Live Songs Ranked

Live is an American rock band formed in York, Pennsylvania in 1984, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums). The band started to gain attention following their single “Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)”, the video for which got regular airplay on MTV, and the moderate success of their second album, Mental Jewelry. Their biggest success came in 1994, with their third album, Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the U.S. The band had a string of hit singles in the mid-1990s, including “Lightning Crashes”, which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for ten consecutive weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks (now Alternative Songs) chart for nine weeks from February 25 to April 22, 1995. The band has sold over twenty million albums worldwide. Here are all of Live songs ranked.

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10. Freaks (Secret Samadhi, 1997)

“This song is very complex. It seems as though Ed takes a look at the other side of the issue of incest. He looks into the mind of the person who father/mother is acting incestuous and shows some sympathy for them.”

9. Heaven (Birds of Pray, 2003)

“I think it’s great if the lyrics of a song can be read in multiple ways. For me, as non-Christian, this song is not about God at all, but as several posters before indicated, about the beauty of life itself. I have looked at sunsets myself from my balcony, and know what Ed is singing about. Appreciate the world for what it is, you don’t need others to tell you about it, just experience it yourself, it’s wonderful!”

8. Overcome (V, 2001)

“The band did an interview a loooong time ago about this song. It was about an experience of the band members had when he was baptized. They really didn’t explain themselves well, but talking about being dunked under the water in a lake when they were a teenager.”

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7. Shit Towne (Throwing Copper, 1994)

“This song is perfect for the simple reason that we ALL live in Shit Towne. What a great way for an artist to connect with their audience. Tell them something they already know and then sympathize with them and “share the pain”. Well played LIVE, well played.”

6. Selling the Drama (Throwing Copper, 1994)

“This is one of my all time favorites, as you might tell by my screen name. For me, this song has great lyrics and sounds great as a whole. The meaning is something that can’t be described by words. It’s a feeling. A good one. When I say “it can’t be described by words,” I mean just that.”

5. All Over You (Throwing Copper, 1994)

“Loved this time of my life, great album and tune. Music back then was awesome. So many albums came out that I could listen to straight thru and not skip a track. Throwing copper is definietly one of them.”

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4. Lakini’s Juice (Secret Samadhi, 1997)

“Whatever the song lyrics actually mean, they combined with the music seem to coalesce into an anthem of desire, obsession, frustration, and ultimately catharsis. That could be spiritual or physical, take your pick. But the musical structure of this song with the urgency of the vocals render the actual words almost insignificant. It is awesome.”

3. The Dolphin’s Cry (The Distance to Here, 1999)

“I’m not sure why I forgot this one so long, but anyway, the chords in relation to the verses sound daring to me. They don’t sound like the or even a typical choice, but the vocal melody side of things still really carries it. Outside that, just the typically-solid modern rock single that Live could occasionally bring out.”

2. I Alone (Throwing Copper, 1994)

“More 90’s soft verse/loud chorus style stuff with an exuberant guitar and happy sound. Structure-wise it’s pretty standard with the chorus carrying most of the energy. The singer and the jaunty guitars drive the chorus in, but it has enough energy to work. This is OK.”

1. Lightning Crashes (Throwing Copper, 1994)

“You could argue that Live were something like the Pat Boone of grunge- the recording artist who made it safe enough to play on most radio stations. I understand why critics loathed them. You could just as easily call this Grunge for karaoke or Easy Listening Grunge, but in spite of all this, Lightning Crashes works.”