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“Most Popular Stone Temple Pilots Songs (The Popular Vote’s Power Rankings)”

Ok, you guys are off the hook this time. I won’t “blast” you with my whole bit about how awesome the Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts album is, how it every bit lives up to its name, how the co**-smoking critic who bashed it offered “not-good” as the most descriptive pejorative in his moribund repertoire. I figured out I just couldn’t to it — the songs wouldn’t show up on the searches anyway.
Plus, it’s just so underrated anyway. I mean, people are all over Bowie’s Blackstar, the last thing he did before HE died — but does he really ROCK? Does he really like kick a** in any way (one of the last dreams Weiland reported in interview as having had was being in a bar and “kicking a**, little did he know probably how much he’d need that thick skin with all the sycophantic haters he’d rack up in his waning days on the planet).
This is the first of these “popular vote” lists I’ve put together (which again, have nothing to do with my own opinion) which will incorporate my favorite producer of all time Brendan O’Brien (yes I like him even better than Steve Albini, as the hipster’s glass of barley wine falls to the floor and breaks). A Pearl Jam list would be plausible. Rage against the Machine doesn’t have enough material, and Incubus doesn’t have a significant enough live show (think STP’s albeit crappy cover of “Dancing Days,” which happens to be really popular, and his ensuing diatribe of “Fu** nu metal” which he administered at the Family Values Tour, which is sort of like saying “Fu** Jeff Foxworthy” at a cherry pit spitting contest). Brendan O’Brien, unlike with Pearl Jam and Rage (or Incubus), was with Stone Temple Pilots from the start — he grounded them, gave them vision, personality (see “Wet My Bed,” at the end of which you hear his voice shouting), and most of all, confidence, something every young band needs, especially when they’re coming up and competing against an entire zeitgeist of northerner grungies who hate them for the very fact of where they’re from. But if you told people STP was from Siberia, they’d believe you.
One thing interesting I’ve found is that it’s next to impossible to find a pubished journal which has given STP the credit they’ve deserved, all throughout their career. Rolling Stone made themselves famous, for instance, for bashing he** out of the band, even going so far as to mock their own fan base for voting them into their best-albums-of-’94 readers’ poll. Spin isn’t much better — they extended themselves to the band nominally, but only to produce little half-page articles in which they too copiously make light of STP’s at least alleged plagiarism of other mainstream bands such as… well, all of them. Just the fact that Weiland’s group is accused of copying ALL FOUR major grunge bands — Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden — should show you that such accusations are the churlish stuff of reactionaries jealous or uncomfortable about another group of blokes crashing the party. But then, I am young and part of the overall spectrum. I’m sure there are kids out there who feel this way about Fallout Boy.
So my “critical response” section of this list’s tabulation is a little thin, to say the least. Luckily, STP had rabid fans, and they’re pretty well documented on setlist.fm, so I’ll do what I can.
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1 “Sex Type Thing” [311]
2 “Interstate Love Song” [238]
3 “Plush” [207]
4 “Big Empty” [203]
5 “Creep” [198]
6 “Vasoline” [177]
7 “Dead & Bloated” [146]
8 “Down” [141]
9 “Crackerman” [116]
10 “Wicked Garden” [97]
11 “Still Remains” [81]
12 “Piece of Pie” [80]
13 “Unglued” [77]
14 “Big Bang Baby” [76]
15 “Between the Lines” [68]
16 “Lounge Fly” [65]
17 “Meatplow” [64]
18 “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [63]
19 “Lady Picture Show” [57]
20 “Hollywood Bit**” [55]
21 “Silvergun Superman” [48]
22 “And So I Know” [41]
23 “Coma” [40]
“Heaven & Hot Rods” [40]
“No Way Out” [40]
“Out of Time” [40]
“Pruno” [40]
“Seven Caged Tigers” [40]
“Sex & Violence” [40]
“Wet My Bed” [40]
31 “Pretty Penny” [34]
32 “Army Ants” [30]
33 “Hickory Dichotomy” [25]
34 “Plush (acoustic)” [16]
35 “No Memory” [12]
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youtube rankings:
1 “Plush” [30 pts]
2 “Creep” [29 pts]
3 “Interstate Love Song” [28 pts]
4 “Vasoline” [27 pts]
5 “Dead & Bloated” [26 pts]
6 “Sour Girl” [25 pts]
7 “Sex Type Thing” [24 pts]
8 “Big Empty” [23 pts]
9 “Wicked Garden” [22 pts]
10 “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [21 pts]
11 “Big Bang Baby” [20 pts]
12 “Crackerman” [19 pts]
13 “Down” [18 pts]
14 “Lady Picture Show” [17 pts]
15 “Plush” (acoustic) [16 pts]
16 “Hollywood Bit**” [15 pts]
17 “Silvergun Superman” [14 pts]
18 “Dancin’ Days” (Led Zeppelin cover) [13 pts]
19 “No Memory” [12 pts]
20 “Sin” [11 pts]
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iTunes rankings:
1 “Plush” [30 pts]
2 “Interstate Love Song” [29 pts]
3 “Creep” [28 pts]
4 “Dead & Bloated” [27 pts]
5 “Plush” (acoustic) [26 pts]
6 “Sex Type Thing” [25 pts]
7 “Vasoline” [24 pts]
8 “Big Empty” [23 pts]
9 “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [22 pts]
10 “Wicked Garden” [21 pts]
11 “Sour Girl” [20 pts]
12 “Crackerman” [19 pts]
13 “Unglued” [18 pts]
14 “Between the Lines” [17 pts]
15 “Big Bang Baby” [16 pts]
16 “Down” [15 pts]
17 “Lady Picture Show” [14 pts]
18 “Still Remains” [13 pts]
19 “Pretty Penny” [12 pts]
20 “Silvergun Superman” [11 pts]
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Spotify rankings:
1 “Army Ants” [30 pts]
2 “Big Empty” [29 pts]
3 “Down” [28 pts]
4 “Interstate Love Song” [27 pts]
5 “Lady Picture Show” [26 pts]
6 “Lounge Fly” [25 pts]
7 “Meatplow” [24 pts]
8 “Silvergun Superman” [23 pts]
9 “Pretty Penny” [22 pts]
10 “Still Remains” [21 pts]
11 “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [20 pts]
12 “Unglued” [19 pts]
13 “Vasoline” [18 pts]
14 “Plush” [17 pts]
15 “Creep” [16 pts]
16 “Sex Type Thing” [15 pts]
17 “Wicked Garden” [14 pts]
18 “Dead & Bloated” [13 pts]
19 “Plush” (acoustic) [12 pts]
20 “Sour Girl” [11 pts]
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Referenced in off-album articles in Spin, A/V Club (1994-2010) {Material is scant from Rolling Stone as they actually “chided,” according to the A/V Club, their fan-base for voting Purple one of the best albums of ’94.
“Sex Type Thing” {A/V Club – “Stone Temple Pilots: They’re Actually Good” – 9 Apr. 2008} [25 pts]
“Vasoline” {A/V Club – Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots Album Review – 1 Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
“Interstate Love Song” {A/V Club – Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots Album Review – 1 Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
“Plush” {Spin – “Steal This Hook” – Sep 1993} [25 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” {Spin – “Steal This Hook” – Sep 1993} [25 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” {Spin – “Steal This Hook” – Sep 1993} [25 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” {Spin – “Hit Type Record” – May 1993} [25 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” {Spin – “Hit Type Record” – May 1993} [25 pts]
“Vasoline” {Spin – “A Band apart” – Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
“Between the Lines” {Spin – “A Band apart” – Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
“Hickory Dichotomy” {Spin – “A Band apart” – Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
“Between the Lines” {Spin – “A Band apart” – Jun. 2010} [25 pts]
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Played by the band at Myth, Maplewood, MN, 25 Sep. 2015 (what a bangin’ fu**in’ setlist!) [1]
“Wicked Garden” [40 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” [40 pts]
“Vasoline” [40 pts]
“Big Bang Baby” [40 pts]
“Pruno” [40 pts]
“Crackerman” [40 pts]
“Hollywood Bit**” [40 pts]
“Coma” [40 pts]
“Sin” [40 pts]
“Lounge Fly” [40 pts]
“Out of Time” [40 pts]
“Heaven & Hot Rods” [40 pts]
“Creep” [40 pts]
“Meatplow” [40 pts]
“Big Empty” [40 pts]
“Plush” [40 pts]
“Interstate Love Song” [40 pts]
“Down” [40 pts]
“Sex & Violence” [40 pts]
“Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [40 pts]
“Piece of Pie” [40 pts]
“Dead & Bloated” [40 pts]
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Played by the band at Universal Ampitheatre, Universal City, CA – 9 Nov. 2000
“Wet My Bed” [40 pts]
“Crackerman” [40 pts]
“Vasoline” [40 pts]
“Piece of Pie” [40 pts]
“Big Empty” [40 pts]
“Sour Girl” [40 pts]
“Creep” [40 pts]
“Seven Caged Tigers” [40 pts]
“Interstate Love Song” [40 pts]
“No Way out” [40 pts]
“Plush” [40 pts]
“Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” [40 pts]
“Down” [40 pts]
“Unglued” [40 pts]
“Dead & Bloated” [40 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” [40 pts]
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Featured on Rolling Stone: Readers’ Poll – The 10 Best Scott Weiland Songs – 9 Dec. 2015
“And So I Know” [41 pts]
“Sex Type Thing” [42 pts]
“Vasoline” [43 pts]
“Creep” [45 pts]
“Sour Girl” [46 pts]
“Still Remains” [47 pts]
“Big Empty” [48 pts]
“Interstate Love Song” [49 pts]
“Plush” [50 pts]
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Songs indexed alphabetically:
“And So I Know” 41
“Army Ants” 30
“Between the Lines” 17/25/25 = 68
“Big Bang Baby” 20/16/40 = 76
“Big Empty” 23/23/29/40/40/48 = 203
“Coma” 40
“Crackerman” 19/19/40/40 = 116
“Creep” 29/28/16/40/40/45 = 198
“Dead & Bloated” 26/27/13/40/40 = 146
“Down” 18/15/28/40/40 = 141
“Heaven & Hot Rods” 40
“Hickory Dichotomy” 25
“Hollywood Bit**” 15/40 = 55
“Interstate Love Song” 28/29/27/25/40/40/49 = 238
“Lady Picture Show” 17/14/26 = 57
“Lounge Fly” 25/40 = 65
“Meatplow” 24/40 =64
“No Memory” 12
“No Way Out” 40
“Out of Time” (with Chester Bennington) 40
“Piece of Pie” 40/40 = 80
“Plush” 30/30/17/40/40/50 = 207
“Plush” (acoustic) 16
“Pretty Penny” 12/22 = 34
“Pruno” 40
“Seven Caged Tigers” 40
“Sex Type Thing” 24/25/15/125/40/40/42 = 311
“Sex & Violence” 40
“Silvergun Superman” 14/11/23 = 48
“Sour Girl” 25/20/11/40/46 = 142
“Still Remains” 13/21/47 = 81
“Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” 21/22/20 = 63
“Unglued” 18/19/40 = 77
“Vasoline” 27/24/18/25/40/43 = 177
“Wet My Bed” 40
“Wicked Garden” 22/21/14/40 = 97
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[1] thanks to setlist.fm

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