Elephant (Tame Impala song)

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Single by Tame Impala
from the album Lonerism
Released 28 July 2012[1]
Format Single, Digital,[1] Vinyl
Genre Psychedelic rock, stoner rock
Length 3:31[1]
Label Modular Records[1]
Writer(s) Kevin Parker, Jay Watson[1]
Producer(s) Kevin Parker[1]
Tame Impala singles chronology
"Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?"
"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

"Elephant" is a song by Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. It was released as a single from their second album Lonerism on 26 July 2012.[2] Said lead singer Kevin Parker of the song:

Elephant is actually one of the oldest songs that I have, it's just been in the vaults this whole time. I'm not sure why we never recorded it before, but we were just playing it at a sound check one night and everyone in the band was like, 'We should just put this on the album', and so we did.

"Elephant" features a bluesier side of Tame Impala, heard more frequently on their EP, as the song was written around that stage. Because it was written around that time, "Elephant" is "an anomaly on Lonerism. There are no other songs that have that bluesy riffing".[4]

The artwork was designed by Leif Podhajsky. The song was featured in an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals.



  • "Elephant" was used in advertisements for the Blackberry Z10[8] and in the second season finale of the HBO show Girls.[9] It was also featured in the The Fifth Estate (film).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 77
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[11] 131
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 8
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 36
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 40
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[15] 12


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tame Impala - Elephant". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tame Impala single 'Elephant'". Self-titled Mag. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tame Impala Stereogum Lonerism feature". Stereogum. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tame Impala SFWeekly Lonerism Feature". SFWeekly. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Hottest 100 - 2012 | triple j
  6. ^ "EG Music Awards 2012". FasterLouder. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zane Lowe's Hottest Records blog: Hottest Record - Tame Impala - Elephant". BBC. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ BlackBerry Z10 Commercial Ad on YouTube
  9. ^ Girls Season 2 Soundtrack List (2013) | Girls
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 4 February 2013 (Issue 1197)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 20.10.2012 (wk41)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tame Impala Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Tame Impala. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Tame Impala Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Tame Impala. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Tame Impala Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Tame Impala. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Tame Impala Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rock Airplay for Tame Impala. Retrieved 5 June 2014.