The Killers' Top Ten Most Played Concert Tracks

Tuesday, 18, June, 2013

The Killers will play their biggest-ever standalone show at Wembley Stadium this Saturday.

In anticipation of the show, thanks to figures from setlist.fm, we take a look at the Las Vegas rock sensations top ten most played concert tracks.

Which one are you looking forward to most?

Bones (303 performances)
Bones was released as the second single from The Killers second album Sam's Town in November 2006.

The music video for the song is the first music video directed by filmmaker Tim Burton and won Best Video at the 2007 NME Awards.

 

Bling (Confession of a King) (335 performances)
Despite not being a single, this track from Sam’s Town is one of The Killers' most popular live songs.

 

For Reasons Unknown (387 performances)
It is rumoured that ‘For Reasons Unknown’ was inspired by Flowers' paternal grandmother and her battle with Alzheimer's.

When the song is played live, bassist Mark Stoermer plays guitar on this track, with Flowers playing the bass.

Read My Mind (425 performances)
Read My Mind was released as the third single from Sam's Town in February 2007.
In an interview with Chicago radio station Q101, lead vocalist Brandon Flowers called "Read My Mind" the best song he has ever written. 

 

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (466 performances)
‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’ is told by the point of view of a boy who has been taken in for questioning about the murder of a girl (Jenny). After explaining the incident from his perspective, the boy (voiced by Flowers), claims that he is innocent by saying that "there ain't no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine".

Often when the song is performed live, the line "she couldn't scream while I held her close", is often replaced by "she couldn't scream while I held her throat", or "she kicked and screamed while I held her throat", giving a more sinister feel to the song. 

 

When You Were Young (470 performances)
Reportedly influenced by Bruce Springsteen's ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Thunder Road’, ‘When you were young’ is their highest charting single to date in the UK, peaking at number two in September 2006.

 

All These Things That I've Done (486 performances)
"All These Things That I've Done" was released as the third single from Hot Fuss in 2004 in the UK. The song features an extended refrain of "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier", a phrase now associated with both the song and the band as a whole. 

 

Smile Like You Mean It (488 performances)
"Smile Like You Mean It" originally featured on the "Mr. Brightside" EP released in September 2003 but was eventually released as the fourth single from Hot Fuss in May 2005. The band claims that it only took them eight minutes to write the song.

 

Somebody Told Me (507 performances)
Another Hot Fuss single, "Somebody Told Me" charted in the UK at 28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit; it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached number three.

 

Mr. Brightside (514 performances)
Lyrically ‘Mr. Brightside’ depicts the jealousy and paranoia of a man who suspects his partner is cheating on him. The song is inspired by an unfaithful ex-girlfriend of frontman Brandon Flowers.
It was named ‘Song of the Decade’ by both Absolute Radio and XFM, and in April 2010 Last.fm revealed that it was the most listened to track since the launch of the online music service, with over 12.2 million plays.