I Bet My Life

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"I Bet My Life"
A painting of a man with four arms holing out his hands. His chest is cut out by a black, circular hole and a mockingbird takes its place. The words "Imagine Dragons" and "I Bet My Life" are placed inside the hole as well.
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Smoke + Mirrors
ReleasedOctober 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)
FormatDigital download
Recorded
Genre
Length3:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Warriors"
(2014)
"I Bet My Life"
(2014)
"Gold"
(2014)

"I Bet My Life" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The track, written by band members Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon, was released as the lead single from their second studio album Smoke + Mirrors on October 27, 2014. The band's network debut performing the track occurred at the American Music Awards (2014), where they received the award for Favorite Alternative Artist.[2][3]

Composition[edit]

Themes[edit]

Lead singer Dan Reynolds has stated that the song is about his relationship with his parents and explained that while "at times it's been strained and difficult... in the end, 'I Bet My Life' celebrates the bond that we still hold on to."[4]

Music video[edit]

On December 12, 2014, Imagine Dragons released the official music video for "I Bet My Life". The video was directed by Jodeb and features actors Dane DeHaan[5] and Alex Neustaedter.[6] Footage from the video featured in advertising by American automobile manufacturer Jeep at the American Music Awards, prior to the release of the video.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

The beginning and end of the video take place at the Salt River in Arizona. A car is shown driving to the river. The cast are the members of Imagine Dragons, and their relatives and friends. Somewhere else at the river, a boy in a shirt (DeHaan) and a boy in overalls (Neustaedter) are fighting at the waterbed. While walking away, Neustaedter eventually pushes DeHaan into the river, and it is implied that DeHaan swims away, while the former stares in shock. DeHaan is pulled towards a dam, in which he is sucked in. He lands in a house, and looks out the window and finds everything underwater. He finds a bed and goes to sleep. The next morning, DeHaan finds himself in a sailboat, and takes control of it. He tries unsuccessfully to avoid a waterfall, but ends up flying over the land in the boat when he goes over the waterfall. While looking over the boat, he decides to flip it over. He falls into a city, and a crowd is shown carrying him. They toss and turn him, until he realizes it was a vision and he was knocked unconscious in the dam. He is pulled back up to the surface by Neustaedter, and survives. The last shot of the video zooms out from the point where DeHaan is picked up, and the video ends.

In media[edit]

This song appeared in the second trailer of the 2018 film Alpha.[8]

Reception[edit]

Carolyn Menyes of Music Times called the song "Another [Imagine Dragons] strong armed rolling anthem."[9] James Grebey of www.spin.com called it "Bombastic"[10] and USA Today named it "Song of the week" during October 27-November 4.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Was Me"Imagine Dragons3:12 title2 = Cha-Ching(Till We Grow Older)

Remixes[edit]

Bastille, Alex Adair, Lost Kings, Imagine Dragons, and Riot Games have all released remixes.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[46] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[47] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[48] Gold 2,000,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[50] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Song[51] Nominated

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Australia October 27, 2014 Digital download [52]
Canada [53]
United States [54]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Interscope Records [55]
United States November 3, 2014 Adult album alternative radio [56]
November 4, 2014 Modern rock radio [57]
January 27, 2015 Contemporary hit radio [58]
United Kingdom February 8, 2015 Digital download
  • Interscope Records
  • KIDinaKORNER
[59]

References[edit]

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