Ho Hey

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"Ho Hey"
Single by The Lumineers
from the album The Lumineers
Released June 4, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Indie folk
Length 2:43
Label Dualtone
Writer(s) Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites
Producer(s) Ryan Hadlock
The Lumineers singles chronology
"Ho Hey"
(2012)
"Stubborn Love"
(2012)

"Ho Hey" is a song by American folk rock band The Lumineers Produced by Ryan Hadlock and recorded at Bear Creek Studio . It was released on June 4, 2012 as the lead single from their debut self-titled studio album. The music video was also released on March 11, 2012. "Ho Hey" reached No. 1 for 18 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard rock songs chart, as well as two weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and eight weeks in the top spot on the Adult Pop Songs chart, and reached number No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming their first single to do so, as well as their first Top 5 single. It is also their first single to reach Platinum status in the US.

Rolling Stone named the song the 26th-best song of 2012.[1]

Composition[edit]

"Ho Hey" is an indie folk song that is written in the key of C major. A McIntosh MC240 amplifier was used in the recording.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song became a commercial success and was a breakthrough hit for The Lumineers. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number No. 90 on the week of June 10, 2012.[3] From there, it became a sleeper hit, slowly ascending the chart until it broke into the top ten in the week of November 10, 2012 at number eight[4] and continued to climb until it reached its peak of number No. 3 in its 28th week on the chart.[5] It has also so far remained in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks,[6] and topped Billboard's rock songs chart for 14 weeks.[7] It has also sold over 4 million copies in the United States as of April 2013.[8]

The song also became a crossover hit, topping the Adult Pop Songs, Rock Songs, Alternative Songs, and Triple A charts[9] and reaching number two on the Pop Songs chart.[10] It also charted on the Adult Contemporary[11] and Country Airplay charts.[12] This multi-format success allowed it to reach number two on the Hot 100 Airplay chart[13] and stay on the Hot 100 for 62 weeks, one of the longest chart runs ever.

The song also had international success, reaching the top ten in the UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Israel, Italy, Slovakia, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland.

Critical reception[edit]

"Ho Hey" has received positive reviews from critics. Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio gave the song a rating of 4 out of 5, favorably comparing Wesley Schultz's lead vocals on the song to Raine Maida. Erickson went on to say that "it's darn refreshing to sit back and take in some genuine, straightforward music that comes from the heart".[14]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Ho Hey" was released on March 11, 2012. The video was directed by Ben Fee. The video shows the band singing and dancing to the song with many other people.

In popular culture[edit]

Prior to its release, "Ho Hey" was first featured on the December 5, 2011 episode of Hart of Dixie.[15][16] Later on, the song was used on a television commercial for Bing on June 1, 2012.[17][18] It was also featured as in The Vampire Diaries (season 4, episode 3),[19] Bones (season 8, episode 1), Necessary Roughness (season 2, episode 12), and Catfish. In the UK, the song has been used in an advertisement for E.ON, in the final episode of sitcom Cuckoo as well as advertisements for the film Silver Linings Playbook.[20] A purely instrumental version has been used in a commercial for Blue Moon beer. In Chile, the song was used of the shopping Almacenes Paris called "Mejores Papás" in 2013. A cover of "Ho Hey" was featured on Kidz Bop 24.

In addition, Taylor Swift covered the song in a mashup with her song "Stay Stay Stay" on her Red Tour.[21] In episode 16 of Nashville, the characters Maddie and Daphne Conrad cover this song.[22] This version, credited to the actors' real names Lennon and Maisy Stella, debuted at number 58 on Country Airplay dated for the week of April 27, 2013, and peaked at 47.[23]

Parodies[edit]

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, an "all-clucking" cover version of the song was performed by an ad hoc group called "The Chickeneers", featuring Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, and Nick Offerman in chicken suits.[24][25]

A version with spliced footage of Will Ferrell as his Saturday Night Live impression of Harry Caray saying "Hey!" is available on Youtube.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

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