Youth & Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Because of the Times — all sold well over time, but none quite exploded out of the gate commercially despite being great. They did hit it big with their next record, 2008’s Only by the Night, thanks mostly to hit singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody,” though the album itself isn’t all that special. Their last three records, despite performing well initially, haven’t really sold all that well, even though 2013’s Mechanical Bull easily ranks as the Kings’ most underrated album; it also features a single that should have been bigger, 2013’s “Wait for Me.” Regardless of your opinion of the Kings’ inconsistent musical output, however, one thing is certain: Kings of Leon always bring a lively and energetic live show.
Kings of Leon are a weird band in that the peak of their popularity never quite overlapped with the peak of their musical output. For instance, the band’s first three records —