Somebody Told Me

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"Somebody Told Me"
Single by The Killers
from the album Hot Fuss
B-side "Under the Gun"
"The Ballad of Michael Valentine"
"Show You How"
Released March 15, 2004
Length 3:17
Producer(s) The Killers
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
The Killers singles chronology
"Mr. Brightside"
"Somebody Told Me"
"Mr. Brightside"(reissue)

"Somebody Told Me" is a song by American rock band The Killers. It was released as the second official single from the group's debut studio album Hot Fuss (2004), and was written by band members Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Dave Keuning and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.. It is written in the key of B-flat minor.

When The Killers first started out, their music was little noticed by music-buyers and the media, which is why "Somebody Told Me" has been released twice in slightly different forms. The first, with the pink background cover, is the rarer version of the single as it was their first release of it; due to poor sales not as many were produced. When re-released, the cover-art sported a blue background color and is the more common version of the single.

The single peaked at #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it charted at number 28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit, it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached number 3. Although not as successful as "Mr. Brightside", it still became one of the band's biggest hits to date.

In Australia, the song was ranked #4 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In 2009 it was voted at Number 9 in UK radio station XFM's Top 100 songs of the decade.

Track listings[edit]

Original UK release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Flowers/Keuning/Stoermer/Vannucci)
  2. "Under the Gun" (Flowers/Keuning)
  3. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" (Flowers/Keuning)
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"

UK re-release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "Show You How" (Flowers)
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Vocal Mix)
  4. "Somebody Told Me" (U-MYX)
  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (The Glimmers GypoRock Mix)

US release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Club)
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Dub)
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Mix)
  4. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique's Dub)

Official versions[edit]

  • "Somebody Told Me" (Album Version) - 3:17
  • "Somebody Told Me" (The Glimmers GypoRock Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Radio Edit)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Club)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Dub)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Mix) / (King Unique Vocal Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Frogger Dub)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Radio Edit)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Insider Remix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (U-MYX)

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Somebody Told Me", was filmed in February 2004 in California and was directed by Brett Simon, it simply shows The Killers performing their song in the moonlight of a desert location, with a giant LED screen displaying rolling, flashing images of their logo, as well as an alternate version of the video shot during the day, presumably in the same location.

The concept is very similar to the video for "Crystal" by New Order, which features a fictional band called The Killers miming the New Order song in front of a large video screen flashing random colors and images. It was from this video that The Killers got their band name, so the similarities are likely an intentional homage.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called the song "wildly infectious",[1] and "as addictive as nickel slots".[2] Blender said the single is a "superb blaze of synthesizers and guitars that builds to the year's best one-liner: 'Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year.'"[3] Entertainment Weekly hailed the single as "three smashingly punchy minutes of garage pop so tightly wound that singer Brandon Flowers seems to be accusing his girl of cheating on him with another woman."[4] Rolling Stone said the single was a "nightclub anthem in the making" and continued, "the acid-tongued 'Somebody Told Me' blasts into outer space on a wave of synthesizers and singer Brandon Flowers' cheeky chorus".[5]

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 17
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 24
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 6
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[9] 10
France (SNEP)[10] 24
Greece (IFPI)[11] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 9
Italy (FIMI)[13] 31
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 3
UK Indie Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 51
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 17
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[20] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 24


Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Silver[22] 200,000+
United States Platinum[23] 1,000,000[24]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rock & Pop Chile Rock & Pop 20 Años 200 Canciones[25] 2013
XFM United Kingdom 100 Greatest Songs Of The Decade[26] 2009
Absolute Radio United Kingdom 100 Best Songs Of The Decade[27] 2009
NME United Kingdom 100 Greatest Tracks Of The Decade[28] 2009
Triple J Australia Hottest 100 of 2004 2004


Year Ceremony Award Result
2005 Grammy Awards Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2005 International Dance Music Awards Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track Nominated

Covers and parodies[edit]

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this song in a lounge style on their 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction. He sings the song in a drunken manner and, near the end of the song, he apparently runs to the bathroom to puke. The song was also covered by Daniel Bedingfield as part of a Radio 1 Live Lounge session.

It was also covered by Charlotte Church and Alesha Dixon on The Charlotte Church Show. Also the same melody seems to be used in a song by A. J. McLean Teenage Wildlife.

"Weird Al" Yankovic also included this song in "Polkarama!" from Straight Outta Lynwood.

There is a parody of this song by ApologetiX called "Somebody Sold Me".

On 9 October 2009, UK Boyband JLS appeared on the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, where they performed an a cappella version of the song.

Ukrainian pop groups Queens and New’Z’Cool performed a Russian-language cover of this song, titled “Новый Парень” ("New Boyfriend"). The music video for this song was popular on Ukrainian music television in 2009.[29]



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