Have you ever wondered why the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars looks so familiar? Well, that is because he is an Oscar-winning actor. If you didn’t know already, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto is that familiar face of the group. Truth is he has been a part of the Billboard Award winning group since its formation in 1998.
The band consists of Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomislav “Tomo” Milicevic and has been around the radio and touring circuits since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2002. The group has consistently risen in popularity since their 2005 release, A Beautiful Lie, and managed to even set a Guinness World Record after their 2009 release, This is War. They have achieved both domestic and international success and according to Jared Leto, they are currently working on their fifth studio album to (hopefully) be released in late 2016 or sometime in 2017.
With that said, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the best songs 30 Seconds to Mars has given us so far. These songs are quite eclectic as the band has evolved their sound quite a bit over the years, but it’s an evolution that not many groups can live through. They also managed to release This is War to massive success in the midst of a $30 million dollar lawsuit from their record label, EMI. You have to give these guys credit where credit is due.
10. “Edge of the Earth”This song debuted in March 2003 and served as the second single from the 2002 self-titled album. It managed to do pretty well and is often considered by many fans to be one of the best songs the group has released.
9. “From Yesterday”This song served as the third single from A Beautiful Lie and hit the airwaves in November 2006. It peaked on the top 20 charts in 26 countries around the world and was the band’s first #1 single on the Billboard charts. They also became the first band in music history to film a music video entirely in China.
8. “Up in the Air”This lead single from the 2013 release, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, delivers that different sound mentioned before. The more alternative-pop sound seems to have paid off as the song managed to rise to #13 on the Billboard charts.
7. “Closer to the Edge”This song was the third single from This is War. Although it only got to #7 on the US Billboard charts, it reached #1 on the UK Rock Singles chart and managed to deliver some pretty deep lyrics.
6. “A Beautiful Lie”Released in December 2007, this was the fourth single from their album A Beautiful Lie. The band made music video history once again by filming entirely on location in Greenland. Jared, Shannon, and Tomo filmed the video while performing on top of active glaciers and icebergs off the coast of Greenland. They released a short documentary about the making of the project titled Edge of the Earth: Featuring 30 Seconds to Mars.
5. “Attack”One of the more strongly worded songs from the band, “Attack” gave us the first taste of what A Beautiful Lie was all about in May 2005. It hit #22 on the modern rock charts in the United States.
4. “Kings and Queens”This song served as the leading single from the 2009 release, This is War. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts and gave the band a needed resurgence in the wake of the lawsuit between them and the record label, EMI. It’s also one of the most fun songs to see performed live as it involves a lot of audience involvement.
3. “Hurricane”If you feel like sitting down for almost 14 minutes, and aren’t easily offended, I would recommend checking out the video accompaniment for this song. It’s rather dark and has a lot of imagery that enhanced the strong lyrics of the song. The original single was released in December 2009 while a 2010 remix with Kanye West hit in November 2010.
2. “The Kill (Bury Me)””The Kill (Bury Me)” was the second single from A Beautiful Lie and was released in January 2006. Basically responsible for launching 30 Seconds to Mars into stardom, the accompanying music video was directed by Leto himself and was a play on the Stanley Kubrick horror classic, The Shining.
1. “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)”In this case, you can’t mess with the original. This song was the band’s debut single that hit back in July 2002 and really sums up what 30 Seconds to Mars is all about in terms of lyrical development, energy, and sound. It also did pretty good for a debut, too. It managed to reach #40 on the Billboard mainstream rock charts.
“This is War”The title song from the 2009 album, This is War, the song is somewhat anthem worthy and is highly regarded by many fans. For me personally, it barely gets edged out by others on the list because it is very good. The music video is also quite powerful.