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by Stephanie Benson

September 24, 2012

The Killers' Most Killer Tracks

by Stephanie Benson  |  September 24, 2012

With the 2004 release of their debut album, Hot Fuss, The Killers first conquered the U.K., then quickly the States with their big, bombastic rock. It wasn't a shock that the Brits loved 'em: They took glam, arena rock and '80s synth pop to unabashed levels. The album, front-loaded with a slew of hit singles, was a bona fide success, even garnering the band a Grammy nomination. Next came 2006's Sam's Town, a concept record inspired by their hometown of Las Vegas, and one that brought their U2 and Springsteen sensibilities to showy Sin City heights.

And like everything Vegas-bred, The Killers just kept getting bigger, bolder and flashier, with 2008's quirky, melodramatic Day & Age and, most recently, this month's Battle Born, which boasts an Olympic-level team of big-name producers and a sound that storms the heavenly gates of stadium-shaking balladic rock. Here, in chronological order, we break out the most memorable chunks from The Killers' four studio albums, along with tracks from their B-side comp Sawdust (including a cool cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay"), and even a few cuts from frontman Brandon Flowers' 2010 solo album, Flamingo, to round things out.

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