Carry On (Fun song)

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"Carry On"
Fun. - Carry On.jpg
Single by Fun
from the album Some Nights
Released23 October 2012
RecordedJanuary 2011
Length4:38 (Album Version)
3:54 (Radio Edit)
LabelFueled by Ramen, Atlantic, Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jeff Bhasker
Fun singles chronology
"Some Nights"
(2012)
"Carry On"
(2012)
"Why Am I the One"
(2013)

"Carry On" is a song by American indie pop band fun. It was released on 23 October 2012 as the third single off their second album, Some Nights. The song was written by the band members, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, alongside the album's producer, Jeff Bhasker. It is also featured in the HGTV 2013 #LoveHome commercial and in the pilot episode of FX series Legit. The song is also featured in the 2013 documentary Bridegroom and the Portuguese telenovela Destinos Cruzados (2013/14). A shortened version is performed in the second season of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2021).

Composition[edit]

"Carry On" has been called "a song about perseverance in hard times", which is supported by a rock-anthem sound written in F major and composed in 12/8 time.[1][2] The song begins with Ruess singing with faint vocals, as he confronts a potential suicide.[1] Ruess's quiet vocals are eventually reinforced by a large chorus and band member Jack Antonoff's guitar-playing.[3] The narrator takes refuge in a bar alongside his friends, who begin to contemplate the mortality of the people close to them.[1] Antonoff delivers a short, 20-second "Slash-type wailing" guitar solo, which appears over three and a half minutes into the song.[3]

Live performances[edit]

On 3 November 2012, the band was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, with Louis C.K. as host, and performed this song, alongside "Some Nights".[4] They also performed the song at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Chart performance[edit]

"Carry On" was released on 23 October 2012 as the third single off their second album, Some Nights. "Carry On" is their third consecutive single to reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at #100 on that chart and in the subsequent weeks climbed until peaking at #20. It has sold over a million downloads as of April 2013.[5]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Platinum 80,000*
Italy (FIMI)[34] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Gold 7,500*
United States (RIAA)[36] 2× Platinum 1,000,000[5]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Fun. On 'SNL': 'Some Nights' And 'Carry On' (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b Paul Grein (10 April 2013). "Week Ending April 7, 2013. Songs: Discount Helps Bruno Reach #1". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved 10 April 2013.
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  14. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – Fun. – Carry On". Top 40 Singles.
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  29. ^ "Triple A Songs: 2013 (Year-End)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  30. ^ "Best of 2013 – Adult Pop Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  31. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  32. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  33. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Fun – Carry On". Music Canada. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  34. ^ "Italian single certifications – Fun – Carry On" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 12 August 2013. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Carry On" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  35. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 18 March 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  36. ^ "American single certifications – Fun. – Carry On". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.