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"Sweet Disposition" is a song by Australian indie rock[1] band The Temper Trap. Described by critics as an "indie anthem",[2] the song was written by Dougy Mandagi and Lorenzo Silitto. It was not a huge success initially in Australia, and fared better in Japan and Europe. Renewed interest in the song was generated after it was included in the soundtrack for the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer—eventually reaching number nine on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States.

"Sweet Disposition"
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Single by The Temper Trap
from the album Conditions
Released16 September 2008 (2008-09-16)
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreIndie rock
LabelLiberation (AUS)
Infectious (UK)
Glassnote (US)
Songwriter(s)Dougy Mandagi, Lorenzo Sillitto
Producer(s)Jim Abbiss
The Temper Trap singles chronology
"Sweet Disposition"

Chart performance and salesEdit

Despite The Temper Trap originating from Australia, "Sweet Disposition", the lead single from the debut album Conditions, proved to be more popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland, reaching No. 6 (in the week beginning 11 October 2009) and No. 8 respectively, while it only reached a peak of No. 14 in Australia. However, it was eventually certified 3× Platinum in Australia for sales exceeding 210,000 copies, becoming the band's highest-selling single in their home country.

The song reached No. 9 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, due to interest in the song after it appeared in the film (500) Days of Summer. In 2014, it was featured in the action film 3 Days to Kill starring Kevin Costner. A dance remix made by Axwell and Dirty South of this song reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart in April 2010. It received a Platinum certification from the RIAA in 2013 for more than 1,000,000 copies sold.

The single was certified Gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry[3] and Platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI in 2014 based on sales and audio streaming.

Music videosEdit

There are three music videos for the song. The Australian/domestic version, directed by Madeline Griffith, features the band performing alongside slow motion footage of light bulbs smashing on the floor.

The UK/international version directed by Barnaby Roper, begins with a gradual descent towards the lights on a runway before featuring a girl roller blading through space, past transparent images of each band member. That version was also played in Australia following the song's increase in popularity in 2010. The US version, directed by Daniel Eskils, was released in March 2010. This version displays the band members playing around with musical instruments as well as demolishing them, this all being taped with a high-speed camera.

In popular cultureEdit

The song was used in the soundtrack for the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, as well as the closing scene of the 2014 film 3 Days to Kill and a scene in the film 500 Days of Summer. The song was also used in the 2010 Toyota Yaris commercial in Indonesia. It was also Used in Sky Sports commercial in 2009 which features Football Manager Jose Mourinho .

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Temper Trap Ponder Album No. 2". Clash. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  2. ^ "16 Albums you need to listen to in June". Harper's Bazaar. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Certificazioni Download FIMI" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ " – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ " – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ " – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition" (in French). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sweet Disposition". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 51, 2009" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  9. ^ " – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ " – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "The Temper Trap: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "The Temper Trap Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "The Temper Trap Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "The Temper Trap Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "The Temper Trap Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "The Temper Trap Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2010" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Best of 2010: Dance/Club Songs -". Billboard. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Italian single certifications – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 14 March 2019. Select "2015" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Sweet Disposition" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 July 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Sweet Disposition in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 9 July 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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