I’m On Top Of The World with Imagine Dragons

It’s time for a happy dance song today! “Get up now, get up now”! The band Imagine Dragons is a hugely popular Indie-Rock Band that got their start in little ole Provo, Utah when they won the 2008 BYU “Battle of the Bands” competition. Yep, two of the 4 band members are Mormons; Dan Reynolds (vocalist) & Wayne Sermon (guitarist). They are on record [Deseret News article] saying that it hasn’t been difficult to be Mormon and in the rock music industry, and that their religion is respected. The band avoids using profanity in their music and shows. The band is now home-based in Las Vegas.

Ben McKee, Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds and Dan Platzman of Imagine Dragons win Best Rock Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon and Dan Platzman of Imagine Dragons win Best Rock Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

“I think we try to write music that takes the listener through a whole range of emotions. Some songs are sad, some are uplifting, some are introspective. Above all, we try to write music that helps people cope with what can be a very hard life at times. We want to connect with the listener through the only means of communication we understand — art.” – Dan Reynolds

Billboard magazine called the band “One of 2012’s brightest new stars.” Their hit song “On Top Of The World” released in 2012 which quickly climbed to the top of the charts and is still widely played today.

Music Video Trivia

The video “On Top of the World” satirizes a popular conspiracy theory that the 1969 Apollo moon landings were fake, and that Stanley Kubrick directed them, then made references to the fakery in various of his subsequent films. In the music video, a rock band similar to the Beatles (played by the members of Imagine Dragons) pretend to be astronauts for the faked moon landing. The taping goes awry as fans of the band stream into the sound stage and turn the event into a rock concert, much to the chagrin of Kubrick and President Richard Nixon, who is also on hand; but no one watching at home seems to realize that anything is amiss. The video also briefly references another popular conspiracy theory from around the same time, that Beatles member Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike.

The video was filmed in Provo, Utah, Imagine Dragons’ original hometown, and includes cameos from various celebrities associated with Provo or Brigham Young University, including Jon Heder, the cast of the TV show Studio C, guitarist Robbie Connolly, and members of The New Electric Sound. Actor Whit Hertford plays Kubrick, and singer Aja Volkman, Imagine Dragons ‘frontman’ Dan Reynolds’ wife, appears as Reynolds’ character’s wife.

I’ve probably heard this song a hundred times but I’d never actually watched the video until today. OK, it’s awesome! Totally made me smile.

I love this song, it always makes me feel happy and want to get up and dance! It reminds us that life is good, and full of possibilities. We should continue to chase our dreams, get up if we fall, and never forget to tell the people in our lives how much we love them! Enjoy! – MoSop

“I’m On Top Of The World” – Lyrics

If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They just may run away from you

You’ll never know quite when, well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

Oooooooo… OoooAhhhhhOoooAhhhhh[2x]

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

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