Wednesday Question: Best QOTSA Song?

What is the best song by Queens of the Stone Age? Vote here!

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Queens of the Stone Age are one of the definitive rock bands of the last decade, and a big favourite to readers in around these parts.

With news that they're about to enter the recording studio again this year, it seems like a good time to get a stoner-rock retrospective in place and rank their best songs to date.

This week's question is:

What is the best Queens of the Stone Age song ever?

QOTSA are one of the few bands who have a really solid list of hits on every single release, so it's going to be a tough call to find one winner. Who could forget "Rated R," a masterclass in writing pop songs with rock instruments. Then there's the hard-rocking "Songs for the Deaf" which featured Dave Grohl on drums, and their latest effort "…Like Clockwork" which topped our Top 10 Albums of 2013.

At the very least, this top 10 QOTSA songs playlist is going to be a fantastically loud mixtape for the weekend.

Post one song nomination per comment, and upvote other nominations that you love. The songs with the most up votes will be collected into a final top 10 and cast into stone for your listening pleasure this Friday. Good luck!

277 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ptleruuh
    A Song for the Deaf. With the F. You know. Not the D. 'Last' track on the album. With the dark, eerie bass intro.
    MrKew
    finally someone picked that one too the "DeaF" has always appealed to me a little bit more than the "D one", what a way to end a record.
    Everlong729
    A Song for the Dead, with the D, not the F, has got some outstanding drums and an amazing guitar solo. It's like a giant guitar and drum solo
    RaKooN13
    Love this song. Totally worth detuning my guitar all the way down to play it too.
    magarez
    A Song For The Dead
    Vash_15
    Either you misspelled "Deaf" or you're just plain wrong.
    Everlong729
    I think this guy was trying to say that A Song for the Deaf is better.. Which, while a great song, isn't as awesome as this
    randomhero65
    Im going with something a bit different, but this song always gets me: 'In The Fade'
    Robv93
    hell yes! was thrilled when they played this at Wembley arena last year!
    Lordyboy
    I Think I Lost My Headache, if not just for the great drum work towards the end
    Dami_California
    I Appear Missing
    Noob_Brood
    It's an amazing song for sure...but, seriously?
    Dami_California
    What's wrong?
    Noob_Brood
    It deserves to be on the list between 10-5, but it had the top votes and I could not believe that it was going to get the top spot, because there is without question better songs out there than I Appear Missing. But that is just my opinion...but still...it shouldn't get the #1 spot.
    third(-)eye
    Bitchy bitchy. Also, "without question" and "but that is just my opinion" is kinda contradictory.
    Everlong729
    No One Knows or A Song for the Dead
    aqrocksyeah
    None of the songs is the best. They are all different... And fantastic! Fuck the top lists!
    SocksAndTrees
    I am the only one in the world who just CAN'T get into QOTSA. No matter how hard I try :/
    Cardbored
    You aren't the only one. I've tried to like them but the only songs I like are the ones that Nick Oliveri sings on.
    dewitt
    They've got a couple songs that are alright by me, a couple more that I like about enough to say so, and the rest of it just doesn't do anything for me. Some of it is even downright annoying. I don't see the appeal to most of what they do, but I don't mind that they're successful.
    sklaiss24
    They're solid in an era where there isn't much going on in the rock world so they seem much better than they really are, like the Foo Fighters. Both are okay, but if they came around in the seventies or something, they'd be forgotten about by now, in my opinion. Every song sounds the same, by both bands.
    CreedenceTool
    I personally enjoy Kyuss much more. Try listening to them first and then easing your way into the QOTSA catalog.
    Lemorick
    Maybe "I Appear Missing", but it's really difficult... Love all the songs
    GuitardudeDK
    UG has a serious qotsa fetish when a wednesday question is devoted entirely to them. Better living through chemistry tho. Their live version of that song is particularly crazy.
    Darrenmce
    Saw them in Dublin a few months ago, their live version 'BLTC' is one of the best live jams I've ever heard! Well noted man!
    GuitardudeDK
    yeah me too, i never realised how good a track it is before actually hearing it live. It's just absolutely insane.
    Chickendirt
    They kinda won both Album and Song of the Year so I think they kinda deserve a top 10