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Martin Garrix

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Story of Song

Martin Garrix’s creative process of “Animals” was a relatively short one. He told DJ Mag: “I had the melody already from an older track I made two years ago but never released, and in January I started listening to all the projects I made — all the tracks — and I heard the melody from ‘Animals.’ I thought, ‘Great, this is very catchy’.  Then later that night the melody was stuck in my head and I was like, ‘OK, I need to do something with it’.  It’s an easy melody, you can remember it really fast.”  When asked Martin why he thought “Animals” was so successful, he said: “I have no idea, I think it’s the melody. It gets stuck in your head. I’ve heard the track a million times, so I’m kind of tired of the melody. But I think that’s one of the reasons why the track is charting so well.”

Release date

June 17, 2013


Martijn Garritsen



Chart Rankings

“Animals” rose so quickly in EDM popularity that Martin Garrix became the youngest producer ever to have reached the number one spot on the electronic music store Beatport. Commercially, the song was also a hit, debuting at number one on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number 21 on the US Billboard Top 100 Chart. “Animals” was the first instrumental song since Kenny G’s “Auld Lang Syne” in 1999 to reach the top 40 on Billboard Hot 100. Besides the UK, the song reached number one in Belgium, Scotland, and US Dance Club Songs. “Animals” also reached top ten in Austria, Canada, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg Digital Songs, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.  The song was certified 2x Platinum in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Norway, and the United States, Platinum in Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and Gold in Denmark and New Zealand. “Animals” also reached certification for Streaming with Platinum in Denmark and Gold in Spain.

Artist’s age on release date

Martin Garrix was 17 when Animals was released

Cover Versions

Very few amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.

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    Alex Daniel

    June 25, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Martin has an awe-inspiring story and I personally believe he would have been super dedicated to his work ethics and above it, he is ‘god gifted’. He produces amazing music that pleases our hearts. He is the the future of Electronic Music!

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