Music Lists

Best Songs By The B-52’s

April 25, 2021

The B-52’s have long been beloved for their kitschy sense of humor and their fun party spirit. For Kate Pierson’s birthday on April 27, 2021, we polled WYEP’s listeners to find out what they considered the best songs by The B-52’s.

Here are the top 45 songs from the band:

RankSong TitleAlbumYear
#45PumpFunplex2008
#44Throw That Beat in the Garbage CanMesopotamia [EP]1982
#4353 Miles West of VenusWild Planet1980
#42Keep This Party GoingFunplex2008
#41Nip It in the BudMesopotamia [EP]1982
#40Detour Thru Your MindBouncing Off the Satellites1986
#39Dry CountyCosmic Thing1989
#38Whammy KissWhammy!1983
#37Queen of Las VegasWhammy!1983
#366060-842The B-52’s1979
#35Revolution EarthGood Stuff1992
#34Hallucinating PlutoTime Capsule1998
#33CakeMesopotamia [EP]1982
#32She Brakes for RainbowsBouncing Off the Satellites1986
#31ButterbeanWhammy!1983
#30LavaThe B-52’s1979
#29(Shake That) Cosmic ThingCosmic Thing1989
#28Hot Pants ExplosionGood Stuff1992
#27Follow Your BlissCosmic Thing1989
#26DowntownThe B-52’s1979
#25Dirty Back RoadWild Planet1980
#24WigBouncing Off the Satellites1986
#23Summer of LoveBouncing Off the Satellites1986
#22FunplexFunplex2008
#21Devil in My CarWild Planet1980
#20TopazCosmic Thing1989
#19JunebugCosmic Thing1989
#18Song for a Future GenerationWhammy!1983
#17Good StuffGood Stuff1992
#16Legal TenderWhammy!1983
#15Party Out of BoundsWild Planet1980
#14Give Me Back My ManWild Planet1980
#13Strobe LightWild Planet1980
#12Girl from Ipanema Goes to GreenlandBouncing Off the Satellites1986
#11Quiche LorraineWild Planet1980
#10MesopotamiaMesopotamia [EP]1982
#952 GirlsThe B-52’s1979
#8Channel ZCosmic Thing1989
#7Dance This Mess AroundThe B-52’s1979
#6Deadbeat ClubCosmic Thing1989
#5Planet ClaireThe B-52’s1979
#4Love ShackCosmic Thing1989
#3RoamCosmic Thing1989
#2Private IdahoWild Planet1980
#1Rock LobsterThe B-52’s1979

Based on the song votes, we can infer an album ranking. Here is the order of favorite B-52’s albums:

RankAlbumYear
#1The B-52’s1979
#2Cosmic Thing1989
#3Wild Planet1980
#4Bouncing Off the Satellites1986
#5Whammy!1983
#6Mesopotamia [EP]1982
#7Good Stuff1992
#8Funplex2008