Best Day of My Life

Album: American Authors (2013)
Charted: 17 11
  • American Authors are an Indie Rock band who first got together in 2006 while attending Berklee College of Music. They comprise vocalist Zachary Barnett, guitarist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name The Blue Pages before relocating to New York in 2010. They released two albums, Anthropology and Rich With Love, but decided that the name wasn't working for them so they came up with American Authors and landed a record deal with Mercury Records. This is their second single after signing to the label.
  • The song was originally marketed to Alternative radio stations, but interest soared at other formats following its exposure in a Lowe's TV advert. It has also featured in a UK Hyundai commercial and a Telecom New Zealand campaign, as well as being placed in the trailer for the Vince Vaughn movie, Delivery Man.
  • Barnett told Billboard magazine the story of the song. "It was a really fun song to write," he said. "It's actually pieces from five different songs that we just combined. At first we didn't know if it worked or not, so we sat on it for a while, but when we came back to it we realized, 'This is really cool. We think we have something special here.'"
  • Barnett explained the song's meaning to American Songwriter magazine: "We wanted to tell this story of how no matter what's going on- whether you're stuck at your job or having a bad day- there's always an escape from that, and there's always a way to make any day the best day of your life. It's about escaping reality and entering into that dream world."
  • The song featured in the 2013 Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


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