- "Showbiz" beats below claim of "Citizen Erased".
- Early B Side "Host" starts off subtly, then gets to the most awesome headbanging section for 45 seconds till the end of the song. It's the unsung predecessor of "Cydonia" for this reason.
- "Unintended". The live version on HAARP is its own standalone Moment of Awesome.
- This rendition of "New Born" is valid competition for both "Showbiz" and "Citizen Erased".
- "Citizen Erased" trumps all comers, either before or after.
- "PLUG. IN. BABY." Epic Riff, anyone?
- "Space Dementia" is frickin' epic.
- "Bliss". The arpeggios are epic, and the music video is definitely a trip. Maybe not as good as "Citizen Erased" but still worth a mention.
- "Hyper Music". YOU KNOW THAT I DON'T LOVE YOU, AND I NEVER DIIIIID...along with kickass riffs early on, and bass that is like an earthquake delivered direct to the eardrums.
- "Micro Cuts" has an almost classical feel to it (due to having a similar chord progression to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata). Matt's vocals are inhuman in addition to the eerie feel of the chorus. Probably the most atmospheric piece of music that Muse have ever recorded, with the ethereal guitars and the ghostly vocals. That would have been enough, but then, 30 seconds from the end, the guitar speeds up with a heavy riff and the song explodes. Quite possibly the single best thing Muse will ever do.
- The entire EP. Just listen to that opening!
- "Dead Star" should have earned its own Awesome moment: the slurps, the hardcore electronic instrumental, the epic riffs, the drum structure. It's basically what anger sounds like.
- "Apocalypse Please" feels bare without its intro, huh?
- "Hysteria". One of the most awesome bass lines of all time, it opens the song and rumbles right through your head to the end. The guitar solo reaches soaring heights too, and everyone must join in on the chorus:
'cause I want it now, I want it now
Give me your heart and your soul
And I'm breaking out, I'm breaking out
Last chance to lose control
- "Time Is Running Out", especially with the Dr. Strangelove-inspired video.
- "Butterflies and Hurricanes". (Live version on HAARP is just as, if not, better.) This song would make a damn good Theme Music Power-Up:
Change everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fights and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Yeah, hard times are ahead
- They play this on the Sci Fi Channel in Taiwan for one of the commercials and it is epic. It does, however, after you hear it for the third time in one day begin to sound like they are summoning some kinda Eldritch Abomination. Mumbling, singing and yelling at the same time? Awesome.
- Appears as the main theme of Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012. A huge accomplishment for them.
- Even non-Muse fans can't get over "Sing for Absolution" and "Butterflies & Hurricanes".
- "Eternally Missed" is the little-known B-side to "Hysteria". It is also quite possibly the finest piece of music Muse has ever recorded.
- "Fury". Just "Fury". AND WE'LL PRAAAAAAAAAY THAT THEEEEEEERE'S NO GOOOOOOOD TO PUUUUUUNISH UUUUUUUS AND MAAAAAAAKE A FUUUUUUUSS!
- "The Groove" (b-side for the "Time Is Running Out" single). It starts out with one of the weirdest guitar solo's Matt's ever done then at 0:19 the bass kicks in and you realize that the song is more than aptly titled.
- "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse is incredibly epic (and the video is even more so). You know what's more epic than "Knights of Cydonia"? Knights of Cydonia preceded by Man With Harmonica.
- "Take a Bow"'s symphonic tribute. If God had a theme song, this would be it. And the original "Take a Bow" symphonic mix - just when you think it can't get any more epic.
- The little B-side called "Glorious" is, indeed, glorious.
- "Map of the Problematique". LONELINESS BE OVER. LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD. The RatM riff at the end just makes it perfect.
- "City of Delusion". Dear sweet Jesus, that trumpet can send tingles down anyone's spine, and the strings practically make the song.
- "Starlight". Easily one of their most emotionally intense songs. Not to mention the epic bass riff intro, the epic piano intro, and a drum beat that's the tits!note
- "Assassin", featuring one of Dominic's best drum performances and some kickass riffing.
- "Supermassive Black Hole", freaky-ass video and all.
- Looks like they've done it again with "United States of Eurasia". It'll give you chills every time you listen to it. Eura-SIA. -SIA. -SIA. -SIA.
- "Exogenesis freakin' Symphony". Try hearing all three parts in one single fucking piece. Just beautiful..
- "Uprising". Mix two parts Doctor Who theme to three parts badass Protest Song. Add a dash of Toccata and Fugue. Mix well. Serve scorching hot with a side of giant teddy bear revolution. To the extent that Catherine Tate (Donna Noble in Doctor Who) thought it was the Doctor Who theme tune.
- "Resistance", from the same album, is an epic political protest love song.
- "Undisclosed Desires". Enticing, sensual, and so damn catchy you just can't help but groove along. "I Belong to You" is just as good, but is unfortunately stuck in the Twilight ghetto.
- Listen to this. That noise you're hearing? Yeah, that's your brain exploding. Well, that or "MK Ultra".
- "Unnatural Selection". Badass organ intro into a thumping guitar riff... slows down a bit in the middle... then back to the guitars. Capital stuff.
- Chances are you'll find their theme for the London 2012 Olympics "Survival" head-explodingly epic. (Though it may take a few listens to love it.)
- Taking a few listens to love it seems to be becoming a trend with the songs from The 2nd Law, as its trailer split the fanbase. The first single from the album, "Madness", is what might happen if 80s-era Queen were sent forward in time and tried out EDM! Combine the smooth beat and epic buildup with the soaring vocals at the end and you've got a great song.
- And the base-breaking song itself, "Unsustainable". The reaction to the Dubstep influences in this song has been incredibly split, but the fact that the band are making those sounds with their normal instruments at least deserves a mention.
- The band recently allowed people to listen to it for free on various websites (such has The Guardian for UK listeners). "Panic Station" instantly jumps out as being funk-inspired brilliant awesomeness.
- "Follow Me", a dubstep-symphonic rock hybrid written in dedication to Matthew Bellamy's newborn son, is the first major foray by Muse into music dominated by electronic elements and is EXTREMELY AWESOME. What did you expect from a song being produced by Nero?!
- "Supremacy". Everybody says it goes well with James Bond. It shows.
- "Save Me". Chris Wolstenholme's debut as singer and songwriter couldn't be more beautifully amazing.
- Psycho is such a kick-ass riff. For those familiar with Muse's live shows, yes, that is indeed a modified variation on the ol' Stockholm Syndrome outro.
- Dead Inside starts with a simple beat and an apparently innocent chorus, but then it explodes around the 2:35 mark into an absolute orgasm of sound. It has the instrumental progression of "Madness" and the awesome synth-like quality of "Undisclosed Desires". Add a neat little guitar solo before the second verse and you've got a great song. The official music video makes it even better - very minimalist, with just a man and a woman (who has Black Eyes of Evil) dancing together in a bare room full of what looks like chalk dust, interspersed with shots of the band playing in the same room and the occasional light-bearing drone hovering around, the dance performance put on by Will B. Wingfield and Kathryn McCormick is absolutely astounding, like a combination of ballet, ballroom dancing, break dancing, martial arts and sex all rolled into one.
- Reapers is a very OOS-esque, guitar-heavy song that you can't help rocking out to.
- Defector is by itself an amazing song, featuring a soaring, powerful main riff, but it becomes even more awesome when it's taken into the album's context. It's in fact the point where the protagonist snaps out of her brainwashing and turns against her tormentors, who turned her into a soulless killing machine.
- "The Globalist" is a ten-minute apocalyptic prog nightmare about a crazy dictator who nukes an entire planet because he needed to be loved. This song, a sequel to "Citizen Erased", has three movements: a slide-guitar driven ballad à la Ennio Morricone, a heavy guitar solo, and a Rachmaninoff-esque piano part. Matt throws random objects to the floor to emulate bombing sounds in the solo.
- Yes, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" is stuck in the Twilight ghetto. This is a shame, because it is RIDICULOUSLY EPIC. The best part? This song was based on Matt Bellamy's then-recent breakup. Muse can even make ending a long-term relationship sound utterly triumphant.
- The riff to "The House of the Rising Sun" itself at Muse's Glastonbury 2010 show was a cool touch, but the awesome factor comes from the crowd.