“Machine” by Imagine Dragons

“Machine” is a 2018 released track by the Las Vegas based rock band Imagine Dragons. “Machine” finds lead singer Dan Reynolds defiantly telling someone that he is neither for sale nor a part of their machine. He considers himself the machine. He vows to paint the town in which he lives with his “own vision”. The lyrics contain strong themes of defiance and self empowerment.

Whichever angle you look at this track from, its powerful lyrics have the ability to inspire and empower the average listener.


Interesting Observation

Certain parts of the song (especially the chorus) sound very similar to the British rock band Queen’s 1977 hit song “We Will Rock You”. “We Will Rock You” has this legendary stomping and clapping beat that contributed to its overall success. A similar beat can be found in “Machine”.

Even traces of Queen’s Brian May’s guitar part on the 1977 classic can apparently be found on this 2018 track by Imagine Dragons. Where can that be found? On Wayne Sermon’s guitar solo. It is abundantly clear that this Sermon’s guitar playing was influenced by Brian May’s amazing guitar solo on Queen’s classic.

On the whole, we strongly believe that Imagine Dragon’s “Machine” was inspired by Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. Period! The inspiration might have happened consciously or unconsciously.

In order to fully understand what we are talking about, just listen to the Live Aid performance Queen’s 1977 classic “We Will Rock You” below. Heck, even at some point Reynolds almost tries singing like Freddy Mercury does in the classic.



At this point, we can safely assume that you have listened to both songs. Did you find any similarities between “Machine” and “We Will Rock You”?  Do share your thoughts with us.


Facts about “Machine”

  • Imagine Dragons penned this song with British songwriter/record producer Alex da Kid.
  • Aside co-writing the song, Alex da Kid also handled its entire production. Alex da Kid is noted for working with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Since 2008, he has worked with big names such as Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy and of course Imagine Dragons. He often co-writes any song he produces.
  • Barely 10 hours after the song’s official audio was released on the YouTube channel of Imagine Dragons, it attracted over a million views.
  • The song’s intro and other parts alike sound pretty similar to the 1977 song “We Will Rock You” by the iconic British rock band Queen.
  • The song was released on Halloween 2018 (October 31, 2018)
  • Prior to the song’s 2018 Halloween release, it had been teased on Twitter on October 4, 2018.
  • The artwork of “Machine” features a gargantuan metal head that has been divided into two equal parts. This artwork is very similar to the artwork of Pink Floyd’s 1994 album The Division Bell. Below are the two artworks:
Artwork of Imagine Dragon's "Machine"

This is the official artwork of the Imagine Dragon single “Machine”.

Artwork of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell

This is the original artwork of Pink Floyd’s album The Division Bell which came out in 1994.

Which genre of music is “Machine”?

This song is a brilliant fusion of pop and rock together.

Is this Alex da Kid’s first time of working with Imagine Dragons?

No. He is a longtime collaborator of the band. Some of the past notable songs he co-wrote and produced for the band include “Thunder” and “Radioactive”.

Which Imagine Dragons’ album can “Machine” be found on?

“Machine” is the third single from the band’s fourth studio album entitled Origins. That album also features the singles “Zero” and “Natural“. Origins is slated for release on November 9, 2018.


1 Response

  1. sub to skilar :3 says:

    They are definitely very similar songs. Perhaps Dan is a mega fan of Pink Floyd? cuz i mean… ALL AND ALL WE JUST BRICKS IN A WALL.

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