Kings of Leon is an American rock band that originated in Albion, Oklahoma but formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals). The group is named for their grandfather Leon from Talihina, Oklahoma.
The band's early music was an upbeat blend of Southern Rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded over the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with a total of nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band's albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the No. 1 spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion" all peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album itself was their first ever Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified Platinum nine times. The band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010.
- Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
- Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004)
- Because of the Times (2007)
- Only by the Night (2008)
- Come Around Sundown (2010)
- Mechanical Bull (2013)
- WALLS (2016)
"These tropes are on fire":
- Book-Ends: "Use Somebody"; Caleb starts and ends with "I've been roaming around/Always looking down/At all I see".
- Band of Relatives/Sibling Team: Three brothers and their cousin.
- Break Up Song: "Closer".
- Big Rock Ending: Often enough.
- Careful with That Axe: "Charmer" and "Crawl".
- Epic Rocking: "I Want You" and "Cold Desert".
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Up until WALLS, every album title had been a five-syllable phrase. Even then, WALLS double subverts this, as it's an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs.
- Intercourse with You: "Sex on Fire".
- Mood Whiplash: "Sex on Fire"/"Use Somebody".
- New Sound Album: Only by the Night.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Crawl" and "Closer"
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "I Want You"
- Silly Love Songs: "Use Somebody", "I Want You", "Be Somebody".
- Subdued Section: Often.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Caleb Followill. One must assume that it's at least partially Oklahoman and yet there's another type of 'twang' that makes it completely different.
Always looking down
At all I see..."