The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci: 'I prefer 'When You Were Young' to 'Mr. Brightside''

Drummer gives his opinion on NME.COM's list of the 150 best tracks of the past 15 years

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The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci has said that he would have chosen their track 'When You Were Young' ahead of 'Mr. Brightside' for NME.COM's list of the 150 best songs of the past 15 years.

'Mr. Brightside', which was released in 2004 and featured on The Killers' debut album 'Hot Fuss', was chosen as NME.COM's fifth best song of the past 15 years. But speaking to NME about the track, the drummer claimed that he preferred their 2006 single 'When You Were Young', which was taken from their 'Sam's Town' LP.

When asked if he thought 'Mr. Brightside' was The Killers' best track, he replied:

I think I would have picked 'When You Were Young' – I have more of an intrinsic connection to that one. But I still love ['Mr. Brightside']. That one's still fun to play live.


Asked why he thought people liked 'Mr. Brightside' so much, he said: "I think it's the vulnerability of what the song is saying. I think so many people have been there. It's almost 10 years old. I think when it was first introduced, it had that vulnerability in the lyrics. I think people could connect with it and sink their teeth into it."

Vannucci – who released his debut solo album 'Big Talk' earlier this year - also revealed that the band had not originally been content with their recording of the song, adding: "I think everybody wanted to redo their parts again. I think we actually did redo the bass and the drums, then we redid some keys and some vocal parts here and there."

"But even then, we wanted to redo some more, but we like 'Fuck it, let's just leave it alone. It is what it is. Next album.'"

NME.COM's Top 20 songs of the last 15 years are as follows:

1. Radiohead – 'Paranoid Android'
2. Arcade Fire – 'Rebellion (Lies)'
3. Outkast – 'Hey Ya!'
4. The Strokes – 'Last Nite'
5. The Killers – 'Mr. Brightside'
6. The White Stripes – 'Fell In Love With A Girl'
7. Hot Chip – 'Over And Over'
8. Amy Winehouse – 'Rehab'
9. The Verve – 'Bittersweet Symphony'
10. The Libertines – 'Time For Heroes'
11. Arctic Monkeys – 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
12. MGMT – 'Time To Pretend'
13. Jay –Z & Alicia Keys – 'Empire State Of Mind'
14. Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
15. MIA – 'Paper Planes'
16. Beyoncé – 'Crazy In Love'
17. Missy Elliot – 'Get Ur Freak On'
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – 'No One Knows'
19. Justice Vs. Simian – 'We Are Your Friends'
20. Bloc Party – 'Banquet'


You can read the full list at NME.com/150-best-tracks.

NME.COM will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a series of special features over the next few weeks, visit NME.com/blogs to keep up with the latest features.


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