Sober Up

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"Sober Up"
Single by AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo
from the album The Click
ReleasedSeptember 2017 (2017-09)
FormatDigital download
AJR singles chronology
"Sober Up"
"Burn the House Down"
Rivers Cuomo singles chronology
"I Still Wanna Know"
"Sober Up"
"Medicine for Melancholy"

"Sober Up" is the third single from AJR's second studio album The Click and features Weezer's lead singer Rivers Cuomo, although some radio stations play a version with AJR's Ryan singing Cuomo's part. "Sober Up" became the first number one song for AJR when it peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in March 2018. Similarly, Cuomo had his first number one on the alternative Billboard chart as a solo artist.


AJR had written most of "Sober Up" before reaching out to Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. After following AJR on Twitter, Cuomo was sent an unfinished version of the song that was missing a bridge.[1] To complete "Sober Up", Cuomo wrote and sang the bridge.[2]


In an interview with Billboard, Jack and Ryan Met revealed the inspiration to "Sober Up" came to them during their time at Columbia University. While at Columbia, the Met brothers felt that they were missing their childhood. Using their feelings of loneliness, the Mets were compelled to pen a song about Jack phoning up his crush he had in the second grade of elementary school.[3]

Live performance[edit]

In January 2018, AJR performed "Sober Up" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside their previous hit "Weak".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

In March 2018, "Sober Up" peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and was the first number one song for AJR. For Rivers Cuomo, "Sober Up" was his first song to reach number one on Billboard's Alternative chart as a solo artist outside of Weezer.[5]


iHeartRadio said "Sober Up" was a positive song despite the difficult lyrics.[6]

Music video[edit]

On January 31, 2018, a music video for "Sober Up" was released. In the music video, the band is walking through New York City while Singer/brother Jack Met meets a younger version of himself.[7]


Chart (2018) Peak
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 27
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 15
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[11] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 29


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 40,000*
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LeDonne, Rob (30 March 2018). "Anatomy Of a Hit: AJR and Rivers Cuomo Discuss How Sliding Into DMs Yielded 'Sober Up'". Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (6 August 2017). "AJR Unveils 'Sober Up' Collaboration With Their Hero, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ Atkinson, Katie; Caulfield, Keith (10 April 2018). "Pop Shop Podcast: AJR Talk Surprise Hit 'Sober Up,' Why Rivers Cuomo Was a 'Perfect Fit' & Seeing New Fans on Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  4. ^ O'Malley, Maura. "WATCH: AJR Perform "Sober Up" and "Weak" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'". 107.7 The End. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  5. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (1 March 2018). "AJR Crosses Over, Lands First Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'Sober Up'". Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ "#NewMusicTuesday: AJR, "Sober Up"". iHeartRadio. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  7. ^ Cosores, Philip (31 January 2018). "Premiere: AJR's Earnest 'Sober Up' Video Gets Back To That Youthful Feeling". Uproxx. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  8. ^ "AJR Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "AJR Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "AJR Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "AJR Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "AJR Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Ajr – Sober Up (Ft. Rivers Cuomo)". Music Canada. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Ajr – Sober Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 5, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.