Higher Than the Sun (Keane song)

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"Higher Than the Sun"
Single by Keane
from the album The Best of Keane
Released 28 September 2013
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 3:21
Label Island
Keane singles chronology
"Sovereign Light Café"
"Higher Than the Sun"
"Won't Be Broken"

"Higher Than the Sun" is a song by English alternative rock band Keane, released on 28 September 2013 as the first single from their first compilation album, The Best of Keane. The song was recorded during the recording sessions for the band's fourth studio album, Strangeland, which was released in May 2012.


Keane announced the release of the single on their official website on 23 September 2013.[1] On 27 September, the song made its radio debut on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 morning show, and was released digitally the next day.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

According to Contactmusic.com, "Higher Than the Sun" is "a punchy up-beat song with characteristic vocals from Tom Chaplin and an unforgettable chorus."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song premiered on 2 October 2013 on Keane's YouTube channel.[4] It was directed by Chris Boyle. The video is an animation mapping 10 years of Keane history, from an indie band to "one of the world's biggest British bands of the decade."[3] It contains images resembling cover arts of the band's five albums, and shows abstract caricatures and sketches, and the band performing on stage.[5]


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 5
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart)[8] 16


  1. ^ "Higher Than The Sun to be new single". Keanemusic.com. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hear the new single, Higher Than The Sun". Keanemusic.com. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Keane Announce Details Of Brand New Single 'Higher Than The Sun' Released On 11th November 2013". Contactmusic.com. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Watch the Higher Than The Sun video". Keanemusic.com. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Keane Uses Typical Animation To Convey Higher Than The Sun Music Video". Kernel's Corner. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Keane – Higher Than The Sun" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Keane – Higher Than The Sun" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  8. ^ Komerički, Goran (1 November 2013). "Airplay Radio Chart 23. rujna 2013." (in Croatian). HRT. Retrieved 1 November 2013.