674%
42“They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!”
from Illinois
184477%
43“Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
from Michigan
184170%
44“Chicago (acoustic version)”
from The Avalanche
183670%
45“He Woke Me Up Again”
from Seven Swans
183072%
46“The Seer's Tower”
from Illinois
182572%
47“The Upper Peninsula”
from Michigan
181564%
 “Holland”
from Michigan
181575%
48“Abraham”
from Seven Swans
180566%
49“Sister”
from Seven Swans
180379%
50“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)”
from Michigan
180272%
 “Christmas Unicorn”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
180271%
51“In the Devil's Territory”
from Seven Swans
180071%
52“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
179873%
53“Pittsfield”
from The Avalanche
179470%
54“Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)”
from Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single)
179172%
55“From The Mouth Of Gabriel”
from All Delighted People EP
178970%
56“Christmas In The Room”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
177766%
57“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
from Seven Swans
177374%
58“All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
176665%
59“Size Too Small”
from Seven Swans
176370%
60“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
175663%
61“Adlai Stevenson”
from The Avalanche
174960%
62“Arnika”
from All Delighted People EP
174068%
 “Chicago (Demo)”
from Chicago (Demo) (Single)
174061%
63“Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run”
from Illinois
173957%
64“Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)”
from The Avalanche
173864%
65“Exploding Whale”
from Exploding Whale
173662%
66“Dear Mr Supercomputer”
from The Avalanche
172157%
67“Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
172053%
68“The Avalanche”
from The Avalanche
171864%
69“Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)”
from Michigan
171264%
70“Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie”
from Michigan
171066%
 “Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)”
from The Avalanche
171056%
71“The Henney Buggy Band”
from The Avalanche
170863%
72“Prairie Fire That Wanders About”
from Illinois
169952%
73“All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”
from Michigan
169662%
 “To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament”
from Illinois
169651%
74“The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!'”
from Illinois
168554%
75“We Won't Need Legs to Stand”
from Seven Swans
168363%
76“Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair”
from The Avalanche
168257%
77“Tahquamenon Falls”
from Michigan
167253%
78“Heirloom”
from All Delighted People EP
165569%
79“Fourth of July (PPD Remix)”
from Exploding Whale
165443%
80“Bad Communication”
from The Age of Adz
165263%
81“They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)”
from Michigan
164254%
82“Star of Wonder”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
164052%
83“A Sun Came”
from A Sun Came
163746%
84“Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
163653%
85“In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth”
from Illinois
162550%
86“You Are the Rake”
from A Sun Came
162354%
87“Happy Birthday”
from A Sun Came
162050%
88“The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"”
from The Avalanche
161450%
89“Joy To The World”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
161139%
90“Dumb I Sound”
from A Sun Came
159952%
91“The Child With The Star On His Head”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
159640%
92“Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell”
from Illinois
159541%
 “Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
159545%
93“Rake”
from A Sun Came
158946%
94“No Man's Land”
from The Avalanche
157855%
95“Joy To The World”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
157738%
96“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
157643%
97“A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)”
from A Sun Came
157346%
 “A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze”
from Illinois
157341%
98“The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies”
from The Avalanche
157235%
99“Put The Lights On The Tree”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
156840%
100“Justice Delivers Its Death”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
156749%
101“Saul Bellow”
from The Avalanche
156345%
102“One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman”
from Illinois
156237%
 “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”
from The Avalanche
156242%
103“The Pick-up”
from The Avalanche
155946%
104“We Need A Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
155735%
105“Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
154947%
106“We Are What You Say”
from A Sun Came
154836%
107“I'll Be Home For Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
154636%
108“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
154344%
109“Alanson, Crooked River”
from Michigan
154049%
110“A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons”
from Illinois
153942%
111“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
153140%
112“Silent Night”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
152938%
113“Super Sexy Woman”
from A Sun Came
152743%
114“Christmas in July”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
152540%
115“Year of the Rat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
152432%
116“Wordsworth's Ridge”
from A Sun Came
152238%
117“A Winner Needs a Wand”
from A Sun Came
151838%
118“Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few”
from Illinois
151543%
119“Year of the Ox”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
151038%
 “Only At Christmas Time”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
151038%
 “Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
151038%
120“Get Behind Me, Santa!”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
150733%
121“Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
150330%
122“I Saw Three Ships”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
149933%
123“The Incarnation”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
149734%
124“Christmas Woman”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
149636%
 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
149629%
125“Jupiter Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
149342%
126“Demetrius”
from A Sun Came
148931%
127“O Come O Come Emmanuel”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
148737%
128“Kaskaskia River”
from The Avalanche
148636%
129“The Midnight Clear”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
148337%
 “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148325%
130“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
148133%
131“Mr. Frosty Man”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148024%
132“Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns”
from The BQE
147731%
133“Holy, Holy, Holy”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
147633%
134“Happy Family Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
147320%
135“Holly Jolly Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
147029%
136“Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146931%
137“Joy! Joy! Joy!”
from A Sun Came
146827%
138“Once In David's Royal City”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
146730%
139“Carlyle Lake”
from The Avalanche
146235%
 “The Winter Solstice”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146235%
140“Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
146130%
141“Silent Night”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
145930%
 “We Three Kings”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
145925%
142“Jingle Bells”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
145727%
143“Movement IV - Traffic Shock”
from The BQE
145230%
144“Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne”
from The Avalanche
145134%
145“Auld Lang Syne”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
144937%
146“The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)”
from The Avalanche
144835%
147“Kill”
from A Sun Came
144729%
148“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
144323%
149“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
144234%
150“Jason”
from A Sun Came
144130%
151“Up On The Housetop”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
144031%
152“Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge”
from The BQE
143736%
153“All the King's Horns”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
143628%
 “Happy Karma Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
143624%
154“Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges”
from The BQE
143026%
155“We Three Kings”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142926%
 “Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes”
from The BQE
142926%
156“What Child Is This Anyway?”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
142824%
 “The Little Drummer Boy”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
142824%
 “Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise”
from The BQE
142827%
157“Once In Royal David's City”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
142524%
 “Jingle Bells”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
142525%
158“O Holy Night”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142229%
159“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
142028%
160“Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
141722%
 “Prelude on the Esplanade”
from The BQE
141727%
161“Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
141522%
162“Amazing Grace”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
141432%
163“For Clyde Tombaugh”
from The Avalanche
141230%
164“Year of the Snake”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141124%
165“Year of the Dog”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141023%
 “Year of Our Lord”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141036%
166“Coventry Carol”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
140925%
167“I Am Santa's Helper”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
140819%
168“Year of the Dragon”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140726%
 “Enjoy Your Rabbit”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140727%
169“Year of the Tiger”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140325%
170“X-mas Spirit Catcher”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
140233%
171“Year of the Horse”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
139925%
172“Interlude III - Invisible Accidents”
from The BQE
139823%
 “Alphabet St.”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
139825%
173“It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
139023%
174“Movement II - Sleeping Invader”
from The BQE
138623%
175“Year of the Asthmatic Cat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
138524%
 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
138522%
176“Mysteries of the Christmas Mist”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
138019%
177“Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings”
from The BQE
137728%
178“Sleigh Ride”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
137523%
179“Postlude - Critical Mass”
from The BQE
137421%
180“Make Haste To See the Baby”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
137317%
 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
137325%
181“Ya Leil”
from A Sun Came
137222%
182“Year of the Sheep”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
137020%
183“Away In A Manger”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
136624%
184“Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136519%
185“The Oracle Said Wander”
from A Sun Came
135718%
 “Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
135722%
 “Morning (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
135716%
186“Go Nightly Cares”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
135117%
187“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
134920%
188“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
134422%
189“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
134325%
190“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation”
from The BQE
134226%
191“The Friendly Beasts”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
134022%
192“Christmas Face”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
133821%
193“Year of the Monkey”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133716%
194“Eternal Happiness Or Woe”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133519%
 “Ah Holy Jesus (a capella)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133520%
195“How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133217%
196“The Sleigh In The Moon”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
132915%
197“Year of the Rooster”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
132722%
198“We're Goin' To the Country”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
132518%
199“Ding! Dong!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
132414%
200“Year of the Boar”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
132117%
201“Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz”
from The BQE
132023%
202“Good King Wenceslas”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
131718%
203“Ah Holy Jesus”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
131217%
204“Particle Physics”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
130514%
205“Ave Maria”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
130422%
206“Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130215%
207“Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129720%
208“Christ the Lord is Born”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129117%
209“Rice Pudding”
from A Sun Came
128915%
210“Behold the Birth of Man, the Face of Glory”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
128817%
 “Idumea (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
128815%
211“The First Noel”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
124416%
212“Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
124013%
213“Satan's Saxophones”
from A Sun Came
122411%