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Initially embraced as "the Southern Strokes" for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed themselves into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on their debut full-length, Youth & Young Manhood. Such revivalist music was matched by a similarly revivalist appearance -- including long hair, mustaches, and tight-fitting denim -- and Kings of Leon experienced immediate popularity in the U.K. (where they would later enjoy platinum album sales, despite an initially lukewarm reception at home). As the band explored different sonic textures with subsequent releases, most notably on 2007's Because of the Times and 2008's Only by the Night, those tenuous links to the Strokes were finally dissolved. Comprised of three Followill brothers -- Caleb (guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass) -- as well as first cousin Matthew Followill (guitar), Kings of Leon formed in 2000. The Followill siblings had spent their youth traveling across America's heartland with their evangelist father, decamping at Pentecostal churches and tent revivals for several days at a time before moving onward. When their father resigned from the church and divorced his wife in 1997, the boys relocated to Nashville and embraced the rock music (not to mention the accompanying lifestyle) they'd previously been denied. Cousin Matthew was added to the lineup, and a Southern garage rock sound quickly emerged. RCA took note, signing the band in 2001 and facilitating a partnership with Nashville-based producer Angelo Petraglia, who furthered the band's rock & roll education and co-wrote the material for 2003's Holy Roller Novocaine EP. Tours across North America and the U.K. coincided with the release of the band's full-length debut, Youth & Young Manhood, that same summer. Thanks to the popular single "Molly's Chambers," the album found moderate success in the U.K. However, it was their sophomore effort, 2004's Aha Shake Heartbreak, that made them European stars, with three songs cracking the U.K. charts. The album saw an American release in February 2005, and Kings of Leon toured the country alongside U2 before retreating to work on their third effort. The darker, expansive Because of the Times followed in 2007. Featuring production from Ethan Johns (who had helmed the band's previous releases as well), the album proved to be the band's biggest release to date, debuting at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and topping the album charts in the U.K., Ireland, and New Zealand. Kings of Leon returned one year later with Only by the Night, a colossally popular album whose lead single, "Sex on Fire," gave the band its first number one hit in the U.K. The album itself fared similarly well, topping the U.K. charts upon its release and debuting at number four in America. It eventually gained platinum status in eight countries, including America, and its success allowed the band to tour heavily throughout much of 2008 and 2009. Live at the O2 was released at the tail-end of 2009, capturing one of the band's midsummer performances in London. Kings of Leon briefly holed up in Manhattan's Avatar Studios to work on a fifth record, but they returned to the road during the summer of 2010, taking the opportunity to play some of their new material in concert. By the time the tour wrapped up in September, the group's newest single, "Radioactive," had already been released. The accompanying album, Come Around Sundown, followed in October. The record was a worldwide hit and it reached number one in 15 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Later that year they embarked on a marathon tour, however: a disastrous show in Texas resulted in frontman Caleb walking off the stage without returning for the end of the set. After this incident, the brothers decided to undertake a self-imposed hiatus in 2011 and cancelled the rest of the tour while the band attempted to reconcile the personal and group problems. In the time apart, bassist Jared released music with Mona frontman Nick Brown under the moniker Smoke & Jackal, while Caleb found sobriety after moving to New York and the birth of his son. They returned to the band with a batch of new material and set to work on their sixth record, Mechanical Bull, which appeared in September of 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Kings of Leon

    11 songs

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    Mechanical Bull

    13 songs

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    Mechanical Bull [Deluxe Edition]

    13 songs

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    Come Around Sundown

    16 songs

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    Come Around Sundown [Deluxe Edition]

    11 songs

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    Only by the Night

    13 songs

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    Because of the Times

    12 songs

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    A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

    11 songs

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    Youth & Young Manhood

    66 songs

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    The Collection

    1 song

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    Radioactive

    1 song

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    Pistol of Fire

    1 song

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    Crawl

    2 songs

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    On Call

    3 songs

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    The Bucket, Pt. 1 [Germany]

    1 song

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    Sex On Fire

    5 songs

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    Holy Roller Novocaine

    1 song

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    Molly's Chambers (Live at Birmingham Academy)

    6 songs

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    Day Old Belgian Blues

    17 songs

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    Kings Of Leon Live

    13 songs

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    Aha Shake Heartbreak [Bonus Track]

    1 song

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    Wait for Me

    1 song

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    Supersoaker

    2 songs

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    Pyro

    2 songs

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    Charmer

    2 songs

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    Fans

    2 songs

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    The Bucket, Pt. 2 [Germany]

    1 song

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    Razz

    8 songs

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    Live From SoHo

    1 song

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    Taper Jean Girl (Live In Belgium)

    12 songs

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    Only by the Night

    13 songs

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    A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

    12 songs

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    Only by the Night [Tour Edition]

    17 songs

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    Aha Shake Heartbreak [Bonus CD]

    13 songs

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    A-Ha Shake Your Heartbreak

    12 songs

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    Aha Shake Heartbrake [LP]

    4 songs

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    King of the Rodeo

    3 songs

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    Wasted Time

    3 songs

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    Holy Roller Novocaine EP

    25 songs

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    Youth & Young Manhood/A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

    2 songs

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    Revelry

    2 songs

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    4 Kicks

    2 songs

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    California Waiting

    16 songs

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    Knocked Up

    24 songs

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    Live at the O2 London, England

    16 songs

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    Yesterday and Today: Live in Spain 2004

    8 songs

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    iTunes Live from SoHo

    2 songs

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    Molly's Chambers


Top Songs by
Kings of Leon

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Use Somebody
  3.   Sex On Fire
  4.   Notion
  5.   Pyro
  6.   Radioactive
  7.   On Call
  8.   The Bucket
  9.   Molly's Chambers
  10.   Back Down South
  11.   King of the Rodeo
  12.   Supersoaker
  13.   Fans
  14.   Crawl
  15.   Temple
  16.   California Waiting
  17.   Beach Side
  18.   Knocked Up
  19.   Milk
  20.   Revelry
  21.   Red Morning Light
  22.   Manhattan
  23.   Slow Night, So Long
  24.   Wait for Me
  25.   Cold Desert
  26.   Taper Jean Girl
  27.   Genius
  28.   Pistol of Fire
  29.   Closer
  30.   The End
  31.   Arizona
  32.   Be Somebody
  33.   My Party
  34.   Beautiful War
  35.   Ragoo
  36.   Rock City
  37.   Happy Alone
  38.   17
  39.   Velvet Snow
  40.   Soft
  41.   Four Kicks
  42.   Trani
  43.   Rememo
  44.   Razz
  45.   Family Tree
  46.   Charmer
  47.   Day Old Blues
  48.   Dusty
  49.   Mary
  50.   Tonight
  51.   Pickup Truck
  52.   The Immortals
  53.   Last Mile Home
  54.   Comeback Story
  55.   Frontier City
  56.   Birthday
  57.   On the Chin
  58.   I Want You
  59.   No Money
  60.   Mi Amigo
  61.   Trunk
  62.   Joe's Head
  63.   The Face
  64.   Camaro
  65.   The Runner
  66.   Talihina Sky
  67.   McFearless
  68.   My Third House
  69.   Wasted Time
  70.   Coming Back Again
  71.   Don't Matter
  72.   Woo Hoo
  73.   Celebration
  74.   True Love Way
  75.   Holy Roller Novocaine
  76.   Head to Toe
  77.   Work on Me
  78.   Pony Up
  79.   Black Thumbnail
  80.   Wicker Chair
  81.   Spiral Staircase
  82.   Where Nobody Knows
  83.   [Untitled Track]
  84.   [CD-ROM Track]
  85.   Credits
  86.   Introduction
  87.   Knocked Up/Manhattan
  88.   On Call/Cold Desert
  89.   [Untitled]
  90.   [Untitled]
  91.   [Untitled]
  92.   [Untitled]
  93.   [Untitled]
  94.   [Untitled]
  95.   [Untitled]
  96.   [Untitled]
  97.   Beneath the Surface
  98.   Molly's Hangover
  99.   A 3 On Call
  100.   Too Good to Tango
  101.   [2003-2007 Rarities]

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