Nick Cave shares list of his ’15 greatest songs’

Nick Cave has shared a playlist created with his “Top 15 Songs” after being asked to put together a compilation for his new fans.

After asking for a playlist of his songs for new listeners looking for a way to navigate Cave’s “vast and bewildering” catalog on his website, Red Hand Files, the singer put together a playlist sent by his readers.

The Bad Seeds teaser had this to say: “Not feeling in the best position to judge, I reached out to The Red Hand Files readers for help, asking them for playlists of their 15 favorite songs put in.”

The response has been overwhelming and over two thousand playlists have arrived so far (please stop sending them already!). Lest I find myself in my tracks, I gave the lists to my team, who entered them into ChatGPT – that handy little data launcher! – sort the answers and rank the top 15.”

Here is a list of Nick Cave’s 15 best songs:

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‘Into my Arms

From her to Eternity

‘Song of the Ship

‘Your hair

‘The Mercy Seat

‘Stager Lee

‘ Push the Sky Out

‘The Gol Song

Higgs Blue Boson

‘Red Right Hand


‘White Horses’

‘Just for you

‘O Children’

The ‘Red Right Hand’ singer recently revealed that he has “finished” work on his new album with the Bad Seeds.

In early 2023, he confirmed that work was underway and shared some early lyrical ideas for the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Gosteen’.

Speaking to NME earlier this summer, Cave described the new material as “immediately interesting” as well as “different at every turn”.

In a post on his Red Hand Files website, he informed fans that he was taking a short break from answering fan questions to finish working on the album.

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“Thank you for your kind words,” he told a fan who asked him about soulmates, “but before I answer I want to let everyone know that I’m back in the studio finishing the Bad Seeds new record…

“I will continue to read all the letters that come my way and I will be with you in spirit, but my replies may not be as regular or extensive in the coming weeks.”

He also recently addressed the possibilities for more from his Australian-American rock band Grinderman.

Speaking to NME as part of a recent “bona fide chat” about his new book, subverting culture, the coronation and more, Cave spoke about his reaction to fans about “angry” music and whether that means would never return to a space where I could do another one [proyecto paralelo de garage rock] Record grinderman.

“We could do a Grinderman record, because Grinderman is basically improv. It’s musically challenging and you don’t really know what you’re going to get, but I don’t think we could do four-on-four rock ‘n. ‘roll record,” he said.

Cave went on to say that he no longer believed they could “make an old-school Bad Seeds record with a rock band playing it.”

He added: “I don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s not like this next record [de los Bad Seeds] it’s ambient – it’s not at all – but I don’t see us going back to that original rock style. I don’t know how to do it anymore.”

Elsewhere, Cave and bandmate Warren Ellis have released a new live album, adding to their three performances at the Sydney Opera House last year.

Entitled ‘Australian Carnage’, the collection includes audio taken from the pair’s performances in the Australian city, held as part of their 16-stop tour around the country in late 2022. The tour celebrated the 2021 release of the album ‘Carnage’ , Ellis, a member of Cave and longtime Bad Seeds, worked together for a new introspective side project.

Cave will also embark on a US tour around his recent book, Hope, Faith & Carnage.

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