Classic (MKTO song)

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Single by MKTO
from the album MKTO
Released June 20, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop
Length 2:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Andrew Goldstein, Emanuel Kiriakou, Lindy Robbins
Producer(s) Emanuel Kiriakou and Evan Bogart[1]
MKTO singles chronology
"Thank You"
"God Only Knows"

"Classic" is a song by American pop duo MKTO. Written by Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Andrew Goldstein, Emanuel Kiriakou and Lindy Robbins,[2] "Classic" was first released on June 20, 2013[3] as the second single from the duo's self-titled debut album.

Background and release[edit]

After securing a recording contract with Columbia Records in 2012, MKTO began recording material for their self-titled debut album in 2013, with American singer-songwriter, Ne-Yo and Swedish record producer, Max Martin among some of their collaborators.[4] "Classic" was eventually chosen as the follow-up to the duo's top ten hit, "Thank You" and released as the second single from their debut album in June 2013. In the lead-up to the single's release in the United States, MKTO served as the opening act for Emblem3 during their tour in the summer and also made a visit to the Billboard office, where they previewed tracks from their debut album, which had not yet been released at the time.[5]


The song received positive reviews from critics and fans. BrentMusicReviews gave it 5/5 stars and called it "MKTO don’t reinvent the wheel, but deliver worthwhile pop music". Matt Collar from AllMusic gave a positive review and stated "Featuring the talents of actor/musicians Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, MKTO's full-length debut album, 2014's eponymous MKTO, is an exuberant and catchy mix of dancey, hip-hop-infused pop, rock, and R&B."

Music video[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Josh Forbes[6] and released on June 20, 2013. In MKTO: The Making of Classic, the duo reveals that the video explores "bringing back the classic feel". Band member Tony Oller elaborates further by saying, "The whole concept is about going back in time and reliving those great classic moments".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Classic" was a commercial success in Oceania, peaking at number-eight in New Zealand and number-nine in Australia, becoming the duo's second top ten hit in both nations. It has been certified Gold by Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for sales in excess of 7,500 copies and 2× Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting shipments in excess of 140,000 copies. In the United States, "Classic" debuted at number ninety-six on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming MKTO's first single to chart in North America. It has since peaked at number-fourteen, becoming the group's first top twenty hit in the US. In addition to the Hot 100, "Classic" has also peaked at number-eight on the US Mainstream Top 40, becoming the duo's first top ten hit on this chart. In June 2014, the song surpassed the one million mark in digital sales and was subsequently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Classic"   2:55


Chart (2013–14) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 9
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 61
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 41
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 13
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[14] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tiparade)[16] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 64
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 19
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 32
South Korea International Singles (GAON)[21] 153
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 14
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[25] 26
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[26] 12
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 50


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[28] 3× Platinum 210,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000[8]

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


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  3. ^ iTunes - Music - Classic - Single by MKTO
  4. ^ MKTO Talks New Single “Thank You” and Debut Album In Studio With Toro « New York’s 92.3 NOW
  5. ^ MKTO Preps For U.S. Push, Talks Debut Album | Billboard
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  7. ^ Behind the scenes: MKTO's "Classic" music video | NovaFM
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  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-07-19". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  20. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201429 into search. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
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  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-07-19" UK Singles Chart.
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  25. ^ "MKTO Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for MKTO. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  26. ^ "MKTO Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for MKTO. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
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  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  29. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart - 26 August 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  30. ^ "British single certifications – MKTO – Classic". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Classic in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  31. ^ "American single certifications – MKTO – Classic". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH