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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - PUMPED UP KICKS (SONG)
Label:SME
Entry:04/09/2011 (Position 43)
Last week in charts:22/04/2012 (Position 48)
Peak:1 (1 weeks)
Weeks:34
Place on best of all time:88 (1008 points)
Year:2010
Music/Lyrics:Mark Foster
Producer:Mark Foster
World wide:
ch  Peak: 17 / weeks: 46
de  Peak: 9 / weeks: 31
at  Peak: 3 / weeks: 23
fr  Peak: 10 / weeks: 82
nl  Peak: 35 / weeks: 17
be  Peak: 30 / weeks: 6 (Vl)
  Peak: 40 / weeks: 1 (Wa)
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 34
nz  Peak: 6 / weeks: 27

CD-Single
Columbia 88691906852



Cover

TRACKS
04/04/2011
Promo - Digital Columbia - (Sony)
1. Pumped Up Kicks
3:40
   
11/11/2011
CD-Single Columbia 88691906852 (Sony) / EAN 0886919068528
1. Pumped Up Kicks (Album Version)
3:59
2. Pumped Up Kicks (Radio Edit)
3:40
   

AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING MEDIA
VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
3:58Foster The People EPColumbia
-
Single
Digital
18/01/2011
3:53Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 18ABC
5332396
Compilation
CD
04/03/2011
3:40Pumped Up Kicks [Promo]Columbia
-
Single
Digital
04/04/2011
Album Version3:53FM4 Soundselection: 24Ariola
88697903722
Compilation
CD
27/05/2011
3:59TorchesColumbia
88697744572
Album
CD
24/06/2011
3:58RestUrlaubColumbia
88697946272
Album
CD
05/08/2011
3:56Life Is Music 2011.2Universal
533.561-4
Compilation
CD
02/09/2011
3:55Now That's What I Call Music! 40 [US]Capitol
0957562
Compilation
CD
08/11/2011
Album Version3:59Pumped Up KicksColumbia
88691906852
Single
CD-Single
11/11/2011
Radio Edit3:40Pumped Up KicksColumbia
88691906852
Single
CD-Single
11/11/2011
3:56So Fresh: The Hits Of Summer 2012 + The Best Of 2011Sony
88697937832
Compilation
CD
18/11/2011
3:59Bravo - The Hits 2011Polystar
06007 5336779
Compilation
CD
18/11/2011
3:58NRJ Hits 2012WEA
505249899152
Compilation
CD
25/11/2011
3:40Pure FM volume 2 - Good Music Makes Good PeopleUniversal
5336999
Compilation
CD
25/11/2011
4:00Torches [Tour Edition]Columbia
88691923002
Album
CD
01/12/2011
The Knocks Speeding Bullet Remix4:39Torches [Tour Edition]Columbia
88691923002
Album
CD
01/12/2011
4:00Booom 2012 - Die Hit-Explosion - The FirstAriola
88697987772
Compilation
CD
16/12/2011
3:54Ö3 Greatest Hits Vol. 56Universal
533 718 4
Compilation
CD
23/12/2011
3:58NRJ Music Awards 2012UMSM
5337208
Compilation
CD
23/12/2011
3:53NRJ 200% Hits 2012UMSM
5337712
Compilation
CD
13/02/2012
The Knocks Speeding Bullet Remix4:39Club Sounds Vol. 60Sony
88691911062
Compilation
CD
17/02/2012
4:33Tubes 2012 Vol. 3Smart
88691946852
Compilation
CD
27/02/2012
3:58Best Of 2012 - Spring. FrühlingshitsEMI
6217522
Compilation
CD
02/03/2012
3:40RTL Frühlingshits | 2012Sony
88691922182
Compilation
CD
09/03/2012
3:41The Dome Vol. 61Polystar
06007 5338016 (1)
Compilation
CD
16/03/2012
3:41Energy NRJ Hit Music Only! - Best Of 2012 Vol. 1Warner
5053105-1366-2-9
Compilation
CD
23/03/2012
3:59We Love Real MusicPolystar
06007 5338222 6
Compilation
CD
30/03/2012
3:41NRJ Total Hits 2012Smart
88691959612
Compilation
CD
02/04/2012
3:40Berlin - Tag & NachtAriola
88691972122
Compilation
CD
20/04/2012
The Knocks Speeding Bullet Remix4:38Urban Dance 3Ariola
88691911102
Compilation
CD
20/04/2012
3:56Radio Pilatus Hit 600 Vol. 2/2012EMI
6247172
Compilation
CD
25/05/2012
3:58Un maxx de tubes 2012 Vol. 2WEA
5053105273423
Compilation
CD
08/06/2012
3:55Chérie FM - Summer 2012UMSM
533 950 7
Compilation
CD
16/07/2012
3:39Discobar Galaxie - Are You Ready 4 Some Super Soul [The Galaxie's Guide To The Discobar - Soul Essentials]ARS
533994-5
Compilation
CD
06/08/2012
Niklas Bergwall Remix3:05So Fresh: DanceUniversal
5339877
Compilation
CD
10/08/2012
3:57Alle 40 goed - AlternativeEMI
9723732
Compilation
CD
24/08/2012
3:41Het beste uit de Q Music Top 500 van deze eeuw - Editie 2012Sony
88725445152
Compilation
CD
27/08/2012
3:57Pure... Pop Sony
88725449962
Compilation
CD
07/09/2012
3:39Discobar Galaxie - The Galaxie's Guide To The DiscobarARS
371969-3
Compilation
CD
19/10/2012
The Knocks Speeding Bullet Remix4:38Club Sounds - Best Of 2012Sony
88765 402602
Compilation
CD
16/11/2012
3:57Pure FM - Celebrating 10 YearsWarner
2564634329
Compilation
CD
07/03/2014
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Foster The PeopleFoster The People: Discography / Become a fan
Official Site
FOSTER THE PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Pumped Up Kicks04/09/2011134
Call It What You Want12/02/2012393
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Torches05/06/2011148
Supermodel30/03/201484
SONGS BY FOSTER THE PEOPLE
A Beginner's Guide To Destroying The Moon
Are You What You Want To Be?
Ask Yourself
Best Friend
Broken Jaw
Call It What You Want
Chin Music For The Unsuspecting Hero
Coming Of Age
Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Fire Escape
Goats In Trees
Helena Beat
Houdini
I Would Do Anything For You
Life On The Nickel
Love
Miss You
Nevermind
Pseudologia Fantastica
Pumped Up Kicks
Tabloid Super Junkie
The Angelic Welcome Of Mr. Jones
The Truth
Warrant
Waste
ALBUMS BY FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Supermodel
Torches
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.24 (Reviews: 148)
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***
alright track,the chorus is a little annoying
******
Awesome track, very cool. I enjoy it when a song has such serious subject matter but sounds so breezy and happy. Love the whistling too.

ARIA #1 HELL YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
Last edited: 15/01/2012 10:31
*****
This is supposed to be a track review, but I just want to preface it with something I've been meaning to write for years, so here goes:

It'll probably get written into history that this song's ascent to #1 was purely off the back of a XXXX lager ad. Granted, plenty of ads have aided tracks in the charts prior and post this, but this is a rather staggering outlier that certainly calls for question since it makes little sense. The situation here is that a track which was already a multi-platinum selling hit, would go out of its way afterwards to sell a good 30-40,000 (if not more) copies more than was otherwise trended to do so...in just a few weeks! Oh but you say, history is littered with things like that; Babylon Zoo got extremely high sales in January in the UK bolstered through a Levi jeans ad, much like Shaggy & Stiltskin also benefitted. But those ads were memorable, they stood out.

Australia has a fine tradition of absurd and memorable beer ads, so the one that featured "Pumped Up Kicks" is just way out of its league. Well that and the fact that there was only about 10 seconds of the song in the ad. In actual fact, I'm pretty sure the ad was running a while before the song even got the boost, which leads me to hypothesize that there was far more to it than meets the eye.

My take on it, is that despite what I said, the ad WAS a very important factor in this #1 chase, and it certainly wouldn't have happened without it. But it was so close that there was more that worked just to the track's favour. It helps to survey the scene of the charts. For instance, over on iTunes, "Pumped Up Kicks" had left the top 10 back in late November. As it was one of the (intentional?) slow burning hits, it didn't just crash out in the same way a Jason Derulo or Marvin Priest single would, and coupled with the lack of releases around December, it basically hung around in the top 20. On the other hand, December is the highest selling period of the year, so even though as I noted, the ad was running in this time, it couldn't do much to get back into the top 10 as it was just too tight, and this was a time where the top 10 effect (ie songs getting substantial sales & exposure purely from being in the iTunes top 10) was at its most powerful, it just couldn't make the distance.

The track's opportunity came about by the very thing that would otherwise be a weakness or it, the Christmas sales. As it goes, Christmas is the very biggest day for music sales, thanks to all the people loading up on gift vouchers, new iPods, perhaps even new computers, y'know, all the usual stuff people seem to do on Christmas morning instead of just be with family :P In any case, for as long as I've followed it, I've observed obvious trends in the Christmas charts. In a trait that is seemingly exclusive to Australia, the main beneficiaries are teen pop & club house. If you're a new, rising hit, you're shit outta luck on that day, and then even if it's a monster hit from say Adele or Gotye, the (relative!) trend will still be negative. So all signs point to it being bad for "Pumped Up Kicks" then, but it actually faired reasonably well, just not getting into the top 10 because of course it was a day for Jason Derulo.

The reason this played to "Pumped Up Kicks"' advantage is that quite simply, it was selling much less than its competition at this point. After Boxing day, the Christmas chart effect starts to fade off, and so anything that got washed away before, provided it's still kicking around, will experience steady upwards momentum, it's part of why most of the most unusual hits happen around January. Sure enough, just a few days after Christmas, "Pumped Up Kicks" had struck its way back into the iTunes top 10 and was poised for dominance.

In addition to the instant chart jolt that happens on Christmas, the other important thing about it is that Christmas is the day that the most new music buyers enter the market for the first time, which is why it makes sense that a lot of the biggest hits of the year go back up, as they are the first songs that come to mind to the new buyer for what they like and want to listen to.

By this point "Pumped Up Kicks" had been on display on the XXXX ad for a while, but it wasn't just that. Heck, the ABC had done a lot of suspiciously concurrent activity that lines up all good for the track's favour. At the start of December, triple j ran a quick Facebook poll on people's favourite Like A Version covers. Even though the nature of such polls means that the results are obvious to anyone who well, voted in them, it was announced in a significant manner on the radio on the 9th of December. The popular choice was unsurprisingly (well, in context that is, I still find it quite odd) Owl Eyes' rendition of you guessed it, Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks". Not only was that version track 1 on the compilation that had just been put out, but it was also prominently featured in all the promotional material on radio & tv in that time. This rapid fire exposure is also probably what helped that cover place so highly in the Hottest 100 poll a month later. In any case, I'm sure it's not a coincidence that "Pumped Up Kicks"' rapid ascent coincides with the voting period for that poll, which was right near the peak of its popularity that year, and also featured lots of Foster The People songs that weren't "Pumped Up Kicks" getting lots of votes. Considering how many people vote in that, it's fair to say that A LOT of people had "Pumped Up Kicks" being impossible to ignore that summer. It also speaks volumes that the Like A Version compilation was the most consistent sellers of the series, and it rebounded up the chart in both the week of the poll announcement, and the week that "Pumped Up Kicks" soared up to the top 2 on the ARIA Charts.

But back to iTunes, "Pumped Up Kicks" had just hit the top 10, and it would be hard for it to have been in a better position as it is. The top 10 effect was well, in effect, so it was able to get a handy boost after that, and it also goes back to what I had said two paragraphs ago about the new buyer effect. "Pumped Up Kicks" was a past hit of course, but this would have been the first time that a lot of people had seen it in the iTunes top 10, and given how familiar they would be with it this time around, it was easy for it to climb even more.

Then there's the matter again of its competition. At this point, the top of the chart had grown rather stale. LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" had been hovering in and around the top spot for a good 3 months (helped of course by the equally prominent #1 effect) but by that point it was more of a placeholder, since it had returned after the much less longevity bound "Good Night" had all but run its course. But still there was nothing to knock LMFAO off the perch. Apart from Mastin, its closest competitors were the equally old "Paradise" by Coldplay, and the equally repugnant "Hangover" by Taio Cruz. But those tracks would never have the traction to do it. Coldplay sell far too many albums to be able to go all the way to #1 on the charts, and "Paradise", though their highest selling single now, just wasn't the sort of track to do it. "Hangover" on the other hand, had its time of glory on Christmas and was not remotely culturally significant to go all the way (though it has bafflingly sold over 300,000 copies by now).

By nature of the charts, there has to be a #1 single each week. It doesn't matter if it's a super high seller or not, there will be one. So considering the timing of when it happened, it's quite probable that "Pumped Up Kicks" was barely increasing in sales at all, but just sitting by as all of its competitors ran out of steam one by one. The timing of this was all rather convenient too for it, as in addition to the top 10 effect, there are slight effects for each position a track rises from there, and as I recall, the top 10 at that time were rather evenly spread out, so "Pumped Up Kicks" rode a kind of momentum wave, hitting each spot one at a time and gaining just enough momentum to hit the next spot and so on. The result of this is that it only took merely half a week after hitting the top 10 for "Pumped Up Kicks" to go all the way to #1.

Once that had happened, it was mostly sealed. "Sexy And I Know It", having more than surpassed its expected lifetime at the top of the charts, no longer had any way to keep up the momentum, and the same trick that worked to "Pumped Up Kicks" advantage on the way up, played against "Sexy And I Know It", which would quickly leave the iTunes top 10 in less than 2 weeks after losing the top spot, and to this day it has never returned to it.

"Pumped Up Kicks" which had previously struck luck with the slow December charts, again was with fortune on slow January charts. The lack of new hits boiling under meant that it could just casually sit at the top for just long enough before Flo Rida would ruin the charts in a way only he knows how to do. "Pumped Up Kicks" of course then quickly descended the same way "Sexy And I Know It" had a week earlier. It had of course run out of new ways to extend its momentum.

So yeah, you can say that XXXX Lager is what got this track to #1 in Australia, but I think if not for the ABC, Brooke Addamo and some really lucky circumstances with numbers and timing, I'm certain it just would not have happened.

------------

So what do I think of this track? I like it quite a bit. This wasn't always the case though as I greatly despised it when I first heard it back in 2010. It was only after the aforementioned Like A Version that I started to gain an appreciation for the track (knowing the lyrics helped I suppose), and I started to find lots of things to dig about it. For instance the bassline has a constant creeping up effect that keeps me engaged through the whole verses, and the song doesn't cut out any of the now classic Foster quirkiness, the bridge from around 2:33 onwards just seems so weird to be part of a hit single. Even though Mark Foster started as a jingle writer, it all just seems like such an unintended fluke. Granted it's not my favourite Foster The People track, but it's still not getting old at all for me.
Last edited: 04/09/2014 09:26
*****
Peaked at #18 on my personal chart.

Came in at #104 on my TOP 200 OF 2011.
Last edited: 27/12/2012 16:45
*****
Love it!
******
I like this a lot now.
Last edited: 14/08/2011 06:59
*****
Why did I not know of this before? it's amazing.
******
my ratings went from 2 --> to 4 --> to 6

this is a real grower (if you don't like it initially like me). for me, it's this years young blood. youthful, poppy and fun. it makes me happy.
Last edited: 05/08/2011 10:23
*****
Ooh, actually pretty good.
******
One of my favourite songs of the year by far!
******
Excellent track!
Last edited: 30/06/2014 15:47
******
One of the best songs from 2011. Simply awesome!
Last edited: 30/07/2013 12:42
*****
This is killing it in the US.

Great song but it's a bit late to get into it now that it's being well played.
*****
Good Track, unlucky to chart in mine.
***
Really not feeling this. This may change later, but a 2* for now.

EDIT: OK, will bump this up to 3*
Last edited: 22/11/2011 02:02
*
This song is utterly horrible.
******
Amazing song
****
Hate this song. What does everyone love about the song

Sounds Like another dreadful song 'Rock It' by Little Red

OK now i like it but the chorus vocals piss me off
Last edited: 28/01/2012 02:02
*
Horrible voice and the editing in the song is just horrible. All this 'indie" music this year pisses me off.
*****
When i first heard it, i was like 'What the f*** is this shit?' but then with each listen it sounded better. Now it's actually really catchy and relaxing and i really like it.
******
A song that can be controversial without explicit words. Amazing!
Last edited: 31/12/2011 10:00
******
Excellent and love everything about it. Loved it in 2010 and will feature again in my end of year songs in 2011!

Ranked #23 on my end of year best songs of 2010.
******
I'd give it 5.5, but im rounding it up - really cool song that literally took me months to get into, but now that I have theres no turning back!
*
Oh god.
****
This is great!
***
it is actually a very weak song. it is only successful because it is extremely easy on the ears. that does not mean it is a good song.
http://i.qkme.me/357lna.jpg
Last edited: 02/02/2012 10:49
***
Certainly not the worst thing I have heard, nor is it the worst thing to top the Aussie charts, but I do find it highly overrated.
*****
Good track.
****
almost great, but miss something
*****
A brilliantly done song that I approve of!
******
Awesome indie track. Pity it took forever to get to number one but better late than never I guess. I prefer Call It What You Want though
Last edited: 23/06/2013 10:05
****
Alright, but the production brings it down a bit.
*****
5 stars
******
Awesome. 2nd favourite single of 2011.

They have a handful better than this though.
*
To be blunt I can't stand this track. So annoying.
****
interesting
*****
Great song. I didn't like it as much in 2011 but I love it now. It's great to see that it is #87 on the BOAT and had at least one week at number one. So much better than "Call It What You Want".
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