Everybody Talks

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"Everybody Talks"
Single by Neon Trees
from the album Picture Show
ReleasedDecember 20, 2011
Format10", Digital download
LabelMercury, Def Jam
Songwriter(s)Tyler Glenn, Tim Pagnotta
Producer(s)Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Neon Trees singles chronology
"Your Surrender"
"Everybody Talks"
"Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)"

"Everybody Talks" is the lead single from the second studio album, Picture Show, by American rock band Neon Trees. It was released on December 20, 2011, in the United States as a digital download on iTunes. It soon became a sleeper hit. The song made it to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making this song their highest charting single to date as well as their first Top 10 hit. The song was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, engineered and mixed by Billy Bush, and mastered by Joe LaPorta.[1][2]

As of October 2012, the song has sold over 2 million digital downloads.[3] It also hit No. 7 on the Alternative Songs chart, their first Top 10 hit after Animal, it also hit No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs, their first song to do so.

"Everybody Talks" was inspired by early 1960s pop music; Tyler Glenn said that "We fell in love with a lot of like Roy Orbison and the Motown music that my dad listens to."[4]


The song has received generally positive reviews from critics. PopCrush gave it 4 of 5 stars stating that "people can relate to 'Everybody Talks'."[5] About.com said it was, "a song that will work with a very wide audience".[6]

Music video[edit]

An animated music video to accompany the release of "Everybody Talks" was first released onto YouTube on January 14, 2012, at a total length of three minutes and forty-two seconds.[7]

The real music video for "Everybody Talks" was released on VEVO and YouTube on March 8, 2012. It features the band at a 1950s-esque drive-in watching a movie called Zombie Bikers From Hell. In the film, band members are playing music to the song inside a cabin when they are attacked by a group of zombies who are leather-clad motorcycle riders. Lead singer Tyler Glenn is the only one to escape, while the other band members are slaughtered by the zombies, offscreen, to the horror of the audience members at the drive-in.

Meanwhile, in the "real life" drive-in, a girl wearing red sunglasses starts seducing various male patrons. Once she and the men are alone in a secluded area, she reveals herself to be a fire-breathing vampire and eats them. In the film, Glenn hitches a ride from a girl in red-sunglasses. As they drive off in a white van, Glenn's fate remains unknown. However, Glenn and the girl are present at the drive-in. The girl who drove up in the van at the end of the movie is in the same van the band drove up to the cabin in.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

Track listing[edit]

US digital download
1."Everybody Talks"2:59

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States December 20, 2011[31] Digital download Mercury
17 April 2012[32] Mainstream/Top 40


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  2. ^ Billy Bush Discography[permanent dead link]
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  32. ^ "Future Releases". Retrieved 16 April 2012.