This Is War (song)

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"This Is War"
30 Seconds to War.jpg
Single by Thirty Seconds to Mars
from the album This Is War
Released March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
Format CD single, maxi single, digital download
Recorded 2008–2009
The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Alternative rock
Label Virgin, EMI
Songwriter(s) Jared Leto
Producer(s) Flood, 30 Seconds to Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"Kings and Queens"
"This Is War"
"Closer to the Edge"
"Kings and Queens"
"This Is War"
"Closer to the Edge"
This Is War track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Escape"
  2. "Night of the Hunter"
  3. "Kings and Queens"
  4. "This Is War"
  5. "100 Suns"
  6. "Hurricane"
  7. "Closer to the Edge"
  8. "Vox Populi"
  9. "Search and Destroy"
  10. "Alibi"
  11. "Stranger in a Strange Land"
  12. "L490"
Music video
"This Is War" on YouTube

"This Is War" is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, featured on their third studio album This Is War. Written by lead vocalist Jared Leto,[1] the song was released as the second single from the album to American radio on March 8, 2010,[2] and the physical single was released on March 26, 2010.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot on April 7, 2010. A 30-second teaser was released and the music video was set to premiere in June 2010. However, it was delayed. The film features 30 Seconds to Mars as US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. The video was supposedly leaked on April 1, 2011. In response to the leak, the band stated that they would release the full length video soon. On April 6, 2011, nearly a year after the video was shot, it was finally released. It shows the band dressed up as American soldiers patrolling the desert in an armored Humvee while showing scenes of war and leaders all while some unknown entity observes them and their action. Near the end of the video, various military vehicles (Humvees, tanks, fighter airplanes, helicopters, battleships) are flying seemingly uncontrollably above the men, towards a pile. The group's own Humvee gets sucked into the pile. The objects smashing into the pile get temporarily crushed but assume their normal un-crushed form after a second. As the camera shows the forming pile from afar, it is revealed that it forms into a huge pyramid, hovering over the desert. The video was directed by Edouard Salier. It won the Video of the Year Award on MSN Latinoamérica.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jared Leto. Promo (February 1, 2010)[2]

  1. "This Is War" (album version) – 5:27

EU CD single (March 26, 2010)[3]

  1. "This Is War" (album version) – 5:27
  2. "Hurricane" (LA Mix) By Emma Ford and Natalie Loren aka "Luxury Kills" – 5:49

Digital download EP[5]

  1. "This Is War" (Album Version) – 5:47
  2. "This Is War" (Radio Edit) – 4:46
  3. "Night of the Hunter" (Static Revenger Redux) – 4:57

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Austria[3] March 26, 2010 EMI Music
Italy EMI Music/Virgin
Germany[14] EMI Music
United Kingdom[16] March 28, 2010 EMI Music/Virgin
United States

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "This Is War" (booklet). Thirty Seconds to Mars. Virgin Records. 2009. 9651112. 
  2. ^ a b "FMQB: Modern Rock - Available for Airplay". FMQB. 2010-03-08. Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "This Is War - EMI - Gute Musik ist besser". EMI Music Austria. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "This Is War – EP". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  6. ^ a b c d "This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  7. ^ a b "30 Seconds to Mars - Chart - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  8. ^ a b "30 Seconds to Mars: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  9. ^ "This Is War - 30 Seconds to Mars | AllMusic". 
  10. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". 
  11. ^ Megacharts. "Dutch Tipparade". Megacharts. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  13. ^ "American single certifications – 30 Seconds to Mars – This Is War". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 May 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "This Is War - EMI - Gute Musik ist besser". EMI Music Germany. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  15. ^ "This Is War - EMI - Gute Musik ist besser". EMI Music Switzerland. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  16. ^ Dan (2010-03-23). "Kerrang! The Playlist - This Week's Essential Tracks!". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  17. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - Dragon Age: Origins trailer". The In Sound From Way Out. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  18. ^ Rainier (2009-12-11). "Rock Band (ALL) Gets Green Day, 30 Seconds to Mars and All-American Rejects". Worthplaying. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Something Witty Entertainment (2013-03-29). "SAO Abridged Parody: Episode 01". Retrieved 2017-05-18. 

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