Best Tom Waits Album

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  1. January 15th, 2009 at 12:50 | #1

    Very difficult choice. I wish we had a couple votes because the early music is so different from the new music and if I had that choice it would be the Heart of Saturday Night for the traditional CDS and the The Black Rider in the new style.

  2. cmaceachen
    January 22nd, 2009 at 14:07 | #2

    What, no Closing Time?

  3. Gina
    January 26th, 2009 at 07:00 | #3

    Ah, you forgot my favourite – Closing Time. I’d vote for this one.

  4. Amber
    January 28th, 2009 at 09:13 | #4

    Yes! Closing Time should be included, favorite depends on how my week went at work

  5. Rick
    January 28th, 2009 at 09:40 | #5

    Has to be Closing Time!

  6. February 7th, 2009 at 21:02 | #6

    Wow, this is like choosing your favorite color of M&M… they’re all equally delicious!

  7. February 11th, 2009 at 04:27 | #7

    I can’t believe you forgot Closing Time.

  8. Arjaree
    February 12th, 2009 at 18:17 | #8

    Yes! Closing Time! My first love for Tom Waits it is.

  9. dan
    February 16th, 2009 at 21:31 | #9

    Yep! CT with Heart of Saturday Night a close second

  10. Marcela
    February 18th, 2009 at 17:43 | #10

    Has to be Closing Time, start of my musical education. Heart Attack… for no.2

  11. February 21st, 2009 at 11:25 | #11

    My entry point into TW’s back catalogue was Rain Dogs and I was hooked immediately. I chose Alice as it’s my favourite today, but who knows what it will be tomorrow!

  12. Webbr
    February 26th, 2009 at 05:04 | #12

    Just like all “best of” lists, this is impossible. Love the madness of Rain Dogs, and the sensitivity of Mule Variations, imagery of Heart of Saturday Night, Alice, etc. But I bit on the bait – just like all the other fish.

  13. Nick Hall
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:20 | #13

    Is One from the heart a soundtrack?

  14. March 16th, 2009 at 07:25 | #14

    The edict of a sadist.

  15. Jasper Focker
    March 20th, 2009 at 19:50 | #15

    It was IMPOSSIBLE to pick just one.

  16. March 21st, 2009 at 14:33 | #16

    Mule Variations was the first TW album to send me to places TW is supposed to send you to.

  17. Frank C.
    March 22nd, 2009 at 06:55 | #17

    Small Change is not just the best TW album. It is the best album.

  18. BogeyMan
    March 23rd, 2009 at 11:06 | #18

    Wot no Swordfishtrombones??

  19. Matt Strawbridge
    March 24th, 2009 at 19:56 | #19

    Orphans. It’s a beautiful project that directs you to the previous works (as if you hadn’t already absorbed them already).

  20. tosui
    March 25th, 2009 at 19:21 | #20

    In my head, it’s “Tom sings Leonard Cohen”

  21. Metalson
    March 26th, 2009 at 16:36 | #21

    Real Gone SEVERELY underepresented on this poll. I mean, yeah Rain Dogs is the classic. But the latest progression of the style goddamn changes EVERYTHING.

  22. Alan
    March 29th, 2009 at 14:30 | #22

    If Tom would ever get this. I love lots of your music Tom Troubadors Blues. But love the live feel of Night Hawks at The Diner. Spliffy lol

  23. Seamus Sullivan
    March 29th, 2009 at 14:58 | #23

    Because of the great pleasure it resulted in-Blue Valentine, the 1st TW album I heard and so opened the door to a beautiful but weird world I otherwise may never have experienced. Saw you know who July 2008 Phoenix Park, Dublin-Glitter and Doom Tour, a life’s ambition realised. If you could bottle how I felt that night and sell it on, your fortune would be made.

  24. April 11th, 2009 at 22:51 | #24

    I’d like Tom’s next record to be just him and a piano. I’m getting tired of hearing “Rain Dogs Variations” ad nauseam. Miss the stripped down and dirty of the earlier stuff. I’m just sayin’.

  25. April 13th, 2009 at 10:02 | #25

    How can you possibly choose just one? That is like choosing your favorite kid or pet….if you dont have kids tho, I guess that is easy. Why not just create a HUGE box set of everything you ever recorded and let me own that? Then, I can die a happy person.

  26. AmyWine-O
    April 17th, 2009 at 18:03 | #26

    Tom I love you but I don’t love twitter.

  27. ramona
    April 18th, 2009 at 11:39 | #27

    picking a best album by tom waits is a bit like standing naked in the rain and trying to find the best thing to wear. it is better, i think, to just stand there and surround yourself with all that water.

  28. Denise
    May 14th, 2009 at 09:59 | #28

    agreed. my tattoo is because of this album. AND my love of Tom Waits and coffee 😉

  29. May 16th, 2009 at 21:27 | #29

    How come you ask me that ? Just need you Flesh & Bones and jump & blablablash ! Best Tom Waits album ? Mime Marceau !

  30. Ecca
    May 22nd, 2009 at 03:55 | #30

    Very difficult decision. Like being a little child in a candy store being asked to pick just one. My heart tells me all of them, but my ears have decided on Swordfishtrombones.

  31. Muadgib
    May 25th, 2009 at 04:42 | #31

    Wow… some folks think Mule Variations is better than Rain Dogs!

    Sane, sane, they’re all insane…

  32. June 19th, 2009 at 11:49 | #32

    i picked one, and then realized that there really isn’t one to pick…that they all rock the house! it may just depend on your mood.

  33. mik g
    June 25th, 2009 at 13:55 | #33

    how can i pick one? every album is a major classic.

  34. mik g
    June 25th, 2009 at 14:00 | #34

    i mean “bone Machine”. i mean nighthawks at the diner. i mean franks wild years. i mean swordfishtrombones. i mean orphans. i mean big time. i mean heartattack and vine. imean one from the heart. i mean heart of a saturday night. i mean blue valentine. i mean…………….

  35. pu5erfish
    June 25th, 2009 at 18:08 | #35

    Had to pick ‘Rain Dogs’ because it’s a virtually perfect album, but ‘Heart of Saturday Night’ deserves to be so much higher. It’s the high water mark of the pre-‘Swordfishtrombones’ albums.

  36. Insegrevious
    June 30th, 2009 at 12:42 | #36

    Sorry, impossible to choose.

  37. Michael Forbus
    July 6th, 2009 at 03:04 | #37

    What about “Tom Waits for No One” A secret album that you have to get directly from the brilliant artist himself. That gets my vote. And song of the year.
    “What’s he Building Down There”

  38. Michael Forbus
    July 6th, 2009 at 03:05 | #38

    I hate to vote twice, but I follow no rule.

  39. Michael Burke
    July 7th, 2009 at 22:52 | #39

    Yesssss…had to go with Closing Time… First I saw Senor Waits on Fernwood Tonight…crooning ThePianoHasBeenDrinking…then I went to the mall and stole Closing Time (and vinyl was harder to cover up under your trenchcoat in those days). Well although PianoDrinking is on Small Change and Small Change had the stripper on the cover…oh, crap, maybe I was supposed to pick Small Change.
    Get the WhiteOut and erase this one

  40. miguel alves
    July 13th, 2009 at 15:06 | #40

    Sure it is!! One of the best ever!!! If I’d go to a desert island with only one soundtrack, it’ll be this one…and the dvd too 😉

  41. sairalalala
    July 22nd, 2009 at 03:48 | #41

    depends what day/month/mood it is! Some times this one sometimes that favourite few are: closing time, frnaks wild years, orphans, heart of saturday night, hear attack and vine, blue valentine…never heard rain dogs yet…will have to get a copy…

  42. Egil Fiskevaervei
    July 23rd, 2009 at 13:03 | #42

    Because the lyrics and melodies are perfect on every song – even “What’s he building” is a hallutionating (excuse my poor English, I’m Norwegian)experience. And “Get behind the mule”, “House where …”, and “Pony” are together with all the other compositions, masterpieces!!
    Please vist Norway next time, Mr, Waits!

  43. mjn
    August 21st, 2009 at 08:22 | #43

    Please visit Germany and Norway next time, Mr. Waits! We are wait(s)ing 🙂

    With best regards mjn

  44. August 28th, 2009 at 04:48 | #44

    If only it was your top 3 albums. I would deffinetly put down Rain dogs and Swordfish, hmmm then probably Blue Valentine. And the album with the Russian dance track! ( forget which album it is) How terrible am i!

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  46. kyle
    May 9th, 2011 at 21:28 | #46

    Closing Time. Too many great songs.

  47. Adam
    March 19th, 2012 at 04:35 | #47

    Very cool voting system! Kudos to the designer. Seems about right, Rain Dogs usually takes the #1 spot, although, Mule Variations rating so high? Above Closing Time, and The Heart of Saturday Night ranking #6? That’s a little off. Nighthawks is also awesome!

    Long live Tom!

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