Top Ten Primus Songs

They're my favorite so I thought I would make this list.

The Top Ten

1 My Name is Mud

Great song, but anybody that thinks this is their best is delusional or uninformed. Its good but check out Frizzle Fry and Sailing the Seas for the gems.

The raw simplistic contagiousness of the bass line combined with the unabashed cold-blooded-ness of the lyrics makes this one hauntingly legendary.

The grove with that base line and the drums as well as the f up lyrics make it magical!

My first Primus song. Sick bass and a creepy atmosphere, Primus at their finest. - HardRockSam

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2 Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

How is this not better than john the fisherman? Like seriously its amazing! I heard it a long time ago though

awesome bassline and all around great song

It is the penultimate primus song, no question

Dog will hunt

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3 John the Fisherman

My favorite from primus by far

I hate people who are of a different variety than of my own

Calling John The Fisherman - Glauberson


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4 Tommy the Cat

Incredible song. And It's even more amazing live with the extended guitar and bass solos, and always going into an epic jam!

Les claypool's bass playing on this song is fantastic on it's own, but one of life's great mysteries is how he plays and sings it at the same time.

tommy the cat pwns my favorite song all time. Go les claypool!

This song shows the best in Les, Ler, and Tim. A great guitar solo, an awesome bass line, and a cool drum track.

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5 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

The best by far! Love it! Very tight and polished track beats!

Strange western influences in this song, Larry Lalonde is very underrated!

Fun, obscure, upbeat, nonsensical, quirky, this song is the best song to cheer anyone up.

Beaver is just to quick, grabbed my by my kiwis now I ain't pissed for a week...

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6 Too Many Puppies

This song is so good that Korn had to copy the intro. I love this song because even though the metaphor may seem silly it perfectly conveys his message.

A lot of energy! Strong text

Maybe the best song ever made.

Too classic to be ignored!

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7 American Life

Just a flawless track overall, I could listen to it all day and not be annoyed by it, my favourite Primus song!

Great bass riff, should be higher

That bass though

Well put together, love this song!

8 Those Damned Blue Collared Tweekers

Have to listen to it live to fully appreciate it! One of the overlooked songs compared to their most well known hits but still one of the best

The best Primus song in my opinion Les Claypool plays the bass amazingly in this song.Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander play there instruments amazingly as well.I believe this song and Bob are the two quintessintial Primus songs.


It's catchy, and it demonstrates how awesome Les Claypool is, and how down to earth he is compared to other artists out there.

Awesome song, super sick

Awesome bass line 2nd Favorite Primus tune

10 Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats

Poor From Primus - SSScarecrow

First Primus song I heard

The Contenders

11 Southbound Pachyderm

This song is awesomly psychedelic!
The intro part with drum roll makes me fly away each time I hear it

Such a great building epicness

12 Frizzle Fry

This is one of the coolest songs I've ever heard performed live. In my opinion the song is to short, I want more!

Sounds like Hillbilly Tool

13 Fish On

I love this song so much. Their best after My Name Is Mud and the best song in Sailing The Seas of Cheese. Such a dark and mysterious masterpiece. - fidelcanojr

Great Song...FISH ON! - SSScarecrow

14 Shake Hands with Beef

Anyone who plays bass can hear this line and appreciate it. Easy to learn, hard to master. Still trying to figure it out.

Great dull bass, love it. Primus really does have quite an acquired taste. Marmite if you will

15 Mr. Krinkle

One of Primus's darkest pieces. Great bassline all throughout, but nearing the end the bassline becomes incredibly powerful.

Really couldn't choose one song to vote, but this is one of my favorite and cannot be down here. Old Primus are the best.

The guitar that kicks in at 3:40 over the bass riff is as good as it gets.

My 2nd favorite Primus song with Wynona's Big Brown Beaver first

16 South Park Theme

Good Song Great Show

17 The Toys Go Winding Down

Don't Like It! - SSScarecrow

18 Lacquer Head

Such a unique and solid bass line, combined with a very climactic chorus, make this a favorite primus song in my book. Not to mention the high speed bass solo in after the first chorus. An impressive composition overall.

My favourite by a good stretch, superb basslines, great dynamic changes, trippy music video and best of all great album.

Gotta love anything edgy enough to be banned from MTV. Solid bass and drums

I love the heaviness in this song to be honest - AdamDestructorJr.

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19 Over the Electric Grapevine

Clearly underrated on this website!

To Be With Chucles and the Others - Glauberson

20 Mr. Know It All

Underrated song. One of my favourites.

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1. John the Fisherman
2. DMV
3. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
1. My Name is Mud
2. Tommy the Cat
3. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
1. My Name is Mud
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