Best Modest Mouse Songs


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1Float On

I cannot help but bounce along to the rhythm of this every time it comes on. Modest mouse made this song amazingly, Everything feels right when listening to Float On.

This song always makes me feel better. When something's going wrong in my life, I just remember the lyrics: "we'll float on, good news is on the way. "

One of the best songs I ever heard, seriously. So amazing that there should be a number higher than one to put this into.

The rhythm to this song is just amazing! I could listen to it all day

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2Trailer Trash

This is one of if not the best song I've ever heard, you should hear it yourself to know what I'm talking about, I'll just say that it has the best lyrics in a Modest Mouse song ever. - Quart

Maybe the best lyrical group of all time. But for some reason this song is the most special to me despite its somewhat murky lyrical content.

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This song makes me so happy! Every time I listen I just want to dance. It's such a great song, good lyrics, good instrumental... It's perfect! I would definitely rate this number 1 on my charts.

The lyrics, the drums, the bass, the guitars, the singing, this song rules. Definitely better than Float On so glad it's number 1! Good job everyone! Wonderful song!

When I moved from Dallas I was sad. When my dad played this song it made me happy. I am happy it's one.

A must for modest mouse fans and everyone else

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It was almost impossible for me to choose only one song when it comes to one of my favorite bands. Modest Mouse. Along with Dramamine they got some amazing songs like Doing the cockroach, 3rd planet, satellite skin, Dashboard, The View, The world at large, Bankrupt on selling and The Good times are killing me. Like I said earlier.. IMPOSSIBLE to choose one. I probably would choose another song then Dramamine tomorrow... Amazing band.

This song is so hypnotizing. Whenever I listen to it I just have to stop and really listen. Beautiful song. Love the lyrics. Modest Mouse has best lyrics overall but these are amazing. So hopeless and sad but same time really lovely.

Everything about this song is amazing, its hard to even compare the rest of their music to this and their earlier albums like this and lonesome crowded west

Nothing beats Modest Mouse's first two albums in my honest opinion. Also, the drums in this track are simple but I love it

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5Gravity Rides Everything

I can't understand why the hit songs, that are good and all but not great, are at the top and this great song is at the bottom. Well, I guess I can, but I still think its not right!

This is, personally, my favorite Modest Mouse song. I think it should be higher on the lists. I love the beat, the lyrics, its wonderful.

This song is so truthful.When you look at you're life and think of all of the bad things that are happening, you just think of this song and you will know that everything will fall into place.

This song is so truthful. Its beautiful!

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63rd Planet

Have been listening to this song over and over and over for the past few weeks. Some of the lyrics are so affecting and relatable in a way unlinked to the actual meaning (which I'm pretty sure is about losing a child). "Remind me of when we used to be three and not two, and that's how the world began, and that's how the world will end" - doesn't matter what the third thing is, if it's the most special thing to you, it is what began your world and will end your world if you lose it.

So relaxing. It's like watching a montage of sunsets with your ears.

Catchy, moody, emotional, cold yet hopeful, a mystery that takes a few listens to decypher. Wonderful, intoxicating song.

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7Ocean Breathes Salty

I relate to this song, it's a very sorrow song but it's sure is a beautiful one.

I like Dashboard too, and Dramamine, and Missed the boat, and 3'rd planet, but this is by far my fave.

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8Cowboy Dan

This is a very dark song, it's messed up, and that is why it is amazing. - Quart

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9Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

This song embodies all that is Modest Mouse. The manic shouting vocals, the harmonics, the winding guitar riffs, the changes throughout the song..perfection

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10Talking S*** About a Pretty Sunset

This is, in my opinion, the greatest Modest Mouse song. It is so sporadic, and all of it's parts are amazing. Isaac's lyrics are one of his best, and the sweeping string instruments are definitely a highlight. - NorwegianWood

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11Doin' the Cockroach

I know the image TheTopTens gave this song is from a live bootleg album, and same with the sample (I recommend listening to a sample from a music streaming service for the better version) but this song is so good, starts off kind of calm with moments of bombast, then into what sounds like a chorus, but then turns into bombast, which then for the rest of the song is just insanity, and I love it so much. - Quart

12Truckers Atlas

Long, and amazing, listen for your self - Quart

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13The World at Large

God this song is so beautiful. "Ice age, heat wave, can't complain" is one of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever heard. It's like any modest mouse song, lyrics that are so touching and yet so subtle. Stories that move you without many words. "I like songs about drifters, books about the same." This song is my love.

So, so beautiful. Best song played live (next to Bukowski and Doing' the Cockroach)(and third Planet)

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15Missed The Boat

Y'all just voted for float on cause it's the only modest mouse song you know by name. Missed the Boat is a MASTERPIECE - mikeford

I'm new to Modest Mouse. I have no worthwhile opinion. But this song is the reason why we have the ability to hear external noises.

This is one of the most musically complex pieces that I have ever heard. the blending of Isaac's voice and guitar harmonies makes me feel like I'm swimming through sound. Perfect mix of complexity and melody

Just pure grooving. Absolutely love it!

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16Satin In a Coffin
17Dark Center of the Universe
18The Stars Are Projectors

By Far The Greatest Lyrical Achievement In Any Song I Have Ever Heard; Will Stand Corrected If It Comes To That. Match that with gorgeous and thundering music, great interplay between rhythm and the copious bouts of guitar riffs and the ending gives you time to process what you heard. The best song on the best album ever made.

19Spitting Venom

I just can't help but cry at times during this song. It's so beautiful, so emotional, and really just a perfect song lyrically, instrumentally, and energetically.

My Top 10 Modest Mouse songs in no particular order: Cowboy Dan, Spitting Venom, Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, Ocean Breathes Salty, Little Motel, Dramamine, King Rat, Parting of the Sensory, Trailer Trash, Doing the Cockroach. It pains me to leave out Talking About a Pretty Sunset, Missed the Boat, The World At Large, The Good Times are Killing Me, 3rd Planet, and so many more.

Really surprised that this isn't higher. Spitting Venom really is an anthem at large, and it keeps you interested and excited the whole way through. It may be 8 minutes long, but the length is worth it.

How come no one mentioned it yet? Over 8 minutes of pure awesomeness. Makes me always feel like I heard an argue between a man and a woman. With a happy ending.

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20Out of Gas

It's such a neat song if I could describe it In one word, it's like the song from the same album: Heart Cooks Brain, just done shorter and better. - Quart

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2. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
3. Doin' the Cockroach
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