The Allure of the Chainsmokers

March 16, 2017

Photo via @thechainsmokers Instagram 


What do you get when you combine the basement of a house party, the feeling of nostalgia, and the bass thrumming in your ears with the top down? The Chainsmokers - who somewhere are being played at a party or in a car... generating that warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling we get when just the right song comes on. Few people associate 2014’s cringe-song of the year “#Selfie” with The Chainsmokers, but they are in fact the ones behind the party tune. Since then, we’ve been #blessed with the songs that have come to define our wild youth, and their signature sound: “Inside Out”, “Closer”, and more recently, “Paris”. It’s chart-toppers like these that pull us into the charm of songs with more bass drops than lyrics.


After seeing The Chainsmokers live in December, I now understand the allure of their music that has become an obsession to so many. Billboard recently reported this very obsession, specifically regarding “Closer”, the song that not only defined our year, but broke records along the way. This song has spent six months in the top 10, along with six months blaring through my headphones on the way to class. I get tired of music pretty easily, a result of over-playing a record until it shoots to the top of my iTunes most-played playlist. Yet “Closer” remains a staple in my everyday shuffle, as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth.


It’s the mixture of duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall’s energy on stage amid the LED lights and roar of the crowd that makes you lose yourself in the moment. They combine the pop hooks we know and love with EDM flare, beating out every other option to kick off any pre-game college party. Yet their music can still leave the basements and the dance floors behind and find their way into our everyday lives. Sometimes all it takes is one statement lyric to put a smile on our face. And it doesn’t seem like the one of the moment, “Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you…” is going anywhere anytime soon.


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