366TAS: 5:35 – Arcade Fire – Wake Up

The other day, I mentioned that my top song of the aughts was still to come later this year. Well guess what? It’s… not “Wake Up”. But if it were, that wouldn’t be a bad choice. Rolling Stone and NME put “Wake Up” in the top 50 songs of the decade. Pitchfork named Funeral the second best album of the decade and “Wake Up” is perhaps the album’s best track and certainly it’s most widely recognized one, thanks to some Super Bowl commercials and the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN radio.

Of course, not everybody knew who Arcade Fire was a couple years ago. Then, they won a Grammy for Album of the Year, beating out the likes of Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum and people spazzed out. But now more people know about Arcade Fire. But maybe you still don’t know about Arcade Fire. If not, I suggest you take a listen to “Wake Up” and then go out and buy their albums, because if you don’t know about Arcade Fire, hipsters might kill you:

Wake Up – Arcade Fire

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 5:35 – Arcade Fire – Wake Up

  1. Captain Easychord says:

    man, had I realized that this time would have come up the day after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, I definitely would have planned to post Duran Duran’s “Rio”… of course, those very Olympics helped me fall behind by a few days, so I actually posted it four days late, mitigating any feelings of remorse… that there weren’t many opportunities to slip Arcade Fire in later made it easier to stick with the plan, although if I rearranged the list from scratch, I’d have been awfully tempted to use “Month of May” at 3:51, which just happened to fall on May 1…

  2. James says:

    If I ever had a claim to being a hipster, then Arcade Fire would be my Exhibit 1. I saw them just when they had released Funeral, up at Boston, in a hole in the wall the size of an efficiency, where there were maybe 30 people & $2 PBRs (also because I didn’t know what the band looked like, I accidentally “hit on” the lead singer’s wife). So, my alternative picks are “Suburban War” (4:45), “Rebellion (Lies)” (5:10), “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” (5:12), or the underrated “No Cars Go” (5:43).

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