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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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Waltzing Mathilda Eurovisions (disc 2)

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Downtown Train Rain Dogs

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Cold Cold Ground Franks Wild Years

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

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Ol' '55 Closing Time

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

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18 5
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The Best Norah Jones Albums of All Time

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clash1977 added Earth Died Screaming Bone Machine

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Way Down in the Hole Franks Wild Years

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clash1977 added I Don't Wanna Grow Up Bone Machine

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Singapore Rain Dogs

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Clark Benson added Come on Up to the House Mule Variations

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Clark Benson added Get Behind the Mule Mule Variations

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25
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Make It Rain Real Gone

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Train Song Franks Wild Years

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Blue Valentines Blue Valentine, Closing Time

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12 3
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The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

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Telephone Call From Istanbul Franks Wild Years

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Jersey Girl Heartattack and Vine

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Hang on St Christopher Franks Wild Years

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Gun Street Girl Rain Dogs

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Tom Traubert's Blues Small Change

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Cemetery Polka Rain Dogs

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The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Romeo Is Bleeding Blue Valentine

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9 2
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Clark Benson added Dirt in the Ground Bone Machine

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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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Step Right Up Small Change

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Hoist That Rag Real Gone

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I'll Be Gone Franks Wild Years

The Best Songs About Saras

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San Diego Serenade The Heart of Saturday Night

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Shore Leave Swordfishtrombones

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In the Neighborhood Swordfishtrombones

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8 3
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Lie to Me Orphans: Brawlers^! Bawlers & Bastards

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Matheus Ferraz added Invitation to the Blues Small Change

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5 1
Temptation is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tom Waits Songs of All Time
Temptation Franks Wild Years

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AndrewNystrom added Chocolate Jesus Mule Variations

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Lonely Closing Time