Delilah (Florence and the Machine song)

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Florence and the Machine - Delilah.png
12-inch single cover
Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
B-side"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (live)
Released20 November 2015 (2015-11-20)
StudioThe Pool (London)
Producer(s)Markus Dravs
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"Queen of Peace"
"Wish That You Were Here"
Music video
"Delilah" on YouTube

"Delilah" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their third studio album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015). It was written by Florence Welch and Isabella Summers, and produced by Markus Dravs. The song was released on 20 November 2015 as the album's fourth and final single.

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone wrote that "Delilah" begins sparsely with Welch's multi-tracked call-and-response vocals sailing atop a simple piano and simmering synths.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Delilah" was directed by Vincent Haycock and premiered on 21 October 2015 as part of the video series The Odyssey.[5] Filmed in Los Angeles,[6] the video opens with an intense monologue from an old man.[5] Florence Welch is then seen roaming through a "maze of motel rooms – dancing, writhing intensely, cutting a man's hair and encountering a horrifying goblin."[5] At the end of the video, Welch "triumphantly rides through the streets of Los Angeles [...] as a hat tip to her newfound freedom."[6]

In an interview with Rookie, Haycock said of the video, "The cutting of the hair was a direct reference to the biblical [story of] Delilah, but then it veered off into something more personal to Florence. Since this song was always planned as being the end of the series, we decided to make it about [her] returning to her true self, killing off the ego version of herself, and finding her way home again."[7]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download – Galantis Remix[8]
  1. "Delilah" (Galantis Remix) – 5:37
  2. "Delilah" (Galantis Remix / Radio Edit) – 4:11
A1. "Delilah"
A2. "Delilah" (Demo)
B. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (live)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.[10]


  • Engineered at The Pool (London)
  • Mixed at Toast Studios (London)
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York City)



Chart (2015–16) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 31
France (SNEP)[13] 89
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 102
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[16] 15

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 20 November 2015 Contemporary hit radio Island [17]
Various 27 November 2015 Digital downloadGalantis Remix [8][18][19]
United States 19 January 2016 Alternative radio Republic [20]
16 April 2016 12-inch single (Record Store Day exclusive) [9]


  1. ^ Kot, Greg (1 June 2015). "Review: Florence gives her Machine a more intimate voice". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ Hermes, Will (2 June 2015). "Art-pop diva Florence Welch returns with a renewed love for loud guitars and soul vocals". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (4 June 2015). "Review: Florence + the Machine Go Big, Then Go Home on 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'". Spin. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ Blistein, Jon (19 May 2015). "Florence and the Machine Learn to Dance Like 'Delilah' on New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Reed, Ryan (21 October 2015). "Watch Florence Welch Navigate Creepy Motel in 'Delilah' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b Manders, Hayden (21 October 2015). "Florence + The Machine Debut "Delilah" Music Video". Nylon. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. ^ Donahue, Anne T. (21 October 2015). "Florence and the Machine: Delilah". Rookie. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Delilah (Galantis Remix): Florence + The Machine: MP3 Downloads". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Florence + The Machine – Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart". Record Store Day. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (liner notes). Florence and the Machine. Island Records. 2015. 602547236067.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ " – Florence + The Machine – Delilah". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  12. ^ " – Florence + The Machine – Delilah" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  13. ^ " – Florence + The Machine – Delilah" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  15. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 30.05.2015 (wk21)". Zobbel. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Florence the Machine Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  17. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Delilah (Galantis Remix): Florence + The Machine: MP3 Downloads". Amazon (US). Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Delilah (Galantis Remix): Florence + The Machine: MP3-Downloads" (in German). Amazon (Germany). Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.