Top Ten Imagine Dragons Songs
This weekend on 92.9, we are bringing you the Top 10 Imagine Dragons songs.
Imagine Dragons is a four-piece rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada comprising vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist D Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel "Z" Platzma.
Continued Silence (2012)
After recording three buzzed about EPs, Imagine Dragons signed to major label Interscope Records in November 2011. They linked up with producer Alex Da Kid to record Continued Silence, their first major label release. This is the lead single from the EP. Reynolds says the song is "about self-empowerment and staying true to your roots." Reynolds wrote the inspirational anthem in his kitchen as he dealt with a bout of depression. "I was dropping out of college, making some changes, and it wasn't the peak of my life," he said. "I was just trying to write a song for myself.
This song finds Dan Reynolds choosing to be cold hearted as a defense mechanism to stand up to all the hardship that comes his way. The song stays true to Imagine Dragons formula of contemplative verses and soaring choruses laced with explosive drums. It is especially close to the band's 2017 hit tune "Believer," which has a similar theme of inspirational lyrics about overcoming emotional pain.
Born To Be Yours
The lyrics of this song see the narrator/singer (Dan Reynolds) telling his love interest that the reason he was born was to be hers. And even though she takes him for a fool, he exists solely to love her. This track marks the first time the two musical acts have worked together. According to Kygo, working with Imagine Dragons on this track was an honor to him since they are one of his favorite bands.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds married Aja Volkman, lead singer of the band Nico Vega, on March 5, 2011. On April 26, 2018, Reynolds announced that he and Volkman would be getting a divorce, but the couple decided to hold off from signing the divorce papers and got back together again. Reynolds and Volkman wrote this vulnerable rock ballad about their frayed relationship before their separation. "Bad Liar" was released on November 6, 2018, the same day that Reynolds and Volkman announced they were dating once again.
Throughout his life, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has struggled with depression, along with ADD, anxiety issues and a chronic inflammatory condition called ankylosing spondylitis. For the first song from the band's third album, he sings about dealing with his emotional problems. "This last year has really been the most centered and positive of my life," said Reynolds. "This song explains my realization that the emotional pain I faced the last few years actually helped me progress to this healthier mental space - that adversity truly is what helps you become a believer in yourself."
Night Visions (2012)
The song logged 61 weeks on the Hot 100. In doing so, Imagine Dragons became the first act to have two songs that spend at least 60 weeks on the chart. It finds lead singer Dan Reynolds warning a loved one not to get too close to him as he is "dark inside." He is more than aware of his imperfections and wants to protect the loved one from himself.
Whatever It Takes
This ode to ambition finds Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds striving to be the best regardless of the obstacles. Reynolds wants to accomplish something with his life and is ready to Evolve. The song is about recovering from past pain. "It's about overcoming my own self-confidence issues that I've had since I was young," Dan Reynolds said. This won for Best Rock Video at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Night Visions (2012)
Imagine Dragons open their debut album, Night Visions, with this track on the subject of embracing change. Dan Reynolds sings about the realization that the world is becoming different and breaking free by doing something new. The song climbed into the Hot 100's top five in its 42nd week on the chart, setting a record for the slowest ascent to the region in the chart's history. This won for Best Rock Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2014.
On Top Of The World
Night Visions (2012)
This upbeat track finds Imagine Dragons celebrating a breakthrough for the band after striving for years to become successful. The song originally appeared on the band's major-label debut EP Continued Silence, before appearing on their debut studio album Night Visions. The visual also contains a number of several blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments, "It's a very different video; if you've watched our videos, you know to expect the unexpected. But I think this is my favorite," frontman Dan Reynolds said of the music video.
Here, Dan Reynolds sings about having big dreams of being a star on stage as a kid. He recalls being laughed by his classmates for such ambitions, but in the second verse, the Dragons frontman flips the script on those who mocked him. "Thunder" logged its 52nd week on the Hot 100 dated May 5, 2018. It was Imagine Dragons' fourth song to spend at least a year on the chart, an unprecedented achievement. The band was already the first act with three such hits: "Radioactive," "Demons," and "Believer."