💯 🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 💯 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

“These topics are so toxic”

Here we go then, 100 threads later.

I thought with the Top 100 vote coming up that we’d do one people might want to include in their lists.

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Joy Division 4.15
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Public Enemy 4.08
Pulp 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Suede 3.30
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Green Day 2.81
Metallica 2.81
Madness 2.80
Basement Jaxx 2.75
The Jam 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

So Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, then…


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters


  • From Her To Eternity
  • The Firstborn Is Dead
  • Kicking Against The Pricks
  • Your Funeral… My Trial
  • Tender Prey
  • The Good Son
  • Henry’s Dream
  • Let Love In
  • Murder Ballads
  • The Boatman’s Call
  • No More Shall We Part
  • Nocturama
  • Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus
  • Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  • Push The Sky Away
  • Skeleton Tree
  • Ghosteen

0 voters


  • In The Ghetto
  • Tupelo
  • The Singer
  • The Mercy Seat
  • Deanna
  • The Ship Song
  • The Weeping Song
  • Straight To You
  • Jack The Ripper
  • I Had A Dream, Joe
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Do You Love Me?
  • Loverman
  • Red Right Hand
  • Where The Wild Roses Grow
  • Henry Lee
  • Into My Arms
  • (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
  • As I Sat Sadly By Her Side
  • Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow
  • Love Letter
  • Bring It On
  • He Wants You
  • Babe, I’m On Fire
  • Rock Of Gibraltar
  • Nature Boy
  • Breathless
  • There She Goes My Beautiful World
  • Get Ready For Love
  • Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  • More News From Nowhere
  • Midnight Man
  • We No Who U R
  • Jubilee Street
  • Mermaids
  • Give Us A Kiss
  • Skeleton Tree
  • I Need You

0 voters

Nice one Funko.

I’m going 5. I have a few niggles about him (BDS stuff most recently but just in general he’s hardly perfect on stuff) but man I do love his music, and having seen a lot of different concerts from him and various support…man. What a guy.

Can we do Dirty Three in this too? They’re a 5 from me as well.

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Tempted by Lyre… because Supernatural is probably my all time fave of theirs. Was also tempted by Lazarus… Hard to choose.

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Here is the playlist, 495 songs strong so far…

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Gone for a 4. Lots of mediocre stuff unforch, that whole Nocturama album and a lot of his more recent stuff.

But Tender Prey, Boatman’s Call, No More Shall We Part, Let Love In - all great, great albums!

Never really got the appeal, tbh.


Has to be a 5 - not a perfect discography but too much good stuff in there not to. Managing to put out an album like Push The Sky Away so late into their career as well…

Torn between Red Right Hand and Into My Arms for single but had to go with the latter, the perfect song.


Thanks everyone for participating and voting in these threads by the way :heart:


Oh right, only just read properly that this is the 100th one! Amazing.


A very strong discography but would probably only be a 4 if it wasn’t for how completely elevated loads of the material is live.
Very good recording artist. One of the absolute best live.

Absolute monster

Should’ve been seeing them last month :frowning:


Obvious 5 is obvious


Nick is a sensational artist, the music he’s been associated with, from The Birthday Party, to Grinderman, and with The Seeds until now is just absolutely excellent. Very few in music have such a long discography that remains so consistently brilliant.

He can do the slow piano ballads as good as anyone, he can do the fierce, snarling post-punk as good as anyone, the Bad Seeds even released an exceptional double album! C’mon, 35 odd years into your career, to release Push The Sky Away and Skeleton Tree – astonishing. Also Nick adores Lenny Cohen so he’s definitely well smart.

Another easy easy 5


Also massive props to @anon19035908 for a hundred of these threads, it’s an excellent series



such an enjoyable experience seeing them strike fear into the heart of the picnic blanket crew patiently awaiting mumford and sons



See ya

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Absolutely nailed on fiviest of fives.

Remember my first experience of Nick Cave was watching Glastobury footage in my brother’s room on his tiny TV (1994?). Anyway he was playing ‘Loverman’ and, despite the fact that he was playing in broad daylight to a mostly apathetic crowd and despite the fact that the sound was coming out of the tiny tinny speakers of my brother’s TV I had never heard anything like it and I was totally entranced.

Strange to think that, 26 years later, I would still be massively into him despite the fact that both he and I have changed so much in the interim. So many bands I loved then that I’ve left by the roadside (either because they never evolved or they did and I didn’t enjoy the new stuff) but not him. The only other artist I can think with such a strong influence over me for so long is probably Low.

‘Into My Arms’ was first (and only!) dance at our wedding.