Last December, I got to check off the number one person on my concert bucket list. Elton John put on an amazing three-hour show in his last performance ever in Birmingham. Seeing him was such a great moment, not just in my year, but in my life as well.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about the artists who have still eluded me as a concert junkie. For this week’s Ranked, I’m talking about five special bands or artists who are currently at the top of my list. 

The 1975 would definitely be on this list if I didn’t already have tickets to see them and I’m still waiting for a chance to see a full show from COIN after seeing them open for Paramore last year in Nashville…but I digress. Here’s the list. Enjoy! 

Honorable Mentions: Billy Joel, iDKHOW, Blackbear, SZA, Lana Del Rey

5. Waterparks

Waterparks took home a spot on my best albums of last year, but unfortunately, they didn’t come anywhere close with their 2018 tour. This band who will give you vibes of the emo phase we all went through in eighth grade is one of my favorites. They have a discography full of pop punk anthems that were made to fill a venue. I hope to see them soon.

4. Florence + The Machine 

I can’t imagine many things that could be crazier than a live show from British rock band, Florence + The Machine. The UK band is someone I’ve admired since the early part of this decade. I’ve missed at least two opportunities and I will be sure to not let myself miss them again. 

3. Electric Guest

I came across Electric Guest in late 2017 via a friend’s post on Snapchat. Plural, the band’s sophomore effort, is still a fixed part of my daily playlist and every day that I hear them I’m reminded that I still haven’t seen the band play live. I fell in love with Electric Guest in one sitting and I am desperate to see this band I’ve come to love in person. 

2. Rihanna

Rihanna rules the charts every time she releases a new song. She’s set to deliver a new album this year…which typically means a tour comes along. I’m determined more than ever to see this amazing performer turned actress turned cosmetics queen in 2019. I made as well have made seeing her live one of my New Years’ resolutions. 

1. Sufjan Stevens

In his track “The Only Thing”, he asks “Should I tear my eyes out now?” and even though I sing those sad words when I’m crying alone in the car, I know I can’t tear out any eyes until I see Sufjan Stevens in concert. This singer-songwriter has been on my radar since his 2015 album Carrie & Lowell, but I didn’t have the chance to see his show then. Now, I’m chomping at the bit for a chance to see him live. This concert, nee spiritual experience, is something that I need in my life. 


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