Our top 10 Flyleaf songs introduce us to a great modern day rock band that showcases a sphere of influences from Led Zeppelin and Heart style 1970s rock to the sounds of Paramore and Halestorm with a little bit of Avril Lavigne sprinkled in for good measure, this band is just a simply fantastic American rock and band. There are at times when they even sound like death metal although the band is filled with Christian musicians according to the groups stunning singer Lacey Sturm.
The band was formed in 2002 by the original lineup consisting of lead vocalist Lacey Sturm, an amazing lead guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya, a bit of a Keith Richards type rhythm guitarist in Jared Hartmann, and a the stunning combo of bassist Pat Seals, and kicking drummer James Culpepper.
Flyleaf started its musical journey as Passerby, having it release three Eps and performing over a hundred shows in Texas in two years. Later, the band would tour different American states alongside other artists/ bands, including 3 Doors Down, Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, and Staind, to promote their EP.
Legal reasons would lead to the band’s change in 2004 of their name Passerby to their current one, Flyleaf. The band released their first official single and video for “Breathe Today,” which was also the band’s first commercial song as Flyleaf. With the lead and rhythm guitarists Sameer and Jared being experimental with melodies, their diverse influences blend together to bring a unique and magical tune for most of Flyleaf’s songs. However, in October 2012, Flyleaf announced the departure of its lead vocalist Lacey Sturm whose sublime vocals were instrumental to the band’s success by a great part. The band would have her replaced by former Vedera lead vocalist Kristen May with whom they wrote music, pushing the band until 2016.
In her departure, Kristen cited that she wished to stay at home with her family and added that she never felt like she was really part of Flyleaf. Kristen also felt that the band’s fans and critics believed she was not Christian enough to fit in the band’s lineup, hoping that they wouldn’t discount Flyleaf by using the Christian label. Our top 10 Flyleaf songs list presents the best of the band’s music that relies on themes transcending many faiths and ways of life.
# 10 – Chasm
Ushering us to the top 10 Flyleaf songs is “Chasm,” a song featured on the band’s second studio album, Memento Mori. The band sounds a little like Led Zeppelin on this. Written by the band members, the song is inspired by the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus in the New Testament of the Bible. While in hell, the rich man wishes that Lazarus dips his finger in water and goes down to hell to help him soothe his burning tongue. However, this is impossible owing to the wide chasm/ rift between hell and Heaven. “Chasm” went on to peak at number twenty-six on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
# 9 – New Horizons
“New Horizons” is an album-titled song from the band’s third studio album, which was Flyleaf’s last with the vocalist Lacey Sturm. Flyleaf’s bassist Pat Seals revealed that the song, which was written by the collaborative efforts of the band members, alludes to the feeling of looking toward the unknown future with hope. It is without a doubt that “New Horizons” is one of the best Flyleaf songs to date, with Seals confirming this too in an interview. The song adds glamour to the album New Horizons, thanks to the great instrumentation and the breathtaking vocals from Lacey Sturm.
# 8 – Call You Out
Written by the band members, “Call You Out” is a raving Christian rock ballad from the band’s third studio album New Horizons. “Call You Out” features a stomping opening verse that Pat Seals revealed evolved into the aggressive yet calculated track with time. You ought to love how the song’s instrumental seems to engage you through the song from the start to the end. Lead guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya brings the best of his skills using chaotic guitar sounds that make “Call You Out” a pulsating Christian rock hit to reckon.
# 7 – Beautiful Bride
“Beautiful Bride” is one of the band’s hardest tracks on its studio album Memento Mori. Released as the second single in the album, the song takes on the collaborative effort of the band members in coming up with its lyrics. “Beautiful Bride” is directed to the church, which is referred to as the Bride of Christ in the book of Ephesians. The song calls upon all Christians (the Church) to be unified as the Body of Christ.
# 6 – Missing
Flyleaf collaborated with Mark Troth Lewis in coming up with “Missing,” a song featured on the band’s album, Memento Mori. Lead vocalist Lacey Sturm revealed in an interview that the song alludes to the moments you head in one direction quite sure that it’s the right way only to find out that you were wrong. Some of the song’s lyrics are captured from the Bible’s Old Testament, especially from Ecclesiastes, which she calls one of the most depressing books in the Bible.
# 5 – Sorrow
“Sorrow” is one of the most reputable songs from the band’s eponymous debut album. Flyleaf wrote the song at a time the world was coming to the realization that there is quite a huge number of people who are suffering from depression. Looking back in the Bible, Flyleaf reminds the masses that Jesus was a man of sorrow. While many who suffer depression in the secular world might be empty, most Christians suffer depression because of the loneliness or sins they make, as quoted by Lacey Sturm. “Sorrow” understands both perspectives and tries to promise people that in the end, joy will prevail.
#4 – Fully Alive
Number four in our top 10 Flyleaf songs is “Fully Alive,” a hit from the band’s eponymous debut album. Written by the band members, “Fully Alive” is a song inspired by Layla Palmer, wife of Kevin Palmer, lead vocalist of Amity Lane, and former of Trust Company. Despite the fact that Layla suffers from Palindromic Rheumatism, Layla remains positive and productive. The song changes one’s perspective about how we view our problems, seeing no reason to complain about them much but act upon what we can change, leaving what we cannot. “Fully Alive” peaked at number thirteen on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
# 3 – Again
It is without doubt by now that Memento Mori is one of the best Flyleaf albums of all time, featuring some of the best Flyleaf songs, including “Again.” The band members composed the song for people who feel relentless to make the world a better place but have less power to do so. “Again” went on to peak at number three on the US Alternative Songs chart.
# 2 – I’m So Sick
“I’m So Sick” is Flyleaf’s second song to possess an accompanying video. Released on their debut eponymous album, the song was an original composition by the Flyleaf band members. The song lyrics allude to child abuse but bring hope towards the end, having it state that the narrator reveals signs of healing. “I’m So Sick” is delivered on some distorted bass guitar with downshifted vocals from Lacey Sturm during the song’s intro. The song peaked at number twelve on the US Mainstream Rock chart and was adopted for the video game Rock Band and entrance theme for professional wrestler Thumbtack Jack.
# 1 – All Around Me
Number one on our top 10 Flyleaf songs list is the band’s highest-charting and only song to sneak through to the Billboard Hot 100 “All Around Me.” Peaking at number forty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song went ahead to win the 2009 BMI Pop Award Winning Song. The song is an original composition by the band from the band’s eponymous debut album, whose lyrics allude to meeting God. Skillet went on to perform a live acoustic cover of the song in November 2009.
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