Photo by Robert Altman
We had an idea going into our first installment of The 30 Best Live Versions of Songs that no one list could cover the topic. Simply put, there are just too many amazing performers, too many songs that thrive in community to not give credit to another batch. Concerts are intensely personal things, and new discoveries or YouTube clips of old favorites can snap into a place of reverence rather quickly. But, as we argued in our first list, these aren’t merely happy memories.
For our second volume, we again paid special attention to songs that excel live in ways that maybe they couldn’t on record. Songs that produce moments of union, between performer and audience, or between two strangers standing next to each in a dark venue. Of course, the videos in this list won’t match the power of actually attending any of these shows, but the life still crackles through, bringing you as close as you can get without a Delorean.
So, click through and relive 30 more breathtaking live moments.