Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs song)

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Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album Fever to Tell
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2004
Songwriter(s)Brian Chase, Karen Lee Orzolek, Nick Zinner
Producer(s)David Andrew Sitek
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"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.[4] It was released on February 10, 2004, and the band performed the song at that year's MTV Movie Awards.[5] The music video received extensive 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 Originally from the band's debut EP) 2:30

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. Karen O's crying in the video was not staged. 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."[6] The song title allegedly stands for “My Angus Please Stay.”[7] The video received substantial play on MTV.[8] The video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and the MTV2 Award.[9] It was directed by Patrick Daughters.

Notable cover versions[edit]


  • In 2009, it was voted the best alternative love song of all time by NME.[17]
  • The song was also listed at #6 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.[18]
  • Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" as the 7th best song of the 2000s.[19]
  • On April 7, 2011, Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" #386 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[20]
  • In October 2011, NME placed it at number 55 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[21]
  • NME ranked "Maps" at number 1 on their list of "Indie Weddings Songs: 20 Tracks Perfect For Your First Dance."[22]


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Official Charts 26[23][24]
Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 87
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[26] 9


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  3. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: 386 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Sheffield, Rob (April 7, 2006). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Goth, Nerd, Slut". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
  5. ^ "How The Yeah Yeahs' 'Maps' Helped Change the Way We View the Relationship Between Pop and Indie". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Karen O's Video Crying Was For Real". July 12, 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  7. ^ How Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" Transcended the Post-Punk Revival, retrieved February 25, 2020, minute 4:32
  8. ^ Endelman, Michael. ""Yeah Yeah Yeahs explain their disturbing new video"". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "2004 VMA Winners". MTV. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  10. ^ "ARCHIVES // SEPTEMBER 2004: 08.29.04 // THE READING FESTIVAL". August 29, 2004. Retrieved November 19, 2007. A stellar set was played with the addition of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's tune, Maps.
  11. ^ "Arcade Fire Cover Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs". BrooklynVegan. September 9, 2005. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
  12. ^ "Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps". Turntable Kitchen.
  13. ^ triple j (September 22, 2016), Camp Cope cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Maps' for triple j's Like A Version, retrieved July 31, 2018
  14. ^ Stelios Ramon (April 11, 2014). "Anderson .Paak - Maps" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Cover Art, by Anderson .Paak". Anderson .Paak.
  16. ^ "Keaton Henson - The Lucky EP Lyrics and Tracklist". Genius.
  17. ^ "Greatest Alternative Love Songs". NME. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  18. ^ Harvell, Jess. "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  19. ^ "100 Best Songs of the 2000s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  20. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  21. ^ Schiller, Rebecca (October 6, 2011). "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME.
  22. ^ "Indie Weddings Songs: 20 Tracks Perfect For Your First Dance". NME. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  23. ^ "maps | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  24. ^ "YEAH YEAH YEAHS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  25. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  26. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2015.

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