Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (Music Video)

  “Radioactive” is a song recorded by American indie rock band Imagine Dragons for their major-label debut EP Continued Silence and later on their debut studio album, Night Visions, as the opening track. “Radioactive” was first sent to radio on April 2, 2012 and again on October 29, 2012. Musically, ‘Radioactive’ is an indie rock song with elements of electronic rock and dubstep while containing cryptic lyrics of apocalypse and revolutionist themes. […]

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Radioactive” is a song recorded by American indie rock band Imagine Dragons for their major-label debut EP Continued Silence and later on their debut studio album, Night Visions, as the opening track. “Radioactive” was first sent to radio on April 2, 2012 and again on October 29, 2012.

Musically, ‘Radioactive’ is an indie rock song with elements of electronic rock and dubstep while containing cryptic lyrics of apocalypse and revolutionist themes. The song received critical acclaim from critics who praised the production, lyrics and the vocals. Due to heavy rotation on commercials and movie trailers, the song has so far reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming their second Top 20 single. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative songs.

Music video

The music video debuted on December 10, 2012.It was directed by Syndrome and features actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Alexandra Daddario and puppeteers by the studio Puppet Heap. The video revolves around a mysterious female drifter who is on a quest to save her friends (Imagine Dragons) from the perils of a sinister, underground puppet-fighting ring.

Critical reception

“Radioactive” was lauded by critics. Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio gave the song a rating of 4.5 out of 5, calling it “hook-y [and] emotional”, and stated that the “drama” and “excitement” of the song would allow “Radioactive” to appeal to both alternative pop fans and hard rockers. AbsolutePunk gave a positive review, calling the acoustic section of the song “haunting”, and called the chorus “hypnotizing”. Dara Hickey of Unreality Shout also reacted positively, calling the song the “darkest moment” on the album, and stated that, like all the other songs on the album, “Radioactive” was successful in creating a sound that “never fails to take off and send fists skyward”. IGN lauded the song, calling it “strangely intense and abrasive”, and stated that “Radioactive” was “perhaps the greatest calling card of Imagine Dragons”.Crave Online called the song an “opening throb”, saying that the song “sexes up the dub-flirtation with a verse hingeing on the line “this is it the apocalypse” and a triumphant chorus, with more than a few shades of Hip-Hop in the production”, and that the song was “radio-ready as they come”.Our Vinyl stated that the “power of this song is outstanding with heavy drums and more of an electronic feel than the rest of the album and strong, impressive vocals from front-man Dan Reynolds which are reciprocated throughout the LP”.Usage in media

Usage in media

“Radioactive” was immensely popularized when the song was used in promotional material for Ubisoft Montreal‘s fifth main entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed III.The feature, in turn, led to the mainstream popularity of Imagine Dragons, with the song initially charting following the release of trailers for Assassin’s Creed III featuring the song.The band performed the song live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2012) and also The Late Show with David Letterman (2013). In addition to being featured in commercials for upcoming 2013 premiere shows on History, the song has been used in various commercials for the NBC television series Chicago Fire, the 5-Kilometre zombie-themed obstacle course Run For Your Livesteasers for the European Outdoor Film Tour and trailers for the 2013 film The Host, based on the novel by the same name by Twilight Saga writer,Stephenie Meyer.The song was also used as the theme song for the Combat Zone Wrestling Event Cage of Death XIV. The song is used as the theme song for the new hit show Inside Combat Rescue on the National Geographic Channel about the Air Forces’ special operations force the pararescuers. The song is included in the soundtrack for the video game MLB 13: The Show. The song was also used in the first part of the Africa Special in series 19 of the BBC programme Top Gear. It was also covered by violinist Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix.

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)
47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)
39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)
27
Canada (Alternative Rock)
        2
Denmark (Tracklisten)
6
France (SNEP)
101
Germany (Media Control AG)
23
Ireland (IRMA)
       44
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)
99
Norway (VG-lista)
        2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)
1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)
27
US Billboard Hot 100
17
US Rock Songs (Billboard)
        2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)           1

Lyrics

“Radioactive”

I’m waking up to ash and dust I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust I’m breathing in the chemicalsI’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus This is it, the apocalypse WhoaI’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’re painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn’t died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive



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