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Amongst modern pop rock, The Killers hold an eminent position, their catalogs of albums pulsating with unapologetic energy, infectious melodic hooks and deeply felt narratives. Starting with their seminal debut “Hot Fuss”, a synth-laden masterpiece that birthed instant classics like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me”, to their countrified reflection on small-town America in “Pressure Machine”, the band has constantly evolved, fearlessly reinventing their sound while staying true to their core ethos.

Among their repertoire, “Sam’s Town”, shows their songwriting chops, blending Springsteen-esque Americana with the glitz of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the anthemic stadium rock of “Battle Born” further bolstered their status as one of the definitive bands of the 21st century. “Wonderful Wonderful (Deluxe)” found the band exploring deeper, darker terrains yet managing to stay accessible. Their live album, “Live From The Royal Albert Hall”, showcases the band’s electrifying persona, demonstrating why they’re considered one of the best live acts in pop music.

Experimentation has never been far off, with “Imploding The Mirage” and its Deluxe counterpart buoying the band’s sound into broader, poppier landscapes. Even seasonal offerings come in the form of “Don’t Waste Your Wishes”, an exercise in sonic warmth that balances festive cheer with the band’s signature rock vibe. The catalog is as diverse as it is cohesive, a testament to the band’s unabating creativity and resilience. These efforts have culminated in “Pressure Machine”, which highlight poignant storytelling and introspective lyricism set against a fresh musical backdrop.

From the glitz and glamour of Vegas to the quiet humdrum of rural life, The Killers’ discography is a vibrant sonic road trip through America’s soundscapes. So let’s get into it. From “Hot Fuss” to “Pressure Machine”, here all of The Killers’ albums ranked.

10. Imploding The Mirage

Imploding The Mirage (Deluxe)

Released: 2021

Label: Island Records

Features: k.d. lang, Weyes Blood, Lucius

Dropping the indie rock angst, the album merrily bounces between heartland rock, synth-pop, and The Boss-esque anthems, finding a well of inspiration from their Vegas origins to the rolling landscapes of Utah. The expanded deluxe edition boasts an additional live-performance of “Blowback” from their CBS This Morning appearance – a true testament to the raw power of the band. Tracks like “Caution” and “Fire in Bone” have a larger-than-life presence, while the underappreciated “My God” featuring Weyes Blood adds a divine touch. A glaring omission was the lack of Dave Keuning’s guitar magic, though the album does not suffer from its absence. Elevating their craft further, The Killers bring a newfound invincibility to “Imploding The Mirage” deluxe, a triumphant affirmation of their standing in the pop-rock stratosphere. Yes, folks, they’ve still got it.

9. Wonderful Wonderful

Wonderful Wonderful (Deluxe)

Released: 2017

Label: Island Records

Features: Jacques Lu Cont, Duke Dumont

This record captured the lush, atmospheric soundscapes of the original while enhancing with bonus tracks like “Money On Straight” and an alternate version of “The Man,” which drips with swagger. The album, embodying a matured, evolved sound, intersects electro pop with an 80s arena-rock power. Spearheaded by Brandon Flowers’ introspective lyricism, “Rut” and “Some Kind of Love” serve as heart-wrenching deep dives into his psyche. The album’s highlight “Tyson vs Douglas” encapsulates the fear of fallen heroes, grounded in a light, melodic synth-pop tune. While critics argue that “Wonderful Wonderful” lacks the immediacy of The Killers’ previous hits, it brims with artistic growth and longevity, a transformative beacon of their progressive evolution into the annals of pop-rock history. Even the haters must nod at the band’s unyielding ambition on this record.

8. Pressure Machine

Pressure Machine

Released: 2021

Label: The Killers – 2020 P&D/ Island

Features: Phoebe Bridgers

The record dives deep into the stories of working-class struggle and small-town existence, brandishing its folk rock spirit with a low-key ‘Springsteenesque’ prowess. Brandon Flowers’ melodic monologues intertwine with acoustic guitar riffs, harmonicas, and fleeting keyboard notes, crafting an intimate, poignant narrative. Standout tracks like “West Hills” and “Quiet Town” conjure a potent, atmospheric Americana while “Runaway Horses,” featuring the ethereal Phoebe Bridgers, is a mesmerizing blend of folk-gothic pipedream. The album’s somber realism contrasts sharply with the scintillating, larger-than-life sonic vistas of their previous work. The Killers, with “Pressure Machine,” have shown an evolution in their lyrical depth and musical bravery, venturing into the realm of heartland storytelling with a quiet but distinct confidence. The result is a deeply moving rumination on life, memory, and the human condition.

7. Battle Born

Battle Born (Deluxe Edition)

Released: 2012

Label: Island Records

Features: Jacques Lu Cont

It struck chords with a deluxe edition that, beyond the standard tracklist, offered the gritty “Prize Fighter” and the reverb-heavy “Carry Me Home”, enriching the already epic soundscape. On high-octane tracks like “Runaways” and “Miss Atomic Bomb”, Flowers’ gargantuan vocals, along with brilliant guitar and drum onslaughts, transport you straight to the Nevada desert under a starlit sky. The reference to Las Vegas’ unofficial nickname, “Battle Born”, underscores the band’s roots and their pride in their home turf, cast against their rocking storyline of love and life battles. Faint echoes of influences like Bruce Springsteen and U2 are evident in their expansive, heartland-rock sound. While some critics felt the album was a tad bombastic and lacking in originality, the band’s faithful fanbase lapped up the grandeur. Countless sold-out shows testify to the infectious energy that “Battle Born” still radiates a decade on.

6. Don’t Waste Your Wishes

Don't Waste Your Wishes

Released: 2016

Label: Island Records

Features: Toni Halliday, Ryan Pardey, Elton John, Neil Tennant, Wild Light, Mariachi El Bronx, Dawes, Jimmy Kimmel, Richard Dreyfuss, Ned Humphrey Hansen

A compilation of their holiday singles, spanning a decade from 2006 to 2016, this album is more than a collection of Christmas tunes; it’s a heartwarming buffet of sentiment, fun, and a dash of existential rumination. Notable are the melancholy guitar noodling on “Joel the Lump of Coal,” the stinging satire of “I Feel It in My Bones,” and the uplifting anthem “Boots”. Guests like Elton John and Dawes add some extra flavor to this seasonal platter. The album closes with the whimsical “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, featuring a touching narration by Brandon Flowers about his childhood teacher. While one could argue that these Christmas tracks aren’t as musically challenging as some of their studio work, “Don’t Waste Your Wishes” illustrates The Killers’ ability to meld kitsch and cool into a delightful holiday offering.

5. Imploding The Mirage

Imploding The Mirage

Released: 2020

Label: Island Records

Features: k.d. lang, Weyes Blood, Lucius

Dropped on August 21, 2020, amidst the global upheaval, the album echoes a vibrant sonic resilience. From the synth-filled, self-reflexive “My Own Soul’s Warning” to the irresistibly catchy “Caution,” Brandon Flowers’ voice thunders with a renewed vigor. The Lindsey Buckingham feature on “Caution” is a stroke of genius, adding a distinct Fleetwood Mac-esque texture to the track’s climax. Weyes Blood’s ethereal vocals on “My God” contribute to the album’s grand canvas of sound, creating a surreal, uplifting ambience, while “When The Dreams Run Dry,” with its undulating synths, paints a poignant dreamscape. The absence of guitarist Dave Keuning is felt, yet the diversity of collaborators ensures a robust, explorative soundscape. Radiating audacious optimism amidst turbulent times, “Imploding The Mirage” is The Killers at their most defiant, musically expansive, and creatively liberated.

4. Rebel Diamonds

Rebel Diamonds

Released: 2023

Label: Island Records

“Rebel Diamonds” is characterized by its energetic rhythms and bold instrumentation, a testament to The Killers’ ability to evolve while maintaining their core sound. Tracks like the lead single, which shares the album’s title, feature soaring melodies and infectious hooks that are quintessentially Killers, yet there’s a newfound complexity in the arrangements. The album also explores quieter, more reflective moments, showcasing the band’s range and maturity.

This album demonstrates the band’s willingness to experiment. It’s a record that not only satisfies long-time fans but also has the potential to draw in new listeners, solidifying The Killers’ place as one of the most enduring and dynamic bands of their generation.

3. Day & Age

Day & Age (Bonus Tracks)

Released: 2008

Label: Island Records

Synthesizers hum, horns blare, and vocal melodies flit about like tropical birds. The hit “Human” asks one of the great philosophical questions of our time: “Are we human, or are we dancer?” The album dips into new wave with “Spaceman,” roams the Sahara with the afrobeat-inspired “I Can’t Stay,” and explores the Asian continent with the lush orchestration of “A Dustland Fairytale”. The exclusive bonus tracks “Forget About What I Said” and “A Crippling Blow” offer a look at the darker, rock-leaning side of the album that reminds us of their “Hot Fuss” days. Despite its surface-level weirdness, “Day & Age” is ultimately a collection of meticulously crafted pop songs, proving The Killers can wander the musical earth while keeping their songwriting chops razor-sharp.

2. Sam’s Town

Sam's Town

Released: 2006

Label: Island Records

Gone were the glitzy neon-lit synths of “Hot Fuss”; in came the Americana-tinged Springsteen-esque anthems. Anchored by Brandon Flowers’ grandiose lyrical contemplations, the album swings from the soaring, monumental opener “Sam’s Town,” to the anthemic swagger of “When You Were Young,” and the desolate introspection of “Why Do I Keep Counting?”. The criminally underrated “Bling (Confessions of a King)” explodes into a euphoric climax that is both cathartic and stirring. Critically divisive upon release, the album’s layered soundscapes, armed with guitars and anthemic choruses, have aged beautifully like a vinyl left to spin in the Nevada desert. “Sam’s Town” pushed The Killers out of their new-wave comfort zone, cementing their status as pop-rock chameleons. This album is a confident and heroic ode to their Las Vegas roots and the quintessential manifestation of the band’s audacious flair and theatrical grandiosity.

1. Hot Fuss

Hot Fuss

Released: 2004

Label: Island Records

This was the Las Vegas band’s neon-lit calling card: a synth-drenched mix of Britpop influences and American indie spirit. Standout singles like “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” showcased The Killers’ knack for crafting unpretentious rock anthems with infectious hooks. With its pervasive themes of jealousy and betrayal, “Hot Fuss” dramatized the darker side of Sin City while placing The Killers firmly on the pop-music map. Drawing from the glamorous sheen of Duran Duran and the gritty edge of The Smiths, the album juxtaposed contrasting elements to dazzling effect. Despite some critical jabber about the album’s derivative nature, “Hot Fuss” set the cash registers ringing and went multi-platinum, signaling the arrival of a band that would go on to be one of the defining acts of 2000s pop-rock.