It was in 2011, when Arcade Fire beat out Lady Gaga and Eminem for Best Album of the Year, that the world of music flipped for many indie fans. Despite Arcade Fire’s work being hailed as near-genius by many music aficionados from the beginning with the 2004 magnum opus “Funeral,” the Canadian band was mostly coasting along in the background, stirring up indie fervor here and there until their album “The Suburbs” hit the vinyl shelves.
That’s when the “indie” genre became something no one really expected: popular. There are only a handful of bands that can almost single handedly bring a genre or sound from the underground to the mainstream. And even though Arcade Fire may be a popular band that’s headlining Coachella, it has still maintained its indie cred — at least artistically (not financially of course).
As part of its big arena tour, Arcade Fire stops at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. In honor of the band’s biggest tour stop in Colorado, we sifted through their four excellent releases to pick the 15 best Arcade Fire songs.
15) “Joan of Arc” from “Reflektor”
A walking bass line and post-punk guitar style give this song its edge, but the meandering French lyrics and spaced out guitar trills in the bridge make it signature Arcade Fire.
14) “Intervention” from “Neon Bible”
A theatrical organ begins the song with one of the most memorable lines in indie rock: “Working for the church while your family dies.”
13) “Month of May” from “The Suburbs”
This is Arcade Fire showing off their punk rock roots. There ain’t nothing wrong with that.
12) “Neighborhood #3” from “Funeral”
This song is powerful and entrancing, fast and driving, and it showcases just how weird frontman Win Butler’s voice could get while keeping catchy guitar riffs, xylophones and violins dancing inanely in the foreground.
11) “Afterlife” from “Reflektor
A groove straight from the ’80s, this tune bounces along, and it almost never ends — not that you’d want it to.