Animal (Neon Trees song)

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"Animal"
Single by Neon Trees
from the album Habits
B-side "Calling My Name"[1]
Released March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Format 10", digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative rock, new wave, dance-rock
Length 3:32
Label Mercury Records
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Neon Trees singles chronology
"Animal"
(2010)
"1983"
(2010)

"Animal" is the lead single from Neon Trees' debut album Habits. It debuted in October 2009 at #100 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and has reached a peak of #13 in its 22nd week on the chart.[3] In Canada, the song debuted at number 95 on the Canadian Hot 100 and has climbed to No. 29.[3] The song has reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart after 32 weeks, making "Animal" their first number-one song on a Billboard chart.[4] This also broke the record for the longest length of time for a song to get to the top of that list after entering.[5] The song reached number two on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.[6] In one of the music videos of the song, the band is destroying an art gallery. On May 22, 2011, the song won Top Alternative Song in the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2010.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The song received increased coverage after it was played on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight, Lopez Tonight, Conan, and Live with Regis & Kelly by the band. It was also featured on the TV shows Melrose Place[8][9] and Secrets of Aspen.[10][11] The TV show Glee's Dalton Academy Warblers performed a duet version in the episode "Sexy". It was sung by characters Blaine Anderson, played by Darren Criss, and Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer, it peaked at number 62 on Billboard Hot 100.[12] The song was also recorded in Simlish for The Sims 3.

The song has also been covered live by The Wanted, Train, Bridgit Mendler, Taylor Swift and Panic! At The Disco.

The song was released as downloadable content for Rock Band in August 2010.[13] The song is also included on the soundtrack for the open world racing video game Forza Horizon.

The song also appears on the trailer of the 2014 film, The Purge: Anarchy.

Charts and certifications[edit]

"Animal" was the first song to be #1 on the Alternative Songs chart and to be in the top 20 of the Hot 100 since Linkin Park's "New Divide" in June 2009.[14]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 25
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 40
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 37
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 8
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 29
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 35
Germany (Media Control Charts)[21] 38
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[22] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 30
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 55
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 13
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[28] 13
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[29] 15
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[30] 2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[31] 1
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[32] 42
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[33] 7
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 61
Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 97

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
United Kingdom January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Animal [10inch Color Vinyl]". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio, "Hot 100 Recap: Katy Caps List, Peas Place Another Top 10", Billboard, June 10, 2010
  3. ^ a b "Animal – Chart Positions", Billboard
  4. ^ "Neon Trees Take Top Alternative Song". RTTNews. September 24, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Trust, Gary, "Neon Trees' 'Animal' Claws To Alternative Songs Summit", Billboard, September 22, 2010
  6. ^ a b "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rock Songs for Neon Trees. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – November 22, 2010: Neon Trees certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ Marr, Madeleine, "Neon Trees light it up", The Miami Herald, July 16, 2010
  9. ^ "About Neon Trees", The Commercial Appeal
  10. ^ Perry, Clayton, "Interview: Tyler Glenn (of Neon Trees)", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 16, 2010
  11. ^ Iwasaki, Scott, "Neon Trees proud of Provo, Utah, roots", Mormon Times, March 19, 2010
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/302914/glee/chart
  13. ^ Andy, "This Week in Rock Band: The Black Keys and Neon Trees Edition", VGrevolution, August 13, 2010
  14. ^ Keith Caulfield and Silvio Pietroluongo (October 7, 2010). "Chart Moves: Far East Movement, Bruno Mars, Neon Trees, Lil Wayne". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Neon Trees – Animal". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  16. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Neon Trees – Animal" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neon Trees – Animal" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neon Trees – Animal" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  19. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Neon Trees. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  20. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Neon Trees – Animal". Tracklisten. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  21. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Neon Trees > Animal – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  23. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Neon Trees search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  24. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Neon Trees – Animal". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Neon Trees – Animal". Singles Top 60. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  26. ^ "19, 2011/ Archive Chart: February 19, 2011" UK Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Neon Trees. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  28. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Alternative Songs for Neon Trees. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  29. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Neon Trees. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  30. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Neon Trees. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  31. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Neon Trees. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  32. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Neon Trees. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  33. ^ "Neon Trees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Neon Trees. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  34. ^ a b "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 

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Preceded by
"The Catalyst" by Linkin Park
Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single
October 2, 2010
Succeeded by
"Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons