Tune Talk: Top 5 Songs That Were Performed Better Live

Willie Williams , Staff Writer

Now before I start, I just want to point out that I’m not saying that the songs don’t sound good on the studio albums that they’re recorded on. I’m simply saying that in my opinion, these songs are far beyond better and more perfect to me whenever they’re performed live.

5. Emergency by Paramore (Performed live at Norwegian Wood 2008)
The original studio version of this song wasn’t bad. I personally thought that the B-side version was much better, but that was just me. Anyways, Paramore doesn’t actually do the B-side version live, but I still personally think that the live version of this song is much better live rather than the studio album version because the guitar parts are more creative whenever they’re improvised plus how Haylee Williams, the lead singer, changes up the style makes it sounds more creative to me. The song in general is really good if you haven’t listened to it before.

4. Love Buzz by Nirvana (Performed on Live, Tonight, Sold Out 1991)
Although Nirvana didn’t actually write the song “Love Buzz” they performed the song at almost every show they played at and it sounded much better live than it did on the “Bleach” album in my opinion. Not only is Kurt’s vocals really good in general live in my opinion, but the fact that he hates cameras and attacks them in one of the videos is hilarious. Kurt ends up not only death staring the camera while singing, which honestly looks kind of creepy, but he ends up attacking the cameraman. Like he hits him with the bottom of his guitar and pushes him offstage. Kurt made it very clear before and after this performance that he hated everything to do with cameras, interviews, and anything to do with media in general. Hence why Nirvana had limited interviews after the release of their 1993 album, “In Utero.”

3. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance (Performed live at MTV Winter 2011)
There isn’t a big difference with this song between the live version and the studio version, but I’m one of those musicians and music fans that can hear subtle differences. In my opinion as anyone would have guessed, I love Gerard Way. And I personally love his live vocals. So with the way he makes some of the changes with how he sings live versus how he sings in the studio version. Most bands tend to change up the live vocals from the studio version obviously, and sometimes they sounds good, sometimes they sound bad. In my opinion, Gerard’s will always sound great to me.

2. Can You Feel My Heart by Bring Me the Horizon (Performed Live at Pinkpop Festival 2016)
Not only was this now back to whenever Oliver Sykes, the lead singer of Bring Me the Horizon actually sang the way he used to, which most people call screamo, although the song doesn’t sound like screamo to me. But the way that Oliver Sykes was really hyped and sang along with a crowd of screaming fans, it was amazing. The entire band was really into it and jumping around and that’s what I really love to see. Oliver was really talented in my opinion with how he sang on this song as well as most of Bring Me the Horizon’s 2008 album, “Suicide Season.”

1. Time to Dance by Panic! At the Disco (Performed Live in Denver 2006)
When I say this, song, I’m not saying that Panic! At the Disco does this successfully now, I’m talking about the really, really, really, REALLY good version from 2006. Panic! At the Disco performed this song for one of the first times ever in Denver and it sounds beautiful with Ryan Ross’s backup vocals combined with Brendon Urie. The harmony is absolutely beautiful to hear, if you haven’t heard this recording before and you’re a Panic! At the Disco fan, you definitely need to check it out. This video actually really made me a big fan of Ryan Ross, and that’s the main reason I’ve been really obsessed with him as most of my friends know. He’s just so talented and it’s a shame he left the band after the release of their second album, “Pretty. Odd.”