Push the Button (The Chemical Brothers album)

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Push the Button
The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button album cover.png
Studio album by
Released13 January 2005 (2005-01-13)
ProducerThe Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Singles 93–03
Push the Button
We Are the Night
Singles from Push the Button
  1. "Galvanize"
    Released: November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)
  2. "Believe"
    Released: May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)
  3. "The Boxer"
    Released: July 11, 2005 (2005-07-11)

Push the Button is the fifth studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, first released in January 2005.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics.

It won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in January 2006. It was certified gold by the BPI on 28 January 2005.


The making of the album started in mid-2003. Most of the album was finished in the last couple of months.


"Galvanize" was the first single from the album, released in November 2004. It peaked at number 3 spot in UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] "Believe" was the second single from the album, released in May 2005. It peaked at number 18.[citation needed] "The Boxer" was the third single from the album, released in early July 2005. It peaked at number 41.[citation needed]

Live 05 was released as a digital EP promoting the album on 29 November 2005. It was recorded live from their 2005 tour.[2]

Usage in media[edit]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[7]
Robert ChristgauA−[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut4/5 stars[12]
Under the Radar8/10[13]

"Push The Button" received very positive reviews by music critics upon its release. BBC Music said of the album "The Chemical Brothers return with their rebel rockin' fifth studio album that blows all stylistic boundaries down in the process.[14]" Lead single "Galvanize", with Q-Tip on lead vocals, peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. "The Boxer" also charted in the UK singles charts, in addition to "Believe".

Complex called it a "remotely forgettable project."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, except where noted.

1."Galvanize" (featuring Q-Tip)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Kamaal Fareed
2."The Boxer" (featuring Tim Burgess)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Burgess
3."Believe" (featuring Kele Okereke) 7:01
4."Hold Tight London" (featuring Anna-Lynne Williams)
  • Rowlands
  • Simon
  • Lynne Williams
5."Come Inside" 4:47
6."The Big Jump" 4:43
7."Left Right" (featuring Anwar Superstar)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Anwar
8."Close Your Eyes" (featuring The Magic Numbers)
9."Shake Break Bounce" 3:44
10."Marvo Ging" 5:28
11."Surface to Air" 7:23

As with all other albums by The Chemical Brothers, some of the tracks segue into the next. These are 2 into 3, 3 into 4, 5 into 6, 6 into 7, 7 into 8, 9 into 10, and finally 10 into 11.


Region Date Format Label Ref.
Japan January 13, 2005 CD
United Kingdom January 24, 2005
United States January 25, 2005 Astralwerks


The Chemical Brothers[edit]

  • Tom Rowlands - keyboards, synths, samples, programming
  • Ed Simons - keyboards, bass, guitar, engineering

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jared Faber - drums, percussion, additional programming
  • Q-Tip - raps on "Galvanize"
  • Tim Burgess - vocals on "The Boxer"
  • Kele - vocals on "Believe"
  • Anna-Lynne Williams - vocals on "Hold Tight London"
  • Anwar Superstar - raps on "Left Right"
  • The Magic Numbers - vocals on "Close Your Eyes"
  • Steve Dub – engineer
  • Ben Thackery - assisting engineer
  • Kam Tang - artwork
  • Mike Marsh - mastering


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[18] none 45,100 [17]*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[19] Gold 7,500^
Ireland (IRMA)[20] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[21] Gold 100,000^
Russia (NFPF)[22] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 245,000 [23]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ John Bush. "Push the Button - The Chemical Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. ^ Matt Cox: MIDI Tech For The Chemical Brothers | Sound On Sound
  3. ^ Critic Reviews for Push The Button - Metacritic
  4. ^ Bush, Josh. "The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ Dombal, Ryan (28 January 2005). "Review for "Push the Button"". Entertainment Weekly: 84. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (29 July 2005). "CD: The Chemical Brothers, Push the Button". The Guardian.
  7. ^ An evolution in big beat and sweet dance-pop loyalty as hard-hitting as their mid-'90s works "Exit Planet Dust" or "Dig Your Own Hole." [23 Jan 2005]
  8. ^ Scott Plagenhoef (4 February 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  9. ^ Tim O'Neil (28 January 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  10. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Chemical Brothers". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  11. ^ Werde, Bill (27 January 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push The Button : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  12. ^ Cleaner and crisper... their first [album] for half a decade where great noises... outshine august guest vocalists. [Feb 2005, p.73]
  13. ^ The new material sounds more unified and danceable. [#8, p.106]
  14. ^ BBC - Music - Review of Chemical Brothers - Push The Button
  15. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2013/02/remembering-past-best-danceelectronica-album-grammy-winners/the-chemical-brothers-push-the-button
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081115040925/http://www.infodisc.fr/V_CD_05.php?debut=200
  18. ^ "French album certifications – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  19. ^ "Greek album certifications – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Buttons" (in Greek). IFPI Greece.
  20. ^ "Irish album certifications – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Buttons". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  21. ^ "Japanese album certifications – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Buttons" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  22. ^ "Russian album certifications – The chemical brothers – Push the button" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  23. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/communaute/index.php?/topic/3824-top-uk-2005/page-101
  24. ^ "British album certifications – The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Push The Button in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.