Loud Music (song)

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"Loud Music"
Single by Michelle Branch
from the album The Loud Music Hits EP
Released June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10)[1]
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:23
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Michelle Branch, Jim Irvin, Julian Emery[2]
Producer(s) Julian Emery
Michelle Branch singles chronology
"Sooner or Later"
"Loud Music"
Music sample

"Loud Music" is a single by Michelle Branch originally intended to be the first from her fourth studio album, West Coast Time, but ultimately the album went unreleased. The single was included on The Loud Music Hits EP instead. It was officially released to iTunes on June 10, 2011. It was co-written and produced by British team Jim Irvin and Julian Emery.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Melodic.net 3/5 stars link
PopCrush.com 4/5 stars link
PopDust.com 3.5/5 stars link
TheCelebrityCafe.com 5/5 stars link

Katherine St. Asaph of PopDust.com gave the song a 3.5 out of 5 and stated that "without the constant hard-rock callouts, "Loud Music" is every bit as good as the rest of Branch’s back catalogue".[3] Amanda Hamsel of PopCrush.com gave it a 4 out of 5 praising the song for its sound, quoting that it "is definitely the kind of song that sounds best, well, loud, with its '80s pop flavor and heavy-on-the-guitar back-track".[4] Victoria Meng of TheCelebrityCafe.com stated that the song is equal in rank to "Everywhere", "All You Wanted", "Goodbye to You", "Are You Happy Now?" and "Breathe" in terms of quality and fun.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on YouTube via Michelle Branch's account on August 11, 2011 and also premiered on VH1.com that same day.

Popular culture[edit]

On October 31, 2011, days before the premiere of the seventh season of Bones, Fox Network released an Official Bones Music Video of "Loud Music". It features clips from past seasons and promotional jackets of the network's hit crime drama series. Cuts from Michelle Branch's Loud Music music video are also included. It ends with a clip from the upcoming season of the show.

The song's lyrics include references to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and allusions to the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven", the AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long", The Rolling Stones and their song "Start Me Up", and turning an amplifier's volume "Up to eleven" as mentioned in the This Is Spinal Tap rockumentary. The song's music also briefly quotes the opening vocal riff in the Led Zeppelin song "Immigrant Song".

Chart performance[edit]

"Loud Music" debuted at No. 37 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for the week ending July 16, 2011. It has so far peaked at No. 19 and is her highest charting single on the chart since 2003's "Breathe". Additionally, it is also her 6th Top 20 Hit on the chart.[5]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 19
Japan Hot 100 87


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Loud Music - Single by Michelle Branch". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Michelle Branch - Loud Music Lyrics". Musicloversgroup.com. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  3. ^ "The Singles Bar: Michelle Branch - "Loud Music"". Popdust.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Michelle Branch, ‘Loud Music’ – Song Review". Popcrush.com. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Chart Highlights for July 4, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 4, 2011.