Best Arcade Fire Songs

Fantastic indie rock band... what are their best songs?

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1Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

The first time I heard this I had to listen to it again right after to be sure I heard it correctly through the trance it put me in. By all logic this song should not work; its tempo fluctuates, its note precision is shoddy, but in the end that's the point. Raw emotion so powerful that it doesn't just interpret the music, it rewrites it. Definitely Arcade Fire's most impressive piece and deservedly at the top of this list. And I haven't even mentioned the lyrics or the live performances. I've never looked at music in the same way after this piece.

This song is the song that defined my teenage years. Coming from a family in emotional turmoil, I found comfort in this song. Reminds me of fighting for the one girl who made everything feel better - the one girl who didn't neglect me, and made me see in color. It also reminds me that one day, that girl and I will look back and wonder where the hurt even went. She makes me feel like the best girlfriend in the world.

The hardest to me is to pick only one song from Arcade Fire, but Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) has everything in it. It has the emotion, the instruments and the lyrics that makes a young man smile.

This is the song, the opening, and the stage that vaults Funeral into the stratosphere of exceptional art

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2Wake Up

This song is so good... Easily the best Arcade Fire song and by far one of the best songs I've ever heard in my entire life.

I love arcade fire, probably one of the best indie bands around, they just provide something different and energetic but this was the first song I heard by them. it was in the trailer for where the wild things are and I bought the album (funeral) and all the others since. love it!

So huge sounding. Truly awesome chorus and the ending is just so soft and harmless and innocent but sad sounding in a way. It's so many emotions and that's why its number 1!

The very first song I've heard from Arcade Fire and I knew in that moment that something great just came to my life.

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3Rebellion (Lies)

Unlike others songs from Arcade Fire, this song ends in sadness, a violin-whistling induced sadness and it's beautiful. Since the beginning of the song you are like taping your feet, finding freedom in its strong rhythm and then you end up singing this no-lyric kind of chorus and everyone around you is singing with you in a perfect connection with the band on the stage. There's no words to describe the feeling - a_leitao

One of my favourite Arcade Fire songs along with No Cars Go. I can't describe what I feel with this, it is a mix of feelings like happiness, sadness, when the piano gets in, then Win sings... It's something unique, every time I start to hear that bass line... It's one of the best things ever! It's so beautiful, yet sad... One of the best songs ever written and one of my favourites songs of all time. It's incredible

My favourite of Arcade Fires! Such a beautiful and heady song! The piano and the violin make it ethereal, atmospheric... It's poetic and powerful at the same time. It gives the shivers!

My favourite and the first I've listened from Arcade Fire. Funeral is such a great album, and Rebellion is the finest on it. I really love Tunnels and Wake Up, but this one just can't get out of my head. - Micky99

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4The Suburbs

"Sometimes I can't believe it, this song has so much feeling... "

I can't believe that this song isn't #1 great lyrics, great music, and the best music video I've ever seen probably. We Used to Wait and Ready to Start should be 2nd and 3rd as well.

This was the song that made me love arcade fire. It sets the tone for the perfect album that is 'the suburbs'and shows so much emotion. What more could you ask for in a song?

Amazingly beautiful song. Best song of all time in my opinion.

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5Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

All the songs are beyond amazing but I think this one shines the most of all of the songs and it is currently my favourite song at the moment. Love to ARCADE FIRE - egillaxelsson

Amazing. Best Arcade Fire song there is. This makes you, literally, in your dreams. It can make you in a happy mood for the rest of your awesome life.

This is the first ever arcade fire song I listened and it trust me this will transport you to a peaceful state

This song makes you wanna dance to its every beat.

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This is one of the best song I've heard in my life. The instrumentation, the lyrics, the delivery are just perfect. It has so much meaning, politically and religiously speaking.

This music has so much meaning, I think we should all learn from the band's message in this song... a powerful chorus that make us better people, couldn't ask for more - a_leitao

The organ, the organ, the organ...

Its just a powerful, the lyrics

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7Ready to Start

Still my favorite chord progression I've ever heard. The intro and the first few lines are permanently embedded in my head to the point where I subconsciously start dancing to it and singing it under my breath. It's infectious.

The best song from Arcade Fire, it defines me, and gave me a fealing of rebirth every time I listen it. I cried the first time I listened live, if the businessmen drink your blood, doesn't matter because... you're now ready to start...

For me it's the most emotional song ever. When I heard it live it was one of the best moments in my life. The climax is immense. - nomo

Best Arcade Fire song!

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I have a serious crush on this song. Arcade Fire is such a unique band, and every song they produce is a complete masterpiece. The band is made up of a lot of people, against the usual four or five members. I've noticed that most of their songs use the same song format, then they go on for a long time with amazing melodies and just pull you into their world. This song, Reflektor, is mysterious and almost creepy in a way, but it's super catchy and the kind of song you find yourself dancing to at your bedroom mirror. The singers have great voices, and I find it really cool that part of the song was sung in French. This song definitely deserves to be boosted up into the top five Arcade Fire songs!

This song sold me on the band, I wasn't sure of the hype they had behind them as this indie sensation but yeah they're pretty great, this song is unlike anything I've heard before, it has beat you just want to get up and dance to

Produced by James Murphy and featuring David Bowie, this song lives up to its expectations. One of the more dancier songs Arcade Fire has done, it is simply a masterpiece. You can't help but tap your foot.

When I first heard it live I heard the chorus and thought it was called "Sister Detective". Loved the title, now love the song.

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9No Cars Go

I first heard this song from it's 2003 original version and I was amazed. When I heard it's re-recording for Neon Bible I thought to myself that Arcade Fire are just setting the bar so high. It's gonna be almost impossible to make music better than this guys, on the studio AND on the stage. 'Cause on the studio they make you believe in life itself yet they still manage to combine it with the other songs of the album and their meanings. On the stage they lead you to an imperial cavalcade of emotions and you find yourself bursting out in tears with it's amazing Outro - a_leitao

One of the very few songs that's never gonna bore me out. I really could listen to it a hundred times - it IS one of the best songs ever produced!

The outro is one of my favorite moments in musical history. The energy is awesome.

The soundtrack to my childhood, neon bible and most importantly Arcade Fire

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10Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Definitely their most high soaring, lively song. Fantastic energy in it and the lyrics are quite powerful.

Arcade Fire showing that they also know how to rock n roll and to make you feel alive. Energetic and beautiful at the same time, one of the best of their songs - a_leitao

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The Contenders


Every time I hear this song I like it more. I know for a fact it's the percussion, and I've memorized the symbol crashes by now, but man it's just bizarrely invigorating with every new listen. Especially at night.

Means so much to me. Very danceable and yet has the ability to make you think.

The most beautiful lyrics that I've heard in years!

Just incredible all around

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12Keep the Car Running

First song I ever heard from Arcade fire.
It still is undoubtedly the best one.

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13Crown of Love

This song is incredibly beautiful, the emotion you hear when Win sings "You gotta be the one, you gotta be the way, your name is the only word that I can say" is so epic. And I absolutely love the transition into the upbeat part!

It's a beautiful ballad from start to finish. It starts with a sadness like tune then as it is about to end, it burst with this contagious beat that you can't just help yourself but to dance to it.

One of the best ballads ever written.

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14We Used to Wait

This was the first song I ever heard of their's and is still my favorite song by far after listening to all the songs. The interactive video is pretty original.

15Suburban War

The song has so much feeling and emotion. Should be much much higher. Having said that though all the above are awesome to. Haven't heard an arcade fire song that I don't like yet.

When the drums come in and Win sings "All my old friends, they don't know me now"... most emotional moment in an Arcade Fire song for me. Except maybe in My Body is a Cage

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16Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

I used to hate this song. I would skip it while listening to Funeral. But then I listened all the way through... and it hooked me. It features the best use of accordian (albeit some of the ONLY use of accordian) in any rock/indie/alternative song of recent years.

Just began listening Arcade Fire, but this track really stood out on my first listen of Funeral, it is just so different.

This is the best song, and it was this that first got me into Arcade Fire. My other faves are Rebellion (Lies), Sprawl II, Reflektor but the rest are equally great

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17Modern Man

Probably the best proper guitar riff in the Arcade Fire catalog. Just brilliant

This is the absolute dumbest system for commen shiite eve men

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18In the Backseat

Regine's hyper-emotional performance in addition to its hyper-emotional instrumental makes it their most sensitive and emotive song to date. My fave!

Perfect ending to funeral with Regine offering some amazing vocals.


Simply heartbreaking. Although it's not the only Arcade Fire song that mixes the lyrics from both French and English, Haiti's lyrics just flow in their own way and the language change seems to take place every time when it's more beautiful to say the particular line in the other language. Don't even get me started on the instrumental and the music video.

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20Ocean of Noise

When the trumpets come in right at the end, I get chills every time

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