On Top of the World (Imagine Dragons song)

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"On Top of the World"
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Night Visions
Released March 18, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011–12
at Westlake Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, United States)
Genre
Length 3:12
Label KIDinaKORNER, Interscope, Universal
Writer(s) Ben McKee, Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Alexander Grant
Producer(s) Ben McKee, Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Alexander Grant
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Demons"
(2013)
"On Top of the World"
(2013)
"Monster"
(2013)

"On Top of the World" is a song written and recorded by American alternative rock band Imagine Dragons for their major-label debut extended play Continued Silence, where it appears as the third track. The song also appears on their debut studio album Night Visions as the fifth track. "On Top of the World" was released digitally as a single on March 18, 2013.

Composition[edit]

"On Top of the World" is a sharp contrast to the darker, thematic songs on Night Visions.

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"On Top of the World" primarily features guitar and piano instrumentation, with vocals performed by lead singer Dan Reynolds.[1] Originally published in the key of C major,[1] the song itself expresses a celebration of accomplishment for the band after striving for years to become successful.[2] The song itself incorporates the chords C, F, Dm, and G, with the pre-chorus using G and Am to create a different break in the song.[3] The song "On Top of the World" is found to be a positive, upbeat track, unlike other songs found on Night Visions, including "Bleeding Out" and "Hear Me".[citation needed] Their electronically based sound, supported by a moderately quick beat and a mix of piano, guitar and drums, creates a positive feel for their audiences.[citation needed]

Usage in media[edit]

Imagine Dragons performed the song live on The X Factor (Australian TV series) (2013).[4]

"On Top of the World" was licensed for inclusion on the soundtrack of EA's FIFA 13.[5] The band, longtime fans of the FIFA video game series, reacted positively to its inclusion in the game and stated that it would be "a lot of fun hearing the track play while we are doing bicycle kicks and screaming at the screen."[5] It also served as the opening theme of the short-lived CBS comedy series Partners.[6] "On Top of the World" was performed by the PS22 Chorus during Barack Obama's second United States presidential inauguration.[7] It also featured in FIFA's rival game Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 as well as being used in a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 advert. It was also featured in the film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone several times.

The song is featured in the Liv and Maddie episode "Twin-a-Rooney", performed by Dove Cameron in the title role of Liv Rooney. Dove Cameron's version appears on the compilation album Disney Channel Play It Loud.

Hunter Hayes covered the song live on his US tour.[8]

The song is currently being used by ESPN for their coverage of the NBA

The song was also used in the third trailer for the 2013 movie called The Croods.

The song was used when a professor at Otterbein University SHOCKS freshmen at the freshman convocation in 2013.[9]

The song was the opening theme to the CBS show Partners (2012 TV series).

The song is used in the trailer for the 2014 movie called "Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar"

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia uses the song to promote their morning news, Action News Mornings.

The song was used in the controversial video Penang .[10] Nude Sports Games

Music video[edit]

The music video satires a popular conspiracy theory that the Apollo moon landings were fake, and that Stanley Kubrick (pictured) directed them.

As a part of the Palladia documentary Imagine Dragons: The Making of Night Visions, which originally aired on November 7, 2012, the band filmed a video of themselves performing "On Top of the World" and subsequently uploaded it to YouTube.

On November 13, 2013 the band released an official music video involving a moon landing.[11] The video was filmed in Utah and includes cameos from Jon Heder, Whit Hertford, the cast of Studio C, singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Robbie Connolly, and members of The New Electric Sound as well as numerous surprise allusions and wordplays.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[13]
No. Title Length
1. "On Top of the World"   3:12
Spanish promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "On Top of the World"   2:58

Commercial performance[edit]

The song peaked at 79 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 10 on the Hot Rock Songs charts. It has also charted in the top ten in Australia (No. 10), Austria (No. 6), Netherlands (No. 10), New Zealand (No. 10), Poland (No. 7), and Portugal (No. 1). Despite having not yet been released to mainstream radio, it has received airplay on contemporary hit stations, such as 97.1 ZHT in Salt Lake City.

The song reached a million copies sold in the U.S. in April 2014. It's the fourth million seller from the Night Visions album.[14]

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Night Visions liner notes.[15]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[46] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Platinum 10,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[49] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50] Platinum 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[51] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[52] 2× Platinum 80,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[53] Gold 15,000x
United States (RIAA)[54] Platinum 1,000,000[14]

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

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Song Nominated

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Portugal[13][55] March 18, 2013 Digital download Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER
Australia[56] Streamed audio
United Kingdom[56]
United States[56]
Spain May 27, 2013 Contemporary hit radio Interscope Records
Australia August 22, 2013
United States[57] October 21, 2013 Triple A radio Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER
United Kingdom[58] November 18, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
Australia[59] Digital download (RAC remix)
Germany[60]
United Kingdom[61]
Italy[62] May 30, 2014 Contemporary hit radio Interscope Records

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