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Phoenix playing "1901" at the Trocadero, in Paris, France.
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"It's a weird game going on between the band and the place where they play. A mesmerizing Eiffel Tower or Trocadero usually steal the show with their size and more or less spectacular tricks, but here's a band no one would expect to find there, competing with all those crowd-pullers. Phoenix and a camera meeting hip-hop dancers or junk salesmen. A band seizing the attention of an unprepared audience who then gathers, as if the four guys had always been part of the landscape, shyly asking whether they really are who they think.

Yes, it was Phoenix, in Paris. At the foot of the Eiffel Tower."

Image by Vincent Moon
Sound by François Clos and Guillaume de la Villéon
Edit by Guillaume Guerry
Mix by François Clos

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1901 on Wikipedia
"1901" cover art
Single by Phoenix
from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Memory Tapes Remix (7-inch single)
  • "Love Like a Sunset" (Animal Collective Remix 12-inch single)
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)
  • 7-inch single
  • 12-inch single
  • CD
  • digital download
  • Indie pop
  • new wave
  • synthpop
  • V2
  • Loyauté
  • Glassnote
  • Thomas Pablo Croquet
  • Christian Mazzalai
  • Laurent Mazzalai
  • Frederic Moulin
  • Phoenix
  • Philippe Zdar
Phoenix singles chronology

"1901" is a song by French alternative rock band Phoenix and is featured on their fourth studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It was released in February 2009 as the album's lead single, originally as a free download from the band's official website, but was issued as a retail single due to the song's popularity. A black-and-white music video for the song was released in May.[1] In July, the song entered the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart, where it later reached number one,[2] becoming only the fourth independent label single to achieve the feat.[3] The single was re-issued in the UK in February 2010.[4] According to lead singer Thomas Mars, the song is about early 20th century Paris. Mars said, "Paris in 1901 was better than it is now. So the song is a fantasy about Paris."[5]


  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 In popular culture
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Chart performance
    • 4.1 Certifications
  • 5 Accolades
  • 6 Birdy version
    • 6.1 Music video
    • 6.2 Track listing
    • 6.3 Chart performance
    • 6.4 Release history
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Critical reception

The song has received very positive reviews from music critics, with Pitchfork Media's Jason Crock saying it is "just as smooth and spirited and dementedly catchy as any of their best singles."[6] The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll ranked "1901" at number two to find the best music of 2009, after Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind". In October 2009, "1901" ranked number 228 in Pitchfork's list of "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s,"[7] the fifth-highest placement on the list amongst 2009 songs.[8] The NME's Gavin Haynes praised the song's "rave-like stop-go guitars,"[9] while Evan Sawdey of PopMatters said it might be Phoenix's "finest song to date."[10] Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca described the song as "joyously exultant riff-happy pop."[11] The song was ranked number two on Spin magazine's list of the "20 Best Summer Songs of 2009."[12]

In popular culture

Phoenix performed "1901" on television programs such as The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,[13] Late Show with David Letterman,[14] Saturday Night Live,[15] and MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung.[14] The song is also featured in episodes of Friday Night Dinner, Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries and Hellcats, the trailer for the film New York, I Love You,[16] television advertisements for PlayStation[4] and the 2010 Cadillac SRX,[13] and appears on the soundtrack to the NHL 2K10 video game.[17] The song was released for the Rock Band series on January 19, 2010 along with "Lisztomania". It was released as part of a Phoenix Track Pack for Guitar Hero 5 on April 8, 2010. It appears on the Test Drive Unlimited 2 soundtrack. The song is also featured as the default music for the "Modern" template in the iOS version of iMovie. The song is also featured on the NBA 2K13 soundtrack. The song also appears on the soundtrack of Forza Horizon, playing on the Horizon Pulse in-game radio station. An edited version is also used as the theme tune for BBC Radio 5 Live's 6-0-6 football phone-in show. Samples from the song were also used for the track "Triple Double" from Girl Talk's fifth studio album, All Day, and in the free-to-play MMOTPS sandbox game APB: Reloaded (All Points Bulletin: Reloaded). In 2014, the song was featured in Boyhood.[18]

Track listing

Promo CD single
  1. "1901"  – 3:13

Chart performance

For the week ending December 19, 2009, "1901" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 90. It peaked at number 84 for the week ending January 23, 2010. The single also reached number 73 on the Canadian Hot 100. The single would also top the Alternative chart for two weeks, and become the second longest running song on the chart at the time at 57 weeks, trailing only Savior by Rise Against, which was also in the latter part of its record breaking 65-week run.

Birdy version

Single by Birdy
from the album Birdy
Released9 March 2012 (2012-03-09)
FormatDigital download
GenreIndie folk
LabelWarner Music
Writer(s)Thomas Pablo Croquet, Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Mazzalai, Frederic Moulin
Producer(s)Rich Costey
Birdy singles chronology

English musician Birdy released a cover version of the song on March 9, 2012 as a digital download in the United Kingdom.

Music video

The music video for "1901" was uploaded to YouTube on February 10, 2012.[26] Featured artists include Helen George and Ian Roe.

See also

  • List of number-one alternative rock singles of 2010 (U.S.)


  1. ^ "New Phoenix Video - '1901'". Stereogum. 2009-05-14. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "'1901' - Phoenix". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Chart Beat Wednesday: Phoenix, Black Eyed Peas, Kutless". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Phoenix Add Extra London Date". Clash. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ "12 Best Spin Sessions of 2009". Spin. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  6. ^ Crock, Jason (2009-03-08). "Track Reviews - Phoenix - '1901'". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  7. ^ a b "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201". Pitchfork Media. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Pitchfork's 20 Greatest Songs of the '00s (and 15 Greatest Songs of 2009 So Far)". Stereogum. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  9. ^ Haynes, Gavin (2009-05-15). "Album review - Phoenix". NME (IPC Media). Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  10. ^ Sawdey, Evan (2009-05-27). "It's Not a Miracle They Needed...". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  11. ^ "A Playlist of the Best for Your Summer Mix". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  12. ^ "20 Best Summer Songs of 2009". Spin. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  13. ^ a b "Phoenix Play Conan, Cadillac Crossover Commercial". Stereogum. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  14. ^ a b "Phoenix Play '1901' For Alexa Chung, David Letterman". Stereogum. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  15. ^ "Uninspired SNL At Least Yields Extra Phoenix". Stereogum. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  16. ^ "Phoenix - Filmography"., Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  17. ^ "'NHL 2K10' Soundtrack Revealed". Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  18. ^ Rodriguez, Cain (13 June 2014). "Soundtrack For Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Includes Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Flaming Lips & More". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  20. ^ "The 20 Best Songs of 2009". Spin. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  21. ^ "Pitchfork Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2009". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  22. ^ "2009: Year in Music". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  23. ^ "The 25 Best Songs of 2009". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  24. ^ "100 Best Songs of the Decade". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  25. ^ "Hottest 100 Countdown 2009". Triple J. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  26. ^ [1]. YouTube
  27. ^ " – Birdy – 1901" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  28. ^ " – Birdy – 1901" (in French). Ultratip.

External links

  • Watch the "1901" video on Myspace
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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