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Jazz The Best Tom Waits Songs of All Time  

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Tom Waits songs, not just singles and hits.

List of the best Tom Waits songs, ranked by fans like you. With his uniquely scratchy voice and offbeat take on old school jazz and blues, the prolific Waits is a singer-songwriter like no other. This one-of-a-kind artist's often-covered work includes everything from heartfelt piano ballads to noisy experiments. This list includes every Tom Waits single and all of his best know tracks like "Downtown Train" and "Time." However, the real fans know that Waits has plenty of hidden gems worth voting on. 

Music videos and lyric videos are included next to each song name, so if you haven't heard it you can listen to it right here on this page. Is one of your favorite Tom Waits songs missing from this poll? Add it to the list so it has a chance to rise to the top. If the order of this list bothers you, then show off your expertise by creating your own version and re-ranking it. Simply click the "Rerank List" button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like.
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Downtown Train Rain Dogs

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Waltzing Mathilda Eurovisions (disc 2)

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18 4
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19 5
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Ol' '55 Closing Time

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Sixteen Shells from a 30-06 Skating on the Sidewalk, Eurovisions (disc 2)

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Cold Cold Ground Franks Wild Years

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clash1977 added Earth Died Screaming Bone Machine

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(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night The Heart of Saturday Night

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Way Down in the Hole Franks Wild Years

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clash1977 added The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (An Evening With Pete King) Closing Time, Small Change

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clash1977 added I Don't Wanna Grow Up Bone Machine

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Train Song Franks Wild Years

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Blue Valentines Blue Valentine, Closing Time

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14 5
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14 5
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Clark Benson added Get Behind the Mule Mule Variations

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Hang on St Christopher Franks Wild Years

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11 4
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Singapore Rain Dogs

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13 5
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12 6
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Cemetery Polka Rain Dogs

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Clark Benson added Come on Up to the House Mule Variations

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Make It Rain Real Gone

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9 3
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Clark Benson added What's He Building? Mule Variations

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Big Black Mariah Rain Dogs

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8 3
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Gun Street Girl Rain Dogs

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Romeo Is Bleeding Blue Valentine

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Clark Benson added Dirt in the Ground Bone Machine

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Telephone Call From Istanbul Franks Wild Years

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Jersey Girl Heartattack and Vine

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In the Neighborhood Swordfishtrombones

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Tom Traubert's Blues Small Change

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I'll Be Gone Franks Wild Years

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Matheus Ferraz added Invitation to the Blues Small Change

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Step Right Up Small Change

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San Diego Serenade The Heart of Saturday Night

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Shore Leave Swordfishtrombones

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6 3
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Lie to Me Orphans: Brawlers^! Bawlers & Bastards

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Green Grass Real Gone

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Clark Benson added Who Are You Bone Machine

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Straight to the Top Franks Wild Years

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Trampled Rose Real Gone

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Lonely Closing Time