Top Ten Primus Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 My Name is Mud

This is a classic. The bass at the beginning is one of the best ever in the history of music. - DarkBoi-X

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!

2 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.

3 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

This song gets me pumped EVERY TIME!

4 John the Fisherman

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

My favorite from primus by far

One of my all time favorites - FLIPMODE

Calling John The Fisherman - Glauberson

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.

This song made me want to learn bass and it did good at it. - Sabbath

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.

Maybe the best song ever made.

A lot of energy! Strong text

Too classic to be ignored!


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

8 American Life

It doesn't sound like Primus, but it's a perfect song. The vocals, the BASS, and the guitar solos in the background. Soft and powerful. Amazing.

Soft and wonderful. The sound is not really classic Primus, but it's AMAZING and still original.

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

This song is criminally underrated. Enough said.

9 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.

10 Fish On

Tasty banjo intro, then nice groove with light lyrics about fishing. And after this part, a long, excellent bass solo follows. This song finishes with a repetition of the chorus. They really nailed it, as usual.

Someone said that this could be interpeted as waking up on your boat (the soft banjo), then turning on the motor and start your day fishing (harsh low bass sound of the verses, with the lyrics about fishing), then catching a big fish (sounds of fishing right beofre the solo), then the struggle with that heavy fish (crazy bass solo with lots of slides, as if the fish was being pulled up and was pulling down), but is finally thumped at the end (bass thump), and everyone is happy (repetition of the chorus). It's a nice interpretation. Primus are musical geniuses. - JoLeKosovo

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

The Contenders

11 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

12 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

13 Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats

Poor From Primus - SSScarecrow

First Primus song I heard

14 Mr. Krinkle

Yeah it's really amazing, though I do prefer American life. Plus the music video... Damn.

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.

15 The Toys Go Winding Down

Amazing song. Highlights everyone well.

Don't Like It! - SSScarecrow

16 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

This song is so catchy. I mean, they all are, but right now, I'd give this #1. Also, the video rules.

17 Mr. Know It All

"And whatever rhymes with eloquent" is one of my favorite out-of-context lyrics.

Underrated song. One of my favourites.

18 South Park Theme

Good Song Great Show

You know a band made it big when they made the theme song to one of the most well known shows of all time. - christangrant

19 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

20 My Friend Fats

I can't describe how good this track is...AWESOME.

Awesome Track-Unequalled! - SSScarecrow

ThisIt Is My Favourite Track Of All Time!

WoW...! Brilliant! - SSScarecrow

21 Over the Electric Grapevine

Clearly underrated on this website!

To Be With Chucles and the Others - Glauberson

22 Welcome to This World

One Of My Favourite Tracks Ever! - SSScarecrow

23 Moron TV

Fantastic Track!...Fantastic Album! Should Be Number 2. - SSScarecrow

Fantastic Track-Should Be Number 2...! - SSScarecrow

24 Is It Luck?

This is one of the best fastest most confusing riffs. Suprised this is not on the list

Hardest basslines ever

25 The Heckler

it's hidden in the album antipop

Amazing song, the transition between the verse and the chorus is really incredible! I think it should be first but after all, it's just a matter of opinion, hehe.

26 Eternal Consumption Engine

Great Quirky Song. - SSScarecrow

..Catchy..Catchy! Fantastic little singalong ditty - SSScarecrow

Weird, Quirky...MINT! - SSScarecrow

Love It Love It - SSScarecrow

27 Here Come the Bastards
28 Over the Falls

Probably the only Primus song that is listenable to most people. The song that got me started on Primus

29 Coattails of a Deadman

Great Great Singalong...By MILES the best track on Antipop. - SSScarecrow

30 The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride
31 Hennepin Crawler

Seriously? Nowhere on this entire list? This is basically the definite Primus song. Jay Lane's drums in this song is basically the best in his career with Primus.

32 To Defy the Laws of Tradition

Needs to be higher simply due to the pure funkiness to this song.

People need to get their primusorities in order

In my opinion definitely LaLonde's best work, it's just such a groovin' song.

nice song

33 Bob

This song is amazing in just about every way, the strangest and dark bassline with the distinct vocals and the guitar parts which are kind of distant and "drunk".

Awesome amazing bass their best


34 Golden Boy

Prolly my favourite primus song, just too funky

35 Jellikit

Great song with great drums and bass

36 The Pressman

Great Song...Great Album! - SSScarecrow

37 Last Salmon Man

Love It - Love The Album Green Naugahyde too! - SSScarecrow

38 Sgt. Baker

Hypnotic to say the least

39 Eleven
40 Tragedy's a Comin'
41 Lee Van Cleef

Great Catchy Ditty From A Great Album.. - SSScarecrow

Spazziest bassline ever concocted

42 Harold of the Rocks
43 Hoinfodaman

My favorite on Green Naugahyde. Lighter than some of the other songs satyrizing society on the album. Instrumentally great.
Oh man, that's a juicy burger. - JoLeKosovo

44 Hamburger Train

Nice long instrumental, should be top 15, 20 at least!

Best instrumental by primus, worth to hear

45 Pudding Time

This is truly a masterpiece!

46 Nature Boy

Not my favorite Primus song, but probably my second favorite from Pork Soda (behind My Name Is Mud, obviously). I'm voting for this one so that it gets more recognition, as it definitely should be in the top twenty at least. - Dorito

47 Poetry and Prose

"Boy, don't you know? "
The whole world's gone crazy over that there Beavis and Butt-head show - christangrant

48 The Devil Went Down to Georgia

How is this at 53?! It should at least be in the top 20! - HardRockSam

The music video to this cover is great - christangrant

49 The Antipop

Criminally underrated song! Antipopndedinitely has some very good songs, and this is one of them, for sure!

50 The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky

Considering This Is The Mighty Primus - Awful.. - SSScarecrow

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