Carry On (Fun song)

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"Carry On"
Single by Fun
from the album Some Nights
Released October 23, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded January 2011
Length 4:38 (Album Version)
3:54 (Radio Edit)
Label Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic/Elektra
Writer(s) Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff
Producer(s) Jeff Bhasker
Fun singles chronology
"Some Nights"
"Carry On"
"Why Am I the One"

"Carry On" is a song by American indie band Fun. It was released on 23 October 2012 as the third single off their second album, Some Nights. The song was written by the band members, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, alongside the album's producer, Jeff Bhasker. It is also featured in the HGTV 2013 #LoveHome commercial and in the pilot episode of FX series Legit. The song is also featured in the 2013 documentary Bridegroom.


"Carry On" has been called "a song about perseverance in hard times", which is supported by a rock-anthem sound written in F major and composed in 12/8 time.[1][2] The song begins with Ruess singing with faint vocals, as he confronts an attempted suicide.[1] Ruess's faint vocals, are eventually reinforced by a large chorus and band member Jack Antonoff's guitar-playing.[3] The narrator takes refuge in a bar alongside his friends, who begin to contemplate their parents' mortality.[1] Antonoff delivers a short, 20 second "Slash-type wailing" guitar solo, which appears over two and a half minutes into the song.[3]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on 24 October 2012 featuring the band members engaging in different nightly activities in New York City. Andrew Dost created an original score for the beginning of the music video. Directed by Anthony Mandler, the video features the band members in various locations in New York City.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was very well received by critics, with them noticing a similar sound to their previous indie work. The A.V. Club reviewer Marcus Glimer called the song a "horn-fueled, thundering anthem" and that it served as a good "bridge" between their debut album, Aim and Ignite and their second album, Some Nights.[5] Dave Simpson of The Guardian compared the song to the work of Paul Simon and Billy Joel and Antonoff's guitar playing to that of Slash.[3] Carl Williot of Idolator called it an "uplifting, mid-tempo anthem" that channeled a Freddie Mercury feel and also noted the Queen influence on Jack Antonoff‘s guitar solo.[4] A negative review came from Popdust's Nate Jones who criticized it as sounding "a little too much like a watered-down combination of the band’s two breakout singles."[6]

Live performances[edit]

On 3 November 2012, the band was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, with Louis C.K. as host, and performed this song, alongside "Some Nights".[7] They also performed the song at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Chart performance[edit]

"Carry On" was released on 23 October 2012 as the third single off their second album, Some Nights. "Carry On" is their third consecutive single to reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at #100 on that chart and in the subsequent weeks climbed until peaking at #20. It has sold 1,337,000 downloads as of July 2013.[8]



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[34] Platinum 80,000^
Italy (FIMI)[35] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 7,500*
United States (RIAA)[37] 2× Platinum 2,000,000[8]

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


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