Wednesday Question: Best Hidden Tracks

Time to dig deeper, diehard fans.

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Getting the song out there as a lead single is obviously the best way for spreading the word around, but spicing things up with a hidden track or two can also give the album that dose of extra charm.

Granted, hidden track spots are rarely reserved for the strongest tunes, but if you dig hard enough, quite a few gems can be discovered, and that's what we'll focus on this week. To make it official, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best hidden track ever?

So it seems like it's your time to shine, diehard fans. Help us in naming the shiniest of all the hidden gems out there.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. May the best tune win!

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    I don't know any - they've all been too well hidden.
    Most people here do not know the meaning of 'hidden track'
    Nirvana: Endless, Nameless
    I fell asleep while listening to something in the way without knowing there was a hidden track at the end...this song scared the living shit out of me when it came a good way though.
    me and my friends listened to Nevermind back in highschool and then were all suddenly startled when this came on and likewise scared by it! then we played the crap out of it for months And lets not forget Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip on the German In Utero pressings...
    Anyone care to elaborate the real meaning of a 'hidden track'
    A track that is not listed on the liner notes of an album. It's like a surprise for the listener. Most of the time, it's in the form of one credited song playing, drawing to a long silence, and an uncredited track playing out of the blue. The song "Enshrined" by Sylosis is a good example of the "secret track" format.
    I was going to say this one, but every time I mention Sylosis it gets down voted for some reason, maybe UG is waking up haha
    In that case, Painkiller - Death. Not listed on the track listing I have and that makes it the best hidden track ever!
    21:13 - Coheed & Cambria (It's track 23 on the album with 11 tracks of silence in the middle, hence 21:13)
    The one off of Ten Thousand Days by Tool! If you combine the last song "Viginti Tres" with "Wings For Marie Part 1" they are of equal length with "Ten Thousand Days Part 2" - they act as a backing track and slot together perfectly.
    Ill probably get a lot of shit for it but Earache My Eye - Korn from Follow The Leader and Eeyore(sp?) - Slipknot was good too
    train in vain - clash
    After this all voting should stop. Most forget it was originally hidden in the '79 release. Hell I did until I saw it here. Great nomination.
    It was not listed in later LP and CD issues as well, because of the original cover.
    I thought that was just a mistake because they wrote and recorded the song after the album artwork was finalized for pressing. Technically not meant to be a "hidden track" but I guess I won't argue with it. It's a good song.
    Train In Vain by The Clash. It was never originally listed on The London Calling album.
    Beatles- Her Majesty
    MIKA - Over my Shoulder
    I didn't mean to downvote, with the retarded UG-system you can't undo your vote. Yes, Over my shoulder IS a very good song. He wrote that when he was like 16, during the time when he sang in quire.
    Quire: Noun. - Four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts. - Any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book. ("the scribe numbered the quires of his manuscript as well as the leaves") - 25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream. ("the package contained two quires of tracing paper") So ... Mika used to be a really specific measurement of paper. Congrats to them on achieving sentience.
    Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polytheme Pam, She came in through the bathroom window
    The entire Abbey Road LP was actually hidden tracks. Beatles fans bought the album expecting a blank vinyl record that would be able to use as a frisbee to throw at Ringo during his live gigs. They were pleasantly surprised to discover the hidden tracks and as a result Ringo was spared for a few more years.