Grimes Songs Ranked

Claire Elise Boucher (born March 17, 1988), known professionally as Grimes, is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her music incorporates elements of varied styles and genres including dream-pop, synth-pop, art pop, electronica, experimental pop, R&B, and hip hop. Throughout her career, she has released five studio albums, two extended plays, eleven singles, and four promotional singles. Born and raised in Vancouver, Grimes began releasing music independently late in the first decade of the 2000s, releasing two albums, Geidi Primes and Halfaxa in 2010 on Arbutus Records. She subsequently signed with 4AD and rose to fame with the release of her third studio album, Visions, in 2012. Visions include the singles “Genesis” and “Oblivion” and received the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year. Following this in 2015 her fourth studio album, Art Angels, was released and received critical praise being named the best album of the year by several publications. Her fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene, was released in 2020. Here are all of Grimes’ songs ranked.

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15. Skin (Visions, 2012)

“This song is trance inducing especially if you close your eyes, pay attention to every sound, and just let your imagination flow freely with it. It’s like an empathetic tether to raw emotion.”

14. Avi (Geidi Primes, 2010)

“This is so creepy in a very nice way…. And the low, running bass in background sounds awesome in a car with the sound turned up.”

13. Weregild (Halfaxa, 2010)

“What an interesting title for a song. Weregild, or man-price, refers to the cornerstone of the resitution-based, and completely private, legal system that existed in Germanic regions of Europe before gradual political centralizations by Kings and Governors in the 10th through 19th Centuries.”

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12. Sagrad (Halfaxa, 2010)

“This is melancholic eustasy, drowning in pools of longing. This song is one of the best displays of her gorgeous voice!.”

11. Urban Twilight (Darkbloom, 2011)

“The best way I could describe grimes is like a spell caster she always puts me in a trance with her music and I can’t stop listening. I love her sound it’s fresh and entirely original.”

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10. Crystal Ball (Darkbloom, 2011)

“In particular I enjoy this song in my Grimes collection – in general one of the things I have liked about Grimes – her songs don’t all sound the same. She does seem to have a lot of artistic control, maybe if other artists had been able to self-produce or sign with labels that allow artistic variance, we wouldn’t have quite so much canned music.”

9. Circumambient (Visions, 2012)

“Perhaps the best part of her music is that she wills surprise you and take you in directions you aren’t 100% sure about – but because of this you start to hear music differently and open your eyes up to other styles of music and sound.”

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8. Vanessa (Darkbloom, 2011)

“Her growth is obvious if you familiarize yourself with her earlier offerings. It’s interesting to see her perform live, as she ususally does so with a small palette of electronic instruments and often uses the area between her chin and shoulder as a mic stand.”

Grimes / D'Eon - Darkbloom - Vinyl LP - 2011 - US - Reissue | HHV

7. Rosa (Geidi Primes, 2010)

“The feelings everyone has to relate to this song is what I long for, I wish I could have these same things as you but they are hard to alone. At that I am also very happy that you have a experience such as this, please don’t stop doing so”

6. Realiti (Art Angels, 2015)

“In my opinion, the better version of REALiti. But one of my personal favorite Grimes tracks either way. I actually bought the CD copy just because this was a bonus track and wasn’t on the LP. That’s pretty sad though as I never really pop in CD discs anymore, I just collect CDs to complete collections mostly. Anyway, when this premiered on youtube I remember just watching that video over and over which is pretty rad to say because I never watch music videos in general.”

5. Be a Body (Visions, 2012)

“I first got into Grimes upon hearing “Genesis”. I hesitate to buy her whole album but there are definitely a few gems: Genesis, Be A Body and Oblivion. Great if you like off the wall, electro dance tunes.”

Grimes - Visions. Bleep.

4. Flesh Without Blood (Art Angels, 2015)

“Listen to the 2:05 minute mark for one of the best moments in any pop song this year. The beat evaporates just like nothing, and what’s left is just a shadow of what it actually was. You’d expect the percussion to come back soon, and it doesn’t (at least not properly). You have to wait until the crescendo half a minute latter (such a powerful moment! that feeling when you can’t help closing your eyes and headbanging to a pop song!) to hear those (incredible) drums again, but by that time you’ve learned to appreciate the guitar, so you get even more than you expect. And it all sounds so fucking remarkable (in good speakers, of course).”

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3. Kill V. Maim (Art Angels, 2015)

“Some call this the best song of all time. It is me. I call this the best song of all time. This is pop/pots and pans euphoria. I do think this is one of her best tunes, especially as far as her dancier-poppier stuff is concerned. Too infectious. But I don’t feel bad about singing this loudly in my car, so long as I have the windows up and no one else is riding with me…”

2. Genesis (It’s Only the End of the World, 2016)

“Never heard anything like this before: unique vocals, that deep something(can’t figure out what techno sound it is) and that oriental sound coupled with a simple piano melody makes this hypnotic and dreamy.”

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1. Oblivion (Visions, 2012)

“The second memorable track from her 2012 album, the other one is definitely miles better. Never really enjoyed this one as much. Hey wait a sec, I haven’t heard of that bridge before, that’s cool. Bumping it up a notch… there we go.”