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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)2032
2The Age of Adz (2010)1922
3Seven Swans (2004)1845
4Michigan (2003)1840
5Illinois (2005)1810
6All Delighted People EP (2010)1781
7Chicago (Demo) (Single) (2016)1710
8Exploding Whale (2015)1684
9The Avalanche (2006)1672
10Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single) (2015)1628
11Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI (2012)1532
12Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (2006)1521
13Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III (2006)1506
14Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X (2012)1505
15Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII (2012)1504
16Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I (2006)1498
17Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV (2006)1489
18Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II (2006)1483
19A Sun Came (2004)1482
20Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX (2012)1406
21I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII (2012)1379
22The BQE (2009)1352
23Enjoy Your Rabbit (2002)1308

Top Songs

RankSongScore% Won
1“The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!”
from Illinois
217495%
2“Casimir Pulaski Day”
from Illinois
216494%
3“Impossible Soul”
from The Age of Adz
212693%
4“Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition - Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)”
from Illinois
212092%
5“Death with Dignity”
from Carrie & Lowell
210092%
6“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
from Illinois
208988%
7“Should Have Known Better”
from Carrie & Lowell
208491%
8“Eugene”
from Carrie & Lowell
207991%
9“Chicago”
from Illinois
207791%
10“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois”
from Illinois
206089%
11“The Only Thing”
from Carrie & Lowell
205891%
12“Futile Devices”
from The Age of Adz
205090%
13“John My Beloved”
from Carrie & Lowell
204789%
14“Age of Adz”
from The Age of Adz
204482%
 “Fourth of July”
from Carrie & Lowell
204487%
15“No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
from Carrie & Lowell
203387%
16“I Want To Be Well”
from The Age of Adz
202788%
17“Romulus”
from Michigan
200189%
18“To Be Alone with You”
from Seven Swans
199985%
19“Vito's Ordination Song”
from Michigan
199780%
20“Holland”
from Michigan
199680%
21“All Of Me Wants All Of You”
from Carrie & Lowell
199585%
22“All Delighted People (Original Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
198883%
23“Carrie & Lowell”
from Carrie & Lowell
198688%
24“Seven Swans”
from Seven Swans
198387%
25“Drawn to the Blood”
from Carrie & Lowell
198282%
26“Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!”
from Illinois
196685%
27“For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”
from Michigan
196484%
28“Vesuvius”
from The Age of Adz
194186%
29“The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier - Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)”
from Illinois
194080%
30“Blue Bucket of Gold”
from Carrie & Lowell
193683%
31“Jacksonville”
from Illinois
193478%
32“The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts”
from Illinois
193374%
33“All for Myself”
from The Age of Adz
192480%
34“The Upper Peninsula”
from Michigan
191869%
35“Chicago (acoustic version)”
from The Avalanche
191172%
36“All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands”
from Seven Swans
190975%
37“The Transfiguration”
from Seven Swans
190476%
38“Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
from Michigan
189672%
39“Too Much”
from The Age of Adz
188878%
40“The Dress Looks Nice on You”
from Seven Swans
187975%
41“Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)”
from Michigan
187575%
42“They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!”
from Illinois
186777%
43“The Seer's Tower”
from Illinois
186173%
44“Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”
from Michigan
185572%
45“In the Devil's Territory”
from Seven Swans
185373%
46“The Avalanche”
from The Avalanche
184068%
47“Sister”
from Seven Swans
183777%
48“The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)”
from The Avalanche
183473%
49“Now That I'm Older”
from The Age of Adz
183277%
50“Enchanting Ghost”
from All Delighted People EP
182677%
51“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)”
from Michigan
182372%
52“All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!”
from Michigan
181765%
53“Pittsfield”
from The Avalanche
181670%
54“Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie”
from Michigan
181068%
 “Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)”
from The Avalanche
181065%
55“Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)”
from Michigan
180667%
 “I Walked”
from The Age of Adz
180675%
56“Djohariah”
from All Delighted People EP
180380%
57“He Woke Me Up Again”
from Seven Swans
179971%
58“All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)”
from All Delighted People EP
179866%
59“Sister Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
179473%
60“Get Real Get Right”
from The Age of Adz
179277%
61“Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair”
from The Avalanche
178960%
62“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
from Seven Swans
176772%
63“Size Too Small”
from Seven Swans
176369%
64“The Owl And The Tanager”
from All Delighted People EP
176179%
65“Exploding Whale”
from Exploding Whale
175062%
66“Abraham”
from Seven Swans
174965%
67“Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
174762%
68“Adlai Stevenson”
from The Avalanche
173959%
69“Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run”
from Illinois
173458%
70“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
172457%
71“A Sun Came”
from A Sun Came
172048%
72“From The Mouth Of Gabriel”
from All Delighted People EP
171968%
73“Bad Communication”
from The Age of Adz
171163%
74“Chicago (Demo)”
from Chicago (Demo) (Single)
171060%
75“Dear Mr Supercomputer”
from The Avalanche
170559%
76“Christmas Unicorn”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
170365%
77“Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
169556%
78“We Won't Need Legs to Stand”
from Seven Swans
169363%
79“Heirloom”
from All Delighted People EP
168568%
80“No Man's Land”
from The Avalanche
167458%
81“Arnika”
from All Delighted People EP
166465%
82“The Henney Buggy Band”
from The Avalanche
166361%
83“They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)”
from Michigan
165854%
84“Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
165653%
85“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
165368%
86“The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"”
from The Avalanche
164750%
87“The Pick-up”
from The Avalanche
164247%
88“Saul Bellow”
from The Avalanche
163746%
89“Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)”
from Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (Single)
162865%
90“Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
162648%
91“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
162345%
 “Star of Wonder”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
162352%
92“We Are What You Say”
from A Sun Came
162042%
 “In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth”
from Illinois
162050%
93“Christmas In The Room”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
161961%
94“Fourth of July (PPD Remix)”
from Exploding Whale
161842%
95“Happy Birthday”
from A Sun Came
161449%
96“Tahquamenon Falls”
from Michigan
160752%
97“The Child With The Star On His Head”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
159840%
98“Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)”
from The Avalanche
159253%
99“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
158737%
100“The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies”
from The Avalanche
158637%
101“Christmas in July”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
158240%
 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
158242%
102“A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)”
from A Sun Came
157647%
103“Justice Delivers Its Death”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
157547%
104“Alanson, Crooked River”
from Michigan
157448%
105“Carlyle Lake”
from The Avalanche
156738%
106“Silent Night”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
156541%
107“The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”
from The Avalanche
156443%
108“Joy To The World”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
156339%
109“To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament”
from Illinois
156247%
 “The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)”
from The Avalanche
156240%
110“Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
155938%
111“What Child Is This Anyway?”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
155731%
112“Rake”
from A Sun Came
155645%
113“Prairie Fire That Wanders About”
from Illinois
155351%
114“Dumb I Sound”
from A Sun Came
155249%
115“You Are the Rake”
from A Sun Came
154850%
116“Kill”
from A Sun Came
154533%
117“Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
154433%
 “O Holy Night”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
154435%
118“For Clyde Tombaugh”
from The Avalanche
154237%
119“We Three Kings”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
153931%
120“Joy To The World”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
153439%
121“O Come O Come Emmanuel”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
152838%
122“A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons”
from Illinois
152742%
123“A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze”
from Illinois
152640%
124“It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
152529%
125“I Saw Three Ships”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
152434%
126“Jason”
from A Sun Came
152234%
 “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
152243%
127“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
151734%
128“Kaskaskia River”
from The Avalanche
151639%
129“Coventry Carol”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
151227%
130“Only At Christmas Time”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
150937%
131“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
150630%
132“Put The Lights On The Tree”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
150438%
 “The Winter Solstice”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
150437%
133“Silent Night”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
150131%
134“A Winner Needs a Wand”
from A Sun Came
150036%
135“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
149631%
136“Holy, Holy, Holy”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
149435%
137“Jupiter Winter”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
148641%
138“One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman”
from Illinois
148436%
 “Ah Holy Jesus (a capella)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
148426%
139“We Three Kings”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
148327%
140“The Midnight Clear”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
148036%
141“Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne”
from The Avalanche
147435%
142“I'll Be Home For Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
147136%
143“Holly Jolly Christmas”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
146728%
144“Away In A Manger”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
146527%
145“Joy! Joy! Joy!”
from A Sun Came
146429%
 “Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
146430%
146“Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell”
from Illinois
146239%
 “Happy Family Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
146223%
147“Get Behind Me, Santa!”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
146134%
148“Once In David's Royal City”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
145830%
149“Wordsworth's Ridge”
from A Sun Came
145736%
 “The Friendly Beasts”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
145725%
150“Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
145531%
151“The Little Drummer Boy”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
145326%
152“Good King Wenceslas”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
145123%
153“Up On The Housetop”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
145031%
154“Amazing Grace”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
144832%
 “All the King's Horns”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
144830%
155“We Need A Little Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
144633%
156“Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
144422%
157“Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
144325%
158“Once In Royal David's City”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
144226%
159“We're Goin' To the Country”
from Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
143722%
160“Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
143442%
161“Morning (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
143120%
162“Demetrius”
from A Sun Came
143031%
163“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
142927%
164“Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
142830%
165“The Oracle Said Wander”
from A Sun Came
142622%
166“Ave Maria”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
142525%
167“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
142341%
168“Ah Holy Jesus”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
142221%
169“Angels We Have Heard On High”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
141324%
 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
141322%
170“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
140823%
171“Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge”
from The BQE
140533%
172“Jingle Bells”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
140426%
 “Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
140423%
173“Christmas Face”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
139823%
174“Alphabet St.”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
139725%
175“Mr. Frosty Man”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
139623%
176“The Incarnation”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
139432%
 “Go Nightly Cares”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
139420%
177“Super Sexy Woman”
from A Sun Came
139339%
178“Year of the Ox”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
139033%
 “Happy Karma Christmas”
from Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
139025%
179“Auld Lang Syne”
from Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
138933%
 “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
138923%
180“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
138824%
181“Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns”
from The BQE
138428%
182“Mysteries of the Christmas Mist”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
137621%
183“The First Noel”
from Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV
137520%
184“Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges”
from The BQE
137427%
185“Prelude on the Esplanade”
from The BQE
137226%
 “I Am Santa's Helper”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
137219%
186“Sleigh Ride”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
136923%
187“Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings”
from The BQE
136827%
 “Christmas Woman”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136832%
188“Year of the Rooster”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
136723%
 “Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes”
from The BQE
136726%
189“Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise”
from The BQE
136426%
190“Idumea (Sacred Harp)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
136317%
191“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation”
from The BQE
136226%
192“X-mas Spirit Catcher”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
135831%
193“Postlude - Critical Mass”
from The BQE
135622%
194“Year of the Rat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
135527%
195“Enjoy Your Rabbit”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
134626%
196“Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
from Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II
134320%
 “Ding! Dong!”
from Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III
134318%
 “The Sleigh In The Moon”
from Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
134317%
197“Movement II - Sleeping Invader”
from The BQE
134023%
 “Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
134022%
198“How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133818%
199“Movement IV - Traffic Shock”
from The BQE
133727%
200“Ya Leil”
from A Sun Came
133221%
 “Behold the Birth of Man, the Face of Glory”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133218%
201“Christ the Lord is Born”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
133019%
202“Year of the Horse”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
132722%
203“Jingle Bells”
from Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V
132523%
204“Year of Our Lord”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
132033%
205“Year of the Snake”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
131523%
206“Eternal Happiness Or Woe”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
131420%
207“Year of the Tiger”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
131223%
208“Year of the Dragon”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
130924%
 “Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130917%
209“Particle Physics”
from Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
130516%
210“Year of the Dog”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
130422%
211“Make Haste To See the Baby”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
130015%
212“Interlude III - Invisible Accidents”
from The BQE
127620%
213“Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
from I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
126614%
214“Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz”
from The BQE
126521%
215“Year of the Asthmatic Cat”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
126422%
216“Year of the Boar”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
124416%
217“Year of the Sheep”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
123218%
218“Rice Pudding”
from A Sun Came
122314%
219“Year of the Monkey”
from Enjoy Your Rabbit
122114%
220“Satan's Saxophones”
from A Sun Came
118910%