->''Jealousy, turning saints into the sea,\\
Swimming through sick lullabies,\\
Choking on your alibis,\\
But itís just the price I pay,\\
Destiny is calling me,\\
Open up my eager eyes,\\
Cause Iím Mr. Brightside.''
-->"Mr. Brightside"

The Killers are a rock band from UsefulNotes/LasVegas, made up of Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboard), Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums/percussion, backing vocals). To date they have released the following albums:

* ''Hot Fuss'' (2004)
* ''Sam's Town'' (2006)
* ''Sawdust'' (2007, a compilation of [[BSide B-sides]])
* ''Day & Age'' (2008)
* ''Battle Born'' (2012)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Direct Hits]]'' (2013; contains two new songs)
* ''Don't Waste Your Wishes'' (2016, a compilation of yearly Christmas themed singles released between 2006-2016)
* ''Wonderful Wonderful'' (2017)

For an indie-rock outfit, they've been quite successful, selling 15 million albums worldwide (and with ''Sam's Town'' and ''Sawdust'' hitting UK number one).

Their sound has been (very accurately) described as "more Eighties than TheEighties." All their albums save ''Sam's Town'' have been essentially synth-driven indie-rock, with the influence of [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]], particularly Music/DuranDuran, painfully obvious. ''Sam's Town'' was different, but also very much Eighties, being Heartland Rock/Americana InTheStyleOf [[Music/BruceSpringsteen The Boss]], with some more synth.

The band took a break after years of touring, during which time both frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannuci, unwilling to slow down, released their own solo albums entitled ''Flamingo'' and ''Big Talk'' respectively. Most of the reviews agree that ''Flamingo'' was SoOkayItsAverage, while ''Big Talk'' was better received.

The band released ''Battle Born'' in September 2012, nearly four years after their last album as a group.

After another four year sabbatical following ''Direct Hits'', the band released their sixth album, ''Wonderful Wonderful''.

!!Their music include examples of:

* AlbumTitleDrop: Inverted with ''Day & Age''. The songs were written before the album was named, and the name was chosen in part because the band realized they'd used that phrase in two songs ("Neon Tiger" and "The World We Live In").
** Also present in "Flesh and Bone" and "Battle Born", on ''Battle Born'', as well as "Wonderful Wonderful" from ''Wonderful Wonderful.''
* AlienAbduction: "Spaceman". Amusingly, in an article about The Killers, ''Q Magazine'' had an interview with an expert on alleged real-world alien abductions, who was quite pissed that the song bore so little resemblance to the common alien-abduction claim.
** An alternative interpretation is that it is actually talking about an attempted suicide, with the alien abduction being simply due to ambiguity on the part of the one telling the story (who is implied to be somewhat delusional).
*** One of the more widely accepted interpretations is that the whole song is about their meteoric rise to fame and the distance that puts between them and their loved ones.
*** Or about the conflict between religion and science...
*** ...or about an accidental overdose.
* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Trans]]: The most common interpretation of "Somebody Told Me" seems to be that the girl is dating a transgender man who dated the singer pre-transition. The song is ambiguous, to say the least...
-->''"Somebody told me that you had a boyfriend''
-->''Who looks like a girlfriend that I had in February of last year."''
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Brandon Flowers.
* BadassMustache: Drummer Ronnie Vannucci usually has one of these, as seen in the page picture.
** Flowers on occasions. Opinions differ on whether it makes him badass.
** ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext Dianna]] [[Creator/DiannaAgron Agron]]''.
* BadSanta: The videos "Don't Shoot Me, Santa" and "I Feel It In My Bones".
* BaitAndSwitch: The music video for "The Man" off of ''Wonderful Wonderful'' pulls one of these by depicting the protagonists doing stereotypically masculine things only to show the repercussions of those things in the modern age; the high-rolling gambler gets thrown out on his ass when his luck turns, the daredevil motorcyclist is only [[GloryDays reliving past glories]] because of a bad accident, the bar-crawler gets into a fight with a bigger man that he started by getting shitfaced, and the Vegas lounge singer is performing for a disinterested and sparse crowd due to a [[DiscoDan severe loss in interest for that sort of hokey performance]].
* BalladOfX: "The Ballad of Michael Valentine".
* {{Bookends}}: ''Sam's Town'' begins with "Enterlude" and ends with "Exitlude." The latter is a reprise of the former with an added verse at the start.
* BrokenRecord: "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier, I got soul, but I'm not a soldier..."
** "It started out with a kiss/How did it end up like this?/''It was only a kiss''/It was only a kiss!"
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Brandon's scream before the solo in their Joy Division cover, "Shadowplay".
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cYuQP80tWY Drunk Dave]].
* CallBack[=/=]CallForward: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the songs "A Matter of Time" and "Miss Atomic Bomb" of ''Battle Born''. The two share several phrases ("laughing with your girlfriends", "falling back on forever", etc.) and are part of the same story. "A Matter of Time" comes first on the album, making the lines in "Miss Atomic Bomb" a CallBack. However, "Miss Atomic Bomb" is a single from the album and the one most fans heard first, so when later listening to the album in order, "A Matter of Time" serves as a CallForward.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: In a rare musical example, the extremely confusing line from "Who Let You Go?": "But hopefully this story ends/When you ain't got nothing I never had."
* CreepyChild: The children singing "kick the can, kick the can, skipping, blackjack" in "Tranquilize".
* ChristmasSongs: One of the band's traditions is that, every year since 2006, they write and record a Christmas song for Product Red. This being The Killers, many of these songs are [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]].
* CrowdSong: The chorus of "All These Things That I've Done."
* DemBones: The music video for "Bones".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: From ''Sam's Town'', "This River Is Wild" -> "Why Do I Keep Counting?" -> "Exitlude". Sweet heavens.
* GentleGiant: Bassist Mark Stoermer could be labeled as one.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Guitarist Dave Keuning is a male example, if ''that'' popular video is anything to go by.
* HeavyMeta: "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll".
* IncompatibleOrientation: The reason behind the narrator's unrequited love for the JerkJock in "[[ObsessionSong Andy You're a Star]]", although an AlternateCharacterInterpretation is that Andy is equally in love but, HighSchool being what it is, he's dating TheBeard. Considering that "Andy" is sometimes a nickname for "Andrea" (or similar), the incompatibility could even be going the other way.
** If you take the interpretation of "Just Another Girl" being Dianna Agron trying to get ''just'' another girl and her friends telling her "it just wasn't meant to be". The video itself is filled with Les Yay as the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' star cross-dresses [[{{Bifauxnen}} highly attractively]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: One reading of "Mr. Brightside" could be a case of this, as the lyrics imply that the singer is being cheated on by their significant other but is either too disinterested to care or has such low self-esteem that they let them go so they can be happy, even at the singer's expense. Given that it was written after the lead singer had gone through a bad breakup due to being cheated on, this is probably the intended reading.
* LargeHam: Brandon Flowers. "HE DOESN'T LOOK A THING LIKE JEEEESUS!!!"
* LyricalDissonance: Quite a few of their songs feature upbeat, engaging melody lines combined with lyrics that range from downbeat and somewhat depressing (e.g "Runaways") to NightmareFuel (e.g the "Murder Trilogy").
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "All These Things That I've Done" appears to be about the band trying to run out on their girlfriends...while wearing cowboy outfits...and then the women pursue them with boomerangs. And something about a trailer park. The UK version, on the other hand, is pure SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel.
** [[spoiler:It's actually about the band (in cowboy outfits) stealing a marquee sign from what appears to be a [[Film/FasterPussycatKillKill Russ Meyer-esque]] burlesque troupe (or something like that), only to find out that said burlesque girls can and do thoroughly kick their asses. The video is put together very out-of-order, though, and since that's not clear at first glance, you can be forgiven for [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext having absolutely no idea what the hell is going on]].]]
* MadnessMantra: From the afflicted lover in "Under The Gun": "Kill me now, kill me now, kill me now, kill me now..."
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly a 3-4, though they are capable of everything from 1 to 6.
* MurderBallad: The "Murder Trilogy": "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf", "Midnight Show", and "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" (released in the reverse order, but clearly telling the story of an angry break-up, a murder, and being questioned by the police).
* OdeToYouth: "Miss Atomic Bomb", "When You Were Young", "Shot at the Night", "A Dustland Fairytale".
* {{Prequel}}: The new song "Miss Atomic Bomb" is a prequel to "Mr. Brightside".
* RecycledINSPACE: The band have stated that ''Day & Age'' is "like watching ''Sam's Town'' from outer space".
* RefrainFromAssuming: "All These Things That I've Done" is frequently known as "I Got Soul", and has even been covered using this title.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Losing Touch" seems to be this, although, for the most part, it's a fairly calm song compared to other examples of the trope.
* ShoutOut: At their performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHaXv0Yu4AU "Human" at the EMA Awards]], [[spoiler:Brandon added in some lyrics from "Bring on the Dancing Horses" by Echo and the Bunnymen]].
-->[[spoiler: Bring on the new Messiah]]
-->[[spoiler:Wherever he may roam]]
-->[[spoiler:First I'm gonna make it]]
-->[[spoiler:Then I'm gonna break it]]
-->[[spoiler:Till it falls apart]]
-->[[spoiler:Hating all the faking]]
-->[[spoiler:Shaking while I'm breaking]]
-->[[spoiler:Your brittle heart]]
** The name of the band itself is a ShoutOut to Music/NewOrder. The video to New Order's 2001 single "Crystal" had the song mimed by a group of actors instead of the actual band; going by the logo painted on the drum set, this FakeBand was called The Killers.
** The title of ''Battle Born'' is a shout-out to their home state of Nevada, which is nicknamed "the Battle Born state" because it was admitted to the Union in 1864 during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
** All the elements of the "Just Another Girl" video are [[CallBack from one of the other music videos]] except the big number 4 behind Dianna right as she starts walking over to "Human", as far as I can recall. The most logical explanation, then, is that it refers to the actress' role in ''Film/IAmNumberFour''. The whole recreating-music-videos thing also links back to ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Just in case you thought she was Creator/MileyCyrus for a minute there.
** The lines "Jason's getting married in the blink of an eye/Got an invitation but I didn't reply/Tell your little brother that we put down the glove" could be a reference to Agron's ''little brother Jason''. Maybe.
* TheSilentBob: Mark Stoermer is known as one of these--he's the quietest of the band, usually speaking just a few words in their interviews.
* SoloSideProject: Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vanucci both released solo albums in the last few years, but the band are still together and doing well.
* StalkerWithACrush: The narrator of "Andy You're a Star".
* StudioChatter: An indecipherable bit of this at the beginning of "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf", maybe Brandon talking to Dave.
** You can catch some more at the end of "Sam's Town" (the song, not the album itself), which is similarly hard-to-understand.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Mr. Brightside", although the rhythm and the fact that it (slant) rhymes with the following line obscure it a bit.
-->Now they're going to bed
-->And my stomach is ''sick''
-->And it's all in my head
-->But she's touching his ''chest'' now
-->She takes off her dress now
--> Let me go...
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Spaceman" and "Read My Mind" in particular.
* Creator/TimBurton: Directed the MusicVideo of "Bones" and "Here With Me".
* WordSaladTitle: Word Salad ''Chorus'' actually; without reading pretty deep into it, the chorus to "Mr. Brightside" can read like nonsense. Some fans have gone so far as to call the song the [[Music/LedZeppelin "Stairway To Heaven"]] of the 21st century for its incomprehensibility.
* YeOldeButcheredEnglish: Pops up in "Wonderful Wonderful" when the singer addresses the "motherless child".
-->Motherless child does thou believe\\
That thine afflictions have caused us to grieve?\\
Motherless child angels have closed\\
Their eyes, thou wast thrown away and exposed\\