Top 10 Queens of the Stone Age Songs

In their nineteen year existence Queens of the Stone Age have never put out a greatest hits album. Josh Homme and company seem more intent on creating new music than looking back. Homme has helped created six studio albums of great rock 'n' roll with lyrics that are usually about sex and drugs or both. Here is a list of some of QOTSA's greatest hits so far. 

"No One Knows", the first single from Queen's of the Stone Age's 2002 third album Songs For The Deafput QOTSA on the musical radar for many of their fans. The single reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on played drums on the album which was the band's mainstream breakthough. Musically "No One Knows" is an epic ride through swinging verses and rocking choruses with a Beatles-esqe bridge. The catchy lyrics about pills stuck in throats and deserts of the mind are hard to pin down. Homme never writes in first-person narrative style which make his lyrics more interesting. Watch the music video here.

The first single off Queens of the Stone Age's fourth Lullabies To Paralyze album "Little Sister" was their last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (#88). Homme has said the song's lyrics have a "sort of sexual twist" which he gleaned from Elvis Presley's different song of the same name. "Little Sister" was the band's first hit after the firing of bassist Nick Oliveri. QOTSA played the song on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell reprising his "more cowbell" character Gene Frenkle. Watch the official video here.

"My God Is The Sun" was the first single from Queens of the Stone Age's 2013 sixth studio album ...Like Clockwork. It was also the first QOTSA single to feature Dave Grohl on drums since 2003. Grohl played drums on four album tracks after longtime drummer Joey Castillo's departure during the making of the album. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. Although much can be read into Homme ever oblique lyrics, the song might just be about his love for California's Palm Desert area where he grew up and visits regularly. Watch the official video here.

The first single from Queen of the Stone Age's 2000 second album Rated R was the band's first single to chart in the U.S. reaching #21 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #36 on the Modern Rock charts. "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" video received moderate airplay on MTV. The song's quiet verse/heavy chorus dynamics compliment the lyrics which seem to be about secret liaisons. Watch the NSFW video here.

Queens of the Stone Age's second single from Songs For The Deaf "Go With The Flow" was released in 2003 and nominated for a 2004 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The song has a driving beat, heavy swirling guitars, and sing-along lyrics. Watch the official NSFW video here.

The first Queens of the Stone Age single "Sick, Sick, Sick" off their 2010 fifth studio album Era Vulgaris reached #23 on the Alternative chart and #40 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The hard charging rocker has lyrics loaded with sexual innuendo such as "A lick of my lips and a grip on your hips." The song includes backing vocals and synth guitar by The Strokes' fromtman Julian Casablancas. Watch the song's bizarre NSFW video here.

The second single from QOTSA's 2005 Lullabies To Paralyze album has some of Homme's most stright-forward lyrics and seems to simply be about having a favorite song stuck in your head. The song first appeared on Josh Homme's side project The Desert Sessions Volumes 9 & 10 album in 2003. Watch the official video here.

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"Feel Good Hit of the Summer"

Queens of the Stone Age often open their shows with "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", the second single off their Rated R album. Oddly, the song did not chart anywhere except Australia (#75). The repeated lyrics "nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol" make the song a mischievous crowd-pleaser. Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, who sang backing vocals on the track, called the called the lyrics a "rock and roll cocktail." Watch the animated NSFW video here.

The second single off QOTSA's Era Vulgaris album "3's & 7's" reached #25 on the Alternative chart. All the instruments were recorded by 2007 core band members Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo. The dynamic mid-tempo song seems to be about preferring lies to the truth, "If ignorance is bliss, then I'm in
Heaven now." Watch the NSFW video here.

"If Only" was the sole promotional single released from Queens of the Stone Age's debut 1998 self-titled album. Although the song did not chart it helped set the template for QOTSA's style of riff-rock songwriting. Watch QOTSA perform "If Only" live on the Conan O'Brien show here.