13 Pieces Of Undeniable Proof That "Mr. Brightside" Is The Best Song Ever

13 Pieces Of Undeniable Proof That "Mr. Brightside" Is The Best Song Ever

*Screams lyrics in the car and everywhere.*

Music is one of the best things about being alive. It's the best way to connect with people and to connect with ourselves. There is a song for every emotion, every situation and every mood in the world. But amongst all the songs in the world, there is one song that reigns supreme above the rest. The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" is the best song in the world.

"Mr. Brightside" has been a hit since its release in 2003, and although there are a million reasons why this is the best song to ever exist, here are just a few of the most important ones.

1. The opening guitar riff.

Everyone knows the opening part of "Mr. Brightside," whether you're 97 or a newborn infant. Once you hear the first three notes of guitar riff in the beginning of the song, you know things are about to get real.

2. The lyrics are an example of modern art.

At first, the lyrics seem just to be filler for really awesome music (what cage is he coming out of?), But, then you realize the lyrics are extremely passionate, meaningful and heart-wrenching.

3. And the lyrics are fun to sing.

It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this? It was only a kiss, IT WAS ONLY A KISS!

But really, can you remember a time you listened to "Mr. Brightside" and didn't scream/sing the lyrics?

4. The music video is also modern art.

A man in love with an old-fashioned lady of the night, with dancing, fireworks and forbidden fruit is the only music video I'm interested in ever watching.

5. The story behind the song.

The leader sing of The Killers wrote the song after his girlfriend cheated on him, meaning that 1) she made the worst mistake of her life, 2) she is reminded every time Mr. Brightside plays ever and 3) he made something beautiful out of something terrible which is inspirational as heck.

6. It's wildly successful.

The song has spent 167 weeks of the UK's Singles Charts, and is Last.fm's most downloaded song ever. It's sold over 3 million copies in the US and is known to be James Blunt's favorite song.

7. It's musically artistic.

Even the most serious of music snobs can agree that "Mr. Brightside" is not only an undeniable bop, but an artistically written piece of music.

8. It's made a lot of great memes.

I don't think I've ever seen another song produce so many memes.

9. It's the perfect song to jam out to.

Who hasn't jumped around and screamed to "Mr. Brightside" at least once in their life?

10. It's actually perfect for everything.

Are you sad? Happy? Excited? Bored? Working out? Going on a car ride? Is it night time? Are you falling in love? Is your heart broken? Are you doing homework? Are you at a frat party? Are you coming out of your cage and doing just fine? Even at a funeral, this song is the perfect song.

11. Everyone likes it.

Literally, have you meant someone who doesn't like the song? I've met more people who like than I've met people who didn't like "Mr. Brightside."

12. We're born to love it.

Even though it's impossible, doesn't it feel like you were just born knowing the song "Mr. Brightside?" Like the first time you heard it, you already knew exactly what song it was. It was the song society needed, and we didn't even know it.

13. It's literally just the best song ever.

You didn't click on this article because you need to be convinced, you clicked on this article because you thought, Heck yeah, "Mr. Brightside" is the best song ever! It's a cold-stone fact that even the biggest music snobs can't deny; "Mr. Brightside" is a work of art we are all so lucky to be alive to experience.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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The Burning of Notre Dame

As the world looked on in horror, the 800-year-old cathedral threatened to burn to the ground, but I felt a different sort of fire igniting.


It's unlikely that this is the first article you've ready about the burning of France's Notre Dame Cathedral. It's a national landmark that has stood, in some form, for 800 years and we, as a world, were forced to watch it burn for nearly a day and a night. It was devastating to a multitude of people, not only the French nation.

I was watching a live stream of the cathedral's burning, stuck between horror and disbelief, when another feeling entirely began to creep over me. I read the headlines sprawled across the top of the screen, "Notre Dame Burns", "Gothic Structure Nearly Lost", "Will They Rebuild?" and started to wonder where we place our value in everyday life. I understand and appreciate the fact that Notre Dame is a treasure from a different time entirely, it holds more history than the whole of younger lands like the United States and Canada combined, but still, doubt circled in my heart and mind.

After the spouting flames had died to their last embers, a torrent of posts began to flood multimedia platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and everything in-between. People began to communicate their relief that the inner sanctuary was unharmed, that the fire hadn't damaged the twin towers, etc. They touted that God had spared dear Notre Dame in her darkest hour. I disagreed, but not for the reasons you might think.

We, as a culture, as a world, place too high a value on historical religious items whilst we shun the Power to which we owe their creation. The historical value of a place like Notre Dame is unmistakable, I pray that the French government will make every effort in her restoration so future generations can understand her place in history. But...I pray, more so, that the tragedy of the burning of Notre Dame serves a higher purpose; to bring those who have fallen away from Christ back from the brink.

We need to understand the value of our religious history, but not allow it to control us. Some might say the burning of Notre Dame was the conflagration of a dying era. Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn't. I think God used the pillars of fire that emerged from the cathedral's center as a beacon to bring our eyes back to him. Disasters unite nation to nation, people to people, and He wants us to unite in our adoration of Him.

I'm amused when people describe Christ as a softy, a push-over, a weakling. Because I know better. The flames that wreathed Notre Dame were a testament to His strength. Through them, He was shouting, "Come back to me! I am here! Forsake your sinful ways and find redemption in Me!"

I think John the Baptist had the right of it in Luke 3:16, "...I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Christ is the fire.

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