Hero (Skillet song)

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Single by Skillet
from the album Awake
ReleasedMay 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)
Recorded2009 at Bay7 Studios, Los Angeles, California
Producer(s)Howard Benson
Skillet singles chronology
"Better than Drugs"

"Hero" is the first single of the 2009 album Awake by the American Christian rock band Skillet and is the first track on the album.[2] The song talks about mankind's need for a hero with the hero being Jesus Christ. It is the fourth single by Skillet to be released to physical media.[3] The single sold 12,000 copies in its first week.


It was used in a promo on NBC for the 2009 NFL Kickoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans, as well as the Week 17 Sunday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets and the NFL Wild Card Saturday games, featuring the rematch between the Bengals and the Jets, as well as the rematch from Week 17 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. "Hero" is also used for one of the two official theme songs for the WWE Royal Rumble 2010, as well as being featured on their video game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010,[4] "Hero" was also used in WWE Tribute to the Troops 2009. The song was also used for the trailers of the 20th Century Fox film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.[5]



"Hero" has reached the No. 1 position on the ChristianRock.Net Weekly top 30, No. 1 for 13 consecutive weeks on Christian Rock Radio, and No. 1 on Christian CHR Radio.

Chart Peak
Christian CHR 1
Christian Rock Radio 1[6]
U.S. Active Rock 12[7]
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
U.S. Rock Songs 35[8]
U.S. Hot Christian Songs 29[9]
Japan Hot 100 77

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Hero" was directed by the Erwin Brothers. Coming out shortly after the "Monster" video, which was shot by the Erwins at roughly the same time, "Hero" is the album's second music video. Although the site is for fan club members only, pictures of the video shoot can be viewed on panheads.com.[10] The video premiered on Yahoo.com on September 10, 2009. The video appears to be shot in the Birmingham Race Course parking lot with the band performing in front of pyrotechnics and being doused in rain, with cuts of modern/every day heroes, such as a fireman, a US marine, a police officer, and a nurse. Around October 1, 2016, it passed 100 million views on YouTube.[11]


The song was nominated for both "Rock Recorded Song of the Year" and "Short Form Video of the Year" at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[12][13]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ BMI songwriter credits for song
  2. ^ "Skillet, "Awake" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. August 25, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010: Create A Finisher". YouTube. August 25, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  4. ^ www.wwe.com Archived September 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "SKILLET SLAMS INTO 2010 WITH NO. 4 MAINSTREAM RADIO HIT, SHINEDOWN TOUR, MORE WWE AND MASSIVE SALES". Facebook. January 13, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Top 30 songs of the week and most requested songs of the week". Christianrock.net. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Mediabase 24/7 - 7 Day Charts". Mediabase.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Skillet
  9. ^ Skillet - Chart history
  10. ^ "Skillet | Become a Fanclub Member - skillet.com". Thepanheads.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Skillet - Hero (Official Video)". YouTube. Google. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Part 520". Ardent Records. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  13. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Skillet – Hero". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 6, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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