When The Killers released “Mr. Brightside” as a single on September 29, 2003, they had no idea they had created a monster—especially in the UK. It was the first song the band ever wrote when they first got together in Las Vegas around the end of 2001 and was inspired by a girl who cheated on singer Brandon Flowers.
When it first appeared in its demo version, nothing much happened. But when it was re-released in 2004, it reached the Top 10 and then proceeded to stay on the UK’s Top 100 charts for 260 weeks. That’s five years. It became the most-streamed song of the aughts in the UK. It’s also one of the top fifteen most-downloaded tracks in the UK. And that’s on top of selling 3.5 million copies.
I wonder what the woman at the centre of the song thinks?