Best Arcade Fire Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

This song is so different, it has high vocals and William Butler sounds great on this track with a nice steady vocal presence. This song is very much so their best song and just shows pure indie rock, and how good an album Funeral is.

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.

So uh why is this a newcomer now

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.

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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!

Better than numb

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!

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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!

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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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 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

I set this as my alarm.

Actually, that's only partially true: it rotates with Wake Up. :3

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6 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...

My favourite :) ready to start, and suburbs are good too!

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7 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.

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

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

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8 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

My word WHAT a band. Amazing song. This is my favourite, very closely followed by Rebellion. The rest is all amazing too.

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

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9 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.

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

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10 Reflektor

Not only my favorite Arcade Fire song, this is one of the best rock songs ever, right up with some of Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. It's quite sticky but not in an annoying way, it's smooth and dark with intensity and a masterful composition. Miles ahead from other songs in my opinion.

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!

Reflektor is number 8?! Seriously?! This song is a masterpiece.

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

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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

Their masterpiece

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.

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13 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.

14 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

This song means a lot.

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15 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

16 Modern Man

Amazing riff running throughout. Top five material.

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

Just a great great song

This is the absolute dumbest system for commen shiite eve men

17 Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

So underrated!

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

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18 My Body is a Cage

This is definitely their best song. It's perfect. Constantly building throughout the song, raw emotion, great use of the organ and amazing drumming that keeps the song moving once the full sound comes in. Win is amazing in this song too. Lyrics are definitely their best as well. Need I say more?

So umm, did people just forget about this one? Did they not see it? Whatever the explanation, this deserves to be in the top 5.

The fact that this song is so low is terrifying

So wonderful, meaningfull, breathtaking

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19 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.

This is my personal favourite Arcade Fire song, due to the fact that it's also the second best track with female vocals ever made, slightly behind Björk's Jóga. It also made me cry at the 4 minute mark on my first listen.

20 Black Mirror

Feels like dark walls of sound are closing in around you.

Creepy awesomeness.

21 Speaking In Tongues

Deserves to be in the top 5!
Absolutely beautiful guitar and killer bass with some of the most intense lyrics and vocals the band has ever produced!

22 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?

23 Everything Now
24 Rococo

I could listen to this on a loop, I absolutely love it. Amazed it isn't higher

Wow, I'm shocked this isn't in the top ten. One of AF's best, haunting and powerful, I never get tired of it.

Møst underrated arcade fire song

25 Porno

Most underrated song of the band and my favorite of them

Amazing beats and great lyrics!

Most underrated song from "Reflektor". Great lyrics, great chorus and an awesome outro!

26 Cold Wind
27 Here Comes the Night Time

Amazing construction. There so much energy, it's just make me feel happy. A really great song with a great interaction of a lot of instruments judiciously used. My favorite one on reflektor

It will make you dance

My favourite Arcade Fire song NO DOUBT

The only Arcade Fire song I like ^^

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28 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

29 It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)

A really powerful, energetic and beautiful duet of Regine and Will, telling a story of two lovers losing each other. Deserves every listen!

The hooks in this one are incredible

30 Creature Comfort
31 The Well and the Lighthouse

After my first Neon Bible listen, this song somehow impressed me and it still is my favorite even after The Suburbs album.

I don't know what it is about this song, but whenever I hear it, it makes me feel emotional in the beat possible way.

32 Deep Blue

Oh my god why is this song so far down? It's an amazing track! Sick beats and so dreamy. I heard this in Boyhood and immediately got hooked. I have heard a few other of their songs and this one definitely tops for me! Must be in the top 5. Come on people, vote this one up!

On their best works. And sure sends and important message too.

This should be top 20 for sure! The chorus is incredibly powerful and emotional.

This should be well higher.

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33 Abraham's Daughter

I came to know of this song after it was played in The Hunger Games movie but I STILL LOVE IT.

Fits the hunger games perfectly

34 Normal Person

This song is just awesome! Lyrics, instrumental... It should be a top10!

Good Neil Young rock in AF style.

Woaah wooah woah! Why is this at 32? My favourite rack off the new record by a long way.

35 Une Annee Sans Lumiere

I feel like this song is really underrated... It's always been my favorite and probably always will be though haha

This is one of those songs I had o listen to everyday it was so good!

36 The Suburbs (Continued)

One of the most beautiful lines I've ever heard or read "if I could have it back, all the time that we wasted I'd only waste it again and again and again

I love this outro. The perfect ending. "If I could have it back, you know I would love to waste it again. Waste it again and again and again."

37 Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
38 Antichrist Television Blues
39 We Exist

Lately I've become so addictive to this song... Music video is so damn good... It deserves a bit higher place in this list

LGBT anthem. Instant classic.

40 Empty Room
41 Black Wave/Bad Vibrations

Why is this song so underrated? Its beautiful.

42 Month of May
43 City With No Children

No. 28? Are you all mental

44 Supersymmetry

A great Arcade Fire song

One of the best... soothing...it's just amazing and the movie HER give it a unique but awesome, spinechilling and more lovable feel... Should have been the number 1 in my opinion

45 Half Light II (No Celebration)
46 Joan of Arc

Arcade Fire going' punk. One of the best ones on Reflektor - SpaceSymphony

Why tf is this 46? Literally the best song on Reflektor. Should be at least 4.

Nr 33?! This has to go up. Love Régine part

47 Windowsill
48 Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
49 Headlights Look Like Diamonds
50 Half Light I

How is this so low down on the list? Easily my 2nd favourite after Tunnels

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1. Wake Up
2. No Cars Go
3. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
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1. Intervention
2. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
3. Afterlife
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1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
2. Ready to Start
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