Best Modest Mouse Songs

The Top Ten Best Modest Mouse Songs

1 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.

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.

Fantastic song. My head bobs naturally. Definitely my favorite Modest Mouse song.

2 Trailer Trash

Their best song in my opinion. Listening to that rhythm, singing and looking at that album picture makes me feel better and takes me to different places

No word to describe this song other than just brilliant. Its catchy and beautiful and inspiring. I remember listening to this song before sleping.

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.

3 Dramamine

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.

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

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

4 Dashboard

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.

If you like the song Trailer Trash, don't speak to me, you are trailer trash.

5 Gravity 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.

I love the vocal melody especially - pannkakesangen

6 Teeth 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

This song is a masterpiece - Quart

This needs to be higher - Quart

7 Cowboy Dan

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

Oxygen to breathe

Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy sceene

Repressed violence. Loneliness. Rural prerie. God, if I have tto die, you'll have to die.

8 3rd 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.

Very MODEST and beautiful at the same time. Inspires me to go back to songwriting

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

9 Doin' 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

10 Ocean 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.

These are my top 25 MM songs but I can't put them in order:

Edit the Sad Parts
Interstate 8
Heart Cooks Brain
Trailer Trash
Out of Gas
Polar Opposites
Bankrupt on Selling
Dark Center of the Universe
3rd Planet
Gravity Rides Everything
Perfect Disguise
The World at Large
Float On
Ocean Breathes Salty
The Good Times Are Killing Me
Fire it Up
Missed the Boat
Little Motel
Strangers to Ourselves
Lampshades on Fire

But this is the one that really got me into the band

The Contenders

11 Talking S**t 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

Kind of reminds me of Edit The Sad Parts...

How is dashboard #1?

12 Truckers Atlas

Long, and amazing, listen for your self - Quart

Long, very long, I think it's Modest Mouses so test song ever recorded (I think it is at least) It's so good, talking about traveling, with the music to the song along the lines of Doing the Cockroach at the bombast part, It's very underrated. - Quart

13 Paper Thin Walls
14 The 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)

Favorite song on album

15 Satin in a Coffin
16 Dark Center of the Universe

This one's a masterpiece - Undistinguished

I absolutely love this song! I’m surprised it’s not more highly rated among fans.

17 The 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.

18 Out 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

19 Spitting 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.

Best song I've ever heard

20 Missed 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

Favorite Mod song for sure. Great beat to it, go listen and see for yourself trust me!

21 Blame It on the Tetons

Who can't identify with needing a cold one?

22 Polar Opposites

If this song isn't in the top three, then this list is a sham!

Helluva song!

23 S**T Luck
24 Autumn Beds
25 Little Motel

I believe this to be their most depressing song, but it is amazing and the video for it is so sad.

This is such a touching song. Whenever I listen to it tears fill up in my eyes.

Such a sad song... But It's one of my favorites, nonetheless

26 King Rat

Definitely my favorite Modest Mouse song, and my second favorite song of all time. So many emotions are displayed in one song.

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

27 Bankrupt on Selling

My favorite Modest Mouse song, and one of the best I've found in 2019

Most powerful song of theirs by far. I get shivers every time I listen to it and I've been listening to them for over 6 years.

Just heard it for the first time today. I instantly fell in love. - Alpha101

One of my favorite songs (Modest Mouse or otherwise) of all time.

28 The 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.

29 Edit the Sad Parts

This is only so low because entry levels plebs dickriding float on have never heard it

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.

30 Lampshades on Fire

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


31 Satellite Skin

This is a good song - Quart

32 Head South


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

33 Night 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.

34 Bukowski

Though my top spot is King Rat, this is by far my second favorite. The lyrics are very thought provoking, not to mention the sick instruments. - MauriceISNotMyName

Why isn't this in the top 5! I mean really people are you fans or are you not cause everything bout this perfect. Brock's lyrics alone make this great!

35 Parting 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.

36 Buttons to Push Buttons
37 Fire It Up

Grab that dial and turn this one up! In my top 10 for sure.

38 Heart 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

39 March Into the Sea

This is by far my favorite song. More people need to listen to this

This song is absolutely insane one of my all time favorites

A nice song, deserves higher

This is an amazing song. deserves to be much higher.

40 The Ground Walks, With Time In a Box

By fare the best song on strangers why is it not higher

I am shocked it is currently at 48 (As of me typing) This was the first song I heard from them and I still listen to it. One of the coolest songs ever, along with Lampshades On Fire. Favorite Song by them by far

41 Life Like Weeds
42 Florida

This is one of my favorite songs, very nice to hear.

43 Coyotes

I could listen to this and "strangers to ourselves" all day. Just relaxing

44 Lounge (Closing Time)

Whole album is fantastic. This song is very underrated.

Definitely one of the bests

45 We've Got Everything

You will like this song a lot more once you listen to the meaning-Lydia Sargent

46 Tundra / Desert
47 Medication
48 Styrofoam 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.

49 Breakthrough

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

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