Best Modest Mouse Songs


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Float 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.
One of the best songs I ever heard, seriously. So amazing that there should be a number higher than one to put this into.
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. "
[Newest]My favorite song ever!

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.


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.

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.

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
[Newest]Favorite song of all time

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.
I love the vocal melody especially


6Ocean 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.

7Cowboy Dan
This is a very dark song, it's messed up, and that is why it is amazing.


Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy sceene

83rd 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.

9The World at Large
So, so beautiful. Best song played live (next to Bukowski and Doing' the Cockroach)(and third Planet)

10Doin' 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.


The Contenders

11Talking 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.


How is dashboard #1?

12Satellite Skin

13Out 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.


14Paper Thin Walls

15Satin In a Coffin

16Spitting Venom
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.

17Missed The Boat
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
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


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.

18Little Motel
I believe this to be their most depressing song, but it is amazing and the video for it is so sad.
Such a sad song... But It's one of my favorites, nonetheless

19Dark Center of the Universe

20Polar Opposites

21S**T Luck

22Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

23Blame It On the Tetons
Who can't identify with needing a cold one?

24Parting of the Sensory
This song is an epic akin to Weezer's "Only in Dreams." It spans myriad emotions and musical styles, starting with soft guitar plucking and ending in a tropical storm of Irish-inspired grandeur. A really poetic song about each of our place in the world.
The end of this song is one of the most intense I've ever heard in my life.
The lyrics are amazing and the way it builds at the end make thisy favorite modest mouse song.

25Autumn Beds

26The View
Great song, very catchy. I have listened to it over and over again and I think that it definitely deserves a higher place on this list.

27Bankrupt on Selling

28Night On the Sun
My favorite song of all time. So relaxing, so hypnotizing, so beautiful...
How is float on above this!? This song is a truly great song, I would have voted fo Edit the sad parts but I didn't see it... Anyways, this song creates a feeling of numbness. I'm not sure if Shakespeare could've written it better. Please, just take a moment to look at the lyrics and listen to the song and cry a little bit because of the beauty. Thanks.

29Edit the Sad Parts
This is the adolescent's theme song. Everyone's theme song for that matter. I don't understand how any song can be greater than this. Look it up and have yourself a nice cry at the beauty of it all.
I just want to let you all know that this song will be the greatest, most beautiful thing that has ever flowed into your brain.

30Buttons to Push Buttons

31King Rat
The song itself and the video directed by Heath Ledger, makes this song, by far, the best one!
This is the greatest they've made, why is this


33Heart Cooks Brain
This should be Top 10. Simply a masterpiece. Best Modest Mouse song by light years. My hearts the cliff and my brains the bitter buffalo!
The years go fast and the days go so slow
Best song, no doubt

34The Stars Are Projectors

35Head South
Tells an awesome story and is insane when you're baked.

36Truckers Atlas

37Fire It Up

38Lampshades On Fire
The next hit modest mouse song is as good as anything they have ever put out!

39We've Got Everything

40Tundra / Desert


Under rated song, great lyrics

43Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice on Ice, Alright
Probably the best lyrics I've ever heard, simply put. Great song.
Hilarious blasphemy at its best...

And then the drums kick in.

44The Good Times Are Killing Me
Have one more have 20 more one mores.

45Perfect Disguise
Why isn't this higher? It's short I know but it - along with Lives - is my favourite song on the Moon and Antarctica album. Which is awesome from start to finish.


From the bottom of the best to the worst, well what can I say?

46March Into the Sea
This is by far my favorite song. More people need to listen to this
A nice song, deserves higher




50Tiny Cities Made of Ashes

51Jesus Christ Was an Only Child

52The Waydown


54Lounge (Closing Time)

55Life Like Weeds

56A Different City

57I Came As a Rat

58Black Cadillacs

59The Whale Song

60The Ground Walks, With Time In a Box

61Interstate 8

62She Ionizes & Atomizes

63Worms vs. Birds

64One Chance

65Workin' on Leavin' the Livin'

Gotta love those opening twenty-six seconds! Then it just explodes into the chorus! Awesome! So dang quirky!

67Dance Hall

68Alone Down There

69The Cold Part

70Other People's Lives

71Baby Blue Sedan

72The Best Room


74Space Travel Is Boring

75Make Everyone Happy / Mechanical Birds

76Pups to Dust

77Steam Engenius

78White Lies, Yellow Teeth

79You're the Good Things

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This list was created 5 years, 303 days ago and has been voted on over 700 times. This top ten list has been remixed 6 times.

Updated Monday, April 27, 2015

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