by Muse

Album: The Resistance (2009)
Charted: 9 37
Play Video


  • This was the first single taken from English alternative rock band Muse's fifth studio album The Resistance.
  • Singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy described this to Mojo magazine August 2009, in a pre-release interview, as "like a heavy-rock take on Goldfrapp. It has football-style chanting, with all of us going 'Oi!' in time with the snare drum." He added laughing, "It's meant to be football hooligans chanting in protest at the banking situation."
  • Bellamy told MTV News that this is one of the key tracks on The Resistance. He explained: "It's the first track on the album, it kind of sums up what some of the album's about. You know, just sick of all these bloody bankers, politicians... just turning everything to a load of bol---ks. Just spending money on s--- and blowing everything. So it's kind of like a song that says, 'Take the power back, but have a good time at the same time.' Have a good time all the time, that's what we believe."
  • A number of reviewers have commented on the guitar riff's similarity to Blondie's "Call Me."
  • Bellamy expanded on this tune to The Sun September 16, 2009: "In the song you can hear the general feeling that we've been let down again by big institutions, which are supposed to be in positions of trust. Politicians obviously and bankers. I've got a flat in the center of London, which is right near all the embassies and I noticed protests on a regular basis. During the G20 protests, the UK, got closer to really making a dramatic change, a non violent revolution. I think the UK needs one and I hope it hasn't died down. Hopefully we can flame it up again."
  • This reached #1 on the Mediabase Alternative Rock radio chart, making it the British rock trio's first song to reach the top of any US chart.
  • The Vatican listed this as one of the institution's "12 Favorite Songs" as part of a playlist on MySpace Music. The other eleven songs include "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, the Vatican's own "Advocata Nostra," featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI and surprisingly "Changes" by American rapper Tupac Shakur. The list was put together by Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of St Paul's Multimedia, a church publisher. It is not known if the Pope has listened to all of the songs.
  • This self-produced hit won the Best Single award at the 2010 Music Producers Guild Awards in London. In his acceptance speech, Bellamy thanked some of the producers the band worked with on earlier albums, including John Leckie, for "showing us how you do it."
  • Muse made their Grammy debut playing this song at the 2011 awards ceremony, where they were introduced by Lenny Kravitz. Perhaps inspired by the recent uprising in Egypt, their performance had an anarchy theme, with a bunch of guys simulating mayhem below the band as they played. Later in the ceremony, The Resistance won for Best Rock Album.
  • This spent a remarkable 17 at #1 on the Alternative Songs chart. In 2018, Billboard listed it as the top song of all time on that tally.

Comments: 2

  • Thomas from Raleigh, Ncaccourding to wikipedia they said its inspired by dr who, Call Me and White wedding
  • Bradley from Winchester, NhThe synth melody is similar to the theme from the UK TV show "Doctor Who".
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Judas Priest

Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton talk twin guitar harmonies and explain how they create songs in Judas Priest.

Song Titles That Inspired Movies

Song Titles That Inspired MoviesSong Writing

Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.

Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson

Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonSongwriter Interviews

Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."

Bob Dylan Lyric Quiz

Bob Dylan Lyric QuizMusic Quiz

Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Bradley Cooper, Michael J. Fox, Rami Malek, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.