Success wasn’t the Brightside of The Killers when they first came out with their single in 2003, upon it’s re-release in 2004 though, the song not only skyrocketed the band into their success; its persistence remains with no end in sight of dropping off the Top-100 Singles List.
Whilst most any other artist would get sick of playing their Hit-Single repeatedly, The Killers have refused to shy away from the success of Mr. Brightside — understanding and appreciating the response the song received, the consistency with which the song is featured in every Set-List since its release hasn’t diminished the band’s enthusiasm for playing it for their live audience, with the same attitude that brought them critical acclaim back in 2004.
As Rock Bands seem to be dropping off the charts and the Industry being dominated by more main-stream music, The Killers hold their own league in proclaiming the title as one of The most Successful Bands of the 21st Century.
Claiming the title once more in 2010 by XFM.
Mr. Brightside defies all odds and still remains to this stay, the most featured song on the Singles Top-100 List. Having never left the Top-100 Singles List, since its release.
As the song reaches its 203rd Week of being featured in the Top-100 Singles List, let’s look into what makes Mr. Brightside the song that refuses to age.
As the iconic opening riff opens, sending chills down the spine of listeners proceeding into it’s First Verse’s opening Line,
The song speaks to an age group to look on the Brightside of life, much like the song as it failed to gain traction in 2003 to launching off into unimaginable fame in 2004, when it was picked up by Lizard King and Island Def Jam Records.
We’ve all dealt with rejection at some point in our lives, and if you haven’t you’re either really lucky or the worse has yet to come (God-Forbid).
The lyrics are relatable and the song is simple yet pleasurably easy to jam to, as a matter of fact shortly before realising I was never going to be Buckethead on the Electric Guitar and picking up the Bass instead, Mr. Brightside was the only song I ever learnt to play and continue to do so to this very day (And shamelessly Wonderwall, let’s face it — we’ve all been there).
It’s an anthem for those seeking Love and Affirmation, in a world which continues to disappoint.
Embellishing the view that in order to achieve success, one has to overcome disappointment.
It’s an anthem we can all relate to, or at the very least jam out to in our undies when no one looking.
Which is what makes Mr. Brightside so relatable, it calls out to a generation that feels lost and implore them come to terms with disappointment and you’ve “Gotta, gotta be down if you want it all!”
Disappointment is not the end, it’s a beginning for something new to venture on.
Persistence is key.
And if there’s anything more to be said about the legacy of Mr. Brightside, it is simply this,
A Dear Thank you to The Killers, and especially Mr. Brandon Flowers for this absolute gem.