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Folk Music 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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26 8
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2
29 11
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3
24 5
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Closing Time

4
25 8
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5
27 10
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Rain Dogs

6
22 6
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The Heart of Saturday Night

7
22 6
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Skating on the Sidewalk, Eurovisions (disc 2)

8
22 4
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9
23 5
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10
25 7
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11
23 9
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Eurovisions (disc 2)

12
20 6
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clash1977 added Closing Time, Small Change

13
20 6
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14
21 5
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15
19 4
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clash1977 added Bone Machine

16
19 4
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Franks Wild Years

17
20 5
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18
15 3
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Franks Wild Years

19
19 5
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20
18 5
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Clark Benson added Mule Variations

21
13 4
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clash1977 added Bone Machine

22
15 5
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Rain Dogs

23
17 5
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24
17 5
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Clark Benson added Mule Variations

25
13 2
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Small Change

26
14 3
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Real Gone

27
14 6
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Heartattack and Vine

28
13 3
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Rain Dogs

29
9 2
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Franks Wild Years

30
13 4
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31
14 5
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Clark Benson added Mule Variations

32
13 7
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Rain Dogs

33
13 5
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Franks Wild Years

34
13 5
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Blue Valentine, Closing Time

35
7 3
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Franks Wild Years

36
11 4
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Swordfishtrombones

37
11 4
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Swordfishtrombones

38
9 5
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39
12 6
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Small Change

40
9 3
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Blue Valentine

41
11 5
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Real Gone

42
10 4
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Franks Wild Years

43
9 3
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Clark Benson added Bone Machine

44
9 6
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The Heart of Saturday Night

45
9 4
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Rain Dogs

46
8 3
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Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

47
6 1
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Franks Wild Years

48
6 1
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Matheus Ferraz added Small Change

49
4 0
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Heartattack and Vine

50
7 3
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Closing Time