A Hundred Million Suns

Universal Music GmbH
Release date
24 Oct 2008
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 If There's a Rocket Tie Me To It 4:19 182,210
2 Crack the Shutters 3:21 341,038
3 Take Back the City 4:39 295,691
4 Lifeboats 4:42 144,012
5 The Golden Floor 3:18 170,116
6 Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands 4:26 129,353
7 Set Down Your Glass 3:43 131,259
8 The Planets Bend Between Us 4:16 144,905
9 Engines 5:08 119,773
10 Disaster Button 3:56 121,032
11 The Lightning Strike 16:20 90,665

About this album

A Hundred Million Suns is the fifth album by alternative rock band Snow Patrol. The album was released in Ireland on October 24, 2008, in the UK and the rest of Europe on October 27, 2008, and in the US on October 28, 2008. The first single from the album was Take Back the City which was released on October 10 in Ireland, Germany and Belgium. The song has peaked at #32 on the US Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Crack the Shutters has made it to #9 on the iTunes Store Alternative Songs chart. The album debuted at #2 in the UK with sales of 100,330.

The album was recorded in Hansa Studio in Berlin and Grouse Lodge Studio in Co. Westmeath, Ireland through Summer 2008, with producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee.

The album is a departure from Snow Patrol’s earlier productions. Frontman Gary Lightbody said he wanted to make a record cheerful as compared to their previous albums. Instead of describing a relationship’s end, the record was written in perspective of a relationship that is working. The band members took additional lessons before starting the recording. They have described the album as their best to date.

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  • vicky10950

    The Lightning Strike <3

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Junior_Lins

    "you can only take what you can carry"

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ScottiPilgrim

    The Lightning Strike = Perfection to the Ears

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hooray_bianca

    one of the best albums I've ever heard.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • green_gopher

    The Lightning Strike

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bruno_dreamer


    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tengutz29

    Listening to this album on a rainy afternoon is wonderful. ^^

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Raffaela21

    The Lightning Strike

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jrox05

    My favourite SP album, just track after track of quality.

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Ice_King

    Beautiful work of art. [2]

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Abarai55

    мне нравится

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LightsOfBohemia

    Yeah, this album is a hundred million times better live. My advice: go surf the internet and find some good live bootlegs (stalking their official fan forum is a good place to start lol)

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • viva_la_lisa

    I forgot how beautiful it is.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • chicko77

    Very impressive album!

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • LightsOfBohemia

    About people calling this album "radio friendly" "commercial" etc. I blame that on final production. I admit it's too watered down in some songs. But when it's played live it goes up to a higher level. Besides, you can't base your whole opinion of this albums on Take Back The City, which could have been more powerful if the producer hadn't been a pussy (sorry for language). The Golden Floor, Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands and Disaster Button only are worth the purchase. I don't need to say that The Lightning Strike is a masterpiece and a step forward for their songwriting style.

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • georgy-196

    why on earth aren't all the song in ths page? please update!!!

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sharpie_doodle

    Beautiful work of art.

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • Faraudo2112

    Snow Patrol's magnum opus.

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • cadfinem

    Que buen album. Espero algun dia verlos aqui en Colombia

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mwahaha2

    omg there are so good .love all there songs especialy ummmm .... 'crack the shutters' and 'take back the city'

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
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