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10 Songs That Actually Got Better Live

When the Crowd Becomes the Instrument.

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There's no road map as to how you record a hit song. Sometimes artists just need to be in the right place at the right time to make magic, but that often involves hours of studio tampering until a song is considered great. Then again, a lot of bands have made songs a completely different animal once they reach the stage.

Whether it was because the restraints of the studio or the wrong feel, each of these songs have become classics once they have been played live on tour. For as much time as you have to perfect a song in the studio, the live stage is where you get to really show your stuff, which leads to improvisations and subtle touches that you could never accomplish if you were just in the studio.

While a lot of a song's greatness comes from the artists playing it, the live show also opens up the idea of fan participation, which ends up working wonders in uniting the crowd with the people onstage. It may be fun to play together in a studio, but there's nothing like bringing people together through the raw power of sound, and each of these songs check every one of those boxes.

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