Whatever It Takes (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Whatever It Takes"
Whatever It Takes Imagine Dragons.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Evolve
B-side"Thunder" (official remix)
ReleasedOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
Format
Length3:21
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Joel Little
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Thunder"
(2017)
"Whatever It Takes"
(2017)
"Next to Me"
(2018)
Music video
"Whatever It Takes" on YouTube

"Whatever It Takes" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released on May 8, 2017, as a promotional single through Kidinakorner and Interscope. It later became the third single from the band's third studio album, Evolve, on October 6, 2017. It was also the official theme song for WWE's PPV event Battleground, in addition to its inclusion in the video game Madden NFL 18. The song was sent to US contemporary hit radio on February 13, 2018.

Background[edit]

The song was announced alongside the name and album art of Evolve via Twitter on May 9, 2017.[1]

In October 2017, they performed the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[2]

In February 2018, Imagine Dragons asked Conservative Political Action Conference to stop using "Whatever It Takes" on their conference website.[3][4]

On May 30, 2018, they performed the song live before game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals at T-Mobile Arena in their hometown of Las Vegas.[5]

The National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Utah Jazz frequently play the song prior to tip-off of every home game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on October 12, 2017. It was directed by Matt Eastin and Aaron Hymes. Eastin had also previously directed the music videos for Imagine Dragons' songs "On Top of the World", "Roots", and "Believer". The video begins with lead singer Dan Reynolds swimming through a room filled with water. It then cuts to a scene in which Reynolds and the band are playing in the same room; however, it is not filled with water in this scene. As they perform the chorus of the song, the roof crumbles and rain starts pouring in. Throughout the video, the rain persists and the room eventually fills completely with water. However, the band still plays. As Reynolds sings, objects such as boxing gloves and keys float by him along with two people who are seemingly sirens, tugging at him from both sides. Before the final chorus, the music stops and the band floats lifelessly on the water. When they break into song again, the stage has completely changed as the room is no longer underwater, but on fire as the band plays on it. As the video ends, everything is on fire and the music stops.[7] The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video award.

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian writes that "Whatever It Takes" was "written with a sports highlights package in mind ("I love the adrenaline in my veins", wails frontman Dan Reynolds, before chart pop's current obligatory chorus of "woah-ohs" enters)."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

As of May 15, 2018, the song has peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[11]
No.TitleLength
1."Whatever It Takes"3:21
CD single[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Whatever It Takes"3:22
2."Thunder" (official remix)3:17

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[64] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[65] Gold 15,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[66] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[67] 2× Platinum 160,000^
France (SNEP)[68] Platinum 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[69] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[70] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[71] Gold 3,000,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[73] 2× Platinum 1,000,000[72]

*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.
Various[a] May 8, 2017 Digital download [11]
United Kingdom October 6, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [74]
October 20, 2017 Digital download [75]
United States November 14, 2017 Adult album alternative radio [76]
Germany November 17, 2017 CD Single
[77]
United States December 5, 2017 Alternative radio
  • Kidinakorner
  • Interscope
[78]
February 13, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [79]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Release as a promotional single.

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