Alkaline Trio Songs Ranked

Alkaline Trio is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass), and Derek Grant (drums, vocals). In 2010, the band released This Addiction on its own label Heart & Skull and Epitaph. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Chicago, with early producer Matt Allison, the album was a conscious effort by the band to return to their punk rock roots; it became the highest-charting album of their career, debuting on the Billboard 200 at No. 11. In 2011, the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the band’s career. The band’s eighth studio album, My Shame Is True, was released on April 2, 2013. Here are all of Alkaline Trio songs ranked.

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20. I Wanna Be a Warhol (My Shame Is True, 2013)

“I’d heard plenty of Alkaline Trio songs before, but this band never really seemed to grab me. There was, however, enough interesting about them that I decided to get one of their albums and give them a real shot… this being that album.”

19. Stupid Kid (From Here to Infirmary, 2001)

“This song is about a bad breakup and if you think about it, you’re able to understand that truth behind your anger when something so emotionally straining happens. It’s easy to say things that you don’t mean, i think we all understand that and this song represents those moments where our thoughts have escaped us.”

18. Armageddon From Here to Infirmary, 2001)

“As for what this song means I think it’s pretty obvious to all of us, it’s about saying goodbye to the one you love. I agree with rubie_soho. An awesome Alkaline Trio song that is sure to get you singing along, Great”

17. Fall Victim (Crimson, 2005)

“This is a good song but not one of my favs off the new album… reason being “wasting our time” is kind of overdoing it, since track #1 time to waste is such a good song, I think they could have come up with something better, esp. since its the same CD and all… other than that small complaint, its a pretty decent song.”

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16. Bleeder (Alkaline Trio, 2000)

“This song has some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard. “woke up to my daily headache and the realization that you are gone” It doesn’t get more true for me. this song means how you love someone so much that it seems like you need them but they always go away but when they are gone you realize you didn’t need them as much as you thought you did. Learn to be happy with yourself.”

15. Dead On the Floor (This Addiction, 2010)

“I don’t understand how you can say the lyrics have gotten simpler.I find them well thought out and placed just right with great rythm.I’m still trying to decipher lyrics and find out what they are all about like Abraxas”

14. Love Love, Kiss Kiss (Agony & Irony, 2008)

“This song is probably my favorite on the album, because I can relate to it. It’s about a person being miserable and alone but they see all these happy couples around them and they’re sick and tired of seeing it.”

13. You’re Dead (From Here to Infirmary, 2001)

“To me this is a letter to god asking how the hell he could let someone die so close to someone. Also showing god has failed on anything. And there’s nothing else to grasp because everyone else in the world seems inane. Very depressing song”

12. Off the Map (This Addiction, 2010)

“I actually think that this song is talking about how he may be in denial because he wants to think everything is just great, but really the relationship is coming to an imminent end. That may be because I’m in this position. But I know the feelings of it, and the song is speaking to me. LOVE IT, and I’d love anyway.”

11. Time to Waste (Crimson, 2005)

“The album leaked. I’m not surprised. I am surprised that this song is so fucking amazing. I expected great things from the Alkaline Trio, but this is beyond anything I imagined. This is the only song I heard so far from Crimson, and it stole my heart (and head for that matter). I’m not sure the meaning of the song as I’ve only heard it once, but I do know that this was an incredible effort put forth by the most impressive band in the world.”

10. Mercy Me (Crimson, 2005)

“I’m pretty sure that I think this song is about missing/needing something. And that once the thing he misses/needs is gone, he realizes how much he needs it. Because before he didn’t pay much attention to it, or took advantage of it, or even wished for it to leave.”

9. Blue in the Face (Good Mourning, 2003)

“This song is about cocaine, plain and simple. It is so obvious it’s almost frightening.. almost every line is an obvious drug reference. Anyway, it is not just about the drug but about having to GIVE UP the drug. It has nothing to do with a girl. In the song he is basically speaking directly to the cocaine. He almost lost his voice completely (it is very scratchy on the whole record) so he had to stop doing coke. “Your coffin or mine” means it’s either the cocaine habit has to die or he will. So it died.”

8. Hell Yes (From Here to Infirmary, 2001)

“This is easy. sure, it is about someone letting you down. But Skiba is talking about being let down by god and going over to the dark side. do some research, Matt Skiba has proclaimed belonging to the church or satan for a long time. come on kids “bless me dark father, i have sinned…” easy.”

7. Olde English 800 (Damnesia, 2011)

“From Wikipedia: Olde English 800 is a brand of American malt liquor produced by the Miller Brewing Company. It was introduced in 1964 and owned by Miller Brewing Company in 1999. It is available in a variety of serving sizes including, since the late 1980s, a forty-ounce bottle.”

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6. Calling All Skeletons (Agony & Irony, 2008)

“I think he’s talking about a friend who’s unreliable and disappears on him all the time due to a big drug problem. He probably knew them from back in the day when he had a drug problem too so when they suddenly appear in his life again, it brings back all the skeletons in his closet.”

5. Snake Oil Tanker (Alkaline Trio, 2000)

“Maybe I’m being grammar queen but i love the added ‘since’ on the end of the last line. It changes the feel of the whole song. from the first verse, it’s like the events just happened, but by the end, it’s like it happened years ago but the narrator is still bitter and they still can’t forget. so simple and yet… Amazing”

4. The American Scream (This Addiction, 2010)

“The whole album sounds like a fresher sound than previous, don’t get me wrong I love these guys and the new album, but it seems like something may have affected their approach on this album. This song has a lot of meaning.”

3. Clavicle (Goddamnit, 1998)

“I absolutely love alkaline trio. This song although good is a sad attempt as a love song. I think it’s about falling in love with this girl, but like not being able to be with her even though there is a very strong attraction between both of them.”

2. Radio (Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, 2000)

“Radio,” is only easy to appreciate when you listen to the lyrics. Not only is this song a bitter but hilarious expression of blind hatred, but the chorus speaks enough: “I wish you’d take my radio to bathe with you, plugged in and ready to fall.”

1. Private Eye (From Here to Infirmary, 2001)

“This is a great song I really like it. I must admit, guys MTV does nothing for a band. It gives them exposure big deal the best way to get exposure is to go out there and tour and maintain a strong fan base, by writing songs that actually deal with stuff their target crowd is into, not have someone else write songs for them and get choreographed dance videos, and prophet obviously you have the internet and that’s all it takes to download a song it may take longer than a “rich person” who has a DSL or cable but you will still get it. So think before you speak my friend.”