Wake Up (Arcade Fire song)

"Wake Up" is an indie rock song by Canadian rock band Arcade Fire. It was the fifth and final single released from the band's debut album, Funeral. The single was released as a one-sided 7" vinyl record on November 14, 2005.

"Wake Up"
Cover art for the single "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire.
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Funeral
ReleasedNovember 14, 2005
RecordedAugust 2003 – early 2004
StudioHotel2Tango (Montreal, Quebec)
  • 5:33 (album version)
  • 3:45 (radio edit)
Producer(s)Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Rebellion (Lies)"
"Wake Up"
"Black Mirror"


In 2009, NME ranked "Wake Up" as the 25th best song of the 2000s, and in 2014 ranked "Wake Up" as the 25th greatest song of all-time.[1] Rolling Stone ranked "Wake Up" as the 42nd best song of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 22 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]

As of August 2020, "Wake Up" holds the #23 spot on Rate Your Music's Top Singles of the 2000s.[3]

In popular cultureEdit

A live version of the song performed with David Bowie appears on the 2005 Live EP (Live at Fashion Rocks).

This song was played during the beginning of the U2's Vertigo Tour shows, usually followed by "City of Blinding Lights". A brief snippet of the song's pre-concert appearance opens U2's concert film Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago.

"Wake Up" was played as the pre-game intro song at New York Rangers games during the 2006–2007 season. It is currently used as the intro song for Premier League club Burnley, EFL Championship club Aston Villa and, since 2005, by Irish Premier League champions Linfield.

A new version of the song was recorded for and featured in the trailer for the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.[4]

Arcade Fire licensed "Wake Up" to play in commercials during Super Bowl XLIV. All proceeds from airing the song were donated to Partners in Health for relief efforts related to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. [5]

In 2010, the song was used on the Best Bits for Big Brother UK when the series ended after an 11 Year run.

The song was covered by Macy Gray on her 2012 release Covered.

The song concludes every Friday's episode of talk radio's The Dan Patrick Show.[6] and also opens the Garage Logic show on 1500 ESPN in Saint Paul, Minnesota

The song is in the film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

The song was covered in a 2014 commercial for Southern New Hampshire University.[7]

The song was used in the promo video of Los Angeles' bid for the 2024/2028 Summer Olympics/2028 Summer Olympics.

The song played during the cold open of the November 5th 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, where Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon - after breaking character during a political sketch where they play Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton respectively - decide to go out and hug New Yorkers in the streets.

The song is in the episode 7 of the 4th season of Money Heist.[8]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Wake Up" - 5:33


Additional musicians


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 80,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1686
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  3. ^ "Top Singles of the 2000s". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  4. ^ Arcade Fire Re-Record 'Wake Up' For 'Where The Wild Things Are' Trailer
  5. ^ "Arcade Fire Licenses "Wake Up" to Super Bowl for Haiti Charity :: Music :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnLtQ6qEkGk
  8. ^ "The Full Soundtrack From Netflix's La Casa de Papel". oprahmag.com. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Arcade Fire – Wake Up". Music Canada. Retrieved March 27, 2020.

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