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Heathens Song

"Heathens"
Twentyonepilotsheathens.jpg
Single by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Suicide Squad: The Album
ReleasedJune 16, 2016 (2016-06-16)
Format
Recorded2016
GenreRap rock[1]
Length3:15
LabelAtlantic
Tyler Joseph
Twenty One Pilots singles chronology
"Ride"
(2016)
"Heathens"
(2016)
"Heavydirtysoul"
(2016)
Suicide Squad singles chronology
"Heathens"
(2016)
"Sucker for Pain"
(2016)
Audio sample
Music video
"Heathens" on YouTube

"Heathens" is a song by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, released as the lead single for the motion picture soundtrack for the film Suicide Squad (2016) on June 16, 2016, through Atlantic Records.[2][3] The song was written by Tyler Joseph and produced by him along with Mike Elizondo. "Heathens" peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying with "Stressed Out" for the duo's highest charting single to date. "Heathens" was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 59th annual awards ceremony.

Background

On June 15, 2016, the song was leaked through a Reddit post.[4] Later that same day, Twenty One Pilots tweeted a message in Morse code which read "takeitslow",[5] a lyric taken from the song "Heathens".[6] The following day, June 16, it was revealed that the song would be featured on the motion picture soundtrack for the 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. The soundtrack was released on August 5, 2016.[7]

Composition

"Heathens" is a rap rock and alternative hip hop song that lasts for a duration of three minutes and fifteen seconds.[1][9] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Music, the song is written in the time signature of common time, with a moderate tempo of 90 beats per minute.[9] It is composed in the key of E minor, while Tyler Joseph's vocal range spans one octave and two notes, from a low of E4 to a high of G5.[9] The song follows a basic sequence of C-Am-E in the verses and C-Em-Am-Em during the refrain as its chord progression.[9] "Heathens" harbors an anthemic, grandiose rap rock soundscape.[10]

Commercial performance

The song peaked in the runner-up position for four consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100,[11] but was kept out of the top spot by The Chainsmokers' "Closer", becoming the duo's second top 5 single on the Hot 100. It is the band's highest peaking single, tied with "Stressed Out". It spent 18 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100 before it dropped out on December 31, 2016.

With "Ride" charting at number five and "Heathens" at four in the same week, Twenty One Pilots had become the third rock act with simultaneous top five Hot 100 singles in the chart's 58-year history, following only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, as well as the first duo in three years.[12][13] "Heathens" reached number one on the Hot Rock Songs chart, and holds the record for longest running single at number one, spending 30 weeks at the summit. The song also peaked at number one on the Alternative Songs chart, and reached the top 20 in a variety of other charts. As of September 2017, "Heathens" has sold over 2.1 million copies in the US.[14]

The song had also reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. "Heathens" also made it into the top 10 in more than 15 different countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland.

Music video

On June 21, 2016, the official music video, directed by Andrew Donoho, was uploaded to the Fueled by Ramen YouTube channel.[15] It shows Joseph singing the song in Belle Reve, a fictional prison in the DC Universe, with Dun appearing while playing drums in the course of the video. Joseph makes his way to a small stage in the middle of a room, where Dun is already on the stage playing the drums. Joseph then picks up a floating bass guitar and begins playing it while the prisoners leave their cells and watch the duo perform the remainder of the song. At the end of the video, Joseph is sitting in the room alone as the prison security guards surround him. Throughout the music video, various clips of Suicide Squad are played. As of February 2020, the video has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube. It also has over 9.0 million likes and is the second video by Twenty One Pilots to pass this amount.

The clip won an award for Best Rock Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.[16]

Live performances

The band performed "Heathens" for the first time in concert at The Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 28, 2016, as part of their Emotional Roadshow World Tour.[17] The song was later performed as part of the band's appearance on episode two of Saturday Night Live's forty-second season.[18]

Covers

Chigaco-based rapper Vic Mensa performed a freestyle over the instrumental of the track.[19] Opening with the band's chorus, the "heathens freestyle" features Mensa rapping for two minutes straight.[20] His haunting verse touches on real-life violence, providing insight into what he experienced first-hand growing up on the South Side of Chicago.[19][20] The song's lyrics contain self-referential jokes regarding his sampling of Twenty One Pilots as well as a reference to the film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.[20] Vic Mensa appeared in a cover art inspired by The Joker to accompany the freestyle.[19] "Heathens" was covered by rock band Halestorm, for their cover album, Reanimate 3.0, released on January 6, 2017.[21] The song was also covered by the Belgian indie pop band Blondfire.[22] The song was featured in Twenty One Pilots Mashup by Kurt Hugo Schneider featuring VoicePlay.[23]

Usage in media

Seven days after the song's release, it was used to accompany television advertisements for the American TV show Chicago P.D. on RTÉ2,[24] and was used to accompany the first half of a Problem Gambling documentary created by Davy Glennon, aired on Claire Byrne Live on November 22, 2016.[25][26]

Track listing

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Heathens"3:15
CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Heathens"3:15
2."Heathens" (DISTO remix)3:39
3."Heathens" (instrumental)3:15
4."Heathens" (TV track)3:15
5."Heathens" (a cappella)3:15
6."Heathens" (radio edit)3:15

Personnel

  • Tyler Joseph - vocals, piano, bass guitar, guitar, synthesizers, programming, keyboards
  • Josh Dun - drums, percussion

Additional musicians

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[110] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[111] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[112] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[113] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[114] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[115] Diamond 233,333*
Germany (BVMI)[116] 3× Gold 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[117] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[118] Platinum 30,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[119] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[120] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[121] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[122] 7× Platinum 2,123,052[14]

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

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide June 16, 2016 Atlantic
United States[3] June 20, 2016 Contemporary hit radio

See also

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