"Burn It to the Ground" is a single released off of Canadian post-grunge band Nickelback's sixth studio album Dark Horse. It was released on Monday, May, 25 2009, as rock radio only single, due to its heavy sound. Although, like many other songs, it was played earlier than its release.
According to the Burn It To The Ground Songfacts, Nickelback had to revise this metallic track three different times, because producer, "Joey Moi, who works with us on a lot of stuff, was sitting in the back of the studio, and said, 'I don't know - it doesn't make me want to pump my fist in the air and crack a beer open.'"
It is featured on the soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and can be heard in the background during a party scene, in the film. An instrumental version of the song is played when the Kansas City Royals' starting line-up is introduced during home games. The song is also used by the Colorado Rockies as the players take the field. It is also be featured in NHL 10. The song is also used as the theme song for WWE Raw as of November 16, 2009. Professional MMA fighter Ben Rothwell used this song as his entrance music in his first UFC fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 104.
The song is also the touchdown song for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys, the goal song for the NHL's New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings and the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, the start of the song plays before the opening faceoff for the Chicago Blackhawks and also the entrance theme for the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. This may be due to Nickelback being based in the Fraser Valley as they are from Vancouver. It is also played at Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers enter the ice from the locker room at the start of the second period. The song is also featured in the trailer for the 2010 film Date Night, it was also used for the presenter entrance for the Top Gear Live show. The song has also been used sporadically for the WHL's Kelowna Rockets and the SJHL's Flin Flon Bombers. An instrumental version of the song is used whenever the Boston Blazers have a Power Play oppertunity.
Burn it to the Ground became the highest charting single of Nickelback in Finland and only the second Nickelback single to enter the Finnish Singles Chart, peaking so far at #7, their first entry was How You Remind Me 8 years earlier, peaked at #18.
On this ode to getting drunk, and "burning it to the ground," frontman Chad Kroeger sings about drinking "everything in sight." The song is a Def Leppard style arena anthem, and one that Nickelback are currently performing on their Dark Horse World Tour, where lead singer Chad Kroeger usually begins the song by saying "this song is the theme song of my life."
The song was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance for the 2010 Grammy Awards.
The video premiered on July 10, 2009. The video features the band on stage at the O2 Arena in London performing the song. The crowd shots are a mix of all of their Dark Horse Tour shows in the United Kingdom.
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