Jimmy Eat World Songs Ranked

Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums, the last nine featuring the current lineup. The four-piece’s commercial breakthrough came with the release of several singles from their album Bleed American (2001), four of which charted within the top 20 positions of the Alternative Songs chart, with “The Middle” reaching No. 1. Their follow-up album, Futures (2004), featured the No. 1 song “Pain”. The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over 1.5 million records between them. The band’s sixth LP, Chase This Light (2007), became their highest charting album and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The band released its tenth album, Surviving, in October 2019. Here are all of Jimmy Eat World songs ranked.

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20. Disintegration (Stay on My Side Tonight, 2005)

“The layers of sound in the song are so amazing, and depressing tone of the song make it reminiscent of static prevails, almost even sounding like something Trent Reznor produced.”

19. Lucky Denver Mint (Never Been Kissed, 1998)

“The only option from clarity on this list! That’s truly shameful, Jimmy Eat Worlds best album and easily one of the most inspirational albums of all time!”

18. Big Casino (Chase This Light, 2007)

“The raw energy of this song makes it the third in a row for perfect energetic openers of a Jew album (after Bleed American and Futures). Amazing song, good sound by the band, and amazing vocals. Jimmy eat world never fail to impress.”

17. If You Don’t, Don’t (Bleed American, 2001)

“Its like this song was written just for me. It describes my relationship with my now ex boyfriend perfectly. I was such a bitch to him when we were together and now that were not ,I so regret how I treated him, but of course its too late. So when ever I hear this song it gives me hope that next time I wouldn’t make the same mistakes.”

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16. Polaris (Futures, 2004)

“One of their beautiful ones. It deserves to be at least in the Top10. It has that magic sound that envolves other Futures’s themes like Kill or 23. Trust me, Polaris deserves from your time those almost 5 minutes that it lasts”

15. My Best Theory (Invented, 2010)

“The song is about finding your individuality in a world where extremes are more and more presented as your only option. We thought taking a science fiction approach would be a great way to demonstrate breaking free of what may be expected from an individual. We loved director Ron Winter’s work and thought he was the perfect choice to help.” 

14. Closer (Stay on My Side Tonight, 2005)

“Those are such cute lines. JEW can be a little mushy sometimes but I abosolutely love it. JEW is my favorite band of all time. I first heard about them during the peak popular phase during the B.A. release but never got into it because I never liked The Middle. It wasn’t until recently that I rediscovered after listening to Clarity. Now, I can’t like any other band because none can compare to JEW.”

13. For Me This is Heaven (Clarity, 1999)

“For Me This is Heaven” sets Jimmy Eat World’s most common tone through their entire existence since 99’s Clarity album. Lyrically, the band is immaculate, with this song serving as a prime and pioneering example with lines like “The first star I see may not be a star” (see Konstantine by Something Corporate), and “Do you still feel the butterflies? Can you still hear the last goodbyes? “.

12. Work (Futures, 2004)

“This song is great – and seeing its meaning escape the sheltered teen audience makes it even more fun. I absolutely agree with the interpretations that say it’s about picking up a girl at a club – I will only add that the reason it’s called “Work” is that picking up girls is often referred to as “doing work.” Simple as that.”

11. Just Tonight (Burnout 3: Takedown, 2004)

“I think it’s about a girl who’s not really wanting a relationship and he’s giving in to whatever she wants because anything better than nothing. She obviously wants just a friends with benefits relationship, and he doesn’t agree but he’ll do anything for her.”

10. Nothing Wrong (Futures, 2004)

“Yeah, I not sure what this song is supposed to mean, but perhaps it relates somehow to the whole growth, drug, or relationship theme of the CD. Initial response tells me that this song is about overcoming. Like when you get to a situation where you can’t help but blame yourself for the outcome, even though it should have turned out alright. I dunno. Nevertheless I agree with unknown user, the solo is great!”

9. Get It Faster (Bleed American, 2001)

“This song is sweet. The harmonic interlude in the middle rocks…has an old school flavor. My favorite song on the cd. This song ROCKS live. I have no idea what the song means, but the music is sweet so keep rockin it.”

8. Hear You Me (Bleed American, 2001)

“Love this song, to me it seems so unlike the band though, which is why I knew and loved this song just like I knew and loved Jimmy Eat World, but learned a long time after I had grown fond of them both that they were the same thing. Now as their music and others, mostly my favorite band Weezer, shaped my taste in music, I learned of the connection between the two bands and it is nice to know that two bands that I love are rather intimately connected. More and more becomes revealed about this song to me, I wonder what else it is hiding.”

7. Kill (Futures, 2004)

“Great melody and awesome lyrics. For me “You kill me, you build me up but just to watch me break” is one of the best song lines I’ve ever heard. In my opinion their best song!”

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6. Sweetness (Clarity, 1999)

“Awesome song, very different from their usual songs and just great drums guitar and lush vocals! Not the first Jimmy Eat World song I heard but it is definitely the best!”

5. A Praise Chorus (Bleed American, 2001)

“A seemingly simple song packing a fitting sentiment about the power of music. An all time favourite. Seeing Jew play it at a festival, squeezed right up the front, sun setting peach & purple, looking up at the sky shouting ‘I wanna always feel like part of this was mine’ was one of the most perfect moments of my life. Still gives me chills. Praise chorus indeed!”

4. Pain (Futures, 2004)

“This beats The middle! Pain always gets me in a good mood, just because it is so upbeat. Not to mention the cool 2nd verse. This song hooks just anyone up aka this song rocks! It does take my pain away!”

3. Bleed American (Bleed American, 2001)

“Brilliant song and even better album one of the only albums I can listen to all the way through without skipping a track. This song is what got me into Jimmy Eat World. If only all of their songs were like this.”

2. 23 (Futures, 2004)

“The first time I heard this song, I made peace with guaranteed eventual death. It’s not just the best Jimmy Eat World song, it’s the most beautiful song of all time. There are others that are more fun, more catchy, danceable, more experimental, but there are none this perfect in an indescribable way. This song can teach anyone to reflect on their life — not many others can do that!”

1. The Middle (Bleed American, 2001)

“This song has helped out so many people with their own problems, and it’s catchy, the vocals are amazing, the guitar and solo are epic, and it’s upbeat and will sure leave you listening for the entire song. One of the greatest pop punk songs of all time.”