Wake Up (Arcade Fire song)

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"Wake Up"
Cover art for the single "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire.
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Funeral
Released November 14, 2005
Genre Indie rock
Length 5:33 (album version)
3:45 (radio edit)
Label Merge
Writer(s) Arcade Fire
Producer(s) Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Rebellion (Lies)"
"Wake Up"
"Black Mirror"

"Wake Up" is an indie rock song by Canadian rock band Arcade Fire. It was the fifth and final single released from the band's debut album, Funeral. The single was released as a one-sided 7" vinyl record on November 14, 2005.


NME ranked "Wake Up" as the 25th best song of the 2000s. Rolling Stone ranked "Wake Up" as the 42nd best song of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 22 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

As of February 2016, "Wake Up" holds the #7 spot on Rate Your Music's Top Singles of the 2000s.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

A live version of the song performed with David Bowie appears on the 2005 Live EP (Live at Fashion Rocks).

This song was played during the beginning of the U2's Vertigo Tour shows, usually followed by "City of Blinding Lights". A brief snippet of the song's pre-concert appearance opens U2's concert film Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago.

"Wake Up" was played as the pre-game intro song at New York Rangers games during the 2006–2007 season. It is currently used as the intro song for Premier League club Aston Villa, Football League Championship club Burnley and, since 2005, by Irish Premier League champions Linfield.

A new version of the song was recorded for and featured in the trailer for the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.[3]

Arcade Fire licensed "Wake Up" to play in commercials during Super Bowl XLIV. All proceeds from airing the song were donated to Partners in Health for relief efforts related to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. [4]

In 2010, the song was used on the Best Bits for Big Brother UK when the series ended after an 11 Year run.

The song was covered by Macy Gray on her 2012 release Covered.

The song concludes every Friday's episode of talk radio's The Dan Patrick Show.[5] and also opens the Garage Logic show on 1500 ESPN in Saint Paul, Minnesota

The song is in the film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

The song is covered in the bed music for the 2014 SNHU commercial. [6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wake Up" - 5:33


Additional musicians


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