Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Songs Ranked

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is an American folk-rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2007. The group is led by singer Alex Ebert. The band’s name is based on a story Ebert wrote in his youth, about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. Drawing from roots rock, folk, gospel, and psychedelic music, the band’s image and sound evoke the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s first show was played July 18, 2007, at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Their first studio album, Up from Below, was released on July 7, 2009, on Community Records and featured the popular single “Home”. The group released their second full-length album, Here, on May 29, 2012, and third album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, on July 23, 2013. Their fourth studio album, PersonA, was released in April 2016. Here are all of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros songs ranked.

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10. Dear Believer (Here, 2012)

“The band members explain the meaning of the song in this video. It primarily is about being on earth, with all its shit and pain, but reaching for heaven anyway; even if you know you will never get to heaven. Being optimistic while knowing there sometimes isn’t much reason to be optimistic.”

9. Fiya Wata (Here, 2012)

“Jade has such a cool sound shes soulful like Faces era Rod Stewart crossed with Emmylou Harris and yet shes completely unique. Her heart is in the notes she sings like you could reach out into the air and grab them. Who is going to produce her album? What a sound their band had, I hope one day we will get another chance to see them all together again if its wht is best for them”

8. Up From Below (Up From Below, 2009)

“It is expected from musicians within the industry to output albums that have a few hits and several filler songs. This album in stark contrast. Not a single song seems to be a flower among the weeds. The more popular songs are there, but are encased in an album that flows and transitions beautify. In fact I’m so pleased with this album I have considered purchasing additional albums by this artist.”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below | Edward Sharpe & The  Magnetic Zeros | Rough Trade Records

7. All Wash Out (Here, 2012)

“Ebert explained the song’s meaning: “There was this idea and this imagery of various people struggling,” he said. “Then, in the best way possible, it just doesn’t matter in the end. There’s a relaxation of allowance and muddying everything up in the sense that I think a lot of our hard lines will dissolve in a great sort of spiritual rain, if you will. A lot of the divisions and the things so many people hold as paramount or important are going to be suddenly disappearing when the big rain happens. I mean that in a metaphorical sense. Maybe it’s death or some other time, but I do really feel that.””

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6. I Don’t Wanna Pray (Here, 2012)

“I believe the song isn’t about god of the Christian faith but really the god of any faith. The fact that he says MY god is the reason i believe that. I feel this song is talking about the difference between being spiritual and being religious.”

5. Janglin (Up from Below, 2009)

“To me this is an apology to their parents. A peace offering to the generation before and a call to action to the coming of age, to take change by the horns and improve society. Beautiful.”

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Better Days (2013, CD) - Discogs

4. Man On Fire (Here, 2012)

“Anyone who feels bad about their life, has nothing to look forward to in this world, who thinks that everything is hopeless, I urge them to watch this video! It is truly the happiest video I have seen!”

3. That’s What’s Up (Here, 2012)

“Awesome song that made me interested in what else this band ad to offer! The first song I heard by them was Home and thought it was alright, but That’s What’s Up man me a fan! What a unique sound!”

2. 40 Day Dream (Up from Below, 2009)

“Like most people my first encounter with this band was with ‘home.’ i really like that song and heard this one on Pandora so bought it as well. the more i listen to these guys the more i just adore their style. it’s fun, the lyrics are simple yet amazing and i am progressively falling in love.”

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1. Home (Up from Below, 2009)

“Her friends all sang this together at her memorial service with their guitars and banjos and pots and pans. Everyone who knew it joined in. Very much in the spirit of what I think the Zeros were going for.”