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The Killers’ Top 10 Songs Ranked

Rebecca Johansson

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The Killers are a band that has stood the test of time, proving that they can deliver energetic floor fillers as well as emotional-filled showstoppers. Their new album ‘Imploding the Mirage‘ was released this week. But in their almost 20 years in the industry, which are their all-time best songs?

Ever since the release of their debut album Hot Fuss, The Killers have produced hit after hit. They’ve got that certain je ne sais quoi that other bands and artists simply can’t replicate. Take the band’s masterful songwriting, add a dash of euphoric synth, heartstopping vocals, and Flowers’ mesmerising stage presence, and you’re left with something truly special. 

From energetic bangers to smouldering album cuts, here’s a rundown of The Killers Top 10 best songs to date.

10. For Reasons Unknown

This is the only Killers song where Flowers plays bass – which instantly makes it a unique hit. But it’s also edgy and packs a real punch. They wrote it really quickly while on the road, which is why it’s got that real sense of urgency about it. I’m only sad that the magic doesn’t go on longer. 

9. Human

The philosophical lyrics raise the fundamental question about what we do when the opportunity presents itself. Do we ‘cut the cord’ and just go for it, or are we afraid to step out of line and do something different?

But if you don’t care about the lyrics, the tune is still catchy as hell with its thumping drums and excitable synths. It’s not a floor-filler, but you wouldn’t kick it out of bed.

8. Spaceman

This stellar song marries air-guitar-inducing guitar chords with bang-on vocals to create a catchy song that’s impossible to forget. Lyrically, it feels like a bit of a departure for The Killers, but Flowers did say he was in a playful mood when they put it together. Either way, whether it’s a Killers staple or a one-on-its-own, it’s definitely one for the playlist and for The Killers Top 10 songs list.

7. Miss Atomic Bomb

Don’t get me wrong, The Killers can make hits that’ll alter your pulse and break speakers. But they also have this ability to create songs with a romanticised nostalgic quality that make you feel something. Miss Atomic Bomb is one of those songs. Dubbed “the epic companion to Mr Brightside”, the video continues the love triangle depicted in that 2004 hit. It’s a song about love, loss, and jealousy, and one that warrants way more hype.

6. Just Another Girl

A lovelorn and wistful Flowers means you’re in for one hell of a song, and this is one of those that almost everyone can relate to. The girl (or boy) who got away. Your friends telling you there’s “plenty more fish in the sea”. But it’s that special one that you’re still pining for. Maybe it’s a “cheesy” concept, but the song is anything but. 

5. When You Were Young

Written by all four band members, this song about growing up and moving on is a Killers classic and one of their best songs. It’s the first single from the album Sam’s Town and has heavy influences from Springsteen. The band were worried about meeting expectations following their highly acclaimed first album, Hot Fuss, but according to Flowers, when he came up with the lyrics “he doesn’t look a thing like Jesus, but he talks like a gentleman”, he knew he’d hit on something special. I couldn’t agree more.

4. Shot At The Night

This glittering synth-pop track has a euphoric chorus and spine-tingling vocals. It tells the story of a working-class Las Vegas hotel maid who’s unsatisfied with her mundane lifestyle, and I can’t help but make the parallel with the band itself. Not only did Flowers work as a bellhop in Las Vegas when he was 16, but the band gigged around the Vegas circuit whilst desperately trying to hit the big time. It’s a song you can easily lose yourself in and its melancholic chorus will touch anyone who’s ever had a longing to escape the ordinary.

3. Read My Mind

This dizzy cocktail of euphoria and melancholy is so insanely powerful. It’s also Brandon Flowers’ favourite Killers song and the track he considers the best he’s ever written. Speaking in a Facebook Live Q&A back in 2017, Flowers said: “My favourite song, I’ve not been shy about, is Read My Mind. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a bar or an arena or a stadium or a festival or to 50 people when Read My Mind starts, the room changes.” And I totally get the reverence – it’s sublime.

2. Somebody Told Me

“This is the story of trying to meet someone in a club,” Brandon Flowers said about Somebody Told Me: the debut single from their first album, Hot Fuss. I’m not sure if I’ve ever personally met someone in a club who had a boyfriend that looked like a girlfriend that I had in February of last year but… who gives a crap about lyrics when a song is this good. It’s a disco-fuelled celebration of androgyny and a complete cult classic.

1. Mr Brightside

If you think it’s “so cliché” to pick this absolute banger as their #1 song then you’re so wrong. Face it, there are few songs that can unite a room full of strangers on a dancefloor like Mr Brightside. It’s 3 minutes and 43 seconds of utter perfection. Everyone knows it from the first few bars. And if you haven’t screamed “I NEVERRRRRR” whilst clutching your buddy and jumping up and down like a gymnast on crack, you haven’t lived.

And don’t just take my word for it either. It’s also the longest-charting single in the history of the UK Top 100 singles chart.


And that’s our list of The Killers Top 10 songs. How wrong are we? What would your list be? Let us know in the comments section below.


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9 Musicians Who Nearly Died On Stage

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Going on stage in front of thousands of adoring fans doesn’t sound like it should come with a health warning. But there have been many instances of a musician who nearly died on stage. Here are nine that almost ended up as toast.

There are many jobs that should come with a health warning. Bomb disposal expert and skyscraper window cleaners come to mind. You would expect some elements of danger with those roles. But what about a musician?

1. James Hetfield – Metallica

Metallica have always put on hard-hitting shows, particularly frontman James Hetfield. Although he has entered rehab many times over the years, it was an on-stage incident that nearly caused his demise. During a 1992 show in Montreal, Hetfield walked into one of the many stage pyrotechnics that was going off. The mistake left him with second-and three-degree burns. Miraculously, he wasn’t seriously injured and was back on stage within a few weeks.

2. Wattie Buchan – The Exploited

Legendary Scottish punk band The Exploited are known for their hi-energy shows. Frontman Wattie Buchan is also one of the most vocal and antagonistic figures in punk. Not afraid to take potshots at fellow musicians and politicians, his persona is as famous as the band he fronts. It almost ended in 2014 when Wattie had a heart attack on-stage in Lisbon, Portugal. After surgery and a few months off, he was back writing with the band. A true punk hero.

3. Keith Moon – The Who

Although Keith Moon ultimately met his demise in 1978, he almost went to the band in the sky in 1973. The story goes that he took what he thought were tranquilisers backstage before a show in San Francisco. Unfortunately, it was PCP, which made Moon pass out on the drum kit. Twice. The crew couldn’t wake him after the second time, so he was rushed to the hospital to have his stomach pumped. It was good news for Scott Halpin, who was plucked from the crowd to take Moon’s place to finish the show. Lucky guy. As for Keith Moon, he managed to survive for another five years before an overdose finally killed him.

4. Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters frontman has had quite a few slips and trips on stage over the years. One that went viral recently was when he ordered a beer from the stage, but slipped off on his way back, guitar in tow. One that could have been much worse happened back in 2015 at a show in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band were two songs into their set when Dave misjudged a ramp and fell from the stage into the security area. After going to the hospital to get bandaged up, he returned to the stage an hour later and finished the show. Albeit sat down with his leg in a cast. He even did the next few shows in a wheelchair. A true rock and roll legend.

5. Till Lindemann – Rammstein

If you’ve ever been to a Rammstein show, you will know that there is enough pyro to fuel a small country. It’s actually surprising that none of the band has met a fiery demise so far into their career. That’s not to say that there haven’t been some close calls. Frontman Till Lindemann is the force behind the band’s pyro effects. He’s actually a qualified pyrotechnician nowadays, but in the mid-90s it was trial and error. There were a couple of instances in those early days where he and several of the crew suffered burns from wayward pyro. And more recently he suffered a serious knee injury when keyboardist Flake crashed into him on stage with a Segway. He looks indestructible on stage, and past incidents prove as such.

6. Nick Lowe – Brinsley Schwarz

Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe actually did die in this incident. Albeit briefly. During a show in London’s Soho, Lowe went to pick up a microphone that was ungrounded. The following electric shock sent him flying across the stage into the amplifiers. The fact that the amps blocked the access to the power and the fact Lowe still had hold of the mic made it an impossible situation. It was his keyboardist who tried to kick the mic off but ended up kicking Nick in the ribs. According to medics, this restarted his heart, thus saving his life. He was taken to hospital but returned a few hours later; joining his bandmates in the bar. A typical British response to almost dying on stage.

7. Ariana Grande

There’s something magical about an artist appearing through the floor and on to the stage. Not quite so when something goes wrong though. During her 2015 Honeymoon tour, Grande rose on an elevator from under the stage. Unfortunately, a plank of wood snapped meaning she was trapped under the stage. Her guitarist helped her up through the gap, but it could have been much worse.

8. Chris Rea

The legendary musician actually collapsed on stage during a tour in 2017 and nearly died on stage. He had had a stroke the year earlier so wasn’t in the best of health. Fans were shocked to see him fall backwards mid-song and collapse on stage. He required hospital treatment but was soon back out again and touring. Apparently, it was due to the effects of his stroke and not any faulty equipment. Still, it could have turned out differently, and who would have driven us home for Christmas then?

9. Meat Loaf

Musician Meat Loaf has collapsed on stage a few times over the years and nearly died. More recently in 2016 during a show in Edmonton in the US, although that was put down to dehydration and exhaustion. It could have been a lot more serious in 2003 when he collapsed on stage during a show in London. He was rushed to hospital and ended up having a heart procedure but was given a clean bill of health not long after that. He’s still playing shows now which just goes to show you can’t keep a good man down.


That’s our list of nine musician and artists who nearly died on stage. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.


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