Awake and Alive

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"Awake and Alive"
Single by Skillet
from the album Awake
Released February 15, 2010
Recorded 2009 at Bay7 Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 3:31
Skillet singles chronology
"Awake and Alive"

"Awake and Alive" is the third single of the 2009 album Awake by the Christian rock band Skillet. It was released on February 15, 2010 to Christian Hard rock and Rock radio.[1] Before release as a single, the song charted at No. 100 in the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and No. 16 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers after the release of Awake thanks to digital sales, becoming Skillet's first song to hit the Hot 100.[2] The song also charted at No. 1 on Christian[3] It has also debuted on Christian Rock charts at No. 12.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Awake and Alive" – 3:31

Music video[edit]

The music video consists of the band playing the song live on stage. The video also features clips of the band backstage, and even some clips from some of their podcasts.


When asked about the meaning of the song by, John Cooper (the lead singer of the band) had the following to say: "Tying in with “Hero,” here’s one about feeling like you’re falling under from all the stresses of life. Even though you feel like everyone around you is trying to take your hope away from you, no one has the right to do that and you shouldn’t allow those negative influences to weigh you down. Live what you believe and don’t be afraid to stand up for your faith."[5]


Chart Peak
Christian Rock Radio 1[6]
Christian CHR 3[4]
U.S. Active Rock 1[7]
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2[8]
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 24[9]
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 13[9]
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers Songs 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Christian Songs 30[10]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 100[2]



The song was used for the November 2009 promo for the soap opera One Life to Live.[11] The song also appeared on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Soundtrack.[12]

On August 6, 2011, Rays Third baseman Evan Longoria used the song as his walk-up music for his second at-bat.[13]

In 2014, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher JJ Hoover used this song as his walk in song when coming in from the bullpen.[citation needed]

The song was also using the compilation album WOW Hits 2012.


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  2. ^ a b "Awake and Alive by Skillet Songfacts". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Skillet on ChristianRock.Net. Links to artist website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and more". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Nielsen BDSradio Login". Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Skillet Awake Song By Song Breakdown". June 30, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nielsen BDSradio Login". Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mediabase 24/7 - 7 Day Charts". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Aanmelden". Facebook. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "SKILLET’S “COMATOSE” CERTIFIED GOLD BY THE RIAA AS “AWAKE” SURPASSES 200K IN 12 WEEKS | HM". November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Transformers: Dark of the Moon | Official Soundtrack & Score Site". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ TBO_Rays. "Twitter / TBO_Rays: #Rays Longo walks up to Sk". Retrieved November 12, 2011.