1.) Here Comes The Night Time, Reflektor (2013)
With the unique combination of dance rock, droll lyrics and a sprinkle of Haitian influence, “Here Comes The Night Time” pulls you out of your seat and keeps you dancing along for its full six-and-a-half minutes. The band goes all out on this particular song during their live shows, easily making it one of the best points of the night.
2.) The Suburbs, The Suburbs (2010)
I’ll cheat a little here and say that the titular album is my favorite of all Arcade Fire albums, but its premiere song sets the tone concisely and perfectly. Through laments of boredom and travels beyond home, it evokes memories of growing within the idyllic world of American suburbia.
3.) Get Right, Reflektor (2013)
A hidden gem, only featured on Reflektor’s deluxe release. It is a gritty, psychedelic rock that successfully merges the album’s hard rock homages and synth integrations.
4.) No Cars Go, Neon Bible (2007)
“No Cars Go” is the Odyssey of all Arcade Fire songs, sending the listener on a cathartic, life-changing journey with its multi-instrumental romance. This song is best experienced blasted through car stereo, as one is driving down an empty highway at night.
5.) Wake Up, Funeral (2004)
“Wake Up” is perhaps Arcade Fire’s most well-known song, as well as my personal introduction to the band. The chorus - wordless, yet powerful - and the smooth, orchestral transition from depressing to euphoric captivated my 9 year-old self and got me hooked for the years to come.