Nick Cave Best Songs – 5 different lists (Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian and more)

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I’m yearning
To be done with all this measuring of proof.
-> Nick Cave (The Mercy Seat)

The 50 Greatest Songs of Nick Cave

MOJO Magazine – June 2020

1 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
2 Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
3 From Her to Eternity (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
4 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
5 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
6 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
7 (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
8 Mutiny in Heaven (Mutiny EP, 1983) – The Birthday Party
9 Straight to You (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
10 Ghosteen (Ghosteen, 2019)
11 Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
12 We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
13 People Ain’t No Good (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
14 Skeleton Tree (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
15 Deanne (Tender Prey, 1988)
16 Bright Horses (Ghosteen, 2019)
17 The Weeping Song (The Good Son, 1990)
18 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
19 Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
20 Push the Sky Away (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
21 The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
22 City of Refugee (Tender Prey, 1988)
23 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
24 More News from Nowhere (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
25 No Pussy Blues (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
26 Jesus Alone (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
27 Do You Love Me? (Part 2) (Let Love In, 1994)
28 Leviathan (Ghosteen, 2019)
29 Breathless (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
30 Stranger Than Kindness (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
31 There She Goes, My Beautiful World (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
32 Where the Wild Roses Grow (The Abbey Road Sessions, 2012) – Kylie Minogue
33 Higgs Boson Blues (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
34 God Is in the House (The Abattoir Blues Tour, 2007)
35 The Good Son (The Good Son, 1990)
36 Hollywood (Ghosteen, 2019)
37 Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow (No More Shall We Part, 2001)
38 Sad Waters (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
39 Easy Money (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
40 Helpless (The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young, 1989)
41 Release the Bats (Non-album single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
42 Palaces of Montezuma (Grinderman 2, 2010) – Grinderman
43 Sonny’s Burning (The Bad Seed EP, 1982) – The Birthday Party
44 Mermaids (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
45 Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
46 Rock of Gibraltar (Nocturama, 2003)
47 She’s Not There (True Blood: Music from the HBO Series: Vol.3, 2011)
48 Nature Boy (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
49 End Crawl (Lawless OST, 2012)
50 Scum (Flexidisc, 1986)

The Mercy Seat

Into My Arms

Nick Cave’s 30 best songs

Uncut Magazine – February 2015

1 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
2 Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
3 From Her to Eternity (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
4 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
5 Release the Bats (Non-album single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
6 Straight To You (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
7 We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
8 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
9 Do You Love Me? (Let Love In, 1994)
10 Junkyard (Junkyard, 1982) – The Birthday Party
11 Get Ready For Love (Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, 2004)
12 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
13 Stranger Than Kindness (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
14 Love Letter (No More Shall We Part, 2001)
15 City Of Refuge (Tender Pray, 1988)
16 The Singer (Kicking Against The Pricks, 1986)
17 No Pussy Blues (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
18 The Hammer Song (The Good Son, 1990)
19 Brompton Oratory (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
20 The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
21 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
22 Nick The Stripper (Prayers On Fire, 1981) – The Birthday Party
23 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
24 I’m Gonna Kill That Woman (Kicking Against The Pricks, 1986)
25 Tower of Song (Leonard Cohen tribute album, I’m Your Fan, 1991)
26 Henry Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
27 Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
28 Heathen Child (Grinderman 2, 2010) – Grinderman
29 Jennifer’s Veil (Mutiny! (EP), 1983) – The Birthday Party
30 Nature Boy (Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, 2004)

From Her to Eternity

The Ship Song

Nick Cave’s 20 greatest songs of all time

Far Out Magazine – 2020

1 Loverman (Let Love In, 1994)
2 No Pussy Blues (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
3 Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
4 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
5 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
6 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
7 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
8 There She Goes, My Beautiful World (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
9 Where the Wild Roses Grow (Murder Ballads, 1996)
10 Deanne (Tender Prey, 1988)
11 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
12 Do You Love Me? (Let Love In, 1994)
13 Palaces of Montezuma (Grinderman 2, 2010) – Grinderman
14 Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars) (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
15 The Curse of Millhaven (Murder Ballads, 1996)
16 Release The Bats (Single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
17 Henry Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
18 Ghosteen (Ghosteen, 2019)
19 Love Bomb (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
20 The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)

Loverman

No Pussy Blues

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 10 of the best

The Guardian/Ben Hewitt – 2014

Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
Loverman (Let Love In, 1994)
Henry Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)

Tupelo

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Top 10 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Songs

classicrockhistory.com/Nathan Foster – 2020

1 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
2 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
3 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
4 We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
5 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
6 Loverman (Let Love In, 1994)
7 Nobody’s Baby Now (Let Love In, 1994)
8 The Weeping Song (The Good Son, 1990)
9 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
10 Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)

Stagger Lee

We Call Upon the Author

Some statistics

Songs on all 5 lists

  • Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
  • The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
  • The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
  • Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)

Songs on 4/5 lists

  • Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
  • Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)

Songs on 3/5 lists

  • Release The Bats (Single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
  • Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
  • The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
  • Do You Love Me? (Let Love In, 1994)
  • Loverman (Let Love In, 1994)
  • Henry Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
  • We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
  • Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)

Albums with most entrees

  • Let Love In, 1994 -> 11
  • Tender Prey, 1988 -> 9
  • The Good Son, 1990 -> 9
  • Murder Ballads, 1996 -> 9
  • The Boatman’s Call, 1997 -> 7
  • Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, 2004 -> 7
  • Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986 -> 6
  • Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008 -> 6
  • Push the Sky Away, 2013 -> 6

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