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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum songs ranked

I've been jamming these guys a lot recently and realised that it's often incredibly hard to differentiate the quality of their songs beyond the three vague tiers of GIMMICKY/VAGUE/IRRITATING, GOOD and FANTASTIC - their albums are dense, relatively consistent and usually bereft of highlight songs. And so, here's a shot at an overall ranking to prove it can be done. Not to mention that the band are fantastic and deserve more attention here.
33Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Sunflower
32Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


The Minature
31Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Formicary
30Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


The 17-Year Cicada
29Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Cockroach
28Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


The Putrid Refrain
27Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


What Shall We Do Without Us?
26Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


More Time
25Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Ablutions
24Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


The Creature
23Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


The Stain - whilst it verges on being one of their more tedious tracks, The Stain has a few kickass grooves that just about keep it animated. That said, its spareness is starting to grow on me, so who knows where it could end up given time.
22Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Salt Crown
21Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Puppet Show - in some ways this is the quintessential SGM song, but it comes across more as a specimen than an epitome and has always struck me as somewhat formulaic.
20Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Bring Back the Apocalypse - starting off as a pseudo-interlude with a very cool frenzied undercurrent that eventually spirals into a fist-pumping off-kilter mantra, this is a very nice example of a transitional song that stands strong on its own.
19Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


1997 (Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's...) - SGM's parody rock song is hilarious and actually pretty groovy, but it relies a little too much on its irony to have much further impact.
18Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Helpless Corpses Enactment - the inevitable James Joyce track is quite possibly the heaviest caper in this band of heavy caper's career. It's predictably manic and somewhat overbearing but makes for a pretty enjoyable listen.
17Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


The Widening Eye
16Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Ambugaton - fantastic jam, great structure and a stellar lyric. Ambugaton plays it a little safe, but gets everything more or less right.
15Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Ossuary
14Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Flinch
13Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


FC: The Freedom Club - Fans might give me a hard time for ranking this outside the top 10 but I've always found the menacing build of the first half to be far superior to the chaos of the second. SGM have always been somewhat challenged when it comes to crafting successful climaxes, and this song demonstrates that clearly. It's still one of their finer moments though, capturing their apocalyptic side very convincingly.
12Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Sleep Is Wrong
11Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


The Only Dance
10Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Mankind Opens the Discussion
9Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Phthisis - the GROOVES and RHYTHMS and MENACE are SO DAMN GOOD here. Sure, it's less ambitious or bizarre than the majority of their other tracks, but Phthisis is badass beyond belief.
8Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Hymn to the Morning Star
7Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Babydoctor
6Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


The Companions
5Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


The Greenless Wreath - the hidden gem of their discography: this song stretches out the harrowing, repetitive dimensions of their sound out to their full extent and the result is devastatingly sorrowful. It's not an easy listen and takes a while to absorb, but this unrelenting dirge is a surprisingly honest offering from a band notoriously prone to gimmickry.
4Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Powerless
3Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


Gunday's Child
2Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Grand Opening and Closing


Sleepytime
1Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
In Glorious Times


Angle of Repose - picking an overall winner was tough, given how little there is to set most of these songs apart, but Angle of Repose ticks all the boxes and more. The lyrics, atmosphere and progression is quintessentially SGM, but there's something about the focus and menace here that edges it out over their other work. The climax is absolutely fantastic and Carla's vocal performance is a force to be reckoned with.
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