Iconic folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs had many hits in their 35-year run. But how can you pick a favorite with so many excellent songs to choose from? We’ve done the digging, so you don’t have to! Below are our picks for the greatest 10,000 Maniacs tunes of all time. Let’s dive in!
John Lombardo, Robert Buck, Steven Gustafson, Dennis Drew, and Jerry Augustyniak formed 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, initially with Natalie Merchant providing background vocals. After Lombardo's departure in 1986, Merchant announced her departure and Elektra Records dropped the band. Mary Ramsey took over lead vocals and the group later signed with Geffen Records. In 2016, they released Playing Favorites, a compilation of their greatest hits.
About the Song: Natalie Merchant and Robert Buck wrote this hit together. Upbeat lyrics and instrumentals make this one of 10,000 Maniacs’ most danceable songs.
About the Song: The gloomy lyrics of this track, written by Merchant, contrast with its feel-good melody. The song describes the relatable feeling of wanting to simply stay in bed instead of facing what’s outside your door.