The absolute best of Depeche Mode: All 209 songs ranked by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers

Today we reveal the results of Round 4 of our new Slicing Up Eyeballs readers’ poll series, a ranking of all 209 songs recorded and released by synth-rock legends Depeche Mode from the band’s poppy beginnings in 1981 all the way up to the present day.

A quick refresher: We asked readers to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs recorded by Depeche Mode, choosing from a ballot that listed 209 singles, album tracks, compilation cuts and cover songs. Not included in this poll: Live versions or remixes, which, for this band, probably merit their own separate poll.

RELATED: Playlist of all 209 of Depeche Mode’s songs, ranked — minus 3 that aren’t on Spotify

Based on a total of 91,106 votes — significantly more than our polls of the R.E.M. and The Smiths catalogs, but about 10,000 shy of our survey of The Cure’s oeuvre — the full results are presented below.

As you can see, the No. 1 song topped the list by a comfortable 94-vote margin. Not surprisingly, the Top 10 features nine singles and just one album track. And unlike what occurred in our last poll, of R.E.M.’s output, every single song in Depeche Mode’s considerable catalog received fans’ votes.

As always, thank you all so much for participating.

And now, the results:

 

THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF DEPECHE MODE: ALL 209 SONGS, RANKED

 

1. “Enjoy the Silence”

Single; appears on Violator (1990) | 2,833 votes

 

2. “Never Let Me Down Again”

Single; appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 2,739 votes

 

3. “Everything Counts”

Single; appears on Construction Time Again (1983) | 2,306 votes

 

4. “Strangelove”

Single; appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 2,215 votes

 

5. “Black Celebration”

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 2,192 votes

 

6. “Shake the Disease”

Non-album single (1985) | 2,184 votes

 

7. “Stripped”

Single; appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 2,179 votes

 

8. “World in My Eyes”

Single; appears on Violator (1990) | 2,140 votes

 

9. “Behind the Wheel”

Single; appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 2,138 votes

 

10. “Personal Jesus”

Single; appears on Violator (1990) | 2,090 votes

 

 

 

11. “Policy of Truth”

Single; appears on Violator (1990) | 2,088 votes

 

12. “Blasphemous Rumours”

Single; appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 2,013 votes

 

13. “Walking In My Shoes”

Single; appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 1,873 votes

 

14. “Master and Servant”

Single; appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 1,672 votes

 

15. “Halo”

Appears on Violator (1990) | 1,643 votes

 

16. “People Are People”

Single; appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 1,501 votes

 

17. “A Question of Time”

Single; appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 1,477 votes

 

18. “Just Can’t Get Enough”

Single; appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 1,474 votes

 

19. “Fly on the Windscreen”

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 1,461 votes

 

20. “In Your Room”

Single; appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 1,451 votes

 

 

 

21. “A Question of Lust”

Single; appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 1,445 votes

 

22. “But Not Tonight”

B-side of “Stripped” (1986) | 1,412 votes

 

23. “I Feel You”

Single; appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 1,409 votes

 

24. “It’s No Good”

Single; appears on Ultra (1997) | 1,362 votes

 

25. “Somebody”

Single; appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 1,300 votes

 

26. “Get the Balance Right”

Non-album single (1983) | 1,128 votes

 

27. “Home”

Single; appears on Ultra (1997) | 1,124 votes

 

28. “Lie to Me”

Appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 1,041 votes

 

29. “Waiting for the Night”

Appears on Violator (1990) | 1,026 votes

 

30. “Precious”

Single; appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 998 votes

 

 

 

31. “Clean”

Appears on Violator (1990) | 963 votes

 

32. “Route 66”

B-side of “Behind the Wheel” (1987) | 893 votes

 

33. “Barrel of a Gun”

Single; appears on Ultra (1997) | 889 votes

 

34. “Nothing”

Appears on Music for the Masses (1987) | 858 votes

 

35. “Leave in Silence”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 824 votes

 

36. “Here is the House”

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 787 votes

 

37. “Dangerous”

B-side of “Personal Jesus” (1990) | 731 votes

 

38. “Little 15”

Appears on Music for the Masses (1987) | 717 votes

 

39. “The Things You Said”

Appears on Music for the Masses (1987) | 700 votes

 

40. “Wrong”

Single; appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 688 votes

 

 

 

41. “Condemnation”

Single; appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 671 votes

 

42. “Sweetest Perfection”

Appears on Violator (1990) | 663 votes

 

43. “Higher Love”

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 657 votes

 

44. “Photographic”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 604 votes

 

45. “Useless”

Single; appears on Ultra (1997) | 600 votes

 

46. “The Sun & The Rainfall”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 597 votes

 

47. “A Pain That I’m Used To”

Single; appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 562 votes

 

48. “Something to Do”

Appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 556 votes

 

49. “Only When I Lose Myself”

Non-album single (1998) | 551 votes

 

50. “I Want You Now”

Appears on Music for the Masses (1987) | 542 votes

 

 

 

51. “Sea of Sin”

B-side of “World in My Eyes” (1990) | 534 votes

 

52. “Pleasure, Little Treasure”

B-side of “Never Let Me Down Again” (1987) | 532 votes

 

53. “Rush”

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 523 votes

 

54. “New Life”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 518 votes

 

55. “Dreaming of Me”

Non-album single (1981) | 509 votes

 

56. “Blue Dress”

Appears on Violator (1990) | 503 votes

 

57. “New Dress”

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 492 votes

 

58. “John the Revelator”

Single; appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 489 votes

 

59. “Love, In Itself”

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 485 votes

 

60. “Cover Me”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 452 votes

 

 

61. “See You”

Single; appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 446 votes

 

62. “Freelove” (TIE)

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 425 votes

 

62. “One Caress” (TIE)

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 425 votes

 

64. “Mercy in You” (TIE)

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 417 votes

 

64. “Suffer Well” (TIE)

Single; appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 417 votes

 

66. “Dream On”

Single; appears on Exciter (2001) | 402 votes

 

67. “It’s Called a Heart”

Non-album single (1985) | 390 votes

 

68. “Happiest Girl”

B-side of “World in My Eyes” (1990) | 387 votes

 

69. “Dressed in Black” (TIE)

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 386 votes

 

69. “Going Backwards” (TIE)

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 386 votes

 

 

 

71. “Should Be Higher”

Single; appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 360 votes

 

72. “Sacred” (TIE)

Appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 355 votes

 

72. “Stories of Old” (TIE)

Appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 355 votes

 

74. “Sister of Night”

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 350 votes

 

75. “Sometimes”

Appears on Black Celebration (1993) | 334 votes

 

76. “It Doesn’t Matter” (TIE)

Appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 323 votes

 

76. “Where’s the Revolution” (TIE)

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 323 votes

 

78. “Judas”

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 316 votes

 

79. “My Secret Garden”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 310 votes

 

80. “If You Want”

Appears on Some Great Reward (1984) | 305 votes

 

 

 

81. “To Have and To Hold”

Appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 281 votes

 

82. “Told You So”

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 274 votes

 

83. “Pimpf”

Appears on Music For the Masses (1987) | 270 votes

 

84. “Nothing’s Impossible”

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 268 votes

 

85. “It Doesn’t Matter Two”

Appears on Black Celebration (1986) | 265 votes

 

86. “I Feel Loved” (TIE)

Single; appears on Exciter (2001) | 264 votes

 

86. “Soothe My Soul” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 264 votes

 

88. “Insight”

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 262 votes

 

89. “Heaven”

Single; appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 248votes

 

90. “Lillian”

Single; appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 240 votes

 

 

 

91. “Ice Machine”

B-side of “Dreaming of Me” (1981) | 239 votes

 

92. “Broken”

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 216 votes

 

93. “My Joy”

B-side of “Walking in My Shoes” (1993) | 215 votes

 

94. “Flexible” (TIE)

B-side of “Shake the Disease” (1986) | 214 votes

 

94. “Two Minute Warning” (TIE)

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 214 votes

 

94. “World Full of Nothing” (TIE)

Appears on Black Celebration (1984) | 214 votes

 

97. “Death’s Door”

Appears on “Until the End of the World” soundtrack (1991) | 189 votes

 

98. “In Chains”

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 187 votes

 

99. “Tora! Tora! Tora!”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 186 votes

 

100. “And Then…”

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 180 votes

 

 

101. “Surrender”

B-side of “Only When I Lose Myself” (1998) | 177 votes

 

102. “Corrupt”

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 173 votes

 

103. “The Meaning of Love”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 172 votes

 

104. “The Love Thieves”

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 170 votes

 

105. “Martyr”

Non-album single (2006) | 166 votes

 

106. “(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me”

B-side of “Master and Servant” (1984) | 158 votes

 

107. “Ghost”

Sounds of the Universe bonus track (2009) | 154 votes

 

108. “Freestate”

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 151 votes

 

109. “Agent Orange”

B-side of “Strangelove” (1987) | 148 votes

 

110. “Welcome to My World”

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 146 votes

 

 

 

111. “Goodnight Lovers”

Single; appears on Exciter (2001) | 145 votes

 

112. “Now, This Is Fun”

B-side of “See You” (1982) | 143 votes

 

113. “Get Right With Me”

Appears on Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) | 143 votes

 

114. “More Than a Party” (TIE)

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 136 votes

 

114. “Alone” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 136 votes

 

116. “The Bottom Line”

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 132 votes

 

117. “A Photograph of You” (TIE)

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 131 votes

 

117. “Come Back” (TIE)

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 131 votes

 

119. “I Am You”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 130 votes

 

120. “Angel” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 124 votes

 

 

 

120. “In Your Memory” (TIE)

B-side of “People Are People” (1984) | 124 votes

 

122. “Boys Say Go!” (TIE)

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 122 votes

 

122. “So Much Love” (TIE)

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 122 votes

 

124. “When the Body Speaks”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 121 votes

 

125. “Scum”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 116 votes

 

126. “Shout!” (TIE)

B-side of “New Life” (1981) | 115 votes

 

126. “The Sinner in Me” (TIE)

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 115 votes

 

128. “Any Second Now”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 114 votes

 

129. “The Landscape is Changing”

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 111 votes

 

130. “Fools” (TIE)

B-side of “Love, In Itself” (1983) | 109 votes

 

 

 

130. “Pipeline” (TIE)

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 109 votes

 

132. “Shame”

Appears on Construction Time Again (1984) | 100 votes

 

133. “The Sweetest Condition”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 96 votes

 

134. “Shine”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 92 votes

 

135. “Fragile Tension”

Single; appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 90 votes

 

136. “Monument”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 89 votes

 

137. “Nodisco”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 88 votes

 

138. “Nothing to Fear”

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 87 votes

 

139. “I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 85 votes

 

140. “Breathe” (TIE)

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 83 votes

 

 

140. “Goodbye” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 83 votes

 

140. “Puppets” (TIE)

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 83 votes

 

140. “The Dead of Night” (TIE)

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 83 votes

 

144. “In Sympathy”

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 79 votes

 

145. “Damaged People” (TIE)

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 76 votes

 

145. “Peace” (TIE)

Single; appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 76 votes

 

147. “You Move”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 75 votes

 

148. “Breathing in Fumes” (TIE)

B-side of “Stripped” (1986) | 69 votes

 

148. “Satellite” (TIE)

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 69 votes

 

148. “Shouldn’t Have Done That” (TIE)

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 69 votes

 

 

 

148. “Work Hard” (TIE)

B-side of “Everything Counts” (1983) | 69 votes

 

152. “Dirt”

B-side of “I Feel Loved” (2001) | 68 votes

 

153. “Miles Away/The Truth Is”

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 66 votes

 

154. “Poison Heart”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 65 votes

 

155. “Painkiller”

B-side to “Barrel of a Gun” (1997) | 63 votes

 

156. “Newborn”

B-side of “A Pain That I’m Used To” (2005) | 60 votes

 

157. “Christmas Island” (TIE)

B-side of “A Question of Lust” (1986) | 59 votes

 

157. “Kaleid” (TIE)

B-side of “Policy of Truth” (1990) | 59 votes

 

157. “The Darkest Star” (TIE)

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 59 votes

 

160. “Fpmip”

B-side of “Strangelove” (1987) | 55 votes

 

 

 

161. “I Want It All”

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 54 votes

 

162. “Memphisto” (TIE)

B-side of “Enjoy the Silence” (1990) | 52 votes

 

162. “Moonlight Sonata No. 14” (TIE)

B-side of “Little 15” (1987) | 52 votes

 

162. “So Cruel” (TIE)

Appears on AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered (2011) | 52 votes

 

165. “Hole to Feed”

Single; appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 51 votes

 

166. “Oh Well”

B-side of “Wrong” (2009) | 48 votes

 

167. “What’s Your Name”

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 47 votes

 

168. “Any Second Now”

B-side of “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981) | 46 votes

 

169. “Black Day” (TIE)

B-side of “Stripped” (1986) | 44 votes

 

169. “Macro” (TIE)

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 44 votes

 

 

 

169. “Secret to the End” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 44 votes

 

172. “Big Muff” (TIE)

Appears on Speak & Spell (1981) | 43 votes

 

172. “Jezebel” (TIE)

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 43 votes

 

172. “Oberkorn (It’s a Small Town)” (TIE)

B-side of “The Meaning of Love” (1982) | 43 votes

 

175. “Perfect” (TIE)

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 42 votes

 

175. “Soft Touch/Raw Nerve” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 42 votes

 

175. “Stjarna” (TIE)

B-side of “Little 15” (1987) | 42 votes

 

178. “Fail”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 41 votes

 

179. “All That’s Mine” (TIE)

B-side of “Heaven” (2013) | 40 votes

 

179. “Free” (TIE)

B-side of “Precious” (2005) | 40 votes

 

 

 

181. “No More”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 38 votes

 

182. “Slow”

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 37 votes

 

183. “The Worst Crime”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 36 votes

 

184. “Better Days” (TIE)

B-side of “Suffer Well” (2006) | 35 votes

 

184. “Comatose” (TIE)

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 35 votes

 

186. “Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden” (TIE)

Appears on A Broken Frame (1982) | 32 votes

 

186. “My Little Universe” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 32 votes

 

188. “Excerpt From My Secret Garden”

B-side of “Leave in Silence” (1982) | 31 votes

 

189. “Poorman”

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 28 votes

 

190. “Always” (TIE)

Delta Machine bonus track (2013) | 27 votes

 

 

 

190. “Eternal” (TIE)

Appears on Spirit (2017) | 27 votes

 

190. “Jazz Thieves” (TIE)

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 27 votes

 

193. “The Sun and the Moon and the Stars”

Sounds of the Universe bonus track (2009) | 26 votes

 

194. “Little Soul” (TIE)

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 24 votes

 

194. “Sibeling” (TIE)

B-side of “Enjoy the Silence” (1990) | 24 votes

 

196. “Happens All the Time”

Delta Machine bonus track (2013) | 21 votes

 

197. “Headstar”

B-side of “Only When I Lose Myself” (1998) | 20 votes

 

198. “Light” (TIE)

Sounds of the Universe bonus track (2009) | 18 votes

 

198. “Long Time Lie” (TIE)

Delta Machine bonus track (2013) | 18 votes

 

200. “The Child Inside” (TIE)

Appears on Delta Machine (2013) | 17 votes

 

 

200. “Uselink” (TIE)

Appears on Ultra (1997) | 17 votes

 

202. “Slowblow”

B-side of “It’s No Good” (1997) | 14 votes

 

203. “Easy Tiger”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 13 votes

 

204. “The Great Outdoors!”

B-side of “Get the Balance Right” (1983) | 11 votes

 

205. “Lovetheme”

Appears on Exciter (2001) | 8 votes

 

206. “Zenstation”

B-side of “Freelove” (2001) | 7 votes

 

207. “Introspectre” (TIE)

Appears on Playing the Angel (2005) | 5 votes

 

207. “Spacewalker” (TIE)

Appears on Sounds of the Universe (2009) | 5 votes

 

209. “Esque”

Sounds of the Universe bonus track (2009) | 4 votes

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Aphotic Empyrean

    Thank you for your efforts putting this together. We all have our favorite songs but true fans will accept Enjoy the Silence as a top pick. I am a Get The Balance Right top pick person, but I still love the list results

     
  • Oscar

    Thank you for this!
    I suggest posting them in reverse order next time. Once I knew the top 10, I lost interest in the other 199.

     
  • Archie C.

    Nice list there. It’s definitely understandable that Enjoy the Silence is Number 1. I love how “Blue Dress” and “New Dress” are at 56 and 57, respectively.

     
    • Agreed about “Enjoy the Silence.” And I caught the “Blue Dress”/”New Dress” placement too. Pretty funny!

       
  • Lemon

    Very cool poll indeed, appreciate your efforts. Shake The Disease should be #1 but I’ll let my fellow voters slide on that one.

     
  • Jason

    Fpmip LOL. Really good list, but very surprised New Life is so low.

     
  • pogopop77

    Solid, if somewhat predictable list. DM has always been a great singles band. 18 of the top 20 were released as singles.

    Their albums weren’t quite as consistent, but glad to see selections from Black Celebration and Violator ranked high as well. Was surprised to see “Route 66” ranked outside the Top 30. My favorite B-side.

     
  • Colin

    Great poll. Thanks for doing it.

    Wish I’d realised that this website was (thankfully) back up and running before a week or two ago. I’d have certainly voted on this at the time.

    I do, however, agree with most of the tracks in the top ten and they’d have got my votes also.
    Never Let Me Down Again should, IMHO, always top any DM list, but I’m happy with Enjoy The Silence.

    Was wondering though, is ‘Where’s The Revolution’ missing? Not that I’d have voted for it though.

    Please consider a New Order or Joy Division poll next!

     
    • Nortley

      Where’s the Revolution is at #76.

       
    • They should make a joint Joy Division / New Order poll. They are the same band, even if the sound evolved. Kind of like DM with Vince Clarke and post-Vince. It would be interesting to see which incarnation is more appreciated by fans.

       
  • Colin

    Thanks.

    Hmm. Not sure I missed that. Even tried CTRL+Fing for the words.

    Sorry. My bad.

     
  • Robert Logie

    This was fun! Looking forward to the next poll. How about Bowie, Siouxsie or The Furs next!?

     
  • Willard

    Also fun to see New Life and Dreaming of Me next to each other.

    In general, the top 10 or 20 bore no surprises. I’ll dissent and say I believe NLMDA is way over rated. Probably Everything Counts, too, although I betray myself by admitting I had chills hearing it live on this latest tour.

     
  • Sparkey

    “Oberkorn” .. FTFY

    Signed
    – One of the Forty-Three

    (Big thanks for this poll!)

     
  • Heather

    Selecting my favorite DM songs was a lot fun. Very happy to see two Black Celebration songs in the top 10 along with “Never Let Me Down Again”. My all-time fav is “Nothing” from Music For The Masses . But regardless of the rankings I just love Depeche Mode

     
  • Kevin J

    Very cool to vote and to read the results. Was curious to see how many songs sung by Martin would be in top 25 (were 2) and if/how many post-Wilder songs would in be there (was 1) as well. Thanks for putting together Matt.

     
  • I wanted to see how things shook out album-wise so I wrote a quick script to scrape the data and threw this together:

    https://imgur.com/a/dEcf7

     
    • Glenn

      Interesting graph there. I would have expected this type of curve except that I would have expected Speak and Spell to do better.

       
  • Chris H

    So, about Should Be Higher. Just right where it is, lower, or…?

     
  • DuckyDog

    Matt: How does this sound? Grab the top 10, 15 or 20 each from Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Smiths and throw those into a poll…And let the people vote.

     
    • Willard

      Sounds fun. Is that the holy trinity? Add New Order/Joy Division? Who else belongs in the conversation? R.E.M., right? Perhaps that is the question…

      Write in your top 10 “college rock/alternative” bands

       
  • Brian Harris

    The absolute bottom of the list should’ve been “It’s Called a Heart” with “Poorman” right above it.

     
 

 

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