Renegades (X Ambassadors song)

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"Renegades"
X Ambassadors - Renegades cover art.jpg
Single by X Ambassadors
from the album VHS
B-side "Unconsolable"
Released March 3, 2015
Format
Genre Alternative/Indie
Length 3:15
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
X Ambassadors singles chronology
"Jungle"
(2013)
"Renegades"
(2015)
"Cannonball"
(2015)

"Jungle"
(2013)
"Renegades"
(2015)
"Cannonball"
(2015)
Music video
"Renegades" on YouTube

"Renegades" is a song by American rock band X Ambassadors. It was released as the second single from the band's debut studio album VHS on March 3, 2015. It peaked inside the top ten in ten countries, including France, Germany, Canada and Poland, where it reached number one. In the United States, the song peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song was nominated for the "Top Rock Song" award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.[1]

Background[edit]

The song was leveraged as a commercial tie-in with the release of the Jeep Renegade. It was delivered very quickly, just a few days after the request was sent in to Interscope Records as the song was nearly complete when Jeep first approached Interscope.[2] It has been the band's most successful song so far. "We're trying not to get too caught up in everything," X Ambassadors vocalist Sam Harris said. "We're just glad people like ['Renegades'] and that it's having a positive effect on them."[3] The song was also featured in the second season of The Flash.

Composition[edit]

"Renegades" is a song in B minor, written with a tempo of 176–184 bpm. It follows a chord progression of Bm–D–A–G.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released in June 2015 and was shot in the band's hometown of Ithaca, New York. It depicts several people with disabilities working to overcome their challenges. It had a personal aspect to it, because band member Casey Harris has been blind since birth. "We wanted to make it emotional and personal — and that's as personal as it gets for me, Casey and the band," Sam Harris stated.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Renegades"3:15

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[61] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[62] 4× Platinum 40,000^
France (SNEP)[63] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[64] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[65] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[66] 3× Platinum 60,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[68] Platinum 637,000[69]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label
Worldwide March 3, 2015 Digital download Original
United States[70] September 25, 2015 Remixes
Germany[71] February 12, 2016 CD Single Universal

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