Best Cage the Elephant Songs

The Top Ten

1 Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

These guys are very talented artists and true Rock Stars in their own right. I vote this song #1 because this song put them on the world map, and for true music lovers, this is the song which initially made many of us immediately think; "wow, this song rocks and who the hell are these guys? " It was around the same time I started seeing the most beautiful girl in the world, or at least top 10, and she was from Colombia. This was back in July of 2009 and Cage the Elephant were relatively unknown, or not recognized yet my the masses for their ability to compose such masterful music. Ms. Columbia and I attend their 91X Show which was part of the Street Festival in downtown San Diego, where Cage The Elephant played in the back of the park at the Padres Petco Park. We got there 5 minutes before they started playing, and there may have been 50 people there, tops. When they appeared on the small stage (if you could even call it a stage), we casually walked right to the front of the stage, ...more

Listen carefully. This is humanity in a nutshell. Cage has summed it beautifully with a catchy tune and upbeat tones. God bless his soul.

This song set the borderlands scene perfectly, lyrically charming simply great this song just makes me thing of the desert.

This song is crazy and it sounds like some awesome music being recorded by rabid racoons

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2 Shake Me Down

Ok I'm so sick of EVERY top ten songs list having their most popular song at number one. Every band, green day, papa roach, Metallica, Coldplay. No way in hell is Ain't no rest their best song. It's a good song, but it doesn't compete with Shake Me Down.

Shake Me Down is art, beautiful lyrics that captivate, telling a story about the lead singer when he was caught on his drug addiction, the energy in the song and the emotion of his voice make this song truly their best song.

This song actually tears me up a little. The lyrics are excruciatingly beautiful. And the beat is just so cool. This song is just perfect; it really is. The chorus is just the best I've heard.

I happened to come across this song a few days ago, It rocked me!, This song seriously should be on TOP in TOP 10 List, 1 must be a Fool to not vote this song listen to it for a tremendous experience!

Extremely emotional.

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3 Cigarette Daydreams

It isn't even close. This song is by FAR their best. It seems so much more sincere than most of their material. It has a great soft opening and kicks in at the perfect time, it has great refrains and the lyrics are meaningful, relatable and deep. This song is mesmerizing and gives you that feeling inside that you can't explain. It tugs at the corners and makes your heart ache in such a beautiful way. Amazing song.

There is no way this song is 6th. Shake Me Down - Good but not good enough for second... It gets boring after time. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked? Sure, you can probably relate to it, but music-wise? Not the best. Come a Little Closer? That's pretty good, but still. I've long since deleted all the top 3, but this one still remains. By far the best song. Great lyrics, mesmerizing music, and just all around awesome.

I'm in love with this song honestly. As every Cage song has a story behind the song this one was about Matt and a certain heartbreak. Lyrics are well written and the strums of the guitar on this song quite literally tug at my heart.

My all time favourite song this year. Makes me nostalgic for memories that never happened...

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4 Come a Little Closer

Seriously shows the potential of Cage the Elephant's latest album. The lyrics are fantastic and the song has great meaning as well.

Shake me down is obviously the best.this song comes 2nd and it is super duper awesome.

This song is 2nd to shake me down if you aren't stupid and like real music

After months of listening to this song non-stop, I'm still in love with it

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5 In One Ear

Definitely the best song of the band, the perfect mix of punk and classic rock... A combination of Zeppelin and Sabbath, and with the band's punk attitude in the lyrics. Great dynamics, lyrics, guitar, bass... Just an all around great song.

Ain't no rest for the wicked got me to take a look at this band (borderlands, don't judge me), but this was the first song I took a look at afterward and it completely sucked me into the band. It has good pace, wonderful lyrics and has that glorious punk mixed with indie sound. This song is the "sound" of this band.

It's a real rock anthem. It's one of those genuine rock songs about being a rock band and doing it for the music. The bridge is the best part of the song, building up tension until the climax of the song.

This is the best song by far

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6 Aberdeen

Although it's a new song, it takes me back to the 90s, when Grunge was a very popular genre. Seeing as that Aberdeen, Washington was where the most famous Grunge band of all time started: Nirvana. Great song, great band, I love this song!

Very meaningful song. Also great music video. Very sad

This just beet out back against the wall for my favorite song



*uncomfortable breathing noises*

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7 Back Against the Wall

It's scary how good the lyrics to this song are. Everyone can determine their own meaning from the lyrics and relate to it. Amazing!

Epic lyrics that everyone can draw their own unique meaning/realization from the song. I actually had an epiphany listening to this song for the first time. It was DOPE

This song should be much higher than #4 and if you at least listen to the beginning then you will be instantly hooked like me when I first heard this song

I can't stop listening to this amazingg song! I love it!

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8 Telescope

I get that this isn't a hit single top song, but it deserves much more recognition nonetheless. This is one of the most beautiful, rawest, most punch you in the face songs that I've ever heard. When they're screaming/chanting the bridge before the last chorus, my whole life flashes by my eyes and everything makes sense. This song just sounds and feels so IMPORTANT. The lyrics, the riffs. The passion.

One of the best songs EVER by anyone. Brings out so much emotion. I never get tired of hearing it and I listen to it repetitively.

This song is an anthem. It's one of those songs where even if you don't hear the lyrics, you get the song because of the rawness and passion. It's like they're screaming the entire song right to you, and it's beautiful.

The lyrics are so unique and addicting, it feels nostalgic but yet also very melancholy. It tells a story and I would say this is their best song.

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9 Spiderhead

I just don't get how this could NOT be in the top 10. Not their best, but definitely top 10.

The dynamics of this song, the lyrics (especially "I am the one you left for dead"), and everything just really leaves me wanting to replay it. The unpeeled version of the song is just amazing too.

Cage the Elephant managed to take basic chords and turn it into masterpiece.

I love this song so much it has such a cool sound to it

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10 Always Something

This right here is some top teir. I can understand maybe not top 5, but not even top 15? Come on ya'll.

The Contenders

11 Trouble

I think this will be the big one on the new album when it is all said and done

This is my favorite song of all time

Great song! Gets better each time I listen to it

Exactly my kind of music!

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12 Right Before My Eyes

This song makes you think about your own control of life and the things that happen in it. The world cannot be predicted and it will hurt you a lot of the time but this song helps realize that when everything else around is failing and nothing is going right, there is always music and it won't ever leave your side

I personally like the acoustic version even better

My favorite song by them, the lyrics mean so much.

Love the rhythm and the lyrics perferct song

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13 Lotus

Incredible, even better if listened to directly after tiny little robots, since it starts off where that one began.

The song overall just has an excellent feel to it.

14 Take It or Leave It

One of the best songs on the new album! These guys have an energy that is missed on many bands, they rock!

When I listen to this song "WOW". Wish I was in front of Matt so I can take him with me.

Such a fantastic song deserves top ten

Oh man that lyrics!

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15 Around My Head

Punk rock vibe, beautiful sound. I listen to this song anytime, and the music video is hilarious.

Great song, catchy corus


16 Hypocrite

Should be Top 10 one of the BEST!

Absolutley top 10

17 Mess Around

Great song, little black keys influenced but a great catchy song. Not the absolute greatest though, would place amongst top ten

Sounds exactly like the black keys. not very happy about that, nevertheless an okay song.

18 Cry Baby

Best song on tell me I'm pretty no doubt about that!

Best song off the new album - PeterG28

19 Soil to the Sun
20 Halo

By far my favorite cage the elephant song

This song is awesome should be #1

That song is REALLY AWESOME! It's my favourite of cte atm

Good jam

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21 Drones in the Valley

Most underrated cage song second to portuguese knife fight.

Really like this song

Short, but cute song! ♥ With Tinny Little Robots shows what's wrong with system. I ♥ you guys for this song, please make more this like drugs songs!

22 Judas

This song is the definition of cte. The craziness and lyrics are what cage the elephant are-a wild druggie band who really do have meaningful meanings ad lyrics

Great bass play added in with an awesome beat with great lyrics. Awesome fast song!

Its such a wild ride its hard to believe its roughly 3 and a half minutes long.

23 Cold Cold Cold

My favorite off of tell me I'm pretty.

The fact this isn't in the top 10 is an injustice

Just great, awesome I mean

Best song they have, it's why poeple know them

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24 Too Late to Say Goodbye

A masterpiece!

Their newer albums are underrated, of course, but to me Melophobia and Tell Me I'm Pretty stand above Cage the Elephant's debut and sophomore albums in an almost transcendent fashion, even if they're not as popular. Too Late to Say Goodbye is one of the best tracks either album has to offer, and certainly one of the best songs the band has ever come up with. Its lyrics convey a story of a tragic, dangerous, and painful love, which is symbolized by fire throughout the song. Can't we all relate to loving something that's bad for us? The song has so many layers and even aside from its lyrics, it's a masterpiece, with a powerful melody that emphasizes the danger of the Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque romance.

Other favorites of mine are pretty well represented (Shake Me Down, Come a Little Closer, Cigarette Daydreams, a few others), but Too Late to Say Goodbye gets my vote because of its lack of popularity which belies its incredible impact.

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25 Flow

Easy one of their best, I still remember the first time I heard this track finish and then the secret track start

This song comes on whenever you need it. It's a pretty song, and people deserve to see this side of Cage.

So good. Dreamy and melodic. Definitely one of their best.

Its 2 in one how do you not like that

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26 Rubber Ball

I listen to this whenever I need to be reminded that although I don't know my purpose, I know that I have love in me and that as a human I need to share it with everyone. I don't know it's just special to me. a really remarkable song

You feel the lyrics vibrating through your bones.

27 Tiny Little Robots

Wait, this isn't in the top 15? You're all dead to me!

One of the best fo sure

28 Sweetie Little Jean

I am a huge fan of Cage. I love all of their songs from the infamous Cigarette Daydreams to Come a Little Closer to Shake me Down to Telescope. But to me Sweetie Little Jean is by far the best song. For some reason it just speaks to me on a much deeper level than any other song (besides Telescope). My favorite line in this song is "has melancholy taken you for good? " Always will be a Cage fan and I have to see them in concert at some point.

So sad yet so good

Amazing song

Great song with awesome story. His vocals sound amazing! One of my favorites on the new album! Can't wait to see them in Frisco

29 Doctor Doctor Doctor Help Me Help Me Help Me

This song is awesome. One of my favorites by them. Unique start off and super catchy!

30 James Brown

My mind was blown hearing this song, I swear. Why isn't this on the list yet?

31 Back Stabbin' Betty

This song is dope! And it has a good ending so even better

It is awesome. Hands down a head banger

32 Indy Kidz

Get the right haircut! lmao

33 How Are You True

I don't see how this isn't on the list! The story behind the song is so amazing, the meaning in the lyrics and how he shows the emotion in his voice really makes this song stand out to me. The chorus is especially heart-strumming, with the "you need love, you need love, you need love, you need la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-love." The ending part where the music in the background dies out and it focuses on his voice and the guitar is arguably the best part of the song. If I ever need a song that'll make me sad, I'll just look up this one because it always gets me. - nickynoo

34 Japanese Buffalo

Should be in top ten for sure!

35 Teeth

"Are you into the beat, Are you into the beat? I can feel it in my teeth." Great song about rolling on molly and the poetry at the end is just downright crazy. Love it!

BRO this is easily my favorite song by them

One of the best to see live. Matt goes crazy

36 2024

One of the best songs in Thank You, Happy Birthday. Not the best by far but deserves more attention.

One of the best pry #2 or 3 for me

37 Black Widow

This song deserves more recognition


38 Free Love
39 Sell Yourself
40 Sabertooth Tiger

Best song on this list! best band in this world! so raw and just heavy. I wish they were still that grungy. don't you agree

Seeing Cage the Elephant close with Sabertooth Tiger at the end of Firefly was just unbelievably awesome! Headbanging, screaming my heart out, and Matt crowd surfing was the perfect way to get ready for Modest Mouse.

All Cage the Elephant songs are great but this one should be #1

41 It's Just Forever
42 Monkey Disease
43 Carry Me In

This is a B-Side but this song is so good. The first 2 minutes are suspenseful then the middle kicks in with a loud and sudden break down. But the end of the song is mellow, it's a masterpiece and I fell in love with it. Listen to the entire thing, is really good.

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Top Remixes (14)

1. In One Ear
2. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
3. Lotus
1. Shake Me Down
2. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
3. Come a Little Closer
1. Shake Me Down
2. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
3. Back Against the Wall

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