waits young waits old

Tom Waits is a divisive character. You either get him or you don’t. Love him or loathe him. Think he is a genius or just some bum with a frog in his throat. Well, I’m in the camp that says the guy is one of the best songwriters ever. He has written some incredible music, variously moving, cool and downright scary. He has transcended music to go into acting as well, and is always an engaging screen presence, especially in Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law. What follows are my twenty favourite Tom Waits tracks, in no particular order:

Walk Away

Sea of Love

Road To Peace

Long Way Home

taken from the album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards


Ol’ 55


I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You

taken from the album Closing Time


Jersey Girl

Heart Attack & Vine

taken from the album Heart Attack & Vine


A Sight For Sore Eyes

taken from the album Foreign Affairs


Tom Trauberts Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)

The Piano Has Been Drinking

I Wish I Was In New Orleans

taken from the album Small Change


The Heart of Saturday Night

taken from the album The Heart of Saturday Night


I Don’t Want To Grow Up

taken from the album Bone Machine


Get Behind The Mule

taken from the album Mule Variations


Jockey Full of Bourbon

Downtown Train

taken from the album Rain Dogs


Whistle Past The Graveyard

taken from the album Blue Valentine


New Years Eve

taken from the album Bad As Me

bas as me

Please feel free to express your love for Tom Waits in the poll below. Choose your favourite song on my list…

About thomasjford

I like Movies and Music and most things popular culture.


  1. Great post, I’d say Jersey Girl. Good of you to highlight his roles in movies, I remember seeing him in Short Cuts years ago.

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