Believer (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Believer"
Imagine-Dragons-Believer-art.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Evolve
A-side "Thunder"
Released February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Studio Imagine Dragons Studio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 3:23
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Mattman & Robin
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Sucker for Pain"
(2016)
"Believer"
(2017)
"Thunder"
(2017)
"Sucker for Pain"
(2016)
"Believer"
(2017)
"Thunder"
(2017)
Music video
"Believer" on YouTube

"Believer" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released on February 1, 2017 through Interscope and Kidinakorner as the lead single from the band's third studio album, Evolve.[2]

"Believer" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's third top ten hit after "Radioactive" and "Demons". The song played heavily on advertisements such for the Nintendo Switch and various movie trailers and television shows.[3][4] It became the fifth best-selling song of 2017 in the United States.[5]

Background[edit]

In November 2016, Dan Reynolds told People that the song was inspired by his experiences with ankylosing spondylitis in 2015. He said that, "The meaning of the song is really reflecting on specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression—anything that was a source of pain in my life. And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on March 7, 2017 and features a boxing match between Dan Reynolds and Dolph Lundgren. It was directed by Matt Eastin and it features what seems to be a young Dan drawing on his notepad in scenes. It is obvious that Dan is losing, and he says that he wants to stop, with Dolph replying, "We can't," making it sound like they are forced to fight by a higher authority. It ends with Lundgren barely conscious, and we get to see what young Dan sketched: a symbol identical to the one on Lundgren’s chest, the “Evolve” symbol.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Believer" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Billboard Hot Rock Songs (29 weeks so far),[8] Alternative Songs (13 weeks so far),[9][10] and Adult Pop Songs (6 weeks).[11] Among component charts, it also topped Rock Airplay,[12] Rock Streaming Songs,[13] Rock Digital Sale Songs,[14] and Top TV Commercials Charts.[15] It also topped the Canada Alternative Rock Chart.[16] "Believer" broke the 14-year-old record for the most spins on the Mediabase Alternative chart.[17] "Believer" has reached the top ten in Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United States.

"Believer" was the number one song on several Billboard year-end charts, including the Hot Rock Songs chart, the Rock Airplay chart, and the Alternative Songs chart.[18][19][20] The song was the fifth best-selling song of 2017 in the United States, selling 1,598,000 copies in the year.[5]

Remixes[edit]

Kaskade remixed "Believer" in June 2017.[21]

Live performances[edit]

The first televised performance of "Believer" was executed on the March 22, 2017 airing of ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[22] They then performed the song at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[23]
No. Title Length
1. "Believer" 3:23
Digital download – Kaskade Remix[24]
No. Title Length
1. "Believer" (Kaskade Remix) 3:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[75] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[76] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[77] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[78] 6× Platinum 480,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[79] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[80] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[81] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[82] 4× Platinum 200,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[83] Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[84] Platinum 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[85] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[86] Platinum 40,000*
Sweden (GLF)[87] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[88] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States None 1,598,000[5]

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

Usage in media[edit]

The song was used in a Nintendo Switch commercial shown during Super Bowl LI.[89] The song was also used in a Bleacher Report video tribute to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[90] Dancing with the Stars contestant Bonner Bolton and his partner Sharna Burgess performed an Argentine tango to the song during the May 8, 2017 airing.[91] "Believer" also played during the season one finale of Riverdale and on the WWE 24: Finn Bálor documentary. The song appeared in the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express where its usage was met with mixed response.[92] It is also used in the Jeep Celebration Event TV Commercial[93].

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