20 Fave Sufjan Stevens Songs

Updated by Eric Weiner on September 13, 2018

20 Fave Sufjan Stevens Songs

It’s a tough exercise to whittle down Sufjan Stevens’ huge and varied discography to just twenty of our favorite songs. After all, the indie troubadour has dabbled in genres as varied as folk, rock and, of course, some genres that are wholly Sufjanian: his recent collaborative effort with Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner, Planetarium, gorgeously interweaves elements of folktronica, classical music and fully orchestrated motifs.

But undergirding Sufjan Stevens’s work is a dedication to creating songs that harken back to a grassroots folk movement unafraid to tell stories to their fullest--even those that glimpse into the realm of outright tragedy. Stevens has served his enchanting falsetto over both minimal plucked environments and triumphant, brass-heavy cuts, insistently pulling from new technological frameworks that enable his creative spirit to run absolutely wild. Here are our favorite tracks from the creative genius. Thanks to JC Wu for the playful album cover for this playlist.

20. Sufjan StevensI Walked
19. Sufjan Stevens - Star of Wonder
18. Sufjan Stevens - We Are What You Say
17. Sufjan Stevens - He Woke Me Up Again
16. Sufjan Stevens - All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
15. Sufjan StevensRomulus
14. Sufjan Stevens - Vesuvius
13. Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
12. Sufjan Stevens - Pittsfield
11. Sufjan Stevens - Adlai Stevenson
10. Sufjan Stevens - All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
9. Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Feel the Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
8. Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois
7. Sufjan Stevens - Heirloom
6. Sufjan Stevens - Vito's Ordination Song
5. Sufjan Stevens - Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother!
4. Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul
3. Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
2. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
1. Sufjan Stevens - The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us