The World We Live In (song)

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"The World We Live In"
Single by The Killers
from the album Day & Age
B-side Joy Ride - Night Version
Released May 18, 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:40
Label Island
The Killers singles chronology
"Joseph, Better You Than Me"
"The World We Live In"
"A Dustland Fairytale"

"The World We Live In" is a song by American rock band The Killers, taken from the band's third studio album Day & Age (2008), it was released as the third single in the UK and Europe. In North America and the rest of the world, "A Dustland Fairytale" is the third single.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Danny Drysdale, who also directed the music video "Human" from the same album. It was shot in Banff, Alberta, Canada in April 2009 and was premiered on MTV Two on May 15, 2009.[2]

A book in the video titled The Wilder side of Gold and Glitz is taken from a lyric from "Neon Tiger".

TV performances[edit]

On May 29, The Killers performed "The World We Live In" on UK TV show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. They also performed "Human" and an impromptu "Mr. Brightside" and "When You Were Young".[3][4] Frontman Brandon Flowers was also interviewed.[5]

In July 2009, the song was used by ITV4 in their closing montage of coverage of the Tour de France 2009.

On September 8, 2009, the song was heard in the closing montage of the series premiere of Melrose Place.


  1. "The World We Live In" - 4:40
  2. "Joy Ride - Night Version" - 7:16 (free download with 7" vinyl)[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[7] 78
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[8] 82

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide November 23, 2008 Digital download Island Records
Europe June 19, 2009 Digital EP
United Kingdom May 18, 2009 7 inch vinyl Mercury Records


  1. ^ "Dustland for North America". Billboard. Retrieved April 2009. 
  2. ^ "World We Live In Video". YouTube. Retrieved May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Ross Part 1". YouTube. Retrieved June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Ross Part 2". YouTube. Retrieved June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Ross Interview". YouTube. Retrieved June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Joy Ride 'The Night Version'". Vertigo Records. Retrieved May 2009. 
  7. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200927 into search.
  8. ^ "[1]". OCC. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.