Top 10 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 one that defined my teenage years. Coming from a family in emotional turmoil, I found comfort in this song. It 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.

2 Wake Up

We can all agree that this music has the best change of tempo ever. Whenever they finish the line with "reaches and touches my hand," I can't contain myself. It's so much joy, and I end up in tears every time. I wish everyone had the opportunity of hearing this tune live. Trust me, it's a life changer.

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, harmless, and innocent but sad sounding in a way. It's so many emotions and that's why it's number 1!

3 Rebellion (Lies)

Unlike other 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 tapping 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 are no words to describe the feeling.

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 and 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 favourite songs of all time. It's incredible.

My favourite and the first I've listened to 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.

4 The Suburbs

One of the coolest indie songs of our time. The music is catchy and pretty awesome. The lyrics are just brilliant. They are one of my all-time favorite indie bands, right after Arctic Monkeys.

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?

5 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

This song is gorgeous. It's stunningly beautiful. From the heavy synths to Reginé's very high, almost shrill (which is not a bad thing) voice, it creates such an epic story. It almost feels as though her voice carries a panicky tone, like she will be trapped inside the "sprawl" with no way to escape. But at the same time, it's so anthemic that one can only derive a sense of hope. It's simply amazing.

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

All the songs are beyond amazing, but I think this one shines the most of all the songs, and it is currently my favorite song at the moment. Love to Arcade Fire.

6 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 cymbal crashes by now, but man, it's just bizarrely invigorating with every new listen. Especially at night.

In my dreams, there is a club that exclusively plays sad bangers. This song would be at the top of that playlist. I have never cried AND danced harder than when I am listening to this song.

Symbolically, this is the best Arcade Fire song. One of the best love songs ever written.

7 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 feeling of rebirth every time I listen to 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 of my life. The climax is immense.

8 Intervention

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 carries the rest like no other Arcade song. Similar, if not better than, Neighborhood #2.

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

Simply fantastic.
The lyrics make this song the best.
My interpretation: people committing so much time and energy to one's passion or work leads to collateral damage.

9 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Tunnels and Wake Up are great songs, but nothing comes close to Power Out. You sing along to Tunnels. You scream and punch through a wall to 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.

10 No Cars Go

I first heard this song from its 2003 original version and I was amazed. When I heard its re-recording for Neon Bible, I thought to myself that Arcade Fire is just setting the bar so high. It's going to be almost impossible to make music better than these guys, both in the studio and on the stage.

In 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 its amazing outro.

Strong contender for #1. I wish I could listen to this song for the first time again so that I can experience the second half of the song once more.

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

The Contenders
11 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!

Not only my favorite Arcade Fire song, but this is also one of the best rock songs ever, right up there 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 of other songs, in my opinion.

12 Keep the Car Running

The first song I ever heard from Arcade Fire. It still is undoubtedly the best one.

Great hook. Fun to sing along to.

13 Suburban War

The song has so much feeling and emotion. It should be much higher. Having said that, though, all the above are awesome too. 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"... it's the 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.

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 accordion (albeit some of the only use of accordion) in any rock/indie/alternative song of recent years.

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

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

15 Everything Now
16 We Used to Wait

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

17 Haiti

Simply heartbreaking. Although it's not the only Arcade Fire song that mixes lyrics from both French and English, Haiti's lyrics just flow in their own way. 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 favorite!

Perfect ending to Funeral with Regine offering some amazing vocals.

So much raw emotion in one song, I get goosebumps every time. A song that expands, reaches an emotional peak, and slowly reels back into itself only begging to be listened to again.

19 My Body is a Cage

This is definitely their best song. It's perfect. Constantly building throughout the song, it displays 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. The lyrics are definitely their best as well. Need I say more?

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

20 Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
21 Porno

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

Amazing beats and great lyrics!

22 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 bursts with this contagious beat that you can't just help yourself but to dance to.

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

23 We Exist

Lately, I've become so addicted to this song. The music video is so damn good. It deserves a bit higher place in this list.

This should be in the top ten. The strings really bring the song to life.

24 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!

25 Here Comes the Night Time

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

There's a certain energetic feel in this one that eclipses many of their other songs. And it makes you want to bust a move when it gets to those crazy parts!

It will make you dance.

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