The Twenty Most Popular White Stripes Songs of All Time

You may recognize the name Gilles LeBlanc as a guy who helps me sort through some of the many hundreds of music submissions this site gets every month.  He also does his own writing on the side.

One of his recent projects was to crowd source White Stripes fans to create the definitive list of Jack and Meg’s best songs.

Here are the results.  (Frankly, I’d rank “Jolene” much. much higher–but that’s just me.)

More info can be found here.


  1. Ball and Biscuit
  2. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
  3. I’m Slowly Turning Into You
  4. Death Letter
  5. Seven Nation Army
  6. Fell in Love with a Girl
  7. Hotel Yorba
  8. I Fought Piranhas
  9. Black Math
  10. Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise
  11. The Denial Twist
  12. We’re Going to Be Friends
  13. Blue Orchid
  14. Screwdriver
  15. Do
  16. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues
  17. Hand Springs
  18. Catch Hell Blues
  19. Jolene
  20. I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart



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4 thoughts on “The Twenty Most Popular White Stripes Songs of All Time

  • December 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Black Jack Davey? Air Near My Fingers? Let's Build A Home? Take, Take, Take? C'mon……

  • December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I would've added "Icky Thump", "My Doorbell" and their cover of Tegan & Sara's "Walking With A Ghost".

  • December 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Lists are fairly subjective… here's mine in no particular order (with some covers)

    One More Cup of Coffee
    St. James Infirmary Blues
    Let's Build a Home
    Red Bowling Ball Ruth
    Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
    Ball and Biscuit
    You've Got Her in Your Pocket
    Rag and Bone
    Offend In Every Way
    Wasting My Time
    Sugar Never Tasted So Good
    Catch Hell Blues
    Little Bird
    Death Letter
    Apple Blossom
    In the Cold Cold Night
    I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart
    Black Jack Davey
    Rated X

  • December 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This is a great idea. I could debate this forever.

    Hardest Button To Button
    Ball and a Biscuit
    Death Letter
    Seven Nation Army
    Catch Hell Blues
    Suzy Lee
    Little Bird
    Hello Operator
    Jimmy The Exploder
    Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground
    You Don't Know What Love Is
    Black Math
    Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine
    Black Jack Davey
    Shelter of Your Arms
    Walking With a Ghost
    Hard Springs


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