Only the Horses

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"Only the Horses"
Single by Scissor Sisters
from the album Magic Hour
Released April 13, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Synthpop, house
Length 3:39
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Jason Sellards, Scott Hoffman, Amanda Ghost, Alex Ridha
Producer(s) Scissor Sisters, Alex Ridha, Calvin Harris
Scissor Sisters singles chronology
"Invisible Light"
"Only the Horses"
"Baby Come Home"

"Only the Horses" is a song by American band Scissor Sisters. The track is the second single from their fourth studio album Magic Hour. It premiered on April 6, 2012 on BBC Radio 1, and was released to various iTunes Stores as a single on April 13 in Europe and was released on May 13, 2012 in the United Kingdom.

Scissor Sisters worked with producers Alex Ridha and Calvin Harris on the track, after having met Harris while working with Kylie Minogue on her 2010 album Aphrodite.[1]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Lorenzo Fonda and produced by Ross Levine,[2] the music video for "Only the Horses" was released on April 19, 2012, and features a quartet of horses running through the desert in slow motion. Attached to the horses are long hempen ropes, and over the course of the video it becomes clear that the other ends of the ropes are attached to metal plates set in a decorated triangular panel. As the ropes run out of slack, the equestrian imagery is intercut with slow-motion reversed footage of paint cascading over people (the band members). At the end of the video (quite evidently a homage to John Huston's The Misfits), the taut ropes pull the plates from the panel and fountains of paint shoot out.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy blog gave the song a positive review stating:

"Only the horses can find us tonight/ Only the horses can bring us back home," Jake Shears belts over Calvin's usual mix of gleeful synths and fluorescent beats, though still retaining much of the band's camp and carefree vibrancy from when we first fell in love with them. The result is much like the song's interesting choice of a saviour; a number that canters along powerfully enough to last the distance. 4/5 stars.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Only the Horses"   3:39
No. Title Length
1. "Only the Horses"   3:43
2. "Only the Horses" (Calvin Harris Extended Mix) 4:32
3. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Remix) 7:27
4. "Magic Hour Medley"   4:29
US Remixes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Remix) 7:27
2. "Only the Horses" (Horsepower Remix) 6:46
3. "Only the Horses" (Louis Brodinski Remix) 4:38
4. "Only the Horses" (Cyantific & Dimension Remix) 4:18
12-inch single
No. Title Length
1. "Only the Horses"   3:42
2. "Only the Horses" (Calvin Harris Extended Mix) 4:28
3. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Mix Edit) 3:48
4. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Club Mix) 7:23
US DJ Promo CD 2[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Club Mix) 7:22
2. "Only the Horses" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Radio Edit) 3:46
3. "Only the Horses" (Rich Morel Vocal) 7:08
4. "Only the Horses" (Tommie Sunshine Vocal) 6:42
5. "Only the Horses" (Kabuki Cheerleader Vocal) 6:16
6. "Only the Horses" (Kabuki Cheerleader Dub) 5:46
7. "Only the Horses" (Cyantific & Dimension Remix) 4:18

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 37
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 33
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 32
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 7
Italy (FIMI)[11] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 12
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[13] 5


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[14] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[15] Platinum 30,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
Australia April 13, 2012 Single[16] Polydor
New Zealand
Australia May 13, 2012 EP[17]
New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States May 15, 2012 Single digital download, Remixes EP


  1. ^ Eames, Tom (April 6, 2012). "Scissor Sisters unveil Calvin Harris-produced single 'Only the Horses'". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses (Behind The Scenes)". April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (April 19, 2012). "Scissor Sisters unveil 'Only The Horses' music video - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Corner, Lewis; Robert Copsey (April 17, 2012). "Exclusive: Scissor Sisters preview 'Only The Horses' music video - pictures". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Scissor Sisters: 'Only The Horses' - Single review. Digital Spy
  7. ^ " – Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ " – Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 2012-05-26". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  11. ^ " – Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses". Top Digital Download.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2012-05-26" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Certificeringer". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Italian single certifications – Scissor Sisters – Only the Horses" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 4 September 2012.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Scissor Sisters in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  16. ^ "Only the Horses - Single". iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Only the Horses - EP". iTunes Store (United Kingdom). Retrieved April 21, 2012. 

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