20 Fave The National Songs
Updated by Mark Ricky on September 19, 2018
The National has captured American life better than any band before them. Bold claims aside, The National are unquestionably one of the more unique bands from the 2000’s NYC post-punk revival scene. Unlike their peers’ debuts, The National’s first release didn’t garner overwhelming praise or widespread coverage. This changed upon the release of Alligator in 2005. The record captivated the hearts (and souls) of people around the world. The National seemed destined to play together; Matt Bellinger’s rich baritone fits perfectly between the melodic, nuanced guitar lines from brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and the incredibly tight rhythm section led by Bryan and Scott Devendorf. The band continued to release albums, each earning acclaim from critics and fans alike. They maintained their melancholic sound with each release, but also experimented with different instrumentation and textures. The emotions their music continually creates are intense and consuming — their music is some of the most chilling ever recorded. By refusing to compromise their sound, The National has created music that timelessly and powerfully represents the pervasive emotions of American life: anxiety, confusion, and devastation.