AOTY 2021

AOTY Lists Live Versions of Songs That Are Better Than the Studio Recordings

I asked people "if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)" and this is what i got

sorry if it takes me a while to update the list after you respond, ill try to keep it up to date

Sleep Party People - I'm Not Human At All (Copenhagen X Sessions)
My (JIMPY'S) choice: I'm Not Human At All by Sleep Party People
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
@RakkSmells' choice: Cocaine Blues by Johnny Cash

also mentioned The Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana
Kanye West - Late Orchestration
@PipePanic's choice: Heard 'Em Say by Kanye West

also mentioned Slipshod/Jester by Enter Shikari, "pretty much every Nick Cave song ever made", TTKTV by Injury Reserve, Brighton Rock by Queen, and New York I Love You by LCD Soundsystem
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
@KIDWITHGUNs' choice: Pirate Jet by Gorillaz
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
@ElectricMess' choice: Myxomatosis by Radiohead

also mentioned "pretty much any Muse song" and this video ( )
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
@mass' choice: Soria Moria by Mount Eerie

"because i like to cry"
Fishmans - 98.12.28 男達の別れ (98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare)
@oppressedwaifu's choice: LONG SEASON by Fishmans

@Doofly's choice: LONG SEASON by Fishmans

@MinatoArisato's choice: LONG SEASON by Fishmans

"Pretty much every track from Fishmans live album 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare are better than the original tracks, but if I had to pick a specific song from the album it would be LONG SEASON"

@LilGatorade's choice: LONG SEASON by Fishmans

@nize's choice: LONG SEASON by Fishmans
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
@knewnie's choice: Fill In The Blank by Car Seat Headrest

@PcPowerUp's choice: Cosmic Hero by Car Seat Headrest

"The studio recording is one of my favorite songs ever but the live performance is so much better. Such an experience"
El Guincho - Alegranza
@virgin's choice: Buenos Matrimonios Ahi Fuera by El Guincho
King Krule - The OOZ
@maximoose's choice: The Ooz by King Krule
Jeff Rosenstock - Thanks, Sorry!
@Toasterqueen12's choice: Beating My Head by Jeff Rosenstock
King Krule - Live on the Moon
@zeltyy's choice: Midnight 01 by King Krule
Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind
@eliiiiiiii's choice: Helpless Child by Swans

also mentioned LONG SEASON by Fishmans, Essex Dogs by Blur, Night of the Assassins by Les Rallizes Dénudés, and The National Anthem by Radiohead
Gorillaz - The Now Now
@HIVE's choice: Souk Eye by Gorillaz
Kendrick Lamar - i
@TheDankestMeme's choice: i by Kendrick Lamar

also mentioned All Day by Kanye West
Radiohead - The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement
@nijakiler17's choice: Bloom by Radiohead

"basically the entire TKOL live from the basement album but Bloom is specifically my favorite track"
Dream Theater - Octavarium
@Rock_Metalhead_'s choice: Octavarium by Dream Theater

also mentioned Ultimate by Denzel Curry
Highly Suspect - Mister Asylum
@zachthesnack's choice: Lydia by Highly Suspect
Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhoads - Tribute
@slickleg's choice: Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

"That guitar tone is insane."
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
@thomasny18's choice: My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
Swans - We Rose From Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head
@notanalt's choice: Sex, God, Sex by Swans

also mentioned Coward by Swans
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
@Mol's choice: House of Wolves by My Chemical Romance
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
@FleetwoodGrips' choice: Guest House by Daughters

"I went to a concert in December 2019. I already loved that song, but hearing Alexis scream 'LET ME IN' in real life felt exhilarating."

also mentioned Off Deez by J.I.D

"Off Deez by J.I.D must be a close second for me when I went to Irving Plaza. He brought out J. Cole for a surprise performance.

also mentioned My Way by Frank Sinatra
Swans - The Great Annihilator
@bvrtxk's choice: I Am the Sun by Swans
Tim Buckley - Greetings from L.A.
@WhatTheFunk's choice: Sweet Surrender by Tim Buckley

"The live version of Tim Buckley's 'Sweet Surrender' featured in Honeyman: Recorded Live 1973 is a lot better than the original for me."
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
@BuffaloStaple's choice: untitled 02 06.23.2014 by Kendrick Lamar

@Kuru's choice: untitled 08 09.06.2014 by Kendrick Lamar
Tool - Opiate
@Farlov's choice: Sweat by Tool

"Wasn't ever a huge fan of 'Sweat' untill i actually saw Tool perform it. Also not a massive Lamb of God fan, but that entire show was wicked."
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
@AndreManfre93's choice: Come As You Are by Nirvana

"Good question... I would choose 'Come As You Are' by Nirvana performed in the MTV Unplugged... really touching considering Kurt Cobain's death some months before!"

@JackSkull's choice: Come As You Are by Nirvana

also mentioned Korn's performance at Woodstock '99, Sad But True by Metallica, and Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
@Tielur's choice: Still in Love With You by Thin Lizzy
Frank Ocean - Endless
@aaron's choice: Higgs by Frank Ocean
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
@KingKRoolisBack's choice: Burning Down the House by Talking Heads

@thejacktacshack's choice: Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

@Doofy's choice: Making Flippy Floppy by Talking Heads
Queen - News of the World
@JohnnyB1965's choice: We Will Rock You by Queen

"I'm not sure if there's an actual album for it, but Queen's performance of We Will Rock You from Live Aid is phenomenal. I love the live guitar work there and Freddie Mercury is always top notch."
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live
@Beeyyaahh's choice: Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens

"honestly the live version of Fourth of July from Sufjan’s live record hits 10x more than the album version. tis my pick."
Beach House - Depression Cherry
@laz456's choice: Levitation by Beach House

"They opened their show with it and it blew me away. As much as I love listening to the track, I can't help but think that the real power of the song comes out much more in the live version."
Boris & Merzbow - Rock Dream
@veridsco's choice: Just Abandoned My-Self by Boris

also mentioned Dead Cowboy by Lightning Bolt, Pleasure x Newjack x Civilization by Justice, BOY BYE by BROCKHAMPTON, Sung Tongs by Animal Collective, and "ALL OF ALIVE 2007"

@fsh's choice: Feedbacker by Boris

@oh's choice: Feedbacker by Boris
Car Seat Headrest - Can't Cool Me Down
@jewest30211's choice: Can't Cool Me Down by Car Seat Headrest

"I highly recommend that anyone who doesn’t like the studio recording of the new song check out the live version it’s incredible"
Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter
@Riskr's choice: Shelter by Porter Robinson & Madeon

"I've barely been to any live shows, but Porter Robinson and Madeon - Shelter live is amazing. Never seen it in person but it looks amazing even in videos. The way they perform live together is amazing. If I could only go to ONE live show in my life and only experience ONE song, it would be that one."
@mtcoremusic's choice: Flawless / Feeling Myself by Beyoncé

"the studio recording of ***Flawless is already perfect but i particularly love that version (and the same for a lot of other songs on Homecoming tbh)"

also mentioned Sober to Death by Car Seat Headrest and their live cover of Powderfinger by Neil Young
Nirvana - Live at Reading
@n0stalgia's choice: Aneurysm by Nirvana

"The studio version just lacks all the magic and energy of that live performance for me. 10 times out of 10 I would listen to the live version over the studio version."
Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
@endianness' choice: "Townes Van Zandt's section in Heartworn Highways."
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
@EntryIncomplete's choice: Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

"I'm not a huge fan of that song but god damn if hearing it live wasn't an amazing experience overall."
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
@SeanElij's choice: Grown Ocean by Fleet Foxes

"fleet foxes grown ocean to me sounds way more vibrant live."
BROCKHAMPTON - iridescence
@Flexreviews' choice: J'OUVERT by BROCKHAMPTON

"Absolutly fantastic experience. Joba did his verse from HEAT in it."
Nirvana - Live and Loud
@Ian_Kal's choice: Serve the Servants by Nirvana

"If I had to choose id probably say Serve the servants from Nirvanas Live & Loud album. That song on its own is one of my favorites of theirs, but god damn hearing the live version show'd me how crazy it would have been to be there. Honestly if you haven't check out that entire album its fantastic and has some of their best preformances."

also mentioned You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison by My Chemical Romance

"Mentioning it because its another amazing live album people should check out"
shame - Songs of Praise
@MasterCrackfox's choice: The Lick by Shame

"So I actually watch a lot of KEXP live performances these days, which I would argue count for this inclusion. One of my favorites is when Shame performed their song The Lick. So I’ll go with that because it comes to mind pretty quickly!"
The Fall Of Troy - Doppelgänger
@MrA's choice: F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. by The Fall of Troy

"The bass is a lot more higher in the mix"
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street
@daFigz' choice: Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

"[white noise]... My fav tracks live always seem to be reshaped by added mix engineering later. Neil Young & Crazy Horse performing 'Powderfinger' on 'Rust Never Sleeps' came first to my mind, but... It's a studio track. So, CSN&Y on 'Four Way Street' with Young's iconic (and on the spot writing genius) 'Ohio' gets my vote. For the "list"... Not to be confused with Steve Lis out of Point Loma, Calif. who introduced his kneeboard design the "Lis Fish" to critical acclaim. Just saying, bruvs. Side slippin' lil feeshy fish.. - daFigz™"
Panic! at the Disco - Pray For The Wicked
@KnifeTrick's choice: Dying in LA by Panic! at the Disco

also mentioned "any Panic! song really."
Calvin Harris - Faking It
@MusicGod's choice: Faking It by Calvin Harris
Tool - Fear Inoculum
@Vexel's choice: 7empest by Tool

"I saw them last month and it was a mind melting experience truly. Couldn’t really think of much else."
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@cute sorry ive been meaning to add all the later submissions but like two or three months ago i just completel\y stopped for some reason
messed up that you left mine out
Circuit des Yeux's "Black Fly" is wonderfully rendered live. I think the song is originally from the album Reaching For The Indigo or something close.
Blaise Bailey Finnegan III by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

You could really put every Godspeed song on here, but this one stuck out to me when I saw them August 2019. It's an experience in and of itself just watching the band work their magic live.
Thanks for including me in this list!
thanks for your contributions guys :)
Thanks for the opportunity!
Thanks For Including me!Also Great Idea My Dude
Thanks for including me!
Happy to be included in this.
Thanks for the inclusion my dude! This such a cool idea.
Thanks for the inclusion, some interesting picks here everyone pulled through :)))
@SeanElij thank u added :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
hey saw the list and thought of giving a suggestion, fleet foxes grown ocean to me sounds way more vibrant live.

Awesome list by the way!
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