100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #39: “The Man” by The Killers

The song at #39 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is the deliciously bombastic “The Man” by The Killers. I’m a huge fan of The Killers, and have loved or at least liked every song I’ve ever heard from them. Released in June 2017, “The Man” was the lead single from their fifth studio album Wonderful, Wonderful. The song received mostly positive reviews from critics, and I think it’s terrific; it spent five weeks at #1 on my own personal Weekly Top 30 chart. I love how the music revs up at the beginning, then explodes into a pounding dance beat courtesy of Ronnie Vannucci’s power drums. Throw in a sturdy bass line, sweeping synths and band front man Brandon Flowers’ soaring tenor vocals, and you’ve got a fun, exhilarating tune. I also love when Flowers pays homage to David Bowie late in the song when he shouts “headed for the hall of…FAME!

Vannucci has stated that the song is basically about how a lot of men feel invincible when they’re younger: “Sort of your chest out, the breadwinner, nothing could stop you… It’s tongue-and-cheeking that, how that is not really the point of being a man at all. It’s actually more about compassion and empathy.” The fantastically entertaining video, filmed in and around the band’s hometown of Las Vegas, shows Flowers playing several different arrogant characters who are full of themselves, all thinking they’re ‘the man’.

Top 30 Songs for November 22-28, 2020

  1. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (2)
  2. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (3)
  3. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (1)
  4. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (5)
  5. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (6)
  6. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (4)
  7. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (7)
  8. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior (9)
  9. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (10)
  10. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (8)
  11. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (11)
  12. THE LET GO – Elle King (12)
  13. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (16)
  14. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (21)
  15. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (19)
  16. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (18)
  17. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (20)
  18. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (24)
  19. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (29)
  20. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (17)
  21. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (13)
  22. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (14)
  23. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (26)
  24. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (15) 21st week on list
  25. NERVOUS – Au Gres (28)
  26. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (30)
  27. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (22) 23rd week on list
  28. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (N)
  29. DIRTY – grandson (N)
  30. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 15-21, 2020

  1. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (1)
  2. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (3)
  3. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (4)
  4. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (2)
  5. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (5)
  6. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (6)
  7. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (9)
  8. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (10)
  9. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior (11)
  10. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (13)
  11. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (14)
  12. THE LET GO – Elle King (15)
  13. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (7)
  14. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (8)
  15. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (12)
  16. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (19)
  17. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (18)
  18. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (20)
  19. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (21)
  20. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (24)
  21. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (25)
  22. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (17) 22nd week on list
  23. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (16)
  24. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (27)
  25. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (26)
  26. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (29)
  27. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (22)
  28. NERVOUS – Au Gres (30)
  29. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (N)
  30. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 8-14, 2020

  1. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (2)
  2. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (1)
  3. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (3)
  4. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (4)
  5. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (7)
  6. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (8)
  7. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (5)
  8. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (6)
  9. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (10)
  10. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (11)
  11. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior (12)
  12. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (9)
  13. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (17)
  14. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (18)
  15. THE LET GO – Elle King (19)
  16. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (13)
  17. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (14) 21st week on list
  18. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (20)
  19. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (21)
  20. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (22)
  21. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (23)
  22. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (15)
  23. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (16)
  24. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (27)
  25. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (28)
  26. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (26)
  27. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (30)
  28. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (24) 23rd week on list
  29. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (N)
  30. NERVOUS – Au Gres (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 1-7, 2020

  1. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (1)
  2. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (4)
  3. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (5)
  4. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (6)
  5. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (2)
  6. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (3)
  7. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (8)
  8. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (9)
  9. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (7)
  10. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (11)
  11. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (14)
  12. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 15)
  13. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (10)
  14. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (12)
  15. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (13)
  16. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (18)
  17. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (20)
  18. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (21)
  19. THE LET GO – Elle King (22)
  20. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (23)
  21. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (26)
  22. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (27)
  23. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (29)
  24. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (17) 22nd week on list
  25. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (16)
  26. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (28)
  27. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (N)
  28. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (N)
  29. FOR SURE – Future Islands (19)
  30. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 25-31, 2020

  1. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (3)
  2. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (1)
  3. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (2)
  4. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (5)
  5. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (6)
  6. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (7)
  7. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (4)
  8. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (10)
  9. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (11)
  10. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (9)
  11. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (12)
  12. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (8)
  13. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (15)
  14. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (21)
  15. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 22)
  16. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (13)
  17. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (14) 21st week on list
  18. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (19)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  20. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (23)
  21. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (24)
  22. THE LET GO – Elle King (25)
  23. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (26)
  24. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (16)
  25. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (18)
  26. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (27)
  27. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (28)
  28. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (29)
  29. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (30)
  30. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (20)

Top 30 Songs for October 18-24, 2020

  1. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (1)
  2. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (2)
  3. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (4)
  4. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (5)
  5. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (6)
  6. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (7)
  7. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (8)
  8. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (3)
  9. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (12)
  10. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (17)
  11. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (18)
  12. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (14)
  13. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (9)
  14. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (10) 20th week on list
  15. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (16)
  16. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (11)
  17. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  18. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (13)
  19. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (21)
  20. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (15)
  21. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (23)
  22. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 24)
  23. IDENTICAL – Phoenix 25)
  24. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (26)
  25. THE LET GO – Elle King (27)
  26. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (28)
  27. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (29)
  28. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (30)
  29. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (N)
  30. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 11-17, 2020

  1. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (3)
  2. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (1)
  3. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (2)
  4. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (5)
  5. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (4)
  6. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (7)
  7. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (9)
  8. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (10)
  9. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (6)
  10. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (8)
  11. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (11)
  12. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (13)
  13. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (15)
  14. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (16)
  15. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (12)
  16. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (18)
  17. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (19)
  18. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (20)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  20. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (14)
  21. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (21)
  22. HERO – Weezer (22)
  23. COME & GO – Juice WRLD & Marshmello (25)
  24. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 26)
  25. IDENTICAL – Phoenix 27)
  26. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (28)
  27. THE LET GO – Elle King (29)
  28. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (30)
  29. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (N)
  30. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 4-10, 2020

  1. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (1) 4th week at #1
  2. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (2)
  3. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (4)
  4. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (6)
  5. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (7)
  6. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (3)
  7. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (8)
  8. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (5)
  9. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (10)
  10. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (13)
  11. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (11)
  12. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (9)
  13. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (15)
  14. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (14)
  15. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (17)
  16. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (18)
  17. FOR SURE – Future Islands (19)
  18. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (20)
  19. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (23)
  20. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (24)
  21. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (21)
  22. HERO – Weezer (22)
  23. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (12) 22nd week on list
  24. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (16) 19th week on list
  25. COME & GO – Juice WRLD & Marshmello (30)
  26. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior (N)
  27. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (N)
  28. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (N)
  29. THE LET GO – Elle King (N)
  30. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 27-October 3, 2020

  1. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (1)
  2. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (3)
  3. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (2)
  4. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (5)
  5. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (4)
  6. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (6)
  7. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (7)
  8. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (8)
  9. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (10)
  10. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (11)
  11. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (13)
  12. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (9) 21st week on list
  13. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (N)
  14. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (15)
  15. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (16)
  16. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (12)
  17. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (20)
  18. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (21)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (22)
  20. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (23)
  21. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (25)
  22. HERO – Weezer (27)
  23. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (29)
  24. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (30)
  25. ZEN – X Ambassadors, K.Flay & grandson (14)
  26. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (17)
  27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (18)
  28. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (19)
  29. I GOT YOU – Michael Franti & Spearhead (24)
  30. COME & GO – Juice WRLD & Marshmello (N)