Somebody Told Me

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"Somebody Told Me"
One of standard international artworks
Single by The Killers
from the album Hot Fuss
  • "Under the Gun"
  • "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"
  • "Show You How"
ReleasedMarch 15, 2004
StudioThe Hearse, Berkeley, California
Producer(s)The Killers
The Killers singles chronology
"Mr. Brightside"
"Somebody Told Me"
"Mr. Brightside (re-issue)"
Audio sample

"Somebody Told Me" is a song by American rock band The Killers. It was released as the second official single from the group's debut studio album Hot Fuss (2004), and was written by band members Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Dave Keuning and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brandon Flowers said: "This is the story of trying to meet someone in a club." [2] It is written in the key of B-flat minor.

When the Killers first started out, their music was little noticed by music buyers and the media, which is why "Somebody Told Me" has been released twice in slightly different forms. The first, with the pink background cover, is the rarer version of the single as it was their first release of it; due to poor sales, not as many were produced. When re-released, the cover art sported a blue background color and is the more common version of the single.

The single peaked at number 51 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, it charted at number 28 upon its first release in March 2004, becoming the band's first hit in the Top 40, it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached number three.

In Australia, the song was ranked number four on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In 2009, it was voted at number nine in XFM's Top 100 Songs of the Decade.


Stylistically, "Somebody told Me" has been cited as alternative rock,[3] new wave,[4] and dance-rock.[5] The song is in the verse-chorus form. The intro of the song is a Bm chord, leading into the first verse, which consists of a Bm–Em–G chord progression repeated twice, followed by an Am–F–G chord progression repeated twice.

The chorus follows the Bm–G–A–F chord progression repeated twice. The first time through the chorus, the last F chord is cut off. The song has a second verse and chorus, then has a bridge with the chord progression E–G–B–E–B–E–Am–G–E–E–G, which leads into the chorus for a final time.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called the song "wildly infectious",[7] and "as addictive as nickel slots".[8] Blender asserted that the single is a "superb blaze of synthesizers and guitars that builds to the year's best one-liner: 'Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year.'"[9]

Entertainment Weekly hailed the single as "three smashingly punchy minutes of garage pop so tightly wound that singer Brandon Flowers seems to be accusing his girl of cheating on him with another woman."[10] Rolling Stone said the single was a "nightclub anthem in the making" and continued, "the acid-tongued 'Somebody Told Me' blasts into outer space on a wave of synthesizers and singer Brandon Flowers' cheeky chorus."[11]

Michael Paoletta of Billboard praised the remixes done by, respectively, Josh Harris and King Unique for "maintaining the original song's integrity" but recommended readers to buy the album, Hot Fuss, rather than the single.[12]

Track listings[edit]

Original United Kingdom release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Flowers/Keuning/Stoermer/Vannucci)
  2. "Under the Gun" (Flowers/Keuning)
  3. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" (Flowers/Keuning)
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"

United Kingdom re-release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "Show You How" (Flowers)
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Vocal Mix)
  4. "Somebody Told Me" (U-MYX)
  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (The Glimmers GypoRock Mix)

United States release[edit]

  1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Club)
  2. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Dub)
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Mix)
  4. "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique's Dub)

Official versions[edit]

  • "Somebody Told Me" (Album Version) – 3:17
  • "Somebody Told Me" (The Glimmers GypoRock Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Radio Edit)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Club)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Dub)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Mix) / (King Unique Vocal Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Frogger Dub)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (King Unique Radio Edit)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Insider Remix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix)
  • "Somebody Told Me" (U-MYX)

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Somebody Told Me", was filmed in February 2004 in California, and was directed by Brett Simon. It shows the Killers performing their song in the moonlight of a desert location, with a giant LED screen displaying rolling, and flashing images of their logo, as well as an alternate version of the video shot during the day. The imagery in the video pays homage to that of "Crystal" by English alternative dance group New Order; the Killers named themselves after the fictitious band performing in the New Order video.

Charts and certifications[edit]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rock & Pop Chile Rock & Pop 20 Años 200 Canciones[39] 2013
XFM United Kingdom 100 Greatest Songs of the Decade[40] 2009
Absolute Radio United Kingdom 100 Best Songs of the Decade[41] 2009
NME United Kingdom 100 Greatest Tracks of the Decade[42] 2009
Triple J Australia Hottest 100 of 2004 2004


Year Ceremony Award Result
2005 Grammy Awards Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2005 International Dance Music Awards Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track Nominated

Live performances[edit]

The band performed the song during an appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Topher Grace in 2005.[43] They also performed the song at the Sideshow Lollapalooza in June 2011.[44]

In popular culture[edit]

The song can be heard in the episode of Six Feet Under, "Grinding the Corn", from 2004.[43] The song appears as a master track in Rock Band 4. The song also appears in the background in a bar in a scene from the movie Rocky Balboa.

In 2020, American metalcore band Motionless in White released a cover of the song.


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