Best Arcade Fire Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 Neighborhood #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.


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2 Wake 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!

Better than numb

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3 Rebellion (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!

This song is an anthem for rebelling and disobeying parents and childhood in general and it is defiantly the best arcade fire song

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4 The 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?

The chords and the chorus are to die for. The first song that really got me into Arcade Fire. - jagman264

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5 Intervention

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...

Butler delivers and then some on this one. Towards the Middle of the song is really when it starts to get good then he just carri s the rest like no other arcade song. Similar if not better than Neighborhood#2.

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6 Sprawl 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

It's awesome, I love the energy that transmit the voice

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7 Reflektor

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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8 Ready 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

In my opinion theyr most rocking song always.
The post punk spiryt is in this masterpeace.

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9 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

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

Such a powerful song!

Should easily be #1

Incredibly fun

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10 No 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.


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The Contenders

11 Keep the Car Running

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

Great hook. Fun to sing along to.

12 Afterlife

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.

It's a fantastic song

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

The last half of the song is a journey through the imagination and selfdiscovery of the afterdeath experience, best song ever!

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13 Crown 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.

Beautiful song and perhaps the most true love song I have ever heard

Amazing! One of the best songs from the best album of the 21st century!

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14 Neighborhood #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.

Now the neighbors can dance! So underrated... - PeterG28

One of my favorite song in all time

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15 We 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.

16 Suburban 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

What an absolute masterpiece of a song. It's one of the few songs that has personally had an impact on me. - Pony

And I search for you
In every passing car

17 Haiti

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.

This song gets me emotional. Why is it not higher?

18 In 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.

19 Ocean of Noise

This one's underrated, it's so layered and relaxing.

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

20 Modern Man

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

Just a great great song

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Top Remixes (37)

1. Wake Up
2. No Cars Go
3. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
1. Intervention
2. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
3. Afterlife
1. Keep the Car Running
2. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
3. Haiti

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