Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs song)

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Maps (song) cover.jpg
Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album Fever to Tell
Released February 10, 2004
Format CD, 12"
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Brian Chase, Karen Lee Orzolek, Nick Zinner
Producer(s) David Andrew Sitek
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology
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"Y Control"
Audio sample

"Maps" is a single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their debut full-length album, Fever to Tell (2003). The song is about the relationship between Liars frontman Angus Andrew and Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O.[2] It was released on February 10, 2004, and the band performed the song at that year's MTV Movie Awards. The music video received much play on MTV. It reached #9 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and was included in the popular video game Rock Band.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."Maps"Brian Chase, Karen Lee Orzolek & Nick Zinner3:34
2."Countdown" 3:39
3."Miles Away" (John Peel Session) 2:30

"Miles Away" is a newly recorded version of the song from the band's self-titled EP.

Music video[edit]

The video shows the band playing in an audition in a high school gymnasium, with different light filters changing the color of the room. The tears cried by Karen O in the video are real. She explains: "They were real tears. My boyfriend at the time [Angus Andrew] was supposed to come to the shoot – he was three hours late and I was just about to leave for tour. I didn't think he was even going to come and this was the song that was written for him. He eventually showed up and I got myself in a real emotional state."[3] The album’s namesake song title is actually a veiled acronym for “my Angus please stay.”[4] The video received substantial play on MTV.[5] It was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and the MTV2 Award.[6] The video was directed by Patrick Daughters.

Cover versions[edit]

"Maps" has been covered by:


"Maps" is widely regarded as one of the greatest songs of the 2000s:

  • In 2009, it was voted the best alternative love song of all time by NME.[13]
  • The song was also listed at #6 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.[14]
  • Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" as the 7th best song of the 2000s.[15]
  • On April 7, 2011, Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" #386 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[16]
  • In October 2011, NME placed it at number 55 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[17]
  • NME ranked "Maps" at number 1 on their list of "Indie Weddings Songs: 20 Tracks Perfect For Your First Dance."[18]


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Official Charts 26[19][20]
Chart (2004) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[21] 78
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 9[22]
US Billboard Hot 100 87[23][24]



  1. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: 386 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Sheffield, Rob (April 7, 2006). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Goth, Nerd, Slut". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  3. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Karen O's Video Crying Was For Real". July 12, 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Here's What The Inspirations For 7 Love Songs Actually Look Like". HuffPost News. Aug 2, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Endelman, Michael. ""Yeah Yeah Yeahs explain their disturbing new video"". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. ^ "2004 VMA Winners". MTV. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  7. ^ "ARCHIVES // SEPTEMBER 2004: 08.29.04 // THE READING FESTIVAL". August 29, 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-19. A stellar set was played with the addition of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's tune, Maps.
  8. ^ "Arcade Fire Cover Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs". BrooklynVegan. September 9, 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
  9. ^ "Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps". Turntable Kitchen.
  10. ^ "Hello Somebody: Volume One by Hello Somebody on Apple Music".
  11. ^ "Oasis2: Maps on Spotify".
  12. ^ triple j (2016-09-22), Camp Cope cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Maps' for triple j's Like A Version, retrieved 2018-07-31
  13. ^ "Greatest Alternative Love Songs". NME. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  14. ^ Harvell, Jess. "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  15. ^ "100 Best Songs of the 2000s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  17. ^ Schiller, Rebecca (October 6, 2011). "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME.
  18. ^ "Indie Weddings Songs: 20 Tracks Perfect For Your First Dance". NME. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  19. ^ "maps | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  20. ^ "YEAH YEAH YEAHS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  21. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  24. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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