Howlin' for You

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"Howlin' for You"
Single by The Black Keys
from the album Brothers
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2011
RecordedMuscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Songwriter(s)Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney
Producer(s)The Black Keys, Mark Neill
The Black Keys singles chronology
"Next Girl"
"Howlin' for You"
"Lonely Boy"
Music video
"Howlin' For You" on YouTube

"Howlin' for You" is a song by The Black Keys from the band's sixth album, Brothers.

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Howlin' for You" is featured on the soundtrack of the EA Sports video games, NHL 11, NHL Slapshot and Need for Speed Payback. The song is featured in the films and in TV commercials for The Dilemma, Limitless, The Guilt Trip, Moneyball, Dark Shadows, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, and Deadpool. It is used as the theme song to the Australian police drama television series, Cops L.A.C., and has been featured in American television series, CSI: Miami, Detroit 1-8-7, Entourage, Once Upon a Time, Prime Suspect, Chuck, Necessary Roughness, Suits, Lucifer, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Chicago Code. MLB's Toronto Blue Jays used it as their home run song (except for José Bautista), and the NHL's Arizona Coyotes use it as their goal song.[1] The song was also featured in NBA 2K14.

The song was used in a feature on Sky Sports coverage of the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix. Samsung also used this in the Galaxy Note 8 promo and launch event livestream and is also being used in the ad for the Galaxy Note 8.

The song was also used in the Honda CRV commercial.

The song's beat is based on Gary Glitter's 1972 song "Rock and Roll (Part 2)".[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

An official video was released for the song,[2][3] the music video—a parody of a sexploitation film trailer—was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, starring Tricia Helfer, Diora Baird, Sean Patrick Flanery, Christian Serratos, Corbin Bernsen, Todd Bridges, and Shaun White, as well as Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the band in the role of "Las Teclas de Negro" (Spanish for "The Black Keys").

A behind-the-scenes interview with Piliero, filmed during production of the video, has tongue-in-cheek commentary and brief clips of the cast members describing their characters.[4]

The video was one of five nominees for the 2011 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video.[5]


Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 50
Canada Rock (Billboard)[7] 2
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[8] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 5
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 9
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 39


  1. ^ Sperounes, Sandra (2012-05-08). "Black Keys are everywhere — including Edmonton". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  2. ^ "Howlin' for You (Official Music Video)". Warner Bros. Records. February 10, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Howlin' for You: IMDB page". February 10, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Howlin' for You Behind-the-Scenes". March 31, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "2011 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Rock Video Nominees". Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.