Afterlife (Arcade Fire song)

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Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Reflektor
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2013
RecordedSonovox Studios, Montreal
Length5:52 (album version)
4:12 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)William Butler, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry
Producer(s)James Murphy, Markus Dravs, Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"We Exist"

"Afterlife" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released on September 28, 2013, as a single from the band's fourth studio album, Reflektor. The song was debuted on Saturday Night Live.[2]

Music videos[edit]

The music video for the song was released on November 21, 2013.[3][4] The short film, directed by Emily Kai Bock and notably shot with a mix of 35mm and 65mm film, depicts a Latino family in Los Angeles, California, dreaming of their missing mother.

The video won the 2014 Prism Prize.[5]

The band also performed a live video, streamed on YouTube at the YouTube Music Awards in November 2013. It was directed by Spike Jonze.[6]

An official live performance video was also released in April 2014 on the band's YouTube channel.[7]

Scenes from the film Black Orpheus were used in the official lyric videos.

Live performances[edit]

The band performed "Afterlife" at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Graham Norton Show. The song was performed live on every show of the Reflektor tour.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 100
Canada Rock (Billboard)[12] 9
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[13] 43
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 18
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[15] 22


  1. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (September 9, 2013). "Arcade Fire: "Afterlife"". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Watch: Arcade Fire Debut "Afterlife", Perform "Reflektor" on "Saturday Night Live"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. ^ Ayers, Mike. "Arcade Fire Release Gorgeously Melancholy 'Afterlife' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Watch: Arcade Fire scores dreams in moody 'Afterlife' video". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Emily Kai Bock wins Prism Prize for Arcade Fire video". Global News, March 23, 2014.
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  9. ^ " – Arcade Fire – Afterlife" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ " – Arcade Fire – Afterlife" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Arcade Fire Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Arcade Fire Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Arcade Fire Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Arcade Fire Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Arcade Fire Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2014.