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Believer (Imagine Dragons song)

"Believer" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released on February 1, 2017 through Interscope Records and Kidinakorner as the lead single from the band's third studio album, Evolve (2017).[2] It was written by Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Justin Tranter and its producers Mattman & Robin.

"Believer"
Imagine-Dragons-Believer-art.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Evolve
A-side"Thunder"
ReleasedFebruary 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mattman & Robin
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Levitate"
(2016)
"Believer"
(2017)
"Thunder"
(2017)
Music video
"Believer" on YouTube

"Believer" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's third top ten single after "Radioactive" and "Demons" in that country. It also reached the top ten in Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Switzerland. The song played heavily on advertisements such as for Nintendo's Nintendo Switch and various movie trailers and television shows.[3][4] It became the fifth best-selling song of 2017 in the United States.[5] On January 8, 2019, another version of the song was released, featuring American rapper, Lil Wayne, making it Imagine Dragons' and Wayne's second collaboration, after "Sucker for Pain", alongside Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, Wiz Khalifa, & X Ambassadors.

BackgroundEdit

In March 2017, Dan Reynolds told People that the song was inspired by his experiences with ankylosing spondylitis in 2015. He said that, "The meaning of the song is really reflecting on specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression—anything that was a source of pain in my life. And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength."[6]

CompositionEdit

According to sheet music published at Sheetmusicdirect.com, "Believer" is a moderato tempo of 120 beats per minute. Written in cut time, the song is in the key of B minor. Dan Reynolds' vocal range spans from A2 to D4 during the song.[7]

Music videoEdit

The official music video for the song was released on March 7, 2017, on the Imagine Dragons YouTube account and features a boxing match between Dan Reynolds and Dolph Lundgren. It was directed by Matt Eastin and it features what seems to be a young Dan drawing on his notepad in scenes. Dan is losing, and he says that he wants to stop, with Dolph replying, "We can't," making it sound like they are forced to fight by a higher authority. It ends with Reynolds barely conscious, and we get to see what young Dan sketched: a symbol identical to the one on Reynolds' chest, the "Evolve" symbol. As of September 2019, the video has over 1.2 billion views and over 11 million likes. It is currently the most-liked video on the band's YouTube channel, and the 25th most-liked video on the platform.[8][9]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Believer" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Billboard Hot Rock Songs (29 weeks so far),[10] Alternative Songs (13 weeks so far),[11][12] and Adult Pop Songs (6 weeks).[13] Among component charts, it also topped Rock Airplay,[14] Rock Streaming Songs,[15] Rock Digital Sale Songs,[16] and Top TV Commercials Charts.[17] It also topped the Canada Alternative Rock Chart.[18] "Believer" broke the 14-year-old record for the most spins on the Mediabase Alternative chart.[19] "Believer" has reached the top ten in Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United States.

"Believer" was the number one song on several Billboard year-end charts, including the Hot Rock Songs chart, the Rock Airplay chart, and the Alternative Songs chart.[20][21][22] The song was the fifth best-selling song of 2017 in the United States, selling 1,598,000 copies in the year.[5]

Live performancesEdit

The first televised performance of "Believer" was during the March 22, 2017 episode of ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[23] They then performed the song at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. "Believer" was performed again during the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship halftime show.[24]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[25]
No.TitleLength
1."Believer"3:24
2."Believer" (featuring Lil Wayne)3:41
Digital download – Kaskade Remix[26]
No.TitleLength
1."Believer" (Kaskade Remix)3:10

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[94] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[95] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[96] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[97] Diamond 160,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[98] 7× Platinum 560,000 
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[99] Platinum 30,000^
France (SNEP)[100] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[101] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[102] 4× Platinum 200,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[103] Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[104] 3× Platinum 18,000,000 
Portugal (AFP)[105] Platinum 10,000 
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[106] Platinum 40,000*
Sweden (GLF)[107] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[108] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[109] 5× Platinum 1,598,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Usage in mediaEdit

The song was used in a Nintendo Switch commercial shown during Super Bowl LI.[110] The song was also used in a Bleacher Report video tribute to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[111] Dancing with the Stars contestant Bonner Bolton and his partner Sharna Burgess performed an Argentine tango to the song during the May 8, 2017 airing.[112] "Believer" also played during the season one finale of Riverdale and on the WWE 24: Finn Bálor documentary. The song appeared in the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express where its usage was met with mixed response.[113] It is also used in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler launch at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The song was used during a training montage in film The 15:17 to Paris. The song was performed during The Voice UK (series 7) by Lauren Bannon. The song was used as the theme song for the 2018 NRL Finals Series.[citation needed]The song is also used in PBS promos, 2019.

See alsoEdit

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