1901 (3:13)

Cover of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

From Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and 19 other releases

1901 is a song by French band Phoenix and is featured on their fourth studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It was released in February 2009 as the album’s lead single, originally as a free download from the band’s official website, but was issued as a retail single due to the song’s popularity. A music video for the song was released in May. In July, the song entered the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart, where it peaked at number one in January 2010.

1901 has received mostly positive reviews from music critics, with Pitchfork Media’s Jason Crock saying it is “just as smooth and spirited and dementedly catchy as any of their best singles.” In October 2009, 1901 ranked number 228 in Pitchfork’s list of “The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s,” the fifth-highest placement on the list amongst 2009 songs. The NME’s Gavin Haynes praised the song’s “rave-like stop-go guitars,” while Evan Sawdey of PopMatters said it might be Phoenix’s “finest song to date.” The song was ranked number two on Spin magazine’s list of the “20 Best Summer Songs of 2009.”

The song’s popularity has expanded into multiple media. Phoenix performed 1901 on television programs such as The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung. The song was also featured in episodes of Gossip Girl and Melrose Place, the trailer for the film New York, I Love You, a television advertisement for the 2010 Cadillac SRX, and is included on the soundtrack to the NHL 2K10 video game.

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