So with Kings of Leon kicking off their European tour tomorrow we thought it was fitting to pick out some gems from the huge back-catalogue available to us. It seems hard to believe that it is over ten years since Youth and Young Manhood first landed on these shores. Led by three brothers and their cousin, the band from Nashville, Tennessee found success in the UK fairly quickly, with their first album reaching No.3 in the charts while going nearly unnoticed in their native America. Straight away a bond between KOL and the UK was formed and one which has gone from strength-to-strength through to the current day.
The band have, of course, gone on to reach exponential heights worldwide but with the UK being their foundation, a lot is expected of them every time they play here and this tour is no different. However every single tour the band seem to improve, switching from their old rock and blues days back to their more modern alternative rock sound with ease, the band encapsulate all their broad genre spanning success into each and every show with their live sound, seemingly, devoted to an arena stage.
So here is the run-down of our 10 favourite Kings of Leon tracks, in no particular order..
9. Sex on Fire
– Released in 2008, this raunchy number hit #1 and Platinum status in many countries and stayed in the UK charts for a massive 42 weeks. It’s still one of the most downloaded tracks of all time and probably one of the most used tracks in Karoake too.
8. Wait for Me
– A recent release from 2013 and the second track put out from Mechnical Bull. A modern day favourite.
7. On Call
– The first release from their 2007 album Because of the Times. The track peaked at #18 in the UK charts and #3 in Australia, where for some reason some people think the band are from.