Songs That Blew Up in (Seemingly) Seconds [Playlist]

With Fourth of July comes American pride, barbecues, family and, obviously, fireworks.  The holiday would not be the same without the classic firework displays that happen across the country (by professionals…of course).

Now, while we cannot provide you with a live firework display, we can provide you with something that is just as exciting—maybe even better.  In honor of the Fourth of July, we have provided you with this playlist of songs that, just like fireworks, blew up in a matter of seconds.  While fireworks disappear after they explode, however, this great music lasts forever. 


Obviously.  This song is the definition of the title to this post.  Lorde hit it big with this track almost immediately and it was soon heard across radio stations everywhere.

“Home”—Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

This feel-good love song found its home in the hearts of many listeners.  Whistling, duet singing, sounding trumpets and more made this an instant classic.

“Ho Hey”—The Lumineers

Perhaps it was the reverse order of the common phrase “Hey Ho” that made this tune jump out at listeners, but I feel it was the music and songwriting too.  The Lumineers released this track back in 2012 and “Ho Hey” has remained popular since.

“Radioactive”—Imagine Dragons

Breaking Jason Mraz’s record for longevity on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, “Radioactive” now holds the record at 87 weeks.  Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds says, “There are few things more satisfying as an artist than seeing your music have longevity.”

“I Will Wait”—Mumford and Sons

By the time this single was released for Mumford and Sons’ second release, Babel, people were so anxious for more Mumford that some couldn’t hold on hope.  Mumford and Sons didn’t let them choke, however, and delivered a song that immediately pleased audiences around the world.

“Get Lucky”—Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

Ok, let’s be honest.  Practically anything Daft Punk could have put out would have been a hit, but there’s no denying that this music is high quality.  Random Access Memories was a huge success for the duo and “Get Lucky” became an instant hit with ease.

“Somebody That I Used To Know”—Gotye featuring Kimbra

Remember this one?  Though not played nearly as frequently anymore, this song seemed to get non-stop airplay upon its release.

“Animal”—Neon Trees

Winner of Top Alternative Song in the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, “Animal” was the lead single off of Neon Trees’ debut album release, Habits.  Since its release, Neon Trees have surely blown up, with other hits such as “Everybody Talks” receiving serious air play.  We won’t say goodbye to “Animal” just yet, however, because fans still want some more.

“Rolling in the Deep”—Adele

Making it to number one in over ten countries and becoming the highest selling digital song by a female artist in the U.S., Adele’s career skyrocketed after this song hit the air.  Adele has had several radio hits following this, but we can never forget this beautifully bluesy track that put Adele on all of our radar.

“Come with Me Now”—KONGOS

Let’s end this list with an extremely current example of a song that has blown up.  This band from South Africa made an instant impact with their heavy-hitting, accordion-driven single. 


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