By Séamus Smyth

5. Intervention

If the Catholic Church was ever praying for a new jam to add to the Sunday playlist, they should allow “Intervention” a tryout. The organ and the enchanting lyrics would leave Jesus and Moses high-fiving hysterically for they have finally found a worthy replacement for the embarrassing “This Little Light of Mine.”

4. Black Mirror

Arcade Fire’s Gothic phase was such a raging success that it made the cool kids ditch their letter jackets in favour of black nail polish. This reflective decoration is the R-rated version of Snow White’s notorious mirror. One stares into this mirror and doesn’t just see an elderly woman with a nose that rivals Pinocchio’s, but likely all of life’s potential failures and blemishes. Arcade Fire’s spontaneous insertion of the French language into selected songs in their discography is a wonderful way to pay homage to their roots and force the linguistically-challenged to learn beyond “ménage-a-trois.”

3. Ready to Start
No one snubs the white-collar bloodsuckers the way Montreal’s reign of fire manage to do. “Ready to Start” is a cry of urgency to stand up to the impure, but also to begin taking Arcade Fire dead seriously ten minutes ago.

2. Rebellion (Lies)

Rarely does a band become instantly great, but “Rebellion Lies” made it officially impossible to deny how special this parade of people already was. It was only their first album and yet they had managed to generate at least three songs that would last forever. Few choruses have ever been so simultaneously joyful and taunting. “Lies,lies,” are the whispers of the angel on your shoulder every time you fib, every time you pretend you’re doing someone a favour, yet are really just saving your own skin. We can’t escape our own conscious and that is why every time you close your eyes, your first guest of the evening will be the pile of bull-sh*t you constructed during your conscious state.

1. Wake Up   

It is the most anthemic song of the past decade. It’s an alarm clock of a thousand angels screaming resplendently in unison. Arcade Fire could write 15 more albums after their debut “Funeral,” and still find it difficult to not close their lives shows with “Wake Up.” The Fire set the bar magnificently high after their first swing at bat, and then continued to hit home runs like it was the only viable option.