Rebellion (Lies)

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"Rebellion (Lies)"
Cover of the CD single
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Funeral
Released September 12, 2005
Recorded 2003–04 at Hotel2Tango (Montreal, Quebec)
Length 5:05
Writer(s) Arcade Fire (Howard Bilerman, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry)
Producer(s) Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Cold Wind"
"Rebellion (Lies)"
"Wake Up"
Cover of the DVD single

"Rebellion (Lies)" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was the fourth single released from the band's debut album, Funeral. The single was released in both CD and DVD formats with the song "Brazil" as the B-side. The single peaked at number 19 on the UK singles chart, the band's best performance on this chart to date.[1] On the album Funeral, "Rebellion (Lies)" immediately follows the song "Haiti", the ending of which has the same bass beat and leads right into the beginning of "Rebellion (Lies)". The song has enduringly been the band's closing song at appearances at music festivals and at the end of most of their shows. In October 2011, British pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor released a cover in support of Songs to Save a Life, a benefit project in aid of Samaritans.


In May 2007, NME magazine named the song as #29 in its list of the "50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever".[2] In April 2009, the song was featured in Blender magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" as #380.[3] In August 2009, the song was ranked #69 in Pitchfork Media's Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[4] In 2009, NME ranked the song as the 9th best of the 2000s and in October 2011 they named it as 2nd in their list of the 150 greatest songs from the past 15 years.[5]


The song was featured on a season 5 episode of the television series Six Feet Under.[6]

This song was originally intended to be used during the closing scene of the pilot for the television series The Black Donnellys, but the band refused to grant the rights for its use.[citation needed] Snow Patrol's "Open Your Eyes" was used instead.

In 2006, the song was featured in a commercial promoting Bono's Product Red campaign.

In 2011, filmmaker Matthew Wisniewski set his footage of the Wisconsin Uprising to the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rebellion (Lies)" – 5:05
  2. "Brazil" – 3:54


Additional musicians


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