The Killers' 'Mr Brightside' Is 13 Years Old And Still Hasn't Left the Charts

We've all been there, haven't we.

"Coming out of my cage

And I've been doing just fine

Gotta gotta be down

Because I want it all

Half-cut, a battery farm of bodies gyrating on the dance floor, one of our arms stretched out - 'this is emotion, this is really fucking good', we think - as the other arm come ups so that the can of same-temperature-as-your-clenched-hand beer comes up to our lips, as our eyes look over to whoever to neck next.

"It started out with a kiss

How did it end up like this

It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss

Now I'm falling asleep

And she's calling a cab"

This was the sound of our 18th parties, this was the sound of freshers' weeks and, hell, this will probably end up being the sound of our 50th wedding anniversaries.

'Mr Brightside'. The song that refused to go away. No matter where you go: the pub or club. The one indie song that even your shit hometown DJ - who usually deals only in chart music - still decides to play near the end of the night.

"While he's having a smoke

And she's taking a drag

"Now they're going to bed

And my stomach is sick

And it's all in my head"

Released in 2003, then re-released in 2004, when it hit number 10 in the UK charts and 10 in the US charts, you might think it's chart success is relatively small compared to its popularity. But that's where you'd be wrong.

"But she's touching his chest

Now, he takes off her dress

Now, let me go"

See, over a decade on from first being released, the song regularly re-enters the UK top 100 thanks to changes in the chart ranking system, which means it now takes into account listens on streaming sites such as Spotify as well as physical purchases.

"I just can't look its killing me

And taking control

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea

Swimming through sick lullabies.

Choking on your alibis"

Unsurprisingly, it was named 'Song of the Decade' by UK radio stations Absolute Radio and XFM, and in April 2010 revealed that it was the most listened to track since the launch of the online music service.

With over 12.2 million plays.With 26 million streams it is the most streamed song of the 00s.

But it's just the price I pay

Destiny is calling me

Open up my eager eyes"

In fact, with 166 weeks each, 'Mr Brightside' and 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol have spent the most time in the UK Top 100.

"Cause I'm Mr Brightside"

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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