The Ultimate Andrew McMahon Setlist

Andrew McMahon

We’ve been giving Andrew McMahon a lot of love this week, all in honor of his brand new album, Zombies on Broadway. On Monday, we published an interview with him and yesterday, we reviewed the new record. Today, we’re attempting the impossible: distilling McMahon’s impressive 15-year career into one ultimate concert setlist.

For this playlist, I mostly adhered to the rules established last year in Craig Ismaili’s Ultimate Jimmy Eat World Setlist: 20 songs for the main set, two songs for the encore, and a mix of tunes that includes both hits and career-best songs. I did, however, dispense with Craig’s 80-minute rule, simply because that would mean burning one-eighth of the set on “Konstantine.”

I’d like to think that this is the kind of setlist that might get played if Andrew ever pulled together all of his current and former bandmates—from Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness—for one insane reunion show. As such, I tried to pull songs from every era of McMahon’s career, spotlighting both fan favorites (“Dark Blue,” “I Woke up in a Car”) and underappreciated deep cuts (“Miss America,” “Amelia Jean”).

Whether you’re looking to discover the charms of McMahon’s music for the first time or take a trip down memory lane, I hope this playlist won’t disappoint. To share your ultimate McMahon setlists, hit the quote bubble and head to the forums!

The Main Set

  1. I Want to Save You
  2. Release Me
  3. Bruised
  4. All Our Lives
  5. Swim
  6. I’m Ready
  7. High Dive
  8. Hurricane
  9. Crashin
  10. Rescued
  11. Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby)
  12. Amelia Jean
  13. Fire Escape
  14. Synesthesia
  15. 21 and Invincible
  16. Walking in My Sleep
  17. I Woke up in a Car
  18. Miss America
  19. La La Lie
  20. Dark Blue

The Encore

  1. Konstantine
  2. Cecilia and the Satellite