Top 10 live songs

By Dan Galperin,

A concert can be an enjoyable experience, because it allows fans to connect with the artist that is performing. Certain songs at certain concerts can create memories that can last a lifetime. That is the case with me, so here are my top 10 songs at the concerts that I have been to!

10. Bush “Little Things”

My first ever concert was Bush at the Brendan Byrne Arena (now the IZod Center) in East Rutherford, NJ in 1997. It was a great show as Bush entertained the fans. My favorite song that they did was “Little Things,” because it created the most excitement, especially during the bridge of the song.

9. Kanye West “Last Call”

I saw Kanye West at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ in 2004. He just came out with his first album, College Dropout. He put on a great show and what I really liked was that he did the entire song, “Last Call,” which lasts 12 minutes and 41 seconds! Basically, the song lasts 3 and half minutes and the other 9 minutes involve how he got his record deal with Roc-A-Fella records (now Def Jam). I thought it was great that he told his story to the fans. The story includes making beats to pay the rent in Chicago, getting evicted from Chicago and moving to Newark, NJ, getting disrespected as a rapper, and then eventually getting a deal with Damon Dash, Jay-Z, and Roc-A-Fella.

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8. Nas “NY State of Mind” (Live at Central Park)

I have seen Nas in concert 3 times, including concerts at Rutgers and Brendan Byrne Arena and the song that he usually opens his set with is “NY State of Mind.” It gets the crowd going without the use of the chorus and it’s a classic song from his classic debut album, Illmatic. I actually became a Nas fan from the Brendan Byrne Arena concert in 1999. I came to the concert to see R Kelly and Nas was the opening act. Prior to the concert, I kept hearing that Nas and Jay-Z were the best rappers and I didn’t understand why Nas was in the conversation for best rapper. After the concert, I understood and thanks to songs like “NY State of Mind,” I have most of Nas’s albums and have seen him in concert 2 more times.

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7. Linkin Park “In The End” (Live at Tweeter Center)

I have seen Linkin Park twice (Nassau Coliseum at Long Island, NY in 2004 and Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ in 2007). They are a great live band, because they put their heart and soul in to each song and the fans feel it. My favorite live song and overall Linkin Park song is “In The End.” I have a strong connection to the song, because when I first heard it, I was dealing with a girl that continued to cause problems for me. It was great to see the fans sing the bridge of the song, “I put my trust in you pushed as far as I can go for all this there’s only one thing you should know."

6. Green Day “Hitchin A Ride”

I have seen Green Day in concert 3 times and they will appear on this list again. They are a great live band, because of songs like “Hitchin A Ride.” This song is great live, because of the 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4 they do in the first verse of the song. They repeat the numbers and get the crowd going!

5. Green Day “Knowledge”

I told you that you would see Green Day again on this list! During this song, they get fans from the crowd to come to the stage and sing the song. It turns to be entertaining, as they sing “All I know is that I don’t know nothing.” Getting fans to sing songs on stage is a great way to entertain them and is a reason Green Day is a great live band!

4. Live “All Over You”

I saw Live twice (Atlantic City, NJ 2005 and Nokia Theater in New York, New York 2006). Pardon the pun, but they are a great “live” band! They created a lot of noise and excitement through their voices and instruments. “All Over You” is a great example of that. The fans repeat “Pay Me Now, Lay Me Down” and enjoy the performance!

3. Green Day “Macy’s Day Parade” (Live at Asbury Park, NJ)

This is Green Day’s last entry in my top 10. “Macy’s Day Parade” was only performed in one concert I went to, the one at Convention Hall at Asbury Park, NJ in 2001. They did not perform this song at my other concerts, because it wasn’t a single. However, it is my favorite Green Day song and as the concert was coming to an end, it seemed as they were not going to perform this song. I was pleasantly surprised that they ended the show with this song! Lyrics such as “economy has sized dreams of hope” and “I’m thinking about a brand new hope, the one I’ve never known” are special to me, because I can relate to them. I just finished my sophomore year of college and although to that point, I always wanted to be a kid and have fun, I was at the stage of my life in which I had to get a career and start the next stage of my life. It’s a special song to me and I’m glad that they ended the show with it and did a great job!

P.S. I'm in the video below, at the 2:12 mark!

2. Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”

Like Green Day, I have seen Bon Jovi 3 times in concert, all at Giants Stadium (now MetLife Stadium) in East Rutherford, NJ. “Wanted Dead or Alive” is my favorite Bon Jovi song and they did a great job performing it live. The guitar solos definitely stand out, at the start and in the bridge, after Jon Bon Jovi sings “And I Ride!”

1. Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There For You”

In a tough call, although “Wanted Dead or Alive” is my favorite Bon Jovi song, “I’ll Be There For You” is my favorite overall concert song. The special aspect of the song is although Jon Bon Jovi is the lead singer of the band, Richie Sambora, the guitarist, sings the entire song! In addition to singing, he plays the guitar as usual and does a great solo at the bridge of the song. Also, they do a great job of getting the fans in to the show by having them sing “Wooh Wooh I’ll Be There For You” at the end of the song.

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