Cage the Elephant Songs Ranked

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky that formed in 2006. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Matt Shultz, rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, lead guitarist Nick Bockrath, guitarist and keyboardist Matthan Minster, bassist Daniel Tichenor, and drummer Jared Champion. The band’s first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The band’s second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, was heavily influenced by punk rock as well as bands such as Pixies and Nirvana. The band’s third album, Melophobia, was the band’s concerted effort to find its own distinct musical identity.  Cage the Elephant’s fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, was released on December 18, 2015. Their fifth studio album, Social Cues, was released on April 19, 2019. Here is all the Cage the Elephant songs ranked from worst to best.

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20. Take It or Leave It (Melophobia, 2013)

“These guys have an energy that is missed on many bands, they rock! When I listen to this song “WOW”. Wish I was in front of Matt so I can take him with me.”

19. Flow (Thank You, Happy Birthday, 2011)

“This song comes on whenever you need it. It’s a pretty song, and people deserve to see this side of Cage. So good. Dreamy and melodic. Definitely one of their best.”

18. Mess Around (Tell Me I’m Pretty, 2015)

“Great song, little black keys influenced but a great catchy song. Not the absolute greatest though, would place amongst top ten”

17. Teeth (Melophobia, 2013)

“Are you into the beat, Are you into the beat? I can feel it in my teeth.” Great song about rolling on molly and the poetry at the end is just downright crazy. Love it!”

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16. Judas (Cage the Elephant, 2008)

“This song is the definition of cte. The craziness and lyrics are what cage the elephant are-a wild druggie band who really do have meaningful meanings ad lyrics”

15. Too Late to Say Goodbye (Tell Me I’m Pretty, 2015)

“Too Late to Say Goodbye is one of the best tracks either album has to offer, and certainly one of the best songs the band has ever come up with. Its lyrics convey a story of a tragic, dangerous, and painful love, which is symbolized by fire throughout the song. Can’t we all relate to loving something that’s bad for us? The song has so many layers and even aside from its lyrics, it’s a masterpiece, with a powerful melody that emphasizes the danger of the Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque romance.”

14. Skin and Bones (Social Cues, 2019)

“This is emotional psychedelia at its finest. Powerful chorus with a magnificent backing track; punchy guitar licks and bass line in the verses. It is probably my second favourite CTE song after Come A Little Closer.”

13. Spiderhead (Melophobia, 2013)

“The dynamics of this song, the lyrics (especially “I am the one you left for dead”), and everything just really leaves me wanting to replay it. The unpeeled version of the song is just amazing too.”

12. Lotus (Cage the Elephant, 2008)

“Incredible, even better if listened to directly after tiny little robots, since it starts off where that one began. The song overall just has an excellent feel to it.”

11. Sweetie Little Jean (Tell Me I’m Pretty, 2015)

“For some reason it just speaks to me on a much deeper level than any other song (besides Telescope). My favorite line in this song is “has melancholy taken you for good? ” Always will be a Cage fan and I have to see them in concert at some point.”

10. Rubber Ball (Thank You, Happy Birthday, 2011)

“I listen to this whenever I need to be reminded that although I don’t know my purpose, I know that I have love in me and that as a human I need to share it with everyone. I don’t know it’s just special to me. a really remarkable song”

9. Telescope (Melophobia, 2013)

“I get that this isn’t a hit single top song, but it deserves much more recognition nonetheless. This is one of the most beautiful, rawest, most punch you in the face songs that I’ve ever heard. When they’re screaming/chanting the bridge before the last chorus, my whole life flashes by my eyes and everything makes sense. This song just sounds and feels so IMPORTANT. The lyrics, the riffs. The passion.”

8. Right Before My Eyes (Thank You, Happy Birthday, 2011)

“This song makes you think about your own control of life and the things that happen in it. The world cannot be predicted and it will hurt you a lot of the time but this song helps realize that when everything else around is failing and nothing is going right, there is always music and it won’t ever leave your side”

7. Back Against the Wall (Cage the Elephant, 2008)

“Epic lyrics that everyone can draw their own unique meaning/realization from the song. I actually had an epiphany listening to this song for the first time. “

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6. Aberdeen (Thank You, Happy Birthday, 2011)

“This song takes me back to the 90s, when Grunge was a very popular genre. Seeing as that Aberdeen, Washington was where the most famous Grunge band of all time started: Nirvana. Great song, great band, I love this song!”

5. In One Ear (Cage the Elephant, 2008)

“Ain’t no rest for the wicked got me to take a look at this band (borderlands, don’t judge me), but this was the first song I took a look at afterward and it completely sucked me into the band. It has good pace, wonderful lyrics and has that glorious punk mixed with indie sound. This song is the “sound” of this band.”

4. Come a Little Closer (Melophobia, 2013)

“Lyrically and sonically haunting, I got full body chills the first time I heard the song. Very powerful track with a very good chorus and absolutely fantastic verses.

3. Cigarette Daydreams (Melophobia, 2013)

“This song is by FAR their best. It seems so much more sincere than most of their material. It has a great soft opening and kicks in at the perfect time, it has great refrains and the lyrics are meaningful, relatable and deep. This song is mesmerizing and gives you that feeling inside that you can’t explain. It tugs at the corners and makes your heart ache in such a beautiful way. Amazing song.”

2. Shake Me Down (Thank You, Happy Birthday, 2011)

“Wow this is one of the best songs ever made I love cage the elephant and you should definitely buy/download this song or album. My second favorite song from cage the elephant is soil to the sun. Hopefully you will consider them.”

1. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked (Cage the Elephant, 2008)

” don’t care if people don’t want this song to have the number one spot. I understand that most popular doesn’t always. Listen carefully. This is humanity in a nutshell. Cage has summed it beautifully with a catchy tune and upbeat tones. God bless his soul.”