Coldplay to the Strokes to the White Stripes to Franz Ferdinand to The Killers pretty much defines the string of what was cool during the first half of the 2000s. Hot Fuss was a must have album, even if, looking back, it wasn't quite as great as we thought it was 5 years ago. Don't get me wrong--it's still awesome, but it's definitely front loaded. While the album had many hits, it's a shame "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" wasn't one of them, for it's a rather cool song, with a great synth line (this was where the indie movement to dip into '80s synth pop reached mainstream appeal). "Smile Like You Mean It" has a strong synth line too. Upbeat, disco-inflected "Somebody Told Me" was the song that made many of us fall for the Killers, and it's still a mean pop track. Despite their indie beginnings, it was clear from the start The Killers had their eye on producing a certain amount of Coldplay-esque grandeur, for how else do you explain stadium-loving "All These Things that I've Done," which, no matter how you feel about such songs, is a grand song indeed, dragging us through the "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" singalong about two-thirds the way through. Things cool down after that, but I do like the dramatic synth-heavy strut of "Andy, You're a Star," and "On top" sounds like it was about 5 years before its time, so lovingly does it display its keyboard effects.
Best: Mr. Brightside, Somebody Told Me, All These Things that I've Done, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, Smile Like You Mean It