As strange as it may seem, I think the greatest part of seeing live music is the moment immediately after a show has ended. After the final note has been played, and that last bit of feedback ringing from the speakers subsides, an overwhelming feeling always seems to consume me. It’s a sense of exhilaration, astonishment, and damn-near euphoria all rolled into one; a sensation that is almost impossible to replicate in any other setting.
One More for the Road: The 10 Best Encore Songs
Every great band has at least one song in its repertoire that aims to instill this feeling onto their fans, leaving a lasting impression on all in attendance. These are songs that send the crowd into a frenzy upon their memorable opening notes that doesn’t cease until the band finally exits the stage. They are the type of songs that place an exclamation point on any performance and reaffirm why millions of people go out to their local music venues to support their favorite bands year after year. Check out our list of the Top 10 Best Show-Closing Songs:
1. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” is like the “We Are the Champions” of the indie rock world. It’s a perfect mix of anthemic and infectious. Plus, it’s got some of the most heartbreaking yet uplifting lyrics you’ll ever hear.
2. Muse – Knights of Cydonia
If “Wake Up” is “We Are the Champions,” then this song is the “We Will Rock You.” Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” features big guitars, even bigger theatrics, and graces us with one of the greatest rallying cries in rock today.
3. My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday
There are about 15 My Morning Jacket songs that could’ve made this list, but I believe this song truly encapsulates what this band is all about. These guys are big-time arena rockers disguised as southern rock maestros.
4. Phoenix – Rome
Let’s be honest; who doesn’t like singing the word “Rome” twenty times in a row? Yeah, I thought so. French indie-rockers Phoenix make it all possible.
5. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
Seeing The Flaming Lips play this song live is one of the most inspiring performances you will ever experience. It’s one of those songs where you’ll find yourself compelled to hug total strangers in the crowd and tell them how much you love them.
6. Band of Horses – The Funeral
This slow-burner starts with a whisper and explodes into a full-fledged rocker. The fiery guitars and emotional lyrics make for a truly powerful event that often caps off Band of Horses concerts.
7. Animal Collective – Brothersport
The second you hear those samples, you know you’re in for a wild ride. “Brothersport” transforms any Animal Collective show into a psychedelic dance party you’ll never forget.
8. Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home
The driving force behind this prog-rock gem is its timeless guitar riff. Just when you think the performance couldn’t possibly get any bigger, you are bombarded with raging guitar solos and an onslaught of “Ooooh’s” that are pretty much impossible not to sing along with, making this a Coheed and Cambria staple.
9. The Walkmen – The Rat
Listening to this song live is the equivalent of being hit by about 12 trucks carrying cement. “The Rat” combines thundering drums and pulsing guitars with commanding vocals. It’s a perfect exercise in angst and beauty, and the crown jewel in The Walkmen’s catalog.
10. Eagles of Death Metal – Speaking In Tongues
The Eagles of Death Metal have made no secret of their mission to bring the sexiness back to rock and roll, and this song reaffirms that notion. The highlight of this performance is the dueling guitar battle that breaks out just before its raucous conclusion.
Article by Trevor Ziegler