Bad Liar (Imagine Dragons song)

"Bad Liar" is a song by American pop rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released through Interscope and Kidinakorner records on November 6, 2018, as the fourth single from their fourth studio album, Origins (2018). It was written by Imagine Dragons, Aja Volkman and Jorgen Odegard, and produced by Odegard.

"Bad Liar"
Imagine Dragons Bad Liar.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Origins
ReleasedNovember 6, 2018
GenreElectropop,[1] soft rock
Length4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Odegard
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Machine"
(2018)
"Bad Liar"
(2018)
"Birds"
(2019)
Music video
"Bad Liar" on YouTube

"Bad Liar" peaked at number 56 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It topped the charts in Czech Republic and Latvia, and reached the top 10 in Belgium, Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland; as well as the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore and Sweden. On May 31, 2019, a "stripped" version titled "Bad Liar- Stripped" was released.[2] The song was used in the 2020 Cartoon Saloon film Wolfwalkers.

BackgroundEdit

"Bad Liar" was co-written by Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds and his wife Aja Volkman shortly before they separated. However, Reynolds has said the couple did not end up going through with the divorce.[3]

The Norwegian progressive rock band Maraton pointed out that the cover image for their single "Blood Music" is the same as Imagine Dragons’ cover image for "Bad Liar", with only the coloration being different. Maraton's single was released in February 2018, while Imagine Dragons’ song dropped nine months later in November 2018. Despite the undeniable shared artwork, Maraton released a statement revealing they had purchased the artwork from the artist Beeple Crap, but had no deal giving them exclusive rights to the photo.[4][5][6][7]

Critical receptionEdit

Idolator called the song a "brutally honest breakup anthem", and described it as "raw and stripped back".[8] Billboard compared the song's lyrical heaviness to the band's track "Demons".[9]

Music videoEdit

A music video for the song was released on January 24, 2019. The video centers around a high school couple, while it cuts to the band performing the song in the parking lot of that school various times throughout the video. The video continues to add an ominous tone with the surrounding dark shadows and use of fictional levitation. It was directed by Ryan Reichenfeld and was filmed at Green Valley High School, in Henderson, Nevada. The video features dancer Autumn Miller with choreography by Marissa Osato.[10] As of March 2022, the music video has received 369 million views and 3.8 million likes.

Live performancesEdit

The song was first performed live at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.[11] It was also performed at the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship halftime show.[12]

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for "Bad Liar"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[65] Platinum 70,000 
Austria (IFPI Austria)[66] Platinum 30,000 
Belgium (BEA)[67] Gold 20,000 
Canada (Music Canada)[68] Platinum 80,000 
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[69] Gold 45,000 
France (SNEP)[70] Platinum 200,000 
Germany (BVMI)[71] Platinum 400,000 
Italy (FIMI)[72] 2× Platinum 100,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[73] Gold 15,000 
Poland (ZPAV)[74] 3× Platinum 150,000 
Portugal (AFP)[75] 2× Platinum 20,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[77] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Release history and formats for "Bad Liar"
Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various November 6, 2018 Digital download [9]
Italy January 25, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Interscope [78]
United States January 29, 2019 Alternative radio [79]
February 5, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [80]

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