Bad Liar (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Bad Liar"
Imagine Dragons Bad Liar.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Origins
ReleasedNovember 6, 2018
Genre
Length4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jorgen Odegard
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Machine"
(2018)
"Bad Liar"
(2018)
Music video
"Bad Liar" on YouTube

"Bad Liar" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released through Interscope and KIDinaKORNER records on November 6, 2018 as the fourth single from their fourth studio album, Origins (2018). It was written by Imagine Dragons, Aja Volkman and Jorgen Odegard, and produced by Odegard.

"Bad Liar" peaked at number 56 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It topped the charts in Czech Republic and Latvia, and reached the top 10 in Belgium, Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland; as well as the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore and Sweden.

Background[edit]

"Bad Liar" was co-written by Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds and his wife Aja Volkman shortly before they separated. However, Reynolds has said the couple did not end up going through with the divorce.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Idolator called the song a "brutally honest breakup anthem", and described it as "raw and stripped back".[3] Billboard compared the song's lyrical heaviness to the band's track "Demons".[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on January 24, 2019. The video centers around a high school couple, while it cuts to the band performing the song in the parking lot of that school various times throughout the video. The video continues to add an ominous tone with the surrounding dark shadows and use of fictional levitation. It was directed by Ryan Reichenfeld and was filmed at Green Valley High School, in Henderson, Nevada. The video features dancer Autumn Miller with choreography by Marissa Osato[4].

Live performances[edit]

The song was first performed live at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.[5] It was also performed at the 2019 National College Football Championship halftime show.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 50
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 10
France (SNEP)[15] 41
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 16
Germany (Airplay Chart)[17] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[18] 32
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[19] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 36
Italy (FIMI)[21] 16
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[22] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[24] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[26] 17
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[27] 2
Portugal (AFP)[28] 22
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 82
Singapore (RIAS)[30] 18
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[31] 3
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[32] 2
Slovenia (SloTop50)[33] 13
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] 80
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 56
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 11
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[40] 14
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[41] 8
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[42] 9
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[43] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[44] 21

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[46] Gold 15,000*
Italy (FIMI)[47] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various November 6, 2018 Digital download [1]
United States January 29, 2019 Alternative radio Interscope [49]
February 5, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [50]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Dan Reynolds about Imagine Dragons' Bad Liar (Beats1 interview 11/06/18)" – via YouTube.
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  18. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
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  20. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Latvijas Top 40". Latvijas Radio. January 4, 2019. Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
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  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar". VG-lista. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  27. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
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  29. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  30. ^ "Singapore Top 30 Digital Streaming Chart – Week 49" (PDF). Recording Industry Association (Singapore). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 13, 2018.
  31. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201915 into search. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  32. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201846 into search. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  33. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  34. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  35. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar". Singles Top 100. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  36. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
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  42. ^ "Imagine Dragons Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
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  45. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  46. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved April 26, 2019. Enter Imagine Dragons in the field Interpret. Enter Bad Liar in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  47. ^ "Italian single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved March 4, 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Bad Liar" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  48. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  49. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations, Independent Artist Song Releases". All Access. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  50. ^ "CHR Available For Airplay - FMQB". FMQB. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.