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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)2007
2The Age of Adz (2010)1923
3Seven Swans (2004)1834
4Illinois (2005)1828
5All Delighted People EP (2010)1826
6Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single) (2015)1795
7Michigan (2003)1794
8Chicago (Demo) (Single) (2016)1763
9Exploding Whale (2015)1694
10The Avalanche (2006)1629
11Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (2006)1534
12Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI (2012)1514
13Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X (2012)1508
14Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII (2012)1494
15A Sun Came (2004)1490
16Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III (2006)1480
17Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV (2006)1477
18Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II (2006)1465
19Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I (2006)1431
20The BQE (2009)1410
21Enjoy Your Rabbit (2002)1406
22Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX (2012)1399
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
212994%
3“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”
from Illinois
208990%
4“Chicago”
from Illinois
208692%
5“Impossible Soul”
from The Age of Adz
207792%
 “Should Have Known Better”
from Carrie & Lowell
207791%
6“Romulus”
from Michigan
207491%
7“Death with Dignity”
from Carrie & Lowell
207292%
8“I Want To Be Well”
from The Age of Adz
206790%
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“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
from Carrie & Lowell
204987%
11“John My Beloved”
from Carrie & Lowell
204289%
12“The Only Thing”
from Carrie & Lowell
203391%
13“Fourth of July”
from Carrie & Lowell
202888%
14“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
from Illinois
202687%
15“Age of Adz”
from The Age of Adz
201481%
16“To Be Alone with You”
from Seven Swans
201184%
17“Eugene”
from Carrie & Lowell
200690%
18“Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!”
from Illinois
200485%
19“Jacksonville”
from Illinois
199981%
20“Futile Devices”
from The Age of Adz
199890%
21“Carrie & Lowell”
from Carrie & Lowell
199689%
22“For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”
from Michigan
197485%
23“Seven Swans”
from Seven Swans
197188%
24“Drawn to the Blood”
from Carrie & Lowell
194081%
25“Vesuvius”
from The Age of Adz
193687%
26“The Owl And The Tanager”
from All Delighted People EP
192682%
27“The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
from Illinois
192373%
28“Vito's Ordination Song”
from Michigan
192078%
29“All Of Me Wants All Of You”
from Carrie & Lowell
191884%
30“All Delighted People (Original Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
190883%
31“Get Real Get Right”
from The Age of Adz
190681%
 “Blue Bucket of Gold”
from Carrie & Lowell
190684%
32“Djohariah”
from All Delighted People EP
190584%
33“I Walked”
from The Age of Adz
189278%
34“Enchanting Ghost”
from All Delighted People EP
189080%
35“The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier - Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)”
from Illinois
187678%
 “Too Much”
from The Age of Adz
187680%
36“Now That I'm Older”
from The Age of Adz
187380%
37“The Dress Looks Nice on You”
from Seven Swans
187273%
38“Sister Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
187175%
39“Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)”
from Michigan
186975%
40“The Transfiguration”
from Seven Swans
186676%
41“Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”
from Michigan
186371%
42“Chicago (acoustic version)”
from The Avalanche
186171%
43“All for Myself”
from The Age of Adz
185479%
44“All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands”
from Seven Swans
184673%
45“The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)”
from The Avalanche
184474%
46“Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
from Michigan
183970%
47“From The Mouth Of Gabriel”
from All Delighted People EP
183071%
48“They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!”
from Illinois
182377%
49“He Woke Me Up Again”
from Seven Swans
181872%
50“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)”
from Michigan
181572%
51“The Seer's Tower”
from Illinois
181372%
52“Holland”
from Michigan
181175%
53“Sister”
from Seven Swans
180979%
54“Christmas Unicorn”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
180671%
55“In the Devil's Territory”
from Seven Swans
180071%
56“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
179773%
57“Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)”
from Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single)
179572%
58“The Upper Peninsula”
from Michigan
178764%
59“Abraham”
from Seven Swans
178365%
60“Pittsfield”
from The Avalanche
177170%
61“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
from Seven Swans
176873%
62“Christmas In The Room”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
176466%
63“Chicago (Demo)”
from Chicago (Demo) (Single)
176362%
64“Size Too Small”
from Seven Swans
176270%
65“The Avalanche”
from The Avalanche
175164%
66“Adlai Stevenson”
from The Avalanche
174560%
67“Arnika”
from All Delighted People EP
174468%
68“Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)”
from The Avalanche
173864%
 “All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
173865%
69“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
173662%
70“Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
172853%
 “Exploding Whale”
from Exploding Whale
172862%
71“Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run”
from Illinois
172757%
72“Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)”
from The Avalanche
172156%
73“Dear Mr Supercomputer”
from The Avalanche
171657%
74“All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”
from Michigan
171362%
75“The Henney Buggy Band”
from The Avalanche
170963%
76“Prairie Fire That Wanders About”
from Illinois
170752%
77“Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)”
from Michigan
170564%
78“To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament”
from Illinois
170251%
79“Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie”
from Michigan
169266%
 “We Won't Need Legs to Stand”
from Seven Swans
169264%
 “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
169254%
80“Heirloom”
from All Delighted People EP
166570%
81“Star of Wonder”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
166453%
82“Fourth of July (PPD Remix)”
from Exploding Whale
166043%
83“Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair”
from The Avalanche
165856%
84“Tahquamenon Falls”
from Michigan
165253%
85“They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)”
from Michigan
165155%
 “Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
165153%
86“Bad Communication”
from The Age of Adz
165064%
87“A Sun Came”
from A Sun Came
163245%
88“You Are the Rake”
from A Sun Came
162554%
89“Dumb I Sound”
from A Sun Came
161652%
90“The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"”
from The Avalanche
161450%
91“Joy To The World”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
161139%
92“Happy Birthday”
from A Sun Came
160850%
93“In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth”
from Illinois
160049%
 “The Child With The Star On His Head”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
160040%
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
159445%
96“No Man's Land”
from The Avalanche
158655%
97“Joy To The World”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
158438%
98“Rake”
from A Sun Came
157446%
99“We Need A Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
157035%
100“A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze”
from Illinois
156941%
 “Put The Lights On The Tree”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
156940%
101“A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)”
from A Sun Came
156846%
102“I'll Be Home For Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
156537%
103“Saul Bellow”
from The Avalanche
156445%
 “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”
from The Avalanche
156442%
 “Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
156447%
104“One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman”
from Illinois
156237%
105“A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons”
from Illinois
155942%
106“Justice Delivers Its Death”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
155749%
107“The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies”
from The Avalanche
155434%
108“The Pick-up”
from The Avalanche
155346%
109“Wordsworth's Ridge”
from A Sun Came
154639%
110“Silent Night”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
154438%
111“We Are What You Say”
from A Sun Came
154336%
 “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
154344%
112“Alanson, Crooked River”
from Michigan
154049%
113“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
153544%
114“Only At Christmas Time”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
153339%
115“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
153041%
 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
153040%
116“Super Sexy Woman”
from A Sun Came
152743%
117“Year of the Rat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
152032%
 “Get Behind Me, Santa!”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
152033%
118“Christmas in July”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
151840%
119“A Winner Needs a Wand”
from A Sun Came
151238%
120“Year of the Ox”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
151038%
121“Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
150330%
122“The Incarnation”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
150135%
123“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
150030%
124“Christmas Woman”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
149736%
125“Demetrius”
from A Sun Came
149332%
126“Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
149238%
127“Jupiter Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
148842%
128“Kaskaskia River”
from The Avalanche
148636%
129“I Saw Three Ships”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
148532%
130“O Come O Come Emmanuel”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
148437%
 “Mr. Frosty Man”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148424%
131“Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns”
from The BQE
148031%
 “Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
148033%
132“Once In David's Royal City”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
147930%
133“Happy Family Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
147620%
 “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
147635%
134“The Midnight Clear”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
147537%
135“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
147424%
136“The Winter Solstice”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
147135%
137“Holy, Holy, Holy”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146933%
138“Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146831%
139“Holly Jolly Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
146529%
140“Silent Night”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
146230%
141“Joy! Joy! Joy!”
from A Sun Came
146126%
142“Jingle Bells”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
145426%
143“Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
145330%
144“Movement IV - Traffic Shock”
from The BQE
145230%
145“Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne”
from The Avalanche
145134%
146“Jason”
from A Sun Came
145030%
147“The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)”
from The Avalanche
144835%
148“We Three Kings”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
144625%
149“Carlyle Lake”
from The Avalanche
144534%
150“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
144323%
151“Once In Royal David's City”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
144225%
 “Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes”
from The BQE
144226%
 “Auld Lang Syne”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
144236%
152“Up On The Housetop”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
143731%
153“I Am Santa's Helper”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
143319%
154“Jingle Bells”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
143225%
 “Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges”
from The BQE
143226%
155“Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge”
from The BQE
143136%
156“Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise”
from The BQE
142927%
157“Kill”
from A Sun Came
142828%
158“Enjoy Your Rabbit”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
142327%
159“O Holy Night”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
142229%
 “Prelude on the Esplanade”
from The BQE
142227%
160“The Little Drummer Boy”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
141924%
161“Year of the Horse”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141825%
162“For Clyde Tombaugh”
from The Avalanche
141731%
163“Amazing Grace”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
141632%
164“Year of the Dog”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141524%
 “Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
141522%
165“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
141327%
166“All the King's Horns”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
141228%
167“Year of the Tiger”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
141125%
 “X-mas Spirit Catcher”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
141133%
 “Happy Karma Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
141123%
168“We Three Kings”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
141025%
169“Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
140922%
 “Coventry Carol”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
140925%
 “Alphabet St.”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
140925%
170“Year of the Dragon”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140826%
171“Year of the Snake”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140124%
172“Year of Our Lord”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
140036%
173“Interlude III - Invisible Accidents”
from The BQE
139923%
 “Mysteries of the Christmas Mist”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
139919%
174“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
139822%
 “What Child Is This Anyway?”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
139823%
175“It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
139424%
176“Movement II - Sleeping Invader”
from The BQE
139124%
177“Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings”
from The BQE
138928%
178“Postlude - Critical Mass”
from The BQE
138722%
 “Sleigh Ride”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
138724%
179“Year of the Asthmatic Cat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
138524%
 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
138526%
180“Year of the Sheep”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
137921%
181“Away In A Manger”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
137224%
182“Go Nightly Cares”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
136517%
 “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136519%
183“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136120%
184“The Oracle Said Wander”
from A Sun Came
136019%
 “Morning (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136016%
185“Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
135723%
186“Make Haste To See the Baby”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
135316%
187“Ya Leil”
from A Sun Came
134921%
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%
 “Christmas Face”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
134321%
190“Year of the Rooster”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
134222%
191“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation”
from The BQE
134026%
192“Ding! Dong!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
133715%
193“The Friendly Beasts”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
133322%
194“Year of the Monkey”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133116%
195“Year of the Boar”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
133017%
196“The Sleigh In The Moon”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
132915%
197“Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz”
from The BQE
132823%
 “Eternal Happiness Or Woe”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
132819%
198“We're Goin' To the Country”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
132718%
199“Ah Holy Jesus (a capella)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
132419%
200“Good King Wenceslas”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
131818%
201“Ah Holy Jesus”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
131217%
202“Particle Physics”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
130714%
203“Ave Maria”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
130422%
204“Rice Pudding”
from A Sun Came
130215%
 “Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130215%
205“How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130116%
206“Behold the Birth of Man, the Face of Glory”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129917%
207“Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129721%
208“Christ the Lord is Born”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
129117%
209“Idumea (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
126814%
210“Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
124913%
211“The First Noel”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
124516%
212“Satan's Saxophones”
from A Sun Came
122511%