Shots (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Shots"
Imagine Dragons - Shots.png
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Smoke + Mirrors
Released January 26, 2015 (2015-01-26)
Format Digital download
Recorded
Genre
Length 3:53
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Gold"
(2014)
"Shots"
(2015)
"Roots"
(2015)

"Gold"
(2014)
"Shots"
(2015)
"Roots"
(2015)

"Shots" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was written by band members Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon and released as the third single from their second studio album Smoke + Mirrors (2015).

Composition[edit]

The song shows influence of industrial music with heavy use of synthesizers. Reynolds' vocals are light, despite the dark lyrical content, recalling music from the 1980s. Sermon's guitar textures add complexity.[4]

Promotion[edit]

Imagine Dragons performed the track during a first ever live commercial (for Target) during the Grammy Awards (2015).[5] The advertising was filmed on Las Vegas' Freemont Street under the direction of Jonas Åkerlund.[6] The advertising promoted an exclusive edition of the album available at Target which includes four bonus tracks. It was estimated to cost $8 million and charted at number 2 on the Billboard Trending 140.[7]

"Shots" was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (February 18, 2015),[8] The Howard Stern Show (March 24, 2015),[9] The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2015),[10] and Today (2015).[11]

Music video[edit]

On February 12, 2015, Imagine Dragons released the official music video for "Shots". The video was directed by Robert Hales and was inspired by the artwork created by San Diego-based painter Tim Cantor.[12] The same artwork also serves as the cover art for all of the singles for the album. Cantor himself appears as the live depiction of one of his paintings.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shots"Imagine Dragons3:53

Personnel[edit]

Imagine Dragons

Broiler remix[edit]

In April 2015, Norwegian DJ and electronic music duo Broiler (Mikkel Christiansen and Simen Auke) released a remix of "Shots". It was a hit in its own right on VG-lista, the official Norwegian Singles Chart, reaching number 4 on the chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[37] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[38] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[39] 3× Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[13] February 2, 2015 Digital download
Italy[41] February 6, 2015 Contemporary hit radio Interscope
United States[42] March 3, 2015 Modern rock radio KIDinaKORNER

References[edit]

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  37. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Imagine Dragons; 'Shots')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  38. ^ "Italian single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Shots" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Shots" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  40. ^ "British single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Shots". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 26, 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Shots in the search field and then press Enter.
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