Chasing The Sun

Album: The Wanted (2012)
Charted: 2 50

Songfacts®:

  • This club banger was released as the fourth US single by UK boyband The Wanted from their debut self-titled EP. It finds them declaring that nothing can stop them from going all the way. "They said this day wouldn't come, we refuse to run, we've only just begun, you'll find us chasing the sun," the boys croon. The song was dropped on April 5, 2012.
  • British rapper and singer Example wrote the song. Example admitted that he originally wrote it for Australian Dance-Pop singer Kylie Minogue, before deciding the tune would suit The Wanted more. He told UK newspaper The Daily Star: "When I wrote it, I was in a studio session for Kylie, so the verses were a bit spiritual. But when we finished I was like: 'This is The Wanted,' and didn't even bother running it past Kylie. I sent it straight over to their record label and they loved it." Here's a list of the Example songs in our database.
  • The Wanted's Jay McGuiness told MTV News: "Our song 'Chasing the Sun' is basically about the party that keeps on going."
  • This is the theme song for the 2012 Hollywood movie Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.
  • Speaking with UK newspaper The Daily Star, The Wanted's Max George admitted that the band think Example's original demo is better than the version they recorded. He said: "Example's version is better than ours. He thinks we can sell it better, which is true, but if we can sell it for him it'll be good for us and very nice for him too."
  • The song's lyrics about chasing drinks can also be interpreted as a family-friendly anthem about chasing dreams. This enabled The Wanted to film two videos, the first about partying with vampires, the second, which finds them performing on some icebergs. "I think this song, it can mean many things," Jay McGuiness explained to MTV News. "To some people, it is partying all night and chasing the sun the next morning. That's what that [first] video's about; the girls, the teeth are there, the vampires. So we're all there partying away. And that's one aspect of the song. Another aspect of the song is chasing your dreams, the unattainable acorn in the distance."

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