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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)2010
2The Age of Adz (2010)1928
3Seven Swans (2004)1851
4All Delighted People EP (2010)1834
5Illinois (2005)1827
6Michigan (2003)1806
7Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single) (2015)1780
8Chicago (Demo) (Single) (2016)1715
9Exploding Whale (2015)1704
10The Avalanche (2006)1633
11Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (2006)1526
12Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI (2012)1516
13Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X (2012)1507
14Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III (2006)1495
15Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII (2012)1492
16A Sun Came (2004)1486
17Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV (2006)1468
18Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II (2006)1439
19Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I (2006)1425
20The BQE (2009)1409
21Enjoy Your Rabbit (2002)1406
22Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX (2012)1391
23I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII (2012)1362

Top Songs

RankSongScore% Won
1“The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!”
from Illinois
216896%
2“Casimir Pulaski Day”
from Illinois
213995%
3“I Want To Be Well”
from The Age of Adz
209990%
4“Death with Dignity”
from Carrie & Lowell
209392%
5“Chicago”
from Illinois
208492%
6“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
from Illinois
208188%
7“Should Have Known Better”
from Carrie & Lowell
207891%
8“Impossible Soul”
from The Age of Adz
206992%
9“Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition - Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)”
from Illinois
205791%
10“Fourth of July”
from Carrie & Lowell
205688%
11“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
from Carrie & Lowell
205187%
12“Futile Devices”
from The Age of Adz
205090%
13“Romulus”
from Michigan
204190%
 “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”
from Illinois
204189%
14“Age of Adz”
from The Age of Adz
203481%
15“John My Beloved”
from Carrie & Lowell
203089%
16“The Only Thing”
from Carrie & Lowell
202591%
17“Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!”
from Illinois
200585%
18“To Be Alone with You”
from Seven Swans
200484%
19“Seven Swans”
from Seven Swans
199588%
 “Eugene”
from Carrie & Lowell
199590%
20“Drawn to the Blood”
from Carrie & Lowell
196382%
21“Carrie & Lowell”
from Carrie & Lowell
194387%
22“The Owl And The Tanager”
from All Delighted People EP
194183%
23“All Of Me Wants All Of You”
from Carrie & Lowell
194084%
24“Vito's Ordination Song”
from Michigan
193579%
25“All Delighted People (Original Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
193483%
 “Djohariah”
from All Delighted People EP
193484%
26“Blue Bucket of Gold”
from Carrie & Lowell
192985%
27“For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”
from Michigan
192783%
 “Jacksonville”
from Illinois
192780%
 “Vesuvius”
from The Age of Adz
192787%
28“The Transfiguration”
from Seven Swans
190876%
29“The Dress Looks Nice on You”
from Seven Swans
190474%
30“I Walked”
from The Age of Adz
190178%
 “All for Myself”
from The Age of Adz
190180%
31“The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier - Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)”
from Illinois
189878%
32“Too Much”
from The Age of Adz
189080%
33“The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
from Illinois
188973%
34“All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands”
from Seven Swans
188474%
 “Enchanting Ghost”
from All Delighted People EP
188480%
35“The Seer's Tower”
from Illinois
187873%
36“Get Real Get Right”
from The Age of Adz
187580%
37“The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)”
from The Avalanche
187274%
38“He Woke Me Up Again”
from Seven Swans
186773%
39“Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)”
from Michigan
186676%
40“Sister Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
185174%
41“Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”
from Michigan
184371%
42“The Upper Peninsula”
from Michigan
183565%
43“Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
from Michigan
183370%
44“Holland”
from Michigan
183276%
45“Chicago (acoustic version)”
from The Avalanche
182770%
46“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)”
from Michigan
182673%
47“Sister”
from Seven Swans
181179%
48“They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!”
from Illinois
180576%
49“In the Devil's Territory”
from Seven Swans
180371%
50“Christmas In The Room”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
180267%
51“Now That I'm Older”
from The Age of Adz
179977%
52“From The Mouth Of Gabriel”
from All Delighted People EP
179369%
53“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
179173%
54“Size Too Small”
from Seven Swans
178970%
55“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
from Seven Swans
178474%
56“Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)”
from Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single)
178072%
57“Pittsfield”
from The Avalanche
177770%
58“Abraham”
from Seven Swans
177366%
59“Christmas Unicorn”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
176969%
60“All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”
from Michigan
176863%
61“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
175057%
 “Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
175054%
 “Exploding Whale”
from Exploding Whale
175062%
62“Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie”
from Michigan
174367%
63“All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
173665%
64“The Henney Buggy Band”
from The Avalanche
173564%
65“The Avalanche”
from The Avalanche
173464%
66“Adlai Stevenson”
from The Avalanche
173360%
67“Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)”
from Michigan
172964%
 “Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run”
from Illinois
172957%
 “Dear Mr Supercomputer”
from The Avalanche
172959%
68“Arnika”
from All Delighted People EP
172767%
69“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
172061%
 “Heirloom”
from All Delighted People EP
172069%
70“Chicago (Demo)”
from Chicago (Demo) (Single)
171561%
71“Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair”
from The Avalanche
170557%
72“Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)”
from The Avalanche
169963%
73“Tahquamenon Falls”
from Michigan
169053%
74“Prairie Fire That Wanders About”
from Illinois
168952%
75“We Won't Need Legs to Stand”
from Seven Swans
168764%
76“Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)”
from The Avalanche
168255%
77“They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)”
from Michigan
166654%
78“To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament”
from Illinois
166250%
79“Fourth of July (PPD Remix)”
from Exploding Whale
165744%
80“Bad Communication”
from The Age of Adz
165664%
81“Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
164453%
82“In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth”
from Illinois
163650%
83“A Sun Came”
from A Sun Came
163345%
84“Star of Wonder”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
162751%
85“You Are the Rake”
from A Sun Came
162353%
86“No Man's Land”
from The Avalanche
162156%
87“Rake”
from A Sun Came
161746%
88“The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"”
from The Avalanche
161349%
89“A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze”
from Illinois
159242%
90“Happy Birthday”
from A Sun Came
159150%
91“Joy To The World”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
158239%
92“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
157642%
93“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
157343%
94“A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons”
from Illinois
157242%
95“Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
157145%
96“Saul Bellow”
from The Avalanche
156945%
97“Dumb I Sound”
from A Sun Came
156851%
 “Joy To The World”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
156838%
98“The Child With The Star On His Head”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
156739%
99“A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)”
from A Sun Came
156646%
100“The Pick-up”
from The Avalanche
156346%
101“The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies”
from The Avalanche
156034%
102“We Are What You Say”
from A Sun Came
155938%
103“I'll Be Home For Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
155737%
104“We Need A Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
155535%
105“Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell”
from Illinois
155240%
106“The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”
from The Avalanche
154642%
107“Silent Night”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
154438%
108“Alanson, Crooked River”
from Michigan
154349%
109“Justice Delivers Its Death”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
153548%
110“Put The Lights On The Tree”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
152439%
111“One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman”
from Illinois
152337%
112“Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
152146%
113“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
151942%
114“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
151834%
115“Wordsworth's Ridge”
from A Sun Came
151338%
 “Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
151332%
116“The Winter Solstice”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
151235%
117“Jason”
from A Sun Came
151132%
 “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
151143%
118“Year of the Ox”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
150737%
119“Carlyle Lake”
from The Avalanche
150335%
120“Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
150238%
121“The Midnight Clear”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
150138%
122“Kaskaskia River”
from The Avalanche
149836%
123“Year of the Rat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
149231%
124“O Holy Night”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
149031%
 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
149034%
125“Jupiter Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
148942%
 “Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns”
from The BQE
148932%
 “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148925%
126“Year of the Dragon”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
148828%
127“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
148529%
128“Demetrius”
from A Sun Came
148432%
129“Mr. Frosty Man”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148324%
130“Get Behind Me, Santa!”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
148233%
131“Only At Christmas Time”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
148037%
 “Christmas Woman”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148035%
132“Joy! Joy! Joy!”
from A Sun Came
147727%
133“A Winner Needs a Wand”
from A Sun Came
147537%
 “Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
147531%
134“Super Sexy Woman”
from A Sun Came
147141%
135“O Come O Come Emmanuel”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
146837%
 “We Three Kings”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
146827%
136“Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne”
from The Avalanche
146734%
 “Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
146730%
137“Kill”
from A Sun Came
146229%
 “Christmas in July”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146238%
138“Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge”
from The BQE
145936%
139“I Saw Three Ships”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
145432%
 “What Child Is This Anyway?”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
145425%
140“Silent Night”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
145130%
 “All the King's Horns”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
145129%
141“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
144634%
142“Enjoy Your Rabbit”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
144428%
 “Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes”
from The BQE
144426%
143“Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise”
from The BQE
144227%
 “Happy Karma Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
144224%
144“Prelude on the Esplanade”
from The BQE
144127%
 “Holly Jolly Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
144127%
145“The Little Drummer Boy”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
143824%
 “Happy Family Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
143819%
146“Auld Lang Syne”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
143536%
147“Amazing Grace”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
143332%
 “Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges”
from The BQE
143326%
148“Jingle Bells”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
143226%
 “Sleigh Ride”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
143224%
149“The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)”
from The Avalanche
143135%
 “Movement IV - Traffic Shock”
from The BQE
143129%
150“Year of Our Lord”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
142937%
 “Up On The Housetop”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
142931%
151“The Incarnation”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
142632%
152“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
142428%
153“Year of the Asthmatic Cat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
142324%
154“Year of the Snake”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141625%
 “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
141623%
155“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
141526%
156“For Clyde Tombaugh”
from The Avalanche
141430%
 “Jingle Bells”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
141425%
 “Movement II - Sleeping Invader”
from The BQE
141424%
157“Once In David's Royal City”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
141329%
158“We Three Kings”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
140625%
159“Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
140522%
160“Year of the Tiger”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140425%
161“X-mas Spirit Catcher”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
140232%
162“Once In Royal David's City”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
139924%
163“I Am Santa's Helper”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
139819%
164“Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings”
from The BQE
139228%
 “Alphabet St.”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
139225%
165“Year of the Dog”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
139123%
166“It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
138623%
167“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
138426%
168“Mysteries of the Christmas Mist”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
138319%
169“Coventry Carol”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
138224%
170“Year of the Horse”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
138124%
171“Interlude III - Invisible Accidents”
from The BQE
137722%
172“Ah Holy Jesus (a capella)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
137621%
173“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
137522%
174“Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
137220%
175“Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
137022%
176“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136821%
177“Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136619%
178“The Friendly Beasts”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
136422%
 “Go Nightly Cares”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
136418%
179“The Oracle Said Wander”
from A Sun Came
136019%
 “Ya Leil”
from A Sun Came
136021%
180“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
135022%
181“Postlude - Critical Mass”
from The BQE
134520%
182“We're Goin' To the Country”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
134219%
183“Good King Wenceslas”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
134018%
184“Year of the Sheep”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133920%
185“Make Haste To See the Baby”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133817%
186“Year of the Rooster”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133422%
 “Morning (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133416%
187“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation”
from The BQE
133025%
188“Away In A Manger”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
132523%
189“How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
132416%
 “Eternal Happiness Or Woe”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
132419%
190“Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz”
from The BQE
131923%
191“Year of the Monkey”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
131216%
192“Year of the Boar”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
131117%
193“Ding! Dong!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
130914%
 “Christmas Face”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
130920%
194“Ah Holy Jesus”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130717%
195“The Sleigh In The Moon”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
130514%
196“Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130421%
197“Christ the Lord is Born”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129817%
 “Idumea (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129816%
198“Behold the Birth of Man, the Face of Glory”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129217%
 “Particle Physics”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
129214%
199“The First Noel”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
128417%
200“Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
127814%
201“Ave Maria”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
127321%
202“Rice Pudding”
from A Sun Came
126614%
203“Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
123913%
204“Satan's Saxophones”
from A Sun Came
120911%