10 Best Keane Songs
Fueled by their smash hit 'Somewhere Only We Know,' Keane have been poster boys for piano rock ever since their debut album, 2004's 'Hopes and Fears,' was released. The Brit rockers have since put out three more studio records and sold over 10 million albums worldwide. While we wait for more music from the group -- Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes and Jesse Quin -- we're counting down the 10 Best Keane Songs that have come out so far.
2012's release of Keane's fourth studio album, 'Strangeland,' saw the band return to the indie pop style that put them on the map. Lead-off single 'Silenced by the Night' is drenched with dreamy keys and reassuring drum beats. Keane's anthem about separated lovers attempting to reunite reveals shades of the band's breakthrough hit, 'Somewhere Only We Know,' and that sense of nostalgia lands 'Silenced by the Night' at No. 10 on our Best Keane Songs list.
There are few bands that we can think of who would be inspired by professional wrestling legend Ric Flair, and Keane certainly weren't one of them. 'Spiraling' was the first single from the band's 2008 release, 'Perfect Symmetry,' and it marked a significant departure from their piano-pop sound. The track sounds like Keane took a page out of '80s new wave group ABC, incorporating more synth elements than fans were used to. Singer Tom Chaplin was apparently a huge fan of Flair growing up, and the "woo" during the chorus pays homage to the "dirtiest player in the game."
For fans who are unfamiliar with Keane's work before 2003, listening to 'Call Me What You Like' would make them think it was a completely different band. Keane sound like a modern day Queen on this song, which was never included on any of their albums. Guitars definitely take center stage on 'Call Me What You Like,' with hardly any keyboards thrown in. "I float through the ceiling / And into your eyes / Call me what you like / I just want to be there with you all the time / Do you want to be here with me?" Chaplin asks in the song, which sits at No. 8 on our Best Keane Songs list.
Keane unleashed their melancholy piano ballads to the world in 2004 with their debut album, 'Hopes and Fears.' Third single 'Bedshaped' is about feeling left behind and desperately trying to find the strength to get back up. Chaplin's vocals convey a sense of sadness that squeezes our hearts with all his might and refuses to let go. The music video for 'Bedshaped' resembles one of Tim Burton's claymation films, and then ends up looking like A-Ha's 'Take On Me' clip.
After the success of 'Hopes and Fears,' Keane followed up their debut with 2006's 'Under the Iron Sea.' The band started utilizing electronic sounds on the record but still retained their melodic tones in the song 'Nothing in My Way.' Distorted pianos and soft drumming accompany Chaplin's lyrics about a couple refusing to accept their relationship cannot be salvaged. "A turning tide / Lovers at a great divide," he sings. "Why'd you laugh / When I know that you hurt inside?" Unfortunately, that is a question many people wonder.
Coming in at No. 5 on our Best Keane Songs list is 'She Has No Time,' a quiet ballad about unrequited love. Chaplin describes what many of us have gone through, with piercing lyrics like, "Lonely people tumble downwards / My heart opens up to you / When she says she has no time for you now / She says she has no time." The beginning of 'She Has No Time' has Chaplin singing over haunting keys and drum tones that mimic a burdened heartbeat.
Keane aren't really know for making political statements, but the U.K. rockers decided to express their frustrations with the 2003 Iraq war on the song 'Is It Any Wonder?' The single is taken from Keane's second album, 'Under the Iron Sea,' which showed how much the group had progressed as artists. The band abandoned their traditionally piano-driven songs for more distorted synth elements. While some might think they hear guitars on 'Is It Any Wonder,' it's actually distorted pedal effects hooked up to keyboards. "Oh, these days / After all the misery you made / Is it any wonder that I feel afraid? / Is it any wonder that I feel betrayed?" Chaplin asks.
'Everybody's Changing' is the first Keane song that was released commercially back in 2003. After initially being put out by independent London label Fierce Panda, the track was recorded for their 'Hopes and Fears' debut. It was the first example of Keane's piano-rock style that they would become know for. 'Everybody's Changing' deals with coming to a crossroads as people change and come in and out of your life. "You're gone from here / Soon you will disappear / Fading into beautiful light / 'Cause everybody's changing / And I don't feel right," Chaplin confesses on the track, which lands at No. 3 on our Best Keane Songs countdown.
A little-known British band became a worldwide success with the rousing piano ballad 'Somewhere Only We Know.' Keane's anthem is the highlight from 'Hopes and Fears' and helped them stand out from peers like Coldplay. 'Somewhere Only We Know' started off as a guitar-focused number before Keane adapted it into keyboards, and luckily for them the decision paid off. "And if you have a minute, why don't we go / Talk about it somewhere only we know?" Chaplin suggests. "This could be the end of everything / So why don't we go / Somewhere only we know?"
Sometimes dreams can be so ridiculous we laugh about them the next day. Other times they seem all too real and terrifying. Keane's sixth single from 'Under the Iron Sea,' 'A Bad Dream,' deals with the latter. The piano keys and drum beats are filled with sorrow as Chaplin muses, "I wake up, it's a bad dream / No one on my side / I was fighting / But I just feel too tired to be fighting / Guess I'm not the fighting kind / Wouldn't mind it / If you were by my side / But you're long gone." The comfort of someone laying next to you in bed seems to be something Chaplin yearns for, but we're sure he'll settle for 'A Bad Dream' topping our 10 Best Keane Songs list.