I've lost count of the number of times people have told me, "I don't think I've ever heard anything by Bastille."
It's sad, really.
They're my favorite band, I am annoyingly obsessed, and people stare at me like I made them up whenever I mention them. So, after fangirling over the band, listing my favorite covers, and ranking all the songs on their second album, I decided it was time to make a list for people who don't know about Bastille.
So, if you have never listened to Bastille, these fifteen songs are the best ones to start with!
1. “Laura Palmer”
If you asked me to pick one song to sum up Bastille, this would be it. The sound, the lyrics, the Twin Peaks references - It IS Bastille!
This live performance of the song is absolutely wonderful. It's fun, energetic, and Dan Smith even does a bit of drumming!
Not only is this one of their most popular songs, the overall sound and lyrics are just so quintessentially Bastille
This acoustic performance really showcases Dan Smith's incredible vocals!
As the source of the title of their second album, Wild World, this song sums the album up pretty well!
The Live at Capitol Studios version is a gorgeous strings-and-piano-based re-imagining of an already-incredible song.
4. “Good Grief”
The first single from their secong album! For many listeners, this song was their first introduction to Bastille using audio clips from films in their music. It opens with a quote from the 1985 film Weird Science, and uses another clip before the bridge.
The Vevo Presents version stays pretty true to the original, but Bastille songs are always more impressive live, and Dan Smith's hilarious dancing is definitely worth seeing.
This gorgeous ballad does a brilliant job of showing Bastille's softer side sonically, which (ike everything else they record) is surprisingly perfect for Dan Smith's voice
This acapella version is proof of the insane amount of talent these four guys possess.
This song is easily one of the most popular among fans, and the video is the least-weird music video Bastille has ever done
After begging for it for MONTHS, fans were finally blessed with the Capitol Studios version of "Glory" on April 21, 2017, and it was well worth the wait!
7. “No Angels”
This is one of their most popular covers! I'm not going to spoil it and say what song they're covering, but I will say that most people know it! And the Psycho quotes are perfect!
This live version is even better than the Other People's Heartache version, in my opinion!
8. “Of the Night”
Their other super popular cover! This mashup of Snap!'s "Rhythm is a Dancer" and Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" is one of Bastille's most successful songs, both critically and commercially.
This is a song that HAS to be heard live, and this live performance is proof! It's so much fun!
9. “Send Them Off!”
This song is about jealousy, but it's told using imagery from the film The Exorcist and Shakespeare's Othello. Because, is it really a Bastille song if there isn't at least one film reference?
This song never actually made it onto an album, but it was released as a special single for Record Store Day in 2015.
They don't actually play this song live often, but when they do (like with this performance), it's perfect!
11. “Laughter Lines"
This is absolutely one of their most beautiful songs lyrically! "We brushed our hands right back in time through centuries" gets me every time.
This live performance is just wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.
12. “Fake It”
Another Wild World fan favorite, "Fake It" is gorgeous, emotional, and has tons of beautiful standout lyrics ("Melt me down, I'm like wax to your jokes" is my favorite line of the song).
The Vevo Presents version is incredibly beautiful. It's my favorite of the Vevo Presents performances!
13. “These Streets”
This one is also rumored to be inspired by Twin Peaks! And, like "Flaws," this song is just so quintessentially Bastille. It's perfect!
14. “Things We Lost in the Fire”
This song is definitely one of their most interesting, both sonically and lyrically!
The Something Sessions performance is gorgeous!
This list would not be complete without "Pompeii." It is the ULTIMATE Bastille song, everyone knows it!