” Counting Stars ” is by One Republic, the American pop rock band formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the US.
The single was released on June 14, 2013, by Mosley and Interscope. It’s a fusion of folk and pop tunes, layered by peppy disco beats.
“ Counting Stars ” was penned Ryan Tedder, the band’s lead vocalist. The single is produced by Tedder along with American songwriter & record producer Noel Zancanella.
The track is a part of their third studio album, Native, which was released in the same year as the single. It is the third single released from the album.
The lyrics reflect the lonely, thoughtful, moments of our life when we stay awake in bed at night, stressing out over the mounting responsibilities and bills that we have to abide by. We all come across such moments in life where we spend hours contemplating how we can make both ends meet.
According to the statement of the band, there are some points in life where we spend sleepless nights pondering over how to make things work. So, instead of the traditional practice of counting sheep at night, the song talks about counting stars.
The music video was filmed on 10th May 2013, by James Lees. The video features the band itself performing the single on a dark ground floor, underneath a church congregation that is taking place on the top floor. As the video reaches its climax, we see a person falling from the top floor to space where One Republic is performing. The video even features an alligator making its way slowly to the dark ground floor.
“Counting Stars” holds the record of being the FIRST ever music video composed by a music band to reach up to one billion views.
As of 2018, the track has received 2.4 billion+ views on YouTube and is one of the most successful compositions by One Republic. With 8.2 million+ Likes, the song commands a great rank in YouTube’s list of top 20 most-liked videos. It holds the record of being the 14th top most watched video on YouTube.
The singles was a commercial success for One Republic. In the United States, it reached number two on Billboard Hot 100. It also Topped the Adult Top 40 and US Adult Contemporary charts.
In the United Kingdom, ” Counting Stars ” entered the UK Singles chart on the 17th of August 2013 and reached Number One, a spot it held for two weeks. The single spent twenty-three weeks in the Top Twenty and seventy-seven weeks in the Top 100 there.
The single also topped the chart in Brazil, Canada, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Poland and Slovakia.
( Chart positions are approx, the song may move up or down on the chart )
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
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