Sing (My Chemical Romance song)

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Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Released November 3, 2010
(see release history)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Power pop,[1] pop rock[2]
Length 4:30
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Gerard Way and Mikey Way,
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"The Only Hope for Me Is You"
"Planetary (Go!)"

"Sing" is My Chemical Romance's fourth track and second single from their fourth and final studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The official single artwork was posted on the band's website on October 2010.[3] "Sing" marks the first time a song of the band has reached adult contemporary stations; it began airplay through Chicago radio station WCFS-FM by March 2011.

The song was the second-best selling rock song of 2011 in the UK, ahead of Paramore's "Monster" and behind Foo Fighters' "Rope".


The song debuted on BBC Radio 1 and subsequently on the band's MySpace and several other radio stations on November 3, 2010. The song was released on iTunes the same day.[4] The song has been described as "poppy" and with a "surprising different sound than previous MCR tracks" by Wendy Rollins of Philadelphia's Radio 104.5. Dan Martin from NME reviewed the album and said the following of the song: "Starting off synthy, slinky and just a little bit funky, 'Sing' then erupts into another call to euphoric call to mass doing-stuff-together as waves of filthy bass cascade around Gerard as he sings, "You've got to be what tomorrow needs" as he dodges elephant-stomp drums."[5] Trash Hits said of the song: "This is a slower, smouldering effort which jangles in a Depeche Mode style while Gerard Way murmurs his way through."[6] This was also the very first song played on new Dayton, OH. Modern AC station WKSW Click 101-5 on Friday, March 25, 2011.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on and and was directed by Gerard Way and Paul Brown. Picking up after the events of the "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" music video, "Sing" opens with My Chemical Romance as their alter-egos (The Fabulous Killjoys) driving down a freeway tunnel on their Pontiac Firebird with brief "television advertisement" clips from Better Living Industries (BL/ind), running over a BL/ind security guard and a draculoid at a toll booth/checkpoint. The band arrives in the album's dystopia known as Battery City, stopping in front of BL/ind headquarters.

Upon discovery of the Killjoys' arrival, BL/ind places their guards on stand-by all around the headquarters. The Killjoys quickly shoot their way into the building, arriving in the main security center and rescue The Girl (Grace Jeanette), who was previously kidnapped in "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)". During this time, Korse (Grant Morrison) is activated by BL/ind headquarters' head of security and accompanied by reinforcement draculoids and guards to stop the Killjoys. A gunfight between the Killjoys and Korse's minions follows in BL/ind's lobby. At one point, Party Poison (Gerard Way) kills and pulls off the mask of one of the draculoids, discovering him to be Agent Cherri Cola (Jimmy Urine), an ally of the Killjoys (who was captured by BL/ind while trying to infiltrate their headquarters, and turned into a draculoid).

This causes Party Poison to hesitate in the fight and be grabbed by Korse who shoots him in the neck shortly after grasping him. With Party Poison dead, the remaining Killjoys continue their escape. Shortly after Party Poison's death, Kobra Kid (Mikey Way) manages to wound Korse in the knee before getting shot himself by Korse's minions and is killed. At the lobby door, Fun Ghoul (Frank Iero), Jet-Star (Ray Toro) and Missile Kid decide to retreat; however after running outside, Fun Ghoul closes the building door, leaving himself inside to give his allies a better chance of escaping before getting shot twice. Outside BL/ind headquarters, Jet-Star is shot, dying on the hood of the Trans Am. Before the draculoids and BL/ind guards can get to Missile Kid (Grace Jeanette), she is rescued by pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying (Steve Righ) and his crew including Show Pony[7] (Ricky Rebel) and DJ Hot Chimp (Kristan Morrison). They all escape in Dr. Death Defying's van, leaving behind their dead comrades whose bodies are bagged by BL/ind.

In a making-of video for "Na Na Na" and, to a lesser extent, "Sing", Gerard Way expressed that he is eager to film a third part of the Killjoy story.

Other versions[edit]

This song was performed on the TV series Glee in the second season episode "Comeback", which was released as a single on iTunes in February 2011. It was then performed on The Glee Project. It charted higher than My Chemical Romance's version on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting and peaking at number 49.

It also was performed by the contestants of Team Cee Lo Green and Team Christina Aguilera during the Live Playoffs of the third season of American reality television The Voice, and by contestants of the a capella competition and American reality television show the Sing Off, season 3, episode 2.[8]

On March 10, 2011, My Chemical Romance published a director's cut of the music video of "SING". It includes sound effects, among other additions.

On April 13, 2011, My Chemical Romance released a re-envisioned version of "Sing", entitled "Sing It for Japan", in support of those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States November 3, 2010 Airplay Reprise
February 15, 2011 iTunes-exclusive
April 13, 2011 "Sing It for Japan"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 43
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 57
Portugal (AFP)[10] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 43
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 50
UK Rock (The Official Charts Company)[12] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 58
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 2
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[14] 4
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[15] 24
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard) 10
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[16] 40

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by My Chemical Romance.
Version 1 (promotional CD)
No. Title Length
1. "Sing" (radio edit) 4:07
2. "Sing" (instrumental) 4:30
Version 2 (promotional CD)
No. Title Length
1. "Sing" (radio edit) 4:07
2. "Sing" (album version) 4:40

Version 2 (digital download)
No. Title Length
1. "Sing"   4:30
Version 3 (iTunes-exclusive deluxe edition)
No. Title Length
1. "Sing"   4:30
2. "Sing" (music video trailer) 1:12
3. "Sing" (music video) 4:56
4. "Helena" (live from the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City on October 7, 2007) 4:51
5. "The Ghost of You" (live from BBC Radio 1 session at Maida Vale Studios in London on November 11, 2010) 4:57
Version 4 (Sing It for Japan)
No. Title Length
1. "Sing It for Japan"   3:47


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  2. ^ New Zealand Herald. "Album Review: My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Artwork for upcoming single "Sing"". My Chemical Romance. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  4. ^ Hear MCR's "Sing'" Right Now and See the Trailer!. My Chemical Romance. Retrieved on 2010-11-05.
  5. ^ My Chemical Romance, 'Danger Days...' – First Listen, 16 February 2011
  6. ^ My Chemical Romance return with Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. We heard it, watched it, reviewed it, 29 October 2010
  7. ^ Twitter / gerardway: @maximumaldwin and people. (2010-09-24). Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  8. ^ The Sing-Off S3 Ep.2 Opener: Sing. YouTube. October 7, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
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  10. ^ My Chemical Romance.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-04-17". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  12. ^ Archive Chart. (2010-12-04). Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
  13. ^ a b "Chart Highlights: US Hot 100". Billboard. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2011-02-19.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Billboard" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  14. ^ Music Chart Analysis, Artist Spotlights, Music Insider, Chart Beat & News. Retrieved on 2011-02-05.
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  16. ^ AMERICA'S MUSIC CHARTS – 0 8 . 3 0 . 1 1 – powered by MEDIABASE. Retrieved on 2011-09-01.

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