Bones (Young Guns song)

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Single by Young Guns
from the album Bones
Released 6 February 2012
Format CD, digital download
Recorded Karma Sound Studios, Thailand
Genre Alternative rock, nu metal[1]
Length 3:13
Label Wind-up, PIAS
Songwriter(s) Gustav Wood
Producer(s) Dan Weller
Young Guns singles chronology
"Learn My Lesson"
"Dearly Departed"
"Learn My Lesson"
"Dearly Departed"

Bones is a single by the English alternative rock band Young Guns. The song was the band's first single released in the US, and their second overall single from their second album Bones. The track was a huge success for the band; a year after it was released, managed to top the Billboard Active Rock charts in May 2013.


The music video for the song was directed by Tim Mattia, and features the band performing in black and white against a London backdrop with many shapes and silhouettes forming.[2] A young woman also appears in the footage, who is not the same person who is on the album's cover, but is meant to "mirror" the album's artwork.[2]

The song was one of the official theme songs for WWE Wrestlemania 29.[3]

Sound and composition[edit]

Guitarist John Taylor states the song was recorded using a Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom guitar.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was generally well received by critics. The Sputnikmusic staff review referred to it as a standout track on the Bones album, referring to it as a "massive title track, which contains that difficult to pinpoint atmosphere right from its opening notes... Not to mention a rousing call & response chorus, and a fantastic guitar solo and accompanying drum barrage."[5] The song was nominated for "best single" in the 2012 annual Kerrang Awards.[6]




Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Active Rock (Billboard)[7] 1
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 37
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 1
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[10] 14


  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Bones - Young Guns". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 January 2015. Their ability to create full-throttle, ear-shattering stadium rock anthems is never in doubt, as evident on the rabble-rousing call-and-response nu metal title track, the aggressive glam-tinged punk of "Towers (On My Way)," and the propulsive Foo Fighters-esque opener, "I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die." 
  2. ^ a b "I can feel it in my bones. An interview with Gustav Wood from Young Guns". Unsung Melody. 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Young Guns' 'Bones' Chosen as 'Wrestlemania 29′ Theme Song". 
  4. ^ "Interview: Gustav Wood and John Taylor of Young Guns Discuss 'Bones' and the UK Scene". Guitar World. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Review: Young Guns - Bones". Sputnikmusic. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  6. ^ "You Me At Six nominated for five Kerrang! awards". 
  7. ^ "Young Guns: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)". Billboard. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Young Guns Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Young Guns Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Young Guns Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2014.