Car Radio (song)

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"Car Radio"
Song by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Regional at Best
Released July 8, 2011
Length 4:49
Label Self-released
Songwriter(s) Tyler Joseph
Producer(s) Twenty One Pilots
Regional at Best track listing
"Car Radio"
"Car Radio"
Twenty One Pilots - Car Radio.png
Single by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Vessel
Released March 18, 2014
Recorded 2011
Length 4:27
Label Fueled by Ramen
Songwriter(s) Tyler Joseph
Producer(s) Greg Wells[1]
Twenty One Pilots singles chronology
"Fake You Out"
"Car Radio"
"Fairly Local"
"Fake You Out"
"Car Radio"
"Fairly Local"
Music video
"Car Radio" on YouTube

"Car Radio" is a song written and recorded by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, originally released in 2011 on their second studio album, Regional at Best. It was re-released in March 2014 as the fifth and final single from their third studio album, Vessel.[2] The song is seen as the duo's most experimental, as it has no sung words or hooks in it.

Music video[edit]

The music video was uploaded to YouTube on April 19, 2013 and was directed by Mark C. Eshleman of Reel Bear Media.[3][4] It was shot at a concert. Tyler Joseph sits in a bathroom singing the song, he then shaves off all of his hair (a major reference to angst), puts on a ski mask, and heads out to the stage where Dun is seen playing drums. Joseph walks into the crowd which is standing still, and once Joseph jumps the crowd jumps with him. Joseph surfs the crowd to the platform and performs the rest of the song on stage with Dun. As the song ends, Joseph is seen by himself on the stage and the crowd is gone. He takes off his mask, revealing his face once again (as well as his full head of hair, as if it was never shaven). Joseph then sings the final lyrics to the song, in which he falls backwards off the stage and the screen goes to black, ending the video.

Live performances[edit]

On April 13, Twenty One Pilots performed "Car Radio" at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.[5] On April 28, the band performed "Car Radio" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download / stream
No. Title Length
1. "Car Radio" 4:27




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[2] March 18, 2014 Fueled by Ramen


  1. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Music, Biography, Credits and Discography". All Music. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Video: twenty one pilots, ‘Car Radio’". MTV. April 22, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fueled by Ramen (April 19, 2013). twenty one pilots: Car Radio [OFFICIAL VIDEO]. YouTube. Google. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "twenty one pilots live at the MTV Movie Awards 2014". MTV. April 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Watch twenty one pilots perform "Car Radio" on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'". Alternative Press. April 29, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Twenty One Pilots. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  8. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Twenty One Pilots. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  9. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Rock Digital Songs for Twenty One Pilots. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Chart history" Billboard Rock Airplay for Twenty One Pilots. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Twenty One Pilots – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Twenty One Pilots. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics