“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

On the surface, the main storyline of the lyrics of “Heat Waves” center on the singer being unable to get over his ex. This is despite the fact that he has concluded the two of them parting ways is for the best. But overall, what Dave Bayley really intended this song to mean doesn’t have anything with romance per se. Rather it speaks to the notion of being able to take defeat and unacceptance. Or stated more inline with the narrative presented, the singer understands that the fact that this romance failed is not the end of the world or something to necessarily take to heart.

Summary: The singer constantly thinks about his ex but ultimately accepts that their relationship is in fact over.

Colin Read directed the music video to this track, which was filmed in London. It is meant to be interpreted as a shoutout to “live music” culture. FYI, “live music” (at the time of the song’s release) has been usurped due to coronavirus-related policies.

“Heat Waves” was both written and produced by Glass Animals’ frontman Dave Bayley.

“Heat Waves” is a part of the band’s “Dreamland” album. It was released on 29th June, 2020 following the release of four other singles, including “Your Love (Déjà Vu)” and “Tokyo Drifting“.

Success of “Heat Waves”

Almost a year after this track came out, it topped the US Billboard Alternative Streaming Songs list.  That was during the final full week of April, 2021. And in doing so it knocked the hip-hop track Mood by 24kGoldn out the top position. This was a song that had been number 1 on the chart throughout 2021 up until that point.

Indeed Heat Waves proved to be what some would refer to as a sleeper hit, the “ultimate” one even, according to BBC. For instance, even though some listeners, most notably Australians, recognized the song’s greatness early on, it didn’t make it onto the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart until 2021. It also took over a full year for this song to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

It has also achieved platinum status in the US, UK and Canada as of late 2021, in addition to having gone quintuple-platinum Down Under within that same time frame. Moreover, Heat Waves has topped Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs listing, reached the top-10 on the UK Singles Chart and has thus far charted in nearly 30 countries.

The “Dreamland” Album

This track is from Dreamland, Glass Animals’ third studio album, which was released in mid-2020. Heat Waves was the fourth of five singles that were issued from this project.

The last album that Glass Animals dropped prior to this one was 2016’s How to Be a Human. As the story goes the band’s drummer, Joe Seaward, was in a very serious accident in 2018 that nearly cost him his life. And in an indirect sort of way, it was that incident that led to the creation of Dreamland.

Dreamland – which peaked within the top-5 on Glass Animals’ native UK Albums Chart, within the top-10 on the Billboard 200 and reached the summit of the US Top Rocks Albums list – managed to perform better than any other the band had ever put out even prior to Heat Waves suddenly blowing up. 

But to note, none of the other singles released from the project proved to really be notable hits, besides Tokyo Drifting (alongside Denzel Curry) going gold in Australia and Your Love (Déjà Vu) breaking the top 10 of the US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs list.

12 Responses

  1. Donna says:

    Awesome! I am very impressed! Love this song and the band did a great job. I can see that this group is definitely going to be a Big Hit!

  2. queerio says:

    late night in the middle of JUNE
    (pride month…………………………………. eh? eh?)

  3. Christina says:

    This is my most fave song by them

  4. Wilbur says:

    I’m surprised DNF shippers haven’t commented 👀

  5. Egg says:

    I love this song

  6. another gay says:

    Yeah Late nights in the middle of june? Pride Vibess… also with the George + Dream ship..

    • Anonymous says:

      Very relatable song. I interpret it a bit different tho, my cat passed away a few months ago and I only think about him all the time.

  7. Ethan Armand Fuad Chua says:

    This song really reminded of my ex girlfriend charli

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