The Chainsmokers, an EDM/Dance DJ group featuring Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart in 2012, have been making noise since bursting onto the scene with their 2013 hit “#Selfie”. However, they have made a bigger name for themselves with 12 of their songs being featured on Billboard’s Top 100 and 5 of those being in the Top 10 for weeks after their releases. They also have won a Grammy for “Don’t Let Me Down”, now with more than one billion streams on Spotify and the second song to hit that many.
However, that all seems to be in the past for now because they have accomplished so much more in the beginning months of 2018. They released their single “Sick Boy” in January of this year. This single not only signaled a darker turn in their music with this song being about the narcissism in the social age, but a growth in songwriting style, mixing live instrumentation with the electronic elements familiar to fans. This was followed up by “You Owe Me” in February and “Everybody Hates Me” in March, both of which mimic this darker note while remaining brighter in tone and remaining familiar to fans. These three songs have already seen a lot of success, with all three of the videos accumulating a total of 244,000,000 views on YouTube alone and “You Owe Me” reaching #4 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
On top of the success of their first few songs of the year, they have found success in their old work and through their performances and rankings. They have reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Dance 100 list, becoming the first to be recognized as number one in this way. They also have had many great performances, including their Ultra Miami performance and their performance at the Conrad Hotel in association with American Express. They are also set to headline the KAABOO Caymun debut festival in San Diego. Despite all these successes, a lot of the more recent ones came from favorites with Walk Off The Earth covering “Closer” in February.