They’ve been called our generation’s answer to U2. They surprised everyone — including themselves — by capturing an album of the year Grammy in 2011. They count pop legends David Byrne and David Bowie among their most passionate fans. And in less than a decade, they leapt from playing Montreal’s tiniest clubs to headlining the biggest arenas of North America.
Arcade Fire have blown past every bar they’ve set, year after year, album after album, and with four spectacular LPs now to their name, it’s as good a time as any to take a look back — a listen back — at the highlights of their incredible discography.
CBC Radio 3 staff have poured over the Montreal collective’s four full-length studio releases to pick out the critical darlings, the singles, the standout tracks that gripped our attention as soon as we first heard them. We present to you our list of the 15 best Arcade Fire songs — thus far.
Click through the gallery above to check out CBC Radio 3’s top 15 Arcade Fire tracks.
Listen to our favourite Arcade Fire songs in a playlist
Did your favourite Arcade Fire tracks make the list? Any glaring omissions? Sound off in the comments below or tweet @CBCRadio3.
Tune in to CBC Radio 3 today to hear hosts Emma Godmere, Grant Lawrence and Lana Gay chat about Arcade Fire's best songs
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