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  • Kaleb Crowhurst

Top Ten The Killers Songs

This weekend on 92.9, we are bringing you the Top 10 Songs from The Killers. The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001. The band has released six consecutive chart-topping studio albums, are considered one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, but what is their biggest song?


10.

Caution

Imploding The Mirage (2020)

After moving to Utah, Flowers began work on Imploding The Mirage. The record references some artists that filled him and the other band members with a sense of romance and camaraderie in their youth. This arena-ready slice of emotive Americana takes inspiration from Bruce Springsteen. The Killers haven't featured many guest spots on their previous albums, but they opened their arms to collaborators on Imploding the Mirage. This song features a guitar solo courtesy of Lindsey Buckingham.


9.

Run For Cover

Wonderful Wonderful (2017)

Brandon Flowers started writing this song with producer Stuart Price for their 2008 Day & Age album, but was unable to finish it. He finally completed the tune nine years later with the help of Alex Cameron, a singer and songwriter from Sydney, Australia. "The second verse was not finished and I love the first verse. I love this first verse like I've never loved a verse and so it was really difficult because I couldn't match it."


8.

Read My Mind

Sam's Town (2006)

This was originally a totally different song titled "Little Angela" with a rock beat and lyrics telling a small love story. Brandon Flowers recalled: "My melody was a little too much like 'Mrs. Robinson,' the lyrics weren't great, and Alan (Moulder) had the balls and the courage to tell me - he said 'Let's keep this template, and write a different song over it.' So the song was born out of us jamming that old song, and it grew from there."


7.

The Man

Wonderful Wonderful (2017)

The first track to be released from Wonderful Wonderful, this was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on June 14, 2017. It was The Killers' first new music since 2012's Battle Born. Frontman Brandon Flowers told Annie it was a "relief" to put the track out after five years away. He added: "It's funkier than anything we've ever done before but with quintessentially Killers things."


6.

Human

Day and Age (2008)

This was the first song The Killers recorded for their Day & Age album, in fact it was recorded during their 2007 Sawdust sessions. Stuart Price, who worked with The Killers on several Sawdust tracks, produced it. (Price is best known for co-writing and producing Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor.) Frontman Brandon Flowers told

of how they persuaded Price to helm this track: "When we met him, we were just having dinner with him in London about what he was doing for us at Sawdust, helping us with Sawdust. So I just said, 'what are you doing after dinner?' He said he was free, and we went to his house - he has a studio there - and we recorded 'Human.'


5.

Smile Like You Mean It

Hot Fuss (2004)

This is about two-faced girls with fake smiles and fake conversations. "It was very personal to me, and that's one of the things that's amazing about music - we all bring our own meaning to songs," Brandon Flowers recalled. "It was quite a sophisticated song for where we were at that time, I think."


4.

All These Things That I've Done

Hot Fuss (2004)

This song is about growing up and moving on from the past, trying to make yourself a better person. It was written by lead singer Brandon Flowers when he was working as a bellman at the Gold Coast casino in Las Vegas. Since this was before cellphones, he would call his friends from work and leave song ideas on their answering machines if inspiration struck.


3.

When You Were Young

Sam's Town (2006)

Written by all four band members, this song is about growing up and moving on in the world, leaving the past behind you. It deals with how your perceptions change as you look back on your youth. This was the first single from Sam's Town, which is The Killers second album. Much of the album was influenced by Bruce Springsteen, who often wrote about restless youth.


2.

Somebody Told Me

Hot Fuss (2004)

A band composition, the was the second single The Killers released, following "Mr. Brightside." With lyrics by lead singer Brandon Flowers, the song is a look inside the mind of a young man laden with testosterone and libido. "We were going out to clubs a lot at the time," Flowers Said "It speaks to a young man's frustration, the difficulty of picking up girls." Flowers also recalled "I was 20, 21, and just trying to write about what I was doing and seeing in these indie nightclubs in Vegas. I was listening to Pulp and David Bowie, trying to channel all of that stuff."


1.

Mr. Brightside

Hot Fuss (2004)

Killers guitarist Dave Keuning wrote this about lead singer Brandon Flowers' ex-girlfriend who cheated on him. Flowers recalled that in March 2009 how he discovered her with another man at the Crown and Anchor pub in his hometown of Las Vegas: "I was asleep and I knew something was wrong. I have these instincts. I went to the Crown and Anchor and my girlfriend was there with another guy." Flowers added that the song was "born" at the Crown and Anchor.