Alive (Empire of the Sun song)

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Single by Empire of the Sun
from the album Ice on the Dune
Released 15 April 2013 (2013-04-15)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 3:24
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Luke Steele, Nick Littlemore, Jonathon Sloan, Peter Mayes, Steven Bach
Producer(s) Empire of the Sun, Donnie Sloan, Peter Mayes
Empire of the Sun singles chronology
"Half Mast (Slight Return)"

"Alive" is a song by the Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun. It was released on 15 April 2013 as the lead single from their second studio album, Ice on the Dune, released 14 June 2013. It is one of the band's most known songs as it has been used and remixed all over the world.

The single was certified platinum both by the Australian Recording Industry Association and the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. It is also featured in the football video game FIFA 14.

Track listing[edit]

Alive (Remixes)
No. Title Length
1. "Alive" (Zedd Remix) 3:46
2. "Alive" (David Guetta Remix) 5:56
3. "Alive" (M4SONIC Remix) 3:29
4. "Alive" (Mat Zo Remix) 5:40
5. "Alive" (Zedd Extended Remix) 4:43
6. "Alive" (Gold Fields Remix) 5:20


The video for the song has acquired widespread notice. Directed by Alex Theurer and Charles Scott from Kelvin Optical, Inc., a division of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions.[2] it features science fiction costumes and was filmed in Bryce Canyon National Park and the redwoods of California[citation needed].

In popular culture[edit]

"Alive" was used in the introduction video for Google I/O 2013. It was also played within the introduction video of the new Yahoo! logo on 5 September 2013 and also a featured song on the soundtrack of EA Sports game, FIFA 14. In Chile, the song was featured on the commercial for Nectar Points (Puntos Nectar).

Used as end title of the movie Paranoia (2013)

Featured in the movie Dumb and Dumber To and Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave.

The song was also used in Fiat's newly released Avventura ad. It is also featured in a "Push The Button" commercial, in the Hotlink RED App in Malaysia, which features Zedd Extended Remix.[3]


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 13
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[8] 44
France (SNEP)[9] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 39
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 39
Israel (Media Forest)[12] 2
Italy (FIMI)[13] 18
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[14] 43
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 94
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 25
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[17] 83
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[18] 1
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[19] 26

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Italy (FIMI)[20] 51


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Italy (FIMI)[22] Platinum 30,000*

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "100 Best Songs of 2013 > 79: Empire of the Sun, "Alive"". Rolling Stone. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Battan, carrie. "Watch Empire of the Sun's Typically Over-the-Top Video for "Alive"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Hotlink RED 'Push The Button'
  4. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201340 into search.
  9. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Media Forest: Airplay chart". 
  13. ^ " – {{{artist}}} – {{{song}}}". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. 
  15. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ " – Empire of the Sun – Alive". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Empire of the Sun – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Empire of the Sun. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  20. ^ "Classifiche annuali top 100 singoli digitali 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Italian single certifications – Empire of the Sun – Alive" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 29 November 2013.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Empire of the Sun in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically