Artist Spotlight: The Chainsmokers

| October 31, 2016

If you don’t know who The Chainsmokers are by now, I can only safely assume you have been living under a rock for the past two years.

When they first started to gain popularity in early 2014, with their song 'Selfie,' it was hard to tell if they were serious or not. You either really loved that song or really hated it – there was no in between. It was impossibly catchy, but it was the lyrics that made some people cringe. It had you wondering if they would be just a one hit wonder and quickly fall off.

However on June 16, 2015 was the day that changed it all for them. With the release of 'Roses' came the rise of the era of The Chainsmokers. After that song came a whirlwind of success for them. With the release of banger after banger they quickly soared to the top of the charts.

Their singles 'Roses' and 'Don’t Let Me Down' have both reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Chainsmokers had both of these top hits dominating the Billboard top 100 and the EDM charts simultaneously. Their single 'Closer,' which is still obliterating records, was their first number-one single on the charts.

As if they weren’t already killing the EDM game, their song 'Closer' brought them new levels of success. With Halsey’s amazing voice and The Chainsmokers obvious greatness came their best song to date. It’s one of those songs that you just can’t seem to find yourself getting sick of no matter how many times you’ve heard it. Similarly to 'Lean On' by Major Lazer, which we are also not sick of, even if we have heard it a million times by now.

While some people think most EDM songs are just a bunch of white noise and untz untz untz, those are obviously the people who are still living under that rock and don't know who The Chainsmokers are. One reddit-er took to the internet to show us that the DJs have been in fact telling a story through their songs over the past 2 years.

Maybe the reason they have had such success is because their lyrics speak to the masses. In addition to the amazing beats their songs tell the story of love and loss, which is relatable to everyone (even if you didn't move across the country, lose the love of your life, and then run into them while looking pretty in a hotel bar in New York City.)

While we're clearly not 100% positive if this is true or not, as it is just a theory, but it's a pretty solid theory if you ask us.

Whether you used to like The Chainsmokers or not, there is no denying their immense success in the past two years. Even if you don't want to like them, because of 'that stupid selfie song,' you have to give credit where credit is due. This is The Chainsmokers' world now and we're just living in it.

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