- First Installment Wins: How to Save a Life contains three of their biggest hits, the title track, "Look After You", and "Over My Head (Cable Car)".
- Critical Dissonance: How to Save a Life gained mixed reviews from professional critics who thought it was too similar to fellow piano rock contemporaries Keane and Coldplay. However, listeners praised the album's honest, natural sound and it later became the best-selling digital album of all time.
- Ear Worm: "Over My Head (Cable Car)"
- Nightmare Fuel: "Little House", their darkest song to date.
- Painful Rhyme: "Her back is now much heavier / I wish that I could carry her / But this is our ungodly hour / Ungodly hour..."
- Tear Jerker: Where to start... a good half of the songs can be this.
- "Look After You" and "Happiness".
- "How to Save a Life" is a kick in the teeth, especially if you can relate to it.
- "I Can Barely Say"