- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The entire Rival Dealer EP.
- Ear Worm - "Etched Headplate," "Archangel," "Near Dark," and even "Street Halo." Really, Burial has a lot of these, even though the catchy melodies in question are usually placed in very sad or bleak context (and the lyrics rendered incomprehensible).
- Hype Backlash - Pretty inevitable, considering his popularity in a genre that's largely underground. He mostly gets this from some Dubstep fans who think the only reason he has any success is being on Kode9's label, and from others who simply think he's vastly overrated.
- Magnum Opus - Generally agreed to be Untrue, sometimes considered to be Kindred.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped - The Rival Dealer EP is about as subtle as a two-by-four to the head, but dammit, it works. It's a great message and it's presented beautifully.
- Tear Jerker - A lot. "NYC," "Raver," "Ashtray Wasp," and "Gutted" are just a few examples.
- Untrue gets referred to a lot as being 'ghostly,' but "In McDonald's" takes the label as literally as possible- at the very end, there's a snippet of Aaliyah's voice, used to haunting effect.
- "Truant." "I fell in love with you..."