Meaning of “We Are Young” by Fun

We Are Young is a famous song by the American band Fun featuring singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe. The song talks about being young and just enjoying the liveliness, lustiness and buoyancy of youth. According to Fun lead singer Nate Ruess, the song’s lyrics are autobiographical and are inspired by a memorable event in his life. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Ruess said the memorable event in question that inspired the lyrics of the song was a night he went out binge drinking and got so intoxicated that he was kicked out of a taxi he was riding in because he vomited in it. According to Ruess, it took him a full day to become a proper “functioning adult” after that wild drinking night, which he called his “worst drinking night of all time”.

We Are Young

Facts about the song “We Are Young”

  • We Are Young was written by producer Jeff Bhasker and all 3 members of Fun (Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost) with Bhasker handling the entire production of the song.
  • According to producer Jeff Bhasker, singer Rihanna was initially the singer they wanted to feature on the song instead of Janelle Monáe. However, things didn’t work out as planned, and they had to settle on Monáe.
  • The song was officially released on 20th September 2011 as the first single from the band’s commercially successful second studio album titled Some Nights.
  • In 2012, the song was the most listened to song by users of Facebook.
  • At the 2013 Grammy Awards, We Are Young was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning one – the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. In winning the award, the song beat other famous songs including The A Team by Ed Sheeran and Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.
  • The song peaked at number 1 in various countries across the globe, including the United States and the United Kingdom, making it one of Fun’s most successful songs of their career.
  • The song was covered on the famous American musical comedy-drama TV series Glee in December 2011, and  it was used as the soundtrack of a Chevrolet advertisement that was shown on Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012. The song’s appearances on Glee and on the Super Bowl played an instrumental role in turning it into a smash hit worldwide.

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