Q. How well does the content of the music video reflect the content of the song?
A. Maybe we’re missing something here – Were alien visitors ever mentioned in the lyrics? As far as it seems, there’s only two verses with any real substance to them, and they only vaguely mention some nonsense about planning for the future and dreaming of playing on a big stage, seemingly “making something” of themselves. It’s possible the allegory they’re attempting is that they’re the privileged ones who got to meet the aliens first, essentially living out their dreams while the rest of us are left watching from afar? It’s a stretch, and a long one at that, but if this theory holds no bearing on the true intentions of the director then it’s safe to say there was never any meaning to begin with. The music video for “Thunder” is absolutely bonkers, deciding to accentuate the song with an equally vapid video representation devoid of any plot whatsoever. But hey, at least it’s pretty?
Q. Are Users required to have active or passive attention to enjoy listening?
A. Imagine Dragons are masters of the hook, but not so much sinker; Because of this, their special brand of Corporate Rock is able to exist in its own parallel universe, one where the only songs in existence are meant to be played in three distinct environments: elevators, car commercials, and financial district food-courts. “Thunder” is the song you put on to pump yourself up before hitting the weights, or to get the crowd riled up at a rally – Clearly, passive listening is the most appropriate for this track as it’s the sensation of spectacle they’re selling, not an enlightening lyrical wonderland. Throw this on before your next board meeting and get ready to crush your all-hands meeting.
Q. Would you put this in the realm of carpool-karaoke jams?
A. Even though the individual listening experience is fairly non-existent & the lyrics a hollow shadow of what music should be, listeners can certainly enjoy themselves in a group setting when this song is on, especially if trudging along in traffic with the windows up, the A/C blasting & all four seats occupied by friends with the predisposition to sing uncontrollably when even the slightest amount of lyrics are recognized. This track is textbook singalong, as it accounts for minimal vocal talent and provides countless opportunities for hand-drumming & door-slamming whenever the drums come in to accent the chorus. More often than not this song will precede such numbers in your Collection as Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” and Taylor Swift’s “Ready For It.”
Q. Could you pick this song out as unique among a crowd of contemporaries?
A. To be frank about it: Nah. Go back to the drawing board & give it another shot.
Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Alexander Grant, Jayson DeZuzio
"Thunder" is a song by American pop rock band Imagine Dragons. It was released by Interscope Records and Kidinakorner on April 27, 2017, as the second single from their third studio album, Evolve (2017). Written by Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, and its producers Alexander Grant and Jayson DeZuzio, "Thunder" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song became the band's fourth single in that country to reach the top ten after "Radioactive", "Demons" and "Believer". It also reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, and the top 20 in Finland, France, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.