The Replacements' best songs according to those who knew them, critics, The Current staff, and you

The Replacements
The Replacements (Greg Helgeson)

Twenty-five years ago on July 4, The Replacements unceremoniously broke up during a concert in Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. To honor the band's legacy, we reached out to those who knew them best — and you — to pick their top songs.

We'll play the best all day on Tuesday, July 5, and countdown the top ten throughout the day. See below for the countdown and lists from critics, staffers and people have worked with members of the band.

Listener votes

1. Unsatisfied
2. Alex Chilton
3. Bastards of Young
4. Can't Hardly Wait
5. Left of the Dial
6. Androgynous
7. Here Comes a Regular
8. I Will Dare
9. Skyway
10. Color Me Impressed
11. Kiss Me On the Bus
12. Achin' to Be
13. Within Your Reach
14. Answering Machine
15. Waitress in the Sky
16. I'll Be You
17. Favorite Thing
18. Little Mascara
19. Kids Don't Follow
20. Sixteen Blue
21. If Only You Were Lonely
22. Swingin' Party
23. Never Mind
24. Talent Show
25. Johnny's Gonna Die

Panelist votes


Lori Barbero
Jim DeRogatis
Craig Finn
Sonia Grover
Jack Isquith
Maggie McPherson
John Munson
Ben Perlstein
Russell Rieger
Chris Riemenschneider
Steve Tipp

The Current staff


Bill DeVille
Jade
Jim McGuinn
Jill Riley
Mark Wheat
Mac Wilson

Lori Barbero


Musician, Babes in Toyland

1. Unsatisfied
2. The Ledge
3. Johnny's Gonna Die
4. Alex Chilton
5. Swingin' Party
6. Bastards of Young
7. We're Coming Out
8. Here Comes a Regular
9. Seen Your Video
10. Favorite Thing
11. Androgynous
12. Raised in the City
13. Customer
14. I'm in Trouble
15. Love You Till Friday
16. Rattlesnake
17. Takin' a Ride
18. Careless
19. Kick Your Door Down
20. Don't Ask Why

Jim DeRogatis


Critic, Sound Opinions

1. Takin' a Ride
2. I Hate Music
3. F*ck School
4. Color Me Impressed
5. Take Me Down to the Hospital
6. Within Your Reach
7. Treatment Bound
8. Androgynous
9. Answering Machine
10. I Will Dare
11. Sixteen Blue
12. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
13. Unsatisfied
14. Bastards of Young
15. Here Comes a Regular
16. Kiss Me On the Bus
17. Left of the Dial
18. Waitress in the Sky
19. Alex Chilton
20. Can't Hardly Wait

Craig Finn


Musician, The Hold Steady

1. I Bought a Headache
2. Raised in the City
3. I'm in Trouble
4. Johnny's Gonna Die
5. If Only You Were Lonely
6. Kids Don't Follow
7. F*ck School
8. Within Your Reach
9. Color Me Impressed
10. Heyday
11. I Will Dare
12. Favorite Thing
13. Unsatisfied
14. Answering Machine
15. Androgynous
16. Bastards of Young
17. Little Mascara
18. Left of the Dial
19. Alex Chilton
20. Can't Hardly Wait

Sonia Grover


Booker, First Avenue

1. Can't Hardly Wait
2. I.O.U.
3. Little Mascara
4. Never Mind
5. I Will Dare
6. Customer
7. Valentine
8. Left Of The Dial
9. Nowhere Is My Home
10. Color Me Impressed
11. Answering Machine
12. Bastards Of Young
13. Birthday Gal
14. Portland
15. Shiftless When Idle
16. I'll Be You
17. Merry Go Round
18. F*ck School
19. Run It
20. Hold My Life

Jack Isquith


Slacker Radio and lifelong Replacements fan

1. Left Of The Dial
2. Sixteen Blue
3. Skyway
4. Can't Hardly Wait
5. Here Comes A Regular
6. Never Mind
7. Color Me Impressed
8. Little Mascara
9. Bastards Of Young
10. Unsatisfied
11. I Will Dare
12. Merry Go Round
13. I'll Be You
14. Portland
15. If Only You Were Lonely
16. Alex Chilton
17. Valentine
18. Nobody
19. Swingin' Party
20. My Favorite Thing

Maggie McPherson


Booker, Uptown Bar

Anecdote: This is my pick for today, but as they are such an integral part of the soundtrack of my life, it changes constantly. Songs that I think are just good, become great, depending on the day I'm listening. These or a small selection of my heart when it comes to this band. I can close my eyes and see my (blurry) life. This was fun to do, wish I had more time to think about it, but thanks for the great experience!

Unranked selections:
I'm in Trouble
Johnny's Gonna Die
Go
God Damn Job
Buck Hill
Color Me Impressed
Mr. Whirly
Willpower
Androgynous
I Will Dare
Unsatisfied
Bastards of Young
Here Comes a Regular
Left of the Dial
Waitress in the Sky
Can't Hardly Wait
Skyway
Rock 'n' Roll Ghost
We'll Inherit the Earth
Achin' to Be
When It Began

John Munson


Musician, Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare, The New Standards

1. Unsatisfied
2. I Will Dare
3. Answering Machine
4. Bastards of Young
5. Little Mascara
6. Here Comes a Regular
7. Left of the Dial
8. Customer
9. Can't Hardly Wait
10. Takin' a Ride
11. Kids Don't Follow
12. Within Your Reach
13. Androgynous
14. Swingin' Party
15. Skyway
16. Never Mind

Ben Perlstein


Manager, Tommy Stinson

1. I.O.U.
2. Unsatisfied
3. Favorite Thing
4. Takin' A Ride
5. Never Mind
6. Bastards of Young
7. I'll Be You
8. I Don't Know
9. Left of the Dial
10. I'll Buy
11. Satellite
12. Here Comes A Regular
13. Skyway
14. If Only You Were Lonely
15. Androgynous
16. Waitress In the Sky
17. Photo
18. Poke Me In My Cage (Porcupine Piss)
19. Portland
20. Alex Chilton

Russell Rieger


Replacements' manager, 1985 - 1991

Anecdote: I know there's so much about the outrageousness and self-destruction of the band, believe me I know, but when I thought about this what came to mind was something more intimate, more quiet and personal...I remember being at a local bar late at night with Paul. It wasn't crowded and we were hanging on and off, but those were special times because Paul would be sitting at the bar with someone he didn't really know, a lone fan, and there was this quiet moment of engagement — two people sitting with their drinks and sharing a conversation, Paul being inquisitive and open and to that person, whoever it was and it happened on multiple occasions. It's a special human moment of connection — one on one with a favorite artist who was all so mortal and normal at a bar. With all the struggles that the band went through — the enormous energy that they put into shows — even when they fell into self-destruction — trying to spell profanity with their bodies — there was always a large part of the show that was full of their power and performance. It was always hard for the band to come down from those intense couple of hours. But there were times, late at night and you can almost pick a 'Mats song (Here Comes a Regular, If Only You Were Lonely) as the imaginary soundtrack to the isolated local downtown bar when Paul just simply sat with a drink and was available to others — the quiet ones like him, the ones who were on the edges and hung around late...seeing that connection was a very, very special window into who the 'Mats were.

1. Can't Hardly Wait
2. Alex Chilton
3. Hold My Life
4. Bastards of Young
5. Left of the Dial
6. Achin' To Be
7. Here Comes A Regular
8. The Ledge
9. Little Mascara
10. Talent Show
11. Skyway
12. I'll Be You
13. Unsatisfied
14. Answering Machine
15. Valentine
16. If Only You Were Lonely
17. Within Your Reach
18. Color Me Impressed
19. Swingin' Party
20. Sadly Beautiful

Chris Riemenschneider


Critic, Star Tribune

1. Left of the Dial
2. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
3. Can't Hardly Wait
4. Portland
5. If Only You Were Lonely
6. Within Your Reach
7. Little Mascara
8. Favorite Thing
9. God Damn Job
10. I'm in Trouble
11. Skyway
12. I.O.U.
13. Attitude
14. I'll Be You
15. Swingin' Party
16. Waitress in the Sky
17. Answering Machine
18. Satellite
19. Hold My Life
20. I Will Dare

Steve Tipp


College/Alternative Radio Promotion Manager, Warner Bros. Records; VP Promotion, Reprise

Anecdote: Having a fancy steak house dinner with a couple of people from MTV with Paul (this was likely Paul solo period) and before the dinner we are having a drink and talking about his current single. So I am talking about the stations and the rotations (amount of play at the stations) and how that is affected by sales and telephone requests and Paul in his unique way of seeing the mechanics of the world says, ..."but you guys have guys that take care of that stuff" (calling in the fix on the request lines, etc.) and I kind of closed my eyes and shook my head, yeah, no.... (We would really look for the real signs to chase the real hits.)

1. I'll Be You
2. Skyway
3. Androgynous
4. I Will Dare
5. Alex Chilton
6. Bastards of the young
7. Left of the Dial
8. Kiss Me on the Bus
9. Here Comes a Regular
10. Can't Hardly Wait
11. Waitress In the Sky
12. Talent Show
13. Achin' to Be
14. Answering Machine
15. Someone Take The Wheel
16. When It Began
17. Merry Go Round

The Current staff

Jim McGuinn


Program Director, The Current

1. Color Me Impressed
2. Kiss Me On the Bus
3. Bastards of Young
4. Left of the Dial
5. Skyway
6. I'm in Trouble
7. Unsatisfied
8. Sixteen Blue
9. I Will Dare
10. If Only You Were Lonely
11. Within Your Reach
12. Alex Chilton
13. Here Comes a Regular
14. Answering Machine
15. Can't Hardly Wait
16. Androgynous
17. Kids Don't Follow
18. Talent Show
19. Achin' to Be
20. I Hate Music

Jade


Host, The Current

1. Here Comes a Regular
2. Answering Machine
3. Skyway
4. Color Me Impressed
5. Unsatisfied
6. Talent Show
7. Merry Go Round
8. Bastards of Young
9. Kiss Me on the Bus
10. Achin' to Be
11. Little Mascara
12. Androgynous
13. I Will Dare
14. Can't Hardly Wait
15. I'll Be You
16. Sixteen Blue
17. Swinging Party
18. Route 66
19. Shooting Dirty Pool
20. Sadly Beautiful

Jill Riley


Host, The Current

1. I Will Dare
2. Androgynous
3. Can't Hardly Wait
4. Kiss Me on the Bus
5. Unsatisfied
6. Customer
7. I Hate Music
8. I'm in Trouble
9. Shut Up
10. Buck Hill
11. Left of the Dial
12. Alex Chilton
13. Skyway
14. Here Comes a Regular
15. Swingin' Party
16. Nightclub Jitters
17. I'll Be You
18. Waitress in the Sky
19. F*ck School
20. Cruella de Ville

Bill DeVille


Host, The Current

1. Can't Hardly Wait
2. Within Your Reach
3. I Will Dare
4. Unsatisfied
5. Here Comes A Regular
6. Bastards of Young
7. Hold My Life
8. Swingin' Party
9. Alex Chilton
10. Achin' to Be
11. Color Me Impressed
12. If Only You Were Lonely
13. Go
14. I'm In Trouble
15. Buck Hill
16. Answering Machine
17. Left of the Dial
18. Skyway
19. Sixteen Blue
20. Never Mind

Mark Wheat


Host, The Current

1. Color Me Impressed
2. Within Your Reach
3. Androgynous
4. I Will Dare
5. Unsatisfied
6. Bastards of Young
7. Can't Hardly Wait
8. Never Mind
9. Achin' to Be
10. I'll Be You

Mac Wilson


Host, The Current

1. Skyway
2. Answering Machine
3. Little Mascara
4. Unsatisfied
5. Within Your Reach
6. Bastards of Young
7. I Will Dare
8. I'll Be You
9. Can't Hardly Wait
10. Alex Chilton
11. Androgynous
12. Here Comes a Regular
13. Kiss Me on the Bus
14. Johnny's Gonna Die
15. Achin' to Be
16. The Ledge
17. Sixteen Blue
18. Buck Hill
19. Merry Go Round
20. Message to the Boys

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