The first time I heard this song it was the soundtrack to a Chevy commercial, and I knew it would be a hit. The main hook is too good to fail. But the commercial edit doesn’t prepare you for the way the song starts off sounding like a Billy Joel or Relient K ballad (“my seat’s been taken by sunglasses”) before left hooking you with its huge Freddie Mercury anthem. And then Janelle Monáe kicks it up another level.
“We Are Young” has had 65 million views on YouTube. Safe to say that it’s a hit.