“It’s about a great sexual relationship with hot, hot sex that you remember for ever.” Calen Followill explained to the Sun. n an interview with Robbie, Marieke and the Doctor on Australian radio station Triple J, Nathan Followill explained that the band never intended the song to be named “Sex on Fire”, and that it was not intended to be about sexuality, he said: “They were totally different lyrics. Depending on whether a song starts with a melody or starts with lyrics, you know if it starts with a melody you just keep playing the melody over and over until you get it down and just throw in any lyrics that fit the verbal flow. It was actually going to be “Set Us on Fire”, but one of the sound mixers in the studio walked in as we were playing and said, “Sex on Fire”, huh?” And it just kind of became a running joke, and we stuck with it.”
Caleb was uncertain to whom the lyrics were directed to, because he wrote the song while using painkillers due to a a shoulder injury following a fight with one of his brothers.
Release Date: September 4, 2008
Songwriter/s: Caleb Followill – Nathan Followill – Jared Followill – Matthew Followill
Label: RCA – Sony Music
UK – 1
US – 56
Germany – 33
In the UK, the song topped the Official Charts Company, it achieved great success by selling over 1.2 million copies. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Double Platinum. In the US, it peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 10 on the Hot Rock Songs. ‘Sex on Fire’ topped the US Alternative Songs and sold over 1 million copies. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum. The song also topped the charts in Finland, Ireland and Australia where it was certified Quadruple Platinum by the (ARIA). In Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Germany it was certified Platinum, while in Finland, Italy, Mexico and Sweden it was certified Gold.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The American Rock band was active for 8 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Beyonce – Travis Cormier – Tijana & Branko Koprivica – Kierra Hope (acoustic) – Jamie Archer (The X Factor 2009) – Lianne Kaye – MarvThe Bassist – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.