Stressed Out

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"Stressed Out"
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Single by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Blurryface
Released November 10, 2015
Format
Recorded 2014–15
Genre Rap rock[1]
Length 3:22
Label Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s) Tyler Joseph
Producer(s) Mike Elizondo[2]
Twenty One Pilots singles chronology
"Lane Boy"
(2015)
"Stressed Out"
(2015)
"Ride"
(2016)
Music video
"Stressed Out" on YouTube

"Stressed Out" is a song written and recorded by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, for their fourth studio album, Blurryface. Written by Tyler Joseph and produced by Mike Elizondo, the lyrics discuss the harsh end of adolescence and the transition to adulthood. The song was released as a promotional single on April 28, 2015 on the Google Play Store[3] and Amazon,[4] and was issued to top 40 radio stations as the album's fourth official single on November 10.[5]

"Stressed Out" reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on Hot Rock Songs and Mainstream Top 40. It is tied with "Heathens" as the duo's highest ranking single to date. "Stressed Out" received two Grammy Awards nominations: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, winning the latter.[6] As of December 2016, it has sold over 2.4 million copies in the US.[7][8]

Background and composition[edit]

The song focuses on nostalgia for childhood, the pressure of adulthood,[9] and family relationships, it speaks from the point of view of "Blurryface", the album's titular character.[10][11] The line, "My name's Blurryface, and I care what you think"[12] is heard in the pre-chorus, alluding to marketing the duo did for the album.[13]

"Stressed Out" is a rap rock song, it is played in the key of A Minor, the vocals in the song span from E4 to A5.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard ranked "Stressed Out" at number 62 on their "Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list.[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Stressed Out" was uploaded to YouTube on April 27, 2015,[16] and was directed by Mark C. Eshleman of Reel Bear Media.[16] In the video, the duo rides big-wheel tricycles to each other's houses to record the song.[17] They filmed most of the "Stressed Out" video at Josh Dun's childhood home in Ohio. Many members of Dun's and Tyler Joseph's family appear in the video.[1] "Stressed Out" was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards.[18] The video, with over 960 million views and over 5.8 million likes as of May 13, 2017,[19] is in the list of most liked YouTube videos and the list of most viewed YouTube videos.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Stressed Out" climbed from number 13 to number 9 for the chart dated January 16, 2016, becoming the group's first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track topped Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a second week, led the Alternative Songs Airplay chart for a ninth week, also crossing over to mainstream audiences, rising from number 14 to number 13 on the Mainstream Top 40, and bulleting at number 20 on Adult Top 40.[20]

For the chart issue dated January 30, 2016, the song ascended from number 5 to number 4 on the Hot 100. The single entered the top 10 on both Radio Songs and Streaming Songs.[21] A commissioned house remix by Dave Winnel helped the single reach number nine on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in its February 13, 2016 issue.[22]

The song reached number 2 in its 21st week on the Hot 100, behind "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber. The single, which led Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for an eighth week, is the first single that has also appeared on Hot Rock Songs to rank in the Hot 100's top two in more than a year, since Hozier's "Take Me to Church" spent its third and final week at its number 2 peak on the January 3, 2015, Hot 100.[23]

"Stressed Out" is the first former Alternative Songs number one to top Mainstream Top 40 in more than two-and-a-half-years, since Lorde's "Royals" in 2013. It was the first by a duo or group to do so in nearly four years, since Fun's "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe) in 2012.[24]

In the United Kingdom, "Stressed Out" became the duo's first single to chart on the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number 34 and peaking at number 12.[25]

"Stressed Out" was the tenth best-performing single of 2016, with 9.9 million units (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) worldwide, according to the IFPI.[26]

Live performances[edit]

Twenty One Pilots performed "Stressed Out" on Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 14, 2015.[27] The song was part of their set list at Lollapalooza 2015.[28] Twenty One Pilots performed "Stressed Out" on their 2016 Emotional Roadshow World Tour in Ohio, Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of the band changed the lyrics of the first verse. In the changed lyrics, he talked about how he thought the song was overplayed, and the success of the song.[29]

Usage in media[edit]

The song is used in an episode of the television show Supergirl.[30]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Stressed Out" 3:22
CD single[31]
No. Title Length
1. "Stressed Out" 3:22
2. "Stressed Out" (Dave Winnel remix) 4:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Tyler Joseph – vocals, piano, programming, synthesizers, bass guitar
  • Josh Dun – drums, percussion

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[98] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[99] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[100] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[101] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[102] Platinum 60,000^
France (SNEP)[103] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[104] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[105] 4× Platinum 200,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[106] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[107] 3× Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[108] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[109] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[110] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[111] 5× Platinumdagger 2,519,000[112][113]double-dagger

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

dagger Since May 2013, RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[114]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide April 28, 2015
Fueled by Ramen [3]
United States November 10, 2015 Contemporary hit radio
  • Fueled by Ramen
  • RRP
[115]

See also[edit]

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