‘It’s about a couple getting back together after a four-year break-up.. Closer’ was inspired by listening to Blink -182 song. Andrew Taggart and Freddy Kennett (from Louis The Child) started writing this song during a studio session. Taggart then penned the song with DJ, singer and producer Shaun Frank. Taggart said during an interview: “I took the idea, turned it into an entire song and wrote the lyrics with Shaun Frank in one session. Shaun was the one who made me believe I could actually sing on a song and showed me how to process and layer my vocals.”
Taggart also told Genius: “A lot of the inspiration for the song writing comes from bands like Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday.”
When The Chainsmokers released this song they tweeted: “This song is dedicated to anyone that hooked up with their EX and right after remember all the reasons why they broke up.”
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Songwriter/s: Andrew Taggart – Ashley Franginpane – Shaun Frank – Frederic Kennett – Isaac Slade – Joe King
Label: Disruptor – Columbia.
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song reached number 1 on the UK Singles Charts and the UK Dance Charts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.2 million copies. In the US, ‘Closer’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, the Adult Top 40, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and the Mainstream Top 40 Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum for sales over 2.1 million copies. The song topped the charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia and Sweden. It was certified 9 times Platinum in Australia and Canada. In Poland it was certified Diamond and in Sweden it was 5 times Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The American DJ duo were active for 4 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Boyceavenue – Kabira featuring Casey Breves – Conor Maynard – Alex Aiono – JFla – Jannik Brunke & Alycia Marie – Alex Goot & ATC – Raon Lee & Dragon Stone – Sam Tsui, Kirsten Collins and Lia Kim – Leo Moracchioli – Leroy Sanchez – Tom Featuring Beer – Agatha Chelsea – William Singe – Walk of the Earth – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.