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Happy Birthday Tom Waits, You're Tops at Amoeba

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Tom Waits, the adorably gruff-voiced hat-wearing homeless-looking storyteller of such classic albums as "Rain Dogs", "Frank's Wild Years" and "Bone Machine" has the most popular CD collection at Hollywood's Amoeba last week (November 28 thru December 5).

The accomplishment is quite a feat since "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards" is a triple CD box set of B-sides and rarities, with an Amoeba price of $42.98.

Waits was also #1 at the SF Amoeba location and #2 at the Berkeley store -- losing out to indie-lovin' Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album.

Appearances last week on Letterman and the Daily Show couldn't have hurt Waits' sales. And the 54-song collection is actually a perfect gift for any Tom Waits fan on your Christmas list, especially if they happen to write for LAist.

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Complete list of the Amoeba Top 25 after the jump, as well as the video for Tom's latest single from the box set.

1. Tom Waits - Orphans
2. Beatles - Love
3. Clipse - Hell Have No Fury
4. Incubus - Light Grenades
5. Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas
6. Snoop Dogg - Blue Carpet Treatment
7. Joanna Newsom - Ys
8. Jay-Z - Kingdom Come
9. Game - Doctor's Advocate
10. Beck - Information
11. Tupac - Pac's Life
12. Decemberists - Crane Wife
13. Damien Rice - 9
14. Fountain - Soundtrack
15. U2- U218 Singles
16. Akon - Konvicted
17. P.J. Harvey - Peel Sessions
18. Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55
19. Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots
20. Sick Jacken & Cynic - Vol. 1-Terror Tapes
21. Neil Young - Live at the Fillmore
22. Foo Fighters - Skin & Bones
23. Tenacious D - Pick of Destiny
24. Max Richter - Songs from Before
25. Swan Lake - Beast Moans