Anna Sun

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"Anna Sun"
Single by Walk the Moon
from the album Walk the Moon
B-side anywayican
Released February 7, 2012
Recorded 2012; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Indie rock
Length 5:21
Label RCA
  • Nicholas Petricca
  • Nick Lerangis
  • Adrian Galvin
  • Adam Reifsnyder
Producer(s) Ben Allen
Walk the Moon singles chronology
"Anna Sun"

"Anna Sun" is a song recorded by American alternative rock band Walk the Moon, originally for their 2010 album I Want! I Want!. The song was included on the band's 2012 major-label debut album, Walk the Moon.[1] It was released as a commercial single on February 7, 2012.

"Anna Sun" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Alternative chart and number 20 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.[2]

Song history[edit]

Written by lead vocalist Nicholas Petricca and New York-based singer/songwriter Nick Lerangis towards the end of their college career, the song is named after their professor (see here and here) from Kenyon College and is meant to symbolize youth. "It's about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid," Petricca said. "Don't be afraid to play."[3]

The band's self-released album I Want! I Want! was recorded by Chris Schmidt and Ben Cochran at Soap Floats Recording Studio in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.


A 31-second sample of "Anna Sun" where the chorus is played.

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According to the sheet music published at by Universal Music Publishing Group, "Anna Sun" is written in the time signature of common time, with a moderate metronome of 72 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B♭ major and the melody spans a tonal range of G4 to B♭5.[4]

Music video[edit]


"We wanted to get it out there and make a music video people could watch again and again."

—Patrick Meier discussing his goal for the "Anna Sun" music video.[5]

The music video for "Anna Sun" was directed and produced by Patrick Meier of Contrast Productions.[5] It was recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio and was filmed from August 31-September 1, 2010.[6]

The video includes original choreography from Kim Popa, the executive director of the local Cincinnati based dance troupe Pones Inc.[7] After meeting with the band, she decided that the vibe should be "the intangible feeling of being a kid...then maintaining that whimsy into adulthood."[5] Popa said that she was inspired by ceremonial African dances as well as Michael Jackson moves from her childhood when designing the dance moves.[5] At one point during the video, dancers can be seen wearing bodysuits and leotards, reminiscent of 80s aerobics.

According to bassit Kevin Ray, the first half of the video was shot 22 times. However, only the third take was used.[8]


A screenshot from the "Anna Sun" music video

The video begins with a 2 and a half minute long take, shot inside the Mockbee building in the brewery district of Cincinnati.[5] The camera follows lead singer Petricca as he walks through the labyrinth of rooms, encountering numerous partiers. At one point during the shot, Petricca plays the keytar. Eventually, Petricca finds a room full of dancers before engaging in a group dance. After the dance, Petricca opens a door, which leads him to a different outdoor location.

The second part of the video consists of jump cuts between Petricca singing while directly looking at the camera and more party goers,covered in face paint, preparing for battle. including a young boy, presumably a younger version of Petricca. The partiers prepare for battle, before they eventually continue partying. At the end of the video, the young boy runs back to the door that was used to transport Petricca to the new location. The boy paints the word Anna along with a drawing of a sun on the door.

Petricca noted that, the tradition of wearing face paint during their live performances evolved from the video.[9]


MTV Hive called the video a "hilariously choreographed, neon-colored and awesomely shot in one take" production.[10]

Reception and accolades[edit]

"Anna Sun" received positive reviews from critics. In their review of the Walk the Moon album, Dani Beck and Derrick Robertson called the song "sunny, easy, carefree electronic pop" and noted that it was one of the few highlights in a mostly negative album review.[11] Dulce Rosales of noted that while "the lyrics are somewhat repetitive, the simplicity helps hook listeners and causes them to sing along even after a single listen."[12] Brian Benton of was critical on the length of the song, saying that "it’s five and a half minutes long, when it could be just as effective in three."[13]

"Anna Sun" was named the song of the summer in a 2011 Esquire article "30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To".[14] Additionally, the single was also named song of the summer by MTV and Seventeen,[15] as well as one of the best songs of the year by Amazon.[16]

Usage in media[edit]



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