Cool Kids (Echosmith song)

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"Cool Kids"
Echosmith - Cool Kids.png
Single by Echosmith
from the album Talking Dreams
Released 31 May 2013
Format
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 3:35 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
  • Echosmith
  • Jeffery David
  • Jesiah Dzwonek
  • Danielle Bishpoo
Producer(s)
Echosmith singles chronology
"Cool Kids"
(2013)
"Bright"
(2015)
"Cool Kids"
(2013)
"Bright"
(2015)
Music video
"Cool Kids" on YouTube

"Cool Kids" is the debut single song by American indie pop band Echosmith from their 2013 debut studio album, Talking Dreams. The song was written by Echosmith, Jeffery David, and Jesiah Dzwonek. It was produced by Mike Elizondo, with additional production on the radio edit by Rob Cavallo. "Cool Kids" was originally released on 31 May 2013 as the iTunes Store Single of the Week and officially impacted United States radio the following year. The song subsequently became a sleeper hit, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving airplay on US modern rock, hot adult contemporary, and contemporary hit radio stations. The song is a playable track in Guitar Hero Live.

Background and release[edit]

The song describes a boy and a girl who both desire to be noticed.[1] In an interview, guitarist Jamie Sierota discussed the song's background, saying: "This cry to be like the cool kids… it's something that everyone kind of goes through whether you want to act like it or not... There's always somebody out there that you kind of wish, 'If only I could do this, or do that.' I think that's why it connects with people so well."[1]

Music video[edit]

The song's official music video was filmed in Los Angeles, California and directed by Gus Black.[2] It was released on June 21, 2013 on Echosmith's official YouTube channel.[2] After the original video passed one million views, Echosmith released an acoustic version of the song.[2] The band also released a new music video for "Cool Kids" on September 11, 2014.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Cool Kids" debuted at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the issue dated July 26, 2014 and peaked at number 13.[4] The song also reached the top ten of the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, peaking at numbers 9 and 5 respectively.[5][6] It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 4, 2014,[7] and passed the one million sales mark later on in the same month.[8] As of December 2014, it has sold over 1.1 million copies in the United States.[9] "Cool Kids" also peaked at number 6 on the Australian singles chart and was certified double platinum in the country.[10][11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[12]
No. Title Length
1. "Cool Kids" (Radio Edit) 3:35
Digital download – remix[13]
No. Title Length
1. "Cool Kids" (RAC mix) 4:19
British digital download[14]
No. Title Length
1. "Cool Kids" (Radio Edit) 3:35
2. "Cool Kids" (Acoustic) 3:56
3. "Cool Kids" (RAC mix) 4:19
CD single[15]
No. Title Length
1. "Cool Kids" (Radio Edit) 3:37
2. "Cool Kids" (Acoustic) 3:56

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[55] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[56] Gold 30,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[57] Gold 10,000[57]
Germany (BVMI)[58] Gold 200,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[59] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[61] Platinum 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Gold 7,500*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[63] 2x Platinum 80,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[64] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[66] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States 31 May 2013 Digital download Warner Bros.

References[edit]

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