Originally Posted by Pell
radiohead - life in a glass house
the national - fake empire
meatloaf - bat out of hell
and you will know us by the trail of dead - a perfect teenhood
manics - condemned to rock and roll
elbow - grace under pressure
^^^ This. You think its ending two or three times, then there is that expansive rising guitar just before the real ending that sends shivers. Awesome.
I would add Muse - Butterflies and Hurricanes (the album version). Sticking Rachmaninov style passages into a rock song is pretentious, ridiculous, incongruous and precocious, and because of all these things it's absolutely brilliant.