Editors’ Notes For The Best Imitation of Myself, Ben Folds compiled his sneering work with Ben Folds Five and his poppier solo output up to 2011. Of course, there’s the early (and stirring) “Brick,” which tells the story of a high school girlfriend having an abortion; the unstoppably rollicking jam “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces”; and old-school rock ‘n’ roller “Kate.” “Landed” makes an appearance with a sweeping string section, and the vibrant “From Above” zooms along on sparkling piano riffs.

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Brick (Radio Mix)
1
4:32
 
Annie Waits
2
4:14
 
Philosophy
3
4:29
 
Underground
4
4:11
 
Landed (Strings Version)
5
4:03
 
One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces
6
3:49
 
Don't Change Your Plans
7
5:10
 
The Luckiest
8
4:21
 
Smoke (with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
9
5:32
 
Rockin' the Suburbs
10
4:58
 
Kate
11
3:12
 
Gracie
12
2:38
 
Still Fighting It
13
5:06
 
You Don't Know Me (Seeds) [feat. Regina Spektor]
14
3:10
 
There's Always Someone Cooler Than You
15
4:10
 
Still (Soundtrack)
16
2:37
 
From Above
17
4:04
 
House
18
3:42
 
Julianne (Live Stockholm, Sweden, 3/12/1997)
1
2:43
 
Video (Live Stockholm, Sweden, 3/12/1997)
2
4:03
 
Song for the Dumped (Live Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 5/8/98)
3
5:08
 
Missing the War (Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12/14/99)
4
4:34
 
Mess (Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12/14/99)
5
4:08
 
Magic (Live Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 12/14/99)
6
4:10
 
Selfless, Cold and Composed (Live Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, 12/9/01)
7
5:06
 
Zak and Sara (Live Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, 6/13/02)
8
3:36
 
Girl (Live Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, 6/13/02)
9
2:06
 
Just Pretend (Live Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 3/24/03)
10
3:08
 
Fred Jones, Pt. 2 (Live Kings Park In Perth, Australia, 3/12/03) [with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra]
11
3:54
 
Careless Whisper (Live Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA) [with Rufus Wainwright]
12
3:36
 
All You Can Eat (Live Myspace Broadcast, 2/27/07)
13
3:06
 
Long Tall Texan (Live Warehouse Houston, TX, 10/24/08)
14
2:10
 
Army (Live UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, 9/18/08)
15
3:26
 
Battle of Who Could Care Less (Live UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, 9/18/08)
16
3:22
 
Kylie from Connecticut (Live from Detroit, MI 10/9/08)
17
5:01
 
Effington (Live Ax Hall, Seoul, South Korea, 6/9/11)
18
3:44
 
Picture Window (Live HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, 2/20/11)
19
3:44
 
Sentimental Guy (Live Diamond Hall, Nagoya, Japan, 6/7/11)
20
3:17
 
Not the Same (Live A.E.C. Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, 5/22/11)
21
5:37
 
Unrelated (Unfinished Song Demo, 1996)
1
0:34
 
Best Imitation of Myself (Demo, 1992)
2
2:48
 
Rocky (4 Track Home Demo, 1993)
3
4:26
 
Boxing (Demo, 1992)
4
4:03
 
Julianne (Unreleased 1st Album, 1994)
5
3:14
 
Evaporated (Unreleased 1st Album, 1994)
6
4:17
 
Alice Childress (Rare On Air 3: KCRW Performances, 1997)
7
4:20
 
Barrytown (Originally Released On "Me, Myself And Irene" Soundtrack, 2000)
8
3:46
 
Amelia Bright (Mitch Easter Sessions, 2000)
9
3:20
 
Tell Me What I Did
10
2:49
 
Rock Star (Demo, 2000)
11
3:20
 
Losing Lisa (Demo, 2000)
12
3:37
 
Break Up At Food Court (Demo, 2000)
13
2:50
 
Hiro's Song (Demo, 2000)
14
3:35
 
Wandering (Demo, 2000)
15
4:24
 
The Secret Life of Morgan Davis (Alternate Mix, 2001)
16
2:39
 
Such Great Heights (Alternate Mix from MySpace Sessions, 2006)
17
4:37
 
Bitches Ain't Shit (EP Version) [feat. Mr. Reynolds & Lin-Z]
18
3:50
 
Time (Alternate Version, 2004)
19
3:59
 
Sleazy (Originally Released On "Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief", 2011)
20
3:18
 
Because the Origami (Originally Released On "Nighty Night", 2011)
21
4:09
 
Stumblin' Home Winter Blues
22
2:56
 
Underground (Demo, 1992)
1
5:05
 
Stevens Last Night In Town (Demo, 1994)
2
3:05
 
Song for the Dumped (Live Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 5/8/98)
3
3:51
 
Narcolepsy (Live Brussels, Belgium, 1999)
4
5:34
 
Dr. Yang (Live Leuven, Belgium, 2008)
5
2:35
 
Brick
1
4:30
 
Army
1
3:21
 
Rockin' the Suburbs
1
4:15
 
Landed
1
4:04
 
You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor)
1
3:12