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The 30 Best Live Versions of Songs, Vol. II

on February 26, 2014, 12:00am
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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 inf 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.

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August 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Radiohead’s How to disappear completely or Paranoid Android too.

Kantye West
August 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Radiohead’s The National Anthem is also infinitely more monstrous as a live version.

Conner Reed
April 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm

why is no apologies not on here?that songs is only good on the unplugged version.just saying…

February 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

You’ll need to do a vol III cause Spiritualized is missing!

February 26, 2014 at 5:42 am

Hey so I know you are Chicago guys, love your blog. Anyway, xrt replayed their live recording of tame impala at Riviera 2 Sundays ago and I missed it. They teased the show with the live version of elephant, which needless to say is out of this world. Any interest in helping a brother track down that recording? It would go well with this list.


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