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10 Best "Killers" Songs
Top 10 'Killers' Songs
I have not posted a hub in a while. I wanted to do something a bit more lighthearted than my past hubs. One of my favorite bands are the Las Vegas natives, "The Killers." I decided to pick my favorite 10 songs by them and share them with you. This is purely an opinion piece. As you may notice, all of the songs are off of their first two albums "Hot Fuss" and "Sam's Town." The reason being is that they're the best two albums they've made. Thank you for reading.
10. "Mr. Brightside" from 2004's "Hot Fuss." This was my first introduction to the band. My daughter was born in late 2004 and I spent many late nights and very early mornings watching VH1. "Mr. Brightside" was played often. The video was great and the song was catchy. I liked the song enough to purchase the entire "Hot Fuss" album, which is rare for me, because normally, a band or artist has to have 3 songs released that I like before I will purchase an entire album. That's just always has been my cd-purchasing rule and I broke it for "The Killers."
09. "Why Do I Keep Counting" from 2006's "Sams Town." Sams town was the second and last cd I had ever purchased on its release date. <The first being "Coldplay's" "A Rush Of Blood To The Head.> "Why Do I Keep Counting" is a somber song for the band, but good none-the-less. It's very soul-wrenching with it's repeated line: "If I only knew the answer, I wouldn't be bothering you, father." Many people take "father" as being "God" in this song. Is God who Brandon Flowers (the front-man) referring to when he sings this plea? I don't know. Either way, it's heartfelt and everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives...where they have trouble finding an answer to their problem and look to God or whomever else they pray to.
08. "Read My Mind" from "Sam's Town." This was the 2nd single for the band off of the "Sam's Town" album, the first being "When You Were Young." "Read My Mind" is my number 8 choice mostly because I just like it. Plain and simple. It's one of those songs that I can listen to over and over again and never get tired of it. Mr. Flowers' voice in this song is sultry and full of yearning. A song about love, the line "I don't shine if you don't shine," shows loves empathy. Love, itself, comes in many shapes and forms. For example, I take this line as if I were singing it to my daughter... I don't shine unless she shines and I will always do what I can to make her shine because that's how deep my love is for her. She is a part of me and without her, I am nothing. In turn, I don't shine unless she shines.
07. "Smile Like You Mean It" from "Hot Fuss." This is the song that made me fall in love with "The Killers." When I heard this song for the first time, I remember thinking "Damn, this is a good band." A band who writes and sings music with actual feeling? I didn't think that existed anymore... unless that feeling was anger and your bands name was 'Korn.'
06. "Everything Will Be Alright" from "Hot Fuss." I love this song because it has a very "80's" feel. A slow, melancholy, yet positive song, "Everything Will Be Alright" is very dynamic. And, if anything else, everyone wants to hear that everything will be alright!
05. "For Reasons Unknown" from "Sam's Town." This song has pretty much been my "theme" song for the past two years or so. Claiming: "My heart, it don't beat, it don't beat the way it used to, and my eyes don't recognize you anymore." It's a song about relationships getting old, or getting older in general, obviously. And we all get older... whether we want to or not. But who really wants to get older?
04. "On Top" from "Hot Fuss." This is a very upbeat song. It's catchy, and again, has an "80's" feel. This song makes you want to dance...whether you technically know how to dance or not. You want to hop in your car and go to the nearest club that's playing indie music that night. "On Top" is a fun, energetic song from start to finish.
03. "Change Your Mind" from "Hot Fuss." This song is completely different from anything you've ever heard before. I promise. I just adore this song. And it doesn't hurt that it was featured in the film "Thank You For Smoking," A movie that I love. The song simply asks: "If the answer is no... can I change your mind?" Simple and beautiful.
02. "Sam's Town" from "Sam's Town." The opening song to the 2006 'Killers' sophomore album. It is an epic story of a song along the lines of Elton Johns "Funeral For A Friend." <Just not as long.> The entire "Sam's Town" album is a bit of an epic album... telling a story from start to finish. The albums opening number is the perfect taste of what's to come with the rest of the album. It has depth and feeling, both in the music and lyrics. If I were to grade this song, I would give "Sam's Town" an A+.
01. "All These Things That I've Done" from "Hot Fuss." This was actually the bands very first single, but didn't catch on like the second single, "Somebody Told Me." This song is perfect. Perfect music. Perfect lyrics. It's almost like "The Killers" were aiming to make a perfect song, even adding "Queen's" famous line "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier." With a gospel choir in the background, and a super talented new Indie-Rock band in the front... How could you possibly go wrong?
Well, folks, that's my list. Please your thoughts. What would your number one "Killers" song be? Again, thank you for reading.