Faith No More are back. Again. The funky, freaky alt-metal troublemakers never cease to tantalize and surprise, so it was only right that after a four-year hiatus (which, of course, followed a 10-year hiatus), they should suddenly return with a slew of major 2020 tour dates, including a run with a band deeply indebted to them: Korn. As we look forward to this burst of new activity, we thought we'd ask you to take a look back at the group's catalog and try to select their single finest song. You came up with a wide array of choices — all of them deserving. Below are the top five vote-getters.
Faith No More's breakthrough hit, "Epic" peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. With its instantly recognizable riff, pulsating beat and Mike Patton's infectious rap, "Epic" is still a staple of concert set changeovers and sporting events. Memorable, too, is the song's bizarre music video — complete with goo rainstorm, sick dance moves, a wild-eyed, rainbow-outfitted Patton, exploding pianos and one very sad (and controversial) fish.
"Relax, it's just a phase." Not really. This standout cut off '92's Angel Dust — FNM's beautifully misunderstood masterpiece is about as close to perfect as any rock album — is not something that any of you, who voted for it here, plan to grow out of. As a deep groove bass line travels over four and a half minutes between screams and murmurs, "Caffeine" takes you on a ride that feels both classic and timeless.
From Faith No More's debut album of the same name, this hit college-radio single features the band's OG frontman, the late, great Chuck Mosley. What makes "We Care a Lot" so particularly delightful is its blatantly middle-finger-flying lyrics — which take on not just shit they don't care about, but also place Eighties pop culture and those fake celebrity-based bullshit worries in the crosshairs, too.
Some of you might know and love this song via the soundtrack to Tony Hawk's Underground 2, or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' factional radio station or from playing Rock Band 3. However, you discovered it, "Midlife Crisis" is an infectious sing-along anthem bar none, with Patton singing some of his hookiest hooks while the band bumps and grinds behind him.
What else could be No. 1? Well, a lot of fucking songs, but "The Real Thing" is certainly a fine choice. The title track of Faith No More's platinum-selling smash album clocks in at over eight minutes and it contains all the elements of the band's kaleidoscopic sound — from that Patton falsetto to jarring tempo shifts to swaggering synths. Decades later, it still sounds just as uniquely FNM as the day it was released.