Train lead singer Pat Monahan celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28. While the band continues to bring pop-rock goodness to music fans across the nation, Monahan has been the voice of some of pop's catchiest songs. In his honor, AXS has put together a Train playlist for fans to jam to on his special day. Check out our picks for Train's top songs below, and get your tickets to see the band live on tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates this spring at AXS.
"Play That Song" speaks to everyone who loves music, not just Train. The entire premise of the track is waiting for a favorite song to play, and that's what makes it a favorite song in its own right. It's a piece of music about the joy of listening to music, and while it lacks the high energy of other Train singles, the earnestness in it earns it a special place on the playlist. Plus, Pat Monahan's dance moves in the corresponding music video earn the song bonus points. It's a big, fun number all the way around, and shows that the band hasn't lost their sense of whimsy even though they've been around since 1993.
Call this one Train's motivational anthem. "Calling All Angels" earned two Grammy Award nominations and a place in pop culture, most notably when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team adopted it as their theme song. "Calling All Angels" may not have the punch of other Train songs or the quirky songwriting, but it's a song that nonetheless sticks in the ear. It encourages music fans not to give up and does so with a radio-friendly musical hook. Who doesn't love a song that inspires as well as entertains?
Every music fan should save space on their playlist for "Save Me, San Francisco," which is Train in a nutshell. It's Monahan and company coming up with crazy lyrics no one else would think of and pairing them with upbeat music that makes this practically a party song. It also pays tribute to the band's San Francisco roots at the same time, so it really does it all. Plus, try hearing the chorus without singing along with it. Play the music video for "Save Me, San Francisco" above and it will have you singing and dancing before it's over.
It's not all fun and games with Train, and "When I Look To The Sky" is an example of that. This is a song that's both heartbreaking and healing at the same time, as it speaks about losing someone you love, but does so with such compassion and respect that it helps to mend that broken heart, too. Monahan's vocals are tender and restrained, not getting too maudlin but also recognizing the seriousness of the subject and not trying to over-perform either. As far as songs about love and loss go, this is the best one that's ever been recorded, and that makes it one of Train's best.
Train's 2001 smash hit still holds up as the band's best song today. With over 100 million views on YouTube and a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, "Drops of Jupiter" had some far-out lyrics (like that random reference to fried chicken) and mixed them with a fresh, fun sound. There's just something about the song that's timeless, and that makes listeners want to sing along with it every time it comes on the radio. There aren't many songs that have that kind of staying charm, but this is one of them. Even as Train keeps getting better, this is the song most people will associate the band with, and with good reason because it's a modern classic.
Below are Train's upcoming tour dates, with tickets for select dates on sale now through AXS:
May 1 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 - Center
May 4 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
May 6 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
May 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
May 10 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
May 12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 16 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
May 18 - Chicago, IL - United Center
May 20 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
May 22 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
May 24 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
May 26 - Philadelphia, PA - HoagieNation Festival
June 5 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
June 7 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
June 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
June 11 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
June 14 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
June 18 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
June 20 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena (Click here for tickets)
June 22 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
June 24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
June 26 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
June 28 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
June 30 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
July 13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
July 18 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
July 20 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (Click here for tickets)
July 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 24 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 26 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 28 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
July 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Aug. 4 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
Aug. 7 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Aug. 9 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Aug. 11 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
For more on Train, visit their band page at AXS.