G.O.A.T.: Somebody Told Me by The Killers (2004)

THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time, one song per artist.

Before today, here’s how far I got in my top 100 list:

  1. Layla by Derek and the Dominoes (1970) (link)
  2. Better Things by The Kinks (1981) (link); and: Covers of the top 30 Kinks songs here and here
  3. Misfits by the Kinks (1978) (link); and: Covers of the top 30 Kinks songs here and here
  4. Grindin’ by Clipse (2002) (link)
  5. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (1969) (link)

So, where does this song fit in?

Hot Fuss was a great album that exploded in a way few albums do—especially in this Century.  Between this song and Mr. Brightside, The Killers became ubiquitous—and the album Hot Fuss went triple platinum.

It’s a fairly simple song, but it’s the kind of tune that you can’t unhear and can’t forget.  It grabs you with a tongue-twisting chorus that forces you to think a little to understand it: “Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year.”  It went to #1 in Europe, but only got to #3 in the U.S.—despite garnering three Grammy nominations.

Further listening: Mr. Brightside, All These Things That I’ve Done, Bones.

Now, as for its rank.  I definitely have listened to this song more than the other five on the list, but…Layla and Better Things move me more.  Close call, but I’m putting it at #3 so far–knocking Misfits down the list.


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