Thunder (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Thunder"
Imagine Dragons Thunder.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Evolve
B-side "Believer"
Released April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27)
Format
Genre Synth-pop[1]
Length 3:07
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Alex Da Kid
  • Jayson DeZuzio
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Believer"
(2017)
"Thunder"
(2017)
"Whatever It Takes"
(2017)

"Believer"
(2017)
"Thunder"
(2017)
"Whatever It Takes"
(2017)
Music video
"Thunder" on YouTube

"Thunder" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released by Interscope Records and Kidinakorner on April 27, 2017, as the second single from their third studio album, Evolve (2017).[2] It was written by Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman and its producers Alexander Grant and Jayson DeZuzio. "Thunder" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 becoming the band's fourth single to reach the top ten after "Radioactive", "Demons" and "Believer" in that country. It also reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, and the top 20 in Finland, France, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was released on May 2, 2017 on the Imagine Dragons' YouTube channel; the video was shot in Dubai, filmed in black and white.[3] It features the band's lead vocalist Dan Reynolds singing and dancing among other extraterrestrials around in a futuristic city. It was directed by Joseph Kahn. As of September 2018, the video has over 890 million views.[4][5]

Live performances[edit]

"Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke"
ThunderYoungDumbBroke.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons and Khalid
Released December 20, 2017
Format Digital download
Recorded 2017
Length 4:11
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Alex Da Kid
  • Joel Little
  • Jayson DeZuzio
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Whatever It Takes"
(2017)
"Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke"
(2017)
"Next to Me"
(2018)

"Whatever It Takes"
(2017)
"Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke"
(2017)
"Next to Me"
(2018)
Khalid singles chronology
"Homemade Dynamite"
(2017) Homemade Dynamite2017
"Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke"
(2017) Thunder/Young Dumb & Broke2017
"Love Lies"
(2018) Love Lies2018

Imagine Dragons performed the song at the 2017 American Music Awards, in a medley with singer Khalid's song "Young Dumb & Broke", with Khalid joining them for the performance.[6] A little over a month later, on December 20, a studio version of the mash-up was released.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Thunder" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.[8][9] The single has also reached number one in Belarus, the Czech Republic and Latvia and the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland. It topped the Billboard Hot Rock Songs (nineteen weeks so far),[8][10] Alternative Songs (three weeks so far),[11] Adult Top 40 (four weeks so far), and the Mainstream Top 40 (for one week) charts.[12]

The song became the ninth best-selling song in the United States, with 1,189,000 copies sold in the year.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard critics listed it as the No. 84 best song of 2017.[14]

Usage in media[edit]

"Thunder" is used in the trailer for the 2018 animated film "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies", along with "Watch Me".[15]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[16]
No.TitleLength
1."Thunder"3:07
Digital download – official remix[17]
No.TitleLength
1."Thunder" (official remix) (with K.Flay)3:15
CD single[18]
No.TitleLength
1."Thunder"3:08
2."Believer"3:22
Digital download – medley[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Thunder / Young Dumb & Broke" (medley) (with Khalid)4:11

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[79] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[80] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Belgium (BEA)[81] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[82] 6× Platinum 480,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[83] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[84] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[85] 3× Gold 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[86] 4× Platinum 200,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[87] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[88] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Portugal (AFP)[89] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[90] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[91] 5× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[92] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States N/A 1,189,000[13]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States April 27, 2017 Digital download [16]
Italy May 26, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Universal [93]
United States September 8, 2017 Digital download – official remix
  • Kidinakorner
  • Interscope
[17]
September 11, 2017 Hot adult contemporary radio [94]
September 19, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [95]
December 20, 2017 Digital download – medley [7]

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