Lisztomania (song)

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Phoenix - Lisztomania cover art.jpg
Single by Phoenix
from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Released7 July 2009
  • 4:02 (album version)
  • 3:18 (video edit)
Phoenix singles chronology

"Lisztomania" is a song by the French band Phoenix from their fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It is their second single from the album, although a music video of the song was released before "1901". The music video shows them performing live and going outside to find a blimp like the one shown on the album cover. The song helped the album to be their most successful following their previous hit, "1901".

It peaked at #11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the US[1] and as well as #15 in Belgium.[2] Phoenix released a remix edition of the album later in 2009, with two of the tracks being "Lisztomania" remixes by Alex Metric and 25 Hrs a Day. The song came in at #4 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2009,[3] making Phoenix the first French band to finish in the top 5 of the Hottest 100.


The term Lisztomania was used by Heinrich Heine to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward Franz Liszt during his performances. The video to the song shows the band visiting the Franz-Liszt-Museum[4] in Bayreuth.

In popular culture[edit]

"Lisztomania" (Alex Metric Remix) was featured in Gran Turismo for PlayStation Portable.[5] The song was also featured in the season 6 finale of the HBO series Entourage and in episodes of The Inbetweeners.

A classical rendition of "Lisztomania", performed and arranged by Roger Neill, is featured as the opening theme to the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, and also appears in the end credits to the program's third episode, "Silent Symphony".[6]

"Lisztomania" is used in the 2018 video game Life Is Strange 2.[7]

The song was the soundtrack of a 2009 video meme that featured individuals reenacting the dance scene from the 1985 film The Breakfast Club. One video created by Boston University students gained new attention in 2019 due to the presence of future U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[8]

In law[edit]

In August 2013, Lawrence Lessig brought suit against Liberation Music PTY Ltd., after Liberation issued a takedown notice of one of Lessig's lectures on YouTube which had used the song by Phoenix, whom Liberation Music represents.[9][10] Lessig sought damages under section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which holds parties liable for misrepresentations of infringement or removal of material.[11] Lessig was represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Jones Day.[12] In February 2014 the case ended with a settlement in which Liberation Music admitted wrongdoing in issuing the takedown notice, issued an apology, and paid a confidential sum in compensation.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Lisztomania" – 4:08
  2. "Lisztomania" (Alex Metric Remix) – 5:05

Side B

  1. "Lisztomania" (Yuksek Remix) – 5:08
  2. "Lisztomania" (A Fight for Love/25 Hours a Day Remix)


Chart (2009) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 (Billboard)[1] 11
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 4
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[16] 5
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 15


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  2. ^ a b "Phoenix – Lisztomania".
  3. ^ "Hottest 100 Archive – triple j".
  4. ^ Franz-Liszt-Museum, Bayreuth
  5. ^ "Phoenix: Coachella's Cool Kids". Billboard.
  6. ^ ""Mozart in the Jungle" Silent Symphony (TV Episode 2014)". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Life is Strange 2 - Official Gameplay - Seattle". Dontnod Entertainment.
  8. ^ "That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme". Wired.
  9. ^ "Lessig v. Liberatino Music – Complaint". Electronic Frontier Foundation website. United States District Court. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  10. ^ Laura Sydell (27 September 2013). "Record Label Picks Copyright Fight—With The Wrong Guy". Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  11. ^ "17 U.S. Code § 512 – Limitations on liability relating to material online". Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  12. ^ Brandle, Lars (28 February 2014). "Liberation Resolves Copyright Issue with Lawrence Lessig, Admit 'Mistakes' Were Made". Billboardbiz. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Twórca Creative Commons wygrał sprawę o bezprawne skasowanie filmu z YouTube'a". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  14. ^ Sydell, Laura (27 February 2014). "A Win For Fair use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle". All Tech Considered. NPR. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Phoenix".
  16. ^ "Phoenix".
  17. ^ "Phoenix".

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