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The Killers' Most Killer Tracks

by Stephanie Benson

The Killers' Most Killer Tracks

About this playlist

With the 2004 release of their debut album, Hot Fuss, The Killers first conquered the U.K., then quickly the States with their big, bombastic rock. It wasn't a shock that the Brits loved 'em: They took glam, arena rock and '80s synth pop to unabashed levels. The album, front-loaded with a slew of hit singles, was a bona fide success, even garnering the band a Grammy nomination. Next came 2006's Sam's Town, a concept record inspired by their hometown of Las Vegas, and one that brought their U2 and Springsteen sensibilities to showy Sin City heights.

And like everything Vegas-bred, The Killers just kept getting bigger, bolder and flashier, with 2008's quirky, melodramatic Day & Age and, most recently, this month's Battle Born, which boasts an Olympic-level team of big-name producers and a sound that storms the heavenly gates of stadium-shaking balladic rock. Here, in chronological order, we break out the most memorable chunks from The Killers' four studio albums, along with tracks from their B-side comp Sawdust (including a cool cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay"), and even a few cuts from frontman Brandon Flowers' 2010 solo album, Flamingo, to round things out.