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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)2011
2The Age of Adz (2010)1916
3Seven Swans (2004)1840
4Illinois (2005)1831
5All Delighted People EP (2010)1820
6Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single) (2015)1799
7Michigan (2003)1792
8Chicago (Demo) (Single) (2016)1747
9Exploding Whale (2015)1698
10The Avalanche (2006)1628
11Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (2006)1531
12Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI (2012)1516
13Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X (2012)1511
14A Sun Came (2004)1493
15Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII (2012)1488
16Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III (2006)1486
17Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV (2006)1478
18Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II (2006)1463
19Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I (2006)1431
20The BQE (2009)1408
21Enjoy Your Rabbit (2002)1405
22Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX (2012)1398
23I 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
214196%
2“Casimir Pulaski Day”
from Illinois
213595%
3“Chicago”
from Illinois
208692%
4“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”
from Illinois
207790%
5“Death with Dignity”
from Carrie & Lowell
207692%
6“I Want To Be Well”
from The Age of Adz
206790%
7“Romulus”
from Michigan
206491%
8“Impossible Soul”
from The Age of Adz
206292%
 “Should Have Known Better”
from Carrie & Lowell
206290%
9“John My Beloved”
from Carrie & Lowell
205789%
10“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
from Carrie & Lowell
205287%
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“Fourth of July”
from Carrie & Lowell
204388%
13“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
from Illinois
203787%
14“The Only Thing”
from Carrie & Lowell
203691%
15“Futile Devices”
from The Age of Adz
202390%
16“Eugene”
from Carrie & Lowell
201691%
17“Age of Adz”
from The Age of Adz
201481%
18“To Be Alone with You”
from Seven Swans
201384%
19“Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!”
from Illinois
200685%
20“Carrie & Lowell”
from Carrie & Lowell
198889%
21“Seven Swans”
from Seven Swans
198788%
22“Jacksonville”
from Illinois
198580%
23“For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”
from Michigan
195484%
24“Drawn to the Blood”
from Carrie & Lowell
194281%
25“The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
from Illinois
193673%
26“All Of Me Wants All Of You”
from Carrie & Lowell
193284%
27“The Owl And The Tanager”
from All Delighted People EP
192682%
28“Vito's Ordination Song”
from Michigan
191078%
29“Blue Bucket of Gold”
from Carrie & Lowell
190884%
30“Djohariah”
from All Delighted People EP
190284%
31“All Delighted People (Original Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
189782%
32“Vesuvius”
from The Age of Adz
189686%
33“I Walked”
from The Age of Adz
189278%
34“Get Real Get Right”
from The Age of Adz
189080%
35“Enchanting Ghost”
from All Delighted People EP
188880%
36“Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)”
from Michigan
188476%
 “The Dress Looks Nice on You”
from Seven Swans
188473%
37“The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier - Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)”
from Illinois
188278%
38“The Transfiguration”
from Seven Swans
187676%
39“Sister Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
187175%
40“All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands”
from Seven Swans
186974%
41“Too Much”
from The Age of Adz
186480%
42“All for Myself”
from The Age of Adz
185880%
43“Now That I'm Older”
from The Age of Adz
185579%
44“Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”
from Michigan
184871%
45“Chicago (acoustic version)”
from The Avalanche
184670%
46“The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)”
from The Avalanche
184474%
47“They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!”
from Illinois
184277%
48“Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
from Michigan
183970%
49“He Woke Me Up Again”
from Seven Swans
182672%
50“The Seer's Tower”
from Illinois
181972%
51“Christmas Unicorn”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
181471%
52“Holland”
from Michigan
181275%
53“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)”
from Michigan
180572%
54“Sister”
from Seven Swans
180279%
55“Abraham”
from Seven Swans
180166%
56“In the Devil's Territory”
from Seven Swans
180071%
57“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
179973%
 “From The Mouth Of Gabriel”
from All Delighted People EP
179970%
 “Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)”
from Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single)
179973%
58“The Upper Peninsula”
from Michigan
179264%
59“Pittsfield”
from The Avalanche
179070%
60“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
from Seven Swans
177374%
61“Christmas In The Room”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
176466%
62“Size Too Small”
from Seven Swans
175570%
63“All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
175065%
64“Adlai Stevenson”
from The Avalanche
174960%
65“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
174763%
 “Chicago (Demo)”
from Chicago (Demo) (Single)
174762%
66“Arnika”
from All Delighted People EP
174068%
67“Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)”
from The Avalanche
173864%
68“Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
173654%
 “Exploding Whale”
from Exploding Whale
173662%
69“Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run”
from Illinois
173257%
70“The Avalanche”
from The Avalanche
171864%
71“Dear Mr Supercomputer”
from The Avalanche
171657%
72“Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)”
from Michigan
170564%
 “The Henney Buggy Band”
from The Avalanche
170563%
73“Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)”
from The Avalanche
170455%
74“To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament”
from Illinois
170351%
 “Prairie Fire That Wanders About”
from Illinois
170352%
75“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
169855%
76“All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”
from Michigan
169662%
77“Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie”
from Michigan
169266%
78“We Won't Need Legs to Stand”
from Seven Swans
168764%
79“Tahquamenon Falls”
from Michigan
168153%
80“Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair”
from The Avalanche
167056%
81“Fourth of July (PPD Remix)”
from Exploding Whale
166043%
82“Heirloom”
from All Delighted People EP
165669%
83“Bad Communication”
from The Age of Adz
165464%
84“Star of Wonder”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
165252%
85“They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)”
from Michigan
164454%
86“Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
163653%
87“A Sun Came”
from A Sun Came
163145%
88“You Are the Rake”
from A Sun Came
162554%
 “The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"”
from The Avalanche
162550%
89“In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth”
from Illinois
162150%
90“Happy Birthday”
from A Sun Came
162050%
91“Dumb I Sound”
from A Sun Came
161652%
92“Joy To The World”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
161139%
93“The Child With The Star On His Head”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
159640%
94“Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell”
from Illinois
159541%
95“Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
158445%
 “Joy To The World”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
158438%
96“Rake”
from A Sun Came
157846%
 “No Man's Land”
from The Avalanche
157855%
97“One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman”
from Illinois
157637%
98“A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)”
from A Sun Came
157446%
99“The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”
from The Avalanche
157242%
100“We Need A Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
157035%
101“A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze”
from Illinois
156941%
 “Justice Delivers Its Death”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
156949%
102“Put The Lights On The Tree”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
156840%
103“Saul Bellow”
from The Avalanche
156745%
104“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
156042%
 “I'll Be Home For Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
156037%
105“The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies”
from The Avalanche
155334%
106“We Are What You Say”
from A Sun Came
155136%
 “Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
155147%
107“The Pick-up”
from The Avalanche
154946%
108“A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons”
from Illinois
154442%
109“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
154344%
110“Alanson, Crooked River”
from Michigan
154049%
111“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
153341%
112“Silent Night”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
152938%
113“A Winner Needs a Wand”
from A Sun Came
152838%
 “Wordsworth's Ridge”
from A Sun Came
152838%
 “Year of the Rat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
152832%
 “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
152843%
114“Super Sexy Woman”
from A Sun Came
152743%
115“Get Behind Me, Santa!”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
152033%
116“Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
151538%
117“Year of the Ox”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
151038%
 “Only At Christmas Time”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
151038%
118“Christmas in July”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
150740%
119“Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
150330%
120“The Incarnation”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
149834%
121“Christmas Woman”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
149736%
122“Jupiter Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
149642%
 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
149629%
123“I Saw Three Ships”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
149132%
124“Demetrius”
from A Sun Came
148931%
125“The Midnight Clear”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
148837%
126“Kaskaskia River”
from The Avalanche
148636%
 “O Come O Come Emmanuel”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
148637%
127“Mr. Frosty Man”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148424%
128“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148325%
129“Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns”
from The BQE
147731%
130“Happy Family Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
147520%
131“Joy! Joy! Joy!”
from A Sun Came
147027%
 “Holly Jolly Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
147029%
132“Once In David's Royal City”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
146930%
 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146933%
133“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
146832%
134“Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146531%
135“The Winter Solstice”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146235%
136“Silent Night”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
146130%
137“We Three Kings”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
145925%
138“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
145634%
139“Carlyle Lake”
from The Avalanche
145334%
140“Movement IV - Traffic Shock”
from The BQE
145230%
141“Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne”
from The Avalanche
145134%
 “Jingle Bells”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
145126%
142“Auld Lang Syne”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
144937%
143“The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)”
from The Avalanche
144835%
144“Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
144429%
145“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
144323%
146“Jason”
from A Sun Came
144130%
147“Kill”
from A Sun Came
143929%
 “Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes”
from The BQE
143926%
148“The Little Drummer Boy”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
143524%
149“I Am Santa's Helper”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
143319%
 “Up On The Housetop”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
143331%
150“Jingle Bells”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
143125%
151“Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges”
from The BQE
143026%
152“We Three Kings”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142926%
 “Once In Royal David's City”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
142925%
 “Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise”
from The BQE
142927%
153“What Child Is This Anyway?”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
142824%
154“All the King's Horns”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142528%
 “Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge”
from The BQE
142535%
155“O Holy Night”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142229%
156“Prelude on the Esplanade”
from The BQE
141727%
157“Enjoy Your Rabbit”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141527%
 “Amazing Grace”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
141532%
 “Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
141522%
158“For Clyde Tombaugh”
from The Avalanche
141431%
159“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
141227%
160“Year of the Tiger”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141125%
 “Happy Karma Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
141123%
161“Year of the Dog”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141023%
 “Year of the Horse”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141025%
162“Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
140921%
 “Coventry Carol”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
140925%
163“Year of the Dragon”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140726%
164“X-mas Spirit Catcher”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
140233%
165“Year of the Snake”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140124%
166“Year of Our Lord”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140036%
167“Interlude III - Invisible Accidents”
from The BQE
139823%
 “Alphabet St.”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
139825%
168“Mysteries of the Christmas Mist”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
139619%
169“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
139422%
170“It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
139224%
171“Movement II - Sleeping Invader”
from The BQE
139023%
172“Sleigh Ride”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
138724%
173“Postlude - Critical Mass”
from The BQE
138622%
174“Year of the Asthmatic Cat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
138524%
 “Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings”
from The BQE
138528%
175“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
138326%
176“Year of the Sheep”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
137821%
177“Away In A Manger”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
136624%
 “Make Haste To See the Baby”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136617%
178“Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136519%
179“Ya Leil”
from A Sun Came
136421%
 “Go Nightly Cares”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
136417%
180“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136120%
181“Morning (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136016%
182“The Oracle Said Wander”
from A Sun Came
135818%
183“Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
135723%
184“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation”
from The BQE
134626%
185“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
134422%
186“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
134325%
187“Year of the Monkey”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
134216%
 “Year of the Rooster”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
134222%
188“Christmas Face”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
134121%
189“Ding! Dong!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
133714%
190“Eternal Happiness Or Woe”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133620%
191“The Friendly Beasts”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
133222%
192“Year of the Boar”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133017%
193“The Sleigh In The Moon”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
132915%
194“Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz”
from The BQE
132823%
195“We're Goin' To the Country”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
132618%
196“Ah Holy Jesus (a capella)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
132319%
197“Good King Wenceslas”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
131718%
198“Ah Holy Jesus”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
131217%
199“Particle Physics”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
130714%
200“Ave Maria”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
130422%
201“Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130215%
202“How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130116%
203“Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129720%
204“Rice Pudding”
from A Sun Came
129615%
205“Behold the Birth of Man, the Face of Glory”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129417%
206“Christ the Lord is Born”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129117%
207“Idumea (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
126514%
208“The First Noel”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
124516%
209“Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
124113%
210“Satan's Saxophones”
from A Sun Came
122511%