Best Day of My Life

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"Best Day of My Life"
BestDayOfMyLifeAmericanAuthors.jpg
Single by American Authors
from the album Oh, What a Life
ReleasedMarch 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
Recorded2012
Genre
Length3:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Aaron Accetta
  • Shep Goodman
American Authors singles chronology
"Believer"
(2013)
"Best Day of My Life"
(2013)
"Luck"
(2014)
Music video
"Best Day of My Life" on YouTube
Oh, What a Life track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Believer"
  2. "Think About It"
  3. "Best Day of My Life"
  4. "Luck"
  5. "Trouble"
  6. "Hit It"
  7. "Home"
  8. "Love"
  9. "Heart of Stone"
  10. "Ghost"
  11. "Oh, What a Life"

"Best Day of My Life" is a song by American pop rock band American Authors. The song was written by band members Zac Barnett, Dave Rublin, Matt Sanchez, and James Adam Shelley, along with producers Aaron Accetta and Shep Goodman. "Best Day of My Life" was originally recorded for release as a single by Mercury Records and Island Records on March 19, 2013, and later appeared as the second track on the band's third extended play, American Authors (2013), and the third track on their debut studio album, Oh, What a Life (2014).

Music and lyrics[edit]

Zac Barnett told an interviewer for Blueprint Magazine, "Recently we have been experimenting with a lot of different instruments including banjo, mandolin and various percussion toys. Africa-influenced rhythms have been taking more of a prominent role in our songs which has then opened up our ideas on melodies. We're always open to trying new things and we get very excited to learn new instruments and experiment with new sounds. ... "Best Day of My Life" was an idea that James and I had been messing around with. We had the pre-chorus and chorus but once we showed the idea to the rest of the guys they came in and restructured the verses and added the stuttered "life" chorus. Looking back on it, the song changed a lot from the initial idea but that's what I love so much about it. I'll always remember that song being started on acoustic guitars in my tiny Bushwick bedroom, but all of us together as a band really took the song to a completely different place."[1]

(Barnett mentions "the stuttered 'life' chorus"—as in "the best day of my li-i-i-i-ife"; the "stuttering" also occurs in a recurrent "whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh"—by which he refers to a lyrical tradition of stuttering in rock music, popularized by Buddy Holly,[2][3] David Bowie ("Ch-Ch-Changes"),[4] Elton John,[5] and others.)

Bill Lamb, writing for About.com, praised the song's "opening banjo lick" as "a perfect first hook," its "irrepressibly upbeat lyrics," and "a blend of key elements from across a wide range of current successful pop music." He added, "The bass drum heavy backing percussion sounds a little like Imagine Dragons, and backed by a pop-punk style "Whoa Oh" chorus, "Best Day of My Life" takes some of the most distinctive elements of a variety of current pop hit genres and blends them into something new."[6]

Packaging[edit]

The single art for the "Best Day of My Life" single features a photograph of the skyline of Midtown Manhattan, with the Empire State Building in the center of the shot, from Brooklyn looking north. The photograph is overwritten by the American Authors logo on the majority of the photograph and the words "American Authors", with "Best Day of My Life" written underneath it.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song received significant airplay on the radio for it to debut at No. 49 in the Hot Rock Songs and No. 40 in the Adult Top 40 for charts dated October 5, 2013. It began climbing the various rock charts and became a crossover hit on both alternative rock and top 40 stations, becoming big hits on those formats and peaking at No. 2, No. 18 and No. 4 on the Hot Rock Songs, Alternative Songs, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.[7] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 93 for the chart dated November 30, 2013, and eventually peaked at No. 11 on the charts dated April 19 and May 10, 2014. By March, 2014, it had reached No. 1 on the Adult Top 40. The song reached its first million sales mark in the United States in March 2014,[8] and its second million in August 2014.[9] The song was certified 2× Platinum on July 16, 2014 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[10] The song was ranked number one on Billboard's chart of Adult Pop Songs for 2014.[11] To date, this remains to be the only single by the American Authors to break the top 40 in the United States.

Usage in media[edit]

Commercials[edit]

In media, the song has been featured in television advertisements for: retail home improvement store Lowe's in the United States, which were aired during the Super Bowl,[12] automotive manufacturer Hyundai in the United Kingdom and France, an alcohol retailer in Australia and communications service provider Telecom New Zealand in New Zealand.[13] The song is used in advertisements for Petron,[14] Datsun Go, Lay's, Center Parcs and Graton Casinos. The song was used in commercials for Best Western hotels. The song was used in a Ford sales event commercial.

Film[edit]

It appears in the movie trailer for the films Delivery Man, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty[15] in addition to the TV spots for St. Vincent. A portion of "Best Day of My Life" can also be heard in the animated film Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave and in the 2015 film, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The song was used in the 2015 film Top Cat Begins, and also plays during the credits. It was also used in the US version of the adult animated film Bad Cat.

Television[edit]

The song has also been used in the Vampire Diaries episode "Total Eclipse of the Heart".[16] The song was covered by Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) in the 2014 Glee episode "New New York". American Authors performed the song while in Human Centipede position on season four premiere of The Eric Andre Show. The BBC used the track during their closing montage for their 2016 United States presidential election coverage. It is also used as background music for the SmartZone TV "No Transmission" program.

Sports[edit]

The song was the opening sequence for ESPN's coverage of the 2013 and 2014 World Series of Poker as well as during their coverage of the 2013 Little League World Series. NHL on NBC used this song as a theme song for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) used the song in the 2014–15 pregame activities.

Video games[edit]

"Best Day of My Life" was part of the FIFA 14 soundtrack before being removed shortly after the game's release. "Best Day of My Life" also appeared as a playable track for the video game Guitar Hero Live. "Best Day of My Life" also appeared as a soundtrack in Konami video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 as the opening track.

Music[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song for their 2015 live stage tour Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical. This song was also covered by Steve Aoki, Jennifer Hudson, Luan Santana, Pixie Lott, Tan Weiwei, and Yemi Alade for Shell's campaign, "Make the Future". The song is a mainstay on most Muzak stations, featured in American retail locations of all types.

Live[edit]

"Best Day of My Life", was the official song of the 2017 Maltese Labour Party's General Election Campaign, entitled "L-aqwa żmien ta' pajjiżna." (The Best time for our country). "Best Day of My Life" was played at the conclusion of the 2015 Miss America pageant, during Kira Kazantsev's crowning moment.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on October 18, 2013, via YouTube.[17] The video was filmed in Brooklyn, New York. It depicts a man engaging in various activities with a large furry monster, such as drinking in a bar called Sweet & Vicious in Nolita,[18] playing basketball, looking at the Brooklyn Bridge, getting matching tattoos, visiting a strip club, and going to a playground. At the end of the video, it is implied that the monster is his imaginary friend, but then the puzzled bartender finds a photo of the two.

Zac Barnett, in an interview with the Jim & Kim Morning Show (Fresh 102.7 FM, New York City, New York), explained that the video starts in Nolita and ends up in Brooklyn, and the journey of the man and his monster pal is the focus of the video. That journey is interweaved with shots of the band playing and singing as they also stroll through New York. "We started in Manhattan and walked across the bridge to the party which was down in Dumbo. What it was, we were kind of trying to do a reverse Where the Wild Things Are type thing. You know, instead of a human going into a monster dream world, what would it be like if a monster came into our world and experienced New York City and Brooklyn and all of these things. And playing off of that, it was kind of like an alter ego of a dude and these two, together, just showing each other the best days of their lives."[18]

Common Sense Media reviewed the video for parents: "There's nothing iffy to worry about in the song's upbeat, clean lyrics about having a positive outlook on life and never giving up, but the official music video shows a man and his furry monster friend drinking in a bar, going to a strip club, and getting tattoos. Kids will be more entertained by the adorable dog-version music video for "Best Day of My Life", which shows one lucky bulldog's adoption day in an effort to promote pet adoption."[19]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Best Day of My Life"
  • Accetta
  • Goodman
3:14

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Oh, What a Life liner notes.[20]

American Authors
  • Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar
  • James Adam Shelley – banjo
  • Dave Rublin – bass
  • Matt Sanchez – drums
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[65] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[66] 2× Platinum 160,000*
Germany (BVMI)[67] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[68] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[69] Silver 200,000*
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[70][71][72][73] March 19, 2013 Digital download Mercury
August 20, 2013 Modern rock radio
August 26, 2013 Hot adult contemporary radio
December 3, 2013 Contemporary hit radio Island Def Jam
United Kingdom[74] March 7, 2014 Digital download (Gazzo remix)
United States[75]
United Kingdom[76] April 29, 2014 Digital download (Just a Gent remix)
United States[77]
Germany[78] May 9, 2014 Compact disc Island

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