We Are Young” is a song by American indie pop band Fun, and featuring American singer Janelle Monáe. The song was released on September 20, 2011, as the first single from Fun’s second studio album Some Nights. The song was the first to be written for the band’s second album and was the first to be recorded, setting a template for the rest of the sessions that created the record. “We Are Young” is a “grandiose alternative number, built on theatrical orchestration and a propulsive, immediate chorus that beams with inspirational effect.”
The track initially only gained attention from online media, but was soon covered by the television show Glee. With the Glee version having success on the charts, the song was licensed for use in a Chevrolet spot to air during Super Bowl XLVI. The single soon bolstered the band into mainstream success, topping the digital charts in February 2012 and becoming a crossover hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 through airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. “We Are Young” has been certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America and has been widely credited for propelling the band into popularity, after some minor success with their debut album Aim and Ignite in 2009. The song is Fun’s and Monáe’s first number-one single and her only single to reach the top ten of the Hot 100.
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