Best Cage the Elephant Songs

The Top Ten

1 Ain't No Rest for the Wicked Ain't No Rest for the Wicked Cover Art

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

I don't care if people don't want this song to have the number one spot. I understand that most popular doesn't always = best, but in this case, it does.

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.

2 Shake Me Down Shake Me Down Cover Art

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.

I was going to vote for "Ain't no rest for the wicked" but I saw this and thought. Hell, I'll listen to it again to see what all the fuss is about. I listened once and then again, and again. Great song really needs to be the TOP of the TOP 10 list.

Wow this is one of the best songs ever made I love cage the elephant and you should definitely buy/download this song or album. My second favorite song from cage the elephant is soil to the sun. Hopefully you will consider them.

This song and its music video literally made me cry. It is emotional, inspiring, and absolutely beautiful. I wish Cage made more songs like this! I find it helps me when I get emotional, especially when I'm super angry

3 Cigarette Daydreams Cigarette Daydreams Cover Art

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.

This is simply their most well made and emotionally complex song. Mellow chords, a slow chill drum beat, meaningful and abstract lyrics and a well flowing bass line. Simply an amazing song, definitely at least in top three

4 Come a Little Closer Come a Little Closer Cover Art

Lyrically and sonically haunting, I got full body chills the first time I heard the song. Very powerful track with a very good chorus and absolutely fantastic verses.

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

Creative lyrics, musically beautiful, this is by far the best song of the album. But don't get me wrong, I still love Take It or Leave It.

This is definitely their best song. THe lyrics are insane and the song is addictive.

5 In One Ear In One Ear Cover Art

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.

CTE's debut album is definitely the one that most captures their garage rock essence. It carries such power, such lyrics... And this particular song should be its highlight for It fully shows its true sounds, plus it gives the listener a glimpse of Cage's potential.

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.

This song gives great advice to people with low self esteem or people who are bullied. It shows that no matter what people say about you, you are the one who knows yourself the best-and don't listen to what other people say.

6 Back Against the Wall Back Against the Wall Cover Art

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

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!

This song is UNREAL! The lyrics, the guitar, how its composed is absolutely amazing! The way Matthew Schultz writes this song is unparralelled!

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

7 Aberdeen Aberdeen Cover Art

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!

Such a heart moving song, I was addicted to Cage after this. Tichenor's Bass, Parish's Guitar Work and Matt's vocals all blend together amazingly to create a masterpiece.

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

Very meaningful song. Also great music video. Very sad

8 Right Before My Eyes Right Before My Eyes Cover Art

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

To all fans who want to know what's nice by cage the ep elephant. I definitely point this song to you!

I personally like the acoustic version even better

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

9 Spiderhead Spiderhead Cover Art

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.

I love this song it is awesome I love all their songs but this is definitely top 10 for me

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

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

10 Telescope Telescope Cover Art

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.

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.

This is DEFINITELY their best song.The desperation, raw pain, sadness, hopelessness, and anger in his voice is so emotional and touching. I don't how such a beautifully deep song is so low on this list.

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.

The Contenders

11 Trouble Trouble Cover Art

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

Great song! Gets better each time I listen to it

Extremely relatable. Great lyrics. Great song.

This is my favorite song of all time

12 Lotus Lotus Cover Art

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.

13 Hypocrite Hypocrite Cover Art

Baby blue should also be up here!

Absolutley top 10

Should be Top 10 one of the BEST!

14 Around My Head Around My Head Cover Art

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

Great song, catchy corus

15 Ready to Let Go Ready to Let Go Cover Art

I bet this song is about to rise to the top 10

16 Cry Baby Cry Baby Cover Art

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

Best song off the new album

17 Always Something Always Something Cover Art

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

18 Mess Around Mess Around Cover Art

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.

19 Take It or Leave It Take It or Leave It Cover Art

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

Why is this song 18 and not 1. My favorite

20 Soil to the Sun Soil to the Sun Cover Art
21 Halo

By far my favorite cage the elephant song

This song is awesome should be #1

So creative and emotional

Awesome song! The best of cte I vote.

22 Too Late to Say Goodbye Too Late to Say Goodbye Cover Art

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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23 Skin and Bones Skin and Bones Cover Art

This is emotional psychedelia at its finest. Powerful chorus with a magnificent backing track; punchy guitar licks and bass line in the verses. It is probably me second favourite CTE song after Come A Little Closer.
# 1 Come A Little Closer Melophobia
# 2 Skin And Bones Social Cues
#3. Spiderhead Melophobia
#4. Aberdeen Thank You, Happy Birthday
#5. Cry Baby Tell Me I'm Pretty
#6. Shake Me Down Thank You, Happy Birthday
#7. In One Ear Cage The Elephant
#8. Cigarette Daydreams Melophobia
#9. Social Cues Social Cues
#10. Telescope Melophobia
#11. Too Late To Say Goodbye Tell Me I'm Pretty
#12. Back Against The Wall Cage The Elephant
#13. Ready To Let Go Social Cues
#14. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Cage The Elephant
#15. Trouble Tell Me I'm Pretty
#16. House Of Glass Social Cues
#17. Halo Melophobia
#18. Dance, Dance Social Cues
#19. Take It Or Leave It Melophobia
#20. Mess Around Tell Me I'm Pretty

24 Cold Cold Cold Cold Cold Cold Cover Art

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

My favorite off of tell me I'm pretty.

It is an outrage that it's at 22

Just great, awesome I mean

25 Drones in the Valley Drones in the Valley Cover Art

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!

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